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Recap of 90210 and Melrose Place Shocking Moments 2009-11-18 09:30:19

90210 vs. Melrose Place: Which Was More Scandalous?

The Tuesday night CW block made a particularly strong showing this week. Personally, I thought 90210 had one of its best episodes of the season — nice character development, a few teary moments, and some "oh no she didn't" disses. And as for Melrose Place, I've got two words for you: Heather Locklear. Yes, Amanda Woodward is back, and it's quickly becoming clear that the residents aren't going to have it easy any time soon.

So with plenty of drama to go around, which show shocked more? Let's break down all the juicy tidbits and decide the victor when you


  • 90210 point: Well, Annie sleeps with Jasper, and she skips into the kitchen in the morning to tell her parents about her new boyfriend. Debbie invites him for dinner — but once Dixon warns about his druggie reputation, Deb and Harry are less than enthused and forbid Annie from seeing him. She, of course, gets defensive, and as for Jasper's reaction? He tries to kill Navid by pushing him down the stairs at school.
    Melrose Place counterpoint: Speaking of crazy murderers, did Michael off Sydney? Sure seems like it after David ransacks his car and finds her bloody necklace in a plastic bag. Now, he's determined to clear Auggie's name (who has since been shunned by all of his friends) and get payback by putting Michael behind bars.

  • 90210 point: Richard and his mom walk in on Naomi with Jamie. (How about the Dean sarcastically calling Naomi "classy?" Ouch.) Naomi admits to Jamie that she was dating Richard for the wrong reasons, and he breaks up with her over it. Her guilty conscience getting the best of her, Naomi then confesses to Richard, too. Jamie finds out and asks to get back together, but unfortunately for him, Naomi had an epiphany during their 24 hours apart — she's still not over Liam.
    Melrose Place counterpoint: Like I said, Amanda Woodward is back, and she's out to make Ella's life hell. First she fires Caleb, and then she sends in an agent named Melissa to lure Ella away from WPK as a "test." Oh, and did I mention that Melissa comes on to Ella and the two women make out in a back room? That part totally came out of nowhere — talk about scandalous.

  • 90210 point: Last week Silver's mom Jackie wasn't waking up, and this week starts with her being rushed to the hospital. The doctor tells Silver and Kelly to say their goodbyes, but Kelly refuses after all the years her mother mistreated her. She regrets that decision later, so she finally makes amends and tells Jackie that she forgives her. Jackie passes soon after, and I admittedly got a bit choked up.
    Melrose Place counterpoint: Things are looking up for Riley — her jeans campaign is all over magazines — but once Amanda Woodward steps in, she concocts a rags-to-riches fake bio for Riley for PR purposes. Once the press starts asking questions, Riley admits to the lie and things blow up in WPR's face. Amanda seeks revenge by asking Ella to rat on Riley for abusing her sick days for the photo shoots. When Ella won't agree, ruthless Amanda does it herself, and Riley gets fired.

  • 90210 point: Adrianna tells Navid that he was easy to get over because she was never really in love with him. Brutal. Then Naomi discovers Adrianna's stash, and she says good riddance to Adrianna, too. This can't be good for her substance problem.
    Melrose Place counterpoint: Can we talk about Violet and Auggie's sex scene on the kitchen counter? Lauren's stripteases make me blush enough already, but this may have even topped that.

  • 90210 point: I still can't stand Jen, but we're slowly starting to see her softer side. Ryan suggests going camping, and she packs a fondue set and a Burberry rain coat — not exactly low-maintenance is she? After she complains a lot, Ryan tells her he's disappointed since he's always bending over backwards for her. She takes his words to heart — even builds a fire! — and opens up about being broke . . . and still married.
    Melrose Place counterpoint: In other couple news, David woos Lauren by decorating her apartment like Autumn, complete with falling leaves. But just as things get hot and heavy, she puts on the brakes, because of her "issues" with intimacy. How long are they going to drag this out?

While I really enjoyed 90210, we're talking about scandal here, so I'm going to give this week to Melrose Place. Having Amanda Woodward on your side already makes you a lock, but then throw in the borderline porno — Auggie and Violet, Lauren and David, Ella and Melissa — and it's a no-brainer. Plus, we had a great MP cliffhanger — what exactly is Sydney is referencing in her letter to Amanda that says, "You'll never find it?" You'll never find what?!


