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The O.C.: The Undertow

As Ryan and Sadie's budding relationship progresses, things start heading downhill when an old friend of Ryan's returns to Newport and Ryan decides to help her. Taylor tries to help Seth and Summer overcome their newest problem. Meanwhile, Marissa has to deal with being alone in Newport while Sandy deals with mounting business pressures.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x18
Production Number: 2t6268
Airdate: Thursday March 23rd, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Jun 17, 2006

Guest Stars
Autumn ReeserAutumn Reeser
As Taylor Townsend
Cam GigandetCam Gigandet
As Volchok
Jeff HephnerJeff Hephner
As Matt Ramsey
Nikki GriffinNikki Griffin
As Jess Sathers
Nikki ReedNikki Reed
As Sadie Campbell
Shaun DukeShaun Duke
As Henry Griffin
Angelique LittleAngelique Little
As Waitress
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
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Episode Notes
Ratings: 5.34 million viewers

Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper-Nichol) does not appear in this episode.

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Episode Quotes
Summer: (to Taylor) No, I think we’re just too embarrassed to face each other. Either that, or he’s treading water until he gets to Brown and finds a big pair of pale New England boobs to replace me.

Taylor: Now, I am not a licensed sex therapist. But my father was, and before he ran away, he used to conduct these sessions with real couples in our basement.

Seth: Listen, as we speak, your new, uh, sometimes kinda girlfriend is probably sitting by, cradling a hunk of plaster waiting for you to make a move. So you can either dwell on the past, go see Jess or live for the now. Now go give Sadie a call.

Taylor: Don't you worry that Seth's eye will wander? All those young coeds. You, the familiar old shoe.
Summer: Hmm. I'll have you know, Taylor, that I am like five levels hotter than him.
Taylor: Summer, the libido does not listen to logic. At this age, men are driven by a reptilian force -- Spread the seed. Spread the seed. Spread the seed.

Seth: Who knew my new PlayStation idol would be your new girlfr— new...
Sadie: Friend.
Seth: Friend ... Girl friend.
Summer: Nice save.
Sadie: I think friend is the word.
Ryan: I'm gonna get that.
Sadie: Nice dodge.
Ryan: Thanks.

Seth: Is that a no to the Wheelbarrow?
Summer: I'll Wheelbarrow you.

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