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The O.C.: The Dearly Beloved

Sandy is forced to make a difficult, life-changing decision to save Kirsten and their marriage. Seth, Summer, Marissa, and Ryan are caught in the middle of a fight involving Trey at The Bait Shop, and when Ryan finds out what happened between Trey and Marissa, gunfire breaks out. Meanwhile, Jimmy, worried about Marissa and his family, returns to Newport.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x24
Production Number: OC-224
Airdate: Thursday May 19th, 2005

Director: Ian Toynton
Writer: Josh Schwartz

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Jul 29, 2005

Guest Stars
Amanda RighettiAmanda Righetti
As Hailey Nichol
Garrett M. BrownGarrett M. Brown
As Dr. Woodruff
Logan Marshall-GreenLogan Marshall-Green
As Trey Atwood
Nikki GriffinNikki Griffin
As Jess
Tate DonovanTate Donovan
As Jimmy Cooper
Darion BascoDarion Basco
As Andrew
Doug BurchDoug Burch
As Pastor
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: 4.9/8

Though listed in the credits, Alan Dale (Caleb) does not appear in this episode.

This is the first appearance of Hailey Nichol (Amanda Righetti) since "The Way We Were" and the first appearance of Tate Donovan (Jimmy Cooper) since "The Family Ties".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Album LeafTwenty Two Fourteen 
The BraveryAn Honest Mistake 
The Dead 60'sYou're Not The Law 
GorillazEl Manana 
Imogen HeapHide and Seek 
Jose GonzalezCrosses 
The ProdigyHot Ride 
Ryan Adams (1)Friends (feat. The Cardinals) 

Episode Quotes
Seth: Apparently Mom's a drunk and today's the intervention - plan your afternoon accordingly.

Seth: The way things are going, I bet that's gonna be Oliver.

Marissa: Sorry, I didn't mean to be a bitch.
Julie: Apples and trees, you are my daughter.

Sandy: Caleb Nichol was not a man of many words. He was however a brilliant man. He leaves a legacy of possibility. But his true achievement were his children. He was a caring father, a wonderful grandfather, a truly terrible father-in-law... So, he may be gone, but he won't soon be forgotten. Rest in peace, Caleb. And if you can't do that, I'm sure heaven could use a few more McMansions.

Seth: (about the Bait Shop) Do I still even work here? I should find out for tax purposes.

Kirsten: Oh, don't you say a word. I let you into this house.
Ryan: Yeah, you did. Because my own mom couldn't take care of me. Because she wouldn't get help even though I asked her to. I don't want to see that happen again to someone I love.

Marissa: Hey, what's going on?
Seth: Well, we're on our way to Trey's, but you're closer. Maybe you can stop him.
Marissa: What are you talking about?
Seth: Ryan knows.

Episode Goofs
Though Marissa didn't have her bruise from Trey in the last episode, the bruise reappears in this episode.

Kirsten has no scrapes or cuts from her car accident. Since the wreck happened recently, they couldn't have healed that fast.

Why wasn't Lindsay at her own father's funeral or even mentioned when he died.

Cultural References
(about living in Hawaii)
Jimmy: You wouldn't believe the North Shore.
Hailey: So I've heard.

This is a reference to the series North Shore which starred Amanda Righetti (Hailey).

Episode References
Seth: The way things are going, I bet that's gonna be Oliver.

Oliver was a character from Season 1 who caused a stir between Ryan and Marissa's relationship as well as almost getting Ryan suspended. Oliver's storyline closed with season 1's "The Truth".

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