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The O.C.: The Rivals

Sandy and Jimmy take the first step in going into business by buying the Lighthouse restaurant. Kirsten has a tough time at work when Julie is hired as a designer for the Newport Group. Despite being with Anna, Seth becomes jealous when he sees Summer and her boyfriend together. Meanwhile, Ryan risks his enrollment at Harbor to expose the truth about Oliver.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 176516
Airdate: Wednesday January 21st, 2004

Director: Ian Toynton
Writer: Josh Schwartz

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) May 04, 2005

Guest Stars
Alan DaleAlan Dale
As Caleb Nichol
Bret HarrisonBret Harrison
As Danny
Kevin WestKevin West
As Mr. Bendis
Rosalind ChaoRosalind Chao
As Dr. Kim
Samaire ArmstrongSamaire Armstrong
As Anna Stern
Taylor HandleyTaylor Handley
As Oliver Trask
Joe HowardJoe Howard
As Robert
Main Cast
Peter GallagherPeter Gallagher
As Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
Kelly RowanKelly Rowan
As Kirsten Cohen
Benjamin McKenzieBenjamin McKenzie
As Ryan Atwood
Mischa BartonMischa Barton
As Marissa Cooper
Adam BrodyAdam Brody
As Seth Cohen
Chris CarmackChris Carmack
As Luke Ward
Tate DonovanTate Donovan
As James "Jimmy" Cooper
Melinda ClarkeMelinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper-Nichol
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Episode Notes
Bret Harrison, who guest stars as Danny, is a close friend and bandmate of Adam Brody (Seth).

Kevin West (Mr. Bendis) also guest starred in "The Secret".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
ClinicCome Into Our Room 
Damiem RiceCannonball 
The MosquitosBoom Box 
The New AmsterdamsThe Spoilers of the Spoiled 
The ThrillsBig Sur 

Episode Quotes
Seth: Gee, new guys shows up. Violent, angry, prone to punching people. That'd be weird.

Seth: Oh, God, he watches Leno. That explains everything.

Sandy: Hi. I'm Sandy.
Danny: Then why don't you go take a shower?
Sandy: Pardon?
Danny: Just kidding, I like you dirty.

Sandy: He makes Ryan look funny.
Seth: He makes Marissa look funny.

Seth: She said that? That she thinks I'm the funniest guy ever?
Danny: Yeah. You and some dude named Captain Oats.

Kirsten: Aspirational? Is that even a word?

Luke: Just give me the word and I will drop the Great Gatsby.

Cultural References
Seth: Oh, God, he watches Leno. That explains everything.

Seth is referencing the late night comedy show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Luke: Just give me the word and I will drop the Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald about Jay Gatsby, an extremely rich man who pines for and constantly watches his old love, Daisy Buchanan.

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