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The O.C. Episode Guide
The Safe Harbor - 3.11
Summer, Seth, Marissa, and Ryan celebrate their last
day of winter break by getting mock-cocktails. Marissa and Seth leave to go
to the bathroom, and Summer suggests to Ryan that they try to get Marissa
back into Harbor. Seth comes back, and Summer tells him her plan too. Ryan
agrees when Seth says that it is a good idea, and the three toast to it.
Ryan goes to directly ask Dr. Kim if Marissa can get
back into Harbor while Summer and Seth continue strategizing.
Dr. Kim tells Ryan that only the Board of Trustees has
the power to revoke an expulsion. She tells him that she could bring up
Marissa’s case at the board meeting, but Ryan will need a parent advocate to
bring up the case. She also drops hints for him to study past meetings at
the library, to see if a precedent has been set in similar situations.
Johnny and Marissa hug at school and catch up on each
other’s lives. Johnny tells Marissa that he got a spot on a surfing team and
could compete while doing his physical therapy. He asks Marissa to go to a
party with him as his one guest he is allowed to bring. Marissa agrees.
Kirsten and Julie work together when Neil Roberts walks
into the restaurant. Julie goes to say hi and the two discuss how they need
to tell their daughters the truth (Neil about being separated from his wife,
and Julie about living in a trailer).
Summer tells Seth that they need to find someone to
champion their cause to get Marissa back into Harbor. Seth suggests Taylor,
and Summer agrees. The two go and ask Taylor’s help while Taylor is hanging
out with other girls, and Taylor agrees when the two call her their friend.
After Seth and Summer leave, the other girls remind Taylor that Marissa is
her enemy and it was Taylor’s mom who worked to get Marissa kicked out of
school in the first place. Taylor tries to shrug it off.
Ryan fills Sandy in on the plan to get Marissa in
school. Sandy tells Ryan that he has a good case, and agrees to be the
parent advocate. Ryan tells Sandy that the chair board is Jim Mercer, and
Sandy tells him that he is a judge who he’s worked with before.
Ryan tells Marissa about the plan, and she is
speechless. Marissa tells Ryan that she would love to finish high school
with them. Ryan tells Marissa that the meeting is this Thursday—the same
night as Johnny’s party.
Marissa talks to Summer, who tells her to cancel on
Johnny, since he’ll be happy for her. Marissa begins to call him, but ends
up hanging up.
Sandy tells Kirsten that there is a good argument to be
made for Marissa getting back into Harbor. Ryan and Seth ask if Sandy has
gotten to talk to Judge Mercer, and Kirsten looks concerned. After the boys
leave, Kirsten asks Sandy if this is the same Mercer who once put him in
jail for a few hours for contempt. Sandy says that it is, but they should
still get a fair hearing.
Johnny and Chili talk about how he needs to see the
doctor for his surf team, instead of just sending over his charts. Marissa
comes up and asks to talk to Johnny. She tells him about the board meeting,
and Johnny acts happy for her, but seems sad after she leaves.
Taylor, Summer, and Seth plan getting Marissa back into
school when Taylor’s mom comes up and sees Taylor working for Marissa’s
cause. She pulls Taylor aside and scolds her for doing this without talking
to her first. She reminds Taylor that Taylor has no friends, which is part
of why she wanted Marissa gone. Taylor’s mom storms off, and Taylor tells
Seth and Summer that she can’t work with them anymore.
Matt talks business to Sandy while he ponders over
Marissa’s case. Sandy tells Matt about his problem with Jim Mercer, and Matt
offers to, “put in a call.”
Ryan visits Marissa at school and shows her the
t-shirts they had made for her. She tells him about Johnny, but her phone
rings and cuts their conversation short. Marissa has to take a book to
Chili, since he isn’t feeling well. She tells Ryan to head back to school
and help Summer with the campaign.
Summer puts up fliers when Ryan comes up and tells her
about Marissa heading out at Chili’s request. Summer tells him that Marissa
is worried that she might be abandoning Johnny, but that she still wants to
come to Harbor.
Julie visits the Roberts’ to see Marissa, but Neil
tells her that the girls aren’t back from school yet. He invites Julie in,
and they two discuss again how they need to tell their daughters the truth.
They end up chickening out before Summer and Marissa get back and go for a
Marissa visits Chili at Johnny’s house where Johnny has
wrecked everything. Chili tells her that Johnny’s medical records didn’t
pass, and he won’t be able to go on the surfing tour after all. Chili tells
Marissa that he has never seen Johnny like this, and he won’t be able to
make it back from this.
