90210 Review: Mixing Business with Pleasure

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Ever since the 90210 Season 5 premiere, Naomi has done nothing but try to be a dutiful and very fulfilling wife to Max, but she always seems to find herself in hot water. After all, not every wife is going to whip out first class lingerie every single night while waiting for her husband to come to bed!

In "The Things We Do For Love," Naomi took her affection for Max a step too far when she went against his wishes and got involved in trying to get him his job back. What she found out was the last thing she could have anticipated.

Kiss for the Hubby

What better way to get a brokenhearted CEO to spill her guts than to send her on a date and ply her with drinks? Especially when Bryce's date was with a guy like Navid who obviously was going to get sucked into that whole "let's bond over talking about our exes" situation. Also, Bryce hun, if your and your ex-fiancee's "drink" was an Appletini, it is entirely possibly that Todd was actually an 18-year old giggling girl.

Well, thanks to the cosmos Navid supplied in their place, we found out that Alec groomed Bryce to take over the CEO position as long as she promised to fire Max when she got the job. Cue Naomi storming over to Alec's place to confront him and mumble "it's like you're in love with him or something" and then finding out that - BOOM! - that was the answer the whole time.

If Madison couldn't have Max, Naomi couldn't have Max, then the company couldn't have Max. And there you have it. Unfortunately, it was too late for Naomi to tell her hubby because he had already left for the gamer conference in Iceland amid their troubles. Would he have believed her anyway? By the way, I always get really uncomfortable when people go alone to confront the bad guy. It's not like the people on these shows have the best track records. I thought Annie was done for when she ran into Vanessa and Liam hadn't shown up.

Turns out Vanessa might've been the less creepy villain all along? I mean, she's nuts and all, but like she said, she would never hurt Liam. If he wasn't going to love her, she wanted to be compensated for the contract they were in together. Vanessa is definitely the lesser of two evils when Ashley (is she even a bodyguard?) has Liam drugged and locked up in the basement under The Offshore. What's she gonna do with him?

I have to say, if we're going to have to see someone go all Kathy Bates in Misery, I definitely prefer to see it in a comedy like Happy Endings!

It's hard to get invested in Annie and Riley as a couple when Annie is so tied up in her ex's storyline. There are a lot of Liam and Annie fans out there, myself included. That said, I do really like Riley, but I feel like those two haven't gotten a real, fair shot together. Also, in my opinion, Riley kinda projects his own feelings about being in the wheelchair onto Annie. Annie didn't give him the tablet because she thought he couldn't "come to Scotland because he's in a wheelchair," that's absurd. She did it because she wasn't going to ask a dude she just started seeing to move away with her for two years. 

Annie was also overjoyed about Dixon's prognosis because this is her brother who she grew up with and has an entirely different relationship with. She knows Dixon and how he feels and reacts. It was never a matter of her not accepting Dixon's injury. On a lighter note, I really dig Dixon and Megan (Jessica Parker Kennedy) together. I like them as a couple. He and Ade were over long before he found out about the cheating. Speaking of, where is Taylor nowadays?

Last but certainly not least: the battle over the possibly not even created child. Shane threatening to get lawyers on Silver was a tad overdramatic considering she wasn't implanted with an embryo or even pregnant yet. Take a step back buddy.

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Wasn't that the deal, though? At this point, Silver should just go with a random sperm donor chosen from a file. No muss, no fuss. Lines get blurred when you do these things with friends and I'd hate to see Teddy and Silver on the outs.

What did you all think of the midseason finale of 90210? Whose storyline did you care about the most? Who is creepier, Vanessa or Ashley? Hit the comments and let us know what you're hoping for in 2013!

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I can't wait for Liam/Annie to reunite. :) I liked Riley at first but he's being ridiculous with blaming Annie about everything.

Whathappened

All I want is Annie and Liam, Navid and Ade. I've been watching this damn show so long, and all I want to see is them together til the end!

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I thought Bryce is a "smart" chick? But seems like she's as stupid as Naomi for telling Navid everything after just a few dates. So Alec is gay, and that's it? Is he (or Taylor) going to appear in the next few episodes or just gone like any other guest stars? btw overall, it's just an OK episode.

Aries93

... she doesn't need this drama in her life when she already has so much going on.
Dixon and Megan are meh to me. I haven't seen enough of her and though the chemistry is there, a future between the two is uncertain.

Aries93

As for what Any Lynn said, I'm waiting for Ade and Navid to get back together. He's done with Silver, she's done with Dixon and by the way the writers have been putting since last seasons final few episodes and this years, these two are due to run back together sometime soon. I would somewhat approve of this if the writers do it right.
The fact that Max has just left Naomi for some "time apart" was expected and a low blow by the writers. I get why they're doing it, but these two are a great pairing and to cause troubles already so quick into their marriage was just sad. They've been married for at least 6 months now, but ever since it's just been drama, drama, drama.
I actually have no idea what to say about the Silver/Teddy/Shane thing. I'm on Silver's side though. Teddy knew what he had to do and he complied and Silver was happy. Shane stuck his nose in at the wrong time and due to this Silver has to suffer. I hope she goes with a donor, because though it would be a good storyline, she doesn't need this drama in her life.
Dixon and Megan are meh to me. That's all, just meh.

Aries93

Can I just say that Liam's new house is basically the EXACT SAME replica of Dylan McKays house in the original Beverly Hills, 90210? Did anyone else notice that or was it just me?
As for the episode itself, it was a great mid-season finale. Poor Liam, twice in a row he's had bad luck. Last year being struck with a car and now being tied up in the basement of his club by Ashley - who YES - is by far MUCH crazier than Vanessa. Vanessa was in love, so it's understandable why she went so far as she did, but Ashley doesn't even know Liam, which just makes her an over-the-top obsessed fan. Crazy bitch is crazy.
As for Riley and Annie, I'm inclined to agree. I can see Riley's surgery ending badly and then him and Annie break up and she goes back to Liam after he's doing dealing with the drama of being kidnapped and the cop or Vanessa die in his bar in the returning episode next year.

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I agree with everything in this review except the Annie and Liam part! They're so not good together. Still waiting for Liam and silver! I actually like Annie and Riley together. I'd like to see them get that fair shot. Also I liked that Megan didn't blow up on Dixon and leave as would typically happen. He has great chemistry with her. I'm betting Ade and Navid will probably get back together now. Meh. Great finale! But I hope they don't split up max and Naomi! I'm guessing things will be worse before they're better since her mom is coming back to give her marital advice, which seems ridiculous haha.

90210 Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Teddy would make a great dad! Shane too! Oh my God I wish I had two gay dads who loved me to pieces and then could tell me when my dress and my bag were too matchy matchy.

Naomi

You work for me, I don't have to tell you anything.

Liam [to Ashley]

90210 Season 5 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Roz-bell-happy-holidays-to-you Happy Holidays To You Roz Bell iTunes
Kopecky-family-band-heartbeat Heartbeat Kopecky Family Band iTunes
Song Christmastime James Combs
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