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90210 Review: Secrets and Scars Exposed!

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Secrets were exposed on this week's episode of 90210. And while a couple pieces of information were leaked in a lazy manner, "How Much is That Liam in the Window" did a solid job opening up doors of potential intrigue between characters.

Let's start with my favorite storyline on the show: Adrianna and her career. Everything about this plot feels fresh and relevant, as one can easily imagine the dilemmas faced by burgeoning young artists these days.

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Adrianna references Lady Gaga and Katy Perry as singers that have posed provocatively, but Miley Cyrus is probably a better example. Many critics have taken issue with the racy lengths she has gone to since releasing her latest album, but it's true that most musicians need to stand out in some way in order to make it - and this standing often involved very little clothing.

It makes sense that Navid would object to that, and it also make sense that Adrianna would be willing to make a few moral sacrifices in order to see her dream come true. It's always a good sign when you can understand where both sides of a relationships are coming from.

This is a stark contrast to Annie and Charlie, of course. Seriously, did Shenae Grimes lose a bet or something? How is she constantly involved in the lamest storylines on the show?

I find it hard to believe a supposed theater buff such as Annie would have such a reaction to seeing Charlie's play, or would think that a writer who pens such material is automatically a psychopath. Quentin Tarantino must have been very offended watching that scene.

Then, Annie realizes that Charlie is actually a nice guy because he handles a situation well with a stranger on whom he spilled a drink?!? It's simply very dumb and very boring stuff - although I am intrigued by the scar discoveries on both his and Liam's back.

Oscar, Ivy and Laurel

As for Oscar's grand plan to destroy Laurel's family? Eh. Did it really feel so grand? This guy's mother turned to drugs and alcohol, and eventually died, as a result of Laurel's actions... and his long-simmering scheme was simply to sleep with mother and daughter?

It was difficult to get on board with this storyline from the beginning because I never bought the idea of Ivy as a virgin. From the moment she showed up on 90210, she was all over Liam and the two of them casually hooked up in his basement for weeks.

Finally, we get to Naomi and the exposing of her rape to Jen and Ryan. I found it lazy that both this secret and Adrianna's secret were leaked in the same manner: via eavesdropping through some kind of technology. But that's not a major complaint.

It was nice to see Jen react with such concern over her sister, as the one positive to this incident could at least be these siblings getting close again. It's also welcome to see Ryan having to revisit his formerly drunken ways in order to do what's right and come forward.

I must acknowledge the awful writing, however: "I don't want anyone else to knows that Mr. Cannon raped me," Naomi told Silver. No one talks this way in real life to someone who already know what the topic of the conversation is.

Overall, a decent episode that furthered every storyline with the exception of Teddy. Where was he all hour? Hooking up with guys? We encourage fans to head over to our 90210 forum and sound off now, especially focusing on the most important question of all: Jack or Jacques?

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Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Saad khan

9O21O has gone way down the only reason m still watching is because somehow I've been watching from the beginning I just can't leave a show I start watching... P.S I still watch Life Unexpected and One Tree Hill... which sometimes gets really boring.

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btw, how lame Charlie can be!! he's the lamest character of the show!! and he's lame as an actor too!! i can't wait till he finally writtens out of the show

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and about ivy being a virgin!! ok we all thought she wasnt a virgin!! and the show decided they would make Ivy be a virgin.. So, will you people ever accept this?? ivy is a virgin, why you're making so big deal of it.. it's not that we've seen them having sex.. They were just kissing and doing the preliminarily-stuff, and they liked it's other.. So what! ivy didn't do it finally!

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these reviewes are really anti-90210 everytime an episode airs!! whatever the cast says, you will find something negative about it!! this episode had nothing to do with that..it was full of secrets getting exposed, and the one thing you said about naomi's-silver's converstation it's just so lame, you find a negative sense in this single dialogue!! it's just a teen-show!! oh, and the 3.8 rating, is not appropriate..the episode was way better than the previous episodes and of course way better from 2010 Vision, which got a 4.5 rating.. I think 90210 deserves more...

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this was a great episode, due to the good storylines it sets up and due to the lack of teddy, honestly, if only he could be away all the time. god shenae grimes what happened to you? you used to be so good in degrassi....i can barely watch you. btw i had shenae on facebook once, she had the weirdest profile name, after 2 days she disappeared, but during that time i could realize how she is in real life, and it's hilarious how much she is like her character

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"I must acknowledge the awful writing, however: "I don't want anyone else to knows that Mr. Cannon raped me," Naomi told Silver. No one talks this way in real life to someone who already know what the topic of the conversation is." I thought that too! Naomi wouldn't be strong enough to say "Mr. Cannon raped me", Annie's story was so boring... I think they're gonna cut her off for next season (if it is a next season)... "I find it hard to believe a supposed theater buff such as Annie would have such a reaction to seeing Charlie's play, or would think that a writer who pens such material is automatically a psychopath. Quentin Tarantino must have been very offended watching that scene." I actually believe it, since she dated a psychopath last year and broke up with Liam for beeing a bad boy. Jasper should have been mentioned as the cause of Annie's reaction... And, DON'T BRING ETHAN BACK! He wouldn't have any interesting story-line on the show!!! And Liam dating with stupid chick i think is lame too. Btw, what was the name of the band playing at the beach club?

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I think the writers are somehow biased to Adriana, i mean she was not even a part of the original proposed main cast and somehow ended up getting the most story lines - the drugs, a parent trying to milk money off you, pregnancy, relapse into drugs, experimental lesbian relationship, Sudden music career (when they introduced her wasn't she interested in acting & theater. Hence, the story arc involving her mother) and how a fame-hungry artist. Hmm.....I think they were gonna make two shows - 90201 and Adriana, but limited budget led to just mixing them together into one show. Well, its still good news for Ade.

Anna maria

i like annie's new bf I just hate the actor they picked, he just looks so female, like a bald woman..It was great that you mentioned the hookups between liam and Ivy , I totally thought they were having sex..has everyone in this show hooked up? That reminded me of liam and naomi, they were the best, now they don;t care about each other and the show expects us to forget?? especially agter the rape when she would have needed him? I want them back, or at least a new man in her life...

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Yeah, where the hell was Teddy?! o_O I mean, just when his storyline was getting interesting and different... And I think I'd go for Jack!

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ade is really doing a lot for just 20% of any earning to be had. I think she really sold out for just a little bit of change, but if fame is really all she wants then she on her way to getting that but really what is fame with no money. Charlie and Liam a story line I think can really be good and actually go pretty far I hope they develope their relationship completely. Plus I really like the subtleness of Charlie's character. The episode as a whole I really didn't think was that great. The writers have got to do better.

90210 Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

Naomi: If you show up with a raincoat and nothing underneath...
Annie: I'm not wearing a raincoat.
Naomi: Fine. Be a prude.

Do the pants come off at any point, or is this the whole show?

Dixon [to Liam]