Episodes
Rachel and Melinda are joined by Adam Brody, who played fan-favorite Seth Cohen on The OC, to discuss “The Strip,” (S1 Ep26). However, in part 1 of this 2 part episode, the conversation takes a turn away from the episode and dives more into Adam’s overall OC experience. How similar is Adam to Seth? How did he feel about his performance playing the character? What does he still struggle with in regards to Seth? Listen to hear his answers. They’ll also reminisce about the project Adam...
Published 10/26/21
Rachel and Melinda are joined by Amanda Righetti, who played Hailey Nichol on The OC, to discuss “The Shower,” (S1 Ep25). See how it all began for Amanda with a deal with Fox, which landed her on The OC for her first major acting role. And then, how that same deal, took her away from the show! What was it like playing a role much older than she was? A role where she had to make out with Tate Donovan? Listen to find out!  Melinda and Amanda skip ahead to discuss their iconic catfight scene...
Published 10/19/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Proposal,” (S1 Ep24). They’re joined by Alan Dale, who you may know from Entourage, Lost, and Dynasty, but most likely, The OC, where he played Caleb Nichol.  Hear how this New Zealand kiwi made his way to the US to expand his acting career where he’s played several roles, many of them ending in a heart attack! Alan shares his favorite acting role, tells a story of a hair mishap the day they shot the famous booty call scene, and comments on why Caleb proposes...
Published 10/12/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Nana,” (S1 Ep23). They’re joined by award-winning actor, singer, songwriter, and musician, Kathryn Gallagher. Oh, and she’s Peter Gallagher’s daughter! Kathryn, too, has her own Camp Gallagher story to tell. She also opens up about her struggles with bullying. She now has a massive career on Broadway, and she shares her first television experience and the help she got from dear ole dad! Reminisce along with the hosts about this episode wrought with emotional...
Published 10/05/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The L.A.,” (S1 Ep22), the episode which Melinda calls, “so meta it almost turns in on itself and implodes.” They’re joined by actor, producer, director, Grady Bridges from The Valley himself, Colin Hanks! Before The OC, came Orange County the film, starring Colin Hanks. They discuss this connection, plus Colin shares what he does in this episode which is a nod to his father. Hear more about Colin’s exciting career, his upcoming tv and film projects, plus his...
Published 09/28/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Goodbye Girl,” (S1 Ep21) with Navi Rawat, who played Theresa Diaz on The OC. Later, the hosts are joined by super-fan and Vanderpump Rules star, Scheana Shay! Navi comments on Theresa’s life choices in this episode. She also shares which cast members she still sees, and who she enjoyed working with during filming. The women discuss being working moms, their favorite characters from Friends, and Anna’s real reason for leaving Newport. Then, the hosts are...
Published 09/21/21
Ay, dios mio -- it’s the Telenovela! Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Telenovela,” (S1 Ep20) with Wilson Bethel, whose very first acting role was playing Brad the Water Polo Player on this episode!  Wilson shares why he got humiliated on the set of The OC, the line in this episode he called “his most shameful,” and the time he passed a cocktail weenie to Josh Schwartz. Rachel and Wilson went on to co-star in “Hart of Dixie,” so there’s some crossover this episode as they discuss similarities...
Published 09/14/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Heartbreak,” (S1 Ep19) but first, they chat with Off the Vine podcast host and former Bachelorette contestant, now co-host, Kaitlyn Bristowe. Kaitlyn asks her pressing OC questions to the hosts. Find out her favorite Summer quote from this episode, hear about her time on Dancing with the Stars, and find out what Julie and Summer would do for their intros if they were on the Bachelor! And for this sex-filled episode, find out the story behind “MILF,” learn...
Published 09/07/21
You know his name from The OC credits, but how well do you know McG? Executive Producer and OC native, McG (Joseph McGinty Nichol), talks all things The OC. Hear about the cast music video that McG called “an epic fail,” the birth of The OC, and how the truth came out in the casting office. There are lots of laughs and great memories shared, as well as serious discussions about struggles with mental health and how to cope with fame. Leave the OC, Bitches a message:...
