|The O.C. character|
Michael Cassidy as Zach Stevens
|First appearance||"The Way We Were"
|Last appearance||"The O.Sea"
|Created by||Josh Schwartz|
|Portrayed by||Michael Cassidy|
|Significant other(s)||Summer Roberts
Newport Beach, California
Zach comes from a rich political family. His father is congressman of Orange County.
Creator Josh Schwartz described Zach as someone "who's sort of the WASP Seth, a.k.a. the anti-Cohen, and a formidable potential opponent for Seth" In the episode "The Way We Were", Seth described Zach as "a completely non-neurotic WASP version of me".
Zach joined Seth's fledgling comic book club, becoming close friends with Seth. However, their friendship was tested when Seth learned that Zach was dating his ex-girlfriend, Summer Roberts.
Zach and Seth decided to create a comic book together, called Atomic County, which was centered on Orange County teenagers who had super powers and related to the core four. During the creation of the comic, Summer realized that she still had feelings for Seth, and went back to him.
Hurt, Zach made up a story that he had met an Italian girl named "Francesca" while in Italy for his sister's wedding; Seth and Summer quickly learned that the story was false. Zach and Seth physically fought over Summer at their comic book launch party, much to the chagrin of both Summer and book publisher Reed Carlson. After Summer told them that she would not date whomever was involved with the comic, Zach left Newport Beach to work with George Lucas on the comic, and Seth became involved with Summer again.
- Barker, Lynn (2004-10-25). ""O.C." creator Josh Schwartz: California Dreamin'". TeenHollywood.com. p. 7. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
- "The Brothers Grim". The O.C. Season 2. Episode 17. March 24, 2005. Fox.
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