October 5, 2014

BH90210 8.11, Deadline: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 3:08 pm by Jenn

The guy on the right looks like my neighbor. Eh, you guys don't care

The guy on the right looks like my neighbor. Eh, you guys don’t care

Summary: David goes to the beach apartment, where Donna and her cleavage don’t want to talk about the time she spent/kisses she shared with Noah. David doesn’t either – he wants to thank her for paying his debt to Sands. She doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and is upset that he didn’t tell her about the loan shark in the first place. At the Walshes’ house, Brandon and Kelly surprise Erica with the news that Iris has transferred custody of her to Dylan. Then the day gets ruined when Brandon gets arrested.

Carly goes by the Beverly Beat to see Steve, who’s angsting over the whole Jody situation. He’s mad that he doesn’t get any say in Jody’s decision. His day gets worse when he learns about Brandon’s arrest. Kelly’s allowed to see her jailbird boyfriend while they wait for Rush to work with a lawyer to pay Brandon’s bail. Kelly urges him to reveal Erica’s name; otherwise he could go to jail for five years. Brandon insists that he’s doing the right thing, and thinks a judge and jury would agree.

David and Valerie try to brainstorm who might have paid off Sands for him. Val suggests that he just ask Sands. David thinks that’s a ridiculous idea, so Val volunteers to ask him. Donna goes to the boat to take pictures in advance of a photo shoot, which is totally not just an excuse to see Noah. She informs him that she and David broke up because she felt that they were moving too fast. Noah tells her that they shouldn’t feel guilty about their kiss. Now they can figure out what to do next.

At the police station, Kelly and Steve talk about how other people are making decisions that also affect them. Rush gives them the good news that Brandon was released on bail. Brandon and Steve immediately want to head back to the Beverly Beat and work on a new article, this one about how Brandon’s a martyr for First Amendment rights. Kelly has to point out that Brandon’s not completely off the hook.

The After Dark is doing well, though David isn’t confident that things are going to keep improving. As he serves Goldfish crackers (…really, David?), a fire starts in his office. Everyone leaves and David puts out the fire with minimal damage. But since he was living in his office, he’s now homeless. Valerie pays Sands a visit and learns that Noah paid David’s debts. She’s confused since she didn’t know Noah was rich.

Brandon and his lawyer meet with the ADA, though it’s a waste of her time since he still won’t give her Erica’s name. The ADA wonders how many teens will have to suffer before Brandon will change his mind. Brandon tells her that Riggs already beats his prostitutes – what does she think he’ll do if one of them testifies against him? David confides his money problems to Carly, then tells Noah that he and Donna are still together.

Kelly takes Erica to a clinic her foundation runs; there’s only one doctor serving a large number of underprivileged families. Steve summons Jody to the Beverly Beat to offer her $1,000 a month in child support if he’s the baby’s father. She says thanks but no thanks, pointing out that he’ll have legal responsibilities if the baby’s his. She wishes he would stop seeing the child as a burden. When Rush comes to visit, Steve asks how he handled it when he got Steve’s birth mother pregnant. Rush handled it about as well as Steve’s handling it.

Donna checks on David at the After Dark, offering him anything he might need in the wake of the fire. He guesses that she heard about the fire from Noah. She invites him to stay at the beach apartment until he can find a new place. David isn’t appreciative of the offer, telling her that she doesn’t need to concern herself with his living arrangements anymore. Valerie confronts Noah for not telling her he has money, threatening to tell David that Noah paid his debts. Noah doesn’t want the truth to get out; he wants to be liked for himself.

Kelly goes back to the clinic alone and meets Dr. Monahan. She thinks he could use some administrative help. He tells her he really needs someone who can help comfort the patients. Back at the Beverly Beat, Rush has figured out that Steve may have gotten someone pregnant. He doesn’t think there’s any question about what Steve should do. Steve complains that his life is over, but Rush disagrees – after all, he got a woman pregnant but wound up with Steve.

Noah goes to the beach apartment to ask Donna to dinner. But first, he wants to come clean about his family and how rich he is. She’s upset that he lied but seems to understand that he wanted to distance himself from his family’s name. David’s landlord checks out the damage in David’s office, yelling at him and Nat for being horrible tenants. At the Walshes’, Valerie confronts Brandon for not telling her that Noah was rich. Kelly bugs Brandon again about giving up Erica’s name. Erica overhears and offers to let them use her to catch Riggs in the act of doing something else.

Steve tells Carly that if the baby’s his, he’s going to take responsibility and be a father. She assures him that she still wants to date him. Noah takes Donna home after their successful first date, and this time no one feels guilty when they kiss. David, however, doesn’t feel great about seeing it – he’s there for the night, having decided to take her up on her offer to stay there temporarily.

Erica goes to see Riggs while Brandon and Kelly wait with cops to catch him in a sting operation. Erica sends Riggs to sell drugs to a “friend” who’s actually an undercover cop. The police easily arrest him for possession and dealing, also pretending to arrest Erica as an accessory. So now Riggs goes to jail and won’t realize that Erica was working against him. Meanwhile, Carly’s with Steve when he learns that, despite Jody’s certainty, he’s not the baby’s father.

Valerie informs David that not only is Noah making out with Donna, but he’s super-rich and paid David’s debts. Steve meets with Jody to blast her for lying to him about being the baby’s father. She wanted it to be Steve so her baby could have a good dad. As Brandon and Kelly send Erica off to Dylan, Kelly wonders if Brandon really would have gone to jail for the teen. He doesn’t really answer. David wants to talk to Noah about the debt, but Noah has bigger news: He got David an extension on his lease. David hands over his keys and tells Noah to run the club for him.

Thoughts: I’m surprised Aaron Spelling let Tori go on TV showing that much cleavage. It’s more than Tiffani Thiessen’s!

Who serves Goldfish at a bar?

Oh, Valerie, you’re not mad that Noah didn’t tell you he’s rich. You’re mad that he hasn’t bought you anything.

I love that Steve says Rush bolted when he found out Steve’s mother was pregnant, like, who does Steve think raised him?

September 28, 2014

BH90210 8.10, Child of the Night: Noah Saves the Day for the Hundredth Time

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 1:08 pm by Jenn

Who wants to tell Noah he's not at a modeling job?

Who wants to tell Noah he’s not at a modeling job?

Summary: Steve goes to the Peach Pit to try to talk to Carly, who’s been giving him some space while he deals with Jody’s revelation. She urges him to get a paternity test to make sure Jody’s telling the truth. She also points out that she can’t trust him to use birth control properly if he had unprotected sex with another woman. Kelly and Brandon try to find Erica, whose disappearance Kelly blames on Valerie. Of course, Kelly blames everything on Val, so that doesn’t mean much.

While Kelly and Donna drive around downtown playing Spot the Prostitute, David meets with Mel to discuss all his financial problems. He’s more upset about the $2,500 he took from Donna than he is about his creditors. Mel quickly devises a plan: David will file for bankruptcy, and Mel will give him the money he needs to pay Donna back. He’s very unhappy with his son.

Steve meets Jody at the Beverly Beat to ask if she’s really sure he’s the baby’s father. Even though they used protection, she’s sure Steve’s the father, since he’s the only guy she’s slept with since she broke up with her boyfriend months earlier. Steve tries to talk her out of having and/or raising the baby on her own, telling her that he’s grateful for the choice his birth mother made to place him for adoption. Jody won’t budge, determined to have and keep the baby.

Valerie lets herself onto Noah’s boat to make him a romantic dinner. She’s all, “We belong together! I’m not a crazy stalker!” He makes her leave, because she is a crazy stalker. The police pick up Erica, and Kelly argues to get her released into her foundation’s custody. Erica still has some stolen items with her, but Kelly gives her the Jean Valjean treatment, lying that she gave them to her.

David gives Donna back her $2,500 and apologizes for all his mistakes. Donna accepts the money but not the apology. He wants another chance, but she can’t trust him anymore. He’ll need to find another place to live. Brandon and Kelly let Erica spend the night at the Walshes’, and in the morning they force her to call Iris before she goes to gynecology and therapy appointments. Kelly also wants back everything she stole.

Erica takes Kelly and Brandon to her apartment to get the stuff she hasn’t already pawned, and they realize that her roommate, Julie, is stoned. Erica claims she hasn’t seen the silver pocket watch Dylan gave Brandon. Kelly wants to help Julie, who just turned 18 (which means they can’t do much about her care). Erica slips Julie the pocket watch as they leave.

