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The O.C. Episode Guide
The Rivals - 1.17
Ryan (Benjamin Mckenzie) and
Seth (Adam Brody) are in school and Ryan is telling Seth that he didnít
quite buy Oliverís suicide attempt. Seth thinks Ryan is being wrong since he
hasnít seen Oliver do or say anything untrustworthy from him. They segue
into a conversation about Seth, he feels like he and Anna (Samaire
Armstrong) are very similar, maybe too similar as if he is dating the female
version of himself. Ryan says he will try to give Oliver a chance and he and
Marissa (Micha Barton) are walking in school when they find out Oliver has
transferred to Harbor.
Summer (Rachel Bilson) has a
new boyfriend Danny who everyone thinks is extremely funny however Seth does
not think so, he thinks heís too ďbigĒ with his comedy. Oliver and Ryan are
talking, he says he wants to fit in and be embraced just like Ryan was.
Oliver is trying to build a comparison between the two of them.
Back at the Cohen house Ryan
is confiding in Seth that he still doesnít trust Oliver because Oliver said
there was an ďincidentĒ at his old high school. Seth and Sandy (Peter
Gallagher) also draw the similarities between Ryan and Oliver however this
just annoys Ryan more.
Ryan is then on his bike at
night riding into school to dig up incriminating Oliver.
He is looking at his file and finds a confidential
notice, but gets caught by a security guard. Sandy and Kirsten (Kelly Rowan)
are in Dr. Kimís office discussing Ryanís latest stunt. Ryan tells then he
doesnít trust Oliver and found out the ďincidentĒ at Pacific was that he
slit his wrists because of a girl who filed a restraining order. They decide
they will take action accordingly to his crime and Ryan will serve
Seth and Anna again wearing similar outfits
are talking when Summer and Danny come by and he of course is making
everyone laugh except Seth. Anna then concludes Seth is jealous of Summerís
Sandy and Jimmy (Tate Donovan) are talking
about the restaurant they are hoping to buy together and how they want to
change the Lighthouse to what it once was. Kirsten and Julie (Melinda
Clarke) are also working together. Julie as been hired to decorate a house
Kirsten hopes to sell. Julie wants to impress Caleb and hopes to be hired.
Back at school Ryan sees Oliver and Marissa
talking; he spies on them and sees Oliver give Marissa a letter which she
puts in her locker. Back at home Ryan is being yelled at by Sandy and
Kirsten for what he did after all they did for him and how much they hoped
he changed. Ryan understands he is now part of the Cohen family and will be
punished as if a son, not a border. Seth tells Ryan he is freaking him out
with his obsession with Oliver. When Ryan shows Seth the letter he stole
Seth canít believer he stole it and tells Ryan he has to put it back because
Oliver has been nothing but a good friend to Marissa. After Seth leaves Ryan
reads the letter.
The next morning Ryan tells Seth he read
the letter, Seth is shocked and doesnít want to hear about it because itís
wrong. Marissa comes in and Ryan hides the letter. They go off to school.
At Kirstenís office, Julie is crying
because Kirsten was right about her redecorating, they donít have time and
Julie went too big. Kirsten says they will do it together the best they can,
simple not over the top like Julie initially wanted.
Seth decides to prove he is not jealous of
Danny he will invite him over so they can be friends. Ryan wants to put the
letter back in Marissaís locker. Oliver comes by wondering what heís doing,
and then Luke shows up all deferring Ryan from putting the letter back. Luke
says he doesnít trust Oliver and he like Ryan sees that he is after Marissa.
Sandy tells Jimmy he put a down payment on
the restaurant which scares Jimmy as it is all moving fast for him and he
doesnít want to feel like Sandy is paying the way the rest of his life. He
says he is rethinking the partnership altogether.
Seth and Danny are playing video games, and
Danny of course is trying to be funny, Sandy doesnít think he is too funny,
and then we learn the reason he is always trying to be funny is to impress
Summer who has said Seth is the funniest person she knows. Seth likes
hearing that Summer acknowledged him and his treasured figurine Captain Oats
to Danny and tells Danny he should be even bigger, knowing this will draw
Dr. Kim has called Marissa into her office
to talk about a transfer student who has a relationship with her that
worries the dean. Marissa thinks she is talking about Oliver; Dr. Kim is
actually talking about Ryan. Ryan comes out of detention and Marissa is
waiting for him. She tells him she knows what he did and doesnít understand
why he is being the way he is about Oliver. Ryan shows the letter he stole
the one where Oliver is professing his love and devotion. Marissa canít
believe Ryan would steal from her, especially a letter that was intended for
Natalie not Marissa. Marissa says she canít do this anymore because now she
doesnít trust Ryan.
At Kirstenís office, Julie is worried Caleb
didnít like the job she did; he walks in and says he actually loved it. He
loved the simplicity. Julie takes all the credit and is hired as their full
time decorator. Sandy doesnít think his business venture will turn out as
well since Jimmy bailed on the partnership but at the last minute Jimmy
comes into the restaurant agreeing to it. Jimmy and Sandy are in the
Summer confides in Seth that Danny has
changed. He is funny but now he is too big. She says she has to break up
with him thus accepting her fate to be bitter and alone. Anna stops by
wearing the same scarf as Seth. Seth likes unpredictability. Summer mentions
she is unpredictable.
At the Pool Hall, Ryan trying to apologize
to Oliver says he thought Oliver may be going after Marissa but realized he
was wrong. Oliver then tells Ryan he was right. Oliver and Marissa have a
connection Ryan canít understand about and he should just give her up and
not ďfight fateĒ. Ryan says he wonít let it happen and jumps on Oliver
beating him up. Marissa runs over as Ryan is screaming and being detained
because he wants to Oliver to ďStay away from herĒ.
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