At the country club, Summer yells into her cell phone -- she can't believe Marissa isn't coming! Marissa explains that "after the whole Luke and Ryan thing last night --" and Summer cuts her off to say that Ryan isn't even there, which gives Marissa momentary pause, but she recovers to say that, even so, she's not up for it. Summer -- looking extra-shiny tonight -- hangs up, and then turns to face Lady Heather and Luke. She announces that Marissa is not coming, and Luke snits about having gotten all dressed up for nothing. Summer -- realizing she now has a alternative to Seth -- looks Luke over with raised, appraising eyebrows.
Marissa, at home, continues to fuss with her dress.
Elsewhere at the country club, Anna prattles on to Seth about "the whole superhero movie genre," which she insists is at least getting people to read the "original source material." Seth can't believe Anna reads comic books because she's a girl. She asks what that's supposed to mean, but doesn't wait for an answer, instead clarifying that she calls them "graphic novels," because if more people did, maybe the whole genre wouldn't be so "marginalized." They laugh together. Ha! Ha! Ha! Comic-book camaraderie! Summer rounds the corner and Seth rises to greet her, saying she looks great. Summer shows a brief moment of remorse before getting ready to let Seth down, but he spares her the trouble and deduces that she found another date. As Anna watches with concern, Summer claims it was "kind of an emergency," and that Seth is now off the hook. She leaves before he can even respond, and Seth walks away, dazed. Anna sits on her chair, looking like a viable competitor for Summer in a shine-off contest. Seriously. Powder. Have the makeup people never heard of it?
Back at the Big House, Ryan answers the door and finds Marissa wearing a revealing red top. Ryan notices that she's not at Cotillion, and she notices that he's not there, either. She hopes that he "didn't not go" because of last night's fight or because of her. He looks away without responding, and then asks why she's not going. She shrugs in response, and he asks whether she thinks hiding out and staying at home will make everything better. She points out that it seems to be working for Ryan. They stare at each other until she proposes, "I'll go if you go." Sandy remains heavily engaged in the videogame and yells, "Ryan, come on. Check this out! I have totally annihilated all the other ninjas!" Heh. Ryan enters, followed by an amused Marissa. Sandy is surprised to see her, and even more surprised when Ryan announces, "So, we're gonna go. To Cotillion." Sandy pauses and says, "I'll get the car." Yay, Sandy!