December 4, 2011

BH90210 2.21, Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout It: Like a Virgin

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 4:17 pm by Jenn

Maybe you'd get more guys if you stopped dressing like a Von Trapp, Andrea

Summary: Dylan and Andrea are with the Walshes, watching a news report about a survey being done about teenage sexuality. Brandon’s mad to be cut out of the background. Donna helps David with his radio show, which makes Kelly complain about Jackie dating Mel. Andrea is furious to learn that the survey has been canceled. Brenda’s upset, too, since no one cares what teenagers have to say. Donna says her mother will be happy because she feels like teens will get the wrong ideas. Andrea lectures her about teen pregnancy and STD statistics, then comes up with an idea.

Andrea goes to that night’s school board meeting with one of the paper’s writers, John, and asks for condoms to be made available on campus. She’s pleased to get support from a couple of board members. Later, they meet up with Brenda, Brandon, Donna, and David at the Peach Pit to celebrate. Andrea’s all happy now that people are listening to her. Donna’s worried about how her mother will react.

The Walshes host a parents’ association meeting, which Jackie and Mel attend together. Donna comes with her mother, Felice. The conversation among the parents gets heated, with Mel and another father arguing loudly (Mel is pro-condoms, the other father isn’t). Felice points out that people are still getting STDs even with the use of condoms, so they’re not the answer. Andrea notes to Brenda that they are when people use them right. Brenda says they aren’t always. Felice continues that parents give children mixed messages and instead should promote abstinence.

Steve presses Andrea to speak up, but Donna does first, pointing out that telling kids they don’t need condoms because they shouldn’t be having sex doesn’t make sense. You can tell your kids not to go in your swimming pool, but if you know they’re going to find a way in anyway, they better know how to swim. After the meeting, the Walshes talk about their past discussions about sex. Cindy thinks it’s gotten easier since the media talks more about safe sex. Brenda and Brandon can’t believe Donna and Andrea are leading “the next sexual revolution.”

At school the next day, David asks Brandon and Steve about Donna’s comments at the meeting. He wonders if he should make a move. He also wonders how long he’ll have to wait to get some free condoms. Andrea does an interview for a national news program, and John tells Brandon that West Beverly is the first school to really discuss the subject. Donna tells David that her mom isn’t thrilled with what she said at the meeting, but Donna was confident about making a stand.

A teacher, Ms. Teasley, asks Brandon to get Andrea to back off of her campaign a little so it doesn’t harm her position on the paper. The Silvers and Taylors discuss this at dinner, where Jackie complains of stomach problems. She notes that a lot of teens Kelly’s age aren’t emotionally ready for sex. Mel jokes that boys just need a copy of Playboy. Kelly thinks condoms are necessary but not in school since, like her mom said, most teens aren’t ready for sex.

David manages to buy some condoms and tries to share with Steve, who claims he doesn’t need any. Kelly asks Brandon to take her name off the list of people Andrea wants to talk to about sex for the paper. Dylan and Donna also decline to participate. Kelly tells Brandon that Andrea also wants them to hand out condoms. Brandon clarifies with John that they have informational packets to give out. He’s a little ticked that John and Andrea made the decision about the packets without his input.

Andrea explains to Brandon that the packets are part of her negotiation strategy. She tells him that the movement has a life of its own now. Brandon tells her to get a life herself, warning that she’s alienating people. The only people who respond to tactics like this one are already on Andrea’s side. Andrea accuses him of being jealous of her and John for being in the spotlight. Brandon replies that things aren’t all black and white. He adds that Andrea doesn’t know enough about sex to understand the other side of the debate: “Love is not a public health issue.”

Brenda chastises Brandon for his treatment of Andrea, saying he probably made her worry that she’ll be a virgin forever. She reminds him of Andrea’s feelings for him. John shows Andrea a piece someone sent in for their special sex issue. It’s called “Okay, So I’m a Virgin.” Andrea doesn’t want to hear it. Brenda assures Andrea that her own piece will be tasteful. She’s sure the vote at that night’s school board meeting will make Andrea happy. Brandon apologizes to Andrea and wishes her luck at the meeting. She’s still mad.

The board votes, and Andrea and John are stunned when one of the members who originally supported their side votes against it. Afterward, Brenda reveals that the member is good friends with Felice. Donna encourages Andrea and their friends to keep fighting, which rallies the troops, other than Andrea. Brenda thinks she’s more upset about losing a forum where issues can be discussed. She says they need to present their side of the situation with maturity.

At the Peach Pit, David talks sex with Dylan, knowing that he and Brenda rented a hotel room the previous year. Dylan then goes to see Brenda and learns that she’s written about her pregnancy scare for the paper. He doesn’t want their personal lives shared with the whole school. Brenda won’t back down, so Dylan starts to leave. She tells him she thinks there’s a need for girls to read her story. Dylan’s mad that she didn’t ask his feelings on the subject. Brenda basically agrees to back down.

At school, David thanks Dylan for his non-advice; he’s decided not to rush Donna into having sex. His plans may change, however, since her parents just went out of town. Brenda tells Andrea she’s not writing her piece, but Andrea doesn’t seem to care. She’s not even sure there will still be a special edition of the paper. Kelly balks at handing out sex info to strangers, and Andrea has her own excuses for not participating. Brandon tells her he feels guilty, but she won’t let him take the spotlight away from her hurt feelings.

Kelly finds Andrea moping, and Andrea tells her she feels like a hypocrite for trying to educate people about safe sex when she’s a virgin. Kelly denies that she’s able to land any guy she wants: Brandon also rejected her. She has a reputation as being “easy,” and she’s always trying to fight it, but she never knows if guys who ask her out really like her or just want to get in her pants. She tells Andrea she’s lucky that she has an open future because Kelly can never go back. John waits around for Andrea, telling him he doesn’t really like hanging out with Brandon when she’s not there. He admits to writing the essay she didn’t want to hear.

At Donna’s, David tries to get something started, but Donna stops him, saying she has no intentions of having sex with him. Or anyone, actually, at least until she’s married. David’s surprised since she was so vocal about sex at the meeting. Donna clarifies that she wants to promote safe sex, not premarital sex. Her life is complicated enough without sex. David admits that he’s relieved. At the Taylors’, Jackie tells Kelly to promise never to have unprotected sex. Otherwise, she might end up like Jackie: pregnant.

Thoughts: Freaking A, Andrea, SHUT UP. You’re not the first girl to have an unrequited crush. I hate how she’s all, “You’re the reason I’m a virgin, Brandon.” Girl, there are 500 other guys at West Beverly. John clearly likes you. Hook up with him.

Weren’t the pieces for the paper going to be published anonymously? So maybe Dylan can chill out? And Brenda can tell him it’s not all about him?

I like that they made Donna a character who wants to wait until she’s married to have sex. Usually those characters on TV shows are religious and aren’t really respected for the decision. That, or the supposedly religious characters don’t want to wait (I’m thinking Quinn on Glee, who was originally a Christian and the president of the Abstinence Club). A lot of teen shows just have everyone having sex all the time. This seems more realistic to me.

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