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90210 Recap: Episode 10, "Games People Play"

90210 Rundown: Episode 10, "Games People Play"

Oh, 90210. You are so perplexing. On the one hand, I see sure signs of improvement, but on the other, it feels like each week makes less and less sense. It's also difficult to figure out whom I want to root for, you know? Annie is our good girl from Kansas trying to navigate the treacherous waters of the super rich, but week in and week out, I have a terribly difficult time sympathizing with her.

At least Naomi is so bad she's good. This week, her evilness is on full display, and I'd like to send a clear message to the writers: Thank you! Her scheming saves this episode. A lot goes down at Annie's sweet 16 party, including Tabitha on the mic, so let's not waste time — just


  • Well, you knew Annie's lying about her relationship with Ethan was bound to catch up with her sooner or later, and this episode is the time! After Naomi catches them making out in the classroom, she doesn't get mad — she gets even and comes up with a highly complicated revenge scheme.
  • Silver knows her former BFF well enough to warn Annie about lying to Naomi: "If she finds out from some random, it ain't gonna be pretty."
  • Right off the bat, too, we learn that the whole school is abuzz with Ryan's suspension (Silver blogs about it with the headline "Matthews dips in the kiddie pool"). Kelly's back, and Silver tries to explain that Ryan was caught with a student, saying, "You missed some stuff while you were gone."
  • Kelly's pretty brief about how her trip to see Dylan went: "Nothing’s changed. Same cheekbones, same sideburns, same perfectly messy hair, same commitment issues."
  • It was hard to tell if Naomi wanted to fly Annie's Kansas ex-boyfriend, Jason, out to California to make out with him or to cause problems between Annie and Ethan. Maybe both? Either way, his slow-motion emergence from the pool was pretty hilarious (Tabitha: "You could crush mint on those abs").
  • I liked the actor who played Jason. At times I thought him hotter than Ethan — you?
  • When Annie, surprised, asks him what he's doing at her house, Jason responds, "I was hoping to meet Lauren Conrad. Are these the right hills?" That line just felt . . . odd.
  • What did you think of that family scene at Navid's house? It felt totally surreal to me. Also, those are the people who are wealthy because of porn. So hard to reconcile!
  • This episode's music is strange. There are these funny instrumentals between scenes that I found jarring. And why do Dixon and Silver karaoke "When the Saints Go Marching In"? I just don't get why teenagers would choose to sing a mid-20th-century tune when they could have busted out Rhianna or something.
  • High point: Tabitha singing "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
  • Things get good toward the end, when Naomi sees Ethan and Annie kissing again and lures Jason into a make-out session. When Annie catches them, she calls Naomi manipulative and cruel and Naomi screams, "Before you moved here, my life was perfectly fine!"
  • Then a dude shows up claiming to be the son of Harry and Tracy! And he's in uniform! Very intriguing.

What did you guys think of last night? Sound off!

