As understanding lawyers go, Sandy is pretty good. Taking Ryan in when he has nowhere to go, Sandy can afford to live in The O.C. thanks to the high income his wife Kirsten is on. (he makes less than $100,000 a year. Not that that's nothing of course). Sandy enjoys surfing and does not enjoy the many functions organised by Kirsten. He realises there is a whole world outside The O.C. rather than the little cacoon that everyone else seems to live in.