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The Model Home 

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 »

Director:

Doug Liman

Writers:

Josh Schwartz (created by), Josh Schwartz (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Sandy Cohen
Kelly Rowan ... Kirsten Cohen
Ben McKenzie ... Ryan Atwood (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Mischa Barton ... Marissa Cooper
Adam Brody ... Seth Cohen
Chris Carmack ... Luke Ward
Tate Donovan ... Jimmy Cooper
Melinda Clarke ... Julie Cooper
Rachel Bilson ... Summer Roberts
Ashley Hartman Ashley Hartman ... Holly Fischer
Adam Grimes ... Nordlund
Josh Kloss ... Chip Saunders
Shailene Woodley ... Kaitlin Cooper
Dwight Hicks ... Sheriff
Steven M. Gagnon ... Arson Investigator
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Trivia

When Marissa, Ryan, and Seth are driving to the Model Home in Marissa's car, they are listening to the song 'I'm a Terrible Person' by 'Rooney'. In a future episode the gang will attend a Rooney concert. See more »

Goofs

During this episode, Jimmy Cooper explains to his wife that the out-of-season basketball game he is watching on ESPN Classic is the 1986 NBA Finals Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons - however, the 1986 Finals was contested between the Boston Celtics & the Houston Rockets. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: So how long you been with him?
Marissa: Luke? Um... I don't know really.
Seth: I know. Fifth grade, when you two got your mack on during our class trip to the Museum of Tolerance. Back of the bus. Classy lady.
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Connections

Spoofs Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

In Your Eyes
Performed by Aaron D
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Good friends, amazing life.
6 April 2010 | by JeriqueSee 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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