Kirsten and Sandy have obvious tension at the Cohen home. Kirsten tells
Sandy that she is tired of waiting for Seth to come home and wants him
home now. Sandy insists that Seth will find his own way eventually.
Marissa and Summer hang out at Marissa’s pool, where Summer notices the
yard guy checking Marissa out. Summer also notices that Marissa has put
alcohol in their iced tea, and seems bothered by this. Marissa and Summer
talk about Summer’s new relationship with Zach, and Summer talks about how
Seth abandoned her… she seems bothered by this as well.
Theresa drops Ryan off at his construction job in Chino and gives him a
Julie and Cal talk in the kitchen. Cal is bothered by hearing a clicking
on the phone line. Julie leaves to buy Kaitlin a new pony.
Kirsten calls Luke, and we find out that Seth is staying with him in
Portland, Oregon. Kirsten talks to Seth on the phone, and Seth tells
Kirsten that he hates Orange County and is not coming home. Kirsten talks
to Sandy about how empty the home feels, despite the construction.
Jimmy stops by and asks the Cohens to join him and Haley for dinner. Sandy
declines, saying that Kirsten is not feeling well. Jimmy suggests that
Seth might talk to Ryan.
Sandy drops in on Ryan in Chino. He fills Ryan in on the Seth situation.
Sandy asks Ryan to go with him to Oregon to talk to Seth. Ryan declines,
but Sandy gives him a ticket just in case.
Ryan and Theresa talk about how Sandy wants Ryan to go to Portland.
Theresa tells Ryan that he should go, but Ryan comments on how he’s not a
part of their family anymore.
Sandy meets Cal in a parking garage. Cal says he thinks their homes and
offices are bugged. Sandy says the DA probably has nothing on Cal, or is
building a strong case.
Luke and Seth come home, where Sandy is waiting with Luke’s dad.
Marissa and Jimmy come to visit Kirsten, where Marissa inquires about Seth
and Ryan. Marissa steps outside to the pool house and seems sad.
Luke, Seth, Luke’s dad (Carson), and Sandy sit down to dinner. Seth is
really rude to Sandy, and Sandy snaps and corrects his attitude. Seth
storms out of the room.
Marissa sits alone on the beach at night, drinking. She calls Ryan but
does not say anything when he answers. She begins to cry and hangs up.
Ryan hangs up, too—he seems to know it was Marissa, and he seems sad. Theresa
lays in bed next to him, awake.
Sandy tells Seth that he is not forcing him to come home and is glad that
Seth is safe there. Seth thanks Sandy for letting him stay. Sandy tells
Seth that he is always welcome to come home. The two hug.
Theresa reminds Ryan about her doctor appointment, which he forgot about.
Ryan told Theresa he was planning on going to Portland. Ryan lets it slip
that he left Newport to make everyone’s lives easier, while Theresa had
thought he had left to be with her. Ryan quickly says that he left for
that reason, too. Theresa says he can go to Oregon if he wants, and so
Julie confronts Marissa about not being dressed to go to CardioBar. Julie
grounds Marissa and takes away her iPod. Marissa says she wishes Julie
didn’t exist, and Julie asks Marissa to tell her what’s bothering her.
Marissa begins screaming, and throws her lounge chair in the pool.
As Sandy is leaving Portland, Ryan comes in. He wishes Ryan good luck with
Seth and thanks him for coming.
Summer shows up at Kirsten’s, with all of Seth’s things in hand. She is
getting rid of them as per her therapist’s recommendation. Summer tells
Captain Oats that she hopes they can still be friends, and dumps all of
Seth’s things on his bed.
Seth is happy to see Ryan. While Seth is grilling hamburgers, he tells
Ryan that Summer will probably never speak to him again. He tells Ryan he
did him a favor by motivating him to leave Newport. Seth tries to get Ryan
to come back, and says if Ryan can’t, he won’t.
