Kirsten and Sandy are worried that Ryan has not spoken to them or to Seth
in days. Kirsten says that he is turning himself into an island, and Sandy
adds that this island is “right in the path of Hurricane Julie.”
Ryan and Julie are talking on the phone. Julie says she is banned from the
Cohen house, and Ryan admits that nothing has been the same since he and
Seth returned from Mexico.
Kirsten tells Sandy that it has never been this bad before, and that she
feels bad for excluding Julie from Thanksgiving. Sandy says, “When you send
our kids on a murder mission, you get knocked off the guest list.”
Seth calls Summer to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving. Summer is in her dorm
packing up some of her things and listening to his message, when she sees
the comic book Seth made for Ryan, along with some of her old pictures. Seth
explains that he and Ryan have never been in a fight before, but that he
really wants things to blow over because it’s Thanksgiving. After seeing a
picture of herself with Marissa, Summer stops the answering machine and
erases Seth’s message.
Sandy tells Kirsten that he thinks the family will come together for the
holidays. Sandy, Kirsten, Seth, and Ryan run into one another in the
kitchen, where everyone stands in awkward silence. Kirsten offers coffee,
and Ryan accepts. The coffee isn’t ready, so they all stand waiting for it.
Sandy’s phone rings. He asks, “Where are you?” Seth, Ryan and Kirsten still
stare at the coffee maker, until Kirsten announces that this is crazy, and
they need to put what happened behind them and move on so they can enjoy
Thanksgiving. Seth says it won’t be easy, but Kirsten doesn’t care. She
tells Ryan and Seth that they are going to the grocery store together, and
when they get back, she is going to cook the turkey with them and Sandy.
Sandy says he has to go to the office for a few hours. Kirsten says that is
okay, but that everyone else has to report in an hour. Sandy asks Ryan if he
is okay, and says that there isn’t any point to anything if he can’t put
aside his anger even for one day. Ryan says he isn’t angry, he just wishes
Volchok was dead.
Sandy picks up his phone again and dials. “Are you still there?” he asks.
The person he has been speaking to is Volchok, who says, “Yeah. I’m here.”
Volchok waits for Sandy on the beach. Finally, Sandy pulls up in his car and
climbs out. Volchok gets in the car and thanks him for coming. Sandy says he
will help him get through this, but that Volchok should avoid talking.
Seth comes into his bedroom and says he brought a bagel. Taylor pokes her
head out from under his blankets. She has been hiding out in Seth’s room.
Seth tells Taylor that she should leave so that he can get it on with Summer
when she gets home. Taylor says she understands, especially since he has
said their relationship is hanging by a thread. Seth says that he has never
said that and asks Taylor if something happened during her visit to Brown.
Taylor denies it and says that Summer is the same. Seth says he wouldn’t
know because they haven’t spoken in weeks. Taylor says that everything will
Summer calls her father and says she doesn’t think she is coming. Her father
says he has a lot to tell her, but she says she can’t support Thanksgiving
because of the slaughter of innocent turkeys. Summer and Dr. Roberts hear a
dog barking. Dr. Roberts puts Summer on hold to go investigate, and
discovers that Kaitlin has found a dog. The dog has chewed Dr. Roberts’s 700
dollar shoes. Dr. Roberts glares at Kaitlin and then returns to the phone.
Summer asks if her father really needs her there, and he says he does.
Julie is also on the phone, but when Dr. Roberts enters the kitchen, she
hangs up quickly. Dr. Roberts says he has been trying to talk to Julie since
he got home. He wants to go for a walk, but Julie says that she has to cook.
Dr. Roberts doesn’t understand – he thought they were going to the Cohens'.
Julie makes a lame excuse and then heads out to the grocery store.
Seth and Ryan are also in the store, and as they shop, they run into Julie.
Seth thanks Julie for the Cohen family vacation to Ensenada, but Julie tells
him to save it. Julie asks Ryan to join her in some samples and Seth takes
off, leaving them alone with the samples and the store salesperson. Julie
and Ryan each eat a piece of cheese as they discuss their plans. Julie is
waiting to hear about Volchok’s new location and will call Ryan in the
morning. Until then, she wants him to act normal.
