Ryan heads into the poolhouse one last time. As he walks through it, we see scenes and hear voices from four years ago. We even hear music from four years ago; they used the score from the first season. Why did they drop that music, anyway? It was really good. And I'll admit it, I may have teared up a little. Especially when Ryan enters the house and we cut to the first time he (and we) saw Seth. Then the dining room and the unpacking later and then... back outside. Damn. Why couldn't we have had, like, an entire episode of that instead of all that stuff about Julie's wedding we didn't care about? Sigh. Ryan gets in his jeep and pulls out. So do Sandy and Ryan. And there's Marissa in the sunlight for the last time. Fade to white.
It's Ryan's first day of school, and he's That Guy, wearing a Berkeley sweatshirt while looking around the Berkeley campus. "Welcome to Berkeley Class of 2012," the banner shouts.
Summer protests something or other.
Seth cuts out her picture from the paper and sticks it on his wall right next to the comic book version of Sandy.
Sandy tells a class full of college kids all about habeas corpus.
Kaitlin answers a question in class at Williams College. We know she's going to Williams because half the class are wearing sweatshirts that say Williams on them. Way to be Those People, class.
And someone graduates college to tumultuous applause. Is it Ryan? Kaitlin? Seth? No... it's Julie! Yay!! I cried again. She's so happy. And Kaitlin stands up and cheers in her Team Julie T-shirt. Also in the audience and wearing T-shirts are BULLIT, Frank, and Frank Jr. Poor BULLIT. His future's not looking so bright, tagging along with Julie even though she likes Frank better. I think. Also, Frank didn't cut his hair in the last five or so years.
And Kirsten... uh... well, she doesn't get a scene about her future. Oh well.
And then there's a wedding. Seth and Ryan wear yarmulkes and Summer walks herself down the aisle (sorry, Dr. Neil!). And... whoa... do we need to go this far into the future? I think it's been pretty clearly established that Seth and Summer will wind up together without us having to see it. Although Seth looks great in a tux. Summer sticks her tongue out at him as she approaches, and Seth does fake outrage and then rolls his eyes. Awww. I guess if Josh Schwartz was determined to have this wedding happen regardless of when his show was cancelled, this is a nice enough one to see. Sandy and Kirsten hold hands and Sophie is six years old and has blond hair. Ryan and Taylor smile at each other, and Seth breaks the glass.