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The O.C. Episode Guide
The Power of Love - 2.08 aired
Seth calls Ryan at the Cohen home and asks Ryan to cover for him, because
he stayed the night at Alex’s. Ryan says no, but Seth talks him into it.
Kirsten rubs Sandy’s shoulders and wishes him a happy anniversary. It soon
becomes obvious that Sandy forgot their anniversary. But Sandy tells Kirsten
he planned something special.
The two head to the kitchen, where Ryan lies for Seth. Unfortunately, Sandy
sees right through it and realizes that Seth is with Alex.
Seth finds out that Ryan’s cover did not work on his parents. Zach and
Summer join them, and when Zach goes to get Summer coffee, she finds out
that Seth stayed with Alex last night. With Zach shows back up with the
coffee, Summer says that it will make her nauseous.
Julie contemplates where to take their family photo for Riviera. Cal is
disinterested. Marissa shows up to ask for money, and Julie tries to bribe
her to the in the family photo in exchange for money. Cal hands over the
money, and tells Julie that he agrees with Marissa—they are not the ideal
family, and should not pretend to be.
Ryan and Lindsay decide to study at Ryan’s house. They also decide to wait
to tell Kirsten about them.
Sandy tells Kirsten that for their anniversary they are going to The Montage
at Laguna Beach. Kirsten does not believe that he made the reservation
earlier than that evening. Kirsten says that they should not leave Seth at
home right now, but Sandy says that he can scold Seth into shape. Seth and
Ryan come home, and Seth apologizes, but Seth grounds the two boys anyways.
Sandy tells Seth and Ryan that if they can’t shape up, they will have to
stay with Cal and Julie over the weekend. The boys instantly decide to shape
Marissa tries to study French with Summer, but Summer is distracted with the
knowledge of Seth having slept with Alex. Summer decides that she and Zach
are ready to have sex, too.
Ryan and Lindsay get together in the pool house to study.
Sandy says that maybe he and Kirsten should make the boys spend more time
with them. Sandy goes to get Seth, while Kirsten goes to get Ryan. Sandy
discovers Seth trying to sneak out the window, and Kirsten walks in on Ryan
and Lindsay getting intimate.
Kirsten tells Sandy they should cancel their get away, saying she is
preoccupied with Ryan and Lindsay’s romance. The boys have made an elaborate
pancake breakfast for them, and apologize. Sandy tells them that they have
really screwed up, and they have to come straight home after school.
D.J. picks up Marissa for school, and Julie reminds Marissa of the photo
shoot. Marissa refuses to come, but finally says she will be there—with D.J.
Ryan and Lindsay say that it is probably good that Kirsten knows. Lindsay
says that she will talk to Kirsten.
Sandy shows up to visit Alex at work. Alex inquires if he wants them to
break up. Sandy says yes, but he isn’t holding his breath. He tells her that
it is his anniversary, and it is being ruined by Seth’s bad behavior. He
wants Alex to straighten out Seth for him. Alex seems agreeable, and
compliments Sandy’s father skills.
Summer kisses Zach at school and tells them that they should take the next
step in their relationship. Zach totally agrees—Summer should meet his
Seth goes to visit Alex, who tells him she needs some space. Seth finds out
that Sandy visited Alex, and is embarrassed.
Kirsten tells Sandy that she cancelled their reservation at The Montage. She
brings up Portland and how Sandy was going to let Seth stay there. The two
yell at each other about how to parent Seth, and Kirsten also brings up how
Sandy had forgotten their anniversary.
Sandy talks to Seth and Ryan about how they have ruined his anniversary
weekend. Ryan offers to help.
Lindsay goes to visit Kirsten at the office, and Lindsay apologizes for
upsetting Kirsten. Kirsten tells Lindsay that maybe they should take a step
back from being so close now that Lindsay is so close to Ryan. Lindsay is
Summer and Zach go to meet Zach’s mom and sister. Summer bombs when her
political knowledge is not up to par.
Seth meets Alex and asks her for his job back. Alex is mad at Seth for not
realizing how lucky he is to have a dad who cares. Alex also mentions that
Seth’s parents will never approve of her.
Julie, Cal, and Marissa are trying to take their family picture when D.J.
shows up. Marissa hugs and kisses him, but Julie is angry and confronts D.J.
Julie offers to bring D.J. back, but when she runs to stop him, she bribes
him to stay away from Marissa.
Ryan and Lindsay meet at the pier. Ryan tells Lindsay that their
relationship is problematic, and they should break up. Lindsay is angry that
she had picked him over Kirsten, and tells Ryan about their discussion at
Sandy tells Kirsten to get ready for their anniversary, but Kirsten is angry
because she does not feel that they should leave Ryan and Seth at home
alone. Sandy tells Kirsten, Seth, and Ryan that he has solved the problem
and hired the best babysitters—two cops! The two men are friends of Sandy’s
and tell Sandy and Kirsten to have a nice anniversary.
At Sandy and Kirsten’s date, Kirsten apologizes for having been so harsh on
Sandy. They admit to being afraid of losing Seth. Then, the cops show up and
apologize—the boys somehow got away!
Marissa comes over to Summer’s. Summer is watching the news and reading news
magazines. They talk about how they haven’t seen their men since their
Sandy and Kirsten go to the Bait Shop to get Seth and Ryan. A surprise party
awaits them with all their friends and family. Sandy goes up to the stage
and serenades Kirsten.
Zach finds Summer at the party and tells her that he likes her so much
because she is so different from his family. The two kiss.
Julie tries to comfort Marissa and tells her that she bribed D.J. for five
thousand dollars, as a test. Marissa walks away.
Kirsten apologizes to Ryan for freaking out on him and Lindsay. Lindsay
shows up, and Kirsten recommends that he and Lindsay go dance. Ryan
apologizes to Lindsay for trying to break up with her, and the two dance
Seth introduces Alex to Kirsten. Alex compliments Sandy’s singing skills.
D.J. walks up to Marissa outside. He breaks up with Marissa. He says that it
is time for them to break up, and if Marissa didn’t hate Julie so much, she
probably would never have dated him. He hands Marissa the check, and tells
Marissa to take a shopping spree on Julie.
Sandy sings more songs, while the whole gang listens.
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