Sandy answers, but fails to make the same scrunchy face Seth did, so telephone-answering cuteness is apparently not an inherited trait. It's Ryan, who explains that he's with Marissa and needs advice. Sandy's all, "Aaaaaaah." We don't hear Ryan's end of the conversation, only Sandy's response: "Well, if I've learned anything today, you don't wanna go to court with this. You're gonna wanna settle."
Doorbell. The Big House. It's Lady Heather, and she wants to know what's going on! Sandy urges her follow him inside, leading her into the kitchen as she whines that she doesn't understand, and what does this have to do with Marissa? Ryan sits at the kitchen counter, and he should so have a beer in front of him. Lady Heather snarks that she's not surprised he's involved, and asks where Marissa is. Ryan snits, "I don't know. At a bus station. On a tropical island somewhere." Sandy scolds him, and yay for parenting! Lady Heather cannot believe Sandy is "chaperoning this farce." Sandy orders her to sit down, but she doesn't want to sit down! Sandy suggests that they should talk, but she doesn't understand what there is to talk about! Ryan smirks, "Well, if you ever wanna see your daughter..." Sandy commands Ryan to "watch it," while Lady Heather stares at him angrily. Seriously, she's like Michael Jackson in the "Thriller" video. Did they use contacts to make her look so pissed off? Sandy knows Lady Heather has been through a lot, but Ryan's not the problem. She asks what that is supposed to mean, and then yells at Ryan to tell her where Marissa is, because she's taking her home, and "she just ran away from a hospital!" Her voice rises and cracks with this exclamation, nicely exhibiting the fear through the anger. Ryan rebuts this: "Ran away from you!" Ryan points out that Lady Heather is from Riverside, causing her head to spin nearly 360 degrees. She's going to call the police because he said that! Still, he won't be deterred, and adds that he knows Orange County has everything they never had, and he knows she's afraid she's going to lose everything she ever wanted! Lady Heather's had enough, and starts to leave as he yells that what she wants and what Marissa wants are two different things. Lady Heather stops to respond, "You don't know what she wants!" But Ryan does know what she doesn't want! To go to San Diego! And to live with Lady Heather! Marissa has materialized in the background and grins at this portion of the outburst. And if that's not crappy acting, it's crappy directing. Even if Marissa is absolutely furious with her mother, hearing the cruel truth of Ryan's outburst aloud would still be cringe-inducing.