The O.C.: Season 1, Episode 17

The Rivals (21 Jan. 2004)

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Ryan continues to become suspicious of Oliver when he suddenly transfers to Harbor High and begins making plans of his own with Marissa. But Ryan's attempts to try to expose Oliver of the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Atwood (as Benjamin McKenzie)


Ryan continues to become suspicious of Oliver when he suddenly transfers to Harbor High and begins making plans of his own with Marissa. But Ryan's attempts to try to expose Oliver of the person that he is, gets met with negative approval from everyone, leading to a familiar situation. Summer shows off her new boyfriend, Danny, to Seth and Anna who correctly think that Summer is just showing off to satisfy her own ego. Meanwhile, Sandy and Jimmy prepare to sign the lease papers to build their own seafood restaurant, the Lighthouse. But Jimmy doesn't know if he's ready for this new business venture. Written by Anonymous

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When Danny beats Seth at the video game, he turns to Seth and says "You just got Punk'd (2003)! There's a camera there *points*, there *points again* and over there!*and once again*". Incidentally, Adam Brody got Punk'd three months after this episode aired. See more »


Oliver transfers to Harbor as a twice held back junior. He is should be be taking senior class yet says he has the exact same schedule as Marissa, who is a sophomore. See more »


Oliver Trask: So here about what happened between you and Marissa.
Ryan Atwood: Yeah, sorry.
Oliver Trask: It's okay.
Ryan Atwood: No it's not. I was wrong about you.
Oliver Trask: Well, I mean did you think I came here because of Marissa? What, because I'm in love with her?
Ryan Atwood: Yeah... no. It's crazy.
Oliver Trask: Hmm.
[leans in close]
Oliver Trask: Here's the deal, Ryan, and it's nothing personal. But Marissa and I? We just connect. She understands me, gets me. And hey, I don't know if there's only one person on the planet you're supposed to be with, but when she and I are together, sure ...
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The Rivals (#1.17)
6 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Oliver transfers into their school. Ryan is suspicious and looks into his file where he finds out that Oliver tried to commit suicide over a girl. He is caught for that and put into detention. He also breaks into Marissa's locker and gets a letter Oliver wrote which makes Marissa want to break up with him.

The Oliver story gets a bit better. He is sure an interesting character. And they did some good spins in this episode, including the letter not even being for Marissa and Ryan screwing it up.

Am glad to see Jimmy and Sandy getting the restaurant together. And what is wrong with Seth? Finding yourself of the opposite sex is the best thing that can happen to anyone.

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