Ryan's at Lindsay's door again, Ryan telling her he wants one more chance with Caleb. No! He's mean and he hates you. It's over. Caleb is standing there when Ryan enters, and he's as happy as we are to return to this: "Oh, great. You're back." Exactly. Ryan requests a few moments alone with Caleb in his study, and they step inside to find Ryan's indecent proposal about the pool table in the office: "I'll make you a bet. If you win, I'll stay out of your way. But if I win, you have to accept me as Lindsay's boyfriend." Oh, there's an O.C. story meeting I'm sorry to have missed. So you think they were like, "What feats of strength could the virile young chap challenge the forbidding old man at? Maybe there can be a room in the house with just a bucking bronco! Or an actual bull! Or slides made of razor blades that lead down into pools of pure alcohol. Wait! No! I GOT IT!" And then, in awed unison, "Pool." Caleb seems to think the idea is kind of stupid as well, but having a character find your writing stupid does not make your writing any less stupid. He asks, "What is this, The Color of Money?" Check out the big brain on Caleb! He's a regular pop culture maven, isn't he? Look at him, kicking it movie-style. I'll bet that day alone, Caleb also found time to sneak into conversation the barbed quips, "What is this, Are We There Yet?" and "What is this, Pooh's Humpalump Movie?" Take that, limo chauffeur and errant gardener, respectively!
Yeah, I don't know about this scene at all. Julie and Marissa are eating (well, they're at dinner, anyway) at a fahhhncy restaurant, Julie trying small talk and Marissa slurring, "Why don't you just cut to the chase." Julie says that it's not about anything and that she's just happy to be at dinner with her daughter, but Marissa's not buying it because the script told her not to. Julie frets that her relationship with Caleb might not make it, but she adds as a softening agent, "but I could never handle losing you." Marissa tells her, "I almost believe you," and when she says it, I almost believe her. Almost. Julie takes Marissa's hand and keeps on, "You and me, we need to play our cards right." She's launched the magazine and now she just wants a little more of the company. She tells Marissa that if they "play happy family for just a few more months," and then she'll be able to make her next move. Marissa tells Julie that she's "unbelievable" in a way that means either good or bad, and Julie says that if Marissa doesn't want her inheritance going to Lindsay, she'll fall in line. Marissa collects herself and remembers the advice her future lesbian kiss girlfriend gives her, telling her mother, "That's an interesting idea, Mom. I'll think about it." Man. She really is completely and entirely devoid of talent. And I don't even mean that in a bad way anymore. It's really quite impressively epic.