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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Although Hailey is the adult aunt to the teenage Seth, in reality, Amanda Righetti (who plays Hailey) was the teen at 19 when this show aired, while Adam Brody (who plays Seth) was the adult at 24. See more »


When Sandy and Kirsten is at swingers party and Sandy s about to put his watch in the bowl, one shot his hand is near the bowl, but seconds later the hand with the watch is near his ear. See more »


[Marissa is calling Ryan]
Marissa: Oh, come on, pick up, pick up.
Ryan: Hello.
Marissa: Ryan, it's me.
Marissa: What's going on? Where are you?
Marissa: I can't really talk right now, it's Oliver, you were right and now he won't let me leave.
Oliver Trask: [holding gun] Hang up.
Marissa: What are you doing?
Oliver Trask: Hang up the phone. Please. Please, Marissa, give me the phone.
[hands over phone]
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Marrisa: I love you Ryan: Thank you
9 March 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

It's New Year's and "love" is in the air. Kirsten's sister, Hailey Nichol returns home, and throws a party. Oliver casts his spell. Sandy and Kirsten find themselves in a rut, and out of their environment. Seth finally makes a decision between Summer and Anna. 2004 is born. Marissa and Ryan have some difficulties in expressing their feelings.

In this episode, we are introduced to Hailey, she didn't really seemed to be a good character, but she's one of the cutest in the show.

Seth chooses Anna, and that's mostly because she came to him. Samaire Armstrong is a really fun actress, (except her hair) bu her character is annoying at times.

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