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The O.C.: The Safe Harbor

Summer, Seth, and Ryan put together a plan to get Marissa back into Harbor. Johnny has to decide what's more important: Marissa's happiness or his feelings for her. Meanwhile, Julie Cooper and Dr. Roberts worry about telling their daughters the truth and Sandy has to make a moral decision that will change Marissa's future at Harbor.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x11
Production Number: 2t6261
Airdate: Thursday January 12th, 2006

Director: Tony Wharmby
Writer: Mike Kelley

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Apr 22, 2006

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Autumn Reeser
As Taylor Townsend
Jeff Hephner
As Matt Ramsey
Johnny Lewis
As Chili
Michael Nouri
As Dr. Neil Roberts
Paula Trickey
As Veronica Townsend
Rosalind Chao
As Dr. Kim
Ryan Donowho
As Johnny Harper
Tiffany Thornton
As Ashley
Michael Mantell
As Jim Mercer
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: 5.15 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
FrancineAlbany Brownout 
Gang Of FourI Love A Man In Uniform 
MagnetDancing In The Moonlight 
Phantom PlanetOur House 
Rogue WaveCalifornia 

Episode Quotes
Summer: It's not a school night, it's our last night! The last night before the last semester of our last year of high school. We have to make it... last.

Summer: If we're going to launch a successful campaign to get Marissa back into Harbor we have to find someone who can organize the masses. Someone who they'll follow, you know, into battle.
Seth: You mean General Townsend?
Summer: Affirmative.

Ryan: Alright, so it's down to the three of us, the AV club, and the comic book geeks.
Seth: Actually Leon is still a bit of a hold out.

Seth: I have been sanctioned to offer you sexual favors. I swear Summer said it was okay.
Taylor: Wow. Anyone else, you would facing a long night involving candle wax, tubesocks and the new Fiona Apple CD. But Marissa, I can't.
Seth: Okay, well, lucky for both of us I have the option to forego manwhoring and make an appeal to your heart. Because I know that you have one.

Summer: Surrender, much? I bet Napoleon never talked like this.
Ryan: Well, maybe he should have before he was defeated and exiled.
Seth: Summer, my little Empress, this is our Waterloo. Let's just retreat and minimize collateral damage.

Episode Goofs
At Newport Union, Marissa gets a call from Chili and and leaves to see him. When she stands up, she is holding her cell phone, and when the camera returns to her, her hand is empty. Once the camera returns to the table, the cell phone reappears on the lunch tray.

Cultural References
This episode is a tribute to an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 entitled "Something in the Air".

Warning: The O.C. season 3 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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