Sandy pulls up to the cabin, where 7 'n 7 greets him with a her now-trademark Glare of Nebulous Intentions. She introduces herself and says that Kirsten is in the kitchen learning how to cook. Sandy says he'd rather have Kirsten in his kitchen, ifyouknowwhatImean. 7 'n 7 says that she -- the self-appointed expert on all things rehab and pressure to be the perfect daughter, wife, and mother -- knows that Kirsten needs some time before she's ready to go home. "She may never come home," Sandy says. That's a lot of time. Then Kirsten runs out, saying she's really happy to see him, and they make out while 7 'n 7 watches.
Ryan comes over to invite Marissa to the carnival. She says it will be too depressing, since she doesn't go to Harbor anymore and she heard talk of a chocolate fountain. Ryan says that they can still get Marissa re-admitted to Harbor, but Marissa doesn't want to fight anymore. "Maybe you've done enough," she tells him. He asks her what she's talking about, because it's not Harbor. Marissa says she doesn't need Ryan to protect her -- not now, and not "then." Ryan asks her if she's implying that this whole thing is Ryan's fault, when it's actually hers for getting in the middle of his and Trey's method of resolving family conflict. Marissa asks if she was just supposed to watch Ryan die, and she definitely has a point there, and adds that she has no problem facing the consequences of what she did. Whaaaa? Who is this new character, who takes responsibility for her actions? I could like her, that's for sure. Let's see if it lasts. Ryan says he has to face consequences, too. Marissa says she knows it's her fault that Trey is gone, and Ryan says that's not what he means. Except that it probably was. He leaves Marissa to well with tears.
Carnival! Some girl is thrilled to win her hybrid car, and the Social Committee members feed Summer praise on her totally awesome carnival, and for "taking down" Taylor. But Summer is sad, because Marissa isn't here. Seth tells her to enjoy the carnival she worked so hard for. Although, technically, she didn't work hard for the carnival; she worked hard to take it away from someone whom it was really important to.
Ryan's dipping his feet in the pool when Sandy comes back from seeing Kirsten. Sandy sympathizes with Ryan's "universal male desire" to make things right for his lady friend, and recommends going back and listening to Marissa, and possibly also telling her Care Bear how he really feels.
Jimmy and Julie enjoy expensive champagne at the Yacht Club. Julie asks Jimmy what this is all about; she thought they were spending the night eating Taco Bell and watching Dancing With the Stars. Um, Julie, don't you mean So You Think You Can Dance? And I don't think I've met anyone over the age of thirty whose stomach could digest a burrito supreme. It's like the minute you graduate college, your body stops producing the Taco Bellase enzyme. Jimmy says he is never leaving his family again, and he never wants to lose Julie again. And he has a diamond ring to prove it. It's Julie's old ring, actually, which Julie takes as a romantic gesture but is probably more of an "I can't afford another ring" one. Out of order, Julie puts the ring on, and Jimmy asks her to marry him. Julie agrees. Their happiness is doomed.