When Ryan Atwood (series star BENJAMIN Mc KENZIE) was taken in from the streets of Chino by then public defender Sandy Cohen (series star PETER GALLAGHER), the Cohens had no idea how Ryan's arrival would affect them and those around them.
Next up, Seth MEGA CREEPS (there is seriously no other way to describe his approach) up to Zach. Then, some random kid sits down on the couch and Seth gives him major crazy eyes. Lindsay finds Ryan at his locker and tells him about the Big Adoption Plans. 13 year old me always found her whiny and bratty and annoying. I just wanted to get that out of the way in case it clouds the way I recap her.
He casually (not really) tries to get Zach to confirm or deny that him and Summer slept together. Ryan points out that it’s fast and that having Julie as an enemy won’t be fun, but Lindsay says it’s a dream come true and so he tries to be supportive, like a good boyfriend.
Ryan and his brother are arrested for grand theft auto, but Ryan's idealistic public defender, Sandy Cohen, recognizes Ryan's intelligence and offers him a way out.
When Ryan's alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend kick him out, Ryan has no choice but to call Sandy.
( Samantha: *belts out* CAAAAALIFOOOOORNIAAAAAA HERE WE COOOOOOOME!