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The O.C.: The Shake Up

Taylor and Ryan finally say those three words to each other, but did they both mean it? Summer challenges Seth to find something he's passionate about. Kirsten, for the first time in her life, has a realization about what Newport is really all about. Meanwhile, Kaitlin continues to attempt to break up her mother's relationship with Frank, but Julie begins to notice Kaitlin's efforts and ends up making a change. As the night comes to a close, Newport is shaken up by an earthquake.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 3T5264
Airdate: Thursday February 08th, 2007

Director: Ian Toynton
Writer: John Stephens

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
José Zúñiga
As Jason Spitz
Kevin Sorbo
As Frank Atwood
Bre Blair
As Carrie Spitz

Co-Guest Stars
Ashley Hartman
As Holly Fischer
Brian Kubach
As Barista
Jessica Williams
As Pregnant Girl #2
Mark Fish
As Mailman
Ryan Dowler
As Pregnant Girl #1
Main Cast
Peter Gallagher
As Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
Kelly Rowan
As Kirsten Cohen
Benjamin McKenzie
As Ryan Atwood
Adam Brody
As Seth Cohen
Melinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper-Nichol
Rachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Autumn Reeser
As Taylor Townsend
Willa Holland
As Kaitlin Cooper
Episode Notes
Series writer Mark Fish makes a guest star appearance during this episode as the mailman.

Ratings: 2.5/4

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bloc PartyI Still Remember 
Damien JuradoWhat Were The Chances 
Fredo ViolaThe Sad Song 
I Am JenBroken In All The Right Places 
Rogue WaveDebaser 

Episode Quotes
Sandy: Morning. Hey, are you all right?
Ryan: Yeah, it's just a cramp.
Sandy: How far did you go?
Ryan: Umm, nine, ten miles.
Sandy: Ooh, wouldn't it be easier if you just said "Sandy, there's something bothering me, can you give me some advice?"
Ryan: Yes it would, but where's the fun in that?

Summer: Okay, so you want to get Ryan to tell you that he wants you to go to Berkeley without knowing that you already got into Berkeley?
Taylor: Exactly.
Summer: And how are you going to do that?
Taylor: Easy, I just need to get him to tell me that he loves me.
Summer: Uh huh. Ryan talking about his feelings, now that would be an Earth-shattering event.

(Ryan's carrying a drunk Taylor up to her room)
Taylor: I don't understand how you're not drunk.
Ryan: Oh, it's the Atwood genes. We're built to withstand massive quantities of alcohol.

Frank: Your mother doesn't think I'm boring.
Kaitlin: Well, that's because you're sleeping with her.
Frank: Can you not say that sort of thing?
Kaitlin: Well, what do you want me to say? I mean is it true in prison on your first day you learn how to make someone your bitch?

Taylor: I don't know what to say.
Ryan: That's a first.

Summer: I just assumed you guys have been together for a while and you seem pretty happy and thought why wouldn't you have said I love you. I have an idea. Why don't you?
Ryan: What?
Summer: For her birthday! You should because the book of poems is awesome but add that special little I love you, as a girl, I don't know. Me personally, I get chills.
Ryan: Does Taylor expect me to tell her that I love her on her birthday?
Summer: What? No. I don't know. I gotta go.

Episode Goofs
Taylor celebrates her birthday in late February in this episode, but in "The French Connection", the bracelets from Ryan and Taylor's hospital visit in "The Chrismukk-huh?" in the scrapbook that Taylor gives Ryan shows her birthday as being July 9, 1985, not February.

Cultural References
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The movie that Taylor and Ryan are watching together is the 1939 film version of the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda.

Warning: The O.C. season 4 episode 14 guide may contain spoilers
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