School. A bustling quad. I spot an unattractive dork-like person in the mix. How'd he get by the Orange County police? Seth and Ryan walk against the crowd as Seth announces that "the master race has been perfected and they all go to our school." Ryan is typically unresponsive. Seth greets some jocks as "fellas," and they ignore him except for one thirty-five-year-old monstrosity who throws him an elbow. Seriously, he's like that guy who played a high schooler on 90210 (in the Brenda years, no less ["and was even Brenda's date to the prom!" -- Wing Chun]), and then a high -chooler (albeit an undead one) on Buffy, like, ten years later. In any case, Seth assures their departing backs that it's all right, and that they shouldn't get their "Speedos in a bunch." Ryan announces that it's a nightmare.
Marissa is saying the same thing -- all these coincidences! -- as she and Summer enter the fray. Summer predicts that no one will know about Marissa, just as they walk past three gossipy girls who are speculating that Marissa "died down there" and "looks pretty good...for a dead girl." Summer spins and head-bobs, "Hey, whores. Why don't you go work another corner?" Hee. That's some good delivery. Marissa thinks she should just go home and help Jimmy unpack, but Summer insists that that was as bad as it's going to get. She snits that she spoke too soon, though, as Ryan and Seth approach. Seth boldly greets her and asks how her schedule looks; she curtly responds, "Full." Still, they walk off together, leaving Ryan and Marissa, who agree that it's going "not well" (Ryan) and "worse" (Marissa). Ryan proposes that they just get out of there -- get in her car and go down to the pier. She can't, because Dean Kim will call Marissa's dad, or Lady Heather. He asks about after school, and she reveals that she's supposed to help chair the Kickoff Carnival committee, but that she's looking for an excuse to get out of it. Ryan points out that Marissa just found one, and she agrees to meet Ryan out front. He's all sexy intense as he quietly says, "Something to look forward to."
Summer snippily summons Marissa, and they turn to leave, running straight into Luke, who wants to talk. I'm not a beefcake kind of girl -- I'm more into the androgynous Michael Stipe type -- but Luke's blue eyes are working that blue shirt. Summer orders him to stay away, and he whines that he doesn't know how he's supposed to do that when they all go to the same school. Summer suggests that he should have thought of that before he hooked up with one of Marissa's best friends; Summer punctuates this with a well-executed "Ass!" On the verge of tears, Marissa stomps off; Ryan chases after her, asking if she's okay. She guesses that she is; she just needs to get used to it. He confirms that they're still on for later, and they are; she echoes his "Something to look forward to." The bell rings, and Summer scurries after Marissa. Seth watches and tells Ryan, "Slowly I thaw her icy heart."