Well we start to find that the break has let Kirsten take time to become a man's dream, in fact fox's summary called her a domestic goddess. She has prepared a gourmet breakfast for the Cohen house and insists everyone sit to eat much to their dismay. Sandy receives a phone call and after the boys leave we find out that there is a college fair at the Harbor School that evening and Sandy wants Ryan to attend, however Dean Hess as usual ruins it by attaching a letter to Ryan's transcripting documenting his violent nature. Obviously no reputable school in their right mind would accept Ryan with that sort of note.
At school, Summer is peering over Taylor who seems to be engaged in quite the flirty text messaging conversation, Summer tries to persuade Seth that its Dean Hess but Seth cannot be convinced. But as we all know, when Summer gets an idea in her head she goes strong to prove it. She follows Taylor around a bit and when Taylor accuses her of being obsessed, Summer drops a little story about how she saw the Dean kissing one of the teachers and watches Taylor squirm, now she knows its true. After school, Summer tries to convince Marissa that she should attend the college fair, however Marissa explains she isnt worried about her future, rather just wants to get her homework finished. At the college fair, Ryan is feeling very out of place but tries to brush it off and talk to some representatives. He is interrupted when he sees Sandy and the Dean in a heated discussion. Ryan walks over just in time to hear the news about the letter Hess had attached to his transcript, and leaves immediately.
Back at home, Kirsten is trying to help Julie and shows her brochures for some of the luxury condos in the area and Charlotte stops by. She takes a look at the brouchures and its obvious that she is thinking something devious.
The next morning, Seth wanders over to the pool house to find that Ryan has cancelled his tutor and is looking at new directions for his life, perhaps a full time job. Seth expresses his concern to Summer but she has a greater plan, still working on the Dean and Taylor affair. After Marissa explains the situation to Johnny, he takes it upon himself to help Ryan out. He seeks him out in the diner and explains that his uncle owns a commercial fishing boat and is always looking for help. Ryan jumps at the idea and later shows up for dinner with a guardian waiver for Sandy to sign in order for him to get the job. A reluctant Sandy signs the form, convinced that this is just a phase and Ryan with realize what is better for him.
The same day, Julie is touring the new oceanview condo when an unexpected guest arrives. Charlotte, she actually bought the condo before Julie even had a chance to respond. Later Charlotte shows up at Julie's not so luxurious motel room with the keys to the condo. She explains she bought it for Julie and just needs it for the short periods of time she is in town. A weary Julie takes the keys and thinks of them as a glimpse to her future on the bright side.
Over at Summer's, Seth walks in finally convinced to help Summer and they agree to text message Taylor to convince her to meet at the Mermaid motel, well she thinks she will meet Dean Hess.
Sandy and Kirsten offer to cook Ryan one last home meal before he ventures off to sea, hopefully convincing him one last time to stay. Marissa and Summer come over and the tension between Marissa and Ryan could have been cut with a knife. She obviously feels as though Ryan is walking out on her again and this time is putting up a fight.
The next morning, Ryan is about to get on the boat when Marissa shows up and says everything she feels. Ryan is acting just like her father did, running away, leaving on a boat, and it didnt get him anywhere, so that makes Ryan just a big a coward. (OUCH!)
Over at the motel, Taylor shows up just as scheduled,"the shark took the bait" as Seth says. Summer and Seth use this to their advantage and call Sandy right away. Sandy visits Dean Hess and explains the situation. Well a bit tainted version of the situation, but anyway explains he will go to the board unless Ryan is let back into school. At this point Dean has no choice and agrees.
Seth and Summer wander to the diner to find an upset Marissa, no idea that she had left Ryan about to board the boat. They are in shock that he walked out and all their work has been worthless, but then Ryan walks in and the gang enjoys time together again.