The O.C.: Season 3, Episode 24

The Man of the Year (4 May 2006)

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Sandy is voted "Man of the Year" by Riviera magazine due to his work for the hospital, but at the same time is having some trouble with the law for his connections to Henry Griffin when Mr.... See full summary »



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Sandy is voted "Man of the Year" by Riviera magazine due to his work for the hospital, but at the same time is having some trouble with the law for his connections to Henry Griffin when Mr. Griffin's mob connections are made public. Although Seth is happily back together with Summer, he is not out of sorrow: His mom struggles with alcoholism again and Sandy finds out that Seth lied about being accepted into Brown University. Meanwhile, Marissa visits Kaitlin at her posh boarding school, who needs her help to get out of trouble with another student. After Ryan brought Volchok to the hospital after he nearly and inadvertently tried to kill him, Volchok wants Ryan to help him with some illegal activities; which includes some burglary and the theft of a car, otherwise he will bust Ryan to the cops. Written by Sab

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Theresa's line "It's hard for a 28 year old to get Prom." is an in-joke to both Ben McKenzie and Navi Rawat being in their late 20s when this episode aired. See more »


Seth Cohen: Today's a good day for me, Ryan. I finally came clean, told the truth about not getting into Brown, and things are great. Life is so much better when you're honest, you just mean what you say, you say what you mean - I feel like you.
Ryan Atwood: Well, now that you're on a roll, are you going to tell Sandy and Kirsten about Brown, too?
Seth Cohen: Yeah, I don't think so.
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The Man of the Year (#3.24)
27 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There is investigation against Sandy. Summer tries to get the letter back but it doesn't work and Sandy reads it. He confronts Seth on his lies but he is all mad and says that Kirsten relapsed. Seth also causes a fire with his roach and gets arrested at the end. Marissa helps her sister while Ryan is forced to help Volchek.

I really have trouble to understand what Sandy did wrong. He sure is the most decent from the whole family. And no need to make him responsible for Kirsten not being to control her drinking. One thing an alcoholic knows is that she is responsible herself. So hell, Sandy totally deserves to be Man of the Year. And it is weird how nobody made a big deal about things that Seth did.

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