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The O.C.: The Test

While Rebecca is mourning the death of her father, Kirsten becomes increasingly impatient with Sandy's absence, leading her to visit Rebecca. Meanwhile, Marissa hangs out with Alex's friends and Caleb seeks proof that Lindsay is his daughter.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: OC-213
Airdate: Thursday February 17th, 2005

Director: Michael Lange
Writer: John Stephens

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) May 13, 2005
DE (Pro7) Sep 21, 2005

Guest Stars
Danielle BisuttiDanielle Bisutti
As Joan
Kathleen YorkKathleen York
As Renee Wheeler
Kim DelaneyKim Delaney
As Rebecca Bloom
Michael Cassidy (1)Michael Cassidy (1)
As Zach Stephens
Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde
As Alex Kelly
Shannon LucioShannon Lucio
As Lindsay Gardner
Christopher LawfordChristopher Lawford
As Ross (FBI)
Deirdre M. SmithDeirdre M. Smith
As Agent Jill Stonerock
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
Melinda ClarkeMelinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper-Nichol
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Alan DaleAlan Dale
As Caleb Nichol
Episode Notes
On the season 2 DVD, this episode is entitled "The Father Knows Best", which was the working title for the episode.

Ratings: 5.0/8

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Kings of ConvenienceMisread 
Lali PunaFaking The Books 
Sam RobertsNo Sleep 
StarsYour Ex-Lover is Dead 
Sunday RunnersMemories Left At Sea 
Viva VoceLesson No. 1 

Episode Quotes
Kirsten: Have you seen Seth?
Sandy: Well I've smelled him. Smells like Teen Spirit to me.

Sandy: The FBI was here.
Kirsten: Well it wouldn't be the Cohen house if it wasn't a visit from law enforcement.

Seth: Do you not see what's going on here?
Ryan: Yes. You're wallowing.

Lindsay: I don't need to take a test. 'Cause I know that my real dad wouldn't treat me this way.

Summer: See ya, Cohen.
Seth: See ya, Summer.

Summer: I'm only saying this for the people that live with you: take a shower, Cohen. Zach and I didn't have sex.

Episode Goofs
Rebecca and Sandy scatter Max's ashes into the ocean. But it was established that Max was Jewish and Jewish people arn't allowed to be cremated.

Marissa's car is different in this episode than in previous episode. In this episode, her car is a convertable and in every previous episode, it's not a convertable.

Cultural References
Sandy: Smells like Teen Spirit to me.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a famous song by Nirvana.

Alternate Episode Title: The Father Knows Best

The episode title used in New Zealand, which was also the working title for the episode, comes from the 1950s series, Father Knows Best.

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