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Summer Cohen (born Roberts) lived in Newport Beach with her father, plastic surgeon Dr. Neil Roberts. For much of the series, she has also lived with a stepmother, who was prone to mood swings and was addicted to various addictive pills. She was often seen with her best friend, Marissa Cooper.

Season 1Edit

Summer was portrayed as the stereotypical spoiled rich kid,shallow, materialistic gossip who is ditzy and can have an occasional bitchy nature, but slowly changed during the course of the year. It is during her transformation that Summer and Seth Cohen fall in love with each other. In the process of their characters' relationship, Summer and Seth experience many struggles because Summer thinks it will affect her popular reputation at their high school. Because the relationship does not go too well, Seth decides to take his chances with another girl, Anna Stern, who exhibits a similarly strong personality and shares his sarcastic sense of humour and love of comic books.

As the season progresses, Summer is affected by their relationship and is often jealous of Seth since he seems to be enjoying Anna's company so much. As a result, Summer gets angry and starts dating a not-so-funny guy, but that relationship doesn't last long, and Seth is suddenly back on her mind. Towards the end of the first season, Anna breaks up with Seth because it is obvious he is still in love with Summer. Seth and Summer become a couple, and announce their romance at a school kissing booth, after which they become very close. However, as soon as Ryan Atwood, Seth's adopted brother, moves away, Seth realizes that the immediate past and present are meaningless, because before Ryan moved to Newport Beach, Seth was a painfully shy social misfit, and he is afraid that since Ryan had left, he will once again be alone. Seth then sails away at the end of the season, leaving behind his worried parents and a heartbroken Summer.

Season 2Edit

Summer has a new boyfriend, Zach Stevens. Zach is starting to become friends with Seth, whom he met shortly before Zach and Summer started dating, yet their friendship is a little mixed since they both have feelings for Summer. Summer seems committed to putting Seth behind her, although at times it becomes clear that she still has feelings for him. This inevitably causes problems for her relationship with Zach, who suspected they still had feelings for each other. This is further complicated when Summer also becomes professionally involved with Seth and Zach as they develop their comic book, Atomic County, for publication. This relationship proves inextricably linked with the personal feelings all have for each other, and resulted in a bad meeting with a media executive that effectively killed their partnership.

Summer was about to go on an overseas trip to Italy with Zach and his family, when the feelings she still had for Seth start to arise. She then left her heartbroken Zach at the airport, going back to Seth. Zach returned later on in the season however after returning from Italy, and this along with Zach and Seth once again going into a partnership for a comic book strained Summer's relationship with Seth. Zach also somewhat subtlely exploited this to weaken Seth & Summer's relationship and restart his relationship with her, causing somewhat of a love triangle. The introduction of Reed, a female, very attractive, older comic book executive who Seth was not initially truthful about also caused difficulties. This was eventually resolved when on the day of The Junior Prom they flipped a coin as to who would go to the prom with Summer and who would meet George Lucas for a comic book project meeting, with Zach winning the date with Summer. However at The Prom both Summer and Zach seemed unhappy with their choices, and at the last minute Seth arrived at the prom to receive The Prom Queen/ King Award with Summer and reconcile their relationship. Zach apparently succeeded in impressing Lucas and it has been rumoured he was given an internship and moved away from Newport as a result, explaining his absence for Season 3.

Towards the end of the season Summer also became worried about her best friend Marissa's behaviour, further highlighted by unexplained bruises and tension with her boyfriend Ryan and his brother Trey. She confronted Marissa and she confessed that Trey had attempted to rape her. Summer consulted Seth about this, who felt obliged to tell Ryan and as a result, the tragic events of Trey's shooting happened, with Seth & Summer arriving at the aftermath of the shooting.

Season 3Edit

By The Third Season, Summer is adjusting to her senior year at Harbor School, now in the absence of her best friend. Marissa's involvement in the shooting of Trey Atwood has led to her explosion from the school, creating a power vacuum among students with a lack of a Social Chair — Marissa's former position. As a result, Summer reluctantly seeks a more involved role in student politics, thus gaining a new rival in fellow student Taylor Townsend. They have since became (albeit at times reluctantly on Summer's part) friends, paticularly when Taylor helped her get Marissa back in by organizing a petition.

Also, her relationship with Seth is closer than it was during much of the previous year, and the couple's post-graduation future is one she finds harder to ignore. They had trouble earlier in the season deciding what colleges to go to and how it would affect their future together, since Seth wanted to go to school on the East Coast and Summer wanted to stay in the western United States, applying to the University of Arizona. Eventually they both agreed on going to Brown, which was more feasible after Summer got a high SAT score.

