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The O.C. Episode Guide
The Pilot - 1.0 aired
Ryan Atwood and his brother Trey are in this secluded area at night.Trey is trying to persuade him to help steal a car.As they are attempting it, a cop drives by, so Ryan and Trey hurry.The cop gets suspicious; pretty soon a chase begins.Itís a thrill for Trey and a terror for Ryan. They
end up crashing. Next we see Sandy Cohen,
a lawyer, sitting at a table in jail; Ryan is brought to him.
Ryan asks about his brother, and
explains that since Trey has had previous felonies on his record, he is
staying in prison.
notices that Ryan is bad at school but has exceptionally high test scores.Ryan second-guesses his observations and replies about current events
surrounding social security and the current state of mind.
Ryan is let go. He and
walk outside. Ryanís mom comes speeding up in her car.She isnít happy about the situation and doesnít try to hide it.
Sandy, noticing the distance between them, gives
Ryan a card with his phone number.At
Ryanís house, his mom (who is drunk) is fed up with whatís happens.
She says that she
canít take it anymore and kicks Ryan out.Ryan hesitates, and then his momís boyfriend tells him to get out.
Ryan throws a punch and then gets punched out himself.Next, we see him on the side of the street at a payphone, calling
everyone he knows. He finally gives up but as a last resort calls
comes to get him and drives him to his home in
.He explains that his wife is
successful when Ryan comments on his lifestyle.When they arrive,
goes inside to plead Ryanís case to Kirsten, but sheís hesitant to take him
Outside, a waiting Ryan is lighting a cigarette when the
next door neighborís daughter, Marissa Cooper, comes out, waiting for a ride.She sees him and is instantly attracted.She bums a cigarette from him, and they talk for a little
while; she thinks
that he is a visiting cousin.
comes back to get Ryan, Marissa invites Ryan to the fashion show they're putting
on for charity.Up drives Luke
Ward, her boyfriend.
Ryan goes in and meets Kirsten, who tells him he will
be staying in the pool house. She is still reluctant but gives him a chance.In the morning, Ryan walks into the main house and meets Seth Cohen.Seth is on the floor playing video games and invites Ryan to join
him.After some persuasion, Ryan
and Seth bond over video games.
comes in and tells Seth to give
Ryan a tour of
so Seth brings him to the beach.They
are in the the water, and Seth explains how sailing is the only escape for
him and that he wants to sail to
.He brings up Summer--Marissaís best friend -- and his infatuation for her.They are interrupted by Sandy, who tells them to get ready for the
fashion show.Seth resists until
Ryan mentions that Summer will be there. That gets Seth to quickly changes his mood.They all walk back to the house while Marissa watches from afar.Marissa's doorbell rings, so she answers it.
Two men in suits want to see Marissaís dad, Jimmy.She takes a card from them, and it's obvious they have been there
before.She gives the card to
her dad and asks if anything is wrong. He replies that it's not, but it's
clear that something is very wrong.
getting ready for the fashion show at Marissa's house.Marissa's mom seems to be an average rich bitch, and itís clear that
little sister is following in her footsteps.At the fashion show, Ryan orders a drink, but when he turns around, Kirsten is standing there.
She tells him that she wants to be wrong about him, so he gives her the drink.
Everyone is seated; we see that Seth is an outsider
because he chooses to sit with the little kids. Marissa introduces the charity,
and then the fashion show begins.During
the show, Jimmy goes to the bathroom, and he starts to cry in the stall.
this overheard by Ryan.
Summer and Marissa are in the dressing room, and each
have stolen some sort of booze from the party. Later,
outside, Summer sees Ryan and invites him to a party.Ryan decides to go, but Seth doesnít want to, until Ryan lies that
Summer invited them both.They go to
the party, only to discover that the kids are binge-drinking and having threesomes in the bathroom.Ryan walks around the house and he see Summer. She comes up to
him, clearly drunk, and tries to seduce him, A drunk Seth catches them and
thinks that Ryan has betrayed him, so he throws the fact that Ryan stole a car
in his face and that he should just go back to where he came from.Summer scoffs at Ryan, and everyone starts to give him dirty looks and
taking about him, so he takes off.
Kirsten is outside and sees Jimmy; they comment on
their children and how late they're out.It
turns out that Jimmy and Kirsten were lovers some years before. Back at the
party, Seth goes down to the beach, where he is confronted by Luke and his
buddies. He almost gets beaten up until Ryan jumps in and punches Luke.
then gets pummeled to the floor, as well as Seth, and they are left there, bleeding.
Later on, Seth and Ryan head back to the pool house, and
itís clear that a friendship has been formed. Seth comments on the fight
and falls asleep on Ryanís couch.Ryan
can't sleep and decides to go out on the balcony, where he sees Summer and a friend
pulling an unconscious Marissa out of a car.They leave her there in the driveway and drive away.Ryan goes over to her, finds her keys, and helps her in.The next morning, Kirsten comes in and is pissed off because Seth was
drunk and hurt.She blames
Ryan for it.She tells
he canít stay there, but
pleads on Ryanís behalf.He gets
drives Ryan back to his house. On the way out of the Cohen's house, Ryan and Marissaís eyes meet
before he leaves..
At Ryanís House, Sandy tells him that he was just
like Ryan as a teenager, and that if he needs any help, he'll be there. Ryan
gets out of the car and goes in, only to find an empty house and a note,
which he doesnít read.
comes in to introduce himself , seeing that Ryan is alone.
leads Ryan back to his car.
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