The O.C.: Season 1, Episode 12

The Secret (26 Nov. 2003)

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Ryan learns more about Luke when they're paired for a school science project which is that Luke isn't the macho tough guy he puts out to his friends, but he is quite a nice person with a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Atwood (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Kimberly Oja ...
Taryn Baker (as Kim Oja)
Kate Rodger ...
Meredith Ward


Ryan learns more about Luke when they're paired for a school science project which is that Luke isn't the macho tough guy he puts out to his friends, but he is quite a nice person with a perfect home life. But things take a sudden turn when Ryan and Luke stumble upon a secret of Luke's father's homosexuality. The next day, the news of Luke's father is the talk of the whole school and the town resulting in negative reactions to Luke from his friends, in which he blames Ryan who denies telling anyone about his father being gay. Meanwhile, Kristen continues to avoid Jimmy over their disastrous Thanksgiving dinner encounter, while Sandy has some advice for Jimmy over his legal problems which doesn't set well with Julie over selling their house to pay off the money he lost. Written by Anonymous

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Luke: This is gonna be weird.
Ryan: Yep.
Luke: Everyone's gonna be staring at me... Talking.
Marissa: Yep.
Luke: Maybe I can just blow the whole thing off... Go hit the beach... Give everyone time to get it out of their systems.
Ryan: It's been months... I'm still the kid from Chino who burned a house down.
Marissa: And I'm still the girl who tried to kill herself in Mexico.
Seth: I'm still... The... I'm still Seth Cohen.
Luke: Man this is gonna suck.
Seth: Yep well... Welcome to my world
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The Secret (#1.12)
5 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Seth has to face Anna and Summer now, and they become great buddies, but after he apologizes it all returns to normal. Ryan and Luke end up as partners in a project and they find out that Luke's dad is gay. This leads to Luke's dad coming out and it becomes a big gossip in town which Luke now has to deal with.

Great episode. I really didn't expect them bringing in the homosexual story into it. And it was done so well. I felt so bad for Luke and his dad. Glad they ended up alright at the end. And it will sure play a role in Luke's position in school now and will make his character more interesting.

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