Kirsten calls and leaves Sandy a message as she walks into the kitchen. She
is surprised to find Taylor sampling the stuffing on the stove. Taylor tries
to explain why she is not in France, but then tries to flee from the room.
Kirsten stops her and says that something must be wrong if she is stealing
stuffing. She encourages Taylor to tell her what is going on, and Taylor
says they can talk somewhere more private, like the living room.
Julie and Ryan still discuss their plans. Julie tells Ryan that the Cohens
will be watching him like a hawk, so he has to be careful. Ryan says that
Sandy already knows that he hasn’t given up on Volchok. Julie asks him to
lie so Sandy will no longer suspect anything. Ryan says he will stop by his
office on the way back.
Taylor tells Kirsten the story of her marriage in Paris. Kirsten says that
Taylor is usually so responsible. Taylor says she is afraid to tell her mom,
but Kirsten says she has known her mom a long time and she will understand.
Taylor suggests that Kirsten should tell her, but Kirsten says that is
Taylor’s job. Kirsten will only agree to put her in the right frame of mind
for Taylor to tell her, and in exchange, Taylor will have to help her cook.
Seth waits at the airport for Summer, who looks less than thrilled to see
him. They share yet another awkward kiss, and Seth presents her with
Sandy and Volchok are in Sandy’s office. Sandy says they are going to see
the DA and get him sentenced. Volchok says that he thought Sandy was going
to help him. Sandy says that he is helping, by turning him over to the
authorities. Sandy says he is going to get him a hotel room. He says that
the sooner Volchok is off the street, the sooner Ryan will be able to get on
with his life. Ryan arrives looking for Sandy, just in time to see Sandy and
Volchok drive by in Sandy’s car.
Ryan returns home briefly, to see if Kirsten knows where Sandy is. Kirsten
and Taylor are working on the turkey. Kirsten tells Ryan she’s not sure what
Sandy is doing, and Ryan runs out the door, just as Seth and Summer enter.
Kirsten says that she will go with Taylor now to see her mother, leaving
Seth and Summer to contend with the turkey. Summer comments that she hasn’t
been in this house for a long time. Seth says that he and his house have
both missed her. Summer says that she needs to get home, but agrees to give
Seth five minutes of her time to go upstairs to his bedroom.
Julie tries cooking a turkey. Dr. Roberts is surprised that she hasn’t
cooked a turkey before, and he wonders why they can’t just go to the
Cohens’. Ryan comes to their door, hoping to see Julie, but Dr. Roberts
doesn’t want him to come in. Ryan says that Dr. Roberts doesn’t understand,
and Dr. Roberts agrees with that, but he says that Ryan can come back and
talk to Julie after the holidays.
Kirsten and Taylor go to see Taylor’s mom, Veronica Townsend. Kirsten starts
talking about the fact that this is Veronica’s first Thanksgiving without
Taylor. Kirsten says that it important to forgive their kids for what they
do. Veronica says that with her own kids being the way they are, Kirsten
would know that. Kirsten keeps trying to talk, but Taylor comes up behind
her and Veronica sees her. Taylor tells Kirsten she can leave.
Seth and Summer are in Seth’s room, and Summer is doing yoga. Her only
reaction to Seth’s tattoo is that he should get it removed. Then she asks
him if it hurt, and Seth says he was with his marine buddies, so he barely
felt a thing. Seth tells Summer he is glad that she is home and she says,
“Me too.” They kiss, but out of the corner of her eye, Summer sees the comic
book cover Seth did. She focuses in on the character based on Marissa and
pulls away. She starts to explain what is wrong when she says, “I get upset
when…” but then goes onto talk about Americans wasting food instead of her
real feelings. She suddenly decides that they are going to the soup kitchen
to feed the homeless. As they head to the door, Sandy comes in and greets
Summer, who spouts off a bunch of statistics about hunger. Seth is obviously
annoyed, but he follows her out the door and says they will be back soon.
