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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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Aries93

@Zoe: I think you're confusing 90210 with GG, because I'm pretty sure that the only show crushing relationships and hope for fans is Gossip Girl with Chair, Dair, Derena, Serenate, etc, etc. @505: I think when the person you love was hit by a semi-truck and manages to survive, all is forgiven. Besides, Ade was meant to meet Dixon BUT he was hit by the truck beforehand, so that's why she was so pissed off and left. That made her sleep with Taylor and the guilt of that has probably made her believe that bygone is bygones. Furthermore, a month or so jumped after the crash, so they could have probably talked through it all then.

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Ade looks better with Taylor than Dixon. ;p Liam & Naomi is done. Liam and Annie will be the endgame for sure.

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Sorry, I meant Ms. Raines.

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I agree w/ Ms. Rained. I think Alex is gay and obsessed with Max. He's coming off as a little weird jealous of Naomi. Also it's annoying to see Dixon in a neck brace and all of the head nodding he does when he's in a conversation. Honestly it makes my own neck hurt. Somebody should explain to him that people with real neck problems don't nod their head.

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I think Vanessa will come back even crazier then before, she probs hither head and is now even more mentally unstable.

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What are you guys talking about this is the last season, I've never heard anything!Anyway i know this episode isn't as good as the previous episode but it wasn't that bad like some people are making it out to be! I think there was some parts in the episode that was really funny! Just I don't like how dixon got a free pass for everything he did to ade last season (leaving without saying goodbye, lying to her ect) just because of the accident i think if it wasn't for the accident ade would of so left his ass lol

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I totally get a weird vibe off Alec too. He seems a little to obsessed with Max. Alec saying that they had to shop off to Japan ASAP just further proves he is psycho! Naomi is good for their company as she can use her PR skills and make them even bigger.
I feel bad for Silver, she is messed up right now but she is able to handle it way better than she would have before! I know alot of people do not like her but she has always been my favorite!
I think Dixon gained weight last season so that he could lose it this season with the car accident storyline. I have never cried during this show but when Annie when and picked Dixon off the floor and she was telling him the story of when he first came to live with them and why she wants to help him that made me cry!
I think Ade will eventually get together with Taylor. We need a new girl for Dixon. I also think that he will walk again.
I think I will like Annie and Riley's character as a couple, it will be very interesting.
I wish it was the last we saw of Vanessa but I too agree that it won't be. When she does return however I would like to see Liam and if he is back with Silver, which I hope that they get rid of her for good by sending her to jail for black mail or something.

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@Jarrod Mitchell the Wes I see right now is playing a role horribly and he might dramatic stuff but I don't leave the epi. thinking I hope he stays. I'm waiting for his send off 2 epis. in. That's how bad his acting is. As for 90210's final season, which I believe this is because all they are doing is pissing off fans and these aren't the loyal fans anymore that watch week to week, these are the flimsy fans that are holding to hope and getting crushed for the final time. Those fans aren't going to continue to watch this through.

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First off I love love love Max and Naomi together! They are hot passionate loving and just plain great as husband and wife.. They've really matured and ate really trying to do the right things.. As soon as Alex said the brothers name again to Naomi and she cut him off saying business men wud respond to an "elegant party" I just knew that these video dweebs were gunna be laid back peeps.. Alex is still shady cuz he shudve told her that

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This is so typical of 90210. Liam, I love you so much! BUT, when someone fell of the balcony, especially if that someone is your pretend gf(fiancee) that you hate, you REPORT it!! Don't be too dumb and naive please?!! Report it even though the body somehow vanished! Cause it will bite you back! I was screaming at screen saying "NOOO!!! WHY?!!" cause you hung up on the 911 call *facepalm*.
Naomi used to be one of my favorites but somehow, she never grew up? She's still the same Naomi. Yeah sure sometimes she seemed grown up but I don't see much development in her character.

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