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The Proposal 

Engagement announcements are joyful news, right? Not when it means the one person Kirsten despises will become her stepmom. And not when Marissa will have a new family arrangement she doesn't want.


Helen Shaver


Josh Schwartz (created by), Liz Friedman | 1 more credit »




Episode credited cast:
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
Melinda Clarke ... Julie Cooper
Rachel Bilson ... Summer Roberts
Tate Donovan ... Jimmy Cooper
Amanda Righetti ... Hailey Nichol
Alan Dale ... Caleb Nichol
Brian McNamara ... Carson Ward
Doug Ballard ... Peter Johnson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zuzana Monroe ... Wedding Guest (as Zuzana Hibdon)
Evis Xheneti ... Wedding Guest


On the opening night of The Lighthouse, Jimmy and Sandy discover that their liquor licence has been denied. Sandy must then decide whether to drop Jimmy and get the licence, or keep Jimmy on as his partner. Meanwhile, Seth and Summer decide to do remodel Marissa's room as a kind gesture, and Marissa struggles to come to terms with her mother's affair with Luke, refusing to speak to either of them. This anger is heightened when she spots them spending time together once again. However, when Luke's state of mind rapidly deteriorates and he is involved in an accident, everything is thrown into a chaos. Caleb makes a shocking proposal, leaving everyone reeling, and Marissa is forced into an unfavorable arrangement by Caleb. Written by snowflakeaudrey

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


Did You Know?


In one of the first season episodes ("The Proposal"), the main characters are watching an unnamed "chick-flick". According to "The O.C." website, the movie was "The Triplets of Bellville", but a closer examination will show that the credits are not from the movie at all. Instead, the credits being run in the theater in the background are just shout-outs to crew members (i.e. Susan Godfrey). See more »


When Seth and Summer are remodeling Marissa's room Seth is trying to hammer a nail into the wall. He hits the wall too hard, missing the nail, and the nail remains in the wall closer to the top-right corner of the hole. In the next shot, the nail is is now closer to the top-left corner of the hole. See more »


[Kirsten pours the rest of the champagne for herself]
Sandy: That's cool. I didn't want any, anyway.
Kirsten: My dad is marrying Julie Cooper. Julie Cooper... is my step-mom.
Sandy: Maybe we'll get you another bottle.
Jimmy: Yeah. Drink up.
Kirsten: This is an unholy alliance. This is two storm fronts colliding. This is the apocalypse for us all.
Sandy: Maybe you wanna lay off the sauce.
Kirsten: Think of it, Jimmy, when we were growing up, all those times you came over to go sailing with my dad, did you ever think he'd marry your ex-wife?
Jimmy: Yeah, gimme a ...
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14 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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