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90210 vs. Melrose Place: Which Was More Scandalous?

We're now in our third week of episodes from The CW's Tuesday night guilty-pleasure block, and while both 90210 and Melrose Place are in full swing, the latest batch of drama wasn't my favorite. Both shows seem to be setting up for some action-packed episodes later on in the season, but for now, let's discuss which was more juicy this week.

Ready to figure out which episode get this week's crown of shameless scandal? Weigh in on the debate when you


  • 90210 point: The episode kicks off with Adrianna dreaming of Navid, but it quickly turns into an ab-tastic vision of Teddy shirtless. Obviously she can't get the six pack out of her head and later locks lips with Teddy — and, of course, Silver catches a glimpse.
    Melrose Place counterpoint: The gang gets a new landlord, and it's none other than Sydney's sister Jane. Violet greets her with one of her creepy dead-eyed smiles, and Jane wastes no time blackmailing Ella.
  • 90210 point: Dixon and his adult lady friend take it to the next level, hardcore! Massages, hotel rooms, showering together. . . that is, until Sasha discovers the trunk full o'porn in the trunk of the Lamborghini. Dixon continues to dig himself deeper into a mess of lies, I continue to wonder how the hell this woman hasn't figured out that he's only 17 yet.
    MP counterpoint: When the cops come knocking at her door, Violet abandons ship and jumps out the window. She and Jane have a creep-off when Violet tells her that she's a long-lost niece, and Jane has her thrown in jail.
  • 90210 point: Liam and Jen take us on an emotional roller coaster. First Liam turns the tables on Jen when he gets dirt on her gold-digging past! But then Jen pulls the sweet and innocent act on Naomi instead of telling her that she slept with Liam, as Liam had requested. I felt so defeated until the episode's final moments where we learn that Liam has Jen's nasty confessions on tape.
    MP counterpoint: Lauren heads to a hotel to meet Toby, and another dude quickly recognizes her as being a prostitute. First she gets offended, then agrees to sleep with him — but he won't pay up. Lauren has her first taste of the hard life when the john throws her in the corner, until she finds herself a madam.
  • 90210 point: When Annie's hit-and-run homeless guy leaves $100K to West Beverly in his will, his creepy nephew comes out of the woodwork. By the end of the episode he offers to "take Annie for a ride" and she accepts. I do not like where this is going.
    MP counterpoint: Michael hires a guy to follow David; David figures it out and punches the guy in Auggie's restaurant. Auggie is not pleased.
  • 90210 point: Navid and Adrianna finally get it on.
    MP counterpoint: Ella and David finally get it on.

So who's the big winner of the week? I'm giving this one to 90210. Partly because Liam finally figured out how to take Jen down, and partly because I really enjoyed the inclusion of an actual high-school level crime — cutting class! What do you think? Does crazy Violet warrant more credit in the scandal department?

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DCBaxter DCBaxter 7 years
Totally off topic, but regarding 90210 - what I can't figure out is where they are hanging out? It looks like a school commons room, but I think it might be the beach club? Confusing to me...
juicyness juicyness 7 years
Melrose sounds as if it would be more scandalous (I mean, 90210 is about JUNIORS in HIGH SCHOOL), but I find 90210 to be much more entertaining.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I have the last 2 melrose still on my dvr to watch but need to get motivated to watch them. 90210 I like and I thought there was a lot going on but I found a lot of it predictable. When Liam and Jen were talking and she ended the conversation- I knew it he had to of recorded it to use as black mail just based on how she worded it so perfectly. I also am going to predict that the nephew of the homeless man that Annie killed is not really related but someone Teddy is paying. I also believe the $100,000 donation came from Teddy. He is doing all this to make Annie miserable.
cibele cibele 7 years
I guess Navid is working out LOL And the new kid is creepy and looks old. The reached bottom, again, after Teddy (who looks 30). And Silver is totally making a scene. She's so self righteous sometimes. And I really don't watch Melrose Place to compare.
jenniferg jenniferg 7 years
I´m getting way too much into 90210, especially after the Adrianna-Navid making out scene...I never realized how hot he was! But OMG how crazy is Violet? I don´t know if Ashlee is meant to portray Violet this way, but to me she just comes off as a really poor actress...everything about her and her reactions feels forced...
inmybubble inmybubble 7 years
I was SO GLAD Liam finally figured out he should record one of his conversations with Jen. How had he not figured this out earlier?? Every time they've spoken with each other I've been thinking this whole thing could be over if he would just get something on tape. Of course, then they couldn't drag it out and make it last a few episodes, right? :P
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
I'm enjoying Melrose, Violet is just SO bizarre with those crazy eyes. I can't tell if it's Ashlee trying too hard, or if she truly believes Violet would act that way. I think 90210 and Melrose were equally scandalous this week. I agree, what is going on with Annie and the creepy emo nephew? "Let's go for a ride" hmmm. And really Sasha, Dixon is SUCH a baby face, wouldn't you think he was a youngin anyway? And I don't think his mom greets him at the door every night, but I did enjoy the line "Who is that white woman and why is she hugging YOUR boyfriend?"
msshellokitty msshellokitty 7 years
I'm really loving 90210 but I just can't get into Melrose Place.The acting is terrible and the stories are boring.
nicole121482 nicole121482 7 years
I'm liking Melrose Place way more already! The scandal is so much more fun:) lol
Daniela-Ramirez Daniela-Ramirez 7 years
I do know which one to choose!>. i mean both have completely different target audiences... the drama is completely different.. at the end one is high school and the other is life after college... i love both shows!
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