Ryan, Seth, and Summer talk about how little signatures
they are getting to get Marissa back into school. Marissa comes in and tells
Ryan, Seth, and Summer that she doesn’t think she can come back to Harbor.
Marissa visits Ryan the next morning and explains to
him why she can’t come back to Harbor. Ryan tells her to stop making
Johnny’s problems her problems, and reminds her of what time they are
meeting that night.
Matt gives Sandy the information he found out on
Mercer—he has a son who has a drug problem that the family has not heard
from recently. Sandy thanks him for the information.
Seth and Summer attempt to get more signatures at
school the next day. Summer realizes that they need Taylor’s help, and gives
Seth permission to do whatever he has to do to get Taylor’s help.
Ryan visits Johnny and tells him that Marissa is basing
her decisions off of what is best for Johnny and not for herself. Ryan tells
him that Marissa had better feel like it is her choice, and leaves, slamming
Johnny’s door behind him.
Kirsten visits Sandy for lunch. Sandy asks Kirsten for
ethical help—should he shame Mercer by using his family history to get
Marissa back into school? Kirsten asks Sandy what he would do if Marissa
were his client in a courtroom case.
Seth visits Taylor and begs her for her help again.
Taylor tells him that her mom threatened to take away her car and paying for
college, and she cannot help. Seth gives her a petition, and asks her to not
grow up to be like her mom.
Neil visits Julie at the trailer and offers her a ride
to the meeting. Julie says that she doesn’t think she should go, but Neil
convinces her that Marissa needs her. He reminds her that he is in their
corner, and Julie offers to be ready in a few minutes.
Seth tells Summer that Taylor won’t help, and Ryan
tells her that Marissa is nowhere to be found. The boys are ready to admit
defeat, but Summer holds out hope for a miracle.
Chili tells Marissa that Johnny is back on the team,
and when Marissa decides to run off to the meeting at Harbor because of the
good news, Johnny comes outside to Chili and it is clear that they had lied
to see what she would choose to do when left to her own decisions.
Ryan, Summer, and Seth wait by the pool when Marissa
finally shows up. The four head to the car.
Julie and Neil head into the meeting. Marissa, Ryan,
Sandy, and Kirsten come in and Marissa thanks Sandy for his help. Sandy
greats Mercer, who seems to still hold a grudge. Matt shows up and pulls
Sandy aside. Taylor avoids telling her mom that she will back her up in the
meeting by rushing off to the girl’s restroom. Meanwhile, Matt gives Sandy
some new information that stuns Sandy.
Seth and Summer call Taylor to see if she will be at
the meeting, and Taylor says that she won’t be. Seth is understanding, which
impresses Taylor. Taylor’s mom greets Neil and tries to embarrass Julie, but
Neil turns her insult into a compliment.
Mercer calls the meeting to order, and asks Mrs.
Townsend (Taylor’s mom) to make an opening introduction. When Mrs. Townsend
says that the parents and students do not want Marissa at Harbor, Taylor
comes in and says that the students do want Marissa at school, and presents
the board with the petition. Julie and Neil also speak on Marissa’s behalf,
but when Mercer says that the school cannot break precedence by allowing in
someone expelled for violence, Ryan jumps in and says that there was a
previous instance several years ago, where a student was allowed back in
even after using a knife on school grounds. Mercer concedes that it is a
good point, but he still does not have to allow Marissa back in school.
Sandy walks in and says that he might want to, since everybody needs a
second chance when they need it most. Mercer, remembering his son, seems
Johnny comes to Harbor and listens in just in time to
hear that Marissa has been voted back in to Harbor. All Marissa’s friends
congratulate her, and when Mrs. Townsend storms out, Taylor asks Seth and
Summer for a ride home. Summer offers to have her spend the night instead,
and the two hug.
Sandy thanks Mercer and passes on his information Matt
gave him right before the meeting—they found Mercer’s son in Los Angeles,
and he is willing to see his dad. Mercer thanks him and walks out. Sandy
gets a kiss from Kirsten.
Marissa and Julie hug, and Julie finally tells Marissa
that she lives in a trailer. Marissa hugs her mom again, telling her that
she will move back in with her soon.
Summer thanks her dad for stepping up for Marissa, and
Neil admits to Summer that her stepmother is not coming home. Summer tells
him that they will be all right without her. Summer and Marissa head off to
the diner, and Neil and Julie decide to go out for drinks.
Marissa tells Ryan that she decided to go back to
Harbor because of Johnny. Later, Ryan visits Johnny at the beach, and Johnny
tells him that Marissa deserves to be happy.
Marissa, Ryan, Seth, Summer, and Taylor all take their
senior picture together at Harbor.
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