Credits, with a weird cover of "California" over the usual credits, which are moving at the same rate as ever, so it's twice as weird and frenetic because the song is slower. It would have been cool to use different graphics, but whatever. This episode is really quite good, mostly due to it being Season Four and less so for being a Chrismukkah episode. I like alternate universe stories where it's obviously all being made out of one character's brain, or two in this case, because logic can just go out the window. Although I'm surprised this alternate universe isn't way more screwed up and weird, given my suspicion that Ryan is fully a crazy person at this point.
Kirsten asks the staff boss if Ryan's one of his guys, and he's not, so Ryan asks where Seth is. Kirsten's surprised that Seth has a friend, particularly a hot one, and tells Ryan he's at the comic book store. She tells him to get Seth home by five and to "shoo" because she doesn't want him wandering around her house. It's kind of cool to see scary Kirsten. I remember being sooo creeped out by her for the first part of the first season, and it's always weird to think about how much she's changed and how really she was our nice Kirsten all along, we were just seeing a different side of her back then. I love that. I love how it was true for everybody: Julie, Caleb, but especially Luke. They didn't randomly change into other people, it was just that our perspective changed as we saw more of them. I think about how much I hated Kirsten back then, in the first couple of episodes, and I feel really guilty about it because she's so great. Inside, the boss guy is like, "Didn't Dragon Lady just tell you to get lost?" And Ryan just kind of shrugs and leaves.
At the mall, Julie's giving a news interview outside a big charity display about how she's running a homeless shelter and introduces a rough-looking individual by the name of Daryl, who just last week was homeless. He still looks it, so I don't know what her point is. The interviewer calls her "quite the philanthropist" and she smiles: "Yes. And I help people!" Ryan approaches her and calls her "Julie," and she glitches a second before smiling brilliantly at the interviewer again: "I love it when they call me by my first name!" He asks what she's doing there, and behind her is an awesome poster that says "Even Homeless People Have Christmas," which is... nonsensical and awesome. She gives Ryan a voucher for the mission and says magnanimously to tell them she sent him. He asks if she knows him and she says very awesomely: "I know your pain." She turns to the interviewer about how "even this poor street urchin" has found hope in the so-called cold streets of Newport, and then Daryl the Homeless gets kind of bouncery about getting away from Julie. So he bounces and goes to look for Seth.