90210 Review: "Sweaty Palms and Weak Knees"

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After returning from my honeymoon, I was hoping to tune in to a welcoming, enjoyable episode of 90210.

But "Sweaty Palms and Weak Knees" was NOT it. Here's why: It moved plots and characters along far too quickly, while also tossing around far many silly, illogical developments. Need a case in point:

Concerned about Jasper, Annie rushes over to his room, spots a photograph of her with the Hollywood sign in the background - and somehow discerns that must be where he's at?!? Considering the structure is only 45 feet high (thanks, Wikipedia!), seems like an unusual place for a suicide attempt.

At least this relationship seemed to finally come to an end this week, as Annie did give an intelligent, mature speech to the broken-legged Jasper. That was nice to see. But was anyone else dismayed and annoyed by the entire way this storyline played out?

Considering the supposed stakes of Annie's hit-and-run being revealed to the world (which will clearly still happen when someone reads the letter she accidentally saved last week), there was a lack of drama and direction to anything related to Jasper. He actually seemed like a solid, loving boyfriend for awhile, and it took far too long for the uncle card to be played. Many viewers likely forgot he was even related to the guy Annie hit.

Good riddance, dude.

Girl-on-Girl Kiss

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We do have to give some props to the series for slowing building up the Gia and Adrianna romance, though.

While most shows are clearly going for a ratings stunt any time girls make out, these two are truly falling for each other. It even seems natural, given Adrianna's shady past with men (not including you, Navid. But where were you this week, buddy?). Bravo!

Along similar (yet divergent) lines, we wish the show would give Dixon and Ivy more time to develop. I actually wrote awhile ago that it would be great to see this pair hook up, and I like the idea of fake dating to get them there. But let's be realistic: Dixon and Ivy are around their friends ALL the time. Could they sell the fact they are on a first date? Sure.

But there's simply no way Teddy, Silver, Liam and company would believe the duo are instantly a full-fledged couple, with nicknames and everything. It's this sort of rushed storytelling that often gets in the way of 90210 becoming a consistently great show. Do you agree?

Speaking of rushed storytelling: Ivy's mother heard Adrianna sing a few songs and instantly wants to sign her?!? Again, why not give this a few episodes, have Adrianna develop true friendships with her band mates and then throw her into this awkward situation? You've been renewed for a third season, 90210. Breathe. Take your time with things.

If I'm being too harsh, allow me to list a few things I enjoyed about "Sweaty Palms and Weak Knees." For instance:

  • Ivy's laid back, fun-loving mother. She seems cool, and like an interesting companion for Ryan. Certainly better than Jen. She also gives more depth to Ivy.
  • The sexual harassment storyline. Not because it's particularly riveting, but last week Liam tied it into both their mothers acting as weak pawns in the face of cheating spouses. Always nice to see storylines merge and to see them used to bring a couple closer.
  • Was Debbie off banging the Yoga instructor? Would you blame her if so? Dude is smokin, and flexible!
  • Dixon's gambling problem. Sure, the original show did it with Brandon Walsh. But it makes me happy any time basketball plays a key role in a conversation.

What did you think of the episode? We've listed our favorite 90210 quotes from it below:

Teddy: I know how cute you look when you're angry.
Silver: I hate you.
Teddy: No you don't. I know you. | permalink
Teddy: What's the word?
Ivy: The word is that I got a great guy. | permalink
Adrianna: I'm still trying to figure this thing out.
Gia: Step one: stop calling it "this thing." | permalink
Dixon: One time I bought her a leather bracelet and she accused me of being insensitive to cow feelings. Cow feelings! | permalink
Ivy: Dixon, why do you know Silver's Facebook status? | permalink


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hiii everybody i know i probs shouldnt post here but im laylanii im 12 years old and im lookin for a job as a singer or a posision in some type of musical i thought thhis lookzzz ine=teresting i will grabe a closer look now tooodlesxxx


Am I the only person that hated Adrianna's performance on stage. She acted as if she was performing in her living room in front of some friend and family. The music and performance was so sub-par that it was hard to believe that people stayed to watched the entire set, unless they were paid or high. I'm going to guess both. I really disliked the last song Adrianna sang, it was so stupid, especially with the hand gestures.


thank you very much... now i have the title but is impossible to find the song, lol


Nikki And Rich - Wop (How I Know)


I everybody, i need your help.... can anyone tell me which are the songs that Adrianna sang?
thank you all


As of late the show has been sucking again. Best episode? Yeah, bleeping right. It was a crappy episode, and so was last week's. If they don't get it together next week I'll be dumping this show.


i completely changed my mind this season, if last year i was only hoping for shenae's character to get killed off, this year it's the only storyline i really look forward to. sure, i love the show and im always interested in what will happen(btw is it just me or McCord's and Steger's acting has improved SO much?)but this episode wasnt that much fun to watch. definetely getting bored by the silver-teddy storyline, not sure about the gia-adrianna thing because of the spanish boy who'll come around. annoyed by the assault storyline...so déjà vu and we all know how that is going to end(liam and annie anyone?). i still liked the episode because it's 90210, but if i hadnt seen a show in a while, that wouldnt make me come back next week, luckily i've never missed an episode


ok i loved tonights episode it was awesome :))


I read somewhere that 90210 bought 2 of Jessica Lowndes' songs. They are called "Stamp of love" and "Haven't been drinking". But I don't know if these were the songs featured in this episode. And I haven't found them anywhere.


actually Dixon and Ivy know each other well enough as they have been friends almost as long as she has with Liam. They already showed their playful side when they were planning to bring Jen down. I think it is moving at a smooth pace. Hopefully they are given 1 more episode before anyone goes confessing feelings. Adrianna and Gia thing is whatever. I hated how Gia threw a tantrum about Ade not wanting to kiss her in front of the bandmates. Shouldn't she be understanding Teddy Silver moments are always boring to watch Loving the sexual assault thing.

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90210 Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

Silver: I got a haircut.
Teddy: Like a hair cut? A single hair?

You are noting like Jen, and if you were, I wouldn't be with you.


90210 Season 2 Episode 17 Music

  Song Artist
Actionreaction Action/Reaction Choir of Young Believers iTunes
Dancehall Dancehall Sean Bones iTunes
Employee of the month Employee of the Month The Anomalies iTunes