Julie and Jimmy talk at Julie’s home about Marissa’s freak out. Julie says
they need to have a semblance of family life, and maybe Jimmy and Hailey
can come over for dinner sometimes. Jimmy says he’ll do what he can. Julie
tells Jimmy she is happy for him.
Cal talks to Sandy. Sandy tells Cal to get things in order because the
DA’s office is about to come down on him.
While Luke, Seth, and Ryan are playing video games, Theresa calls Ryan and
tells him that she has miscarried their child. Ryan offers to come home,
but Theresa says no—Ryan is not happy with her. Ryan tells the guys about
the miscarriage, and goes to a separate room, disturbed. Seth comes in and
sits next to Ryan.
Theresa’s mom comes in Theresa’s room, asking Theresa if Ryan believed
her. Her mom tells Theresa that what she did was for her best, Ryan’s
best, and the baby’s best.
Ryan is getting ready to leave Portland. Ryan comments on how he’s
homeless again. Ryan’s cab shows up, and so Ryan walks to the cab. Seth
chases after him, and meets Ryan at the door, who has turned around and
come back. The two decide to go back to Newport together.
Sandy and Kirsten eat dinner together as Seth and Ryan come home. Kirsten
is thrilled. Ryan returns to the pool house, and Seth follows him. The two
talk about how much Monday will suck. Seth tells Ryan how he ended up in
Portland- he sold his boat and took a Greyhound there.
Sorry, we accidentally have two descriptions for this one!
The Cohen house is being remodeled. Sandy (Peter Gallagher) walks around
with one of the construction workers, Archie, surveying the work that has
been done. He wonders when the work will be completely finished and comments
that his house is torn apart anyway, whether they are remodeling or not.
When Archie is not positive about when the work will be done, Sandy makes
one request. Could the workers at least try to wear shirts during the
remainder of the project? Sandy is tired of the neighbors calling his home
“The Manhole.” Archie says he will see what he can do. At that moment,
Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) walks by. She greets Archie, but barely says anything
to Sandy. Sandy tells Archie, “Oh, and don’t ever get married. And if you
do, don’t ever have kids.”
In the kitchen, Sandy tells Kirsten that the work will be finished sometime
between now and never. Kirsten doesn’t say anything, so Sandy rambles on
about the case he is working on today. Kirsten notices that Sandy is
speaking in gibberish to see if she is paying attention, but admits that she
was actually distracted by the newspaper and the date that is printed on it.
She is worried that Seth (Adam Brody) won’t come home in time to start
school. Sandy asks Kirsten what she wants him to do. Should he go get Seth,
stuff him into a trunk and bring him home? Kirsten says, “At this point,
yes.” She says that she has had enough of Sandy’s “hippie parenting
psychobabble.” Sandy argues that maybe Seth’s problem has to do with
Kirsten’s over protectiveness, which prevented him from having friends until
Ryan (Ben McKenzie) came to Newport. Sandy says that if they force Seth to
come home, he’s just going to want to run away again. Kirsten, on the other
hand, doesn’t care what Seth wants. He could have died on his little
adventure, and she is sick of waiting for him to realize where he belongs.
“Bring him home, Sandy,” she says.
Over at Julie and Caleb’s mansion, Marissa (Mischa Barton) and Summer
(Rachel Bilson) are sitting on the side of the pool, complaining about the
heat. They see the gardener outside watering the plants, and Summer says
that he is checking out Marissa. Marissa quickly changes the subject,
complaining that Julie has invited her to cardio bar, for a mother-daughter
bonding experience. She says that since cardio bar is supposedly the new
Tae-Bo, she might be able to learn to kick her mother’s ass. Summer tells
Marissa she doesn’t need to do anymore cardio. When Marissa presses her for
an explanation, Summer says that Marissa is looking a little thin. “I eat!”
protests Marissa, just as Summer takes a sip of her drink. “You drink!”
observes Summer, making a face at the taste of the drink. Marissa informs
her that it is a Newport Beach Iced Tea, but all Summer can say is that ten
o clock in the morning is too early for that much alcohol. “For who?”
