90210 Review: "The Enchanted Donkey"

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So what do you do when you fall off a horse? Why, you get right back up on that burro. Or rather on "The Enchanted Donkey."

On the return episode of 90210, Naomi and Max finally consummated their secret love affair. And much to Naomi's shock and delight, the nerd is a stallion in the sack. Score!

Max and Naomi

Having had her mind blown by sexual "prodigy" Max, Naomi couldn't bear to be away from him for a week, so she concocted some story about needing math tutoring in order to bring Max along.

Looking more like a cougar on her way to St. Tropez than a 17-year-old high school student on her way to spring break, Naomi joined the rest of the gang on some private airport tarmac where everyone was jetting off to Cabo on a private plane.

Not quite clear whose jet it was or how they could afford it, but no biggie. The point is to travel in style, n'est-ce pas?

The claws were out and the hissing began the minute Silver realized Adrianna would be coming along for the ride. Fasten your seatbelts for the bumpy ride, indeed.

The death glares emanating from Adrianna towards Silver were priceless. I really enjoyed Adrianna as the bad girl. And the tricks those two played on each other were gleefully devious.

Guacamole-induced "passion?" Switching bottled water for tap? Replacing sunscreen with moisturizer? The nasty trick-playing knew no bounds.

Adrianna showed up at the fiesta pool party screaming like a banshee after Silver's sunscreen trick. Looking like a boiled lobster, Adrianna was seething with rage and attacked Silver.

In a pool scene straight out of Dynasty, the girls went at it until Navid tried to get them to settle their differences once and for all. While it looked like Adrianna and Silver were on the road to reconciliation, I knew the minute Silver told Adrianna she was falling in love with Navid that the ticking of a time bomb had begun.

Teddy tried to play the part of the swinging bachelor until he met a real swinger. Playing the field after running into Marco, the cute boy he hit in the eye with a tennis ball a few episodes back, and screwing up a chance to hook up with him, Teddy ran into Tripp, his old Exeter roommate and his first secret boy crush.

Meeting to catch up over a few beers later that night, Teddy was not looking forward to a night pretending to be straight. Little did anyone know what a turn this "Tripp" would take. Teddy revealed he was gay and made Tripp's dreams come true. Gotta say I didn't see that one coming!

And how hot was that scene between Teddy and Tripp?! I felt as if I was watching an episode of Queer As Folk during the hot kiss they shared before continuing their hookup in Room 126. Too bad it couldn't work out due to the open relationship thing.

Teddy and Tripp had a nice sound to it. At least Teddy realized he's more into monogamy than he thought. Now he can make a go at it with Marco and finally get himself a true boyfriend.

Meanwhile, Naomi and Max were riding the enchanted donkey for all it was worth. Continuing with their student/tutor farce, they couldn't keep their hands off each other. That is, until Max found out Naomi really was failing math. Cracking the whip and withholding sex until Naomi was able to pass a math quiz, Max proved he actually cared for Naomi. I like these two together. Max can hold his own around Naomi and Naomi seems a little more relatable and not as bratty. For now.

Annie may have been in full-on Type A mode what with her schedule planning and non-stop Spanglish but she actually wasn't as annoying as she has been in the past. She acted the way you're supposed to act when on spring break with your boyfriend. It was cute to see Liam being sweet towards her when she was laid up in bed after getting bit by the cheeky monkey. The mariachi band may have been a bit much but the overall gesture went a long way towards making those two seem like an actual couple. Finally. And that souvenir photo was hilarious.

Ivy continued to be the pill she has become. What is it about her that I don't like? Oh, I know. The incessant whining, the woe-is-me attitude and now the dying boyfriend drama. Why can't she just be the happy-go-lucky idiot surfer girl she's meant to be?

She seemed happy when she was able to mend fences with Dixon and be friends again but after scoring some bad weed, her meltdown bordered on histrionic. After revealing her pot habit to Dixon and blathering about Raj dying and her not being able to handle it, Dixon stayed with her while she came down from her bad trip. Back in LA, she stopped ignoring Raj and promised to treasure whatever time they had together.

