Outside, Ryan waits at the gate with his bags, not yet having realized that if there's an inappropriate moment -- and this would be that -- for Sandy to have appeared to bother Seth, he would currently be doing so. Ryan watches Marissa stomp down the driveway -- because that girl stomps -- bearing a wrapped present and promising someone on the cell phone that she'll be there in twenty minutes. They "hey" each other -- she more awkwardly than he. She didn't think she'd see him again, and then walks closer and thanks him for the other night. He asks, "You always drink like that?" and she dodges the question: "I thought you left." Ryan responds, "I did....I am." At this moment, Seth bounds down the driveway, clad entirely in black and carrying his skateboard; he proclaims them "all set." Spotting Marissa, he unenthusiastically greet her, and she asks again what they're doing. He explains that they're just "hanging out," and then notices her package (the birthday present, sillies) and snits, "Oh, look! It's somebody's birthday! I guess my invitation got lost in the mail." Marissa ignores his snittiness and explains that it's Summer's birthday. Seth quickly points out that Summer's birthday isn't until Wednesday, while Marissa looks confused and Ryan puffs out his cheeks (the cheeks on his face, sillies) and lowers his head, bemusedly entertained. Seth fast-talks in explanation, "It's what I heard. I don't know. That was a guess." Marissa goes all Miss Marple on them -- and for once, this is not an age crack -- and concludes that they're "up to something." Seth immediately asks what Ryan told her; Ryan insists that he said nothing, as we get a close-up of Marissa's over-exaggerated "aha!" face. She's either a terrible actress or very poorly directed. Ryan points out that the black turtleneck in August might have tipped her off, and Seth gestures fanatically while insisting, "Okay. I was going for stealth. And also it's slimming." Hee. He then tugs at the turtleneck self-consciously, dismissively telling Marissa to have fun at her party. Ryan joins in the mockery, urging Marissa to go because the "Newport social scene awaits." He quickly raises his eyebrows at her in a challenging way. She raises hers back, but clearly they're both just amateurs next to a heavyweight champion eyebrow-raiser like Peter Gallagher.
Episode Report CardJoanna: B | 354 USERS: B-
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