90210 Round Table: "Holiday Madness"

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Elves, dishonest fathers and a couple instances of infidelity gave our staff plenty to analyze from the final 90210 episode of the year.

In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, we get into various aspects of "Holiday Madness" and encourage reader feedback on each one...

What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt R.: Mr. Canon waiting creepily for Naomi inside her apartment. Will he attack her? Will we even see her again in 90210. Oh... wait. Of course we will. The show has already spoiled this cliffhanger by showing us shots of Naomi in its January promo. Good move, CW.

Steve M.: Ivy and the pinata, that was great. Talk about a call back to my childhood! How old is too old to have one of those at one's birthday party? Because I may need to go out and purchase one.

Arlene G.: Teddy and Ian going at it on the stairs, unaware that Dixon spotted them.  Hot damn!

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Worse case of cheating: Navid with Silver or Annie with Liam?
Matt R.: Navid... because there's no reason for it. Adrianna clearly sucks, so man up and dump her. Then, you can cozy up to the girl who's truly been there for you through your family upheaval.

Steve M.: Exactly, Matt. Adrianna swore she'd change one week, and then was a billion times worse the very next week. Just break up with her. That's what a real man would do. It's a cop out to say it's okay to kiss Silver just because Adrianna is acting the way she is. If you're in a relationship, you're in it for better or worse until you end it.

Arlene G.: Annie with Liam.  I thought she really had the hots for Charlie, but I guess the embers were still burning deep down for Liam.  Charlie's a cool guy so I felt bad for him.

The Mr. Canon cliffhanger: Shocking or predictable?
Matt R.: Shocking in its predictability. With just a minute remaining in the episode, and the camera on Naomi, it was clear Mr. Canon would be the supposedly big reveal. So clear, in fact, that I figured the show couldn't possibly use it as the midseason cliffhanger. There had to be some twist aside from the return of a character we all knew was coming back, right? Wrong. This was it.

Steve M.: Predictable, and very lame. Why can't 90210 give us something new and buzz-worthy to discuss over the next few weeks? Mr. Canon isn't an example of well-written, layered storytelling - it's an example of drawing out a plot just for the sake of drawing it out. Think about it: what has actually happened with it since the second or third episode of the season?

Arlene G.: Can I say both? I knew that Mr. Cannon would be making an appearance again in Naomi's life at some point, but I thought it would be more of a May cliffhanger appearance.  It was sort of shocking to see him lurking in the shadows in Naomi's apt.  Dude just gives me the creeps.

What are your hopes for the second half of the season?
Matt R.: The execution of Annie. Any kind of storyline for Dixon. More of Deb and Ryan, I actually like them together. Overall, honestly, just something legitimately surprising. At the very least, I want to turn off the TV one Monday night and think: I did NOT see that coming! When was the last time 90210 gave us such a development?

Steve M.: I'd like to see the show feel more realistic. Why does every single meeting, meal and party take place at the fictional beach club? Why did Adrianna look up her story on imaginary site Gossip Dawgz? Something as small as showing us a shot of TMZ or The Hollywood Gossip would go a long way toward making the show seem more current.

Arlene G.: Of all the storylines, the ones I'm hoping to see are Teddy finally having the balls to announce to the gang he's here, he's queer and all of them better get used to it.  I hope he also confronts his dad and tells him to suck it!  I'm hoping Naomi kicks that creep Cannon in the balls and sends him straight to prison.  And I'm hoping Adrianna loses her record deal and gets her comeuppance because her diva act came too fast too soon and she needs to be taken down a notch.

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Who cares about Charlie he's what had 6 scenes or something? People who hate Grimes will come up with anything to bash her. Liam/Annie works.

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maybe because i don't put enough thought into the show, but i never see any of the things coming until after they happen. Liam and Annie, wtf? I can't believe she did that to Charlie. Ade getting exposed, who knew? Ivy's dad being a douche, didn't see it coming. For some reason at the end I really thought Oscar was going to be in her apartment so seeing mr. canon was shocking, I was also pleasantly surprised with Teddy and Ian this week

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I really don't understand why people dislike annie so much
i find her to be the new Brenda.
I think Navid is being a real pussy, no one would blame him for breaking up with Adrianna, she is being even more of a bitch to everyone. It's even okay that he kissed Silver, but having a relationship behind her back is something Ade even at her bitchiest doesn't deserve.
The story line with Ade and Victor is just annoying. it's getting old and boring
I really can't wait to see Liam and Annie together, but even as a lannie fan
they deserved so much more epicness in their moment, their "sex scene" was horrible
I mean they could pull off a kiss in the rain scene or something, but a sick person scene is just insulting to the couple

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to Lillian you are sooo right there are many characters and story lines that just got swept under the rug. I think they fired all of the old writers brought in some new ones who never even watched the show. They just started writing w/e crap they felt like. Also why can't they keep a story line running. The egg donation story was cut short, I mean Annie could have still went behind Debbie's back. If anything the money could have went to her college education.

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i love ANNIE AND LIAM!!!!! i also love ivy. and ivy and naomi as friends

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I agree, most of the storylines go nowhere. What happened to the egg donation? I can't believe it just went away.
I think Adriana's character has gotten ridiculous and I think that Navid should man up. I actually like Oscar; but I think it's a little odd that he would do a post grad year at a public school. I mean boarding schools do that stuff.
And I maybe over thinking this too much....

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i really missing sixon stuff!! that couple made me to watch that show.. but i know its not gonna happen again..
SIXON XOXO

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i love naomi and ivy as friends and i hate silver haircut >.

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I don't know way this show as gone so much down Hill since season one and it doesn't even look like it getting any better they have story lines But they don't continue to develop them they just move on to something else without any direction, thought, or development they just continuously. Introduce new character to move the story along which is so pointless Liannie is actually a better couple that liam and Naomi cause I was routin for them but when tey actually got together is was dry just too many plotholes like some said before with the peach pit Ade mom Naomi mom went to Europe and neva bother to cum bck and the ppl that com and go at the school don't they know wat a series regular is on that show I gonna stop cause this could take hours I have to say I not as dedicated to the show as I once was
if it carries on like this I won't be surprise if it get cancel come nxt year

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Silver looked just so much better before. Her hair is too short now, I liked it in season 2 but mostly in the first one. And she looks like she doesn't even care at all what she's even wearing. Also I would be okay with Silver hook up with Navid after he and Ade were broken up and she asked for her permission. But betraying one of her closest friends like that? That Adrianna is a self-absorbed bitch right now is no excuse. Why are they surprised? All her personal success was always centered around fame and attention. First with the acting and now her singing career. Don't get me wrong I admire Silver but I don't like her development since the beginning of this season.