Published 08/31/21
Rachel and Melinda are joined by Dynasty actress and OC fan, Elizabeth Gillies, to discuss “The Truth” (S1 Ep18). They share what it’s like doing publicity and Rachel tells a story about a talk show mishap on Jimmy Fallon -- not Jimmy Kimmel! Hear about Liz’s experience as a first-time director, her farm micro-wedding, and how she first fell in love with The OC. Of course, there’s more Oliver talk as we finally say goodbye to him, and Melinda theorizes on why Sandy ate his bagel in the most...
Published 08/24/21
Rachel and Melinda are joined by Entourage series creator and OC fan, Doug Ellin, to discuss “The Rival” (S1 Ep17). They discuss the crossovers of The OC cast members on Entourage, the similarities between the two shows, and dive into the complexities of viewing these shows through a 2021 lens. Find out what Doug thinks of Ryan’s criminal skills and Marissa’s naivete, and how Summer is similar in ways to Ari from Entourage. The Rivals Synopsis: Ryan continues to become suspicious of Oliver...
Published 08/17/21
Rachel and Melinda are joined by The OC Set Costumer and now, Celebrity Stylist, Nicole Chavez, to discuss all things fashion and “The Links” (S1 Ep16). Nicole shares the latest fashion trends, discusses the trends from The OC ones that are making a comeback, and breaks down some of your favorite character's fashion styles. Learn about what goes into working in TV wardrobe, revisit some of the best fashion choices from this episode, and find out the scene that put Rachel on the blooper...
Published 08/10/21
This week Rachel and Melinda are joined by superfan and the host of the podcast “Everything Iconic,” Danny Pellegrino. They discuss “The Third Wheel” (S1 Ep15),  plus way more as Danny asks the questions that fans want to know! And what is this episode without Rooney? Later, lead singer of “Rooney” Robert Schwartzman joins to talk about his experience filming this episode!  Danny takes the reins when he asks the hosts about crushes, dating rumors, and an OC reunion. They discuss the fashion,...
Published 08/03/21
Rachel, Melinda, and their guest, Editor and Director on The OC, Norman Buckley, discuss “The Countdown” (S1 Ep14). The hosts and Norman share their thoughts on the unexpected thing that makes a great actor, the unique use of music throughout the OC, and some of the challenges of filming television. They also share behind-the-scenes stories of Norman’s first time editing and directing, where the overhead shot of the famous hotel scene is really from, and the word that the network would not...
Published 07/27/21
Rachel, Melinda, and their guest, Executive Producer and Writer on The OC, Stephanie Savage, discuss “The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (S1 Ep13). This is the script that Stephanie said changed her life. Learn about what it was like going from producer to writer, who came up with Chrismukkah, and the episode line so good that it gave Rachel and Melinda the chills! The Best Chrismukkah Synopsis: It’s Seth’s favorite time of the year: Chrismukkah - the part Christmas, part Hanukkah, super holiday!...
Published 07/20/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Secret" (S1 Ep12) with their guest, Chris Carmack, who played Luke Ward on The OC. From "Nashville" to his band, Life on Eris, catch up on all things Carmack! And of course, the hosts talk memorable moments from "The Secret" like yogalates and the flossing scene. Chris also weighs in on the evolution of Luke from here on out. The Secret Synopsis: Luke and Ryan discover Luke’s Dad is cheating on his mom...with another man. Then, the entire town finds out....
Published 07/13/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Homecoming” (S1 Ep11) with their guest, Kelly Rowan, who played Kirsten Cohen on The OC. Find out who made Kelly laugh the most on set, her nickname for Rachel, and hear about Kelly's role in a Speilberg film! And of course, all about the Thanksgiving episode! The Homecoming Synopsis: Seth went from zero to two girls and both of them show up at Thanksgiving, as do the uninvited new couple, Caleb and Julie. Kirsten and Sandy attempt to play matchmakers. Ryan’s...