Tell me your theories (and what you thought about the episodes) in the comments! And don't forget that if you're a 90210 follower, you can always join the 90210 Superfans group in the Buzz Community.

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lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
oh; apparently I was wrong - they are actually rodents. here's the wikipedia explanation: Driven by strong biological urges, they will migrate in large groupings when population density becomes too great. Lemmings can and do swim and may choose to cross a body of water in search of a new habitat.[7] On occasion, and particularly in the case of the Norway lemmings in Scandinavia, large migrating groups will reach a cliff overlooking the ocean. They will stop until the urge to press on causes them to jump off the cliff and start swimming. They then swim to exhaustion and death. Lemmings are also often pushed into the sea as more and more lemmings arrive at the shore.[8] Due to their association with this odd behavior, lemming suicide is a frequently-used metaphor in reference to people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion, with potentially dangerous or fatal consequences. Anyway; I now probably no one cares; but I always found them kind of fascinating...
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
cibele, lemmings are a type of insect that, without any ability to think for themselves, follow each other in a line to the point where they will even walk right off a cliff - they are like the ultimate copiers...
billyart101 billyart101 7 years
OMG, I just love the New Melrose Place! Ella's legs are to die for, and the Auggie/Violet scene was so a little sex with a Psycho can be fun now and again (I guess). Speaking of hotness, HOW can they get rid of him? He's gorgeous--the swimming scene! I love how Amanda showed wittle Riley what happens when u f with a crazy, vengeful soap opera QUEEN!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 7 years
I got teary eyed during the Jackie and Kelly scene.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Oh my gosh, I grew up watching the original Bev Hills, so Jackie's death was definitely a tear jerker (especially for watchers of the original because there's a decade worth of mother/daughter issues)! Jen and her extremely aggravating voice annoy me, so I'm not buying into her sweeter side. I want to see that b**** go down haha. Still waiting for it to finally just come out already that her and Liam slept together.
scorpion-Tee scorpion-Tee 7 years
Yea i agree with you buzz..Melrose Place was definitely more scandalous..especially when Melissa and Ella made out..definitely came outta no mouth dropped.
elle619 elle619 7 years
I missed something and noticed it last night. What happened to Ethan?
cibele cibele 7 years
Annie always says people at school are lemmings. What the hell? Is that a curse or anything like that? LOL
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
HA HA - Annie is such a moron. "The kids at this school SUCK!" I LOVE IT!
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
I got teary eyed when Jackie died :( I'm glad that Kelly said her goodbye and that she forgave her.
nicole121482 nicole121482 7 years
That's right! They totally just let Jane and her landlordship slide by the wayside...hmmmm?
care0531 care0531 7 years
I thought Donna decided to go back to Japan with David and not stay in Beverly Hills? I don't blame the rents not liking Jasper- I would have been freaked out too and told my daughter the same thing. It was Navid that got hurt this time around when will it be Annie? When will Annie confess to her "love" that she killed his uncle? I cried a little when Kelly said good-bye to Jackie- a lot of history there and I got all teared up over it. 90210 was more dramatic that's for sure. Melrose had all the scandel! The bitch was definetly back and working her magic. A little girl on girl- hot and steamy with David and Lauren as well as Violet and Aussie- and let me tell you I am not a fan of Ashley Simpsons acting but that sex scene got pretty steamy IMO! I just keep watching wondering when is the end for those 2? Will we see a murder suicide? I still think crazy V killed Sydney.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
I havent watched 90210 since the end of last season..I just read the recaps here, have I missed something or did they just drop Donna without any explanation of where she went? I know the new writer didnt want all these 'stunt castings' but how do you just drop a character like that
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I am so glad they let Kelly and Jackie make up. Honestly, Jackie Taylor was one of my favorite characters on BH 90210. But seriously, at her funeral, Mel and David would not come? What about Steve and Andrea, they were always coming to reunions and supporting Kelly. GAH, it makes me so mad bc the old people not coming ruins it and makes the whole thing slightly ridiculous.
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
O M G Melrose was super intense. I did laugh when Violet took off her shirt, ugh, so awkward still. Very interested to find out more on the Sydney case, and didn't Ella and David sleep together a few episodes ago? Ella is cool with David hooking up with Lauren now? He's just making his way through the apartments. I don't know why I'm even bringing it up, it is "Melrose Place" after all. MP definitely wins. So much scandal! Loving it.
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