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When the gang receives their college acceptance and rejection letters, everyone must decide which path they want to take. Sandy and Kirsten become concerned about the decision that Ryan and Sadie come to. The letters lead Marissa and Summer work on patching up their friendship while Taylor decides to throw a College Sweatshirt Party to celebrate the letters arriving. Meanwhile, the toll that Sandy's job is taking on him begins to strain the Cohen household.
Ratings: 5.03 million viewers
This episode marks the final appearance of Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell).
(in the kitchen, Seth has his parka on)
Seth: All this time I thought getting into college would make things so much easier.
Ryan: Yeah. Not gonna happen.
Seth: There's a cold front coming through.
Taylor: Summer, getting a man is like capturing a wily silverback gorilla in the Ugandan highlands. You see, nature is telling that gorilla to stay in the wild. But you and I know that that gorilla would be much happier back in the zoo on a normal feeding schedule. But sometimes he's just got to roar and beat his chest before you shoot him with a tranq dart.
Summer: So what you're saying is he's trying to exert his gorilla independence.
Ryan: Seth, uh, I gotta ask. Did you really get into Brown?
Seth: Did I get into—? Ryan, now who's smoking pot. Listen to me: the only class that I've ever gotten less than an A in is gym. My essay on the loneliness of being Superman made Mrs. Rushfield cry. So of course I ... how could I not get in?
Ryan: Everything okay?
Seth: Yeah. No. It's just that if she sees me she'll dress me like a Timberland Barbie.
Taylor: Have any of you seen Marissa?
Summer: Well if you count "pass the milk" and "don’t be so scanky".
Summer: Remember when the boys made us watch that movie about the gay guys on the mountain?
Marissa: Lord of the Rings?
Episode Title: The Day After Tomorrow
The episode title comes from the 2004 movie, also entitled The Day After Tomorrow. In the movie, the Earth is hit with several weather phenomena at one, and a man must save his son from a tidal wave, that covers the northern United States then freezes.
When Summer asks Ryan if he has seen Seth, she refers to Seth as Skeletor. This is a reference to the fictional character and arch-enemy of He-Man in the toy, cartoon, and comic book series Masters of the Universe. Skeletor is portrayed as a blue-skinned, skull-faced warlord.
When Taylor complains about how Marissa decided to go all Last Exit to Brooklyn for not showing up for the sweatshirt bonfire preparations, she is referring to the 1964 novel by American author Hubert Selby Jr. Last Exit to Brooklyn tells the story of lower class Brooklyn in the late 1950's.