This show just gets more intense. I'm going to try to sum this one up as best as possible, but there was so many different relationships tested it was amazing - well here it goes...
It starts will Marissa waking up from another nightmare about the shooting and she calls Ryan for support. Ryan, his usual uneasy self doesn't know what to say and tells her everything is fine and just to go back to bed, not exactly what Marissa wanted to hear. In the morning, Ryan gets ready for his first day back at Harbor, and Sandy and Kirsten are discussing prospective buyers for the Newport Group.
At school, Taylor discusses her newest scheme, a mandatory lock-in that weekend in the high school gym. The gang is in disbelief that she could be this desperate to make everyone's lives miserable. At Marissa's school, her friends approach her excited about the new "swells" coming in aka there are some decent waves coming in and this surf crew can't wait to party all night before surfing.
Julie goes over to her new condo to meet her roomate Charlotte who immediately throws in her newest scheme. A black tie benefit to raise money for under-priveledged women, and Charlotte knows just the person they are going to get to help them, Kirsten.
After school, Marissa goes to the beach to hang with her new friends and she starts talking to Johnny abou the nightmares. Johnny and Marissa end up goign for a walk and he tells her about his similiar experiences after some fights with his dad, the hug just in time for Johnny's girlfriend Casey to pull in the parking lot...how convenient.
The next day, Sandy meets with the prospective buyers and is willing to sell under one condition, they don't tear down the low-income housing Sandy fought for years to have built. The boss is hesitant but agrees, but Sandy does not feel settled. Later that day, he meets with the younger of the buyers and he supports Sandy's opinions that the boss will tear down anything he wants to make some money. This man, Matt convinces Sandy to hold onto the business and run it himself, Sandy just has to ask Kirsten how she feels and the deal is sealed.
Julie and Charlotte pitch their idea to Kirsten but she is extremely hesitant and at first does not want to help. A relectant Charlotte follows her inside and compells her to believe that she would be doing this to help Julie get back on her feet, and Kirsten eventually caves in. Later that night, Julie and Charlotte are at dinner and before the bill arrives Charlotte excuses herself to go to the bathroom. When the bill arrives, Julie grabs Charlotte's wallet to pay and finds several different identifications as well as credit cards, same picture but all various names. She realizes that Charlotte is actually a fraud. Julie approaches Charlotte with these findings, and Charlotte explains to Julie her plan to keep the money from the benefit then leave town, and suggests that Julie be her accompliss. Julie thinks about the idea, and her opportunity to get back on top.
Over at the beach party, Marissa introduces Summer to her new friends and they run into some enemies, Volchok, apparently Johnny's rival for sponsorship on the tour. Summer stands by and watches a blossoming connection between Marissa and Johnny and calls Ryan for support. Casey also takes note of the connection and her jealousy is evident. Ryan shows up and a surprised Marissa is confused and doesn't see the crush that Johnny has on her and plays it off as the two are just able to talk to each other. Her and Ryan get into a fight and she wanders back into the party. Later, Johnny convinces Marissa to call Ryan to find him and make up and when they head into one of the bedrooms the find Casey and Volchok making out. Johnny leaves immediately and Casey explains that is obvious to anyone to see that Johnny is falling in love with Marissa. Everyone is searching for Johnny and they find him confronting Volchok at the beach, before the can fights Ryan grabs Johnny and tells him to back off. Volchok makes a comment and Ryan punches him and they walk away.
Back at the lock-in, Seth is befriending Taylor after hearing her mother tear her down about her lack of popularity. Taylors attempts at making the lock-in a success are failing and Seth comes to her rescue with some not-so-fun games that he forces people to play and gets made fun of just as much as Taylor, but Seth can take it. There is an obvious new admiration for Seth. After all the drama at the beach, Marissa brings Summer to the lock-in and as she is pounding on the door, Taylor is on the other side pretending not to hear her, just so she can have a night with Seth to herself.