The O.C. (2003–2007)
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The Debut 

During rehearsals for Newport Beach's annual Cotillion Ball, Ryan continues to pursue Marissa and asks her to be his dancing partner, while a continuing jealous Luke tries to break them up.... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Sandy Cohen
Kelly Rowan ... Kirsten Cohen
Ben McKenzie ... Ryan Atwood (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Mischa Barton ... Marissa Cooper
Adam Brody ... Seth Cohen
Chris Carmack ... Luke Ward
Tate Donovan ... Jimmy Cooper
Melinda Clarke ... Julie Cooper
Rachel Bilson ... Summer Roberts
Christopher Cousins ... Greg Fischer
Samaire Armstrong ... Anna Stern
Ruth Williamson ... Peggy
Ashley Hartman Ashley Hartman ... Holly Fischer
Adam Grimes ... Nordlund
Shailene Woodley ... Kaitlin Cooper


During rehearsals for Newport Beach's annual Cotillion Ball, Ryan continues to pursue Marissa and asks her to be his dancing partner, while a continuing jealous Luke tries to break them up. Seth as eyes for the new girl in town, Anna Stern, but becomes torn over his feelings for Summer Roberts, the outgoing socialite he's had a crush on for years. Meanwhile, Sandy becomes upset over Kristen's loan to Jimmy for his financial problems which finally come to light at the ball when one business client decks him in the face after learning that Jimmy lost all of their money. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

26 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Chris Carmack (Luke) and Samarie Armstrong (Anna) both star in Just My Luck (2006). See more »


Kirsten uses the Cohen's Range Rover to drive Ryan and Seth to the place where they try on tuxedos for the cotillion, while Sandy has apparently taken the same Range Rover surfing. See more »


Seth: Are you just not going to go 'cause you're afraid of Luke?
Ryan: That's not what I'm afraid of. Look, your parents taking me in, that's, like, the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. I'm not going to lose it just to kick some guy's ass.
Seth: But you could totally kick his ass, right?
Ryan: Oh, yeah.
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References Princess Mononoke (1997) See more »


Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Joseph Meyer, Alex Greenwald, Darren Robinson, Jacques Brautbar, Jason Schwartzman, Sam Farrar, and Al Jolson
Performed by Phantom Planet
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Finally...a Cohen who knows how to throw down.
6 April 2010 | by JeriqueSee all my reviews

Ryan becomes a bigger part of the family and has to make a formal debut into Newport society at the annual débutant ball. Seth still pines for Summer, while she's lost in lust for Ryan. Marissa saves them Ryan for the newcomer, Anna Stern (Samaire Armstrong) from Pittsburgh.

Kirsten learns from Sandy about Jimmy's crimes and Sandy avoids the entire community. Luke is beginning to be overwhelmed about Ryan. It's got a lot more chuckles than expected, but more so than anything, this is a dramatically emotional episode and one not very great for Jimmy.

It's fun to see Luke and Ryan bicker and to see Marissa's antics to keep Ryan away from Summer, but at the same time to Seth try his damnedest to develop nothing with her. I love to watch Sandy and Kirsten in the episode too. Peter has such great timing and delivery.

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