Steve asks Carly to talk to Jody about how difficult single parenthood is. Carly refuses, not wanting to try to talk a stranger into what to do with her own body. Steve points out that he’ll be affected, too. Carly tells him that he doesn’t have to be a fulltime dad. Steve asks about Zach’s father, who ditched him and Carly because he didn’t want a child. Somehow, this convinces Carly to try talk to Jody.

Brandon takes Erica to the Beverly Beat, wanting to write a story about her life. Erica doesn’t think her story will help anyone in her position because teen prostitutes don’t really read the newspaper. Brandon talks her into it, promising not to use her real name. Donna hangs out with Noah on the boat while David moves out of the beach apartment. They bond a little over their recent relationship issues.

Steve helps David move, saying he agrees with Mel’s plan for him to file for bankruptcy. David mentions that he kind of sort of borrowed money from a loan shark. Meanwhile, Carly meets with Jody to tell her she’s making very bad decisions. Speaking of possibly bad decisions, Valerie sneaks onto the boat just in time to see Noah and Donna kissing.

Brandon publishes his story on Erica, using an alias for her but printing Riggs’ real name. It earns him a visit from the ADA, who wants to bring a case against Riggs and just needs the name of Brandon’s source. Brandon refuses to give it, since Erica shouldn’t have to face Riggs. The ADA is determined to get what she wants despite Brandon’s stubbornness. David and Donna run into each other at the beach apartment, and it’s awkward and she cries.

Kelly thinks Brandon should give Erica’s name to the ADA so they can be sure Riggs gets put away. Brandon wants to keep his promise to Erica that he won’t let her name become public. Carly admits to Steve that she agrees with Jody’s decision to be a single parent. She wants him to be a part of the child’s life if he’s the father. Steve is still unconvinced that he’s the father, and thinks having a baby would ruin his life.

Kelly and Donna have a girls’ night at the beach apartment so Donna won’t have to be alone right after the breakup. She’s not doing too badly, though, since she spent the day with a hot guy. Valerie goes by the After Dark to let David know that Donna spent the day with Noah. David doesn’t think it’s a big deal until Val mentions the kiss. P.S. Noah’s at the After Dark tonight, if David would like to speak to him.

Yes, David would like to speak to Noah, but first he’ll have to deal with Everett Sands, who wants his money back. David says he’s going to his office to get it, then runs off. Noah buys a bottle of something (with a $100, letting the bartender keep the change), then uses it as a weapon to keep Sands and his goons from injuring David too badly.

Kelly tries to convince Erica to reveal her name to the DA, but Brandon and Erica are still a united front on the topic. Kelly threatens to call the DA herself. As Brandon’s calling her bluff, Erica steals Kelly’s car. David confronts Donna at work about her kiss with Noah, asking why she lied about her whereabouts the previous day. She says her activities are none of his business. David asks if they slept together, which is REALLY none of his business.

Brandon and Kelly track Erica to her apartment, where she’s helping Julie after a beating – Riggs sent someone after her. She gives Erica back the pocket watch, which Brandon says she can keep. Riggs arrives and tries to get Julie to leave with him. Erica stands up to him, but Riggs is sure she’ll come crawling back to him.

Carly brings Steve Zach’s lucky marble, because you never know what might tip a paternity test the way you want it to go. Sands and his goons go back to the After Dark, where David prepares to meet whatever his fate is, since he doesn’t have their money. Fortunately, someone has already taken care of the debt. David doesn’t know it, but it’s Noah and his Tony Soprano shirt.

Brandon, Kelly, and Erica go home so Erica can call Iris. The ADA comes over to press Brandon again about revealing his source – Riggs has a child-prostitution ring and she really wants to bring it down. Brandon refuses once again, pointing out that there’s a law protecting him. The DA replies that the law only protects him from a misdemeanor. She plans to charge him with a felony, which could send him to prison for a long time. Dun dun dun!

Thoughts: Remember when guys used to wear collared shirts with the sleeves ripped off? Noah remembers. He probably wishes he could forget.

There’s no way the baby’s kicking. Jody’s, like, five minutes pregnant.

I’m surprised Valerie didn’t immediately try to seduce David after she saw Donna and Noah together.

Hey, Brandon, you know who you shouldn’t tick off? A pimp.

What is this, like, the fourth fight Noah’s jumped into? He’s only been in ten episodes! Is there a way to make a career out of that?

September 21, 2014

BH90210 8.9, Friends, Lovers and Children: Not a Father’s Day

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 3:42 pm by Jenn

Yes, I totally believe this girl is 16

Yes, I totally believe this girl is 16

Summary: Steve and Carly try to make out at her house, but they’re interrupted by Zach. Fortunately, he doesn’t seem to see what they’re doing, and Carly finds it funny. On their way home from a play, Brandon and Kelly wind up in a rough neighborhood with a familiar hooker: Dylan’s sister Erica. She runs away from them, which I can’t really blame her for.

The next day, Kelly and Brandon meet with a social worker named Pam who warns that teen prostitutes are harder to deal with than the kids Kelly usually works with. Brandon gives the exposition that Erica was living in Hawaii with Iris, but moved to California with her stoner boyfriend. Pam agrees to go retrieve her, telling Kelly not to search for Erica on her own.

Valerie goes to see Noah, who’s still mad that she was dating both him and Cooper. She promises that Cooper meant nothing to her. They almost kiss, but Noah doesn’t want to give in. David has to lay off some employees because of his money problems, so one of them suggests that he go to a loan shark. Donna still has no idea about his actions, by the way. She has a stylist job coming up and wants to use the After Dark as the location for a photo shoot.

Steve shows up to one of Zach’s soccer games, unaware that it’s a father/son day. Steve’s a little uneasy about it, but he can’t say no to Zach. At the Peach Pit, Carly waits on a nervous customer, basically telling the woman her life story. The customer confides that she’s dealing with some issues of her own.

Maybe Kelly and Brandon can help her after they go with Pam to track down Erica. They talk to a guy (who totally hits on Brandon), then meet a guy Pam recognizes as Riggs. Kelly figures out quickly that Riggs is Erica’s pimp. Riggs doesn’t like the look of Brandon and pulls a knife on him. Fortunately, Pam has called for reinforcements, and the confrontation is broken up by the police.

Carly apologizes to Steve for the position Zach put him in by not telling him the game was for fathers and sons. Steve likes Zach, but he feels a little uncomfortable playing father. Valerie takes lunch to the Beverly Beat, getting annoying when Brandon asks about ulterior motives. She whines that Noah won’t talk to her. Brandon doesn’t seem to have much sympathy for her.

Kelly fills Donna in on Erica as Donna makes a good impression at the photo shoot. She has a romantic night planned for her and David, which he’ll have to cancel so he can meet with the loan shark, Everett Sands. Kelly and Pam PSA about teen prostitution while making no progress on finding Erica. Pam again warns Kelly not to go looking on her own. Kelly thinks Brandon might not take her advice.

The male prostitute Brandon talked to recently goes to the Beverly Beat offices to lead Brandon to Erica. After some more PSAing, Brandon and Kelly go off with him, despite Pam’s warnings. They find Erica in an apartment, but she refuses to go back to Hawaii or live in a shelter. She’s afraid that Riggs will find her there and kill her. Brandon announces that she can stay at the Walshes’ house, though he doesn’t answer when Erica asks him not to tell Dylan what’s going on.

Back at the Beverly Beat, Steve tells Brandon how uncomfortable he was at the father/son game. He was looking forward to playing the field, not dating a woman with a child and having to be responsible and stuff. Brandon’s surprised that they haven’t had sex yet. David calls Donna to tell her he might be late for their date because he’s meeting with an “investor.” She tries to buy lingerie, but the check she uses won’t clear.

Steve apologizes to Carly for not being more mature about their relationship. He doesn’t know what the future holds, but he’d like it to hold her and Zach. Carly gives him an out, but he doesn’t take it. David blasts Sands for showing up late to their meeting, which isn’t the right way to start things off with a loan shark. Sands agrees to loan him what he needs ($10,000), but David has to pay 50% interest. Run away, David! Run away!

Donna looks through her checks and discovers that David stole one and forged her signature. Carly decides she’s ready to have sex with Steve, so at least someone’s having a good night. Noah gets drunk at a bar, then starts a fight with another patron after he’s rude to a waitress. Kelly thinks she and Brandon are going about the Erica situation wrong, since they don’t know anything about the life she’s living. Erica overhears Kelly suggesting that they might need to take her to a shelter.

