The O.C. In 10 Musical Moments

by (@emilyexton)

4. Exit music from a TV soap

While lovable, Seth is at his most grating when he’s using other people for personal advantage, completely ignoring their thoughts and feelings, as well as the fact that they’re pretty awesome and don’t need to wait around for a dope like Cohen to figure that out. That said, Season One was still a time when Seth was figuring out his place in a world he despised so much, and finding comfort in like-minded friends (Anna) or compassionate strangers turned friends with far too much patience (Ryan). He didn’t want to date Anna–and upon re-watching I tend to side with her during the love triangle storyline–but his utter fear of not having her as a safety net, paired with Nada Surf‘s “If You Leave,” in a quintessential rom com airport scenario, makes me always turn around whenever I’m headed through security… just in case.