The O.C. (2003–2007)
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The Distance 

It's been three months since Ryan left to live with the pregnant Theresa in Chino, and Seth subsequently sailed off to Portland to live with Luke and his divorced, gay father. With one week... See full summary »


Ian Toynton


Josh Schwartz (created by), Josh Schwartz




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Sandy Cohen
Kelly Rowan ... Kirsten Cohen
Ben McKenzie ... Ryan Atwood
Mischa Barton ... Marissa Cooper
Adam Brody ... Seth Cohen
Melinda Clarke ... Julie Cooper-Nichol
Rachel Bilson ... Summer Roberts
Alan Dale ... Caleb Nichol
Tate Donovan ... Jimmy Cooper
Chris Carmack ... Luke Ward
Brian McNamara ... Carson Ward
Navi Rawat ... Theresa Diaz
Nicholas Gonzalez ... D.J.
Bruno Amato ... Archie
Cynthia Avila Cynthia Avila ... Eva


It's been three months since Ryan left to live with the pregnant Theresa in Chino, and Seth subsequently sailed off to Portland to live with Luke and his divorced, gay father. With one week before school will start, Kirsten is furious that Sandy has yet to bring Seth back to Newport. Sandy says that they can't bring him back kicking and screaming, because that will only make him want to run away again. Also in the Cohen household, there's a group of re-modelers led by macho man Archie, creating a new family room and re-designed kitchen, a project that apparently was used to distract Kirsten from going from having two sons in the house, to none. Meanwhile, Summer tells Marissa that she's been hanging out with a new kid, but refuses to get close to him, saying she'll never get close to a boy again. Marissa knows just how she feels. She misses Ryan but just can't bring herself to call him to see how he's doing. Caleb's paranoia about being indicted is growing all summer long. Back at the... Written by Manda Clark

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Seth's middle name is Ezekiel. See more »


Two girls walk into the place that Seth and Luke work at in Portland. Just before one of the girls mentions her fake ID working in SE the night before, there is a shot that pans across showing them walking in, and in the background, what should be the Willamette River. In the shot, the cars in the parking lot appear to have Oregon plates, but you can see palm trees in the distance across the river-there are no palm trees in Portland. See more »


Marissa Cooper: Mom wants to take me with her to cardio. She thinks it's another way we can "bond". I almost want to go, so I can work out and get strong enough to kick her ass.
Summer Roberts: Marissa, do you really think you should be going to cardio? Do you really need it?
Marissa Cooper: What's that supposed to mean?
Summer Roberts: No offence, and I really mean this in as a good thing, but you have gotten very thin recently.
Marissa Cooper: I eat.
[Summer takes a sip on her drink and almost chokes]
Summer Roberts: [grimacing] Uh, and you apparently drink too! What's in this? Lighter ...
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Season 4 is the dregs. Don't watch.
3 February 2009 | by dougjnSee all my reviews

OK, episode 1 is sorta interesting, in a very un The OC sort of way. It scores on being (non sexually) shocking re Ryan, I guess. It's well written. But it definitely feels alien and like it's trying too hard to be different. The rest of the season is similar with much, and then very much less interest.

I'll admit that I'm a big fan of Mischa Barton on The OC, maybe even more than I realized before her death at the end of Season 3 (classic long run TV series actor move on, of course). And I would miss her and prob. like the series less w/out her regardless, but it's not just that. Her Taylor substitute is just plain annoying. OK funny in small doses, but we get huge ones in Season 4 and I want an END to her. But no. She's a keeper, throughout. There are in fact no hot chicks at all in Season 4. Please don't tell me the youngest Cooper, Kaitlain is hot. Not. Yeah I'm making allowances for 15. Marissa (Mischa) was only 16 when SHE started this gig.

All soaps including night time ones, and to some extent all romantic (and most overall) TV series are heavily female oriented and pitched, because of 1) the viewer demographics and 2) even more the advertiser calculation of likely purchaser decision making. OK, I know this, which doesn't mean I have to like it, or think it might not suggest some redress/balance. But Season 4 was pure Gothic romance novel female wish fullfillment, with the desires and males not considered at all, except as they ideally should be to fulfill some female or other. E.g. when Kirsten get's clearly accidentally and very surprisingly pregnant at 40, 18 years after her last kid with her husband, she feels no need to even ask her husband Sandy whether he wants to have this baby, she just assumes as her feminist lefty given right that it's all entirely up to her, and that he'll fall slavishly into adoring line. Which of course he does. Disgusting. And so on. I could go on and on.

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