Ryan takes Kaitlin's advice and meets Marissa at the diner. He gets right to the point: he wants to know how Marissa feels about Johnny once and for all. Does she feel sorry for him? Does she feel like she can talk to him about things that she can't talk to Ryan about? Or is she in love with him? I love how Johnny being a fun person to hang out with isn't one of the options. Until Marissa figures it out, Ryan doesn't want to see her. Oh, snap! Awesome. Go Ryan! Marissa looks slightly distressed, but not very sad. She starts to defend herself with "I know things have been confusing," but that's as far as she can get before Ryan walks right on out of there. Snap, crackle, AND pop!
The next morning, both Seth and Ryan are being broody little sulkers. Ryan explains his situation with Marissa to Seth, and Seth offers up little encouragement, simply saying that he's sure Marissa will "do the right thing." Unlike Seth, who chickened out of telling Summer the truth. He's now hoping to reschedule his Brown interview by making the excuse that he had a seizure at the same time there was a huge accident on the freeway that caused lots of traffic. Ryan and Seth agree that Seth's excuse needs some work.
Over in the trailer, Julie is making grits. I wonder if she's using Gus's recipe, which has a special secret ingredient that begins with an "r" and ends with an "oofies." Both daughters reject the homemade breakfast, so Julie just takes it right off the burner and, hot pan and all, over to Gus's trailer, figuring he'll eat it. It's totally out of character for Julie, who thinks Gus is creepy and is constantly trying to stay away from him, to do this, but it gives Kaitlin and Marissa some alone time to snipe at each other, and so it shall be. Marissa is understandably furious with Kaitlin for talking to Ryan, although you wouldn't know it by her flat tone, barely furrowed brow, and generally mellow demeanor. Kaitlin shrugs that she was just sharing her opinion with Ryan, and that she'll do whatever she must to get Johnny. Marissa won't accept this explanation, however, since it does not take place in a universe that has Marissa as its center. Therefore, she puts out the theory that Kaitlin is doing this just to get back at the sister she resents. "I can't wait for you to leave," Marissa states calmly. Kaitlin stares with her mouth hanging open. I'm not sure if it's a guilty slack-jaw or an angry one, though.