The O.C. (season 2)
|The O.C. (season 2)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original release||November 4, 2004– May 19, 2005|
The second season of The O.C. commenced airing in the United States on November 5, 2004, concluded on May 19, 2005, and consisted of 24 episodes. It aired Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET in the US on FOX, a terrestrial television network. In addition to the regular 24 episodes, two special episodes aired before the season premiere. "The O.C.: Obsess Completely" documented the show's influence on popular culture in its first year. The following week, "Welcome to The O.C.: A Day in the Life," provided a behind-the-scenes look at the show.
Continuing the stories about the characters living in Newport Beach, California, the second season would be "no longer about Ryan's past; now it's going to be about Ryan's future", said Josh Schwartz, The O.C.'s creator. Schwartz added that this season would "slow down the storytelling a little bit (...) and evolve the characters". The focus of the series was on the romantic developments between Ryan and Marissa, and Seth and Summer, while Sandy and Kirsten face choices that could ruin their 20-year marriage, Julie's past comes back to haunt her, and Ryan's ex-con brother Trey gives living in Newport a try. The season was released on DVD as a seven-disc boxed set under the title The O.C.: The Complete Second Season on August 23, 2005 by Warner Bros. Home Video. On September 7, 2008 the season became available to purchase for registered users of the US iTunes Store. In the United Kingdom the season premiered January 11, 2005 on Channel 4. In Canada the season aired on CTV Television Network and in Australia it was broadcast by Network Ten.
The season was produced by Warner Bros. Television and Wonderland Sound and Vision. The executive producers were series creator Josh Schwartz, McG and Bob DeLaurentis. Stephanie Savage and Allan Heinberg served as co-executive producers, with Loucas George credited as producer. The staff writers were Schwartz, Savage, Heinberg, John Stephens, J.J. Philbin and Mike Kelley. The regular directors throughout the season were Michael Lange, Ian Toynton, Michael Fresco and Tony Wharmby.
The second season had star billing for nine major roles. Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen, Kelly Rowan as Kirsten Cohen, Ben McKenzie as Ryan Atwood, Mischa Barton as Marissa Cooper, Adam Brody as Seth Cohen, Melinda Clarke as recently married Julie Cooper-Nichol and Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts all returned to the main cast. Tate Donovan also initially reprised his role as Jimmy Cooper, but was written out of the series in the seventh episode. However Donovan returned with Jimmy as a guest star in the season finale. Alan Dale, as newly wed Caleb Nichol, joined the main cast, having previously been a recurring role. Former main cast member Chris Carmack, who portrayed Luke Ward, only guest starred in the first episode.
Nicholas Gonzalez (as D.J.), Michael Cassidy (as Zach Stevens), Shannon Lucio (as Lindsay Gardner) and Olivia Wilde (as Alex Kelly) all took up recurring roles in the show as love interests of existing characters, Marissa, Summer, Ryan and Seth, who are all single now.
Actors returning as guest stars included Amanda Righetti (as Hailey Nichol), Michael Nouri (as Dr. Neil Roberts), Navi Rawat (as Theresa Diaz), Brian McNamara (as Carson Ward), Kim Oja (as Taryn Baker) and Linda Lavin (as The Nana). Ryan's brother Trey Atwood also returned, but Logan Marshall-Green replaced Bradley Stryker in portraying him. Other guest stars in new recurring roles included Billy Campbell, as magazine editor Carter Buckley, Kim Delaney, as Sandy's ex-fiancée Rebecca Bloom, Johnny Messner, as Julie's ex-boyfriend Lance Baldwin, Kathleen York, as mother of Caleb's illegitimate child Renee Wheeler, Nikki Griffin as party girl and drug addict Jess Sathers and Marguerite Moreau, as Reed Carlson the Vice President of a graphic novel company, and Teddy Tala as a child in airport, with a toy similar to Captain Oats, in "The Rainy Day Women" 
The second season was widely received as inferior to the first, but it has been noted that this may be slightly unfair. The show moved to "ultra-competitive Thursday" nights which Schwartz described as a "real vote of confidence [from] the network", but many attributed placing The O.C. against the likes of Survivor, Joey and Will & Grace as part of The O.C.'s decline in popularity. The move improved FOX's performance at the new time slot, but lost the show viewers. The season premiere attracted 8.6 million viewers, but average viewing figures decreased thirty percent from the previous season to 7 million.
For the second season the show was nominated for five Teen Choice Awards winning four of them, including best drama. It was also nominated for the Favorite Television Drama People's Choice Award. Kelly Rowan won a PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Series Episode, with Peter Gallagher also getting nominated. Additionally the season finale was nominated for the TV Drama Series Episode award. The introduction of bisexual character Alex, was praised as "an especially charismatic new presence", with the show was praised for its handling of her lesbian relationship with Marissa. However Mischa Barton was criticized for her acting skills in portraying Marissa, alongside other noted flaws including "flavorless plots," and "flat new characters who failed to grab the audience's interest". IGN faulted the move to quickly rekindle the Ryan and Marissa relationship and "abruptly write off Alex and Lindsay, after [making] them a pretty big part of the show" but commended a "compelling story centering on Ryan's brother Trey coming to town, leading to a very dramatic season finale" Tate Donovan, who played Jimmy, credited a drop in ratings to "the show moving away from the family dynamic to focus more on the kids".
