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The O.C.

Season 3 2005 - 2006

  • 2005-09-09T03:00:00+02:00 on FOX
  • 45 mins
  • 17 hours, 58 mins (25 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama

Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer are about to begin their senior year at Harbor High. But while everyone else celebrates the last days of summer, a dark cloud hangs over the foursome. Trey, Ryan's brother, still clings to life two months after the shooting and the cops want to know who really shot him. Meanwhile, Julie Cooper and Jimmy are determined to protect Marissa at whatever cost. And while Sandy, Seth and Ryan try to fend for themselves at home, Kirsten, still recovering in her plush rehab by the sea, forms a friendship with fellow recovering alcoholic Charlotte, who like all things in the O.C. may not be everything she appears to be.

25 episodes

3x01 The Aftermath

  • Season Premiere

    2005-09-09T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

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.

3x02 The Shape of Things to Come

  • 2005-09-16T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

Senior year. But not for everyone. Marissa is expelled. Julie scrambles for cash, Sandy scrambles to make sense of Kirsten's rehab and, to top it all, Ryan loses his cool and gets himself expelled too.

3x03 The End of Innocence

  • 2005-09-23T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

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.

3x04 The Last Waltz

  • 2005-09-30T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

Public school? No problem. Marissa's glad to be at a school where no one knows about her. Oops. Everyone knows. Charlotte closes in on Kirsten. And Summer spies on someone lip-locked with Taylor.

3x05 The Perfect Storm

  • 2005-11-04T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

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.

3x06 The Swells

  • 2005-11-11T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

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.

3x07 The Anger Management

  • 2005-11-18T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Divide and conquer. Taylor schemes to separate Summer and Seth. Volchok tries to goad Ryan into a fight. Julie upends Charlotte's charity scam.

3x08 The Game Plan

  • 2005-12-02T03:00:00+01:00 — 44 mins

Time to think about the future - college applications are due. Seth's eager, especially if the school is as far away from Newport as possible. Will Summer go with him? Marissa has another plan: She won't apply.

3x09 The Disconnect

  • 2005-12-09T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Maybe Seth should accompany Summer to college. She's the one who (surprise!) aces the SAT. Another surprise: Sandy's right-hand man jeopardizes a Newport Group account by hanging out at a strip-club.

3x10 The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah

  • 2005-12-16T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Seth's a man with a holiday plan: Hold an honorary bar mitzvah for Ryan and donate the funds to Johnny's surgery. Now try to convince Ryan to do it...and persuade Johnny to accept it. Also: Julie + Summer's dad? Stay tuned!

3x11 The Safe Harbor

  • 2006-01-13T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

One semester to go. Wouldn't it go better if Marissa returned to Harbor High? Seth, Ryan, Summer and even Taylor campaign for her readmittance - and Johnny steps out of the way. For now.

3x12 The Sister Act

  • 2006-01-20T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Mini-Cooper isn't so mini now. Kaitlin, Marissa's younger sister, return to O.C. - and she carries lots of emotional baggage. Plus: Kirsten-Julie dating biz is blackmailed into setting up a date for Veronica.

3x13 The Pot Stirrer

  • 2006-01-27T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Little sister. Big problems. Kaitlin feels she's spent her whole life in Marissa's shadow - maybe now it's time for some payback. Seth, meanwhile, may be seeing his college plans go up in smoke.

3x14 The Cliffhanger

  • 2006-02-03T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

The Johnny-Kaitlin-Marissa-Ryan situation finds closure, perhaps, and tragedy for sure. Summer may be running out of forgiveness for Seth's half-truths. And Dr. Roberts makes a startling admission to Julie.

3x15 The Heavy Lifting

  • 2006-02-10T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Life goes on. Love goes on. But how can anyone focus on Valentine's Day after Johnny's tragedy? Well, maybe love and understanding are the medicines everyone needs now. Even so, nothing will be easy.

3x16 The Road Warrior

  • 2006-03-10T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Ryan road-trips with Sadie. Strip poker, anyone? Summer learns - ew! - about her dad and Julie. Kirsten worries that The Newport Group is corrupting Sandy. And Marissa is a suspect in Johnny's death.

3x17 The Journey

  • 2006-03-17T03:00:00+01:00 — 44 mins

A little Cohen arm-twisting convinces Ryan that, yeah, he should do something special on his 18th birthday. So who's he going to invite to the party at The Bait Shop? Sadie? For sure. Marissa? Well...

3x18 The Undertow

  • 2006-03-24T03:00:00+01:00 — 43 mins

Trouble's at the door. It's Jess, Trey's sometime girlfriend, and she's coming on to Ryan like Little Miss Vulnerable. Seth and Summer discover a, uh, wheelbarrow. And all those burning Volchok-Marissa glances ignite a bonfire.

3x19 The Secrets and Lies

  • 2006-03-31T04:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A race to the bottom: Marissa's ties with Volchok may send her into substance-abuse free fall...but not before she gathers herself enough to save the Ryan-Sadie match. The Newport Group events turn violent.

3x20 The Day After Tomorrow

  • 2006-04-07T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

The Sweatshirt Bonfire is the party where all the seniors wear the sweatshirt of the college they'll be attending. Hey, Seth's not wearing a sweatshirt. What's up with that?

3x21 The Dawn Patrol

  • 2006-04-14T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

No party, no surf. It's a different Dawn Patrol: Ryan's off to Albuquerque to invite his mom Dawn to graduation (maybe). Seth quits Summer (oops). And, at Volchok's party, Marissa sees something secretly poured into a drink (uh-oh).

3x22 The College Try

  • 2006-04-21T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

Some go East, some stay West for freshmen orientation weekends. Ryan and Marissa arrive at Berkeley, and Summer and student/poseur Seth visit Brown. Familiar faces also surface. Anna is at Brown. And doesn't Theresa's baby look like...Ryan?

3x23 The Party Favor

  • 2006-04-28T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

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.

3x24 The Man of The Year

  • 2006-05-05T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

Sandy's picture will be on the cover of Riviera. Or, if the DA has his way, on a mug shot. More troubles: Volchok blackmails Ryan into a crime, Kirsten is drinking, and Seth burns down his dad's office. Didn't mean to. Honest.

3x25 The Graduates

  • 2006-05-19T03:00:00+02:00 — 43 mins

Graduation: A time for friends, family, celebration, remembrance, letting go, and moving on to tomorrow. Odd man out in all the events is Volchok. Then, it happens...