Sandy tells Kirsten what happened at his office with Volchok. He says he’s
not going to tell Ryan until Thanksgiving is over, but it’s too late. Ryan
enters the kitchen and says that he knows Sandy was waiting until Volchok
was in jail so that Ryan wouldn’t go after him. Sandy admits that the
thought crossed his mind. Kirsten says that they would only do what is in
Ryan’s best interest. Ryan says that they should just leave him alone then.
Sandy goes after him, but by the time he gets outside, Ryan has pulled away
in his car.
Ryan goes around town asking Volchok’s old friends if they have seen him.
One friend gives him the number for a girl named Heather, who might have
spoken to him. The girl meets Ryan, greeting him with an apology for the
night Marissa was killed. Ryan doesn’t want to hear that. He is only
interested in Volchok’s whereabouts. Heather says that Volchok thinks she is
also gone and that he has not contacted her. Heather suggests that Ryan
should put things behind him and let Volchok go. Ryan walks away.
Kirsten calls Sandy to check in and see if he has found Ryan. Kirsten
wonders if they should call dinner off, but Sandy has another idea of where
he is. Kirsten looks up and Taylor is there. She hangs up the phone.
Taylor’s mother called her irresponsible and fat and told her she is no
longer welcome in her house. Kirsten says she can stay with the Cohens for
the night, and they will find somewhere for her to stay tomorrow. Taylor and
Kirsten share a hug and then Taylor starts trying to control the dinner
preparations again. Kirsten says not to worry, as there are only five
guests, but then Seth and Summer come in with a group of homeless people
that they have invited for dinner. Kirsten tells Seth they can’t stay, but
Taylor volunteers to help them with personal hygiene, while Seth keeps them
entertained. Kirsten reluctantly agrees to share Thanksgiving dinner with
Sandy calls Julie as a last resort for finding out where Ryan might be. He
is surprised when he realizes that Julie had no idea Volchok was in custody.
Julie says, “So it’s really over.” Sandy says he sure as hell hopes so, as
Julie hangs up the phone, looking troubled and shocked. As Julie stands
against the kitchen counter, Kaitlin comes in to the room and asks if her
mom is okay. She says she doesn’t know. Kaitlin asks if she wants to lie
down and Julie says the last thing she wants is to be alone in the dark with
her thoughts. Kaitlin walks away and says she is going to find her dog. Dr.
Roberts enters the room and Kaitlin tells him she is having a meltdown. Dr.
Roberts tries to talking to Julie, but she asks him to get out of the way
because has to baste a turkey.
Ryan comes out of a hotel, where he has just been told that no one named
Volchok is staying there. When he goes to get back in his car, Sandy is
leaning against the door. “Close,” he says, but Volchok is not there. Ryan
says he will keep looking, but Sandy asks Ryan to come with him instead.
Ryan says he doesn’t want to go home for one of Sandy’s lectures, but Sandy
says they are beyond all of that now. Ryan asks what Sandy wants then, and
Sandy tells Ryan he should find out by going with him. Ryan hesitates, and
then gets in the car with Sandy.
Seth wants to talk to Summer, but she is busy trying to find enough seating
for all of their homeless guests.
Julie also won’t talk to Dr. Roberts, saying that she has to mash potatoes.
She asks him to hand her the cream, but he says no. He doesn’t want anymore
distraction tactics; they both know what is going on here. Julie storms out
of the kitchen and confronts Kaitlin, telling her to get rid of her dog. In
disgust, Kaitlin goes outside and announces that she is going to the Cohens.
She tells her mother, “They don’t hate the whole family!” They are only mad
at Julie. Dr. Roberts runs outside after Julie and he says that he loves
her, but she is acting insane.
Seth has apparently also called Summer insane, because she is denying that
accusation. Summer says that she used to be insane, when all she did was
hang out with her best friend and go tanning and shopping. Seth asks Summer
to stop and think about what everything is about.
Dr. Roberts asks Julie not to run away, but she is insistent upon finding
her keys. Summer, too, is making excuses as she walks away from Seth. She
says she has to go home and see her dad. Seth pleads with her not to go.
