This very last scene has become a cultural icone, many-many internet reviewers, blog writers and college humor videos use this song when someone is shot. From now on you’ll know, it is the parody of The O.C.
Season three begins with Ryan having nightmares. Kirsten’s father dies in the previously last episode, and the richest man in the city leaves them no money, as it turns out, he had none. Julie is too ashamed to admit she has no money, so she moves into a trailer park while Marissa moves to Summer’s house. The police lets Ryan go, as we discover, after Trey gets to his senses, that it was Marissa who shot him. He flees from Newport and Ryan and Marissa try to get their relationship back. Kirsten, who also became a drunk thanks to her dad, comes home from rehab to find Sandy has left his attorney job to become the new president of her dad’s old company, which she wasn’t able to handle. NEW CHARACTERS!!! Summer’s dad is brought into the picture and he dates Julie for a little while; Marissa is kicked out from her school because of the shooting and at her new school meets a kid named Johnny. (I F***ING HATED HIM!!! He was like a little puppy, except he wasn’t cute, and he had an accident so Marissa felt sorry for him, and of course he fell for her! Everytime he rolled in we had to be sorry, because poor puppy, but he was just miserable and ugly!!). Johnny of course dies, I mean, why not? But Ryan and Marissa are driven apart. She starts dating some douchebag who cheats on her, while Ryan hooks up with Johnny’s cousin Casey, who might have been the biggest mis-cast in the history of television! Sandy leaves his job, because he hates it, their marriage falls back into place and they are happy again. Seth and Summer apply to Seth’s dream University, even though they know that that University only takes one person from their school. And so it happens that Summer gets accepted, but Seth isn’t able to tell her he didn’t, so he breaks up with her, wanting her to go and be happy. It is almost too late, but he gets her back by applying to a University near her, at least in the same state, and their union is strengthend. Marissa decides to move away after graduation to her dad’s boat, and asks Ryan to be with her her last night. On their way to the airport, the douchebag she was seeing gets them into a car accident and Marissa dies. END OF SEASON THREE!!!
At this point, I started to cry, so goddamn hard, you have no idea! My sister couldn’t console me, nobody could. I hoped that is just a cliffhanger, surely they can’t kill her! But two days later I found the article in the daily paper, Metro, which stated that she was indeed done with The O.C., I cried again. It was not made much clear why she left, I believe there was a breach of contract and she was fired. I was really, really sad. In my life I had never cried on a TV series, nor a movie, my first time was at the end of the second season, when Kirsten had her intervention from the family. Ever since then, I can’t sit through an entire of season of The O.C. without finishing a box of Kleenex! (But that goes as well when I watch ER, Grey’s Anatomy, the season ending of 24, several One Tree Hill episodes and when Lilly Rush, Kathryn Morris’s character in Cold Case got shot.)
Season 1, 2, 3 and 4 are available on amazon.com if you are looking for region 1 DVDs, or you can look it up on amazon.co.uk. I myself stopped buying it because I was pissed of by how different the DVD for season 3 was from the first two!!! And it isn't really fair, to bring back the old style for the fourth one!