The O.C. Sundays – Volume Sixteen – Season One: Episode Sixteen – The Links

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.

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This photo above is just everything. I mean REALLY Marissa? Is she so damn blind that she thinks Oliver just wants to be her friend?

Oliver shows up at Marissa’s Dad’s place. Is anyone going to ask how Oliver knew where she lived?


Marissa doesn’t seem to care and is just worried Oliver might think she’s poor because her Dad’s place is a really nice apartment in Newport rather than a gigantic mansion in Newport. Oliver apologizes for trying to buy coke and says it was his rock bottom, he called his parents and came clean and also his sponsor. He’s gonna go to meetings again and he was honest with Natalie and they’re getting back together (uh-huh). Oliver wants to say thanks to Ryan helping him out so he invites Marissa and Ryan and all their friends to go golfing in Palm Springs at his parent’s place (which they definitely own, uh-huh). Oliver promises that his parents and Natalie will be there. Marissa calls Ryan to ask if he wants to go and while she’s gone Oliver puts a photo of Marissa and Ryan behind another one because he can’t stand to look at it. Okay psycho.

In the backyard at the Cohen’s, Sandy is teaching Ryan how to golf and it turns out he’s awful at it. Ryan is clearly not digging the idea of this weekend at Olivers. Kirsten and Sandy wonder if they can trust Oliver, but Sandy says they trust their kids and since Oliver’s parents are supposed to be there it’s all good right? Besides they have bigger things to worry about. Julie and Caleb are back from Europe today.

Sandy: After confirming all of Europe’s worst suspicions about Americans, I guess.

Kirsten says that she assumes this homecoming also means that Hailey will hit her Dad up for some cash and then take off again. Sandy runs into Jimmy who has just been turned down at a job interview for some crab shack looking restaurant. Sandy says he has to go to dinner with Caleb, Hailey, Julie and he and Kirsten tonight because they’re going to the Lighthouse, a fancy yet delicious restaurant that is about to close down. Jimmy says he’s probably going to leave town and Sandy says he will see if he can get him an unglamorous job at his work. Later, Sandy tries to talk to his boss about getting Jimmy a job, but his boss is like ‘fuck no’. He says that if Sandy likes Jimmy Cooper so much maybe he should go into business with him.

Summer says she sarcastically can’t wait to join them in Palm Springs for Couplefest 2004. Marissa and Ryan, Oliver and Natalie, Anna and what’s-his-face-Cohen. Summer says she has to go to prove that she’s cool with them just being friends.

Summer: And I can’t sabotage the trip if I’m not there.

Don’t worry Summer, Oliver will do that for you. Ryan voices his fears about Oliver to Marissa who says not to worry because NATALIE will be there, and Oliver just wants to be her FRIEND. Seth and Anna are ‘being cute’ in Seth’s room until Summer comes in and cock blocks the day. Luke is packing up the beer in the back of the truck and Summer takes the moment to give Seth some shit in front of Anna.


Luke makes an attempt to hit on Summer and her response is as follows:

Then Oliver shows up and he’s upset because he and Natalie broke up. Marissa says that he and her should talk it over together on the ride over to Palm Springs. Because they’re such good friends. Anna, Seth and Ryan take a car, Ryan hops in with Luke, and Marissa and Oliver head out together. Ryan is getting a little fucking pissed off.

Meanwhile, Caleb and Julie show up early and Caleb is thrilled when he finds out Hailey is back. Julie, less so.

Ryan and Luke show up at the house to find Marissa and Oliver on the couch a little too close together, still talking about Oliver’s break up. Ryan says they tried following them but it was hard to keep up. Someone is trying to ditch Ryan.

Oliver: Sorry for taking your girlfriend away from you, but don’t worry she’s all yours.

Ryan: I wasn’t worried.

COME ON MARISSA. Do you really think he’s not into you? Ryan asks where Oliver’s parents are and he says their plane got delayed in Zurich so they aren’t going to make it. How convenient. He puts Marissa and Ryan up in a room with two twin beds. So thoughtful. Oliver mentions to Ryan privately that he knows all about the Marissa and Luke saga and Marissa told him all about his background from Chino. Ryan obviously doesn’t like that. Oliver is clearly poking the bear.

Oliver: Just that you’re so well adjusted….considering.

Ryan: Considering…

Considering Ryan wants to punch his fucking face. On the golf course, Oliver touches Marissa inappropriately while teaching her to golf. Oliver keeps nagging Ryan about his bad golf game to the point where even Luke wants to punch him. Oliver asks Marissa if he’s being to mean, because all he wants is to be friends with Ryan. Marissa takes the bait as if it’s Ryan’s fault they aren’t getting along. Stupid idiot white girl. Oliver says the last guy back to the house buys the first round as he hops in a golf cart with Marissa, Ryan and Luke take off in the other and Ryan is determined to win. Oliver gets a little intense in a game of chicken and Ryan crashes the car. He asks Oliver what the hell his problem is.

Oliver: I thought we were just joking.

Ryan: Nice joke man, come down here and tell me another one.