Noah gets arrested for the bar fight, and for some reason he makes his one phone call to Brandon. Brandon takes him home to his boat, where Noah confides that it’s the first anniversary of the day he killed his fiancée, Beth. He thinks he was so eager to help Kelly after her shooting because he wasn’t able to help Beth. Noah admits that he’s super-rich, thanks to his family’s Fortune 500 oil company, but he doesn’t want anyone to know.

The customer from the Peach Pit shows up at the Walshes’ house, but not to see Carly – she wants to see Steve. This is Jody, and she and Steve went out a few times before he started dating Carly. She’s there to announce that she’s pregnant with Steve’s baby. Stunned looks all around, which is surprising, since no one on this show ever uses protection.

Erica remembers meeting Valerie in Mexico, and laments the way her life has turned out. Val’s like, “I’ve made bad decisions, too, but my life is okay.” Yeah, Erica, stop listening to her. Valerie was supposed to hang out with Erica all day, but she has somewhere to be, so she leaves Erica at the house. As soon as she’s alone, Erica calls her male-prostitute friend to invite him over.

Donna goes home to the beach apartment after spending the night at her parents’, and she confronts David for missing their date. She doesn’t know how they’ve ended up where they are. David rants about thinking his life would be one way, but everything fell apart. Donna reveals that she knows he stole from her. David says something about her not having faith in him, but she can’t trust him anymore. She tells him to move out.

Brandon and Kelly come home to find the house trashed, and the computer, TV, and stereo are gone. Kelly doesn’t get why Erica would steal from them when she was safe there. Pam’s more worried about what Riggs will do to Erica. Brandon’s like, “But I did everything wrong! I’m the hero! I couldn’t have made a mistake! Does not compute!”

Thoughts: Riggs and Jody are both played by actors from The Young and the Restless – Vincent Irizarry (who was also on All My Children and Santa Barbara) and Jessica Collins.

I love the irony of Kelly and Brandon finding Erica familiar since she’s played by a different actress now and looks nothing like she used to.

’90s music alert: “Wrong Way” by Sublime (fitting, since it’s about a child prostitute).

Someone needs to take away Kelly and Donna’s tiny clips and barrettes.

Do you know how nice it is that Steve’s dating someone he doesn’t fight with every two minutes? SO NICE! Like, they actually like each other! Carly’s an actual nice person! It’s awesome!

March 30, 2013

BH90210 5.18, Hazardous to Your Health: Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 2:31 pm by Jenn

My new desktop wallpaper

My new desktop wallpaper

Summary: Dylan packs for his Erica-rescue mission but gets slowed down when Valerie shows up to hang out. She asks to come with him, but he won’t even tell her where he’s going. He remarks that he’s probably not the only guy she plans to visit this morning. When Dylan arrives in Mexico, he tries to call Jonesy, who’s sick in bed and doesn’t answer. He takes a cab to Jonesy’s hotel and learns that Jonesy isn’t so much sick as hungover and heartbroken.

Despite having a sick newborn through finals, Andrea made the dean’s list. She mentions Hannah’s doctor, and Brandon and Steve tease her for having feelings for someone who’s not her husband. David and Clare bicker over his desire to turn the Peach Pit After Dark into a hip-hop club. He thinks her affection for alt rock is awful.

At the beach apartment, Donna and Ray watch a video of Ray’s performance at the After Dark. Brandon finds Kelly meditating while listening to tapes of Professor Finley saying new-agey things. She tells Brandon he was denied tenure despite being popular with his students. He won’t give any more tutorials until he’s granted an appeal, which Brandon is willing to lobby for.

In Mexico, Dylan and Jonesy ride horses down a beach (of course) until they can get a look at the beachfront property Kevin and Suzanne have purchased. They’re now calling themselves Carl and Kitty Cavendish, and are possibly smuggling drugs. Jonesy plans to track down and flush down their secret bank account. His tap on their phone has let him know that Carl likes pirate collectibles and Kitty isn’t sleeping with him.

Jonesy has a plan, but it will only work if he has a female accomplice, and his just ditched him. Dylan gets distracted when he finally catches a glimpse of Erica. Jonesy needs another accomplice who can lie and be seductive. Dylan knows just the person. He calls Valerie, but she’s mad because he blew her off earlier and still won’t tell her what he’s up to. He manages to talk her into going to Mexico, and she gives the Walshes a cover story they don’t believe.

The next day, Dylan and Jonesy go to the airport, where Jonesy has Dylan pose as a valet and pick up Valerie. Dylan still questions Jonesy, who promises that he’s done this sort of thing before. In turn, Dylan promises that Valerie can do whatever they need her do. Jonesy pretends to be Valerie’s boyfriend, and she immediately plays along.

Brandon asks the dean about Finley’s appeal, wondering why he isn’t getting tenure. The dean tells him Finley was supposed to write a book, but he’s doing tutorials instead. The other professors think he’s trying to win “converts.” Parents have also complained about Finley’s conduct during a weekend retreat. The dean is willing to work with Brandon, though.

Dylan, Valerie, and Jonesy go to a retreat near where Suzanne and Kevin are staying. Val and Jonesy will be posing as a super-rich couple on vacation, and Dylan will be their “manservant.” Jonesy has even arranged a double date with Kevin and Suzanne. He tells Valerie to flirt with Kevin, then spills a drink on Suzanne so he can get her out of the picture. They talk pirate stuff, and Jonesy tells Kevin he has Blackbeard’s log. He invites Kevin to join them on their yacht.

Meanwhile, Dylan follows Erica and her nanny (I guess) around town, which would be totally creepy if we didn’t know what was going on. He catches up to her at a market stall and tells her not to look at him while they’re talking. She begs him to take her away from Mexico and gives him her favorite piece from her sea glass collection. A guard from the villa sees him, but Dylan acts casual.

Jonesy finds out about Dylan’s encounter with Erica and blasts him for letting the guard see him. Dylan doesn’t care what he thinks since he hasn’t come through on his promises yet. Valerie assures Dylan that she’ll do whatever he needs to get Erica back.

In Beverly Hills, Brandon meets with Finley, who asks him to lead the charge for his tenure. Brandon thinks he needs to address his critics head-on. Finley thinks the dean has already turned Brandon against him, and Brandon’s only there to find out if Finley’s as bad as everyone thinks. He promises a showdown if it comes to that, and he plans to win.

Jonesy, Valerie, Kevin, and Suzanne spend the day on a yacht, bringing a big marlin back with them. Dylan listens in on a surveillance device as Valerie and Suzanne talk about Erica. Meanwhile, Jonesy tells Kevin that he’s a smuggler (he stuffs his wares inside fish – heh) and wants a partner.

Suzanne and Jonesy head to villa while Valerie goes to the “Cavendishes'” house with Kevin. Kevin uses the Interwebs to access his bank account in the Caymans, and Jonesy hacks into the account to get all the information he needs. He immediately transfers what’s left of Dylan’s $8 million into an FBI account. Jonesy’s ready to go back to the States, but Dylan wants to get Erica. Jonesy has no experience taking kids, so he won’t be helping.

When Valerie finds out that Jonesy’s gone, she blasts Dylan for letting him go; Kevin and Suzanne will soon be coming over to have dinner with the couple. Dylan says that’s perfect, since that means Erica will be alone in the house. Kelly gets herself hired as Finley’s research assistant and chastises Brandon for stabbing Finley in the back. She calls him an extern, which is Finley’s word for a non-believer.

Valerie goes to Kevin and Suzanne’s house, pretending she was on the beach and was going to be late for dinner. She gives Erica back the piece of sea glass she gave Dylan. As soon as the others leave, Dylan sneaks into the house to get Erica. Suzanne calls and hears Erica shout a warning to Dylan as he’s spotted by a member of the house staff. Suzanne quickly figures out that Valerie and Dylan are working together and pulls a gun on her.

Kevin and Suzanne take Valerie back to their house, having easily gotten the truth out of her. Suzanne asks Dylan where Jonesy is. Just then Dylan looks outside to see his supposedly former partner. Gunfighting ensues, and Dylan knocks Kevin out while Valerie takes Suzanne’s gun. Suzanne offers her money, but Valerie tells her it’s already theirs.

Once the bad guys have been taken away, Jonesy tells Dylan and Valerie that he got some help from the FBI after he told them Kevin and Suzanne were plotting to kidnap Erik Estrada. Dylan lets Erica know that he’s okay, and she says she knew he’d find her.

