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The O.C.: The L.A.

Marissa and Summer decide to take a trip to Los Angeles, and Seth, worried Summer will have fun without him, invites himself to go with. Ryan decides to tag along as well in order to make sure that Marissa doesn't find out about her mother's affair with Luke. Meanwhile, Sandy and Jimmy find themselves in a bind.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 176521
Airdate: Wednesday March 24th, 2004

Director: David Barrett
Writer: Josh Schwartz

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Jun 08, 2005

Guest Stars
Alan DaleAlan Dale
As Caleb Nichol
Amanda RighettiAmanda Righetti
As Hailey Nichol
Al SapienzaAl Sapienza
As Club owner
Colin HanksColin Hanks
As Grady Bridges
Hans RaithHans Raith
As Bouncer
Marc PerkelMarc Perkel
As Bartender
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
During a scene in L.A., Seth comments about self indulgent actors with guitars. In real life, Adam Brody has a band called Big Japan.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The 88How Good It Can Be 
The Crystal MethodBorn Too Slow 
Jude ChristodalOut of LA 
K-DubGet Krunk 
Kid GlovesEspionage 
The Plus OnesAll the Boys 
Radio 4Start a Fire 
Secret MachinesRoad Leads Where It's Lead 
Timo MassTo Get Down 
The VinesRide 

Episode Quotes
Seth: I think I'm going to declare this month Angst-Free Ryan month.

Summer: And if you guys are about to break up? Isn't that, like, bad for the show?

Ryan: See, I kinda think Seth is the brains.
Marissa: Oh really?
Seth: Yeah. And Summer's the bitch.

Marissa: Okay, you're starting to sound like Seth.
Ryan: I know. It rubs off.

Jimmy: My oasis is being violated. My happy place is very unhappy right now.

Ryan: (about Grady) How does that guy play high school?
Seth: Hollywood, man.

Luke: Hey man, what's up?
Ryan: Nothing. So ... did you have sex with Julie Cooper today?

Paris Hilton: Relax, all you LA chicks are so lame.
Summer: Hey, we're not from LA, we're from Orange County.
Paris Hilton: Orange County, eww.
Summer: She said "eww!"

Episode Goofs
The message that Ryan leaves for Luke changes when Luke listens to his messages. When it's recorded, Ryan says, "I want to make sure you took care of it ... take care of it!". When Luke listens to it, it says "I'm just calling to make sure you took care of it... take care of it!".

When Marissa comes to the Cohens, you can see Marissa's car in the driveway when Ryan opens the door. However, when Ryan walks outside, the car is no longer there.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The L.A.

The episode title is a reference to the title of this series.

Ryan: (about Grady) How does that guy play high school?
Seth: Hollywood, man.

Ryan and Seth's exchange is a reference to the criticism of The O.C. that actors in their early 20s are portraying high school teens.

Seth: Maybe they’re not having sex. Maybe they go to a motel to spoon and watch Charlie Rose.

Charlie Rose is the host of his PBS series The Charlie Rose Show.

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