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
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was totally surprised that the network allowed him to have Ryan and Marissa meet over a cigarette. The executives allowed it to happen as it very quickly established that both characters have a rebellious streak. This is the only time we see them smoking. 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
I'm your big brother, if I don't teach you this - who will?
[smashes car window
I don't know, Trey.
Quit being a little bitch! Get in!
[Ryan slams driver door shut
[Ryan looks behind at the approaching cops
Come on, let's go, Ryan!
[Ryan gets inside
Written by Nick Wheeler
and Tyson Ritter
Performed by The All-American Rejects See more