Thoughts: My recap title comes from Veggie Tales, and it’s way better than the actual title of the episode, which has nothing to do with anything.

When Dylan is done playing Jonesy and Valerie’s manservant, can he come be mine? Oh, I’ve said too much.

I was thinking that brenda would have been a better choice for Valerie’s part of Jonesy’s plan, but I think she’s met Suzanne, so that wouldn’t work.

Hotter: Dylan with his shirt open or Dylan in a nice, crisp white shirt? Don’t make me choose!

February 18, 2013

BH90210 5.10, The Dreams of Dylan McKay: Spirits in the Material World

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:05 pm by Jenn

Kelly's into psychology - she needs to psychoanalyze these dreams

Kelly’s into psychology – she needs to psychoanalyze these dreams

Summary: Paramedics tend to an unconscious Dylan after his car accident. A firefighter finds drugs in the car. Once Dylan’s admitted to a hospital, a doctor tries to present his case to other doctors, but they don’t really care about him because he’s a junkie. His doctor tells a nurse that according to shamans, when a person’s unconscious, he’s experiencing a battle for his soul. In his “battle,” Dylan dreams that his doctors are Ms. Teasley, Suzanne, and Kevin. He can hear Erica calling for help. Dream Dylan runs off to save Erica, who’s kneeling on a subway track. His drug dealer winks at him.

Over at CU, David and Clare make a video about a frat flag-football tournament Steve and Brandon are playing in. The tournament lasts for four days, so I guess the students don’t have anything else to do right now. Clare wants the video to highlight how jocks are competitive and girls cheer them on, or something. Shut up, Clare. She doesn’t even know why they’re wearing flags. Rush arrives and asks to take over coaching duties, even though KEG is doing fine.

Jim and Cindy disagree about whether or not Valerie should be allowed to smoke in the house. (Cindy is okay with it, since Valerie is such a poor, delicate flower, but Jim is against it.) Valerie overhears and offers to quit. Suddenly they get a call from Iris. After their football game, Brandon, Steve, and Kelly go to the Peach Pit to kill the 90 minutes before the playoffs. Steve’s annoyed that Rush got involved, but Kelly says he’s just trying to recapture his own glory days of being the big man on campus. Inside, Nat and Andrea tell them about Dylan’s accident.

The Walshes and Valerie head to the hospital, where the doctor tells them Dylan’s in a coma. She doesn’t think it’ll last more than 24 hours. Oh, wait, she’s not a doctor, just a med student. Okay, who cares? Dylan dreams that he and Valerie go to the Walshes’ for Thanksgiving (Dylan calls Cindy “Mom” – aww). Suzanne and Kevin are there, and Kevin is friends with Jacques Cousteau. Dylan goes to answer the door and sees a snake slithering around the turkey Jim’s carving. Dylan thinks he’s letting Erica in, but his dealer’s at the door.

Then we get a black-and-white flashback of Dylan and Jack singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” then their final scenes before the car bombing. Dylan keeps seeing the car exploding and burning. Brandon and Kelly go to the hospital, though she thinks he should still go to the playoff game. She doesn’t want them to act like Dylan’s already died. Valerie worries that her presence is making Dylan feel worse. She blames herself for the accident. Kelly reminds her that they did everything they could to help Dylan, but he checked himself out of rehab. It’s not like Valerie knew he was getting wasted and didn’t try to stop him. Val asks if Kelly still loves him. Kelly doesn’t get a chance to answer.

As Kelly says mean things to him, Dylan dreams about their swim in the pool, then imagines them getting married. (Jim walks her down the aisle, so that’s weird.) Suzanne appears to be the maid of honor. Then Dylan realizes Brandon is the groom. Jim asks Dylan, the best man, if he brought the rings. Valerie, in her own wedding gown, says she brought one. Except she’s not Valerie – she’s supposed to be Brenda. Dylan goes back to the subway to get Erica, and his dealer tells him to save her. He just needs to “follow the light.”

Dylan wakes up and rings for a nurse, but instead gets Ms. Teasley, Suzanne, and Kevin again. Suzanne apologizes for stealing his money, then says that since they’ve already come this far, they might as well keep going. The dealer gives him an injection. In reality, the med student (Jamie) asks for more medication for Dylan, but the nurse tells her to fill out the proper paperwork. Over at the Peach Pit, Steve and Nat worry about Dylan’s addiction. Steve wants Dylan’s share of the After Dark, angering Andrea, since they’re discussing business while Dylan’s in the hospital. Nat gives Steve 12 hours to make things work or he’s walking away.

Dylan dreams again about going to Jack’s car, but this time he’s the one who gets in, and it doesn’t blow up. His dealer is there and takes him to the pool hall, which is full of girls Dylan’s slept with. Dylan’s all proud of himself. Kelly makes out with him while the dealer plays electric guitar. Then Valerie intercepts Dylan, offering to do whatever he wants. Next, Donna shows up in her underwear, saying they’re “fixing it.” Suzanne’s next, but then the dealer shoots Dylan up and sends him back to the subway.

Rush helps the KEG guys get ready for the playoffs, annoying Steve. Brandon tells Steve to suck it up so they can win the tournament. Steve doesn’t want to have to put up with his father turning everything into a competition and showing him up. Brandon threatens to quit, since he’s not in KEG anyway and has more important things to do, like check on his possibly dying friend. They decide to pretend it’s still that morning, before they knew about Dylan and before Rush made Steve mad.

Dylan dreams of Kevin and Suzanne urging Ms. Teasley to shoot him. Ms. Teasley realizes that she has nothing against him; Suzanne and Kevin are the ones who ripped him off and “destroyed his faith in mankind.” The dealer offers to pull the trigger. Instead, he sends Dylan back to the subway, but this time Dylan says he won’t follow the light. He gives money to a homeless man and approaches the train. Clare and David wander through, saying the tunnel would be a great place for a music video. (They’re actually in Dylan’s hospital room, and Clare is being a shrew.)

Dream Dylan goes to the pool hall, where Kevin and the dealer, dressed as bikers, scrutinize him. Suzanne tells him he just needs to make the next shot – not with a pool cue but with a syringe. Kevin and Suzanne hold Dylan down while the dealer gets ready to shoot him up. Meanwhile, Donna smokes and dances on the bar. Clare tries to make out with Dylan, then fights with Suzanne over who he belongs to. Clare sits Dylan up and lets him see that Erica’s in the bar. Erica screams and the real Dylan has a seizure. Dream Dylan drives his car down the cliff again and flatlines. Kevin and Suzanne are with him. The dealer turns off his heart monitor.

Football is played, and Jim arrives toward the end of the scoreless game. He chats with Rush, who’s kept himself away from the action so he won’t bother Steve. They talk about Dylan, and Jim says his condition doesn’t look good. Rush is surprised since Steve didn’t mention anything. Steve decides to use one of Rush’s plays to win the game. So now he has a game victory AND his father’s approval! What a great day for Steve!

Jamie and Dylan’s actual doctor bicker, standing close enough to each other to kiss. The doctor doesn’t get why Dylan isn’t getting better. The nurse mentions Jamie’s remark about Dylan undergoing a battle for his soul. Dream Dylan goes to Jack’s car again, and it blows up. Then he’s back in the subway tunnel, giving the homeless man money again. The dealer promises not to shoot him up again if he saves Erica. Dylan reaches out for her, but she screams again and disappears. The homeless man turns Dylan around, but this time it’s Jack. He tells Dylan to keep trying and trust himself.

The real Dylan is calm and stable now, though Jamie and the doctor didn’t have anything to do with the change. Steve toasts the KEG guys’ entrance into the finals and thanks Rush for the game-winning play. Then he hints that Rush will be paying for his shares in the After Dark. That night, Dylan wakes up for real with Iris next to him. He imagines Jack sitting in the room, smiling at him. Then Dylan makes out with Jamie. Okay, not really, but wouldn’t that have made sense?

Thoughts: The mention of Jacques Cousteau made me think of the Friends episode where Phoebe dreams about him. Hey, that took place at Thanksgiving, too!

Dude, Dylan wants Donna! I wouldn’t have expected that.

Hey, Brandon, the emerald green shirt with the kelly green shorts are really working for you.

Very appropriate music in the background of the last pool hall dream: the Police’s “Spirits in the Material World” (hence the name for the recap).

