Ryan wants to be less financially dependent on the Cohens and so he gets a job at the Crab Shack, where he meets Donnie, a fellow outsider with a connection to the past Ryan has recently left behind. His worlds collide when Donnie invites him and Seth to a party in the "old neighborhood."
Ryan is reluctant knowing the rough crowd that will attend, but Seth finds Donnie's anti-Newport style refreshing and is eager to see life outside the O.C. Additionally, armed with a paycheck and after some prodding from Seth, Ryan had finally worked up the courage to ask Marissa out.
Unfortunately, the date is the same night as the party Donnie has invited him and Seth to. Meanwhile, Sandy puts his true feelings for Jimmy aside and offers to assist him with his legal affairs now that the rest of the community has turned against him. (Summary courtesy of FOX)