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|28||1||"The Distance"||Ian Toynton||Josh Schwartz||November 4, 2004||2T5101||8.56|
|Ryan starts working in construction to provide for a pregnant Theresa. Sandy tries to convince Seth to come home. Meanwhile, Summer finds a way to deal with Seth's departure, while Marissa distances herself from Julie.|
|29||2||"The Way We Were"||Michael Lange||Allan Heinberg||November 11, 2004||2T5102||8.08|
|Ryan and Seth try to rebuild their relationships with Marissa and Summer. Hailey tells Jimmy about her plans to move for a fashion career, but he does whatever he can to make her stay. Meanwhile, Sandy informs Julie that the District Attorney is paying close attention to Caleb.|
|30||3||"The New Kids on the Block"||Lev L. Spiro||Stephanie Savage||November 18, 2004||2T5103||7.42|
|Seth gets a job at the Bait Shop and turns to his boss for advice on how to rebuild his relationship with Summer. Ryan has a series of mishaps with a new classmate. Meanwhile, Caleb's legal issues threaten to leave Sandy and Kirsten unemployed.|
|31||4||"The New Era"||Michael Fresco||J. J. Philbin||December 2, 2004||2T5104||6.51|
|Seth and Ryan go on a double date with unexpected results. Sandy is fired from the law firm. Meanwhile, Julie finds herself overwhelmed at the Newport Group and turns to Kirsten for advice.|
|32||5||"The SnO.C."||Ian Toynton||John Stephens||December 9, 2004||2T5105||6.36|
|Summer's relationship with Seth strains her relationship with Zach. Ryan asks Lindsay to go to the SnO.C. dance. Meanwhile, Julie finds out about Marissa and D.J.'s relationship and turns to Jimmy for advice. Sandy gets closer to the truth Caleb's been hiding.|
|33||6||"The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't"||Tony Wharmby||Josh Schwartz||December 16, 2004||2T5106||6.36|
|Caleb is on the verge of facing serious jail time, but Sandy tells him to confess his involvement with Renee, which could destroy both their relationships with Kirsten and the rest of the family. Jimmy and Julie's feelings for each other deepen.|
|34||7||"The Family Ties"||Lesli Glatter||Drew Greenberg & Josh Schwartz||January 6, 2005||2T5107||7.95|
|Ryan and Lindsay try to keep their relationship a secret from Kirsten to avoid any more awkwardness. Seth changes his image in an attempt to impress Alex. After realizing his relationship with Julie can only lead to trouble, Jimmy decides to leave for Maui, and a drunken Marissa shows up at his going away party to confront both her parents.|
|35||8||"The Power of Love"||Michael Lange||John Stephens||January 13, 2005||2T5108||7.86|
|Sandy confronts Alex about her relationship with Seth. Ryan and Lindsay try to determine the fate of their relationship. Meanwhile, Summer meets Zach's family. Julie confronts D.J. about his relationship with Marissa, leading him to leave town.|
|36||9||"The Ex-Factor"||Michael Fresco||J. J. Philbin||January 20, 2005||2T5109||8.20|
|After a girls' night out, Ryan finds Marissa to blame for a drunk and passed out Lindsay. Alex's ex is in town and Seth is determined to find out who it is. Meanwhile, Julie and Kirsten collaborate to promote Newport Group's image.|
|37||10||"The Accomplice"||Ian Toynton||Allan Heinberg||January 27, 2005||2T5110||8.41|
|Ryan tries to convince Lindsay to build a relationship with Caleb. Seth and Zach team up to create a comic book. Sandy decides to help his old law school professor find his daughter. Marissa finds new ways to rebel while Julie's out of town.|
|38||11||"The Second Chance"||Tony Wharmby||Drew Greenberg & Josh Schwartz||February 3, 2005||2T5111||7.25|
|Kirsten arranges a dinner and invites Lindsay, Ryan and Caleb, but the dinner results in disaster. Sandy keeps Rebecca's presence in Newport a secret from Kirsten. Meanwhile, Marissa and Alex grow closer. Seth and Summer spend time together to work on the comic book.|
|39||12||"The Lonely Hearts Club"||Ian Toynton||J. J. Philbin||February 10, 2005||2T5112||8.15|
|Sandy tries to make amends with Kirsten after she finds Rebecca living in his office. Seth, Summer and Zach go to San Diego to promote the comic book idea, but Seth uses the trip to try and get Summer back. Ryan's relationship with Lindsay gets interrupted by her relationship with Caleb. Meanwhile, Julie is back in town and attempts to reconnect with Marissa.|
|40||13||"The Father Knows Best"||Michael Lange||John Stephens||February 17, 2005||2T5113||7.80|
|Sandy's helping Rebecca's case gets in the way of his marriage. Caleb requests a paternity test for Lindsay. Meanwhile, Seth worries as Summer and Zach plan a trip together. Marissa's new relationship with Alex intensifies.|
|41||14||"The Rainy Day Women"||Michael Fresco||Josh Schwartz||February 24, 2005||2T5114||7.23|
