Summer and Marissa are sitting on Seth's bed. Summer points out, "This year is getting even weirder than last year." Marissa realizes, "My ex-boyfriend is dating my...stepsister, I think." Summer points out that they have new boyfriends, and Marissa adds that their ex-boyfriends also have new girlfriends. Summer seems surprised to hear that Alex and Lindsay are the girlfriends of Seth and Ryan. Seth comes in, and they ask him if there's anything they can do. He flops down on the bed behind them: "I think we have to cancel Chrismukkah." Commercials.
Ryan walks into a diner, where Marissa, Summer, and Seth are already sitting at a table. This diner may have a name, but I neither know nor care. They exchange the most recent news about Aunt Lindsay and Kirsten. (See the previous paragraphs for a recap. I don't recap the same scene twice. This isn't Rashomon.) Marissa makes sympathetic noises about Kirsten, but when Summer makes the same noises about Julie, Marissa lets the bitch back out: "Of all the people to feel sorry for here, she's not really high on my list." Seth tells Ryan that Chrismukkah is canceled, but Summer thinks that sucks: "So that's it? You guys are just gonna give up? Give up on Chrismukkah, when everyone we know needs it the most?" Seth calls her "Tiny Tim," and she kicks him in the shins. They all wonder what they're going to do, since they can't go back to the Cohens' and Lindsay doesn't seem interested in speaking to Ryan. Seth: "And I can no longer walk." Summer: "Well you guys can all give up, but I still believe in a Chrismukkah miracle. [long silence] And I have a plan."
Cooper-Nichol house. Caleb finds Julie in Marissa's bedroom, noting that he looked for her all over the house. Well, it's my experience that you always find someone in the last place you look. Julie thinks that Marissa will find some way to "make this about her." Caleb knows: "It's tough on everyone. Which is why I tried to keep it a secret." She looks up at him: "You and your secrets, Cal. You need a walk-in closet for all of your skeletons." If I were him, I would bury my skeletons in the foundation of one of my building projects. By the time anybody finds them there, he'll be long gone. He promises that there are no more secrets. Julie's not convinced, asking, "You don't have an evil twin? You're not really an alien?" I think those are the big plot twists for Seasons 3 and 4, assuming The O.C. can climb out of the ratings toilet to last that long. And I just noticed that Julie has developed a serious case of raccoon eye since the last scene she was in. Caleb points out that there is an upside: the case against him will now go away, and he won't be sent to prison. But Julie has other things on her mind: "I just can't believe you cheated on your wife." He tells her, "It was hell." Oh, I'm so sure. All that sex with a hot younger woman was just killing you, wasn't it? It sure sucks that those big men held a gun to your head and forced you to do it. Caleb tries to reassure Julie that he has everything he wants in his current marriage, and would never step out on her. He's clearly touched a sore spot, because she jumps off the bed and says, "Don't put this back on me, Cal." He tells her that he just wants to move on, and he needs her to forgive him. She tells him, "I'm going to look for Marissa." Caleb: "Does that mean you forgive me?" Julie: "I don't know."