Marissa struggles with attending new public high school Newport Union, and her new friends, Johnny; his girlfriend Cassey; and their nerd friend Chili, all of whom make Ryan slightly jealous. Meanwhile, Charlotte's ruse is up when she learns that Kirsten did not inherit any money from Caleb. But Charlotte's con-artist boyfriend, Glen, forces her to go ahead with their scam to rip off Kristen anyway. Julie's mansion get repossessed, leaving her with nothing but a broken heart. Also, Taylor sets into motion a crafty power play in planning Harbor High's Homecoming Dance in which she successfully dethrones Summer as the school committee chairman by tricking her into admitting to Dean Hess a misdeed with Seth. Later, Summer learns an interesting secret about Taylor and Dean Hess and why he is going around punishing and suspending everyone that Taylor dislikes...