Everybody's lonely this week. Ryan fills up the holes in his life with a job at a Mexican restaurant, and then by helping Taylor Townsend out of her marriage by very reluctantly posing as her new boyfriend. Taylor Townsend can't resist a man who's nice to her, and develops another insta-crush. Julie has sworn off of men and onto working hard with Kirsten, and sticks to her guns for all of one day before running off to a nightclub, getting drunk, and dancing with a guy. Kaitlin gets a fake ID and, of course, heads to the only club in town where she sees Julie and Julie sees her but they both decide not to talk to each other about it, which is probably for the best. Sandy realizes that all of his adult male friends have either skipped town or died, and tries to get close to a co-worker with a game of golf. Then he heads home to get close to Kirsten with a game of Strip Scrabble. Last, but not least, Seth goes to Brown to visit Summer, who's gone through the five stages of grief in one week and is ready to be her old self again. Except that she still kind of cares about the environment and stuff, so Seth has a hard time finding a place in her new life.
Summer is finally doing what she should have done five months ago: seeing someone about her best friend's death. Unfortunately, the person she's chosen to see is a disembodied voice, but it's progress. A lot of progress, in fact -- she zips through the five stages of grief as many days. Her intense sadness over Marissa's death in Stage Four (depression), a.k.a. Thursday, is supposed to be hilarious. Her reverting back to Stage Two (anger) on Friday, where she knocks the tissue box off the table and then apologizes for her "rage issues," is legitimately funny. By week's end, she has decided that Marissa would want her to move on, as Summer apparently knew a Marissa who didn't dwell on every single thing that happened to her and refuse to move on or grow up ever. That would be a much different Marissa from the one we knew, but there you go. Anyway, Summer is all better now and says she can go back to being herself and stop caring about the environment, which she thinks was just a crutch. I love how they made Summer get over Marissa in one week. Fuck you, Marissa!
Seth flies into Rhode Island to see Summer but hasn't made it out of the airport yet before he's called his crutch, Ryan, for a pep talk. Unfortunately for Ryan, it's 5:30 in the morning back in California. Then again, he's the teenager who never sleeps, so he's already awake. Seth says he's sure Summer called him into town to dump him, which would be rather cruel of her, but Ryan thinks Summer just needs to work out her issues and then she and Seth will be fine again. Suddenly, Seth sees the Summer he knew and loved coming towards him and hangs up on Ryan's ass. They make out and then Summer punches him, and Seth knows that his girlfriend is back. It wouldn't be a bad idea to keep going to that therapist to work on some anger management, there, Summer.
Back in California, Ryan is working out on the beach. He jogs with his arms all tensed up and robot-y looking. He runs into Sandy finishing up some early-morning surfing and they hang out in the back of Sandy's truck (which he's somehow allowed to park wherever he wants on the beach) and chat. Sandy invites him to breakfast, but Ryan says he can't make it. Sandy asks him how he's doing, and Ryan just says he's good and looking forward to his first day of work at "El Pavo Guapo." More like "El Pavo Nombre EstÃºpido." And yet, it's still more Spanish than anything back in "Mexico." Sandy says he's looking forward to getting some shrimp tacos, but Ryan says Kirsten already told him not to give Sandy more than two per week. Sandy mutters about divorce, then talks about things that Ryan obviously doesn't want to: how well he's doing and how good it is to see him being more like his old self. He tells Ryan to "hang in there." Sandy sounds more like an inspirational cat poster than a father right now.
At Brown, Seth and Summer have a post-coital chat. He says he thought she was going to dump him, so he's pleased at how things turned out. She says she owes him an apology for changing over the past few months, and assures him that she's back to her "artificially tan" self. Seth is glad that to have the old Summer who smells good back. Seriously, though, could she have really smelled that bad? Everyone makes cracks about how bad she smelled, but even if I stopped wearing deodorant and showering regularly, I doubt my odor would be so incredibly offensive. It wouldn't be great, but it wouldn't cause innocent bystanders to pass out, either. I'm worried Summer has a glandular problem. Seth hands Summer a present: a DVD of Season Three of The Valley. Summer is thrilled.