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As Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer prepare for their senior year, Trey's shooting looms over them. Trey is clinging to life and when the cops continue to pressure the teens to admit who shot him, Ryan debates taking the blame to save Marissa. Meanwhile, Julie and Jimmy are determined to protect Marissa, no matter the cost, and Kirsten continues to recover in rehab with Charlotte, who is hiding her ulterior motives.
Ratings: 7.4 million viewers
The opening credits now feature a different font for the cast names and The O.C. title is side-by-side instead of having 'The' inside the O.
Summer: You know, Cohen - your two hands on the wheel, and the wind blowing through your hair - you actually looked kinda hot.
Seth: Let me guess, Summer. You have a weakness for semen?
Summer: Ew, Cohen! And then there's that.
Summer: Thanks for getting my bathing suit wet, Cohen.
Ryan: (mocking Summer) Cohen. I can't believe you did that, Cohen.
Summer: Mr. Cooper's got a nice boat, huh?
Seth: Yeah, it's amazing what laundered money can buy.
Seth: I like him this way. He's a better listener ... Sorry, I get talkative around coma patients. It's a compensation thing.
Summer: I have an idea.
Seth: Are you gonna save Chrismakkuh again? Because I really liked that.
Lawyer: ... Then you won't mind if I record this deposition.
Seth: Sure record it. Release it on iTunes. I hope it's a really big hit.
Sandy: Just answer the questions.
Jimmy: I'm trying to protect my family, too.
Sandy: Right. Because family means so much to you.
Jimmy: What's that supposed to mean?
Sandy: That means what are you doing back in Newport? Caleb dies. Boom. Suddenly you show up.
Seth: Hoodie, wifebeater, leather jacket. It's the Ryan Atwood Escapist Ensemble.
When Ryan is hiding in the pool house, all of the shades are drawn. However, when Summer, Marissa, and Seth walk in, they are all opened.