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The O.C.: The Perfect Storm

Ryan makes a drastic, life-changing decision that Sandy, unlike everyone else, supports. Marissa, though not happy about his decision, turns to her new friends to help Ryan. As the Dean continues to try to ruin Ryan's future, Seth and Summer hatch a plan to expose the Dean's secret. Meanwhile, Charlotte makes Julie an offer she cannot refuse.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 2t6255
Airdate: Thursday November 03rd, 2005

Director: Tony Wharmby
Writer: Mike Kelley

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Mar 11, 2006

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Autumn Reeser
As Taylor Townsend
Eric Mabius
As Dean Hess
Jeri Ryan
As Charlotte
Johnny Lewis
As Chili
Kayla Ewell
As Casey
Richard Voll
As Flower Guy / Glen
Ryan Donowho
As Johnny
Paul Ganus
As Sean
Shawn Carter Peterson
As Berkeley Volunteer
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: 6.6 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubWeight Of The World 
Citizens Here & AbroadAppearances 
The Dandy WarholsHolding Me Up 
Orenda FinkBlind Asylum 

Episode Quotes
Seth: Do you have her cellphone number?
Summer: What? We're not going to call her. She's not a moron, just evil.
Seth: We're not going to call her, my little dim sum, we're going to text her. Or should I say, Dean Hess is.
(hands her a sidekick)
Summer: You got the bedazzled one?! Pink, too?! Wait, we can't text her an apology. We're texting her an apology?
Seth: Nope, an invitation. I got a room at the Mermaid Motel.
Summer: You mean the place where Ryan may or may not have conceived Theresa's baby and where Marissa's mom and Luke got it on?
Seth: Newport's very own den of sin.

Kirsten: Sit. You are having Eggs Benedict Gruyere avec Paté de Foie.
Sandy: Something smells ... fancy

Summer: You know, college fairs are kind of like shopping. It's all about brand recognition.
Seth: Did you know Princeton was once called the College of New Jersey.

Seth: Ryan's about a yellow slicker and a graveyard away from becoming the Gorton's fisherman.
Summer: Huh. Yeah, not getting the reference.

Sandy: I for one, I love The Tofu. Tofuna. Tofurkey. Tobagel. Cream Tocheese. Too much?
Seth: It was a valiant effort.

Seth: Hey. It's The Return of the Not-So-Ancient Mariner.

Episode Goofs
Sandy says he left home at 17 but in "The Nana", he says he left home at 16.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Perfect Storm

The episode title is from the 2000 movie, The Perfect Storm about a fishing boat caught in a bad storm.

Warning: The O.C. season 3 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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