A quick shot of Ryan's alarm clock shows us that it's 8 in the morning. Harbor School. Summer walks with Marissa, questioning why Ryan punched Oliver for no reason. Marissa responds that that's what Ryan does: "He punches people; he doesn't talk to them." When Marissa further laments that Ryan doesn't listen, Summer counters that he must have had a reason, because although he's violent, he's not dumb. Marissa waffles before revealing that Ryan has the crazy idea that Oliver is into her. (Who would have thought the words "Marissa" and "waffles" would ever make it into the same sentence?) When Summer asks if Oliver isn't into Marissa, Marissa yelps that she and Oliver are just friends. Marissa, incidentally, actually managed to get her belt around her waist today. She adds that Oliver is the only guy in her life who isn't jealous, scary, or a neck-breather, and that he tells her what he's thinking, "unlike some people." When Marissa finally admits that she and Ryan broke up, Summer "whoa"s, and then sees the positive: they're both single now! No more Ryan! No more Seth Cohen! She announces, "We're totally free! Liberated!" She offers to treat Marissa to a trip to the spa, but Marissa can't, because she promised to help Oliver study. Summer asks about the weekend, but Marissa has to spend it with Lady Heather, because Jimmy is taking Caitlyn to her grandmother's. That sounds oddly like a euphemistic to me, like "walking the dog" or "dropping the kids off at the pool." The next time you have to do something you don't want to do, just tell people you're taking Caitlyn to her grandmother's. Let's see how fast it catches on. Marissa whines that Lady Heather has this "mother-daughter marathon thing" planned. Poor girl, to have a mother who cares about her and is trying to show it! Summer sadly asks when they're going to hang out, and Marissa bubbles, "Soon!" Marissa lopes (although "antelopes" might be more like it) across the quad, leaving Summer behind looking disappointed and confused.
Samaire Armstrong continues her cleanliness fetish, adding to the hand washing and teeth flossing the obsessive patting of the corner of her mouth with a napkin. As they hang out in the Student Disunion, she asks Seth whether, if Ryan gets expelled, he'll still get to live with the Cohens, or if they'll kick him out. Seth doesn't think they will. He's not looking his finest in this scene. In fact, he looks a little bit fugly (gasp!) in his ugly black jacket, black shirt, and greasy hair. And if this was a wardrobe decision to show that Seth's in a bad place right now, it works a little too well. Anna clings to Seth's arm as they leave; when she asks if Ryan is okay, Seth snits that he's not the one who got punched in the face. Anna clarifies that she means in the "larger sense," but Seth still doesn't know. A random girl randomly plows between them, which may or may not be intended as some sort of foreshadowing. Anna -- who is a Delia's catalogue with feet -- can't believe Seth hasn't talked to Ryan, and he grumpily asks what he could possibly say. She's all, "'Um, are you okay? Is there anything I can do?'" He insists that there's nothing he can do; he begged Ryan to stay away from Oliver, but Ryan didn't listen. He then low-blows that Anna doesn't know Ryan, so she shouldn't possibly understand. Anna quietly responds that she's trying. Aw. And not the good kind of "aw," either.
Summer and Marissa walk down the hallway, slowing to a halt in front of Seth and Anna. They exchange "hey"s all "Hey," "Hey," "Hey," and "Hey." And though "hey" is for horses, this episode is sadly devoid of Captain Oats. Awkwardness follows the "hey"s, until Anna asks how everyone is. An exchange of "good"s follows, and Mischa Barton is so painfully bad in her delivery that I'm even more embarrassed for her than usual. Seth and Summer take turns finishing each other's sentences as they agree that it's a weird situation, but just because Marissa and Ryan aren't together anymore doesn't mean they can't all hang out. Anna clearly doesn't like the sentence-finishing. Nor do I, really. Seth looks even worse in the harsh light of hallway. Marissa finally asks about Ryan, but the conversation is interrupted by an intrusive cry of "Whaddup? Whaddup?" I get excited for the return of Danny, but it's just Oliver. No one looks particularly pleased to see him as he obliviously suggests a ski trip for the weekend. When Marissa points out his busted lip -- which is fat, red, and nasty (and for some reason my mind keeps going to a "kind of like your mother" joke, there) -- Oliver smarms, "I was hoping it had already made the transition from 'scary' to 'sexy.'" Marissa smiles, because she has no sense of humor, while the others look unamused. Oliver offers to walk Marissa to class, and as they head off together, Seth bestows the saddest lingering wave at their departing backs. Summer, Seth, and Anna marvel at the fact that Oliver looks almost happy these days, and Summer asks why he shouldn't, because he's got Marissa all to himself now.