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90210 Review: Making Tissues Dance, Viewers Snore

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Before I get into this review of "I See London, I See France," allow me to call BS on a small aspect of the 90210 episode:

There's no way Annie would be chosen to co-host The Undies. I understand the show (and all viewers) want to forget her horrendously-handled hit-and-run storyline ever happened... but this is a girl who was a miserable mess all of last season, dated an outcast and had no friends at school. Now, after a summer in which she was under house arrest, we're meant to believe Annie is somehow popular enough to warrant this honor?

Yes, this is nit-picking. But it's also an example of how 90210 can be so frustratingly inconsistent.

Teddy and Friends

As for the rest of the episode, it was perfectly mediocre. Nothing especially bad or good stands out, as there were few surprises in any of the storylines.

Teddy continued to be confused over his sexuality, Ivy came clean about Oscar and Navid grew closer to Silver.

I like the possibility of the latter two getting together. First, their nickname could be "Nilver," which isn't bad. Second, neither has a lot to do these days, so coupling them up would at least feel fresh. Nice small touch to have Silver laugh at Navid's jokes, too. (Here's one for you, dude: A dyslexic man walks into a bra...)

I've also said many times that I'm glad the series is slow-playing Teddy's acceptance that he's gay - but the way it's handled his drinking and, this week, smoking has been insulting and lame. Ooh, he has a few beers a party. Oh, no, he smokes a joint and then gets behind the wheel an hour later!

I'm not advocating driving while under the control of any substance, but I am calling out 90210 for coming across like a PSA in these instances. High school students drink and light up ALL the time. It's not exactly a jarring example of Teddy's confused spiral to put a few beers and a joint in his hand.

If they want to prove how lost this guy is, let's hope the show has him act out in a more believable, extreme way one of these weeks.

Teddy and Silver at School

As for everything related to Mr. Canon, I have mixed reactions.

What worked: Incorporating Oscar into the plot. Let's definitely see more of this Brit, not just because he has a pretty face, but because he has an edge to him. Liam stopped being a bad boy a long time ago. The show definitely needs someone new to step up and take on this role.

Oscar plays it well, and there's clearly more to learn about him. It was a nice twist (and plug for Bing) to have him pick apart Mr. Canon's accent and work with Naomi to expose the teacher's shady past.

What didn't work: The conclusion of the episode. Did it feel like a suspenseful cliffhanger when Mr. Canon was discovered to have fled? Is anyone out there excited over what will happen next? Or did it just feel like a way to drag out this storyline a bit longer?

I'll leave viewers with a few more questions: are you rooting for Navid and Silver to hook up? How blatantly did 90210 rip-off The OC's Taylor Townsend by creating a character such as Harper? Did you see Laura's drug selling coming? Should Dixon forgive Ivy? Did you miss Charlie? How much would you pay to never see Annie on screen again?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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There's no way Annie would be chosen to co-host The Undies:
Annie would be perfect because of all the reasons you mentioned she shouldn't be chosen as the host!

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There's no way Annie would be chosen to co-host The Undies: I think she would be the perfect one to host the undies as it represents those who under achieved during the year which makes it the perfect for annie who was well, undies of the year. Don't you think?

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I don't really think Navid and Silver make a great couple...
BUT I LOVE OSCAR AND NAOMI!!!
OSCAR'S ROLE IS REALLY GOOD

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WASNT OSCAR FROM AUSTRALIA AND NOT ENGLAND???!!

Addict666

This episode was alright, the whole porn thing with Navid's dad is so random though, and I really feel like they are forcing the whole "Nilver" thing. I did like Oscar helping Naomi though, it was super cute

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Not quite sure why I'm still watching this show. It really hasn't captured my attention for awhile. The one story line that's keeping me going is the Naomi/Mr. Canon one. This is not the end of this story line. He's pissed and he's going to come after her. Sometime, in the not-so-distant future (November Sweeps?), there's going to be a huge confrontation between the two leaving Naomi in a potentially life-threatening situation. I'm really like Silver and Navid together but not Dixon & Ivy. One thing I'm really impressed with is the way they're telling Teddy's story. When they spoiled that he would be coming out of the closet this season, I was worried that it would turn into "Surprise, I'm gay!" in the first episode or two. Having friends who have gone through this personal discovery, I can vouch that it takes some time to accept and come to terms with it. Looking forward to how some of the story lines are going to play out but there are a few that I wouldn't miss.

Anna maria

I like theses different couples for the time being but I really want liam and naomi back eventually! they should be meant to be like Chuck and Blair, Ross and Rachel, Ryan and Marissa! (they are not as great as these other couples of course, but I still love them!)

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I'll leave viewers with a few more questions: are you rooting for Navid and Silver to hook up? How blatantly did 90210 rip-off The OC's Taylor Townsend by creating a character such as Harper? Did you see Laura's drug selling coming? Should Dixon forgive Ivy? Did you miss Charlie? How much would you pay to never see Annie on screen again? Nope not rooting 4 Navid & Silver, Navid & Ad make an awesome couple but as far as the show goes trying 2 say that after all of her pinning in Season 2 she would just ditch him because he is famous... Season 2 was all about her love 4 Navid, what now she's famous its gone? Dont think so. Ad's storyline is very unrealistic. I saw Laura's drug dealing coming, was obvious there was something in the bags, plus the picture TVFanatic showed of this ep showed her & Liam with doggy guys. Yes Dixon should forgive Ivy, she didn't cheat, he broke her heart, she did something she now regrets while they weren't together... But i do think she should of told him about Laurel & Oscar, Dixon would of understood & beat the cr@p out of him! Nope, dont miss Charlie... Liam & Annie forever!!!

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dixon sounded like charlie when he pretended to have a cold,.

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unfortunately, this was not a godod episode..it wasnt enjoyab!!