December 29, 2012

BH90210 4.32, Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington, Part 2: And Ms. Walsh Goes Away for Good

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:02 pm by Jenn

So long, farewell, get outta here

So long, farewell, get outta here

Summary: The carnival is still going strong, and it’s Steve’s turn in the dunk tank. Erica thinks the kid trying to dunk him is cute. Brenda knows the kid is Alpha sister Leslie’s brother, so she hooks them up, then takes Dylan on the Ferris wheel. She tells him she’s going to London, which he thinks she’ll love. Brandon’s awkward dinner with Clare, Lucinda, and Chancellor Arnold is finally over, but now both women want some alone time with him, telling him to leave his hotel door unlocked. He quickly gets his room changed.

Everyone dances at the carnival, including Erica and her potential new boyfriend. Steve’s still in the dunk tank, at the mercy of Sears and his terrific aim. Celeste finally pulls him away, even though Steve warns her that Sears is a bad guy. The next morning, Brandon dreams that Clare and Lucinda are both in his bed, trying to wake him up. When he wakes up for real, he’s surprised to get a visit from Kelly.

Brandon’s plan worked, as Clare and Lucinda can’t find him. They see him with Kelly and follow the two of them to breakfast. Back in Beverly Hills, Suzanne and Kevin pick Erica up from Dylan’s after their first night together as a married couple. Dylan has come around to Kevin’s way of thinking and wants to keep other investors out of their deal. Now he just has to explain things to Jim.

The carnival kicks off its second day, this time with special guest Babyface. Donna isn’t sure what to call him: “Mr. Baby? Mr. Face?” One of the keyboardists is MIA, so Ariel asks David to take his place for the sound check. Cue the White Boy Pelvic-Thrusting Rhythms of David Silver. Babyface is so impressed that he asks David to play for that night’s show. Ariel hugs David, and Donna’s annoyed again.

Brandon and Kelly sightsee in D.C., discussing Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Brandon’s love of government. She wonders if she was crazy to come after Brandon so soon after her breakup with Dylan. She’s not sure they should risk their friendship for something more. They talk about kissing but don’t actually do it.

Andrea bugs Jesse to study for his finals, but he’s still more concerned about the baby. They’re about to visit her when a baby stops breathing and a code is called. At first they think it’s Hannah, then feel guilty for being relieved that it’s not her. Andrea notes that Jesse’s finally said her name for the first time. Cindy laments that Brenda has traveled more than she ever has. She’s a much bigger risk-taker than her mother is. Brenda says going away for the summer isn’t a big deal, but Cindy disagrees.

Dylan comes by to break the news to Jim that he’s going to provide Kevin’s funding on his own. Jim calls the decision a “professional embarrassment,” warning that Dylan doesn’t have the experience or connections to make it work. Dylan reminds him that it’s his money. Jim is tired of hearing that and announces that as of 9 the next morning, Dylan is no longer his client. He can go to the bank, withdraw all his money, and do whatever he wants with it. Dylan thinks it’s about time.

Steve’s back at the gladiator-battle thing, so of course Sears wants to face off against him. Steve accuses him of using Celeste to get back of him. Sears corrects that he’s really with Celeste because she’s good in bed. Steve wants a bet: If he wins the battle, Sears stays away from Celeste. If Sears wins, Steve resigns from KEG. Brenda and Donna question Celeste about her relationship with Sears, deciding she needs to know who he really is.

The guys battle with those big Q-tip-looking things over a mud pit, looking to be evenly matched. Celeste gets Brenda and Donna to try to distract Sears by showing him their bras. It works and Steve wins. That night, Donna and Ariel both admire David as he plays with Babyface. Steve thanks Celeste for the flashing, and she tells him that Brenda and Donna filled her in on Sears. She admits that part of her reason for dating him was to get back to Steve. He asks what she’s doing over the summer, and she says she’ll be around.

Brandon and Kelly end up in bed together in D.C., and she makes it clear that she doesn’t want this to just be a one-time thing. He calls Chancellor Arnold to get her admission to all the taskforce’s activities. At the carnival, Donna goes looking for David, who’s rumored to be with Ariel. In fact, they’re in a limo, and their clothes aren’t on. It takes poor Donna way too long to figure out why David’s shirtless in a limo and won’t open the door.

Donna goes to the Walshes’ to mope, telling Brenda she doesn’t want to be lonely. Brenda assures her that she’ll find another great guy – maybe even a virgin. Andrea and Jesse visit Hannah again and start decorating her incubator. Cindy, Jim, and Brenda watch on TV as President Clinton speaks to the taskforce. Dylan, Steve, and Nat are watching at the Peach Pit, because everyone loves Brandon. Steve spots Kelly in the audience, though Dylan doesn’t know why she would be there. Brandon shakes Clinton’s hand, and it’s certainly not a stand-in.

Dylan and Kevin sign off on their money transfer, then say goodbye so Kevin can go to Orange County. Except he isn’t really – he’s meeting Suzanne to tell her things have gone according to plan. Now they just have to withdraw Dylan’s money and figure out what to do with Erica. Donna kicks David out of the beach apartment, unwilling to listen to his apologies about his fling with Ariel. She also makes him admit that Ariel wasn’t the first person he had sex with. (I guess that confirms exactly what he and Nikki did.)

Kevin and Suzanne rush Erica to the airport, telling her she can’t say goodbye to Dylan because he’s studying for finals. They’re off to South America after all, as Kevin claims it’s cheaper to run a lab in Brazil than in the U.S. Suzanne says they won’t necessarily be living there. Erica goes off to the bathroom as Suzanne exposits that she’s spent the last eight months setting up this scam. Erica writes a note, sticks it to a stall door with gum, and asks the person who finds it to deliver it to Dylan. But the gum doesn’t hold and the note falls on the floor.

That night, Nat calls Dylan to ask if he knows why Suzanne didn’t come to work. Before Dylan can investigate further, Brenda shows up to lament that her parents were more proud of Brandon for shaking Clinton’s hand than they’ve ever been of her. She’s going to London to make them happy. Then she announces that she loves Dylan and always will. He tells her he’ll applaud her from afar. That’s not enough – she wants him to give her something to come back to. Then they make out and we’re done with season 4.

Thoughts: I don’t know why Celeste doesn’t want you back, Steve. Could it be the long underwear you’re wearing in the dunk tank? Or maybe the big green feather thing on your helmet during the gladiator battle?

David, an XXL plaid vest without a shirt is not a good look for you. Or anyone, actually.

Once again, I want a sister like Erica. She’s brilliant.

December 27, 2012

BH90210 4.31, Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington, Part 1: Ladies Love Cool Brandon

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 2:41 pm by Jenn

Crazy to the left of me, crazy to the right

Crazy to the left of me, crazy to the right

Summary: David does a really long mic check for CU’s Mardi Gras until Donna and Kelly pull him and Steve away from the setup. They’re off to the hospital, where Andrea is about to have a C-section. Dylan’s already there but will soon be off to discuss business with Kevin. Kelly isn’t pleased but no longer has to worry about his actions. Brandon’s delayed his trip to Washington until the baby’s born. It happens quickly enough, and Jesse tells the gang that the baby’s a girl. Steve gives the first gift, a stuffed kangaroo.

Jesse takes Brandon to see Andrea, revealing that the baby’s only two pounds, eight ounces. Andrea also hasn’t seen her yet. Jim heads up a business meeting with Kevin, Dylan, and some potential investors, but Kevin’s preoccupied by his wedding, which is the next day. Dylan notes that if the deal goes through, he’s going to make a lot of money. David and Donna head back to Mardi Gras (which is actually a carnival, so I don’t know why they’re calling it Mardi Gras), and Ariel’s presence annoys Donna.

The KEGs are running a gladiator-fighting thing, and Steve winds up having to battle John Sears. Sears wins and Steve lands in mud. Brandon packs for D.C. as Jim wonders if his meeting Bill Clinton could lead to him becoming president someday. Brenda says an early goodbye before going off to meet Roy, who encourages her to spend the summer at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London. He offers to pulls some strings to help her out. Brenda wants to think it over, but she’ll need to make a decision quickly.

Andrea wants to name the baby Hannah, but Jesse thinks they should wait to give her a name. He also thinks she should hold off on seeing the baby, who’s having trouble breathing and needs a blood transfusion. Andrea overrules him. Meanwhile, Brandon arrives in D.C. and meets up with Chancellor Arnold and Clare. Oh, and Lucinda’s there, too, wearing a completely inappropriate jacket that exposes both her navel and her chest. Someone takes their picture together.

