It's tough running a male prostitution ring when your business partner still thinks it's merely a dating service. That's where we find Julie in Episode 8 of "The O.C.," when both Kirsten and Bullitt offer to help her keep the books. Feeling in over her head, she and Bullitt's son, Spencer, come up with another solution: They'll burn the evidence and extract themselves from the whoring business once and for all. That is, after they clean up from their New Year's bookings.
Meanwhile, Seth is in the kitchen with Sandy, mulling over a problem of his own: He has made absolutely no plans for New Year's, and Summer isn't happy about it. So, he just decides to tag along with Ryan, who's planning to surprise Taylor with a trip to Las Vegas.
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At home, Taylor is packing for her Vegas trip, and suddenly her eyes dart nervously from a box of tampons to her calendar. Could she be late? No, it's just the ever-nosy Taylor remembering when Summer's last period was. Summer admits there might have been an unprotected night with Seth, and the two decide to bring a pregnancy test along on the trip.
In the car, Taylor is acting weird, so when Seth spots the test, he assumes it's Taylor's. They stop for gas, and Seth asks Ryan if he's sure that he hasn't slept with Taylor. Of course, Seth answers, so when he hears about the test, he assumes Taylor must be sleeping around. Meanwhile, the girls overtake an innocent gas-station bathroom with some serious Newport Beach melodrama. When a hyperventilating Summer can't stand to look at the results, Taylor tosses the test in her purse, only to have the bag stolen by a young woman dressed like an alien.
Soon, a moderate-speed chase ensues, and the boys are in hot pursuit of what they think is Taylor's pregnancy test. The foursome ultimately ends up at a rave where—OMG!—everyone is dressed like an alien, which makes the purse-snatching martian very tough to locate. Taylor is upset that Ryan thinks she slept around, so she wanders off. Later, Ryan is upset to find Taylor drinking, to which she snaps: "Why? Because I might be pregnant with my whore baby?" Finally, Summer reveals the truth to Seth: that the test was actually hers. The girls get in the car to drive home and the boys hitch a ride with some ravers.
Meanwhile, back at Bullitt's New Year's Eve party, Kaitlin finds a new father figure in the Texan. Bullitt has hired a guy named Frank (yes, that is Kevin Sorbo of TV's "Hercules") to put Julie's books in order. Frank approaches Julie at the bash and seems puzzled that she's still calling NewMatch a dating service. He tells her that if she wants him to keep quiet, she should come up to his hotel room later. She does, but he just wants to talk. Seems that Frank has some demons in his past, and Sandy thinks he looks vexingly familiar. As Julie and Frank chat, we see Sandy pulling up files on him, and then, Frank tells Julie who he really is: Ryan's real father. Whoa.
And that's not the only juicy shocker in this episode. When the foursome returns to Newport Beach, Taylor invites Ryan into her bed for "everything but," while Seth and Summer deliberate over the pregnancy test. Before they can look at the results, Seth proposes to Summer with an eyeball ring he took from one of the ravers. She hesitantly says yes; after all, it's highly probable that she's pregnant. But lo and behold, the test is negative, and suddenly that whole proposal thing is left hanging awkwardly in the air.
Tune in to see what happens next when "The O.C." returns Jan. 4!
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