The O.C.: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (5 Aug. 2003)

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Ryan Atwood is a troubled, 16-year-old kid living in the rough, crime-ridden neighborhood of Chino located in San Bernadino, California, who gets thrown out of his own house by his ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Atwood (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Ashley Hartman ...
Karen Coughlin, Newport Woman #2
Agent Steve Pearlman


Ryan Atwood is a troubled, 16-year-old kid living in the rough, crime-ridden neighborhood of Chino located in San Bernadino, California, who gets thrown out of his own house by his alcoholic and neglectful mother and her abusive, alcoholic boyfriend after Ryan gets into trouble with the law when his self-destructive older brother, Trey, implicates him in the theft of a car. Ryan is appointed, Sanford 'Sandy' Cohen, a public defender, who takes the homeless youth to his house in the posh and picturesque neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, (the OC) and lets Ryan stay in the guest house against the protests from Sandy's wife Kristin and their bumbling and socially handicapped son Seth. Ryan forms a bond with Marissa Cooper, a friendly, but similarly emotionally troubled teenage girl living next door who introduces Ryan to the world of beach parties and life of the idle rich in Newport Beach. But Ryan's feelings for Marissia are hampered by Marissa's egotistical jock boyfriend, ... Written by Anonymous

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In the pilot, the first scene is of Trey and Ryan walking in Chino, and on a building next to them are the words 'Libraria Genisis', meaning the book of Genesis in Spanish; as a reference to this being the very first episode. See more »


Unless all of the characters were held back a year in school, their ages do not match their grade. In the first season, Marissa says she is 16 and her mother says Marissa was born in 1988, even though she is an incoming Sophomore, and should only be 15. This is also evident in the fact that Luke, Summer, and Marissa can all drive cars with no legal drivers. See more »


[first lines]
Trey Atwood: I'm your big brother, if I don't teach you this - who will?
[smashes car window]
Ryan: I don't know, Trey.
Trey Atwood: Quit being a little bitch! Get in!
[Ryan slams driver door shut]
Trey Atwood: Yeah.
[Ryan looks behind at the approaching cops]
Trey Atwood: Come on, let's go, Ryan!
[Ryan gets inside]
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"Come On...Let's Go."
6 April 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In the final words of the episode, Sandy opts to take Ryan back home. If anyone out there listened to the audio commentary, Josh Schwartz says The Pilot is actually more so a 3-part. Ryan isn't actually adopted by the Cohens till The Gamble (1.03).

It's really an emotional beginning to a quality show. Young stars are brought up behind established well-known talent of Peter Gallagher, while the young talent that is partly known such as Mischa Barton rises higher in the fame charts.

The O.C. starts off with a bang and really develops the principle characters well early on. Marissa does a lot of drinking which could foreshadow a lot of trouble ahead, Ryan's background foreshadows his challenge to overcome who his family is, Jimmy's got some dark secrets and Seth needs a good friend.

It's really a great opening episode to a great show and it has you on your heels and toes the entire 43 minutes. we come!

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