Aug. 05, 2003
60 min.
FOX TV Network

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The O.C.

A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

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Mischa Barton (born January 24, 1986) is an actress with talent and poise beyond her 21 years. Born in ...

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Marissa Cooper is introduced as a rich beautiful socialite in Newport Beach, California whose family (mother Julie, father Jimmy, and younger sister Kaitlin) go through some dramatic changes over the course of the seasons. She is a troubled person before the series begins, with a history of substance abuse and rebellious behavior. This is even evident from the first episode of Season 1 where she is left on her front door by her friends, passed out from drinking. From there, she is detailed to have private emotions due to the number of lost loved ones in her life and lack of understanding from her family and friends. The backstory on her friendship with Summer Roberts showcases it as a powerful bond, forged during the second grade. One of her deepest connections, and having continued and strengthened throughout the years, the friendship is a central element on the show for three seasons. The show significantly focuses on Marissa's on-and-off again relationship with Ryan Atwood as well, which remains a main focus even after her death in Season 3.

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03x25 - The Graduates
Season 3, Episode 25
03x12 - The Sister Act
Season 3, Episode 12
02x13 - The Test
Season 2, Episode 13
01x24 - The Proposal
Season 1, Episode 24
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Marissa Cooper Quotes

03x24 - The Man of the Year Season 3 / Episode 24: - The Man of the Year

Hadley Hawthorne: I get so horny in the summertime.
Kaitlin Cooper: Oh honey, you're always horny.
Hadley Hawthorne: Shut up!
Kaitlin Cooper: You shut up!
Marissa Cooper: Okay, both of you shut up.
02x24 - The Dearly Beloved Season 2 / Episode 24: - The Dearly Beloved

Marissa Cooper: Hey, can I call you back?
Seth Cohen: No, we got a problem. We're on our way to Trey's but you're closer, maybe you can stop him.
Marissa Cooper: What do you mean?
Seth Cohen: Ryan knows.
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