Jim and Cindy talk about Kevin’s deal, which hasn’t yet been finalized even though Kevin’s now moved on to marriage stuff. Brenda tells her parents that she’s thinking about going to London for the summer. They’re supportive, and probably not just because they won’t have to put up with her all summer. D’Shawn takes a turn in a dunking booth at the carnival, and Donna and her uncharacteristic pink polo and cardigan dunk him. Ariel flirts with David, who’s either clueless or ignores it.

Brenda shares her London news with Kelly and Donna, but Donna has a hard time being happy for her since Ariel is still bugging her. She thinks Ariel wants David, but Brenda thinks she’s being overprotective. She and Kelly remind Donna that she can’t hold onto a guy because of sex. Post-wedding, Dylan and Kevin talk about the possible investment deal; Kevin didn’t realize until the meeting the day before how big this could be. Dylan thinks he now wants to cut the investors out.

At the carnival, Steve runs into Celeste, who’s dating another CU student. She has nothing but good things to say about him. Of course, it’s Sears. In D.C., Brandon finds Clare in his shower and tries to kick her out, then allows her to wash her hair first, because he sucks at putting his foot down. She wants him to come back to the room and deflower her after he gives a speech. Brandon decides to stop fighting her and lets her kiss him, because he really, really sucks at putting his foot down.

Kelly and Steve go back to the hospital, though Steve is worried about what to say to Andrea and Jesse about the baby. He and Kelly accidentally interrupt the two of them while they’re bickering. Dylan takes Erica to the carnival, where they meet up with Jim, Cindy, and Brenda. Jim asks Dylan if Kevin’s said anything about the meeting, since his word will decide whether or not it goes through. Dylan says the decision might not come until after the honeymoon.

Andrea takes Kelly to see the baby, and Kelly notes that all the other incubators are decorated. Andrea says Jesse’s so scared they’ll lose their daughter that he won’t even put her name on her birth certificate, let alone decorate. Jesse and Steve go to a café and talk about how quickly Jesse’s life has gone from dating to married with a child. Steve reminds him how great Andrea is, mentioning that he once kissed her. Jesse finally calls the baby his daughter, which makes it feel more real.

Andrea wants a distraction, so she asks Kelly about Dylan. Kelly reveals that they broke up but she’s not that upset over it. Andrea thinks it’s because there’s another guy in the picture. Kelly admits that she and Brandon connected on the taskforce retreat. She’s thinking about going to see him in D.C. Back at the carnival, Donna blasts David for avoiding her all day, though he claims Ariel’s been gone for hours, so he wasn’t with her.

After his speech, Brandon avoids telling Chancellor Arnold where Clare might be; the chancellor thinks she’s been out touring colleges all day. Brandon and Lucinda end up in an elevator together, and she tries to get him to have sex with her there. She follows him to his room, asking to be “friends” (uh-huh).

Brandon knocks on his own door, and when Clare answers it in her robe, Lucinda thinks something’s going on between them. Then Clare ruins things by inviting Lucinda to dinner with her, Brandon, and the chancellor. Brandon sits between Lucinda and Clare at dinner, and both of them grope him under the table and make innuendos that no one else at the table notices. Brandon continues to regret many of his life choices.

Thoughts: I just started rewatching Angel, and guess who the damsel in distress is in the first episode? Crazy Laura!

Neither Andrea nor Jesse’s family was there for the birth – what’s up with that?

It’s okay, Donna – Ariel bugs me, too. It’s the crimped hair.

That baby ain’t no two pounds, eight ounces. I mean, obviously they couldn’t get a real baby that small, but if you can’t get a baby tiny enough to appear that small, don’t show one at all.

If I had a little sister, I’d want her to be like Erica. She’s awesome.

December 22, 2012

BH90210 4.30, Vital Signs: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:32 pm by Jenn

If law school doesn't work out, Jesse has a future as a carpenter

If law school doesn’t work out, Jesse has a future as a carpenter

Summary: There’s a baby crying in a forest, and Andrea’s looking for it while wearing a hideous Victorian blouse. Oh, wait, it’s just a dream. Andrea’s alarm clock goes off at 3 a.m., for some reason, and she finds Jesse in the living room, taking a study break to sand a cradle. She tells him she had the same nightmare she’s been having. However, she doesn’t want to let the nightmare get to her since she’s already dealing with bed rest and having to take pills every four hours (which is why she’s up at 3 a.m.).

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is opening the next night, and Cindy is nervous for Brenda. Brenda, however, is confident. She tells her parents that Steve never picked up the free tickets she offered him. Erica wakes Dylan up, not realizing Kelly’s in bed with him. She announces that she, Suzanne, and Kevin are moving to South America, though the adults want to keep it quiet. Erica begs Dylan to go talk to them. Kelly’s upset that they’re in the house and that Erica could have walked in on the two of them having sex. Dylan doesn’t seem to care.

Suzanne thinks Erica wanted to come see Dylan for his opinion on the new shoes she’s about to buy. Dylan reveals that he knows they’re moving. Suzanne says they’re not moving to South America, they’re just considering moving to the southwest, namely Arizona. Kevin says no one wants to start up a new business in L.A. Kelly emerges, pretending she didn’t spend the night (who cares? They’re not his parents), and Erica says that Dylan should be with Brenda.

David and Donna try to pick out music for CU’s Mardi Gras; Donna’s the entertainment chair. David sees that Babyface is a potential performer and encourages Donna to book him. Brandon task force handbooks blah blah blah, no one cares. He sees that his name isn’t on the list of delegates going to Europe, but Chancellor Arnold’s secretary won’t let Brandon go in to see him. Andrea and Jesse learn that Andrea’s preterm-labor condition hasn’t improved, and she’ll most likely need to deliver early. Her doctor advises her to check into the hospital that night.

Steve packs up Laura’s dorm room, as the girl in question is now under psychiatric care back home. He tells Brandon that her parents said this isn’t the first time she’s tried to kill herself. Brandon wants Steve and Brenda to work things out, but Steve doesn’t think Brenda’s up for it. He notes that Brandon also has a girl in his life who’s nuts. Brandon even thinks Clare had something to do with his name being left off the list of delegates. He notes the irony of being punished for not taking advantage of Clare.

Brenda gets ready for opening night, receiving a St. Genesius (the patron saint of actors) medal from Dylan. Roy thinks Dylan must be pretty special. Shut up, Roy. Andrea and Jesse pack for the hospital, and Andrea’s anxious because she thinks she’s responsible for the baby’s condition. She’s worried that her nightmares are coming true and she’s going to lose the baby. Jesse shows her the finished cradle and says everything will be okay because he didn’t do all that work for nothing.

After her first performance, Brenda gets a standing ovation and a bouquet of flowers from Roy. Brandon spots the chancellor and tries to talk to him about the task force, but the chancellor blows him off. Brenda’s friends congratulate her, and she thanks Kelly for her help. Dylan chats with Jim about Kevin’s company and sets up a meeting with him to talk about investing. Kelly disapproves but doesn’t want to talk about it. She’s further annoyed when Dylan says that Brenda is like a big sister to Erica. Andrea checks into the hospital and shoos Jesse away so he can study.

Brandon and Kelly run into each other early the next morning; he’s staking out the chancellor’s office to confront him about the trip to Washington. Kelly accuses him of engaging in a self-fulfilling prophecy. The chancellor’s secretary again turns Brandon away. Donna meets with Babyface’s management team while David chats with a junior rep named Ariel about music. (He tells her about his “pretty kickin’ rap single.”) She invites him to jam with a band she’s putting together. (Yes, she says “jam.”)

At the Walshes’ house, Jim looks over the prospectus for Kevin’s company and asks to meet him. Dylan can only arrange a meeting over Sunday brunch because Kevin will be in Arizona on Monday. Brenda thanks Dylan for the medal, as well as for sticking by her through the madness of the audition process. She kisses him on the cheek but totally wants to kiss him somewhere else. Dylan starts to say something but settles for telling her to have a good show.

Donna visits Andrea and gives her an Etch a Sketch to play with while she’s in the hospital. She’s read a book about color therapy for pregnant women and thinks it could help. For example, pink is a positive color. They compliment each other on their significant others while Jesse confides in Brandon that he’s scared about having a premature baby. The doctor tells Andrea and Jesse he wants to perform an amnio to make sure the baby doesn’t have any birth defects.

David meets the band, and one of the members, P.K., recognizes him from CU. They “jam.” At the Peach Pit, Kelly picks a fight with Dylan over whether or not she’s invited to the brunch with Jim and Kevin. Brenda arrives with Roy after their second performance, and he says she could be a great actress if she got some classical training. Brenda teases Steve about not coming to the show and encourages him to come to the final performance the next afternoon. The others tell him he should go.

