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The Model Home 

When his mother disappears and faced with the prospect of life in a group home, Ryan decides to run away from Newport, but Seth and Marissa convince him to stay and hide in a vacant ... See full summary »

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When his mother disappears and faced with the prospect of life in a group home, Ryan decides to run away from Newport, but Seth and Marissa convince him to stay and hide in a vacant building project. Meanwhile, Jimmy discusses his recent financial woes with Kirsten, and she offers a solution. After the jealous Luke witnesses a close encounter between Marissa and Ryan, he confronts Ryan and a fight breaks loose in the house where their quarrel accidentally starts a fire. Ryan nearly dies in the flames, until surprisingly Luke returns and saves Ryan's life, which unfortunately reveals Ryan's continuing presence in Newport leading to both him and Luke getting arrested for arson. Written by Anonymous

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When Marissa, Ryan, and Seth are driving to the Model Home in Marissa's car, they are listening to the song 'I'm a Terrible Person' by 'Rooney'. In a future episode the gang will attend a Rooney concert. See more »

Goofs

The Lakers/Pistons NBA final year of 1988 was correctly claimed by the character of Jimmy Cooper. However "1986" is clearly dubbed, which is the incorrect year. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: [laughs insincerely] You know what I like about rich kids?
[punches Luke]
Ryan: Nothing!
Seth: That was awesome!
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Spoofs Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Brand New Jones
Written by Robin Thicke
Performed by Robin Thicke (as Thicke)
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Good friends, amazing life.
6 April 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In The Model Home, Ryan is taken to Seth's housing developments in an option to keep Ryan around but so that he doesn't have to lose his best friend. Marissa catches wind of their plan and tags along. It's really a great friendship episode as we can watch Seth belittle Marissa but still show compassion for her in the end.

Ryan is developed and we learn a little more about Marissa and Jimmy. We are revealed about Jimmy's secret and Marissa and Ryan begin to connect on a romantic level, while Seth still pines over Summer. Kirsten is trying to understand Sandy's need to play Dad for Ryan. It's got a lot of emotion in the episode, mixed with unanticipated amounts of dangerous drama.


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