Ryan's patience is also being tried at Harbor School; he descends a staircase to see Marissa and Oliver deep in discussion. Marissa's back is pressed up against her locker and Oliver talks all up in her face. Oliver then pulls and envelope from his pocket and hands it to her. Ryan watches closely as Marissa puts the letter in her locker, pulling it shut. Ryan looks left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left, then right, then left again. He stares at the locker.
Cut to The Big House, and at first I thought this was a flashback, but now I realize it's just been one very long day. Sandy yells that if the school board votes to expel Ryan, the Cohens will be powerless to help, and he'll have thrown away a good opportunity! Sandy asks if Ryan's jealous of Oliver, and Ryan insists that he's not, but no one believes him! Kirsten is wearing a very pretty pink blazer. On Lady Heather it would look tacky and age-inappropriate, but on Kirsten it looks lovely. Sandy points out that the first time Sandy met him, Oliver was in jail, and Ryan said Oliver had a medical history. Sandy angrily continues, "You're right! Okay! He's trouble! Now you're the one who might be expelled." Peter Gallagher does "passionate but loving father figure" very well; he makes me feel guilty just sitting here at home. Kirsten asks why Ryan didn't come to them, and he grumbles that he wanted to take care of it himself. Sandy snidely congratulates him on a job well done, and Kirsten asks if he knows how hard they -- he -- worked to get into that school. Sandy says that Ryan can't help Marissa, because he can't even help himself. Ryan yelps, "Okay! I screwed up...yet again!" He asks if they'll kick him out now, and Sandy responds that if he thinks he can mess up so bad they'll just give up on him (aw), he's wrong (aw): he's part of the family (aw) now, and he'll feel its full weight (aw). Ryan's going to wish they threw him out! Sandy leaves, and Ryan turns baleful eyes to Kirsten, who trails after Sandy without looking at Ryan.
Seth enters the pool house, where Ryan sits alone in the dark. He says he couldn't help overhearing, and then corrects himself to admit that he was eavesdropping. Ryan immediately says he deserves the Cohens' anger, but Seth doesn't care about that: he just wants to know that the craziness is over now, lesson learned, etc. Ryan blankly stares at him, and then explains about watching Oliver giving Marissa the letter. An unhappy Seth hopefully concludes, "And, um, seeing Oliver do this inspired you to write a letter of your own?" When Ryan doesn't answer, Seth continues, "That Marissa asked you to mail?" Ryan reveals that he took the letter from her locker, and Seth asks what's wrong with him, insisting that Ryan can't ever read it and must put it back. Ryan yells that Oliver is after Marissa; he's a sick kid, and he could hurt her! Seth contends that Oliver hasn't done anything to Marissa except be her friend, and points out that Ryan's in enough trouble already. And besides, he's starting to freak Seth out! He makes Ryan promise him to put the letter back, and Ryan finally agrees, but unconvincingly. As Seth leaves the pool house, he repeats, "Put it back. Put it back," and Ryan again says he will. He returns the letter to his backpack, thinks it over, and then pulls it out and begins reading as the Techno Music of Bad Chino Impulses resumes.