Marissa asks smugly. Summer makes a face, and then announces that her bikini
is uncomfortable. Marissa says that they should go to the Paul Frank sale on
Wednesday to buy a new one, but Summer can’t because she has plans with
Zack. Summer says that the more time she spends with Zack, the less time she
thinks about Seth, whom she calls “a little bitch” Summer admits that she is
the insults to speak for her “inner pain.” Summer then announces that she
refuses to get close to Zack, or to any boy, ever again. \Marissa says she
knows what she means.
At a construction site in Chino, Ryan gets out of Theresa’s car to go to
work. Theresa has made him a lunch, but Ryan doesn’t think that is the best
way to fit in. Theresa suggests that they rent a movie or play pool that
night, and Ryan seems reluctant, but says that it sounds good. He then
starts walking away, and Theresa pulls the car away. Ryan looks into his
lunch bag and makes a face.
Inside the mansion, Julie (Melinda Clarke) tells Caleb that Caitlin needs to
be picked up from Junior Lifeguards and then says that maybe Caitlin can
then “save her sister from drowning in self-pity.” Looking out the window,
Caleb is surprised to see that the flower delivery truck is outside. He is
even more surprised when Julie explains to him that they get flowers
delivered every week. Caleb then goes to the phone and tells Julie that
every time he picks it up, he hears a clicking. Julie tells him he is
paranoid, and questions what is going on with him. Caleb blames his behavior
on his blood thinning medication, but Julie says he’s been acting “wacko”
all summer long. She then adds that she is taking Caitlin to look at new
ponies. Caleb doesn’t see what is wrong with China, the pony they already
have, but Julie points out that China has alopecia and has gone totally
bald. Caleb just wants to make sure she’s not charging it on the company
card. He says it is because it would be illegal to claim the pony as a
business expense, but it seems like there is more to his request than that.
At the Cohens’, Kirsten arrives home with a bag of groceries. As she puts
the groceries away, she notices the holiday picture of herself, Sandy, Seth
and Ryan that is hanging on the refrigerator door. Next to it is a post-it
note with the phone number for Luke’s dad, Carson Ward, on it. She dials the
number and on the other end, in Portland, Luke answers. Kirsten asks for
Seth, and Luke brings the phone to the couch, where Seth is playing video
games. Without taking his hands from the game controller, Seth takes the
phone between his shoulder and ear and says hello. Kirsten asks Seth to come
home, but Seth’s only reply is, “Did Ryan come back?” Seth says that he
hates Orange County so much; he’s not coming back unless they agree to move
to anywhere else. Kirsten expresses her disappointment that an appeal from
mother to son was not enough to convince Seth to come home, and Seth
abruptly hangs up.
As Kirsten hangs up the phone, Sandy enters the kitchen. It turns out that
he had the same talk with Seth that afternoon. Visibly upset, Kirsten says,
“Doesn’t he know that we didn’t want Ryan to leave anymore than he did?”
Sandy says that right now, for Seth, it’s not about what he knows, but how
he feels. Kirsten comments that the house seems so empty without the two
boys in it. Sandy says that it is still full of sweaty shirtless men,
however, and that Kirsten should be in heaven. She gives a small smile, and
then hears the doorbell. She says that it is Jimmy and that she promised
that they could all have dinner together. Sandy goes to the door to greet
Jimmy and tells him that Kirsten’s not feeling up for dinner. Jimmy is
sympathetic as Sandy explains that he needs to find the best way for Seth to
realize he has no choice but to come home. Jimmy cautions against bringing
him back kicking and screaming, and Sandy says the last thing he wants is a
bitter teenager living in his house. Jimmy suggests that if Seth won’t talk
to his parents, maybe he will talk to Ryan.
