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The O.C.: The Shape of Things to Come

Kirsten continues to recover in rehab, and the Cohen men continue to feel the affects of her absence. Sandy tries to convince Kirsten to come home, but Kirsten's attachment to Charlotte prevents her, which raises Sandy's suspicions. At Harbor, Dean Hess makes a decision affecting Marissa's future while Summer faces off against Taylor Townsend when planning the Kick-Off Carnival. Meanwhile, Jimmy makes Julie a surprising proposal.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x2
Production Number: 2t6252
Airdate: Thursday September 15th, 2005

Director: Tony Wharmby
Writer: J.J. Philbin

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Feb 18, 2006

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Autumn ReeserAutumn Reeser
As Taylor Townsend
Blake RobbinsBlake Robbins
As Don
Eric MabiusEric Mabius
As Dean Hess
Jeri RyanJeri Ryan
As Charlotte Morgan
Rosalind ChaoRosalind Chao
As Dr. Kim
Tate DonovanTate Donovan
As Jimmy Cooper
Main Cast
Peter Gallagher
As Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
Kelly Rowan
As Kirsten Cohen
Benjamin McKenzie
As Ryan Atwood
Mischa Barton
As Marissa Cooper
Adam Brody
As Seth Cohen
Melinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper-Nichol
Rachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Episode Notes
Ratings: 6 million viewers

This is the first appearance of Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Cobra VerdeGet The Party Started 
Death Cab for CutieSoul Meets Body 
Franz FerdinandDo You Want To 
Phantom PlanetCalifornia 2005 (No Whistling) 

Episode Quotes
Seth: My stomach is way too Jewish for that ride.

Julie: You know my daughter right? Tall, pretty, wears Chanel. Not exactly what you would call "gangsta"!

Sandy: She kept this place in tip top shape without so much as picking up a sponge.
Ryan: Yeah. How did she do that?
Seth: Her presence kept us neat, Ryan, It's her Protestant evil eye. It's a powerful thing.
Sandy: She's a woman of many talents.

Dean Hess: You almost killed another kid. I don't even hear a hint of remorse in your voice.
Marissa: Because I don't have any. I'm proud of what I did and I'd do it again.

Seth: We thought you could use some breakfast. We've got bagels. And a support group. (brings out Captain Oats and Princess Sparkle)
Summer: Captain Oats is a really good listener. Princess Sparkle, she just stands there and looks cute.

Summer: She's Taylor Townsend. She's like the Karl Rove of our school.
Seth: So, you can take Karl Rove— You know who Karl Rove is?
Summer: Yeah, my step-mom sometimes naps in front of CNN. I hear things as I'm dragging her off to bed.

Episode References
The final scene shows an exterior shot of the carnival. This same shot was used in season 1's "The Heights".

(about the Seth Cohen Starter Pack: Rehab Edition)
Sandy: Our son has a very strange take on self-help.

The "Seth Cohen Starter Pack" was first seen in "The Best Chrismukkah Ever".

Summer: She's Taylor Townsend. She's like the Karl Rove of our school.

Karl Rove is the Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush.

Warning: The O.C. season 3 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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