The Best Episodes of The O.C.

#1 - The End's Not Near, It's Here 8.97

Season 4 - Episode 16

Six months after Mother Nature grabbed everyone by the neck and shook, events return to normal. Very normal. But complacency is never the Cohen or Cooper way. Time to follow the head and heart to what's right.

Directors: Ian Toynton

#2 - The Dearly Beloved 8.84

Season 2 - Episode 24

Familiar faces show up for a final farewell to Caleb. Meanwhile, Sandy takes action to help Kirsten. And when Ryan learns about the Trey-Marissa incident, a showdown - if not a tragedy - is inevitable.

Directors: Ian Toynton

#3 - The Ties That Bind 8.61

Season 1 - Episode 27

Summer is near and that means sun, surf and rejuvenation. Or to Ryan, Seth and Marissa, it may mean none of the above as each faces a critical crossroad. Just the same, Newport society rises to the occasion when Caleb and Julie do the "I do."

Directors: Patrick Norris

#4 - The Rainy Day Women 8.57

Season 2 - Episode 14

Rain - and it seems there are as many problems as raindrops. Kirsten, Sandy...and Rebecca. Julie, Marissa...and Alex. Lindsay, Ryan...and Chicago. Summer, Seth...and Italy. Can't rain forever, can it?

Directors: Michael Fresco

#5 - The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't 8.48

Season 2 - Episode 6

Friends, festivities, 8 days of gifts, another day with a whole lot of gifts. Seth's formula for the perfect Chrismukkah may come undone when Caleb's confession rocks the Cohen world.

Directors: Tony Wharmby

#6 - Pilot 8.46

Season 1 - Episode 1

Just a freeway's drive away. And yet worlds apart. Rejected by his parents after a brush with the law, Ryan Atwood moves temporarily into the pool house of his attorney's posh Newport Beach home...and finds both friends and foes among the privileged O.C. youth.

Directors: Doug Liman

#7 - The Countdown 8.42

Season 1 - Episode 14

As the New Year looms, Ryan doesn't know how to respond when Marissa says those three meaningful words. Sandy and Kirsten are wallflowers at a swingers' party. And at home, Seth thinks of what might have been.

Directors: Michael Fresco

#8 - The O.Sea 8.37

Season 2 - Episode 23

Heads: Seth takes Summer to the prom. Tails: Zach does. Whoever's dateless takes a meeting with George Lucas to discuss Atomic County. That'll settle things, right? The Julie-Caleb union ends...not the way anyone expected.

Directors: Michael Lange

#9 - The Debut 8.33

Season 1 - Episode 4

Ryan promised to stay out of trouble. But trouble finds him as he, Seth, Marissa and others take part in one of the biggest events on the Newport social calendar: the Debutantes Ball.

Directors: Daniel Attias

#10 - The Way We Were 8.30

Season 2 - Episode 2

The boys are back. Every status is quo. Except: Summer won't kiss and make up, Ryan catches Marissa in a clinch, the DA busts Caleb, Hailey bails and the remodellers are like a wrecking crew. Home sweet chaos.

Directors: Michael Lange

#11 - The SnO.C. 8.27

Season 2 - Episode 5

The winter dance is near and a Ryan-Lindsay hook-up is off, on, off, on, off like a light switch. But all will be smoothed over by the time of the big Newport social event. Or not. Plus: Caleb's secret - revealed!

Directors: Ian Toynton

#12 - The Perfect Storm 8.26

Season 3 - Episode 5

Is Ryan shipping out? Sandy's mind-meld persuasion skills fail to convince him to stay. But where there's a will, there's another Cohen way. Charlotte now zeroes in on Julie; Summer outwits Taylor.

Directors: Tony Wharmby

#13 - The Party Favor 8.26

Season 3 - Episode 23

Right dress. Wrong date. If you can't go to prom with the person you like, go with someone who makes the person you like jealous. There'll be many memories for the Core 4 after this prom. Not all of them will be happy.

Directors: Michael Lange

#14 - The Cold Turkey 8.25

Season 4 - Episode 3

Julie is no longer invited. But guess who is coming to dinner: Homeless men, recruited by Summer, show up for the Cohen Thanksgiving. Ryan will be there, too - if he doesn't first commit murder when he learns where Volchok is.

Directors: Michael Lange

#15 - The Power of Love 8.25

Season 2 - Episode 8

Sandy didn't forget his 20th anniversary. Honest. Just ask him. And just watch him squirm as he tries to make things right. Also, Seth and Ryan are grounded; DJ calls it quits with Marissa.

Directors: Michael Lange

#16 - The Distance 8.25

Season 2 - Episode 1

Come home, Seth! If Sandy can't persuade his alienated son to return to the family perhaps Ryan can. Meanwhile, Theresa realizers her relationship with Ryan is on life support. Time to pull the plug?

Directors: Ian Toynton

#17 - The Secret 8.25

Season 1 - Episode 12

No one was supposed to see what happened. But Luke did. And so did Ryan. Now, somehow, all Newport knows that Luke's dad has been living a lie. And subsequent gossip raises questions of secrecy and trust.

Directors: James Marshall

#18 - The New Era 8.23

Season 2 - Episode 4

It's not a date, it's a group hang. So Seth goes with Lindsay, but looks for Summer. Ryan goes with Alex, but would rather be with Lindsay. And Julie... well, stay tuned. That new CEO has a style of her own.

Directors: Michael Fresco

#19 - The Homecoming 8.23

Season 1 - Episode 11

Used to be Seth couldn't find a girl. Now he has two - Anna and Summer show up for Thanksgiving. Ryan also has double trouble, as he and Marissa visit his old neighborhood and encounter an ex-flame.

Directors: Keith Samples

#20 - The Swells 8.23

Season 3 - Episode 6

Party by night. Surf by first light. The Dawn Patrol beach blast is the backdrop for a developing Marissa-Johnny attraction. Meanwhile, Taylor has a crush on...Seth?! And Ryan again lets his fists do the talking.

Directors: Michael Fresco

#21 - The Heights 8.22

Season 1 - Episode 9

Calculus. AP Enlgish. History. The ways of the human heart. Not everything learned at Harbor High is on the schedule of classes. The Cohen casa is a house divided when Sandy takes an environmental case against Kirsten's father.

Directors: Patrick Norris

#22 - The Best Chrismukkah Ever 8.21

Season 1 - Episode 13

It's part Christmas, part Hanukkah and totally a Cohen-family way to celebrate the holidays. But a time out for the holidays doesn't mean time away from Marissa's personal problems or Caleb's business tactics.

Directors: Sanford Bookstaver

#23 - The End of Innocence 8.20

Season 3 - Episode 3

Ryan. Marissa. A romantic beach hut. You do the math. Meanwhile, the math in Caleb's will is easy: Julie gets zilch, Kirsten gets nada. Caleb was broke - and that adds up to a new dynamic for the Cohens, Coopers and The Newport Group.

Directors: Michael Lange

#24 - The Shake Up 8.20

Season 4 - Episode 14

Make a movie: Summer challenges Seth's passivity. Make a move: Taylor wants to hear Ryan's profession of love. Make a mess of it: Kaitlin floats rumours about Frank and clown porn. Make way for Mother Nature...everyone!

Directors: Ian Toynton

#25 - The Aftermath 8.20

Season 3 - Episode 1

Trey's in a coma, Marissa pulled the trigger, who's going to take the fall? Ryan? But maybe there's a way out for Kid Chino.

Directors: Ian Toynton