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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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90210 recapping: rush hour

[Editor’s note: Starting this week, we’ll be featuring 90210 recaps by Jeni from Show and Tell. Make sure to check out last week’s season four premiere episode Up in Smoke recap and all of her other awesomery –Nicole]

90210 Recap – Season 4, Episode 2
Rush Hour 

“Rush Hour” was another guilty hour of 90210 television viewing. I learned many valuable lessons, such as: the dangers of dining with a pig; how much money it takes to open a tattoo parlor in New Mexico; that you shouldn’t trust boys without their wallets; and most importantly, that the Jessie Spano Law of Addiction is true with caffeine pills or ADHD medication. So, let’s dive into this episode as quickly as Liam did into a relationship with the widow of his fishing buddy.

  • Sister Act: Naomi and Annie decide to pledge the best sorority in all the land, Kappa (read: the bitchiest). Too bad for Naomi, her busted house party somehow—and seriously don’t ask me how because this made no sense—got the entire campus in trouble (huuuh?). Now nobody in all of Mayberry, err, California University, likes her. Naomi thinks her luck has changed when the Kappa president takes her under her wing to complete the pledge “trials.” We’ll look past the fact that this is just so not how sorority rush happens, and instead focus on the absurdity of these trials—from Annie kissing a statue to Naomi having to host a romantic dinner with a pig. This entire storyline was lame until Annie got inducted while Naomi was told that all her pledging was for nothing! The sorority president was just trying to get back at her for purchasing the Kappa dream house. Naomi is livid, and I am excited for the sequel to this ‘sister act’…Sister Act 2: Back at the Kappas, those bitches!
  • Little Orphan Annie: Looks like the sun won’t come out tomorrow for poor little Annie, but her own stupidity and gullibility are to blame. Random side note—remember how she killed that homeless man in season one? Anyways, per usual she blabs way too much to her cute coffee boy who she met at that old-school registration process (Did they even really register for classes? Because there has been no evidence that classes even happen at CU). She tells him all about her great friend Marla, who she only knew a matter of weeks, but who was suicidal. So instead of seeking professional help for Marla, Annie just showed her a good time before she killed herself and then got word that Marla left her the estate! As Annie skips merrily to her lawyer’s office to collect her loot, it seemed obvious (to everyone but Annie) that she was about to have her Daddy Warbucks dreams dashed. Sure enough, Jeremy is Marla’s grandson and is now more determined than ever to keep his family money from going to Annie. I guess that’s what she gets for buying his cup of coffee earlier in the episode. And for not better helping Marla. And belatedly for killing a homeless man.
  • A Tweet for Help: The uber-obnoxious Leila ran away last week because old-timers Navid and Silver were, like, totally cramping her style. Silver puts her Nancy Drew sleuthing skills to use and quickly sees that Leila has been tweeting “I heart Bieber,” so she must be OK somewhere (I beg to differ, this is clearly a sign of trauma). They eventually get a video text from her, and Leila once again gives Annie a run for her money in the stupidity and bad acting department. In this video message, Leila pretends to be kidnapped and cries out a plea for $50K in ransom. It doesn’t take Silver and Navid too long to track down her whereabouts thanks to Ade figuring it out—it takes a psycho to know a psycho. If I were Navid, I wouldn’t have bothered—the girl has GOT to GO. But, alas, he chases down his sister and discovers she is actually trying to run away with her older boyfriend to open a tattoo parlor in New Mexico. Now the boyfriend wants $75K from Navid to stay away from Leila.  I wish Navid had settled for paying $50K and not seeing Leila anymore—we all would have been better off. Anyways, being a good brother and all, he gets the money from his super creepy uncle. I smell some kind of criminal future for poor Navid thanks to ‘owing’ his uncle.
  • Two and a Half (Wo)men: Dixon and his new Malibu roomie—cowboy Austin—are having trouble getting rid of their third unwanted roommate…a pathetic Adrianna who doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of a one-night-stand. She begins to overstay her welcome by trying to cook pancakes without any ingredients and purchase furniture. By far the best line of the night and why I have new respect for Austin was when he muttered under his breath, “At least somebody is,” when Ade mentions Dixon is out of the house. Ade finally starts to get the picture and leaves on her own free will, but first she butters up Dixon with compliments in an effort to re-make friends. He takes pity on her and tells her she should get a job at Liam’s new bar. Then, Dixon takes something far more dangerous, and it is not the drug enthusiasm! Dixon has to pull an all-nighter to prepare music for some DJ Juice guy and he can’t cut it. Austin offers him some ADHD pills and, despite rejecting them at first, we all knew Dixon would give in. Which means I have now caught Dixon’s enthusiasm because we have a Jessie Spano-hooked-on-caffeine-pills breakdown headed our way, folks!
  • Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name: But they’re not always glad you came (we’re lookin’ at you Ade). Liam is busying himself setting up his new bar…and if you ask me, buying a beach front bar in L.A. for only $25K is the steal of the century. Liam is reluctant to give Adrianna a job because, well, everybody hates her. But then she works her way into his graces by her lecture on facing guilt. You see, this woman Jane has just arrived from Liam’s summer adventures. Apparently, Jane’s husband was killed in a boating accident that was supposed to be Liam’s shift. Honestly—I already lost interest in this storyline and I have no clue why we are supposed to care. Liam was so moved by Ade’s speech that he wasted no time in moving in on Jane. Again…I care because?

And so the beginnings of our season four journey continue, and I am pumped with Dixon’s enthusiasm for next week!

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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