The O.C.: Season 1, Episode 14

The Countdown (17 Dec. 2003)

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Kirsten's outgoing and spoiled younger sister Hailey Nichol, notorious for not doing anything with her life, returns home and asks to stay for New Year's Eve. Although getting along fine ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Atwood (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Jimmy Cooper (credit only)
Yvette (as Alaina Kalanj)
Kimberly Oja ...
Taryn Baker (as Kim Oja)
Matt Phillips ...


Kirsten's outgoing and spoiled younger sister Hailey Nichol, notorious for not doing anything with her life, returns home and asks to stay for New Year's Eve. Although getting along fine with everyone, she shows her true colors when she throws a destructive New Year's Eve party at the house when Sandy and Kristen are out and locks both Ryan and Seth in the guest house. Meanwhile, Sandy and Kirsten get lost while traveling to a restaurant for dinner, and, thinking they're in a rut, find themselves out of their environment at a swingers house party. The mysterious Oliver Trask, a charming young teenager Marissa met in her therapist's waiting room, takes advantage of a mild quarrel between her and Ryan to cast his spell on her and invite her and her friends to his New Year's Eve party at his parents' posh penthouse. Also there in attendance are Summer and Anna who talk about Seth and decide to find him to make him choose which one of them he wants to be with. Written by Jim

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Though credited in the opening credits, Chris Carmack (Luke), Tate Donovan (Jimmy) and Melinda Clarke (Julie) do not appear in this episode. See more »


At the swingers party, it is Taryn's turn to pull a watch. In the shot where she sticks her hand in the bowl, you can clearly see that she pulls a gold watch. The next shot she's seen pulling a totally different watch. See more »


Marissa Cooper: [speaking to Ryan, played by Benjamin McKenzie who at this time was often described as looking like a young Russell Crowe] I dunno. Russell Crowe? He just doesn't do anything for me. I mean people say he's good looking. But I don't see it.
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The Countdown (#1.14)
6 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Its is New Years night and all the characters end up at parties. Kirsten's sister Hailey comes over, sends Kirsten and Sandy to a swingers party and throws a big one at their place. Seth and Ryan want to stop her but she locks them in the pool house only later needs their help to end it. And then Ryan runs to the party Marissa is at to return "i love you" to her. And Anna comes to Seth.

Well the whole "i love you" thing was pretty boring and cliché including Ryan making it to Marissa in the last second. This was like the worst part of the episode.

It was kind of funny to see Kirsten and Sandy at a swingers party but it was pretty clear how it will end. I liked Hailey and Kirsten annoyed me telling her to grow up. Hey, if she loves her boring life maybe Hailey loves her fun life too.

The best thing was to see Anna and Seth together. They would be the best couple on the show. Hopefully 2004 is good for them.

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