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90210 Recap: Episode Four, "The Bubble"

90210 Rundown: Episode Four, "The Bubble"

Welcome back, 90210 fans! What did you think of last night's episode? I have mixed feelings myself. There were moments last night when I was totally drawn in, and other times when I just cringed.

I was also confused by certain plot points. Such as: Why is Ryan the teacher destroying his relationship with Kelly before they even have a relationship? And why is Annie wound up so tight about guys? She just moved to this new Zip code. I feel like she should take a breath and survey the land. Oh, and was it weird that this episode was completely not racy? There was absolutely nothing illicit going on at all.

Thumbs up, though, to the return of Grandma Tabitha and the revealed identity of Kelly's son's dad! Ready to chat about it? Just


  • I still get a kick out of Brenda and Kelly talking about the old 90210 characters, like when they have coffee and bring up Donna and her baby.
  • Speaking of Brenda — when she meets Kelly in the school cafeteria for coffee, she reminisces she can still hear, "Donna Martin graduates! Donna Martin graduates!"
  • The writers gave Tabitha some nutty lines last night, including one about acting being breathing from your rear end and reaching the skies . . . or something?
  • How'd you like Naomi's pouty family Christmas card photo shoot? Is it just me, or were her hair and dress totally '80s in that scene?
  • Even though Dixon has a really straightforward story right now, I still can't help but like him. Same with Silver. Maybe it's because both actors know how to handle this kind of soapy material without overacting. Regardless, they are easy to watch and relate to, and their little blossoming relationship is so far the most authentic to me.
  • Which brings me to Annie, who is extremely boy crazy. She dumps Ty for Ethan why, again? And goes back to Ty because she realizes . . . Ethan doesn't like her? And she does it with snickerdoodles? Kinda hard to root for this one.
  • Then there's Ryan, who is constantly worried about Kelly's ex and pumps Brenda for the information. Why is he so worried when they've hardly been on one date? I'm so confused.
  • And the daddy is . . . drum roll please . . . Dylan McKay! Who's apparently a "do-gooder" now doing charity across the globe. Hooray for the end of that mystery, and hopefully for the end of awkward pronouns.
  • Did you enjoy Naomi's soft side with Ethan's brother? I thought that was kind of a cheesy moment.
  • Ack! Grandma Tabitha singing! I was scared, and then in heaven, and then scared again. So hilarious, even though I'm not totally positive it was supposed to be. Oh and raise your hand if you're already tired of that Spring Awakening song. Maybe they couldn't get the rights to any others?
  • Nat is still so cute. I loved his line about a "good egg" from the same high school who used work there. Sigh — Brandon. Loved him.

So Ethan and Naomi are going to take their relationship "day by day," Silver and Dixon will go on a date, and Annie got Ty back. We also learned a little bit more about why Silver hates Naomi so much, and about Naomi's Malibu beach house where her father's lover is now moving in. That was about it — kind of meh. I think next week is going to really steam up, but I feel like this show needs more SoCal in it or something. Maybe a pool party or more beaches.

What did you think about the episode? So far so good for the show, or do you hope it improves? Who are your favorite characters so far?