Published 07/06/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Perfect Couple” (S1 Ep10) with their guest, Bonnie Somerville, who played Rachel Hoffman on The OC. The women talk second acts, their Zach Braff connection, sex scenes, and of course, the famous Chinese food seduction scene from this episode. The Perfect Couple Synopsis: Kirsten worries about Sandy's professional relationship with Rachel. Rachel unsuccessfully tries to seduce Sandy. Marissa is excited that her family may get back together when Julie throws a...
Published 06/29/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Heights” (S1 Ep9) with their guest, Patrick Norris, who directed this episode plus 5 more of The OC. Get to know director Patrick Norris, a self-proclaimed Ryan, and his exciting rise from working in the laundry room to directing hit shows! The hosts talk kissing scenes, pranks on set, and hear the fan question that makes Melinda blush! The Heights Synopsis: Ryan doesn't feel like he belongs at Harbor and Luke doesn't help his situation. Summer keeps her...
Published 06/22/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss "The Rescue" (S1 Ep8) with their guest, Michael Lange, who directed this episode and several more of The OC.   The hosts talk with “Uncle Mike” about chewing gum on set, crying on cue, and dive into Julie Cooper's character in this emotional episode. They also take live fan calls for the first time! The Rescue Synopsis: Julie wants to ship Marissa off to an institute in San Diego after she OD'ed in Mexico. Ryan, Seth, and Summer won’t let that happen, so they plan...
Published 06/15/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss "The Escape" (S1 Ep7) with guest, Matt Ramsey, editor of this episode (plus many more) of The OC.  Find out which cast member giggled the most, what advice Ben McKenzie gave to Rachel that she still remembers, and Matt Ramsey's critique of how he edited this episode. The Escape Synopsis: The crew heads to Tijuana for a summer-end trip where things take a dramatic turn. Jimmy finally tells Marissa he’s moving out. Sandy accepts a new job. Leave the OC, Bitches a...
Published 06/08/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss "The Girlfriend" (S1 Ep6) with guest, Deb Fisher,  a writer on The OC. A must-listen for any aspiring TV writer, Deb shares what it was like being a young writer on The OC. On set crushes are revealed, Rachel shares the moment her feelings toward Adam Brody changed, and the hosts answers a fan question about fashion. BONUS footage from a recent recording where Rachel and Melinda address the Mischa Barton E! interview. The Girlfriend Synopsis: Kirsten’s dad, Caleb,...
Published 06/01/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss "The Outsider" (S1 Ep5) with guest Tate Donovan, who played Jimmy Cooper on The OC.  Tate shares the best line he ever heard from an actress (hint: that actress is one of the hosts), his own memories from Camp Gallagher, and why he wants Rachel and Melinda to try directing.  The Outsider Synopsis: Ryan accompanies Seth to a party in a rough neighborhood. Ryan again must save him after Seth invites the same people to a party in Newport. Luke is shot. Broke Jimmy...
Published 05/25/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss “The Debut” (S1 Ep 4), as well as reminisce about SWAG, dogs on set, and hair and make-up! Listen to hear Rachel’s all-time celebrity crush, find out which 90’s sitcom Melinda appeared on, and watch the hosts go head-to-head in some OC trivia, featuring questions about the show and the hosts themselves.  Leave the OC, Bitches a message: https://www.speakpipe.com/ocbitches Please support our sponsors: Get your next delicious bowl of guilt-free cereal at...
Published 05/18/21
Rachel and Melinda discuss "The Gamble" (S1 Ep3) with guest, Peter Gallagher, who played Sandy Cohen on The OC. Peter shares his unique audition story. They all comment on their bronzed looks. Find out about Camp Gallagher, a weekend they'll never forget! The Gamble Synopsis: Sandy comes to Ryan's rescue once again. Kirsten decides to invite Dawn to an elite Vegas Night, but she gets lost in the sauce, disappointing Ryan. Dawn believes Ryan is better off with the Cohens, leaving him with...
Published 05/11/21