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The O.C.: The Distance

With summer drawing to an end, tensions begin to rise. Seth continues to be stubborn in his decision to not return home from Oregon where he spent the summer. In Chino, Ryan continues to work his construction job while living with a pregnant Theresa and missing what he left behind. Back in Newport, Summer deals with Seth's disappearance and Marissa continues to distance herself from her new life, finding comfort in her old habits.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: OC-201
Airdate: Thursday November 04th, 2004

Director: Ian Toynton
Writer: Josh Schwartz

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Feb 11, 2005
DE (Pro7) Jul 06, 2005


Guest Stars
Brian McNamara (2)Brian McNamara (2)
As Carson Ward
Bruno AmatoBruno Amato
As Archie
Chris CarmackChris Carmack
As Luke Ward
Cynthia AvilaCynthia Avila
As Eva
Navi RawatNavi Rawat
As Theresa
Nicholas GonzalezNicholas Gonzalez
As D.J.
Julie SkonJulie Skon
As Jane
Robin PaulRobin Paul
As Amanda
Tyler BruhnTyler Bruhn
As BMX Bike Rider
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
Tate DonovanTate Donovan
As James "Jimmy" Cooper
Melinda ClarkeMelinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper-Nichol
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Alan DaleAlan Dale
As Caleb Nichol
Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.56 million viewer

Benjamin McKenzie is now credited as "Ben McKenzie" during the opening credits.

Alan Dale (Caleb) is now a part of the main cast.

We learn that Seth's middle name is Ezekiel.

This episode marks the final appearance of Chris Carmack (Luke Ward).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Album LeafEastern Glow 
Dios MalosYou Got Me All Wrong 
Halloween, AlaskaAll The Arms Around You 
Zero 7Somersault 

Episode Quotes
Sandy: Sometimes the best thing is for a kid to have some space.
Kirsten: The Pacific Ocean? That's not enough space?

Summer: I feel like my flesh is melting. I just hope it melts evenly.

Caleb: I don't get it. His best friend leaves, so he runs off with another boy and his gay dad? Seems kind of strange.
Sandy: And this coming from a guy who is one click away from wearing a wig and a fake mustache.

Jimmy: So what's going on in your life?
Julie: Aside from our daughter being the spawn of Chucky and Keith Moon?

Seth: First, I sailed to Catalina. Then, I sailed to Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, I ran out of snacks. Freaked out a little bit, pawned my boat for cash, took a Greyhound to Portland.
Ryan: You took a bus.
Seth: Yeah. But don't say it like that, cause it was a local. Okay, have you ever been in one of those? Okay, not for the faint of heart.
Ryan: I can't believe after all that you took a bus.
Seth: Yeah. I think we're definitely going to have to come up with a better story for school though, that'd be good.
Ryan: I don't know, I like the bus idea. It's cool.
Seth: Okay, what about maybe ... boat sank, saved by whales? It's very Whale Rider.
Ryan: What else you' got?
Seth: I took a boat, boat sank, saved by a mermaid? Boat sank, stranded on a desert island ...

Episode Goofs
When Summer returns Seth's things, a record in the box keeps changing positions between shots from at her stomach level in one shot to covering her chest in another.

When Ryan wakes up at Theresa's place, he places the ticket Sandy gave him on the alarm clock, it shows that it's 6:27. When he picks it up again, the clock shows 6:26.

When Kirsten is talking to Seth over the phone, the phone changes from being on top of her hair to under her hair between shots.

The posters on the wall changed over the summer but Seth was away all summer so no one could have changed them.

When Julie turns off Marissa's iPod, she hits the menu button which wouldn't turn off, or even pause, the song.

Cultural References
Julie: Aside from our daughter being the spawn of Chucky and Keith Moon?

Chucky is an evil clown character from the Bride of Chucky series of movies and Keith Moon was the drummer for the band The Who until he died of an overdose in 1978.

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