Ryan and Chloe share a beer at one of those seedy Albuquerque bars that serve to minors (of course, it helps when said minor looks thirty years old). Ryan and Chloe talk about Dawn and how her new boyfriend looks a lot tougher than he actually is. Unlike every single one of Dawn's other boyfriends, this guy has a "good heart." And then a song comes on that Chloe wants to dance to, and Ryan obliges her, even though, as he says, he's not a huge dancing fan. They do a little slow dance...
...before progressing to the mattress mambo back at the hotel. And that's why you shouldn't let your teenagers go on trips by themselves.
Griffin meets with Sandy at the NewNewport Group. He says that the Urban Planning Committee of Anonymous Whoevers has "signed off" on whatever stupid new deal they have going on. Sandy didn't want to see Griffin about that, though; this is about Matt and his incriminating files. Sandy says he just wants to let the cops deal with everything, but Griffin says that would ruin all of Sandy's "hard work," which I'm sure wasn't "hard" or "work" at all, nor do I see how Sandy would be affected by any of this, unless he's doing something illegal, as well. Honestly, how many red flags can Griffin raise before Sandy realizes that this is stupid and stops pretending to be a businessman? Griffin says that he'll deal with Matt himself, no longer even trying to pretend that he wasn't the reason Matt got his ass kicked the last time someone "dealt" with him. Sandy refuses to let this happen, and Griffin wishes them both luck. I don't know why Sandy even called him over there if he wasn't going to let Griffin do anything.
As Chloe puts her clothes back on, she and Ryan agree not to tell Dawn about their shared moment of skankiness. Chloe sees the graduation tickets on a table and figures out that they're the reason for Ryan's visit. Chloe and Summer should start a detective agency together. She thanks Ryan for his "company," and then leaves the room to think about how pathetic and/or desperate she is to have slept with her co-worker's teenaged son.
Ryan calls home, much to Seth's delight, since Seth now gets to live vicariously through Ryan's hot sexual fun times. Ryan says he's thinking of leaving the dreaded Albuquerque early without even seeing his mother, because he doesn't want her to invite her new boyfriend to his graduation. Why not just give Dawn the one ticket, then? Then she won't be able to invite anyone else, right? And then the other ticket can go to The Nana, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you feel about The Nana. I've never seen an episode with her in it, so I don't know. Seth suggests that Ryan just stop by and saying hello without inviting Dawn to the graduation ceremony at all, which is what a coward would do. And since Seth is a coward, it makes perfect sense that he would think to do this. Ryan asks about Seth's current troubles, and Seth admits that everyone still thinks he got into Brown and he's happy to keep the illusion going for Summer's sake. "Sounds like we both have women to face," Ryan says very cheesily. "Each who suffers blackouts of their [sic] own kind," Seth concludes, nonsensically. I mean, I get how Dawn suffers blackouts, but Summer? Is there some new trendy definition of "blackout" that I haven't heard of yet? Like that time when Summer mentioned boot camp, and I said that she must be in the ROTC, and everyone emailed me to tell me how stupid and unhip I was to not know about fitness boot camps, which, by the way, I DID but I was feigning ignorance for the sake of a joke. ["I believe it's a reference to Summer's well-documented rage blackouts." -- Wing Chun]
I hear sirens! We must be back in Albuquerque. Ryan finally enters the diner, and comes face to face with his mom. In a really nice moment, Ryan smiles in spite of himself, and then grins hugely as his mother runs up to him, all "my baby!" this and huggy that. It's easy to forget that she kicked him out of her house and then moved away without telling him when she behaves like this.