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The O.C.: The Road Warrior

In order to get in contact with Johnny's father, Sadie and Ryan go on a road trip together to find him. Despite Ryan regressing back to his old ways, the road trip brings Sadie and Ryan even closer, putting Ryan and Marissa's relationship at risk. Meanwhile, new evidence implicates Marissa in Johnny's death and Seth and Summer find out the truth about what's going on between Julie and Neil.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x16
Production Number: 2t6266
Airdate: Thursday March 09th, 2006

Director: Michael Fresco
Writer: Mike Kelley

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) May 27, 2006

Guest Stars
Autumn ReeserAutumn Reeser
As Taylor Townsend
Cam GigandetCam Gigandet
As Volchok
Jeff HephnerJeff Hephner
As Matt Ramsey
Michael NouriMichael Nouri
As Dr. Neil Roberts
Morena BaccarinMorena Baccarin
As Maya Griffin
Nikki ReedNikki Reed
As Sadie Campbell
Andy MacKenzieAndy MacKenzie
As Angry Guy
Marc VannMarc Vann
As Detective Warner
Rodney RowlandRodney Rowland
As Jack Harper
Tom VekTom Vek
As Himself
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
Episode Notes
Ratings: 7.44 million viewers

This episode featured musical guest Tom Vek.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
by Boom Bip Feat. Nina NastasiaThe Matter (Of Our Discussion) 
Digby JonesUnder The Sea 
La RoccaIf You Need The Morning 
Living ThingsBom Bom Bom 
Tom VekI Ain't Saying My Goodbyes 
Tom VekC-C (You Set The Fire In Me) 
Youth GroupForever Young 

Episode Quotes
Summer: You see, all the TV shows I watch, all these women have voiceovers. They even gave one to April on The Valley. Now where most of these voiceovers don’t make much sense, they do make your life seem more dramatic and meaningful.

Seth: I got two girls in bikinis trying to seduce me, which sounds awesome. But I’m scared, I’m wet and I’m cold, Ryan.

Seth: So what? I kinda like her, you know? I don’t care that she married my grandpa for money or had sex with Luke. I think she’s got moxie.

Taylor: Your dad and Julie Cooper are doing it. Yeah, it’s a shock to me, too. I wouldn’t have believed it myself if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. It was all very mid-‘90s, overwrought thriller, sort of a Verhoeven shade.

Seth: Dude, where are you?
Ryan: Indio. How much trouble am I in?
Seth: Ah, none yet. Mom and Dad think you're helping inner city kids paint an overpass mural. I'm rolling around in your bed right now. So it looks slept in.
Ryan: You probably do that anyway.

Taylor: Just what are we going to tell Summer?
Summer: What's who going to tell Summer?
Seth: Do I need to call a locksmith?
Summer: What are you doing here, T-Bag?

Episode References
This is the second time "Forever Young" by Youth Group is used in the series. In episode 3x04 "The Last Waltz", it was established as Marissa and Ryan's song. It plays over Marissa and Ryan's break-up scene.

Johnny's father was first mentioned in Episode 3x06, "The Swells", when Johnny tells the story of beating his father with his baseball bat.

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