At the construction site, Ryan sees Sandy pull up in his car and smiles as
he goes to greet him. Sandy says he wanted to make sure Ryan wasn’t slacking
off, and they make small talk for a few moments. Ryan wants to thank Kirsten
for sending baby clothes to Theresa. Then they get to the topic that Sandy
really wants to discuss. Sandy tells Ryan that, even with school right
around the corner, Seth shows no signs of wanting to come home. Sandy says
that he’s going up to Portland and invites Ryan to join him, saying that
their “one-two punch” would be an “unbeatable combination.” Ryan hesitates,
making excuses about Seth being mad at him, Theresa having tests, and having
to work, but Sandy gives him a ticket just in case, telling him not to worry
if he doesn’t end up using it. Theresa pulls up then and sees Sandy and Ryan
talking. Sandy waves to Theresa, who hesitantly waves back. Ryan wishes
Sandy good luck, and Sandy says goodbye. Ryan shoves the ticket into his
pocket and heads over to the car.
In his bedroom the next morning, Ryan’s clock flips over to 6:00. He lies
looking at the ceiling, while Theresa lies awake on her side. Both seem deep
in thought. Ryan takes the garbage out. On the street, he sees young kids
who look a bit like himself and Seth hanging out and having fun. The boy who
looks like a younger version of himself makes eye contact with him, and
then, as a car passes, he disappears, revealing the scene as a fantasy, not
reality. Back inside, Ryan leans in the kitchen doorway, watching Theresa,
who smiles and then goes back to cooking. His lunch is waiting on the table.
Ryan goes back into the bedroom. It is now 6:27. Ryan pulls his ticket to
Portland out of the nightstand drawer. Theresa comes in to tell Ryan his
breakfast is ready and questions him about the ticket. He says that it’s
nothing, that Sandy just needs a little help convincing Seth to come home.
Theresa seems suspicious of this, especially since Ryan told her that Sandy
was just checking in when he came to the construction site. Ryan is also
hesitant, saying that Seth is still angry. Theresa says that she can’t
imagine what Seth must think of her, and she asks if Ryan is going to
Portland. As he gets dressed for work, Ryan says that he can’t. Theresa says
that he should go, but Ryan says it is for their family to deal with.
Theresa says, “You’re not a part of their family?” Ryan says, “Not anymore”
and kisses her on the cheek.
Sandy and Caleb meet in a parking garage. Caleb says that he thinks the feds
are bugging his home and possibly the Cohens’ house as well, so he had to
meet him here. Sandy says that Caleb has gone nuts and then says that he
doesn’t have much time because he is flying to Portland soon. Caleb says, “I
don’t get it. His best friend leaves, so he runs off with another boy and
his gay dad.” He calls it strange, but Sandy says Caleb’s paranoid behavior
is just as strange. Sandy tries to reassure Caleb, telling him that he
hasn’t heard anything about Caleb from the DA’s office. Sandy says that
either they realize they have nothing on him, or they’re building up “one
hell of a case.” Sandy then leaves to catch his plane.
In a Portland boat shop, Seth is drawing cartoons. Luke points out that the
girl he has just drawn looks like Summer. Luke asks if they have spoken
since the fourth of July, but Seth says that he stopped making calls when
she stopped taking them. Seth says that Summer doesn’t understand that this
isn’t about her. Two girls come into the boat shop talking about some guy
who just wiped out on his jet skis and lost his bathing suit. One of the
girls goes to Luke, and he kisses her. The other girl seems somewhat
interested in Seth, but he doesn’t really respond to her advances. They talk
for a moment about Seth’s plans to be home schooled this coming year, and
then the girls leave. Seth looks unhappy. Luke tells him that he needs to
“close on Jane” before the summer is over. They enter the Ward house and are
informed that dinner is in half an hour and they have a guest. Sandy enters
the room. “Hi,” he says, and then jokingly introduces himself. “Sandy
Cohen.” Seth gives a slight wave, but seems to be in shock.
