The location: The Final Scene.


Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A construction site.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. It's not specified.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. This was the very final scene, in the very final episode (#16), in the final season (4th): "The End Isn't Near, It's Here."

    In short, the last scene viewers saw before The O.C. ended forever.

    In a flash-forward to the future, we see a construction site. Ryan, now a successful architect, walks out of a building his crew is putting up, talking on the phone about how the project is coming along.

    Suddenly he stops and looks across the street. He sees a kid who looks a lot like Ryan did, way back in the days before Sandy Cohen rescued him from the bad streets of Chino. In fact, the shot of the kid includes many of the same elements we saw in the pilot episode when Ryan had been thrown out of his house and was desperately trying to phone for help: there are pay phones, a bicycle and a concrete block wall, all echoing the elements in that original scene.

    Ryan takes a closer look, and sees that the kid looks miserable - he definitely is dealing with some serious problems.

    Ryan hesitates, then calls out: "Hey kid!  Do you need some help?"

    Sandy Cohen has succeeded in teaching his "Good Samaritan" values to Ryan - who now is willing to reach out to someone else in need.

    The boy looks up at him, somewhat skeptically. And the show ends.


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. At the time the scene was filmed, it was an actual construction site.  Now (as of mid-2007), the project is almost finished.  It is a 3-story, 57,000 square foot office building.





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Q. Where can I find it in real life?


(In this photo, below, we are looking south/southeast, across the street, at the general area where the kid was sitting.)


Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?



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