90210 Review: The Pretenders

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Is it me or do Naomi Clark parties not have the same cache that they used to?

In "The Sea Change" Naomi raced to do some damage control for her and Max's shotgun wedding...you know, the one that happened after he ditched cosmetics heiress Madison at the altar?

I find it hard to believe that Max and Alec's company doesn't have their own press person who would be handling things, but this is 90210 so we can suspend reality a little bit; especially when the latest episode lent itself to some seriously soapy bits.

Kiss for the Hubby

As much as Alec hates Naomi, she might be exactly what Max and his company need! Honestly, I understand being a protective and loyal friend, but Alec is almost a little too obsessed with Max. Maybe no one else sees it, but I still get a weird vibe off of him.

Perhaps I'm overreacting, but it seemed super convenient that he had to ship Max off to Japan right away to work with a couple of smart slackers on their video game empire. All those two dudes wanted to do was party. Considering the deal was sealed when Max's wife showed them a good time at a rager, I'd venture to say that they'd be okay with pushing things back a week. Besides, we could always hire Navid's hookers to entertain them?

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Well, Navid, I'm sure they are lovely girls but they still get paid for sex. I say potato, you say pa-ta-to. Navid didn't seem all that torn up about Silver's decision. Maybe he's ready to sow his oats and go through his player stage. Liam, on the other hand, knows what he wants and would rather spend time in jail than fake it.

Speaking of faking it, Vanessa's spill over the balcony was laughable. If that's not one of the fakest deaths I've ever seen on television, I'd be shocked. Liam is a little adorably naive at times, kinda like Nate Archibald, so I'm gonna lay this one out for him. Vanessa did not just drop to her death and wash away in the ocean.

She is alive, probably badly injured, but totally alive. She will pop up at a really inconvenient time, maybe when Silver and Liam decide to get back together. When Vanessa does reappear, she will probably be pregnant from that hot hate sex they had before heading to Malibu. I'd be willing to place a bet on this outcome and no I'm not privy to ANY 90210 spoilers.

Of course, by this time Silver will probably be pregnant creating a beautiful baby with Teddy. I kinda thought they were gonna get drunk and get down for a minute, but I'm happy to see that the writers didn't muck that up. That would really be faking it and we've had enough pretending for one episode.

Aside from Vanessa's fake death and Alec pretending to make nice with Naomi, we had Ade trying to forget her dalliance with that hottie Taylor. Unfortunately, Dixon thinks Adrianna is being weird because of him and it's making him feel worse and insecure, which is really the last thing he needs right now. I love the Wilson siblings and Dixon just survived a near death experience, so it's only normal he's on a roller coaster of emotions. 

The trouble with the whole guy gets spinal cord injury and deals with unfaithful girlfriend storyline is that it's been done before and it's been done really well. I will admit I am unfairly biased when it comes to my proclamation of Friday Night Lights as one of the greatest shows ever, so I will just leave you with this. This new Taylor guy, who "can't unfeel" his emotions for Adrianna, is not Tim Riggins. There will never be another Tim Riggins, so let's just stop trying to make this love triangle happen right now. 

I adore Dixon, I want to see him happy as I want to see all of these characters happy, except Vanessa of course. What do you all think it'll take to stop faking that everything is okay and get our Beverly Hills crew to a great place? What did you think of this episode? Hit the comments! 

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what happened to Austin? is he gonna disappear like that- that was a very misused character..
Teddy IS already pregnant jeez what happened to him over the summer.
does dixon use the same friseur as Dan Humfrey? something needs to be done with his hair..

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I do admit other than Dixon, Teddy, Liam, that Riley guy is sex on wheels. Oh my god is he sexy. Like UNF!

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@neezd that guy is terrible. Terrible acting with a capital T.

Neezd

i hate their storyline, but i don't think Wes Brown's acting was that bad.

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News flash Dixon is not going anywhere. People say that Dixon is annoying, worthless, he needs. If this true then all of the characters needs to go. Every character is loved by someone. I wish people would give a valid reason to why they hate Dixon. I love Dixon and watch because of him.

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@crazybrit some of us actually love Dixon here! I could say I hate Taylor that is with all that is in me. I could say he has no presence and isn't sexy at all, comes off as a creeper and not in a sexy creeper from Scream way. He's pointless, weak acting, but I see we have to hear your garbage opinion about hating Dixon with no reason. Classy.

Neezd

Liam's kissing scene with Vanessa looks fake and not HOT at all. But nice try anyway. As for Alec, he seems more like a bodyguard to Max instead of best friend. Idk, i just can't feel their friendship probably because he looks way too old and have a very different personality compared to Max. Silver, her exbfs and baby storyline is boring as FUCK. pls end it now! Ade, Taylor and Dixon love triangles, oh man. not again.. How many times do they have to repeat this storyline seriously? Annie, Dixon and Riley scenes are ok. i like Riley's character. And Navid looks more interesting now than when he was with Silver. I kinda like the NEW Navid.. ;p

Crazybrit

i love taylor,he is so freakin hot!!!!!! and riley is so cute!!!seriously i thought dixon is goin to died!! i just hate him!!! hope they get rid of him in future!!! oh vanessa fall is so hilarious when she is screamed!!!hahahaha!!!

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@lisa he's not paralyzed neck up do you know what an incomplete spine fracture is? it means he can move at times but he can't walk, he can't feel things half the day, grip, touch, he can swivel his neck in a brace a bit but he feels like he can walk but is limited. It's like your lower body is paused and you react but it doesn't go.

Leigh-r

Just wanna clarify-- I don't know that I think Alec is necessarily gay. I think he is just obsessed with Max, maybe in almost a "single white female" way? (but for dudes) Like wants to BE him? I have no idea, I just don't think it's a normal healthy "hey bro I'm just looking out for you" situation.

90210 Season 5 Episode 2 Quotes

If I could survive getting hit by a semi truck, I think I can handle a kiss.

Dixon [to Adrianna]

Max it's our honeymoon, I'm not planning on wearing that much clothing.

Naomi

90210 Season 5 Episode 2 Music

  Song Artist
The-walk-1 The Walk Mayer Hawthorne iTunes
Havana-brown-we-run-the-night We Run The Night Havana Brown iTunes
Ivy-levan-i-dont-wanna-wake-up I Don't Wanna Wake Up Ivy Levan iTunes
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