This week’s “90210” had all the important pieces of a season finale, including confessions, break-ups, and an explosive ending. And of course, more questions to ponder over the summer break.
(Spoiler alert if you haven’t yet watched this episode. If you have watched, then keep reading and share your comments below.)
The episode, titled “Confessions,” had Liam Court (Matt Lanter) and Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes) bonding over their secrets. Liam decided to come clean to his mother about the stolen coins, after a heart-to-heart chat with Annie. He texted Annie to meet him at the docks, where they took his newly built sailboat out for a ride. By the way, Liam broke up with Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord), which makes him available for Annie. But will she date her friend Naomi’s ex-boyfriend after all they’ve been through? Eh, why not?
(Click here for still photos of “Confessions.”)
While out on the boat, Liam told Annie that he had to confess about the stolen coins or he wouldn’t be able to live with himself, considering the family’s housekeeper lost her job over it. This prompted Annie to confess about what happened after prom last year when she hit something on Mulholland Drive, and later found out it was a man, Joe Herman, who was in a coma and then died. Meanwhile, Annie’s ex-boyfriend, Jasper Herman (Zachary Ray Sherman), was listening and watching nearby.
Liam escorted Annie home to make her confession to her parents, but then left when she said she had to do it alone. When Liam headed back to the docks, he saw his boat engulfed in flames. Then Liam spotted Jasper getting back onto the dock and proceeded to beat the crap out of him, which was not a good move (so much for Liam staying out of trouble), but enjoyable to watch (Sorry, but Jasper had it coming. I do enjoy his creepiness, but he has caused a lot of trouble.)
As for the rest of the Wilson clan, things aren’t much better. Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds) nearly lost his relationship with Ivy Sullivan (Gillian Zinser) after confessing to kissing Erin “Silver” Silver (Jessica Stroup) (read more about that in last week’s episode), but redeemed himself with a romantic display at the planetarium.
Thinking his trip to Australia was back on with Ivy, Dixon happily started packing. Until he learned from his mother, Debbie Wilson (Lori Loughlin) that he wasn’t allowed to go “down under” after all. Now that she found out about the gambling and breaking-into-school cover-up, she sided with dad, Harry Wilson (Rob Estes), on Dixon staying home. It looked to me like Dixon snuck out, though, so we’ll find out next season.
The argument over Harry hiding the truth about Dixon’s gambling and breaking into school just fueled the fire even more for the doomed marriage of Debbie and Harry. Harry was forced, well he was blackmailed by good old Mark (Blake Hood) (What does this guy have against the Wilson family? Remember the sexting scandal in which he took pics of Annie?), into telling the truth to school authorities about the security tape he covered up for Dixon.
As a result, Harry was fired as principal of West Beverly Hills High School. (We know that Rob Estes is leaving the show, but not quite sure how they’ll write Harry out of the picture. Will they come back in the fall saying he packed up and moved away? What do you think about this storyline and Harry’s departure? Share your thoughts below.)
Another rocky relationship, which is now on-again is that of Silver and Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan). Silver told Teddy how his father offered her money to break up with Teddy, which Teddy was not too happy about. He told Silver that he can make their relationship work and still play tennis, which Silver decided wasn’t going to work. She ended up going solo to the “Pass the Torch” dance (senior class passes the torch to the junior class, which means Silver, Naomi and crew will all be seniors next year), but after a motivational conversation by Naomi (loved her rendition of “Single Ladies”), she convinced her that Teddy should decide what is best for him, not Silver or his father. So, Silver and Teddy were happily reunited … at least for now.
On the school front, Silver had the opportunity to interview friend Adrianna Tate-Duncan (Jessica Lowndes) for The Blaze live edition about her new music career, as well as her duet and romance with pop star Javier (Diego Boneta). Navid Shirazi (Michael Steger), who runs The Blaze, noticed the bracelet he bought for ex-girlfriend Adrianna dangling on her wrist. The bracelet (read more here about Navid’s failed attempt to rekindle his romance with Adrianna) was mixed in with Javier’s gifts from fans, and he gave it to Adrianna.
Navid interrupted the interview, which was being broadcast live across the school, to confront Adrianna about the bracelet and let her know how he feels about her. He pointed out the special charms on the bracelet, and she realized it was from him. And even though Navid cleared out the room of The Blaze staff, the live broadcast aired to students showing Navid and Adrianna getting back together and sharing a kiss.
Adrianna decided to break up with Javier, which he wasn’t too thrilled about. He plotted to win her back from Navid, and invited her on his year-long music tour. Adrianna, who would have to miss school (and the all-important senior year), told Javier she would think about it.
So back to Naomi, who was feeling lonely after her break-up with Liam, things just don’t seem to be going her way. Her sister, Jen Clark (Sara Foster) continued to wreak havoc on her life. With no money to pay for parking at Jen’s doctor’s office (remember we found out last week she is pregnant), she raided Jen’s purse and discovered a paternity test.
The paternity test showed that Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold), Jen’s ex-boyfriend and Naomi’s teacher, was the father. Ryan then received a surprise at his desk consisting of “Congrats Dad” balloons and the paternity test. The surprise was likely given to him by Naomi, considering once he talked to Jen about being a part of the baby’s life, she told him she had no intention of him helping to raise the child.
Ryan, who was devastated by the news, ended up going on a binge. He showed up at the “Pass the Torch” dance wasted, in which current flame Laurel Sullivan (Kelly Lynch) told him he should leave. He then fled the dance by stealing a shuttle to go back to the high school for his car. Once in his car, he rammed into a parked car and ran over a school sign. He also witnessed something in a classroom window, which hopefully for Naomi’s sake he will remember when he wakes up from his drunken state.
Naomi, who left the dance early feeling lonely, went back to school on a shuttle (luckily for her, not the same one Ryan drove) to get her car. The clunker she was stuck driving (thanks to Jen) would not start, so she went into the school for help (Jen also took away her cell phone).
Inside the school Naomi came across Mr. Cannon (Hal Ozsan), whom she just recently had accused of sexually harassing her. Since she cleared up the truth, things seemed to be going better with Mr. Cannon. He even showed her a project he was working on, and asked her if she was OK.
As Naomi started pouring out her feelings, Mr. Cannon closed the window blinds (which was hazily witnessed by Ryan outside the school, but as to whether he clearly saw we don’t yet know) and started coming on to Naomi. She resisted, but then he reminded her that she already cried wolf, so who would believe her if she tried to tell on him again?
So, as to whether Naomi is sexually assaulted or manages to escape, we’ll have to wait until next season to find out her fate. And add that to the list of other unanswered questions, such as: Does Annie confess to her parents? Will the Wilsons divorce and what will happen to Harry? Did Dixon sneak off to Australia? Will Adrianna go on tour with Javier, leaving Navid and her senior year behind? Will Silver and Teddy actually make it work? And better yet, what will Teddy do to his father for revenge against the bribe? And last, but not least, what will happen with Liam and Jasper following their fight? The truth of the hit-and-run, how Jasper knows about it, and who is responsible (word is that it is not Annie), will hopefully be revealed early in the next season. How much longer could they possibly drag this out?
I am looking forward to the answers to these questions and more when “90210” returns with the gang’s senior year.
“90210” currently airs Tuesdays on the CW network, but will be moving to Mondays in the fall. To catch up on season two, click here for recaps.
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