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Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 8 years
I've only just seen this, my laptop has hated me this week..... I love this show, yes it's boring at times, and yes they are way TOO skinny but I can't help but love it. I can't decide if my crush on Ty is bigger than my crush on Ryan or the other way around.....In last weeks preview I'm sure there was a scene of Ty & Annie kissing & her dad catches her, did I miss that somehow? Anyway yes I did like this episode, Dixon & Silver FTW!!!!
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
ugh i couldn't get through this episode. i am not liking this show. i watched the pilot and managed to get thru it. this episode was tough. i ended up surfing about 15 minutes in..i think i'm gonna hang it up...
cibele cibele 8 years
johnsonkm20, i see no chemistry between Dixon and Silver too. Maybe because i love Silver and dont like at all Dixon. But these two together have no chemistry, it's not romantic and it's not even hot between them. I wish they would find another guy for her.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I loved the little sneaky stuff the writers put in about the old 90210. That is reason enough to watch it for me. :ROTFL: Plus, Jennie Garth recently said that they are seeing how old fans react to the old characters and see if it is worth getting more older cast members. HELLO, YES!!!!
nadioz nadioz 8 years
i just read that the guy who plays the teacher is 24 years old, damn i though he was much older.
GoneZaggyGirl GoneZaggyGirl 8 years
Loved seeing the old Walsh house. Thought Naomi's dress in the first scene (the 80s-ish one) was a play on Kelly and Brenda's prom dresses in the old show. Black with little white bows instead of black with one huge white bow. LOVED the little inside joke.
bffbbf4fun bffbbf4fun 8 years
Ugh, they just HAD to make Dylan the father. BOO! And "Spring Awakening" is awesome- but I really don't want to hear those girls sing "Mamma Who Bore Me" again!
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
I can't get Mamma Who Bore Me out of my head! Must listen to something else. I want to be behind Silver & Dixon, but I just don't see the chemistry between them.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
This episode was a stinker. It is most probably due to the fact that Navid wasn't in it. hahha
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
@ LaurenG22: Oh ok! Glad I'm not the only one who noticed it! haha. Sorry I missed that you had already mentioned that, though.
fifafifa fifafifa 8 years
tls: "Also, where do they find so many one-piece denim ensembles for Naomi? She looked like a demented child prostitute in that lace-up thing." I almost cracked a rib laughing (in dismay because it's true) over this!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
actually, I said, " Am I the only one who semi interpreted it that way??? OK, also- Was Ethan's house the old Casa Walsh!??!!" hence why I think it was buried.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Boston, I mentioned that earlier today! I definetly think they used the old walsh house. :)
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
This show is ok. I watch it because having the 90210 title just brings back memories of the original and watching that one with my sister. I do love Dixon and a couple and as characters. They seem like they have a bit more depth to them or more of a back story, I guess. I love the grandmother, too! Every episode needs her. I figured Dylan was the father of Kelly's son. He was really the only other choice besides Steve since Kelly had mentioned in an episode that the father was someone she dated in high school (she never dated Brandon in hs) and that there was a lot of history. Only leaves Dylan. BTW did anyone else notice that the front door and the inside of Ethan's house kind of looked like the Walsh's? Maybe I'm the only one or maybe it really didn't look similar....hahaha.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Who didn't have kids dancing around the lawn in hammer pants listening to boom boxes?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I think I'm about at the Christmas episode too. I just love the long shots that they always seemed to show of West Bev, with people randomly dancing around in Hammer pants on the lawn, and all the spandex bike shorts! Priceless.
beautiful-mess342960 beautiful-mess342960 8 years
I totally believe it is Dylan's baby...for all you that think that there is still a twist going on and it's Brandon's think about this... Kelly told Ryan(?)--the other teacher that likes her--that the dad is off doing charity.. blahzayblah. Well when Ryan talks to Brenda and tells her about the charity thing, Brenda seems a little put off by that statement...and then when she confronts Kelly she tells her to get her story straight... seems to me like Kelly is making Dylan sound better than he is to Ryan so he doesn't think there's all this drama in her life. Silver and Dixon are so adorable...I like how they aren't rushing their relationship. Too cute!! Tabitha is effin hilarious! She may be one of my faves this seris. Naomi's mom is stupid...period. How could she even think it was just a "fling"? It never is! && She hasn't been very sensitive to Naomi during all of this...rude. *You can catch up on oooold episodes on the soapnet channel. Its quite hilarious to see all the crazy fashion and hair styles and cheesy lines.. but you can't help but love every minute of it.
darlene darlene 8 years
I like Silver and Dixon
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
I am liking the show so far. It does get a little bit "predictable" at times. But all around...I am liking it. I will definitely keep watching. I am LOVING Dylan being Sam's daddy too. Hoping to get a Luke Perry guest spot!
PinkTink707 PinkTink707 8 years
Kudos to Rob Thomas for the Veronica Mars snickerdoodles reference....nice addition. *Sigh* I miss my VMars...anyway - I am on a tangent. I only like Dixon and Silver...everyone else annoys me. That's its.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
speaking of cheese, I just finished the chrsitmas episode where steve goes to look for his mom and brenda invites a bum in off the street.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Painful doesn't BEGIN to describe it. During the spring dance episode in particular. Brenda and Kelly's matching dresses, Brenda telling Dylan "How many girls get to make love for the first time with a guy they love?" Steve's whole crying jag about his birthday. I'm tellin' ya. CHEEEEESE! But I loved every single minute of it! LMAO
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Anyone else happy that most of the outifits that silver and annie wore covered their bony bodies up?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I have the old DVDs too! How painful is it to watch the bad clothing and after-school special stuff from the first couple of seasons?
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
juliex0x0, the DVD's are out, seasons 1-5. I know because I own them. LMAO I liked the episode. I still have to watch the first 20 minutes, because I was watching DVD's of the OLD show and lost track of time. I came in during the "sweet" moment between Naomi and Ethan's brother. Cheesy yes, but I thought it was sweet. I alter between loving Naomi and hating her. She's the "kelly". The girl who seems to have everything, but who's home life is absolutely horrid. So, now we know that Dixon = Brandon, Annie = Brenda, Naomi = Kelly. Who are Silver and Ethan? Ethan CAN'T be the Dylan, he's not a bad boy. And if Silver is supposed to be the Donna, that makes no sense. So maybe there are TWO Donna's? Or Naomi is Donna and Silver is Kelly? Just speculation of course, but it's fun to try and figure out.
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