Andrea has the forest dream again, but this time she finds a cloud of pink mist and pulls a small baby out of it. A nurse thinks the nightmares are over. There’s more “jamming,” and P.K. finally places David as a DJ. The guys know that if David worked for CU’s radio station, he must know Howard. That means he’ll be happy to do drugs with them, right? Donna gets Ariel’s permission to book the band as Babyface’s opening act. Donna thinks David will fit in with the guys really well.

Brandon goes by the chancellor’s office again, this time ignoring the secretary to bust in. Brandon tells the chancellor that, yes, he was attracted to Clare, but he didn’t make any moves. He doesn’t think he should be left out of the Washington trip just because of his dealings with Clare. Chancellor Arnold tells him there was a printing error and he’s still going on the trip. He also admires the way Brandon dealt with Clare, because she needed someone to “put her in her place,” and I guess it was too much work for the chancellor.

Kevin and Jim hit it off at brunch, and Kelly’s the only one in attendance who isn’t in a good mood. David and Donna are at the hospital, and she’s happy that he’s gotten connected with a great band. David tells her he can’t play with them because they’re all drug users. He didn’t say anything to her because he was trying to rationalize how he could make it work. Donna thinks they should cancel both the band and Babyface, but David tells her to keep the latter.

Dylan drops Kelly off at the hospital, and she notes that their relationship isn’t doing too well. He suggests that they block out everything that’s happened over the past few weeks. They quickly get back on the right track, then just as quickly get off it when Dylan mentions Kevin. He thinks Kelly hates Kevin, Suzanne, and Erica because they pull his attention off of her. The two of them snipe at each other and say they should see other people.

After the final performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Steve visits Brenda in the dressing room and praises her acting. They make up. Brandon goes to see Andrea and Jesse before heading off to Washington, and suddenly Andrea’s water breaks. Brandon promises not to go anywhere until the baby’s born. Yeah, I’m sure that’s what Andrea’s concerned about right now.

Thoughts: If I’m ever in the hospital, I want Donna to visit me. She brings fun presents.

The dream with the baby is scarier than the ones without it. A baby small enough to hold in your hand shouldn’t make you happy, Andrea!

You know, Kelly, if you keep smirking, your face will freeze like that.

December 16, 2012

BH90210 4.29, Truth and Consequences: Chemical Imbalances

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 3:53 pm by Jenn

Yeah, that's a good place to let her put her hands

Yeah, that’s a good place to let her put her hands

Summary: Donna and Kelly have breakfast at the Peach Pit, planning a “sorority meeting” at Andrea’s place since she’s on bed rest. They’re not sure if Brenda will make it. Brandon, Dylan, Suzanne, and Erica are also at the diner, talking about Kevin’s chemistry lab. Brenda arrives and announces that she got the lead in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She tells Kelly and Donna that she went to Roy’s house and he gave her a second chance.

Steve’s more upset about Laura not being cast than she is. She’s resigned herself to being the understudy. He thinks she deserves a straight answer from Roy. Laura says he won’t get one – clearly Brenda slept with Roy to get the part, and it’s not the first time he’s been swayed in such a manner. At home, Jesse nags Andrea about not sticking to her prescribed bed rest, reminding her that she just has to do it for a couple of months.

Brandon visits Chancellor Arnold, who tells him that some of his remarks about education in the country have been included in a keynote speech at the upcoming summit in Washington. Brandon’s been invited to Berkeley, and Chancellor Arnold wants to make sure he doesn’t do anything crazy like he did when he kept Clare out so late on her prom night. (He has no idea what actually happened. He also thinks Clare is awesome, so….)

Roy holds his first rehearsal, and Laura mopes through it. David and Donna take Rocky II to the beach, because they don’t have another storyline right now. Steve comes to ask Kelly why Laura might have been overlooked for the role of Maggie. He thinks Laura’s accusations about Roy and Brenda were accurate. Donna’s shocked by the possibility, but Kelly notes that Roy came on to her, so it could be true.

Kelly takes the discussion to Dylan, who thinks Steve’s “thinking with his zipper” and making false accusations. She replies that Roy could be thinking with his own zipper. Erica, Suzanne, and Kevin show up to announce that Kevin and Suzanne are engaged. Kelly makes a dig about how quickly their relationship has progressed. (Apparently they’ve only known each other for a few weeks.) Dylan asks why she’s so negative.

Steve goes by Laura’s dorm room and confirms that Brenda did go to Roy’s house, so it’s entirely possible that they slept together. Laura wishes she’d thought of it first. Clare surprises Brandon with her own ticket to Berkeley, claiming she wants to go tour the campus. Jim and Cindy are nice to her, and Jim doesn’t get why Brandon doesn’t like her. He says she’s a serial killer and hasn’t been able to convince Chancellor Arnold that she’s crazy. (Maybe because he hasn’t told him anything?) Laura leaves a message with Cindy telling Brenda that her rehearsal time has changed from 1 to 4.

Erica and Dylan visit Kevin’s lab for some sort of chemistry…thing. (I’m not a science person.) He’s come up with some sort of process to purify water. Dylan thinks the microorganism he’s developed can clean up the bay. Kevin tells him he can’t get funding since he’s not one of his company’s stars. At CU, Steve (still mopey) tells Brandon the rumor that Brenda slept with Roy to get the part. Brandon orders him to stop the rumor, but he can’t disagree that it might have happened.

The “sorority” meets at Andrea’s house, and everyone’s awkward because they think Brenda’s a whore. She denies the rumor and demands to know who started it. Since Kelly doesn’t seem to completely believe Brenda, Brenda storms out. She runs into Dylan on campus and he tells her he knows her well enough to be sure she didn’t sleep with Roy. Brenda thinks he might be her only true friend.

Brenda arrives just as rehearsal is ending and is told that Roy doesn’t want to speak to her. Eddie the stage manager warns that if this were a professional job, she would be fired for not showing up to rehearsal. He agrees to smooth things over with Roy this time if Brenda makes sure this never happens again. Brenda’s suspicious of Laura, who brags to Steve that Roy loved the ideas she brought to the table during rehearsal.

Brenda confronts both of them, but Steve tells her he never said anything that wasn’t true. He adds that he’s Brandon’s friend, not hers. “That’s a relief,” she replies. He tells her she can choke on the part. Brenda reminds Laura that she’s still the star and Laura still has nothing, except Steve, “which is kind of the same thing.” (Ouch.) Steve and Laura head to Laura’s room, where Steve fumes but Laura’s happy. She suggests that Steve kidnap or injure Brenda so Laura can get to shine in a few more rehearsals. He slowly realizes that she’s not kidding.

At home, Brandon tells Brenda that he heard the rumor and says he knows how she must be feeling. She’s upset that Kelly and Donna haven’t called after their fight the day before. She doesn’t get why her friends think she’s suddenly a slut when she’s only ever slept with Dylan and Stuart. Brandon doesn’t want to judge since his affair with Lucinda didn’t make him look great, but he doesn’t specifically say that he doesn’t believe the rumor.

Steve calls to summon Brandon to the campus quad to assure him, Kelly, and Donna that he knows Brenda didn’t sleep with Roy. He tells them that Laura asked him to “pull a Tonya Harding,” and her “driveway doesn’t go all the way to the street.” They all feel bad about the way they treated Brenda. Brenda herself is at Roy’s house to apologize for missing rehearsal and thank him for casting her. He says he didn’t have a choice since she was the best (and no, there was no sex).

Brandon finally tells Chancellor Arnold all about Clare’s wacky behavior, but he thinks she must have been under the influence of something, because his precious daughter would never act like that. He also doesn’t know why Clare would want Brandon to help her with her problems since she doesn’t have any problems. On the way out, Brandon tells Clare that her father knows everything, but she thinks it’ll backfire on him.

Roy confronts Laura in front of the whole cast, saying he knows what she did to Brenda, and she will no longer be the understudy. (Roy, don’t poke the crazy.) Laura tries to provoke Brenda, but Roy kicks her out of the auditorium. Steve follows her and tries to calm her down, but Laura blames him for her failure to get the part. He tells her that Brenda and Roy didn’t sleep together; she earned the part on her own. He thinks Laura needs some help. Laura says everyone in Beverly Hills is the same.