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kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
muted and therefore read the closed captioning... I guess I should have put that so it was clear.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Deidre, I muted the scene where Ethan gave Annie the gift. She said "penta-pus" ... remember the five-legged octopus from their previous summer? It was an ok episode. I agree with everyone who wants Privileged recaps!
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
When the Saints go Marching In? At least no one sang Mama Who Bore Me. However, the half brother in the uniform = hot!
MissLuluP MissLuluP 8 years
I don´t like Annie. She´s so annoying. Naomi besides is a bitch, but at least she´s not annoying. I don´t like the new Beverly Hills. The Originals wouldn´t act like that and i think the only thing the old and the new show have in common is the zip code and Kelly Taylor and Brenda Walsh at some eps.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
JennaV... I'm thinking when he took her home after the Fashion Show.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
JennaV JennaV 8 years
When did she have time to sleep with Ryan?
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
bethiesny - Brenda said she slept with Ryan. I wish she said Dylan, which would explain why she was reluctant to remove his number from her phone.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i haven't managed to see the last few episodes so i'm really happy that you're recaping them for me. it's great to see that i'm not the only one who's a bit lost on the show these days...i guess it's just a bit more teenage angst that we have to deal with no?
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
My DVR cut off during the promo for next week... Who did Brenda tell Kelly she'd slept with?!?
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
HEAR HEAR FOR TALKING ABOUT PRIVILEGED! I love that show! JOanna Garcia is awesome! And I love that they made her a Red Head. Red Heads rule!
felicityporter felicityporter 8 years
Yay Privileged! I am a little worried that they have Megan and Will together so soon though. I think there are a lot of storylines they will get out of that though (Lily = pissed, Megan = fitting in with an uberich bf, Charlie = uh oh but now he has that hot waitress surfer girl maybe he won't care). When is Privileged going to get a full season pick-up? Mwah!
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 8 years
I only watched part of 90210 last night, and it was blah . . . I'd much rather talk about Privileged too!!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Annie is the poor girls brenda, Shmoo :P. Honestly, check out this pic of her in Buzz's original post! Geesh, that is quinesentially (sp???) her!
Cupcake0110 Cupcake0110 8 years
I'm with amloveaffair....let's talk about PRIVILEGED! YAY Megan & Will! High point of 90210 for me? Last 30 sec. Hot guy in uniform!
juiceejuice juiceejuice 8 years
annie annoys me to no end
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
I love how you question Annie's hot and cold personality. Duh! She's Brenda
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I agree gingirl, but I also am biased as I have a school girl crush on Navid :love:
gingirl gingirl 8 years
I loved last night's episode! So dramatic, so chock full of great stuff. I love it when Naomi is a focal point, it's so much more entertaining than when Annie is moaning about something. I find it very hard to identify or sympathize with her; and I have to say, I think Annie's facial expressions are weirder than Naomi's. It's like she can't hold a thought or an expression to go with that thought for more than a second. She needs to calm down her eyebrows. I don't really get why some people are saying "I can't believe Navid's family is so normal" Well, yes, his dad is in porn. But his father isn't doing anything illegal, and it was pointed out earlier this season that Navid wasn't allowed to watch it - that's a bit of a hint that his family is normal. Not everybody having to do with the adult industry is a sleaze bag, so it shouldn't be a shock that his family is nice. I don't think there's much need to reconcile anything here.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I guess I do have a few positive things to say about this show...I'm glad that not everyone is a sl*t by the age of 15 (Navid, Annie, and Dixon are virgins still right? and Silver doesn't seem promiscuous). I also really like Navid, his family seems cool and I think he is really cute with Adrianna too.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I know TV isn't supposed to be believable, but everything happens WAY too easily on this show. And what is with their outfits? The production value on this show must be so low...I mean, what is up with Annie's hair and outfits this whole episode? I keep thinking that this show is getting better, but then an apeiosde like this comes along and it seems like its the first episode all over again. Almost all of these kids need to go back to acting class.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
- thought the EXACT same thing about you with the porn family; i kind of imagined a old pervy man with a young trophy wife - annie and naomi REALLY overacted in that last scene - loveee naomi'sh air - was so glad to see that naomi was fake crying because i was getting really tired of her whining - can understand annie because she did try to tell naomi numerous times - but wtf is wrong with her! when jason kisses her she doesn't even like push him away nor does she look disgusted/whatever afterwards - yeah saint's go marching
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I love this show too and I am for sure NOT in high school. It has a good mix of stories and characters. Personally, I love the Navid/Adriana story line. I wish they would show more of that, bc I think they are adorable. I agree with briandiesel about Naomi's facial expressions: WEIRD WEIRD WEIRD. I think I am on Team Naomi though, bc she really was hurt deeply by what Annie did. Why would she want to date that ugly monkey guy who accepts blowjobs before school when he has a steady girlfriend :oy: way to pick a winner girls. If he supposedly is the new bad boy, we are in trouble :true: I miss Dylan as the bad boy. The Saint's go Marching In? WTF!?
yadiet yadiet 8 years
Omg 90210 was great!!!! I love it! Can't wait for next weeks episode
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