The O.C. Sundays – Volume Nine – Season One: Episode Nine – The Heights

Recap by Holly Hill


Why Rewatch The O.C.?

The O.C. premiered on August 5, 2003 and ended on February 22, 2007. Or May 18, 2006 if you like to pretend that the fourth season never happened (a lot of people do, it’s okay). The O.C. not only introduced a lot of people to some fantastic music through its heavily bought mix tapes (this is before YouTube, Spotify, & Apple Music), it also created Chrismukkah, and inspired a decades worth of ‘THE REAL’ reality shows.

Not sure what I mean by that? Well The O.C. prompted the reality show Laguna Beach: The Real O.C., and a thousand other spinoffs to it. The catch phrase ‘The Real O.C.’ morphed into The Real Housewives of fill in the blank rich people cities.

Needless to say, despite its shortcomings, The O.C. had some great writing, a fantastic soundtrack, and truly inspired a generation worth of TV, for better or worse. The O.C. is the only TV show I own on box set. I haven’t watched it in awhile, so why don’t we watch it together? Whether you’re new to The O.C. (you can stream it on Hulu) or a long time fan, it’s a show anyone with a love for the dramatic can enjoy.



Now that we are past the drama of last few episodes, it’s time for a filler episode to decide where everyone’s relationships stand. It’s Seth and Ryan’s first day at school! Kirsten and Sandy talk to Seth about how he looks. Is it dope, rad, cute?

Meanwhile, Summer is trying to convince Marissa to go to school because apparently she ‘rules’ it. They talk about a stupid kick off carnival that Marissa is always in charge of throwing as the school’s Social Chair. As a child of public school, what in the world is a social chair?

Jimmy is cooking breakfast, which Marissa of course doesn’t eat because she never eats anything, and he has cooked french toast in the oven.

Jimmy: “New oven, haven’t quite figured out how to make french toast.”

Summer: “Not in the oven would be a good place to start.”

Summer and Marissa show up at school and immediately people start talking shit about Marissa, but it’s all good. Summer is there to back her friend up.

They quickly run into Seth and Ryan. Ryan tries to get Marissa to hang out after school to which she agrees. Seth tries to get Summer to love him and she immediately ignores him. He says he can arrange an empty chair at his lunch table if she wants to join him and she says there’s nothing but empty chairs at his table. However, her mood toward Seth changes when ‘punk’ rocker Anna shows up, back from her summer of sailing and is ready to move the Seth/Summer plot along. Nothing like good competition to make you realize you have feelings! Summer takes off and Anna agrees to help Seth get Summer.

At the house, Kirsten and Sandy make out and are quickly interrupted by Rachel calling Sandy, and Caleb calling Kirsten.


At the office, Sandy runs into Rachel who tells him that he needs to get ready to continue to not get some because his next case is defending the Balboa Wetlands. The same wetlands that Kirsten and Caleb are trying to destroy for the Newport Group to build Balboa Heights. DRAAAAMMAAA.

Marissa tries to quit social chair, but Dr. Kim convinces her not to, which means she has to cancel her plans with Ryan after school. Marissa wants to reschedule for the kick off carnival but he says he doesn’t like heights so no ferris wheel for him. We’ll see about that. Ryan is starting to feel a bit out of place. You know besides the fact that he looks like he’s 27 years old and going to high school.

The next day, Sandy asks Ryan how school is going and he laments that everyone seems to have something there except him. Marissa has the social chair, Seth has his women.

Sandy tries to push Ryan to do an extracurricular. Sandy suggests archery or fencing and Seth says that they have a real opportunity here to have an actual athlete in the family with Ryan. Somebody to achieve all that their Jewishness has stopped him from achieving before. Seth suggests soccer. Ryan used to play soccer! Done and done.

Ryan goes to Soccer practice to find out that Luke is the captain. No bueno. Luke corners Marissa after her carnival meeting and Marissa gives him a pretty good piece of her mind. They talk and Luke wants to start over. She is not interested. Ryan goes to meet up with Marissa and sees them talking so he of course misconstrues the entire situation and leaves.

Kirsten finds out that Sandy is going after her company and she is not happy. She says she will try to keep it from her Dad and they will settle it all privately. The next day however, the front page of the paper is talking about the lawsuit. Sandy confronts Rachel who admits she put it there and asks Sandy if his marriage can’t survive this then what kind of marriage is it. RACHEL IS THE WORST.

Kirsten: “Now the entire community knows we are fighting!”

They later half make up when Sandy brings flowers home for Kirsten and they talk about how it’s going to be a long year with this lawsuit, but that they will work it out.

Marissa asks what happened to Ryan after school and he says nothing and she says her meeting went long. Even though they both know she was talking to Luke. Honestly is always the best policy. She says she’ll stop by his soccer practice tonight.

Summer makes Seth be her lab partner, but Anna steps in a says Seth has already promised to be her lab partner. Anna says it’s all part of the plan. Summer looks pissed as hell.

At soccer practice Marissa shows up while Ryan is on the field and she starts talking/laughing with Luke. WHY DO YOU DO THESE THINGS MARISSA. Ryan gets mad and decides to basically attack Luke on the field. Marissa stops by the pool house that night to ask what happened out there and Ryan admits he saw them talking the other day. They fight like children and she leaves.

Sandy reprimands Ryan for the soccer field incident. “We’re always one mistake away from someone taking you from us… I’d love to see you play, go to some of your games.” MY HEART. The father Ryan never had.

Seth tells Ryan to apologize to Marissa. They go to the kick off carnival with Anna. Seth goes to turn in his tickets and Ryan asks Anna why she’s helping him with Summer. She says that Seth doesn’t see her that way and Ryan says she shouldn’t let that slide.

Ryan sees Marissa get on the ferris wheel but before he can get to her he runs into Luke who he apologizes to. Marissa is about to get on the wheel with Summer when Ryan jumps on to sit next to her. And he’s afraid of heights. Anna pays the guy at the bottom to keep Marissa and Ryan up at the top to let them work it out.

Anna kisses Seth to let him know she likes him. Summer sees it and is clearly jealous. Seth assumes it’s all part of Anna’s plan to get Summer. Poor Anna. Doesn’t she realize Seth and Summer are ride or die? She’ll never win.

At the top of the ferris wheel, Ryan apologizes while freaking out about the height situation and Marissa kisses him to help him forget they’re so high up. The ferris wheel starts moving and the iconic OC scene continues as they go around again and again.

Best Song of the Episode:

“How Good It Can Be” by The 88

Best Quote:

Kirsten: “You know I ask questions in the hopes of eliciting an actual response.”

Seth: “I feel I convey more with a look.”

Kirsten: “Well you look adorable.”

Seth: “No.”

Kirsten: “Cute?”

Seth: “No.”

Kirsten: “Dope?”

Seth: “No!”

Kirsten: “Rad?”

Seth: “No please please stop this is so painful for me.”

Number of Non-White People with Actual Lines in This Episode:

Dr. Kim is back with lines. That’s it.

Weird 2003 thing:

Jimmy talks about how excited he is about getting a landline installed in his new apartment. Things people used to do!

Best Fashion Statement:

Whatever failed xena warrior princess cosplay Anna is attempting here:



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