90210 Review: "Meet the Parent"

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Well, one out of three ain't bad.

After last week's episode, we were excited that 90210 was spicing up its storylines by adding a few villainous characters. Fast forward seven days, though, and only one made a real impact.

There was no Mark sighting on "Meet the Parent," and Liam's father skipped down before the opening credits even rolled. Let's start there: what a disappointment!

There was plenty of material to mine from this relationship, as I was hoping it would bring Liam's bad boy side out again. Instead, it ended abruptly and just made him an even more sympathetic figure, bringing him and Annie closer than ever before.

Does anyone want to see these two date or hook up? At this point, the show just centers on one relationship after another, never learning a valuable lesson: couples must actually remain together for a long period of time so viewers are invested in them.

Smooching Silver

In even more boring relationship news, there's Teddy and Silver. These two are simply chock full of cliches. Heck, Teddy actually uttered the line: "I thought winning today would make me happy, but when I won, I didn't have you."

We're shocked he didn't come out and say: You complete me.

I guess viewers were meant to be moved by Teddy's declaration of love for Silver, but were you, readers? How long have these two even been dating? The show is very bad at depicting timelines.

As for Teddy's father? A strict parent that discourages his child from dating because he wants him to focus on a grand life goal? Been there, done that, on about every other television show in history. Let's hope Spence Montgomery goes through with some truly devious plans to break these two up.

Seriously, the show needs something of actual importance or substance to happen. Quickly.

There were positives from "Meet the Parent," however. LOVE Dixon and Ivy together. These two have seen their relationship build and oscillate, from fake boyfriend/girlfriend, to friends, to quasi fighting, to truly getting to know each other. Because these are our favorite characters on 90210, it's great to see them together.

Also, let's give the episode credit: it took us off guard with Jen's double cross of Naomi. I really thought we'd be seeing Naomi take control of this sisterly feud. I didn't see Jen's plan coming and am excited to see how she impacts Naomi's life now as her source of money.

Side note: Did Naomi's personality seem over the line? When did she become such a selfish bitch to Liam? The show seems to not know how to write Naomi consistently, softening her up when it fits into storylines and then making her like this when it fits other storylines.

Adrianna and Navid? Snooze. The show is just spinning its wheels until these two are back together. Diego Boneta is nice to look at and all, but he's just a manufactued obstacle until Navid and Adrianna take their rightful place as the stable couple on the show. We'd rather see this happen sooner than later.

What did you think of the episode? Do you enjoy watching small relationship drama play out each week, or do you crave something more impactful to befall at least some of these characters? Weigh in now, as you sort through a few 90210 quotes from the week:

Naomi: Jen was pretty much slutting it up with any rich buy that looked in her direction. | permalink
Lila: Guess who.
Navid: Hilary Clinton.
Lila: Close.
Navid: Tila Tequila.
Lila: Closer. | permalink
Ryan: I got into a little tussle with this chili dog and I have to admit defeat. | permalink
Naomi: You don't want me to tell him what a big tramp you were.
Jen: Exactly. | permalink

Review

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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (24 Votes)

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hey i think liam and annie would be hott together just like kelly and dylan then it would be a kelly/brenda/dylan love triangle again and nioami would be brenda then annie would be kelly and liam is defiently the sexi dylan of the story line im routing for annie and liam and no pycho jasper which equal anothert emily if you were fans of the original you would get what im saying. :)

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Up until episode 18, I was loving the second season. 19 and 20 were very dissapointing. My biggest gripes are dropping the Gia/Ade storyline so abrubtly, and Annie's storyline.
With the first, it was doing an impecible job of showing viewers that sexuality is a fluid thing; with Silver's comment to Ade about sexuality in Ep 16 was probly the only thing I've heard where not defineing your sexuality didn't sound snobbish.
With the second, I adore Shenae Grimes. On season 7 of Degrassi she gave the most nuanced performance in the history of the show: when her previously stereotypical goody-goody christian character was roofied and raped during a field trip. In this season, i finally got to see that talent again. At the end of Ep 18, her dream said to me that just because Jasper is out of the picture, the crash will/can not go away. Turns out, it was just to create a link with Naomi; and will likely be used now as the last seconds of the season's "oh crap" cliffhanger moment.
The deteriration of her acting in recent episodes looks like it's because the writers are as confused as with what to do with Annie as Shenae is show to act her. P.S. Yeah, I think to much about this show. What can I say, Lori Laughlin is hot and Jessica Lowndes is the best thing since sliced bread.

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i will never watch this show again if they make annie & liam hook up! Annie is the worst character on the show! Why does Naomi's boyfriends always end up with Annie? ugh give me a break, the writers have issues with coming up with more creative story lines.

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wow your favourite character is Dixon? No wonder i never agree with your reviews...
I really enjoy Liam and Annie together, and I didnt think i would, but still, there was chemistry between them back in season 1, and it makes sense that they got closer, even though the homework excuse is ridiculous.
naomi's not answering to liam was really cliché
when is teddy leaving already? he has no fanbase, he's not a regular, and brings nothing new to the show, plus im in my last year of high school, and i dont look anyhting like him
navid and adrianna are not good as friends, but they are really boring appart, and i have really no interest in javier's storyline
cant wait to see what jen pulls off next, and jasper's return!

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I am so team Lannie now they have more to talk about then him just having sex with naomi.

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Liam/Annie would be the best couple on the show! I'm glad they they are becoming friends first though!

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Silver is unsufferable this season. How can someone go from being loser outcast, "alternative" and possibly intelligent to just plain popular bimbo weak girlfriend with a guy she has no chemistry with. She might possibly annoy me even more than Annie and Jen at this point! I hope Annie gets busted for the hit and run, then sent to prison for a few seasons so we don't have to see her. Her and Liam? No way, it's completely forced and not interesting (why does CW shows always try to pair every possible pairing within the show?). Ever since the broke up, I've really enjoyed Ade and Navid. Less drama and more substance, but the final scene was quite lame. Still, I'm excited for the rest of the season (yeah, even inspite all of that).

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i dont knw wht to say but i knw the end will b so painful to watch... i miss sixon so badly can anyone tell me abt teddy?? will he be the part of season 3 ?? i dont want him in future season... he ruin the whole show...

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OH MY GOD Please Please Please STOP just lay off 90210 its a brilliant show and it doesn't stupid gimmick's just BACK OFF

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I enjoy Navid and Ade, so I'm willing to sit through anything if they get scenes together. To answer someone's question, Adrianna was just an addict before with not much substance. She's since cleaned up her act and is maturing right in front of our eyes. It's nice. I think other people, like Liam, are in far more need of developing as individuals.

90210 Season 2 Episode 20 Quotes

My parents are going out tonight and I can't wait any longer to hang out with you.

Dixon [to Ivy]

Take five? That's like actual recording studio talk.

Adrianna

90210 Season 2 Episode 20 Music

  Song Artist
Song Down On The Floor Claire Hux
Vinyl Vinyl Brian Seymour iTunes
Can-you-tell Can You Tell Ra Ra Riot iTunes
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