Back in Newport, Marissa and Jimmy arrive at the Cohens’ for dinner. Jimmy
says that Haley got stuck at work, but that he and Marissa are more than
happy to keep her company. Marissa wants to know if Kirsten has talked to
Seth or Ryan. Kirsten says that she talked at Seth, but didn’t have much
luck. Marissa admits that she has stopped talking to Ryan because it made
everything too hard. As Marissa leaves the room, Jimmy says to Kirsten,
“See? Your kid doesn’t need to be in Portland to be distant.” Marissa goes
outside to the pool house where she used to go to visit Ryan. She thinks
about opening the door but when she sees that everything is empty and that
the sheets on the bed are all folded up, she changes her mind.
In Portland, dinner has just started and already Seth is trying to embarrass
his father by commenting on and contradicting everything he says. Sandy
turns the conversation to school, asking Luke if he is looking forward to
it, and working in some details about changes taking place at the Harbor
School, including a new gym. Seth makes a snide remark about Sandy being on
the tourism board, and then an argument breaks out. Sandy tells Seth that he
is spoiled and that he is killing his mother. Seth starts out by complaining
that this isn’t about his parents, but then gets to the heart of the matter,
which is that his parents didn’t even try to stop Ryan from leaving. “Ryan
had to do what he had to do,” says Sandy. “Okay, well, so do I,” says Seth
and he leaves the dinner table.
Marissa is alone on the beach in Newport, drinking and feeling sorry for
herself. She pulls her phone out. In Chino, Ryan’s phone rings at 11:18pm.
When he answers it, it is Marissa, but he doesn’t know that because she
doesn’t say anything. After a long silence, she finally hangs up. Theresa
has heard the phone call, but she doesn’t move or say anything.
In Portland the next morning, Sandy and Carson are in the kitchen. Over
coffee, Sandy confesses that he didn’t sleep at all. Carson says that Seth
is a good kid and a smart kid, but wonders where kids get all their power.
Sandy says that they’ve always had the power and that this is just the
teenage version of running after them as toddlers to make sure they don’t
get hurt. Seth comes into the kitchen then. Carson excuses himself and
leaves the Cohen men alone. Seth says that this seems like the start of
round two of their argument, but Sandy says that he’s not going to argue
anymore. If this is where Seth wants to stay, then Sandy doesn’t know what
else to do. He says that at least he knows his son is safe in Portland and
that it’s better to have him there than bring him home and have him run off
again. Seth thanks his father and apologizes for dragging him all the way up
there just for that. Sandy says it was worth it just to see Seth. Sandy then
says that he left home when he was Seth’s age and that he wants to say to
Seth what he wishes his parents had said to him. “I love you,” says Sandy.
“And the door is always open.” Seth says that he has a sailing lesson, but
before he leaves he gives his father a hug.
In Chino, Ryan is in the kitchen. Theresa says they should leave in half an
hour, but Ryan says he doesn’t work on Saturdays. He has forgotten about
Theresa’s doctor’s appointment and was going to go to Portland. Now that he
has remembered the appointment, however, he’s not going. Theresa asks him
about the plane ticket and the phone call in the middle of the night. What
is going on with him? Ryan says that he left Newport to make life easier for
everyone, but instead it seems to be making everything harder. Theresa says,
“That’s funny. I thought you left Newport to be with me.” Ryan says that he
did, but he really needs to make things right with Seth. Theresa wants to
know why that is so important to him. She says that it isn’t like he
abandoned Seth. But Ryan says that it is like abandonment, because he just
took off without talking to Seth about it or anything. Theresa says it is
okay with her if he misses the check up. He asks if she is sure, and she
says she is. Ryan kisses her and then heads out.
