There are a lot of things that you probably miss about The OC, from the intense teen melodrama (seriously, it felt like way too many people were dying off in Newport) to the hilarity of the dialogue. Yes, between the beautiful brattiness of Summer Roberts and the eternal wit of Seth Cohen, there are no shortage of hysterical quotes from The OC that can pull you out of the darkest marathon watching slump. In fact, paired with the aforementioned melodrama, some of those conversations between the core four (and their respective families) could only happen on Newport Beach.
And, if you’re feeling Cohen-esque today, I have just the cure. I rounded up some everyday dialogues that are routine for the Cohens, Atwoods, Coopers, and Robertses of the world... but occasionally out of the ordinary for us normals. That is, unless you’re still living off a steady diet of emo (in 2016?), or were unfamiliar with the existence of irony before Seth appeared on your screen (God forbid), or happen to live in a world that is written to perfection by Josh Schwartz.
Collected just for you, here is a shallow dive into some of the funniest conversations and exchanges that could only occur in the OC.
1. When Marissa Could Guess Seth And Ryan Were Up To Something
Seth: Dude, what did you tell her?Ryan: I didn’t tell her anything. I think the black turtleneck in August tipped her off.Seth: OK, I was going for stealth, and also it’s slimming.
In which Stealth Cohen will always be my favorite version of Seth.
2. When Seth And Summer Debated The Merits Of Death Cab For Cutie
Summer: This is a nightmare. I'm sweating to death, driving 10 miles an hour on, like, a rickshaw, listening to this... music.Seth: Hey, do not insult Death Cab.Summer: It's like one guitar and a whole lot of complaining.
Sure to tickle your fancy regardless of your opinion on Ben Gibbard.
3. When It Was Revealed Ryan Did Musicals
Seth: Ryan, that's extremely minty of you. I didn't know they has musicals in Chino. I didn't even know they even had dancing, or laughter.Ryan: That's 'cause no one who lived there is as funny as you.Seth: So we finally agree I’m the funny one.
This exchange gets bonus point because of all the unwarranted shade towards Chino.
4. When Julie Cooper Kept The Drama Light, As Per Usual
Julie: I’m gonna go home, run a bath, and either slit my wrists or drink a bottle of wine.Kirsten: Wine, definitely.
Some dark humor was the norm for these two.
5. When Seth Ruined Summer's Life Forever
Marissa: So clearly you’re OK with being just friends with Seth.Summer: Uh huh. Clearly.Summer: I was being sarcastic.Marissa: So was I.Summer: Which we never were before Cohen showed up and taught us all irony. Jackass.
Personally I take this as a positive improvement.
6. And When Ryan Summed Up The Reality Of Seth's Wit
Ryan: Sometimes I think you talk just to make sounds.Seth: Well, sometimes I do.
Finally, the mystery revealed.
7. When Seth Called Summer's Bluff
Summer: I'm busy. Studying. Naked.Seth: And that's supposed to keep me away.Summer: Cohen? You're at my house!Seth: And you are dressed. I wonder who's more disappointed.
How can you honestly not root for these two, if only for the dialogue?
8. When Summer Made A Confession About Her Virginity
Summer: The other night when we... had sex, you weren’t the only virgin in the room.Seth: There was someone else in the room? Like, filming us?
Forever my favorite because of the clueless panic in Seth's voice.
9. When Summer And Marissa Talked Film
Summer: Remember when the boys made us watch that movie about the gay guys on the mountain?Marissa: Lord of the Rings.
The complete lack of hesitation in answering that question, though.
10. When Seth And Summer Had A Romantic Night Planned Out
Seth: I got a room at the Mermaid Inn.Summer: You mean the place where Ryan may or may not have conceived Theresa's baby and the place where Marissa's mom and Luke got it on?Seth: Newport's very own den of sin.Summer: Ew. But I like it.
At least these two are definitely watching the show that they're on.
11. When One Exchange Summed Up Marissa Cooper
Summer: Are you getting drunk?Marissa: More like staying drunk.
The sun was out. They were on school property. Bless.
12. When Seth Made Us Laugh Through The Feels
Summer: Was I really mean to you?Seth: No... that would’ve required you to speak to me. Or anyone to speak to me.
You want to giggle, but you also want to to pat his sweet head.
Maybe it's a bit disappointing that we didn't literally grow up with this quotable, trouble-making bunch. Still, at least we have CW Seed around so they can keep us laughing like it's 2003 all over again.
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