MARISSA AND SUMMER PARTY IN THE CITY OF ANGELS ON "THE O.C." AIRING MARCH
24 ON FOX
Sandy and Jimmy find themselves in a bind that only the unlikeliest of heroes can help them out
of. Meanwhile, Marissa and Summer head out of Orange County and into Los Angeles looking for a good time.
Seth, concerned that Summer may have too much fun, decides to tag along. Ryan wants
to keep Marissa far away from Julie and Luke's affair and encourages the group to make the drive into the city.
Marissa and Summer party in the City of Angels when "The L.A." episode of The O.C.
airs Wednesday, March 24
The LA March 24, 2004 Angst-free week Ryan and Seth go to the
Mermaid Inn to retrieve Ryan's watch. Seth has big plans now that Ryan is free from female entanglements, Seth declares it
the opening of "Angst-free Ryan month" or at least week, with an option to renew. It doesn't work out they spy Luke and Julie
Cooper making out after one of their trysts. Ew. Seth delegates talking to Luke to Ryan. He subtly asks "So, you sleep with
Julie Cooper today?" then demands that Luke break it off so he doesn't hurt Marissa.
On location Marissa
and Summer are wandering the beach, discussing how great it is for Marissa to be independent, when they stumble on "The Valley"
shooting on location. Summer launches herself at Grady Bridges, the show's adorable geek hipster, and manages to wrangle invitations
to his birthday party in LA.
TV Seth Cohen Seth catches up on "The Valley," and realizes that Grady is basically
a TV version of him. He's convinced Summer will dump him for his TV alter-ego and wants to torpedo the trip. No way, Ryan
says they need to go and take Marissa so Luke has time to break it off with Julie. They just need to convince Kirsten and
Sandy to let them go. Sandy immediately refuses, but eventually comes around (it helps that Kirsten loves Grady). The next
problem: Marissa wants to bail, so she can declare her independence from Ryan. Ryan tap dances around the issue, eventually
convincing her that to be independent, she needs to be comfortable hanging out with him. Nice trick.
Strange bedfellows Jimmy
reveals that the restaurant is dead in the water they're broke. They need a designer who will work for free. Kirsten suggests
Julie, much to Jimmy's chagrin. Kirsten and Sandy eventually convince him it's the only way. Julie will do the designing for
free, but they still need to pay for materials and that'll be well into six figures. They need a backer with money. Someone
like Caleb. Sandy protests, but eventually gives in. Caleb wants to taste this food he'll be paying for. The gang agrees to
do a test meal for Caleb and the board of Riviera magazine at the Cohen's house.
Not so Seth The kids end
up at a strip club for Grady's party, and Grady proves to be a self-absorbed Hollywood schmuck (they're planning to make a
Golden Girls movie full of young hotties.) Paris Hilton, playing someone with a brain, insults Summer and hits on Seth. Summer
is incensed enough by this to go off with Grady to watch an unreleased episode of "The Valley," then dailies of Grady "acting."
They're finally interrupted by Seth when Grady lunges for Summer and by Grady's secret girlfriend from the show. Doh. Summer
begs to go back to Orange County, where the "real people" are.
Surprise! Ryan and Marissa have their own
entertainment Hailey, who isn't teaching aerobics at Club med, like she told her sister. Nope, she's stripping in Hollywood.
Ryan and Marissa try to convince her to leave, but get thrown out by the club owner. Marissa manages to bluff their way back
in through the VIP entrance by convincing the bouncer Ryan is a TV star.
Dinner party Luke tries to break
up with Julie, but gets distracted by the sex. She runs off to the Cohen's dinner. Caleb starts pitching the restaurant as
a glitzy place to make money, much to Sandy's chagrin. They almost come to blows when Caleb discovers the main course is Mama
Cohen's meatloaf. He's interrupted by a phone call from Ryan, telling him where they found Hailey. Jimmy overhears and takes
off to rescue her. He gets there just as Marissa, Ryan and Hailey get ejected from the club for a second time, and humiliates
the club owner for acting like a schmuck. He takes Hailey home.
The aftermath Newport's tastemakers love
the meatloaf, so Caleb agrees to put up the money and keep his mouth shut. Jimmy returns with Hailey and lies to Kirsten telling
her he just picked her up from the airport. Hailey and Caleb are grateful. Luke finally breaks up with a dumbfounded Julie,
who immediately calls Caleb for a rebound date. Marissa and Ryan are giggling and hanging out together comfortably. All is
well, until Luke bursts in while she's in the bathroom and says "I'm done having sex with Julie Cooper." Doh! Marissa runs