That night, Brenda meets with Kelly and Donna in the quad and they discuss Laura’s Tonya Hardinging. Donna assures Brenda that Steve is handling things, but Brenda doesn’t think she can rely on him right now. She confronts them for not believing her or following up with her after she stormed out of Andrea’s. Donna says she didn’t want her to feel like they were ganging up on her. Brenda admits that she overreacted and didn’t give her friends a chance to explain themselves.

At the Peach Pit, Kevin tells Dylan, Erica, and Suzanne that he quit his job. Dylan encourages him to try to get funding from another lab since his work is so important. Suzanne’s skeptical, but Kevin assures her that he knows what he’s doing. Steve tells Brandon he’s done with Laura, though his conscience won’t let him completely forget about her. He stops by her room and sees an envelope on her bed. He reads the letter inside and runs off. He encounters Brenda and tells her the letter was a suicide note – Laura’s going to kill herself in the auditorium.

The two of them rush to the theater and find Laura in her Maggie slip up in the control room. Steve tries to convince her that he cares about her. Brenda sends him to call security while she tries to talk Laura down. Laura starts making herself a noose. Brenda tells her there will be other plays, but Laura won’t get a chance to be in them if she hurts herself. Steve quietly climbs up to the control room and grabs Laura before she can jump and hang herself.

Later, as Laura’s taken away to get help, Steve tells Brenda that she probably would have died if Brenda hadn’t been there. Brenda can’t be mad at Laura anymore, just feel sorry for her. Steve hopes she can stop being angry at him, too, but Brenda isn’t ready for that.

Thoughts: How mad are the other auditioners that Roy cast a freshman as the lead?

I’m totally stealing Steve’s “driveway doesn’t go all the way to the street” thing.

Brenda’s spaghetti-strap maxi dress over a white T-shirt is so perfectly ’90s.

Here’s a crazy (heh) suggestion: How about getting in touch with Laura’s family when she first starts showing signs of instability, instead of just talking the situation to death? They’re all, “Yeah, she really needs help…just not from us, I guess.”

December 9, 2012

BH90210 4.28, Acting Out: The Girls Must Be Crazy

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 5:01 pm by Jenn

I would caution against looking directly into her eyes

I would caution against looking directly into her eyes

Summary: Brenda mopes at the beach like she’s shooting an album cover while David and Donna give Kelly a book about acting. Kelly doesn’t think she’s going to get the role, though. Brenda stops by and Kelly congratulates her on her callback. Brenda confronts her about her audition for Maggie and getting coffee with Roy. She accuses Kelly of trying to steal the part from her. Kelly says she has a life of her own, and Brenda says she knows.

Brandon goes by Steve’s dorm room and finds him kissing Laura. Steve pretends they were just rehearsing. Okay, they were taking a break from rehearsing. He thinks he’s found his calling. They encounter Chancellor Arnold, who’s under the impression that Brandon will be taking Clare to her prom. Brandon doesn’t correct him.

Kelly has to miss a beach trip with Dylan and Erica because of callbacks. Dylan thinks Kelly should look at the situation from Brenda’s point of view. She notes that Dylan never takes her side. Clare’s at the Peach Pit, reading Nat’s palm, and she drapes herself over Brandon as soon as he and Steve arrive. Brandon’s not happy about the forced date.

Kelly heads to the theater for a coaching session with Roy (is that what the kids are calling it?), and Steve tells her to say hi to Laura. Kelly’s upset that Brenda has Roy, Steve has Laura, and Kelly has no support. Clare tries to use the other girls’ crazy behavior to convince Brandon that she’s a catch. On campus, Roy asks Kelly to share what Brick is thinking, since Kelly has experience with addicts. They do a scene together and Roy’s impressed.

Andrea’s still worried that something’s wrong with her pregnancy, but Jesse thinks she’s overreacting. He’s off to San Francisco for his clerkship, which I’m sure will make her less anxious. Kelly joins Dylan and Erica at the beach after all and meets Kevin. Then Dylan leaves her with Erica and Suzanne while he and Kevin go look at sludge. On campus, Brenda complains to Donna about how Kelly is Roy’s pet, then sees Laura with Roy and thinks Laura’s trying to get an in with him.

Dylan and Kevin discuss sludge and Suzanne, and finally Dylan and Kelly get some time alone. She’s upset that he brought guests with him, then left her with them. Dylan doesn’t want to hang out with her if she’s just going to complain more about Brenda or talk more about acting. Kelly points out that Dylan never had a problem with Brenda talking about acting.

Donna and Andrea hang out at the Peach Pit, hoping Kelly and Brenda work things out once callbacks are over. Donna’s worried about how much they’ve changed since high school. Andrea assures her that she’s the same, but Donna says Andrea’s changed the most – a year ago, she was a virgin on her way to Yale. Andrea takes this the wrong way and leaves.

Brandon has apparently lost his backbone, as he’s taking Clare to the prom. Chancellor Arnold is all for it. Brandon may be, too, since he thinks Clare looks hot all dressed up. He warns her that he won’t be dancing. She hints that the prom won’t be their only destination that night. They wind up at a party in a hotel room, where she teases him about being straight-laced.

At the beach apartment, Donna admits to Kelly that she said some things to Andrea that she didn’t mean to say. She has “feelings” about Andrea’s “sexual revolution.” (Donna, please stop talking.) Kelly turns the topic back to herself and the play; she’s worried about learning to cry on cue. She wonders if she wants to stick with it because Brenda doesn’t want her to. Donna encourages her to back off of the battle. She adds that Brenda’s still upset about losing Dylan to Kelly.

The party moves to the roof, and Claire and her friend get a little wild, flashing some guys on the street and pouring champagne on them. The guys come up but Brandon won’t let them into the apartment. They break the door down and start fighting with Brandon. Hotel security guards break it up and kick the guys out, followed by the partiers, who have trashed the room. Clare doesn’t care since now she and Brandon can be alone.

Donna goes to Andrea’s to apologize, but Andrea winds up apologizing for not keeping her emotions more in control. Because all pregnant women do is eat and act hormonal, obviously. Then Andrea thinks she’s going into labor, so Donna calmly helps her get to the hospital. Steve works with Laura in the auditorium, giving her a silky nightgown so she can truly become Maggie. He thinks it’ll help her win the role if she wears it to her callback.

Brandon’s upset with Clare, who whines about how much her life sucks and how she just wants him to care about her. As soon as he assures her that he does, she tries to convince him to put the hotel room to good use. Andrea gets medication to stop her labor and is basically told to chill out. Donna promises to help her out until the baby’s born.

Kelly goes to the Walshes’ to tell Brenda she’s dropping out of the audition process. Brenda’s just worried that Roy will think she pressured Kelly into making the decision. Kelly promises that she doesn’t want to be an actress; she just has a hard time when good things happen to Brenda. (This is a healthy friendship, isn’t it?) She offers to help Brenda rehearse.

Jesse comes home the next morning, and Donna admits that she fears she caused Andrea’s medical problems because she said mean things. (Which…weren’t mean. Whatever.) Andrea says that she knew something was wrong days ago. Callbacks commence and Kelly tells Roy she’s not continuing. He still thinks he can turn her into an actress and doesn’t care why she wanted to drop out.

Brandon and Steve arrive and sit with Kelly while Brenda and Laura do their scenes. Laura looks totally crazy, but Brenda seems to think it’s a good look. She misses some lines and asks to start over, which is never a good sign. She tells Brandon this was her “one chance to turn [her] life around,” which is so overdramatic that only Brenda could say it.

Clare finds Brandon (totally not stalking him, no, sir) and he finally tells her to just stay away already. She doesn’t think he means it. Kelly ends up at Dylan’s and tells him she dropped out of the callbacks because she hates acting. Dylan knows that Brenda’s more fragile than she lets on, but she’ll land on her feet, like a cat. Actually, Brenda lands on Roy’s doorstep in a very low-cut dress, asking for a second chance.

Thoughts: One of the fighters at the party is Eric Bruskotter, who also played Coach Beiste’s abusive husband on Glee. So I think it’s safe to say he sometimes gets typecast.

Dylan makes a big deal about taking Erica to the beach, like, the beach is right there. It’s not like it requires a road trip.

’90s music alert: “The Sign” by Ace of Base. Which I totally loved and kind of still love.

Seriously, Chancellor. Therapy for your daughter. Look into it.

Hold up – Andrea’s only six months pregnant? Is she having triplets? Or does she just have really horrible maternity clothes? Wait, I know the answer to that.

I would warn Steve to watch out for Laura’s crazy eyes, but I doubt he’s looking at her eyes.

Next page