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'WELCOME TO THE O.C.'
Even if you've never watched The O.C., there are two things that spring to mind whenever it's mentioned: Phantom Planet howling "California, here we come" over the credits and Luke punching Ryan in the face before declaring, "Welcome to the O.C., b---h." Since we're positive the show's theme song will make the cut, we feel it's our civic duty to ensure that Luke's iconic line is included as well. After all, would The O.C. really be The O.C. without it?
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A CHRISMUKKAH MIRACLE
Perhaps The O.C.'s biggest contribution to society is Chrismukkah, so it's only appropriate that Seth's invented holiday gets some play. We don't mind if the musical's team wants to bring back Seth's original speech, Summer's Wonder Woman costume or even the Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah, either. As long as there's both a Christmas tree and a menorah, we're happy.
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SETH & SUMMER'S SPIDER-MAN KISS
Somehow, Seth and Summer managed to do the impossible, and created an upside-down kiss in the rain that actually topped the one it was imitating. Sure, it might be difficult to recreate on stage for safety reasons, but any good chronicle of The O.C. needs to include the most pivotal moment in Seth and Summer's relationship.
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THE ROAD TRIP THAT STARTED IT ALL
With all of the drama, drug overdoses and deaths that dotted The O.C., it's easy to forget that the gang was made up of high school students who did, on occasion, manage to have a little fun. Granted, the season 1 road trip to Mexico ended in a car crash of sorts, but before that, it was Seth, Summer, Ryan and Marissa doing what they did best: bonding and bantering.
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RYAN & MARISSA'S WEDDING DANCE
Ryan and Marissa's relationship was never easy, and often frustrating for viewers. But thanks to moments like their heartbreaking last dance at Julie and Caleb's wedding, it's easy to understand why they (and we) kept coming back for more, over and over again. Pass the tissues, please.
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THE COFFEE CART
Seth Cohen is no stranger to a grand romantic gesture – after all, he was the dream boyfriend of every girl who spent the 2000s secretly looking for love in comic book stores. But standing on the coffee cart in front of the whole school asking Summer to acknowledge their relationship might have been his sweetest moment of all. (Fun fact for Rachel Bilson fans: Brad is played by Wilson Bethel, whom she would fall in love with on her next TV series, Hart of Dixie.)
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RYAN & SETH BONDING
At its heart, the show was about Ryan finding a family … which means that some of the most unforgettable moments happened when Ryan and Seth bonded. Whether they were playing video games, fighting over Captain Oats, discussing Ryan's hookup with Theresa or officially becoming brothers, no version of The O.C. would be complete without plenty of brotherly love.
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The single biggest twist in the show's run – and that's saying something! – came when Marissa died in a car crash caused by Volchok. Regardless of how you felt about her character, if you didn't tear up just a little bit at the sight of Ryan carrying Marissa's lifeless body away from the fiery wreckage to the tune of "Hallelujah," you're probably not human.
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SETH & SUMMER'S WEDDING
Is there a more perfect ending in the world for our friends in Newport than getting to watch the quintessential teen couple finally tie the knot? We didn't think so. Now imagine the sweet scene with everyone singing a dramatic, early 2000s emo ballad, and you've got the greatest ending in musical theater history. You can thank us later, producers.
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