Julie comes out to the pool to find Marissa, who is tanning and listening to
her iPod. They were supposed to leave for cardio bar fifteen minutes ago,
and Marissa still isn’t ready. Julie is annoyed, but Marissa seems not to
care as she throws out a flippant, “Sorry.” Julie takes Marissa’s iPod away
from her and announces that she is grounded. Marissa protests, saying her
mother can’t ground her, but Julie is sick of being ignored like she doesn’t
even exist. Marissa says she wishes that her mother didn’t exist. Julie asks
Marissa to please just tell her whatever is bothering her. Marissa asks if
her mother really wants to know what’s on her mind. When Julie insists that
she does, Marissa opens her mouth and begins to scream. Then she starts
throwing things into the pool. Julie is speechless.
In Portland, Sandy is on the phone promising that he will talk to Caleb as
soon as he gets back to Newport. Carson pokes his head in to let Sandy know
that his cab has arrived. Sandy gathers up his bags and heads toward the
cab, only to discover that Ryan is getting out of it! Sandy tells Ryan that
he has taken his shot, but wishes Ryan luck with his. As he leaves, Sandy
The doorbell rings at the Cohen house. Kirsten opens the door to find Summer
standing there with a box full of stuff. Summer explains that her therapist
told her the best way to get over Seth is to get rid of all of the stuff
that belongs to him. Summer says that this is her best chance of ever again
“vibrating at a high frequency.” Kirsten has no idea what she is talking
about, so Summer explains that Lynn Grabhorn, author of “Excuse Me, Your
Life is Waiting” believes that “human beings have an electrochemical
currency running through us which is affected by our emotions.” Summer says
that that current vibrates at a higher frequency when a person feels happy
and that this high frequency attracts happier people. Kirsten gives her an
odd look and then tells her she is welcome to take the box of stuff up to
Seth’s room. She says that if Seth wasn’t her son, she’d be doing the same
Upstairs in Seth’s room, Summer is a little more subdued. She enters slowly
and looks around before putting down the box and picking up Captain Oats.
She tells Captain Oats that she hopes they can still be friends. Then she
dumps the box out onto Seth’s bed and leaves the house.
Luke and Seth arrive home for dinner with Carson, who tells them they have
yet another guest. Seth is not pleased, assuming it must be his mother. But
then Ryan enters the room. Luke greets him right away, while Seth admits he
would never have guessed this and gives an awkward wave. Seth is sure Ryan
is there to help his father, but says there is no reason he shouldn’t stay
and have a burger.
Outside, Seth cooks on the grill. Ryan comes out to join him and teases him
about being a better cook than his mom. They make small talk about life in
Portland and Seth admits that Summer will probably never speak to him again.
Ryan starts to apologize for any trouble he may have caused, but Seth cuts
him off, saying that if anything, Ryan just made him stay in Newport one
year longer than he should have. Ryan tells Seth that his decision to drop
out of school is still a big deal and looks concerned. Seth brushes it off,
saying that it used to be perfectly common for teenagers to “board tram
steamers and travel the country.” Ryan points out that that was during the
Depression and that they did it only because they needed to work and then
asks if there is any chance that Seth will return to Newport. Seth says,
“Are you?” When Ryan doesn’t respond, Seth turns back to the grill, resigned
to stay in Portland. Ryan says that he can’t go back, and Seth says that he
In Newport, Jimmy is visiting Julie. As she brings him a drink, he looks out
over the pool and compliments her on how well she has done for herself.
Julie then begins discussing Marissa’s recent attitude, calling her the
spawn of “Chucky and Keith Moon” and Jimmy agrees that Marissa is
“definitely going through a hard time.” Julie describes Marissa’s meltdown
and then says that the sad part is that Marissa’s tantrum was probably the
most honest conversation they’ve ever had. She comments that she is glad
Caitlin is going to boarding school because this environment wouldn’t be
good for her, and then says that Marissa is going to be seriously screwed up
for the rest of her life if they, as her parents, don’t do something. Julie
suggests that Jimmy and Haley come over for Sunday dinner to give Marissa a
more normal family dynamic. Jimmy says he will do the best he can and Julie
lets him know that she is happy for him. Jimmy doesn’t believe her, but says
he will pretend for Marissa’s sake.
