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The Rescue is the eighth episode of season one which aired October 29, 2003.


Julie blames Ryan for Marissa's incident and tells him to stay away. Sandy starts his new job, and Kirsten is displeased with his new coworker, Rachel. Ryan must take a placement test to determine his enrollment at The Harbor School. Julie tries to get Marissa to see a therapist in San Diego, contrary to what Jimmy and Marissa want.


The Cohen family are all sitting in the kitchen in silence. Kirsten tries to get everyone to eat, saying they won't hear from the hospital for a while, so to go get dressed and the phone rings. They arrive at the hospital and Jimmy is with Marissa. He thanks Ryan for finding her and calling the hospital and says she needs to stay at the hospital for another day. Julie arrives and asks why the Cohens are there. Jimmy explains he called them and Julie says Marissa needs to be with just her family, glaring at Ryan. They leave and Sandy tells Ryan to ignore Julie. Julie then calls after them and asks to speak with Ryan. She says that since he's arrived he's caused nothing but problems for Marissa and that it's his fault that she almost died. He says he'd never hurt Marissa and Julie tells him that if he ever comes near her again she'll get him thrown back into prison.

Seth and Ryan arrive at school and Seth shows him around. Rachel shows Sandy around his new workplace and he echoes Ryan's sentiments from earlier. Kirsten and Ryan are waiting to talk to the Dean to get him into the school, but Ryan is really nervous. Sandy tries to wrap him mind around his new job. The Dean dismisses Ryan based on his past, but Kirsten claims that pressure from the other parents is what's keeping him out. Ryan states that he can't change where he's from but that he can decide where he's going and to give him a shot. The Dean states if he passes the entrance tests he can join.