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Jimmy Cooper (Tate Donovan)

Season One


Julie Cooper: Oh honey, I thought you were going to wear your hair down. Pulled back like that, it's a little harsh on your angles.
Jimmy Cooper: Okay, let's go!
Julie: It's going to be so amazing tonight. Are you going to wear the Donna Karan, Maris? I thought it was very forgiving.
Jimmy: You look beautiful, kid.

The Model Home

Jimmy: What's the matter? You can tell me. We tell each other everything.
Marissa: Do we?

The Gamble

Jimmy: So. How's your mother?
Seth: Ah, just... married.

Julie: You will not believe what Sandy Cohen said to me. He basically called me white trash. He said I was from Riverside!
Jimmy: Honey, you are from Riverside.
Julie: It was his tone!

The Outsider

Sandy: Listen I was thinking. How would you like some free legal advice?
Jimmy: You wanna be my lawyer? How long do you want to send me away for?
Sandy: I got way too big an ego for that.
Jimmy: Yeah, well. That's true.
Sandy: No, I wouldn't be representing you. I've got a friend who's a securities attorney. But I could help you put together a case.
Jimmy: Why would you do that? You don't even like me.
Sandy: Well I'm a public defender. I represent a lot of people I don't like.

Jimmy: Look, I get it from my wife every day. My daughters won't talk to me. I got my ass kicked in front of everyone at the most elegant event of the year—I get, okay man? I definitely understand.

The Girlfriend

Jimmy: What do you— What do you want from me?
Julie: I think I want a divorce. I'm sorry, honey. I just don't see any other way.

The Heights

Jimmy: Okay, so new oven. Haven't quite figured out how to make French toast.
Summer: "Not in the oven" would be a good place to start.

Luke: Hey, Mr. Cooper.
Jimmy: Luke.
Luke: Yeah, So is this your new place? Looks great.
Jimmy: Not buying it, Luke.
Luke: Right.

The Best Chrismukkah Ever

Jimmy: Marissa and I were just trying to decide on an appropriate punishment.
Julie: Oh really? Well way to rule with the iron fist, Stalin.

The Links

Sandy: We can't reschedule. The Lighthouse closes down tonight forever. It's our last chance to get the best chicken parmesan in the business.
Jimmy: First the Lighthouse leaves Newport and then me. How poetic.
Sandy: What do you mean, you're leaving?
Jimmy: There's nothing here for me. There's no opportunities. There's no second chances.

The Rivals

Sandy: Four years of law, fifteen years as a public defender so I could become Judge Judy.
Jimmy: Oh I hear she's tough, but fair. I watch a lot of daytime TV.

The Heartbreak

Jimmy examining a package: Well there's no ticking. So it can't be from your mother.

The Goodbye Girl

Julie: Luke just came by to defrag my hard drive.
Jimmy: Okay.

The L.A.

Jimmy: When was the last time you took a look at the books?
Sandy: I don't. That's your job.
Jimmy: Well, we've basically blown through our entire budget.
Sandy: Wow, you're really not so good at managing the money, are you Coop?
Jimmy: No. I'm really not.

Jimmy: My oasis is being violated. My happy place is very unhappy right now.

Jimmy: A man's life comes down to a few decisive moments and maybe this meat loaf is one of them.

Club Owner: What are you, the dad?
Jimmy: What are you? The guy who's my age and still thinks he's 25?

The Nana
The Proposal

Sandy: I had no choice.
Jimmy: Yeah you did. You could have told me about Caleb and asked me to bow out.
Sandy: Like I said, I had no choice.

The Shower

Jimmy: Hailey was just over to help me fix my—
Hailey: Faucet!
Jimmy: My faucet. Which, remember it was leaking. And she's an expert on plumbing.
Hailey: I should go. Now that the faucet is fixed.

Caleb: Besides, we're family.
Jimmy: Right. Although, are we? I don't know. I can't keep track.

Kirsten: This is what Hailey does. She uses people to get back at me.
Jimmy: Kirsten, this isn't about you.

The Strip
The Ties

Jimmy: Hey kiddo. What are you doing?
Marissa: Oh you know. Preparing to move into the House on Haunted Hill.

Jimmy: Hey, your mom has to wake up every morning and be Julie Cooper. That is punishment enough.


Season Two

The Distance

Julie: You two are still—?
Jimmy: Yeah, we're doing great. She's fantastic, sweet, limber. How about you and Caleb?
Julie: Not so limber.

The Way We Were
The New Kid on the Block

Julie: He's in prison.
Jimmy: So, you're gonna divorce him and take his kids.

Jimmy: The woman I married wouldn't stand for that. Nobody puts Julie Cooper in a corner.

The New Era

Jimmy to Julie: I never heard you admit to having faults before. This is fun.

Kirsten: Oh, god. She just grazed an ass.
Jimmy: Ah, the not-so-subtle ass graze.

The SnO.C.

Julie: I was easier to love back then. I was beautiful and much nicer then.
Jimmy: Jules, c'mon. You're still beautiful. and you were never that nice.

The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't
The Family Ties

Jimmy: I've got terrible news, really. I've fallen in love with my ex-wife.
Sandy: You were married before Julie?
Kirsten: You're in love with Julie?

Jimmy: You're right. I need to learn how to be a real dad. So I'm... leaving.

The Ex-Factor
The Accomplice
The Second Chance
The Lonely Hearts Club
The Rainy Day Women
The Blaze of Glory
The Brothers Grim
The Risky Business
The Rager
The O.C. Confidential
The Return of the Nana
The Showdown
The O.Sea
The Dearly Beloved

Jimmy: Hey Jules.
Julie: Jimmy. What are you doing here?
Jimmy: Well you didn't think I would leave you two alone during all of this, did you?

Hailey: So you moved to Hawaii. How is it?
Jimmy: It's fantastic. You would not believe the North Shore.
Hailey: So I've heard.

Jimmy: What if I decided to stay? What if we gave it another shot? We're both older and wiser now.
Julie: Well, I’m certainly wiser.


Season Three

 Julie: C'mon. It's okay for a prosecutor and defense attorney to have lemonade together. We're all human beings here.
Jimmy: I'm not so sure with these guys.

Season Four