Caleb arrives at the Cohen house and accosts Sandy, saying that he can’t
believe that Sandy went to the DA’s office the day before and didn’t go
right to Caleb afterwards. Sandy explains that he was trying to get Seth to
come home, but was unsuccessful. Caleb offers to go talk to him himself, but
Sandy says that Caleb will need his energy because “the clouds have
gathered” and “it’s about to rain down” on him and everyone else. Sandy
tells him to get in everything in order as soon as possible.
In Portland, Luke, Seth, and Ryan play video games. Carson comes in to tell
Ryan he has a phone call. It’s Theresa, and she sounds upset. Ryan is
immediately worried. Theresa says that she went to the doctor’s office for
the checkup and they could not find the heartbeat. She says that she has
lost the baby. Ryan says he will come right home, but Theresa says she
thinks this is a sign. She says that he’s not happy with her, and that she
knows he doesn’t really want to come home. Ryan hangs up and goes and tells
Seth and Luke the bad news. Without giving them a chance to respond, he goes
into a bedroom and shuts the door. Sitting alone on the bed, he shuts his
eyes. After a moment, Seth comes in and sits beside him, placing a
sympathetic hand on his friend’s back.
In Chino, Theresa’s mom asks her if she told Ryan. She nods. Her mother then
asks if Ryan believed her. She says she thinks he did. Her mother tells her
that this is for the best for Theresa, Ryan and the baby. Theresa nods in
agreement, but then begins to cry. Her mother holds her as she sobs.
Ryan and Seth are now outside of Carson’s house. Ryan’s cab will be there
any minute. Seth asks what Ryan will do. Ryan says he’s going to move out of
Chino, and then he will be homeless again. Seth asks him if he has
considered living in Portland, but Ryan says he has to keep his job because
it pays pretty well, and that he will figure something out. Ryan asks Seth
what he plans to do. Seth says he’s going to continue his new life in
Portland with Luke and his dad. He says it will be awesome, but sounds very
uncertain. Ryan’s cab arrives. He gets ready to leave and Seth tells him not
to be a stranger. Ryan picks up his bag and leaves Seth there alone. As Ryan
approaches the cab, Seth shifts nervously in his seat. As Ryan’s hand
touches the door of the cab, Seth jumps up and takes off running through the
house. When he opens the door to head outside again, he comes face to face
with Ryan. The two boys smile. They have both been thinking and they have
decided to go back to Newport. Seth says, “We don’t have to hug or anything
like that, do we?” Ryan says they don’t. Seth opens the door and Ryan joins
him back inside.
Sandy and Kirsten are having dinner surrounded by their furniture. Sandy
tries to make light of the situation, but Kirsten is not amused. She stabs
her food angrily and glares at Sandy, but her mood changes completely when
Seth and Ryan enter the house. Sandy and Kirsten welcome both of the boys
home. Ryan says that this is where they belong.
Ryan enters the dark pool house alone and puts down his bag. He turns on the
light and goes to close the door, but Seth is behind him. Seth asks if it’s
good to be back, and Ryan says it is. Seth says his room feels smaller, like
he has grown a lot over the past few months. Ryan says that Monday is going
to suck. Seth offers to fire up the grill, but Ryan says he is tired. But
then Ryan asks how Seth managed to get to Portland in his little boat. Seth
tells Ryan it was a “long and treacherous journey,” but then admits that he
sailed to Santa Barbara, and then had to take a Greyhound. Ryan can’t
believe Seth took a bus. Seth says they need to come up with a better story
for school. They think up various ideas, plotting and scheming together just
like old times, as the camera pans out and the screen fades to black.
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