Summer and Marissa are just stepping onto the ferris wheel as Ryan shows up, grabs Summer's arm, and asks if she minds. She's all, "Not getting involved!" which is actually getting involved, but whatever. Good for her. Marissa asks what Ryan's doing, and he says he wants to talk. As the ferris wheel slowly begins rotating, Ryan looks unhappy. Marissa thought she was afraid of heights; and he can barely manage an "Uh-huh." He then pulls it together enough to insist that it was important. The wheel continues to rise, and he's all, "Oh, boy. Oh, God," and it sounds a bit more like he's "excited" than scared. As they reach the top, Ryan begins to talk about what he said last night, and then the ride stops. He's all, "Whoa. Ah. What...What's going on?" Marissa explains that they've stopped, and he's all, "Wh-- Wh-- Wh-- Why are we stopped?"
Down below, we see Anna slip the ride operator $10 and tell him to keep Marissa and Ryan up there a few minutes longer so that they can work it out. Seth proclaims Anna the master. She turns and announces that there's something she wants to tell him. Seth's all "bring it." Anna grabs him and kisses him; he kisses back. Kissing. Finally, they pull apart, and he looks happy and confused, and then turns to see Summer watching them. He asks Anna if it's all part of the plan, because if it is, he think it's working. Anna gamely agrees that it's part of the plan, and thus goes even further into her Watts-esque persona. That's some kind of something, all right, but I'm not sure it's "wonderful." Anna tells Seth, with a question in her voice, that he can go, and he sweetly thanks her. She bites her lip and looks down, and then sadly watches him go. He quickly returns, but only to hand over a sock monkey, which was all he could get with his tickets. Aw. Anna ponders the sock monkey.
Seth joins Summer, who is pissily eating cotton candy. She whines that Coop's stuck on the ferris wheel and she was looking for someone to go on the tilt-a-whirl with her. Empowered by the kiss, Seth's all cocky and, "Oh, I'll go with you." She says she may vomit; he likes his odds.
Back at the top of the ferris wheel, Ryan clenches the safety bar and concentrates. Marissa asks if he's okay, and he says he is, although clearly he is not. He opens his mouth wide in alarm as she looks forward, presumably to check their status, but more to show her cleavage to the home viewers. He snaps, "You had to go for the cheap ferris wheel, didn't you? What kind of carnival is this, Cooper?" Hee. With the wincing and the groaning and the clenching, Benjamin McKenzie does "scared" really well. Or "particularly satisfying bowel movement." Finally, Ryan closes his eyes, turns to Marissa, and announces, "Look. I don't talk. A lot. About stuff. I don't trust people. I trust you. And I wanna make it. Less. Work. No matter what." Aw. Aw! He goes on to suggest that if they ever get down from there, they can talk about it. Completely won over -- and who wouldn't be? -- Marissa jokes, who know when that will be? She suggests that Ryan just needs something to take his mind off it, and he asks -- still with his eyes closed -- what could possibly do that while they're fifty feet in the air? A kiss, obviously! Marissa leans in to plant one on him and, over her shoulder, we see Ryan's eyes spring open in surprise, and then slowly close again. The ferris wheel starts to descend. And oh! Ryan does the hands on the face! And the fingers down her arm! Suddenly, they've reached the ground, but haven't even noticed. As the ride operator tries to help them off, Ryan's all, "One more time." Hee. The ferris wheel spins and spins.