It’s time to reminisce about one of the best teen shows of all time. ‘The O.C.’ is celebrating its 13th anniversary today, Aug. 5, so HollywoodLife.com is taking a look back at the show’s 13 best moments!
*Ryan and Marissa first meet
It was the moment that started it all. Sandy brings Ryan to his house in Newport, and Ryan steps outside for a smoke. Marissa is waiting at the curb for Luke. She asks Ryan, “Who are you?” Ryan replies with so much swagger, “Whoever you want me to be?” And that’s when Ryan and Marissa become star-crossed lovers.
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*Seth & Summer’s Spider-Man kiss
“The Rainy Day Women” is one of the best episodes of The O.C., especially due to Seth and Summer’s epic kiss. Seth falls from the roof and is left hanging upside down. Summer finds him and pulls down Seth’s Spider-Man mask to kiss him, just like in Spider-Man! Summer finally realizes that Seth is her true love and doesn’t go to Italy with Zach for his sister’s wedding.
*Seth declares his love for Summer on top of the coffee cart
Seth and Summer always got the best romantic moments. Seth climbs up on top of the coffee cart in the middle of the cafeteria to get Summer’s attention. “Acknowledge me now or lose me forever,” he says. He makes an epic speech and convinces Summer to join him on the coffee cart. And then they kiss!
*Ryan finds Marissa in Tijuana and carries her out of the alley
This is the most iconic scene from The O.C. After finding out that Luke has been cheating on her with Holly, Marissa gets drunk and takes a whole bunch of pills. Ryan, Seth and Summer are frantically searching for her all over the streets of Tijuana. Ryan finds her passed out in the alley and runs to her side. He picks her up and carries her out like the true hero he is.
*’Welcome to the O.C., b*tch!’
Ryan didn’t exactly get the warmest welcome in Newport. While defending Seth, Ryan gets punched by Luke, who utters that famous line.
*Marissa shoots Trey
The O.C. really upped the shock factor in season two. Ryan discovers that Trey nearly raped Marissa and goes to Trey’s apartment to confront him. The two get into a nasty fight, with Trey nearly killing Ryan. Marissa walks in and begs Trey to stop. Before Trey can hit Ryan with a phone, Marissa picks up a gun and shoots Trey. Mmm… whatcha say?
Kirsten’s family and friends finally confront her about her drinking problem in season two. Ryan steps up and begs Kirsten to get help, and she’s pretty nasty to him. It’s not until Seth arrives and pleads with his mom to recognize that she has a serious problem that Kirsten realizes she needs to go to rehab.
It felt like the end of an era when the fab four graduated from Newport. Seth, Summer, Ryan and Marissa all look so cute and happy. It’s too bad this amazing moment doesn’t last… Marissa dies at the end of the episode!
*Ryan finds Marissa at midnight on New Year’s
This moment is possibly the most intense moment of season one! Ryan races to find Marissa at midnight on New Year’s at Oliver’s party. He gets there just in the knick of time to kiss her at the start of the new year. The sweet moment is made even better with Finley Quaye’s “Dice” playing in the background.
*Caleb is revealed to be Lindsay’s real father
The reveal that Lindsay is Caleb’s illegitimate daughter is one of season two’s craziest moments. The whole family — Kirsten, Julie, Jimmy and Ryan — learns about Caleb’s secret love child on Chrismukkah.
*Ryan leaves Newport
At the end of the first season, Ryan decides to leave Newport because Theresa’s pregnant. He doesn’t want to, but he knows it’s the right thing to do. His decision breaks the hearts of Marissa, Seth, Kirsten and Sandy. As Ryan drives away, he catches a glimpse of Marissa, mirroring the amazing pilot episode.
*The first Chrismukkah
This show started Chrismukkah. It’s Seth’s favorite holiday and he lets everyone know it. In the first season, Ryan has no idea what Chrismukkah is, and Seth introduces him to a whole new world.
*Seth & Summer’s wedding
Seth and Summer finally tie the knot in the show’s series finale. While it’s not the same without Marissa there, it was the perfect way to end this fantastic show.
HollywoodLifers, what’s your favorite O.C. moment of all time? Let us know!