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13. The uniting theme of bagels
Bagels, yes bagels, played a pivotal role throughout The O.C., especially for Sandy, who seemed to be a bagel master of sorts. In this scene, Marissa showed up at the Cohen house, bagels in-hand, upset about her father leaving. Sandy invited her in and they all bonded over the family's bagel ritual. In the most telling exchange, Seth asked Marissa, "Are you going to be okay?" To which Ryan interjected, "Of course — we have bagels." *mic drop*