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.
The three are now in Marissa's car; she drives, complaining that they won't tell her where they're going. Considering that they must at least be giving her directions, that's not entirely the truth. She matter-of-factly comments that it's far, and Seth jumps at the chance to criticize her, snarking that it's interesting that she's complaining, considering she wasn't even invited. Marissa responds, "Before I came along, you were on a skateboard." Seth pretends to choke in surprise at her comeback prowess. Ryan looks at the radio. Marissa looks at Ryan looking at the radio. She asks whether he likes the music, and he says he guesses that he does. She asks what he does like, and he responds "everything," before admitting that he doesn't really listen to music. Because they don't have music in Chino. Just the sounds of people wailing and gnashing their teeth. From the back seat, Seth pipes up, "Dude, that's kind of weird." Ryan asks what Marissa likes, and she emphatically responds, "Punk!" Seth snits, "I'm sorry -- Avril Lavigne doesn't count as punk," but Marissa's been just waiting to make use of her Jane subscription, listing off bands including The Cramps, Stiff Little Fingers, The Class, and the Sex Pistols. Seth mutters, "I listen to the same music as Marissa Cooper? I think I have to kill myself." When Ryan is incredulous that Marissa listens to punk, she responds, "I'm angry."