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90210 recapping: it’s the great masquerade, naomi clark

Here is a Halloween Paradox to consider as we begin tonight’s exploration of the 90210 Masquerade episode: why is it that the girls of this show routinely wear barely a scrap of clothing for a coffee run, yet on the one night of the year that a typical girl sluts it up with minimal attire, the 90210 girls wear very covered-up and non-trashy costumes? I mean, Annie was a Disney princess—not a slutty princess! And Silver was a wiener—but not a sexual one! Adrianna was a jailbird—not a ho-bag! What is happening?! Halloween brings out strange and creepy behaviors in 90210-land.

  • Confessions of a Teenage Party Queen: It seems like practically every week Naomi must throw some insane Greek party without concern for budget. Oh wait, that is because that actually does happen every week. Once again, Naomi is faced with the excruciating challenge of being a college student solely to coordinate lavish parties that would make Kim Kardashian’s wedding seem understated. This time around, Naomi cannot fail in planning the perfect soiree for the campus Halloween bash since apparently their school somehow competes with other schools for best party to earn legit prize money (say whaaaaat?). Rather than deal with Holly as a Greek Council enemy, Naomi reaches out to seek Holly’s help in planning the event. The duo works pretty well together, coming up with ideas that seemed novel about 10 years ago on The Real World (i.e. video confessional booth and texting funny notes to a party screen). But then we find out “what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real.” Holly actually used the situation to set Naomi up by having her record a private confession to Austin about her genuine feelings, which Holly broadcasted to the college world. Naomi’s party may have backfired on her when Holly got the Dean to shut it down, but in the end Naomi got the guy—cowboy Austin—when he watched her confession of love.
  •  A Wiener in Need of Buns—and Brains: Silver dresses as a giant hot dog for Halloween, proving that “parents” of teenagers will always find ways to be embarrassing. Unfortunately, Navid’s “buns” cannot attend the party because he is too busy sticking his real buns where they don’t belong. Yup, Navid is still going along with the young cop’s plans to frame his uncle, and that means Navid needs to play along and prove his allegiance to Uncle Amal. Silver is ready to trust Navid again, thanks to a pep talk from her boss Brandy (i.e. politician Marissa), but Navid makes a show of banishing Silver in front of his dear Uncle. Not only does Silver lose her faith in Navid, but she gets a double whammy when she learns that Marissa actually uses paid actors for her campaign videos—GASP! Oh Silver, please go to college and learn how the world works.
  • fABulous: Poor Liam, his abs are just so perfect that girls from miles around come to gawk at him and pet him and giggle at him…OK, so it is annoying. Liam’s abs are causing a stir, but you know our boy Liam—he just doesn’t want the attention, dude. Austin, on the other hand, does want it! Badly! Actually, it is a little disturbing just how badly Austin wants girls to touch his abs. Anyways, Ade continues to try to act like the good guardian angel and offers Liam the careful advice of…uhhh…sell out for mad money! But, oh, just don’t let the fame go to your head and F**k up your life like I did, but other than that, just have, like, a blast with it and pimp yourself! Awww thanks for the heartfelt advice, Ade! Liam goes ahead and reveals his face for the ad campaign. He doesn’t waste a single second putting his new money to use—he immediately buys a motorcycle and admires his beautiful billboard! Even Liam swoons over his own abs.
  • A Barrel of Creepiness: The Annie-Patrick “Pretty Woman” relationship continues to creep me out. Not only do we have the fact that it began as a paid escort situation, and the fact that there is a very significant age difference only made worse thanks to Annie’s immaturity, but now we are seeing some disturbing ownership-like behavior on Patrick’s part. He sends her clothing and arranges their plans while telling her exactly where to be and when. When she claims to have super important other plans—like researching celebrity bloggers for a class project and attending a masquerade party—he arranges to have Perez Hilton just stop by to help free up her schedule. I was quite proud of ‘Pretty Stupid Woman’ Annie for holding her ground and not just giving in to Patrick’s red-flag relationship behavior. But then I grew majorly concerned when he showed up the college party dressed in nothing but a barrel and texting her a public apology for treating her “like a princess.” Oh Annie, can you not see how this is going to end so badly for you? I guess not, because you leapt into his barrel with open arms. Watch out for those splinters.
  • Quality Bond(age) Time: I cannot imagine a crueler punishment than being handcuffed to Adrianna for 24 hours. If that didn’t scare Dixon straight into stopping his ADD pill addiction, I don’t know what will. As previously mentioned, Ade is still on a mission to make amends for her previous season grievances by offering concern and counsel to her boys—Liam and Dixon. In Dixon’s case, she seems to be the only one who recognizes signs of drug abuse. What’s a good friend to do? Why break into your friend’s house and wait to confront him in an after-school special moment, of course! And when that fails, handcuff yourself to him for 24 hours to make him prove he doesn’t have a problem. Then, to really torture him, insist that you go to a Halloween party in a couples costume of cop and robber. Dixon makes it through the 24 hours—just barely—and I am barely convinced that he wasn’t sweating and experiencing withdrawal symptoms simply from the trauma of being chained to Ade. Nevertheless, upon a few moments of freedom, he finds his math nerds at the party and scores more pills, while in his cop uniform which is nice irony.
  • Ivy was there: Ivy still doesn’t have anything to do other than pretend like she matters. That and take photos of her own friends to insert Raj into the pictures. We all know that they are saving Ivy’s acting juices for when Raj hits the end. And who will be there to pick up the pieces of Ivy? Why cutie photographer Nick! Just one question: what was Ivy’s costume supposed to be?

I continue to enjoy the show’s absurd and amusing story lines. Before signing off for the night, I do want to give a shout out to my favorite moment. I loved when the random guy at the bar got Adrianna as his waitress and asked to try a new drink: a Has-been Pop Star! Ha, this just proves that the show can take itself lightly and have fun with itself.

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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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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