Johnny shows up at the poolhouse. Ryan's not too happy to see him, but that's what you get when you don't close your doors, dude: unwanted visitors. Just be glad it isn't something worse, like a big spider. Johnny tells Ryan about his confession of love to Marissa. Ryan asks Johnny if he's trying to get Ryan's blessing or something. Johnny says he just wanted to apologize. "Thanks for that. Leave. Now," Ryan says, his rage simmering just below his calm, cool, and collected surface. Johnny wisely takes his advice.
Julie has ridiculously decided to spy on Dr. Neil's date by wearing a disguise of big dark glasses and a semi-burkah, because this show is a cartoon now. I'm surprised she didn't go with a pair of Groucho Marx glasses, too. She reports the details to Kirsten via cell phone as Kirsten wonders when, exactly, her life got this boring and empty. A Newpsie enters the restaurant and immediately identifies Julie before she can escape. The Newpsie, Taryn, runs over and loudly asks Julie if the Taliban has taken over Newport, citing Julie's outfit as proof. The best part about that is that Taryn wasn't being sarcastic here -- she seemed genuinely concerned that the Taliban may, in fact, have taken over Newport and that she'd have to go out and get a whole new wardrobe. Things get even worse for Julie when Taryn spots Dr. Neil and his date and runs over to greet them. Taryn obviously has a problem with people's personal space. She pulls Julie along with her, thereby blowing Julie's carefully-constructed cover. When Dr. Neil sees her, he grins and playfully accuses Julie of spying on him. Rattled, Julie breathes an "I'm sorry," and then turns around to leave, smashing right into a waiter who's holding a tray of extremely fragile glasses, all of which shatter violently against his chest. Julie runs away. Dr. Neil smiles some more. The waiter bleeds to death.
I am wondering why I have been enjoying this show so much in past few minutes, and realize it's because of a lack of Marissa. Unfortunately, I only realize this when another Marissa scene starts up again. You just don't know how much you appreciate some things until they're gone, you know? Kaitlin sits next to Marissa on the pier. Kaitlin claims to feel bad about their fight, even though she did just about everything she could to cause it in the first place. But now she's had a change of heart. She says that she thought she was doing Marissa a favor by tattling on her to her boyfriend. Her explanation for this seemingly insane way of thinking almost makes sense, though: you see, years ago, when Marissa used to actually eat things, she had a habit of sampling every single flavor of Baskin-Robbins ice cream before deciding which one she wanted. Once her dad actually bought the cone for her, she'd change her mind again. Baskin-Robbins employees all over Orange County may have hated Marissa even more than I do. Kaitlin figured that Marissa was the same way when it came to boyfriends, and was trying to force her hand so that she would act on her instincts for the first time instead of overthinking everything. Marissa whines that she doesn't know how to do this: "Maybe I'm not built that way." "It's a skill," Kaitlin tells her, before ordering her, "Learn it. Make a decision and stick with it." It's kind of sad when your little sister has to tell you things that you should have learned yourself, isn't it, Marissa? It's also kind of sad that I only like Kaitlin because I hate Marissa so much.