The O.C. (2003–2007)
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The Secrets and Lies 

Julie and Dr. Roberts return from their cruise at sea and announce their engagement, leading to fireworks from both Summer and Marissa when Julie moves out of her trailer and into Dr. ... See full summary »


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Julie and Dr. Roberts return from their cruise at sea and announce their engagement, leading to fireworks from both Summer and Marissa when Julie moves out of her trailer and into Dr. Roberts' house. Meanwhile, Marissa seeks solace with Volchok and his bad company surfer friends which causes a riff between her and Summer. Ryan tries to move on by dating Sadie, but finds himself not over Marissa. Seeing the specter of Marissa hanging over Ryan, Sadie decides to leave Newport to move back to Portland without saying goodbye to Ryan. Kirsten surprises Seth with a night out to an AA meeting, and Sandy's woes with Matt continue when Henry Griffin continues to insist that Sandy fire Matt from Newport Group for dating his daughter. But this leads to Matt getting beat up after unwisely trying to blackmail Mr. Griffin about some less-than-legal business dealings he's in. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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30 March 2006 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Marissa says that the door to her trailer doesn't lock, yet when Summer comes over one morning and Marissa has Volchok in the trailer the door is locked and Summer can't get in. See more »


Seth Cohen: He's got good abs. Women like abs. I've got a six-pack myself, I know.
Summer Roberts: Oh, Cohen, those are your ribs.
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References Veronica Mars (2004) See more »


Faster Kill Pussycat
Performed by Paul Oakenfold (feat. Brittany Murphy)
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the downward spiral
28 September 2015 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

I am THE Mischa Barton/Marissa Cooper fan. Yes, the #1 fan-boy. As for THE O.C., I know this has all happened ages ago, but I'm a DVD guy, and I'm having a whale of a time with the story. Unfortunately, while I was watching Season 1, while I had yet to acquire the rest of the series, and while I was already thoroughly involved (!) with Marissa Cooper (!! boy, I wish!!), I learned in a magazine of the outcome of Season 3, so, before I go on, ***********Season Spoiler Ahead******************

And what a spoiler, so back off if you don't want your viewing pleasure ruined! Only meant for you guys who have seen S03E25.

Okay, now that the newbies are out of the room, I can with a clear conscience relate that I am watching with growing horror. It's only a story, Marissa is not a real person, it is only a story, but in six weeks' time*, I'm gonna see the most tragic casualty in TV history. I don't know how it is gonna happen, only that she dies.

*I watch just one episode a week. On Mondays.

This afternoon, I watched "The Secrets and Lies", and I wanted to scream out at Summer, tell her how that guy is LIKE SO not worth getting involved with, how he would only drag her down. And to Ryan, at the lifeguard tower, "Tell her she is much too valuable to waste herself like that!" And at the script-writer, "Hey! Goof! You lot have Marissa's motivation all wrong!", two weeks ago she was like, "We're not from the same world!" and yet, she hooks up with Volchok? But, okay, it's not about anything remotely romantic, I learned towards the end of the episode, it's more like SHE WANTS to be mistreated, for she said herself she didn't come to him to be treated well. She, poor wretched bird, does all these things SIMPLY TO BLOT OUT REALITY.

I've noticed that one of the two other reviewers here is a totally misguided little soul as well, believing that Marissa is choosing freedom and that Volchok is like the coolest thing since sliced bread and, well, yuck, she's probably into black rappers too, 'nuff said. There is a saying in my home language, which directly translated means: Mix yourself with barley and the pigs will eat you, and this is what will happen to Marissa, not because she deserves it, but because she is so forlornly misguided as well. An OD on THE O.C.?

My thanks to everybody, from Mischa Barton to Josh Schwarz (Mr SuperCool himself) for keeping me glued to the set. Even to Cam Gigandet, who fortunately got to play the bastard as far more than a mere cardboard character.

Ryan, you should have just kicked his ass, Ryan! Yes, boring old Ryan.


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