The next morning, Seth enters the poolhouse and asks Ryan how his internship and relationship with Marissa are going; then, with Ryan's life cleared away and the appearance of caring about others achieved, Seth moves on to to discussing his own problems. He's worried that, now that he's lost the one quality he thought Summer was impressed with, she won't like him anymore. Awww! Ryan tells Seth that he has plenty of attractive qualities, but has a tricky time actually naming any besides his being kind of funny and good at grilling. So he settles for saying that Summer doesn't want to be Seth, she wants to be with him. Time to apologize! Ryan is headed to Sandy's office to do some apologizing, too. He asks Seth for a ride. "Why don't we have cars?" Seth wonders, his finger, yet again, on the pulse of the viewing audience.
The phone wakes Marissa up. It wakes Summer up, too, because she and Marissa still share the same bed. I know Marissa's all traumatized by the almost-rape, and all, but can't she just get some freaking therapy for it already?! Summer is a saint for putting up with this, but kind of a sap, too. She warns Marissa not to answer the phone if it's Johnny, but Marissa doesn't want Johnny to think she's mad at him. She's figuring that Johnny won't even remember what he said to her because he was all doped up and it's "not a big deal." Ask Ryan if it's a big deal, Marissa. (Off-camera, please.) Summer says that she knows Johnny's love confession was legitimate, because he told her too, and without having the high-on-painkillers excuse. "What am I gonna do?" Marissa whines. Summer tells her just to stay away from Johnny, showing that Summer may, indeed, be as smart as her SAT scores say she is.
Ryan enters Sandy's office. Sandy grumbles that those investors aren't returning his calls, so they can pretty much write that project off. Doesn't that sort of end the NewNewport Group, since Matt said they had "no margin for error" when they decided to fire four people instead of nine? Then again, Matt spends time in strip clubs and then wonders why his girlfriend didn't want to marry him, so he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He's a fucking Ginsu when compared to Marissa, though. Sandy wonders what happened to Matt, and Ryan tells him how his girlfriend dumped him for taking the job. Sandy isn't very sympathetic, since he expects his adult employees to act like adults and deal with their problems in a mature and non-destructive manner. "He didn't want anyone to know," a woman says, entering the office. I guess the security staff were among those four people who got fired. The woman is Lilly the Stripper, who's more scantily clad in her short-sleeved polo shirt than she was at the strip club. Even though NO ONE CARES about Matt or his problems or Lilly's involvement with them, she explains that she and Matt are old college friends, and Sandy and Ryan are both amazed that a stripper would go to college. She calls them out on that and says she's stripping to pay for law school, because that's a really good idea. Who wouldn't want to hire a law-school grad with a past like that? But it's not like she could have gotten a more reputable job or taken out a loan to pay for school or anything like that. She really didn't have a choice, did she? Anyway, now that Lilly has established herself as worthy enough to speak to Sandy and Ryan, she explains that she doesn't strip for Matt -- they "talk." While she's sitting on his lap. And sometimes his phone rings and she has to get it out of his pocket for him. She says Matt's been under a lot of pressure lately, and that this job means everything to him, and that she thinks he just "crashed and burned." Oh well, too bad he didn't crash and burn like a normal functional adult and not corrupt any minors in the process, right? Because it doesn't make a difference now, right? Lilly says that she can get them another meeting with those investors, if they want. She's got stripper connections!