Meanwhile, Ryan, Kirsten, and Sandy are talking to the Berkeley guy about Ryan's college plans. The music turns ominous as Sandy sees Dean Evil slithering toward them. Sandy walks over to cut Dean Evil off, but not before Kirsten and Ryan notice. Dean Evil wants Ryan removed from the premises, but Sandy explains that he has Dr. Kim's permission for Ryan to be there. Dean Evil gets the last smirk as he says it's not like Ryan will get into any of the schools at this fair, what with that note on his permanent record. Sandy asks Dean Evil to take the letter off and not ruin Ryan's future as Ryan walks up and overhears Sandy say that Dean Evil is "killing" Ryan's "one shot." Because we can't succeed in life if we don't go to college -- a prestigious college, at that. Dean Evil agrees to take the letter off of Ryan's record, and even graciously extends him an invitation to re-enroll at Harbor. Except not, because we couldn't have such an easy conclusion in such a short period of time! Such things take at least another twenty minutes. Sandy turns around and sees Ryan watching them. Ryan takes off.
The next morning, Seth enters the poolhouse with a cup of coffee just for Ryan. But Ryan's nowhere to be found, and Seth mutters an "oh no," because he really doesn't want to do the Ryan's Upset and Missing! thing he's already had to do fifty thousand times in less than three seasons alone. Fortunately, Ryan is still there -- he was just in the shower. Seth says he's glad to see that last night's events didn't cause Ryan to do something stupid, like run away from home. No, he's going to do something really stupid. Ryan says he never expected to go to college before he met the Cohens, and that no one else in his family even finished high school. And because they're all such great examples, he's dropping out of school, too. "Have you told my parents?" Seth asks, assholishly not referring to them as parents to both of them. Ryan doesn't answer.
Ryan informs Marissa about his decision over the phone as she closes her locker. She hangs up on him when the bell rings, saying they'll talk about this later. Johnny walks up and asks what's going on. Don't you have a girlfriend to talk to, Johnny? Marissa is disgusted that Ryan is blowing the chance to be different than the rest of his family, but doesn't know anyone who can make him change his mind. How about Trey, the high-school dropout car thief druggie rapist fugitive? That'd make me think twice about how I wanted to end up, anyway.