Lady Heather's voice bellows out in the hallway: "Excuse me, nurse. When you get a chance? Lunch, please?" Ryan rushes into the bathroom, spinning in a near 360-degree circle to close the door. Again with the Brandon Walsh. Marissa slides back into the bed and goes for "exhausted." Lady Heather enters, and we see that she has donned her most appropriate sparkly tube top for the occasion of her daughter's near-death. She enthuses that Marissa is awake, and passes on love from Caitlyn and, presumably, China. Marissa complains that her throat hurts and, niceties now aside, Lady Heather snarks that it's because she had her stomach pumped. Lady Heather's eyes zoom in on the flower arrangement and she asks where "that thing" came from. Marissa claims not to know, but Lady Heather immediately determines that Ryan was there. She can't believe he'd show up after she told him not to! After everything he's done to Marissa! Marissa insists that it wasn't Ryan's fault, but Lady Heather points out that although Marissa keeps saying that, she was happy before Ryan came to town. Marissa can't believe Lady Heather actually thinks she was happy, and Lady Heather points out that if she wasn't, Marissa never told her. Marissa insists that she tried, but Lady Heather is already stomping off to lay into some poor nurse over the "appalling" security. Marissa "resignedly" puts her head in her hands, and Ryan emerges from the bathroom. She apologizes for her mother; he accepts, but adds that he needs to go take his test, promising to return as soon as he can. Marissa isn't sure if that's a good idea, because of Lady Heather. Ryan earnestly says, "I'm not afraid of your mom." Marissa softly responds, "Well, I am."
The Big House. Seth reads a comic book as Kirsten enters the kitchen, asking if he knows what Ryan wants for lunch. Seth covers for Ryan's absence, claiming that he doesn't want lunch because he's on a diet. Kirsten asks why he's on a diet, and Seth responds, "Why is he on a diet?" Hee. Kirsten announces that she'll ask Ryan herself (about the lunch, not the diet), because she wants to check in on him. Seth quickly cuts her off: "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom," claiming that Ryan is in a "state of deep, deep Zen-like concentration right now, okay?" Kirsten insists that Ryan still needs to eat and keeps heading toward the door, causing Seth to jump to his feet and announce with an outstretched hand, "He's naked! All right? He's naked! He studies in the nude; it's a Chino thing. Okay? And I think that if you were going to walk in on him, naked, and Dad was to find out, I think suspicions would be raised. A house divided...will not stand." Hee! Yay! Dieting, naked, studying Ryan is saved by the doorbell, and Kirsten heads to answer it (Rosie appears to have been dismissed since the first few episodes), saying that she and Seth still need to talk about his "little surprise trip to Tijuana." Seth "can't wait."