Julie tells Dr. Roberts that he is the one who walked away from her by
having an affair. Dr. Roberts swears that nothing happened, but Julie says
she wants Dr. Roberts out of the house. He points out that it is his house,
but she says they will have to see about that and drives off. Summer closes
the door on Seth as she leaves the Cohens’.
Sandy and Ryan pull into a parking lot in front of a hotel. Sandy tells Ryan
that Volchok is inside. He gives him the room number. Ryan says that if this
is a dare, he isn’t taking it. Sandy tells Ryan he trusts him, and Ryan gets
out of the car and heads inside. Volchok stands up when Ryan enters. He
says, “You’ve been waiting a long time for this, I bet.” Ryan stares at him
for a moment, and then attacks Volchok. Volchok asks him to kill him because
nothing matters anymore. Ryan lets him go, and the two have an actual
conversation about the night Marissa was killed. Ryan says that Volchok
didn’t try to stop or help or anything. Volchok says he was scared and
freaked out. Ryan says, “And she died on the side of the road.” Volchok says
that he thinks about that night every day and starts to apologize. Ryan
doesn’t want to hear the apology; he just wants to know why Volchok did it.
Volchok says he doesn’t know, and that he was coming after Ryan, not
Marissa. He says he just wanted Ryan to pull over, but then it got out of
control. Ryan says that means it was all an accident or a mistake, and
Volchok says that if Ryan wants to kill him, he can go ahead. Ryan says he
won’t be doing Volchok any favors and comes out of the hotel room. Sandy is
with the police in the parking lot. They all wait to see if Volchok will
emerge. When he does, Sandy sighs in relief. He tells Ryan he is proud of
him. Ryan simply says, “Sorry,” and when asked if he is hungry, he adds,
“Starving.” Ryan watches as they take Volchok away and then gets in the car
Summer enters her house, to find Julie alone at the table. She asks where
her dad is, but Julie says he is gone. Summer sits down beside Julie. Julie
says that they can’t go on like this anymore, and Summer agrees. Summer
takes Julie’s hand.
Seth is in the kitchen at the Cohens’ trying to call Summer. Taylor takes
his phone away and says that if Summer is freaking out, that is a good
thing. She needs to do that before anything else. Kaitlin tells Seth and
Taylor that it is time to eat, just as Ryan and Sandy walk in. Kirsten hugs
Ryan, and they all go to the table. Sandy asks about their new guests, but
Seth says it is a long story. At the table, Sandy recognizes one of his
clients. Another of the homeless men sees Kaitlin with her dog and realizes
that it belongs to him.
Summer is at the airport and she calls Seth to say she is heading back to
Providence. She says that she needs to handle what is going on on her own.
She starts crying when she says she misses her friend and then says that she
will call him when she gets her head straight. Dr. Roberts wants to know if
she reached Seth, but she shakes her head. Then he says that Seth has grown
on him, and he thinks they will be fine. Dr. Roberts also says that thinks
he will be taking a job in Seattle, at Seattle Grace hospital (which is a
nod to ABC’s hit show Grey’s Anatomy). Summer says she is sorry that her dad
and Julie broke up, and he admits that it’s not the Thanksgiving her had in
mind. Summer says she could take a later flight and that it’s not too late
to have Thanksgiving. Together, they walk into Chili’s.
The doorbell rings at the Cohens’, and Sandy answers it. It is Julie. He
says that she will have to wait because they are eating Thanksgiving dinner.
Julie says that she just came over to say she is sorry. Sandy notes that she
has never said that before, and Julie says it is because she never meant it.
Kirsten says they should pull up a chair, but Julie only wants to see Ryan.
Every one watches as they go into the pool house. Julie sits down, asking
Ryan to tell her about Marissa. Ryan joins her on the bed and starts to
describe the first time he saw Marissa at the bottom of the driveway on his
first night in Newport. Julie laughs when Ryan calls her hot. Julie says
that Marissa had a beautiful smile. They continue reminiscing as the scene
fades to black.
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