Ryan comes back from kitchen, and Sandy asks him to explain himself. Ryan starts in slowly, and Summer immediately asks who the hell the random is and why she's not drunk yet. "The truth is, things the way they are now are completely wrong. None of you know me, but the truth is that each of you have saved my life just by being who you are. And right now none of you are who you are. Summer, what are you doing?" She looks down at her crazy outfit, but he's talking about Chester: "Completely wrong for you. You should be with Seth." Seth agrees somewhat forcefully. "And Kirsten? Running the Newport Group? That place makes you miserable. And you may like your chardonnay, but I got news for you: it doesn't like you back. Sandy, you don't wanna be Mayor! You're all about saving the little guy, not holing up in some mansion giving orders. What you two are best at is being married to each other." Sandy looks at him with his usual kindness and comes close to leering at Kirsten, but just then Julie comes in with security. As he's being hauled out, he shouts at them to promise to be together. The most annoying thing about Ryan has always been his beliefs -- and tactics -- having to do with how other people should live their lives. I like how this whole episode is about, like, "Stop administrating the relationships that have nothing to do with you, and get right with the ones that do." He gets so ripped up about everybody else that he forgets his actual personhood.
Veronica enters the hospital and they tell her Taylor's awake and that she'll be fine, which pisses Veronica off, and then Taylor appears with a "Hi, Mom." Veronica rolls her eyes even harder: "And you're walking, even? Jeez!" Julie is appalled: "Veronica, your daughter is okay. You should be happy." It makes me sad when Julie says that "at least your kids are alive" stuff. Poor Julie. But Taylor's cool, all "Julie, I got it." She tells her mom to get back to the airport and try to make a flight to Cabo. Veronica bitches about how she'll probably have to fly coach, and Taylor just smiles and hugs her. "Merry Christmas, Mom." Julie and Kirsten look at each other, appalled, and Taylor smiles at them. Kirsten asks seriously if she's okay, and Taylor thinks, and nods. "Yeah. I don't know why, but I feel just fine. Huh." Julie smiles at Kirsten over her head, and Taylor heads back into the room. Kirsten draws close to Julie, concerned, and says in a soft voice, "Julie, you should see this. I haven't read it." She hands her the Marissa letter and they both make OMG faces. Julie stands alone in the hallway, and opens the letter.