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The O.C.: The Day After Tomorrow

When the gang receives their college acceptance and rejection letters, everyone must decide which path they want to take. Sandy and Kirsten become concerned about the decision that Ryan and Sadie come to. The letters lead Marissa and Summer work on patching up their friendship while Taylor decides to throw a College Sweatshirt Party to celebrate the letters arriving. Meanwhile, the toll that Sandy's job is taking on him begins to strain the Cohen household.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x20
Production Number: 2t6240
Airdate: Thursday April 06th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Jul 01, 2006

Guest Stars
Autumn ReeserAutumn Reeser
As Taylor Townsend
Cam GigandetCam Gigandet
As Kevin Volchok
Chris KernerChris Kerner
As Boyfriend #2
Jeff HephnerJeff Hephner
As Matt Ramsey
Michael NouriMichael Nouri
As Dr. Neil Roberts
Nikki ReedNikki Reed
As Sadie Campbell
Shaun DukeShaun Duke
As Henry Griffin
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: 5.03 million viewers

This episode marks the final appearance of Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Chris HolmesChina 
Dopo YumaThe Secret Shot 
RadioheadFog (again) - Live Version 
The Scotland Yard Gospel ChoirThat's All I Need 
Tally HallGood Day 
True LoveThe Crime 

Episode Quotes
(in the kitchen, Seth has his parka on)
Seth: All this time I thought getting into college would make things so much easier.
Ryan: Yeah. Not gonna happen.
Seth: There's a cold front coming through.

Taylor: Summer, getting a man is like capturing a wily silverback gorilla in the Ugandan highlands. You see, nature is telling that gorilla to stay in the wild. But you and I know that that gorilla would be much happier back in the zoo on a normal feeding schedule. But sometimes he's just got to roar and beat his chest before you shoot him with a tranq dart.
Summer: So what you're saying is he's trying to exert his gorilla independence.
Taylor: Exactly.

Ryan: Seth, uh, I gotta ask. Did you really get into Brown?
Seth: Did I get into—? Ryan, now who's smoking pot. Listen to me: the only class that I've ever gotten less than an A in is gym. My essay on the loneliness of being Superman made Mrs. Rushfield cry. So of course I ... how could I not get in?

Ryan: Everything okay?
Seth: Yeah. No. It's just that if she sees me she'll dress me like a Timberland Barbie.

Taylor: Have any of you seen Marissa?
Summer: Well if you count "pass the milk" and "don’t be so scanky".

Summer: Remember when the boys made us watch that movie about the gay guys on the mountain?
Marissa: Lord of the Rings?
Summer: Yeah.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Day After Tomorrow

The episode title comes from the 2004 movie, also entitled The Day After Tomorrow. In the movie, the Earth is hit with several weather phenomena at one, and a man must save his son from a tidal wave, that covers the northern United States then freezes.

When Summer asks Ryan if he has seen Seth, she refers to Seth as Skeletor. This is a reference to the fictional character and arch-enemy of He-Man in the toy, cartoon, and comic book series Masters of the Universe. Skeletor is portrayed as a blue-skinned, skull-faced warlord.

When Taylor complains about how Marissa decided to go all Last Exit to Brooklyn for not showing up for the sweatshirt bonfire preparations, she is referring to the 1964 novel by American author Hubert Selby Jr. Last Exit to Brooklyn tells the story of lower class Brooklyn in the late 1950's.

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