90210 Round Table: "Senior Year, Baby"

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Naomi is a mess, Annie is a free woman and Adrianna might have a singing career ahead of her after all.

Indeed, the third season premiere of 90210 offered up many storylines for fans to chew on - and that's exactly what a TV Fanatic Round Table is for! Join us below as staff members analyze various aspects from "Senior Year, Baby" and don't forget to discuss it with fellow fans in our 90210 forum...

Can AnnaLynne McCord pull off Naomi's storyline?
M.L. House: No. I have a better chance of ending up with Kelly Taylor. McCord isn't terrible at delivering snarky lines and playing the snotty bitch. But she just doesn't have the gravitas needed for this layered, serious role. I find myself laughing every time she cries.

LJ Gibbs: The quick, easy answer is no. But I'm trying to look past McCord and focus on the plot itself. Kudos to the show for taking a risk and trying to deal with such a heavy issue. It has a chance to send an important message to victims of sexual abuse.

The Barnacle: Yes. Compared to Shenae Grimes, she's an Emmy Award winner.

90210 RT, Take 2

Who was Annie's lawyer?!?
M.L. House: Matlock? Perry Mason? Matthew McConaughey in A Time to Kill? Annie killed a man, lied it up, covered it up, finally admitted to the crime... and was punished with house arrest in her giant mansion and had her records sealed?!?!?!? Sign me up for that counsel.

LJ Gibbs: Sigh. Must we really discuss the hit-and-run storyline? The show clearly wishes it never existed, so I prefer if we could do the same. I really am in shock that we never even saw the consequences of Annie's actions.

The Barnacle: Forget her lawyer. I can only imagine that Steve Sanders came back to town and paid off the judge.

Is Oscar a welcome addition to the cast?
M.L. House: Not like this, no. I'm happy to see more of Ivy's family and learn more about her background. But in the course of one episode, we meet Oscar, we see her fantasize about him, we see him hit on Ivy and then sleep with her mom. Seems like another random, rushed 90210 development.

LJ Gibbs: Yes. You did see him with his shirt off and listen to his accent, right?!?

The Barnacle: No. It's way too early. Dixon and Ivy just got together - remember, on the season finale, he made out with Silver - and already the show is tossing out the L word between them and giving them a contrived obstacle. Can't we let them just date for awhile first?

Would you have swiped Javier's song book?
M.L. House: Probably. What would have been the alternative, let the songs go to waste?

LJ Gibbs: It's really not a question of whether or not I'd do it. I don't watch shows to wonder how I'd react in certain situations. I watch them to get to know the characters well and this fits into Adrianna's struggles in life.

The Barnacle: Absolutely! That guy is a total douchebag! The music industry is cutthroat. Get in there and get dirty, Adrianna!

Will Teddy ever play tennis again?
M.L. House: Nope, he's switching teams... if you know what I mean!

LJ Gibbs: I doubt it, but he'll still swing other guys' rackets... if you know what I mean!

The Barnacle: No, yet look for him to still get plenty of use out of balls... if you know what I mean!

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Simran-varma

U guys r takin this tooooo strict! Annie is fine. She is not ruined.Yes it was a let down but lets see... This is my 2nd best show so let it be like tht !!!

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i think that you're too strict to 90210!! it's actually a really good series currently on TV! the only thing i didn't like about the show, is the handling of the hit and run storyline!!

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1. I think Annalynne can pull it off. Atleast she isn't Shenae LOL!!!
2. Please hit and run story is just a joke. Annie's character is just so annoying IMO and the writers just keep giving me reasons to dislike her even more .
3.Oscar? As long as he's shirtless in every episode
4. Heck yes I just hope she doesn't grow a conscious. This is 90210 for crying out loud. I prefer Season 1 , bitchy Adriana. I hope we get her again.
5. Who cares!!! We all know where his SL is headed.

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1. None of the 90210 actors are really good, so I doubt AnnaLynne can carry this part. But at least she's not as bad as Shenae...
2. Annie (unfortunately) is somehow a golden child. idk how she got away with that. I mean her family doesn't carry any weight at all now that her daddy's gone.
3. Oscar...he's kinda pointless. And for him to hookup w/Laurel?!?! They just needed to add another sleazebag to the cast.
4. I would have given the book to Laurel or a producer. They still would have let Ade use the songs. I mean, the boy just DIED. That's so effed up!
5. Who cares, I just want to know if he's gonna meet his new boytoy in physical therapy. (btw he adds nothing to the show and looks way to old to be attending HS)