|A rare rainy day in The O.C. serves as the backdrop for a series of dramatic events. Ryan convinces Lindsay to take the paternity test, but the results lead to bigger issues for their relationship. Seth tries to win Summer back before she leaves for Italy with Zach. Meanwhile, Kirsten makes it obvious for Sandy that Rebecca is testing their marriage. Marissa tells Julie about her relationship with Alex.|
|42||15||"The Mallpisode"||Ian Toynton||Stephanie Savage||March 10, 2005||2T5115||7.66|
|A postcard from Zach comes in between Seth and Summer's relationship. The "fantastic four" spend their day/night at the mall doing some charity work, providing Ryan and Marissa with apt distraction from the issues of their love lives. Marissa begins hiding things from Alex when she spends a night with Ryan. Meanwhile, Julie and Kirsten await the new editor of Newport Living, but Julie gets distracted when someone from her past shows up looking for her.|
|43||16||"The Blaze of Glory"||Robert Duncan McNeill||Mike Kelley||March 17, 2005||2T5116||7.55|
|Alex's jealousy of Ryan gets in way of her relationship with Marissa. Meanwhile, Kirsten wants Carter to continue working with the magazine. Julie seeks Sandy's legal help.|
|44||17||"The Brothers Grim"||Michael Lange||J. J. Philbin||March 24, 2005||2T5117||8.60|
|Marissa and Ryan explore their newfound relationship, but Trey's arrival to Newport gets in the way. Zach returns from Italy and face Seth and Summer with news. Meanwhile, Julie seeks Kirsten's advice with her sex tape.|
|45||18||"The Risky Business"||Norman Buckley||Cory Martin||April 7, 2005||2T5118||6.80|
|Trey's arrival brings trouble to the Newport Beach yard sale, and Ryan insists he moves out of the Cohens' home. Zach and Seth's comic book gets help from Carter. Meanwhile, Caleb and Julie leave to avoid public humiliation.|
|46||19||"The Rager"||Tony Wharmby||John Stephens||April 14, 2005||2T5119||7.05|
|Marissa convinces Ryan to help throw Trey a birthday party, which easily gets out of control. Summer finally meets Reed, much to Seth's displeasure. Sandy and Carter's friendship begins to grow. Meanwhile, Julie returns to Newport and decides to confront Lance.|
|47||20||"The O.C. Confidential"||Tony Wharmby||Mike Kelley||April 21, 2005||2T5120||7.05|
|Sandy, Ryan and Marissa try to help Trey from back to jail. Kirsten and Carter take a trip to the wine country. Meanwhile, Caleb returns from Europe and rebuffs Julie's romantic advances.|
|48||21||"The Return of the Nana"||Ian Toynton||Josh Schwartz||April 28, 2005*||2T5121||6.77|
|Sandy, Seth and Ryan go to Miami, Florida to visit the Nana, and Summer finds out how Seth spent his visit. Trey misinterprets Marissa's friendship. Meanwhile, Kirsten's feelings for Carter deepen once he tells her he's leaving Newport Living.|
|49||22||"The Showdown"||Michael Fresco||John Stephens||May 5, 2005*||2T5122||7.20|
|Carter's departure has taken a toll a Kirsten. Marissa's anxiety leads Ryan to wonder what happen between her and Trey. Summer confronts Reed about Seth and Zach's behavior. Meanwhile, Caleb confronts Julie about her lies.|
|50||23||"The O.Sea"||Michael Lange||J. J. Philbin||May 12, 2005||2T5123||6.12|
|Caleb confronts Kirsten about her drinking, but it doesn't go as planned. Ryan heads home to Chino to find Trey, but sees some familiar faces. Meanwhile, Summer and Reed confont Seth and Zach about prom and an important comic book meeting. Julie devises a plan around her divorce with Caleb.|
|51||24||"The Dearly Beloved"||Ian Toynton||Josh Schwartz||May 19, 2005||2T5124||7.63|
|Caleb's death brings Kirsten to rock bottom, forcing Sandy to put his marriage at stake to help her. Marissa takes action when Ryan confronts Trey. Hailey and Jimmy return to Newport to comfort their families. Seth and Summer rekindle their relationship.|
- ^* - These episodes were first shown in Canada at 8:00 p.m. ET on CTV. In America the airing of "The Return of the Nana" was postponed due to a press conference by President Bush. Instead it aired the following week at 8:00 p.m. ET immediately followed by "The Showdown" at 9:00 p.m.
The DVD release of season two was released by Warner Bros. in the US on August 23, 2005 after it had completed broadcast on television. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including a gag reel, audio commentary and a fashion featurette.
|The O.C. - The Complete Second Season|
|Set details||Special features|
|United States||Canada||United Kingdom||Australia|
|August 23, 2005||August 8, 2005||September 7, 2005|
- ^Note A : - In the UK the DVD was released as a 6-disc set. Omitted was the US release seventh disc that featured Beachy Couture, Obsess Completely and the two season gag reel.
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