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The O.C. Sundays – Volume Twenty-Four – Season One: Episode Twenty-Four: The Proposal

Recap by Holly Hill


Now that Marissa knows all about her ex boyfriend doing the dirty with her Mom, the gang decides to take her to a sad movie to cheer her up. Marissa cries through the entire thing, but assures Ryan she’s emotionally stable. Right, because Marissa Cooper just screams ‘emotionally stable’. As they’re leaving the theater they decide to go to Jamba Juice. Meanwhile, at Jamba Juice Julie is meeting Luke to discuss something he needed to see her about when Marissa shows up and loses that emotionally stable BS she was on about.

The next day Luke comes by to say sorry to Ryan and Seth and to let them know that sex isn’t still happening with Julie. Luke tells them he’s leaving town and that’s why he was meeting up with her. Now that his parents are divorced his Dad is moving to Portland and Luke is too. He wants to tell Marissa himself, but Ryan is doubtful she will see him.

Back to the adult world of that restaurant that Sandy and Jimmy are opening. The opening is TONIGHT, but their liquor license has been revoked. Assuming it’s a mistake Sandy goes to talk to the liquor board. Sandy finds out the commissioner of the liquor board, Steve Piser, who doesn’t mean anyone to Sandy, but happens to be a guy that Jimmy stole 250K from. In boring world, Hailey is hired as a hostess at the restaurant and Jimmy and her are keeping their super boring awful relationship on the down low.

Summer goes to Marissa’s who is off to meet Ryan. Summer sees the state of Marissa’s room at her Dad’s house and it’s a disaster. Summer gets an idea. She calls SEth over and they get to work making

Marissa’s room a home again. Ryan and Marissa make out on the pier so I guess that’s a thing again. They go back to her place and Caleb shows up to ask Marissa’s blessing.

Caleb: Marissa, your Mother is a wonderful woman.

Marissa: She is?

Caleb says he intends to propose to Julie tonight at the restaurant. Marissa doesn’t like it because it will make her Mom the most powerful woman in Newport. Luke meanwhile is super angry that Marissa won’t see him so he can say goodbye.

At the restaurant opening, Luke shows up driving super dupes drunk and sits in his car angrily. He decides to go inside because that’s always a great idea. Just as Julie is getting ready to be proposed to by Caleb, Luke sees the entire thing and takes off drunk in his truck. Kirsten and Hailey look like they’re going to throw up and they all start drinking heavily. Kirsten downs an entire bottle of wine.

Sandy: That’s fine I didn’t want any anyway.

At Marissa’s, Seth and Summer are being adorable.

Marissa and Ryan see a crash and an ambulance while out looking for Luke and sure enough Luke has crashed his truck and is headed to the hospital. The next morning Marissa and Ryan wait at the hospital for news of Luke. His Dad tells them that he’ll be okay, but he just had surgery and he’ll be asleep for awhile. They wait a few more hours and when he’s awake, Marissa asks to see Luke. Luke says he’s sorry and Marissa forgives him. Ryan and Luke have a heart to heart, which is kind of nice considering how their relationship started. They joke around for a bit and leave on good terms.

Luke: Welcome to Portland, bitch.

Sandy bites down his pride and asks Caleb for a favor to get the liquor license. Sandy sits Jimmy down and tells him about the liquor board. Caleb comes back after talking with the liquor board, but he can’t sway the commissioner. However, he says he has a better deal for them.

Marissa decides this is all her Mom’s fault and goes straight to Caleb’s office to tell him about Luke. Caleb talks first and says he knows everything already about Julie and still wants to marry her. Then he threatens Marissa with Jimmy’s liquor license. He says that she has to move in with him and Julie after they get married or he will withdraw his deal to Jimmy and Sandy to buy the restaurant they’ll never open. Since Jimmy needs the money and Marissa loves her dad she promises to do it.

Back at Jimmy’s, Marissa and Ryan hear noise up in Marissa’s room and go upstairs to find Seth and Summer in her newly redecorated room. She’s thrilled, but it’s too bad she won’t get to enjoy it at all soon.

Best Song of the Episode:

“Pride” by Synatx

Best Quote:

Marissa: Guys I’m fine.

Ryan: Yeah we know. Why wouldn’t you be?

Marissa: Because the guy I lost my virginity to had sex with my Mom.

Seth: Oh yeah, I remember that.

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

None. They didn’t even have non-white people serving people at the restaurant. Truly a white-washed episode.

Weird 2004 thing:

Julie: I had to block you from my buddy list you were so incessant

Luke: You blocked me? I thought you were offline.

OMG julie talking about AIM (AOL instant messenger) is too much this episode. Also, ironic timing since AIM finally closed its doors just this week.

Best Fashion Statement:

Nothing screams undercover like this awesome hat that Julie is wearing to meet her ex-fuck buddy who is in high school at the local Jamba Juice. Just says I’M A CHILD SEXUAL PREDATOR.