If everyone's love life wasn't fraught with drama, it wouldn't be The OC. Alex's ex comes to town, Lindsay tries to hang with Marissa, and the 'rents continue to mix business and family cuz that ALWAYS ends so well.
What is Seth's deal these days? Alex, clearly the mature one, was hesitant to date him in the first place and doesn't want any kiddie drama. So of course Seth goes and acts like a jilted 10th grade girl when her ex comes to town. Alex wants an open adult relationship, Seth wants her to hold his hand during the Valentine's dance and swear her undying loyalty to him. Clearly this is not going to work out.
Ryan freaks out and acts like a gross controlling boyfriend when Marissa gets Lindsay drunk. Woah there, guy. Yes, you're adorable with your bad boy leather bracelet, but when you start screaming at the laydeez it really sets off some alarm bells. Chill. Lucky for you you're cute when you apologize.
The best part of the episode was easily when Ryan walks Lindsay to the beach in an attempt to sober her, then leaves her sitting drunk and alone under the pier, late at night. Is he TRYING to get her stabbed to death by crackheads? Then, of course, they pull the old "did she drown? Nope she just went to get french fries" switcharoo. Classic.
Fun episode! Closing thoughts: I know a lot of people hate on Lindsay, but I'll just say that literally anyone is better for Ryan than Marissa. Lindsay's type A annoyingness is sooo much better than Marissa's 'woe is me, guess I'll just get drunk'-itude. On to the next episode!