The O.C.
The Debut

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Fisticuffs and Wristicuffs

Elsewhere on the dance floor, Ryan and Anna awkwardly appraise each other. Suddenly, she asks, "Wait. Are you the kid from Chino who steals cars and sets people's houses on fire?" Ryan admits that he is, and Anna adds, "So you're saying I'm making my debut into society with Newport's Most Wanted?" Ryan asks if it's going to be a problem, and Anna enthusiastically responds, "I can't wait!"

At Sandy's office, we find him in mid-conversation with Kirsten. He announces "absolutely not" to whatever she has requested, even though he's happy she came all the way to his office to visit him. He yelps for a file, explaining to Kirsten that he's defending a fifteen-year-old, two-time drug offender who is in danger of being deported. Kirsten insists that "he needs help!" and Sandy expositions, "Jimmy Cooper?" For those tuning in late, Sandy backstories that Jimmy stole from his clients and friends, and then had the nerve to borrow from Kirsten to cover it up. Kirsten defends Jimmy, claiming that he was trying to provide for his family, and Sandy snits about the boats and the ponies. Kirsten low-blows that Sandy will defend a two-time drug offender, but not Jimmy? Sandy exclaims that he will! His clients have no hope! No guidance! Nothing! Jimmy Cooper is just another Newport brat who had everything handed to him! Kirsten asks, "Like me?" and Sandy emphatically responds, "No. Not like you. You! Would never lie. You! Would never steal." Kirsten would like to think that, but the truth is that there's nothing she wouldn't do for her family. She'll see Sandy at home!

Seth and Ryan emerge from the ballroom at the country club. Ryan is wiped out, while Seth enthuses that after three hours of dancing, he could dance even more! Marissa chases after them, match-making that Anna seems nice, and she thought...because they're both new... An awkward pause follows, as a blonde girl slinks over to hug Marissa. Marissa explains that she was just about to tell them about the cookout, and the girl -- who we'll shortly find out is Holly, of the beach house, "margs," and mole removal -- announces that the cookout is at her house, and that she does it every year for Cotillion. Seth comments, "You didn't do it last year," and Holly instantly responds, "Yeah, we did." Seth is all, "Ouch." Holly and Marissa exchange a look, and then Holly bops off as Seth yells that he'll see her there. Looking over at Luke, Ryan asks if it's a good idea that he attend. Marissa insists that it is, because Ryan lives there now and there's no reason they can't all hang out. She flounces off toward Luke, while Seth announces that he can think of a reason; in response, Ryan reveals that he's not planning to go. Seth doesn't want to go alone, though, and when Ryan points out that Summer will be there, he clarifies, "Yeah, well, I'm still going. I would just prefer not to go alone." Seth plays the brother card, explaining that they should, as brothers, do stuff for each other: if Ryan does something for Seth, somewhere down the line, Seth will do something for Ryan. He doesn't know what it will be yet, but it will be awesome.

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