90210 recapping: party politics

[Editor’s note: This week’s recap was written by Jeni’s friend Karyn for Show and Tell. Aside from this substitution (an example of superior friendship skills btw!) it’s still the same great recappery you’ve come to know and love. –Nicole]

As you may have noticed, I am not Jeni.  I am, however, a huge fan of 90210 (did I really just admit that?) so I will try my best to fill Jeni’s shoes while she is out of town on business travel.  So let’s get down to business and dive into some “Party Politics!”

  • 2 Guys and a Girl…and Ade: Jim is alive!  To echo what Jeni has already said, I’m still not sure why we are supposed to concern ourselves with these characters (has anyone else noticed that their names are Jane and Jim?) but I guess it is a big deal when someone who is supposedly dead comes back to say hello.  After Jim promises to leave town, and after Ade promises not to tell Liam about Jim’s return, Jim shows up at the bar and Liam could not have shown any less emotion when declaring, “you’re alive.”  Thanks Liam.  They proceed to take a long walk on the beach and Jim leads them to believe that he is in the dark about their little romance and Liam and Jane agree that it’s best not to let him in on the “secret.”  But after Ade exposes Jim (shocker) in his lie to Liam, Liam gets all fired up and engages Jim in an amazingly choreographed fight…and it isn’t until Jane gets pushed into a wall and Liam blurts out that she’s pregnant that the boys seem to come to their senses.  They decide to put their boyish ways behind them and Jim basically offers his wife to Liam, because yes, after a month long fling it seems really plausible that Jane loves Liam more than her dead husband.  Liam, being the good guy that he is, is happy to have his friend back and agrees to let Jane go.  Isn’t he supposed to be recovering from his rejected proposal (both of them) from Annie? 
  • Love Triangle: Naomi has the hots for Austin, but won’t admit it.  Austin has the hots for Naomi, and finally does admit it.  And then there’s poor Max who is totally clueless.  He’s just happy to be helping his girlfriend with the ‘get out the vote’ campaign.  So at the Strip to Vote party, which included none other than Cobra Starship as the musical guest and Brandy (yes, Brandy, aka Moesha) as a politician, Max catches Naomi and Austin half naked about to kiss in the back of an overheated van.  I will gloss over the absurdity of this entire party because it’s just so ridiculous and will skip to the part where Naomi comes clean about having slept with Austin before Max’s return.  I know that Max was out of the picture when Naomi and Austin got together that one time, but it seems to me that Max was incredibly understanding when he found his girlfriend about to get it on with the hot cowboy.  I’m not sure how this love triangle will progress in the future, but I’m excited to find out!
  • Teddy is Back!: I must say that I’m sad that Trevor Donovan is no longer a series regular because he’s probably my favorite character these days.  After being mysteriously gone for 3 episodes, er excuse me, playing tennis in Barcelona, he returns to our favorite zip code without having ever received a return phone call from his father.  However, his politician uncle seems to be welcoming him with open arms.  It’s later revealed that said uncle is a well known homophobe and, according to Teddy’s summer fling who randomly shows up in Cali to support Brandy in her campaign efforts, he’s just using Teddy.  I’m not sure how many more episodes Teddy is scheduled to appear in, but this is an interesting story line to start knowing that he’s not a regular.  In true 90210 fashion, it will probably be wrapped up in 2 weeks.
  • Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s an Escort: Acting as the mature college freshmen that they are, Navid and Silver take it upon themselves to essentially confine Leila to house arrest.  Oh, by the way, Leila has returned from where ever she was the last episode.  Anyhow, the two ‘parents’ really want some alone time together and decide that it’s ok for the grounded Leila to go out with the babysitter, Annie, to dinner with some friends.  Leila is no fool and she soon discovers Annie’s little PG secret, promising not to tell as long as she can get a cut on the action.  Meanwhile, Silver discovers Navid’s dirty money, confronts him on it, and then tells him she can’t be with him if he doesn’t come clean.  I get why she’s upset and I get why he can’t confess.  What I don’t get is why the writers are messing with this relationship.  It seems like the one love story that is actually believable and I hope they don’t break them up for good.  As a side note, I suppose I should mention that Silver is now tasked with making campaign videos for Brandy.

Dixon and Ivy get honorable mentions for appearing in this episode, but not offering much.  Although I do appreciate Ivy and Naomi’s dynamic.  But it seems like these two characters will get their screen time next week, where it looks like we are headed down a dark path.

What did you think of tonight’s Party Politics?  Do you think Naomi will choose Max or Austin?  Will Annie’s secret be exposed?  And will Jim and Jane just go away already?

Jeni is a valley girl at heart has always been an avid TV watcher and shown a passion for arts and entertainment. She enjoys offering her unique critique (and wit!) on pretty much everything in life, including her beloved shows, over at Show and Tell.

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