In Valley Girls, Owen is introduced as a busboy at a diner where Carol Rhodes worked in in the 1980s in Los Angeles, California. He is instantly attracted to a teenage Lily van der Woodsen and the two strike up an immediate friendship with flirting. After learning that Carol's ex-friend, Keith van der Woodsen, is holding a music video they filmed together hostage, he goes with Carol and Lily to get the video. When they fail, he gets into a fight with Keith and is subsequently arrested; along with Lily.
- Valley Girls was originally aired as a backdoor pilot for a potential show that would follow a teenage Lily in Los Angeles, where Owen would play a much bigger role. However, the show was not picked up by the network.