Poor guy, what a way to spend your final days on earth. 

And death of another sort was imminent when Adrianna showed up at Silver's doorstep looking to be BFFs once again. I knew she was up to something the minute she asked to use Silver's bathroom. Wickedly switching Silver's bipolar meds with some unknown pills, Adrianna made her true intentions known. 

Forgive and forget?  Not in Beverly Hills.

(P.S. And someone please let the writers know "refills" is spelled with two Ls not one. Yeesh.)


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are they for real.. i hate silver.. she flashes her and navid in silvers face.. not cool at all.. obviously silver took it so far but this is 90210! i actually hate silver!!!!


I'm surprised so many people liked NavAde- I hated it because they have nothing in common and pretty much consisted of Navid putting up with Ade's antics. At least Navid and Silver fit together. Why would anyone even fight over Navid- the guy is NOT attractive and is easily the least attractive on the show. I like them escalating the situation though, instead of patching things up- I'm sick of people on 90210 doing unspeakable things and then having them forgotten for plots sake. If my BFF sent a naked picture of me to my school, they'd be in jail, not my bestie again. If they can bring the series to a point where Ade takes one for the team and offs herself we'd be very appreciative. I know I will.


I really don't understand why the writers are so eager to ruin NavAde, and why they're so desperate to make us like Nilver. Every time Nilver had a scene together, I felt like they were saying "fuck you" to Adrianna, and that the writers were saying "fuck you" to all of us NavAde fans.


Aaaah I think this ep was the best one of the season! And yay, tvfanatic finally decided not to give a super bad review on this show for once!




Max and Naomi = Loved them! As of now, I actually think this is the best relationship that Naomi's had. There's a lot going on for them than just physical attraction and pleasure and for someone like Naomi, it's really refreshing and fun to watch. I didn't really feel Liam and Annie connect to the rest of the group but their storyline for the week was really sweet. I like how Liam did all of that to make Annie happy and I like how they seemed to be so in love. It was also really touching how they kept repeating the concept of looking back at that trip and "being you and in love". Seems like they really see a long term future for themselves. Really liked Ivy and Teddy's individual stories because I think it opened a lot about what they're ready for in terms of a relationship. They're both entering two unfamiliar territories but it's nice to see them take that chance. And it's also good for the show as a whole since they haven't really tackled such stories before. As for the big Adrianna-Silver-Navid drama, I personally think it's just a way for the show to create an exaggerated amount of drama for these characters. First off, I thought that Silver and Navid lost the spark that their relationship had. I'm not sure if exposing themselves made them lose what they had but I actually got quite annoyed seeing them together. I felt like they spent the whole episode taunting their relationship to Adrianna's face. As for the childish tactics of both girls, it was expected that such a cat fight would go down after the naked picture was sent. For a second there, I actually thought there would be some resolution to this seeing as how they both admitted to missing each other etc. But of course, this being 90210, Adrianna just had to mess with Silver's bipolar medication which will cause even bigger things to escalate. I personally don't like the direction that all three involved characters have taken. I feel like it's so far from who they started out to be and these aren't very good sides that we're seeing. PS I thought Jessica Stroup's acting was relatively unbearable in this episode.


does anyone know who makes the black and white vintage looking bathingsuit that silver wore in this episode?


I love a cat fight. But I can't help feeling the writters made Nilver just for the girls drama. Annie and Liam are the best couple right now, just so fuckin cute. Teddy's make out, wow. I'm so adicted to this show. :)


one of the best eps all season!! just the right mix of humour and tension and all the characters well used. please keep it up!!


Loved this ep everybody was actually seen and Annie actually acted normal love naomi and Max and I think Annie's the one pregnant did she use protection that time she and Liam hooked up in the mid season finale and she was sick uh huh sick my ass but altogether loved the episode more like this

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90210 Season 3 Episode 18 Quotes

You're gonna dance in foam and you're gonna love it.

Annie [to Liam]

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