The dreary look of the stock footage establishing shot tells me we're in dreaded Albuquerque. Ryan enters a diner, and leaves all hope behind. There he finds a blonde waitress who isn't his mother. She looks about Ryan's age (that is, thirty-five), and explains that Dawn's shift is starting in a few hours. When Ryan tells her the name of the five-star hotel he's staying in, the waitress -- who introduces herself as Chloe -- immediately knows who he is, having heard all about his cuteness and rich adopted family from Dawn. Ryan says he'll come back for his mother's shift. Chloe checks out his ass.
For what I believe is the first time this season, we actually go into a Harbor classroom, as some guy teaches the kids how to factor polynomials, saying it's "good stuff!" Not only is it not good stuff, but it's also the kind of math work these kids should have been doing in, like, their freshman year. Even my school's math classes were more advanced than this, and we didn't even have AP classes. Nor did our teachers harbor the illusion that anything they were teaching us was fun for us to learn or for them to teach us. But not much learning will be going on at Harbor today, as Summer rudely interrupts the class to guffaw loudly at a joke Seth has made at their teacher's expense but that Seth didn't actually make. Even though Seth denies Summer's claims, they are both sent to Dr. Kim's office.
In the hall, Seth asks Summer what her problem is, and why she got him kicked out of a class for the first time in his life. Summer says that she just needed to get his attention because she is calling off their breakup, which she has the power to do since she was technically the person who did the dumping in the first place. Unless Seth can tell her a reason why they should stay broken up, they're back on. And more affectionate than ever, as she plants a kiss right on his lips.
Lock your doors and hold your children close, because night has fallen on Albuquerque! As promised, Ryan returns to the diner, only to see his mother through the window getting pawed by some stereotypical biker dude. I know I love getting my hamburgers served to me by a woman who just had a leather-gloved hand on her bits, so I'm sure the diner costumers are as thrilled to see the display as Ryan is. He turns to leave, but is called back by Chloe, who's dressed in her street clothes and ready to party! Ryan accepts her invitation.
Volchok and Marissa nakedly make out until they are interrupted by a knock at the door. Volchok thinks it's his "supply drop," but no -- it's Julie, who calls to Marissa through the door, thus giving Marissa plenty of warning to cover herself in a sheet and hide in Volchok's massive warehouse apartment. By the time Volchok lets her in, Marissa is long gone. Julie complains that Harbor called to inform her that Marissa didn't show up at school today (or for the last two years), to which Volchok sexily lights a cigarette, and says that Marissa has already been accepted to college. "Listen up, Tommy Lee," Julie says, as if that would be an insult to any guy who has seen the Tommy Lee porn video, "you're just the latest in a series of experiments my daughter likes to make when acting out." And since Marissa's annual downward spiral/experimenting phase usually only last four episodes, Volchok's time with her should be almost up. "Soon Marissa's gonna wake up and realize that she is so much better than you and your life," Julie finishes. I kinda doubt that, Julie, since Marissa is definitely not better than Volchok. Or anyone. Except maybe Matt. Maybe. Julie says that when Marissa does decide to come home, Julie will be there waiting for her like a good family member. And a terrible mom. Julie leaves, and Marissa comes out of hiding to simply and stupidly say, "That's my mom!" She doesn't even pretend to deny the things Julie said to Volchok, of course. Disgusted, Volchok leaves to get some beer.