Marissa says he was just playing, and Luke privately tells Ryan that he doesn’t think Oliver was joking either.


Before dinner, Sandy tells Kirsten that he thinks Jimmy’s best bet is to start over somewhere new and he and Jimmy will discuss his options over dinner tonight, just the two of them. Kirsten has a talk with Caleb about not giving Hailey money because she’s worried that Hailey will disappear again. Hailey finds out and freaks out on Kirsten. Hailey packs up and leaves, taking off. Jimmy and Sandy go to dinner at the Lighthouse by themselves and over alcohol they decide that they will buy the restaurant and turn it around. Jimmy used to manage and work at the place so why not just go into business together? Sandy comes home really drunk and tries to be stealthy, but fails miserably. Sandy tells her the good news about the restaurant. Kirsten tells Sandy he’s crazy and drunk, but he supports him. Gawsh they’re cute. Whatever happened to that coworker Rachel that was trying to bone him? It’s forgotten? Okay.

That night, Seth and Anna try to get it on a bit, but Summer comes in and interrupts. She says she hoped it was a weekend they could all hang out as friends. She guilts them into hanging out with her. They make quirky cute witty banter about the tv shows until Summer says they are so cute. Just like brother and sister. Then leaves them to not touch each other the rest of the night. Ryan cleans up the kitchen and Oliver comes in to help. Oliver asks if they can start over their relationship. He asks what he can do to make things right with Ryan.

OH SNAP. Oliver freaks out and breaks a plate, losing his fucking mind. He starts hitting himself in the head like real crazy person. Marissa comes in, in her bikini and asks what happened. Oliver freaks out and says he’s gonna get some fresh air. Marissa turns on Ryan as if this freak out is his fucking fault. Marissa stays up waiting for Oliver to come home like a sad girlfriend. Oliver calls Marissa and says he drove back to Newport and took a bunch of pills. Marissa tells him to call an ambulance and he says he’ll try to throw up the pills. But mostly he wants her to come back to Newport because he’s scared. Marissa says she’s leaving right now. Wow he’s got her wrapped around her finger.

Ryan and Marissa drive back and Marissa frantically tries to call Oliver. Then the best scene ever happens. It cuts from Marissa freaking out, to Oliver dancing around the room, creating a scene of pills and devastation as he sips a scotch and dances around to “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones while staring at at the phone as Marissa calls and calls. Holy shit he’s a fucking insane person. Marissa and Ryan make it back and are banging on his door. Marissa tells Ryan to call security and the second he leaves, as if Oliver was just waiting for that to happen, he opens the door. He’s showered and walking around saying he got all the pills out of his system. RIGHT. Ryan says they should take him to the emergency room, trying to call Oliver’s bluff. Oliver says then he’ll be under suicide watch and they’ll call his parents, which Ryan clearly doesn’t think is a bad thing.

Oliver is getting ready for bed and Marissa tells Ryan she’s staying with Oliver tonight. Ryan tells her his theory that Oliver didn’t actually try to kill himself. Marissa freaks out. Ryan asks what kind of person does this? And Marissa tells Ryan to go, because she thinks it’s a jab at her. Oliver comes in and apologizes confirming Marissa’s thoughts that Ryan is the jerk here. Ryan leaves, but the last scene is of him looking like he wants to punch a fucking wall.

Best Song of the Episode:

“It’s not unusual” by Tom Jones

Best Quote:

Sandy: We’ll have a nice meal and a couple of drinks , and talk about Jimmy’s next move.

Kirsten: Alcohol — yes inspired.

Sandy; How do you think I got you to marry me?

Caleb (walks in): So you were drunk! That explains everything, Kiki.

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

They’re in Palm Springs so that’s a huge hell no to non-white people showing up.

Weird 2004 thing:

Seth and Anna are bummed that McDonald’s doesn’t serve egg McMuffins past 10:30am. WElCOME TO 2017 SETH COHEN! We got that shit on lock (at special locations)

Best Fashion Statement:


Obvious Reasons to NOT trust Oliver Trask:


  1. He knows who you are even though you have no friends or places in common
  2. He knows your medical history
  3. He lives in a hotel
  4. Anna says her parents know the parents of the guy who’s throwing the party, but she doesn’t know who Oliver is.
  5. He says his girlfriend lives long-distance so you’ll probably never get to meet her. Super convenient.
  6. He gives you ‘come make out with me’ eyes on new years even though he knows you have a boyfriend.
  7. His name isn’t on the list for backstage passes at the front door but he meets you in back to get you in
  8. His girlfriend Natalie never shows up when he says she will (spoiler, she doesn’t exist)
  9. He makes angry phone calls about cocaine then tries to buy some off an undercover cop and gets arrested
  10. He watches you and your friends creepily from outside your house.
  11. He says his parents and Natalie will be in Palm Springs, then they don’t show up
  12. He tries to run out off the golf course by causing you to die in a golf cart accident
  13. He breaks a plate and freaks out when you call him on his shit
  14. He fakes a suicide attempt so he can make sure he has your full attention

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