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Taylor and Ryan finally say those three words to each other, but did they both mean it? Summer challenges Seth to find something he's passionate about. Kirsten, for the first time in her life, has a realization about what Newport is really all about. Meanwhile, Kaitlin continues to attempt to break up her mother's relationship with Frank, but Julie begins to notice Kaitlin's efforts and ends up making a change. As the night comes to a close, Newport is shaken up by an earthquake.
Sandy: Morning. Hey, are you all right?
Ryan: Yeah, it's just a cramp.
Sandy: How far did you go?
Ryan: Umm, nine, ten miles.
Sandy: Ooh, wouldn't it be easier if you just said "Sandy, there's something bothering me, can you give me some advice?"
Ryan: Yes it would, but where's the fun in that?
Summer: Okay, so you want to get Ryan to tell you that he wants you to go to Berkeley without knowing that you already got into Berkeley?
Summer: And how are you going to do that?
Taylor: Easy, I just need to get him to tell me that he loves me.
Summer: Uh huh. Ryan talking about his feelings, now that would be an Earth-shattering event.
(Ryan's carrying a drunk Taylor up to her room)
Taylor: I don't understand how you're not drunk.
Ryan: Oh, it's the Atwood genes. We're built to withstand massive quantities of alcohol.
Frank: Your mother doesn't think I'm boring.
Kaitlin: Well, that's because you're sleeping with her.
Frank: Can you not say that sort of thing?
Kaitlin: Well, what do you want me to say? I mean is it true in prison on your first day you learn how to make someone your bitch?
Taylor: I don't know what to say.
Ryan: That's a first.
Summer: I just assumed you guys have been together for a while and you seem pretty happy and thought why wouldn't you have said I love you. I have an idea. Why don't you?
Summer: For her birthday! You should because the book of poems is awesome but add that special little I love you, as a girl, I don't know. Me personally, I get chills.
Ryan: Does Taylor expect me to tell her that I love her on her birthday?
Summer: What? No. I don't know. I gotta go.