Shortly before they got their college acceptance letters Summer said that should she get in to Brown and not Seth, she would not go. When they got their college acceptance letters, to Seth's dismay this was exactly what happened. Seth, not wanting to be personally responsible for Summer turning down a major educational and life opportunity for him said he did not want to go to Brown anymore. As a result they broke up, with Seth stating when confronted by Summer that he did not love her anymore. Their future as a couple seemed uncertain at this point, and further complications look certain to arise when Seth's friend Anna Stern, who was also a rival for Seth's affections in Season One against Summer, is returning.

Due to the fight that Seth and Summer are in, she is set up with a Korean popstar, Big Korea by Taylor for prom. At prom Summer drinks far too much in an effort to forget that Seth is attending with Anna, leading her to make a fool of herself. She is voted Prom Queen but is so drunk she can barely speak and falls off the stage. At the after party Seth tells her the truth (that he didn't get into Brown) and they are reunited. Before the prom, she laid Seth's napkin confession of all of his lies on Sandy's desk in his study. Summer tried to retrieve it afer the prom, but Sandy caught her in the act and read the confessions, leading to a falling out between Sandy and Seth, a gulf which grows wider when Sandy ignores Kirsten's alcholic relapse.

Summer has also dealt with several changes in her home life, such as her step-mother, an unseen character, leaving and divorcing her father. Also more recently she has had to deal with her father dating her best friend's mother, Julie Cooper. She has eventually accepted the relationship and recently announced engagement however, seeing the happiness it had brought her father despite her own reservations about Julie Cooper.

The most devastating event in her young life was the death of her best friend Marissa Cooper. It was hard for her saying good bye to her in first place, but saying good bye forever is even harder...

Season 4Edit

After her friend Marissa died Summer went to Rhode Island to go to Brown. There she finds new friends, for example the environmental activist Ché. Later she admits that when she left Newport, everybody hasn't really moved on, like she had. But in fact, Summer hadn't moved on at all. She hid her feelings and tried to repress Marissa's death by taking refuge in environmental activism. Summer returns to Newport briefly to help Ryan return to the Cohen house, but she leaves on the red-eye flight when she sees the ghost of Marissa in her room. When she returns to Brown, she finds Taylor sleeping in her dorm room, and the two fight over Summer's activism and the fact she has been ignoring Seth.

When she returned to Newport for Thanksgiving she and Julie admit that they can't go on like this anymore. Summer at last manages to let Marissa go, which maybe saved her relationship with Seth. Although she thought she could return to her old life, she still stuck with the environmental stuff. When she tried to free some bunnies with Ché from the labs they got caught. While Summer defended Ché he used her as scape goat for everything they'd done lately. Summer gets expelled from Brown and returns to Newport and moves back into her father's house, where Julie , Kaitlin and Taylor are now residing. 

On New Year's Eve Taylor, who lives at Summer's house, assumes that Summer is pregnant. When Seth hears that he could become a father he proposes to his girlfriend...

The couple finds out that they won't become parents and their relationship is getting a bit weird. They both want to cancel the engagement, but no one wants to be the one to quit it, but the engagement is finally called off when Neil denies Seth permission to marry Summer.  Then Ché visits Summer again and confuses the relationship even more, because he claims to be Seth's soulmate. 

A deviner tells Summer that her true love is GEORGE. Later Summer finds out, that GEORGE is an organisation which aids animals. However, she turns down an initial offer from GEORGE following the earthquake, and when the Cohens move into the Roberts mansion, she and Seth set up house in her bedroom, watching Briefcase or No Briefcase endlessly.  

Seth bumps into a GEORGE representative at the University of California while Ryan is visiting the campus, and she is offered a second chance for a job in which she has to travel through the country by bus - so she has to leave Seth... But in the final episode she has obviously returned to Seth stating that she'll, "See you in '08 after The New Hampshire Primary." And a scene in The Final Episode where she finally marries Seth, making her Summer Cohen.

RelationshipsEdit

Seth CohenEdit

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Summer and Seth

Her friend, boyfriend, soulmate and then they get married at the end of the show.

Marissa CooperEdit

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Marissa and Summer

Best friends.

Ryan AtwoodEdit

Good friends; adoptive brother-in-law.

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Summer,Seth,Ryan,Marissa

Taylor TownsendEdit

Enemies, later best friends.

ChéEdit

Her friend.

Anna SternEdit

Enemies/Friends

DannyEdit

Ex-boyfriend

Zach StevensEdit

Ex-boyfriend

Holly FischerEdit

Ex-bestfriend

Neil RobertsEdit

Father

Sandy CohenEdit

Father-in-law

Summerandtaylor

Taylor and Summer

Kirsten CohenEdit

Mother-in-law

Sophie Rose CohenEdit

Sister-in-law

Caleb NicholEdit

Grandfather-in-law

Sophie CohenEdit

Grandmother-in-law

Memorable QuotesEdit

See Memorable Quotes by Summer Roberts

ReferencesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

Season 3Edit

Season 4Edit

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