The O.C.: Season 1, Episode 2

The Model Home (12 Aug. 2003)

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When his mother disappears and faced with the prospect of life in a group home, Ryan decides to run away from Newport, but Seth and Marissa convince him to stay and hide in a vacant ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Atwood (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Ashley Hartman ...
Josh Kloss ...
Arson Investigator


When his mother disappears and faced with the prospect of life in a group home, Ryan decides to run away from Newport, but Seth and Marissa convince him to stay and hide in a vacant building project. Meanwhile, Jimmy discusses his recent financial woes with Kirsten, and she offers a solution. After the jealous Luke witnesses a close encounter between Marissa and Ryan, he confronts Ryan and a fight breaks loose in the house where their quarrel accidentally starts a fire. Ryan nearly dies in the flames, until surprisingly Luke returns and saves Ryan's life, which unfortunately reveals Ryan's continuing presence in Newport leading to both him and Luke getting arrested for arson. Written by Anonymous

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Sandy: What was he even doing there? Why didn't you tell us?
Seth: Because he didn't want to go to a foster home. He didn't want to leave and I didn't want him to leave either. It's like, you force me to live amongst these-these pod people and the first cool person I meet, it's like, you kick him out of the house.
Sandy: I did the best I could.
Seth: So did I
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Spoofs Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »


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6 April 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In The Model Home, Ryan is taken to Seth's housing developments in an option to keep Ryan around but so that he doesn't have to lose his best friend. Marissa catches wind of their plan and tags along. It's really a great friendship episode as we can watch Seth belittle Marissa but still show compassion for her in the end.

Ryan is developed and we learn a little more about Marissa and Jimmy. We are revealed about Jimmy's secret and Marissa and Ryan begin to connect on a romantic level, while Seth still pines over Summer. Kirsten is trying to understand Sandy's need to play Dad for Ryan. It's got a lot of emotion in the episode, mixed with unanticipated amounts of dangerous drama.

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