The 50 Best Moments from The O.C.

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The 50 Best Moments from <i>The O.C.</i>

Over the course of four seasons and 92 episodes, The O.C. had its share of great moments. From Cohen family hilarity to heartbreak and grief, the series ran the gamut of styles and tones, creating a wide variety of unforgettable scenes. (It was so ubiquitous, in fact, that The Lonely Island parodied it in a digital short without needing to mention it by name.) To mark the tenth anniversary of series finale, Paste presents The O.C.’s 50 Best Moments, listed in chronological order. (Read our complete episode ranking here.)

1. “Pilot” (Episode 1.01)

Ryan gets arrested with his brother and meets Sandy Cohen.

2. “Pilot” (Episode 1.01)

Ryan meets Marissa for the first time.

3. “Pilot” (Episode 1.01)

Seth meets his new brother, Ryan.

4. “Pilot” (Episode 1.01)

“Welcome to the O.C., bitch!”

5. “The Model Home” (Episode 1.02)

Ryan and Luke fight—burning down a model home as a result.

6. “The Girlfriend” (Episode 1.06)

Seth and Summer kiss, beginning The O.C.’s best romance (of many).

7. “The Escape” (Episode 1.07)

The gang goes to “TJ” (Tijuana).

8. “The Escape” (Episode 1.07)

Marissa overdoses on pills and booze.

9. “The Heights” (Episode 1.09)

Ryan and Marissa share their first kiss atop a ferris wheel.

10. “The Secret” (Episode 1.12)


11. ”The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (Episode 1.13)

The Cohens introduce the world to Chrismukkah, the holiday sweeping the nation.

12. ”The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (Episode 1.13)

Summer gives Seth his Chrismukkah present: His own, real-life Wonder Woman.

13. “The Countdown” (Episode 1.14)

Ryan rushes to kiss Marissa on New Year’s Eve.

14. “The Truth” (Episode 1.18)

Oliver loses his goddamn mind.

15. “The Heartbreak” (Episode 1.19)

Summer and Seth have sex for the first time—and it’s awkward.

16. “The Heartbreak” (Episode 1.19)

Sandy and Seth have “the talk.”

17. “The Heartbreak” (Episode 1.19)

Seth and Summer share a dance.

18. “The Telenovela” (Episode 1.20)

Seth publicly proclaims his love for Summer.

19. “The Goodbye Girl” (Episode 1.21)

Anna leaves for the East Coast and says goodbye to Seth.

20. “The Proposal” (Episode 1.24)

The Gruesome Twosome get engaged.

21. “The Strip” (Episode 1.26)

The O.C. goes to The Vegas.

22. “The Ties That Bind” (Episode 1.27)

The most unholy of all unions.

23. “The Ties That Bind” (Episode 1.27)

Ryan goes back to Chino and Seth sails to Tahiti.

24. “The Distance” (Episode 2.01)

Marissa’s hilariously stupid meltdown.

25. “The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn’t” (Episode 2.06)


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