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The O.C.: The College Try

As graduation rapidly approaches, Summer, Seth, Ryan and Marissa head to their Pre-orientations: Summer and Seth at Brown, and Ryan and Marissa at UC Berkeley. Kirsten is shocked to see a person from Ryan's past while dropping the boys off at the airport. Later, Seth runs into an old friend while at Brown, threatening his relationship with Summer. Meanwhile, Kirsten begins to relapse back into her old ways.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x22
Production Number: 2t6242
Airdate: Thursday April 20th, 2006

Director: Tony Wharmby
Writer: J.J. Philbin

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (2) Jul 22, 2006

Guest Stars
Cam GigandetCam Gigandet
As Volchok
Michael NouriMichael Nouri
As Dr. Neil Roberts
Navi RawatNavi Rawat
As Theresa
Samaire ArmstrongSamaire Armstrong
As Anna Stern
Erick AvariErick Avari
As Dr. Overbee
Matt BarrMatt Barr
As Wes
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: 5.42 million viewers

After a 52-episode absence, Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern) finally returns. Her last appearance was in season 1's "The Goodbye Girl".

This episode marks the first glass of alcohol that Kirsten has consumed since her intervention and say in rehab.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jonathan BoyleSamba Sandwich 
Ms. John SodaHands 
Ryan Adams (1)Nightbirds 
Two Hours TrafficLeave Me Alone 
WhiteyWrap It Up 

Episode Quotes
Kirsten: You know, they say when you grow up you marry your father. I thought I'd escaped that.

Seth: Yes, Kumar Zimmerman. I'm half Indian, I'm half Jewish. I am a Hinjew.

Summer: Saying your last goodbye with his dirty mattress in plain sight? That is breakup sex waiting to happen.
Marissa: Have you no faith in me at all?
Summer: 48 hours ago, Coop, you were Newport's own Courtney Love.

Sandy: You told him?
Kirsten: I didn't think Ryan would come home.
Sandy: Oh, you know Ryan better than that.
Kirsten: It just happened. You weren't there. You had to take a business call.
Sandy: Oh, so you told Ryan about Theresa to punish me.

Seth: Mocking Newport with Anna Stern. That is one of my favorite pasttimes.
Anna: Mine too.

Cultural References
Summer: 48 hours ago, Coop, you were Newport's own Courtney Love.

Courtney Love is a musician and lead singer of now-broken up band Hole. Courtney is known for her marriage to the late Kurt Cobain as well has her legal and drug problems.

Julie: Thank God for Netflix.

Netflix is an online DVD rental store that delivers DVDs to your door.

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