Caleb Nichol was a main antagonist in the first two seasons of "The O.C.". He was portrayed by Alan Dale.

Caleb was the father of Kirsten, Hailey Nichol and Lindsay Gardner, the grandfather of Seth and Sophie Rose Cohen, and also the adoptive grandfather of Ryan Atwood.

Caleb was one of the wealthiest people in Newport Beach, owning the property and real estate company Newport Group which owns a substantial amount of property in Newport which contributed to the idea that he "owned" Newport. He was portrayed as a powerful and influential businessman who was known for dishonest business dealings and practice. He also was somewhat controlling and manipulative, shown perhaps by the way he treated his daughter Kirsten who worked for him. He did appear however to genuinely care for his children and was something of a prominent social figure. His relationship with his son in law, Sandy Cohen, is mixed, being particularly bad and resentful to being somewhat of a mutual understanding when Sandy helped Caleb with his legal troubles.

Story of the Character Edit

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Caleb Nichol is one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in Newport Beach, owning the property and real estate company Newport Group, which owns a substantial amount of property in Newport and therefore contributed to the idea that he "owned" Newport. Caleb is the father of Kirsten.

He begins a relationship with Julie, but the two will break up when Caleb is tired of always having her around. Despite everything will end up missing her, and will ask her to back with him and marry him, she accepts (more than anything else for the satisfaction of marrying a billionaire again). At the end of the first season, Caleb and Julie get married in a quiet wedding party. Not a few are those who suspect that marriage is due to economic and social gain for both parts, and it was later evident that the marriage would become rather tumultuous. At the end of the first season, Caleb confesses to Sandy that the "Newport Group" is in serious financial condition.

Season 2 Edit

A long kept secret of an illegitimate child, Lindsay Gardner came back to haunt him. He attempted to build a relationship with her at the start and at one point was intent on adopting her, but this relationship collapsed when he caved into Julie's demands for a DNA test. The DNA test confirmed Lindsay was Caleb's daughter, but Lindsay left with her mother shortly after. Caleb also suffered a heart attack after having a confrontation with Ryan Atwood about Ryan's interference with his relationship with Lindsay. He also eventually ended his troubled marriage with Julie when he found out she had been having an affair with a man from her past named Lance Baldwin, who released a pornographic videotape of Julie, humiliating both Caleb and her. Julie originally intended to kill him with poison after she found out she would not get anything from the divorce settlement as a result of not having been married to him for a year. However at the last minute, she backed out and instead, Caleb suffered a fatal heart attack. It was later revealed that he was bankrupt, with massive company debts in the Newport Group and high-interest loans and mortgages, leaving neither Julie nor Kirsten with anything.

Memorable QuotesEdit

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  • Caleb: Do you hear a clicking on the phone? Every time I try to dial out I swear I hear a clicking.
  • Julie: Okay, Nixon. Paranoid, much? What's going on with you, Cal? You're either hopped up on blow or something's seriously wrong. - The Distance
  • Caleb: I'm going to bed. The pleasure is all yours, Sanford. Enjoy. - The Way We Were
  • Caleb: No, I'm not dragging Sany into anything. Before he put these eggs in front of me he was the closest thing I had to a friend in this town. - The Way We Were
  • Caleb: I'm sorry, Ryan. I know it wasn't easy for you to string so many words together. - The Lonely Hearts Club
  • Caleb: What's all this?
  • Julie: What does it look like?
  • Caleb: It looks like one of your movies.
  • Julie: That's not funny.
  • Caleb: It's not supposed to be. - The O.C. Confidential
  • Caleb: You spent two hours making Eggs Benedict for a man with a heart condition. Doesn't that seem a little insane to you? - The Showdown
  • Caleb: You have been monitored to one degree or another since before we were married. The affair you had with your former-husband. The tryst with that high-schooler... Luke.
  • Julie: Oh my god.
  • Caleb: I mean, your daughter's boyfriend. What will people think?
  • Julie: Ex-boyfriend. - The Showdown
  • Caleb: I see you're employing your usual soft ball approach. That might be appropriate when your son runs off to Portland, but this is a tad more serious. - The O.Sea
  • Caleb: You know, I really did love you, Ju-Ju.
  • Julie: Ooh. Past tense. That stings.
  • Caleb: Sorry. Grammatical error. - The O.Sea



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