90210 Season Premiere Review: So Long, Summer!

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Hail! Hail! The gang's all here... and a few new additions as well. As you may have read, Teddy's swan song has already been written (booo!) and, of course, Ryan and Debbie were kicked to the curb last season (yay!). So on the 9020 season premiere, we got Nila, Navid's bratty teenage sister; Austin, the hottest thing to hit Beverly Hills in a LONG time; and Jeremy, a possible new love interest for Annie.

Transitioning from high school to college is never easy and that was never more evident than by what so many of the BH crew was going through. And, if you're anything like me, the best part of coming back after summer vacation is seeing how everyone's changed.

Up in Smoke Scene

So what did the new, more grown up gang bring us on the season premiere?

Naomi's days as Queen Bee are completely over. Time to climb back up that totem pole. But she's still filthy rich. Ditching her plans to live in the CU dorms, she bought herself what appeared to be the Taj Mahal...
Silver on 90210

... And promptly threw herself a mega bash complete with pot bonfire and all. Ivy and Raj are living there, along with Annie. Max apparently was not her Prince Charming, after all, judging from her bad memory of his reaction to her not being pregnant.

I couldn't really blame him for responding the way he did. They dodged a bullet and can now pursue their dreams instead of becoming premature parents. But Naomi hadn't seen it that way. His being overjoyed at her not having Max Jr. bummed her out big time. Which led to their break up.

No worries. Shirtless, ripped-abs-to-the-max, country hunk Austin was introduced as Naomi's sexy new future conquest. There was actual heat between those two. Could you feel it?

Annie found out Marla's family was contesting the will so she had to defer her first semester at Carnegie Mellon. But Liam proposed by dropping a ring on the hood of her car.... after not hearing from him all summer. What a romantic!

After Annie turned him down, he decided to go big or go home and proposed to Annie for a second time at Naomi's party. Surprise! Liam went home. Annie once again was not having it and gave him a big fat "no." And the best part was the sound effects from the fireworks immediately afterwards.

A 90210 Surprise

It seemed that our little Miss Annie grew up over the summer. High school crushes have led to real life pondering and Annie wanted more than puppy-love declarations. Plus, she had her eye on Jeremy, an older college boy who intrigued her enough to invite him to Naomi's party.

Navid and Silver started shacking up together and acting like Ma and Pa Kettle after 50 years of marriage. To complete the picture, they decided to raise Nila, Navid's spoiled teenage sister, who decided not to relocate to Switzerland with the rest of Navid's family/

Silver wasn't too thrilled at having to raise a testy teen but now that she's part of a couple she wanted to do her part to support her partner. That Nila proved to be more than a handful though and, after throwing a hissy fit, ran away. Good times.

Silver also had to contend with Adrianna once again trying to weasel her way into her good graces. Living with the natives in an African village over the summer seemed to have changed Adrianna for the better. At least that's what she wanted the tabloids to think.

Adrianna on 90210

She confronted Silver at Naomi's party with seemingly heartfelt apologies but Silver put her in her place. Silver nearly killed herself because of Adrianna's bipolar meds switcharoo so she wasn't in a forgiving mood. Rightly so.

Dixon found himself as a "homeless, black man" after Navid screwed with his dorm application. But not to worry. In true 90210 style, he ended up getting an amazing condo by the beach complete with Austin, his easy-on-the-eyes new roommate.

Dixon also decided to not go to college and be more like his '80s stylistic musician hero Theophilus London. After being part of a hip-hop tour over the summer, the thought of sitting in a classroom for four more years lost its appeal. He's an artist, damnit. He neededs to create, and create he shall.

Ivy and Raj spent the entire summer attached at the hip, as is to be expected of newlyweds, but time had taken its toll. Raj looked like death warmed over because, well, death IS warming him over. Dying from cancer tends to not make a person glowy and warm. Poor Ivy had to struggle with being a newlywed, soon-to-be widow. She's definitely not the hippy-dippy surfer chick from last year anymore.

Ivy and Raj Photo

Teddy managed to be in a few scenes but it seemed as if the whole point of it was to just get his goodbye storyline underway. Trying to figure out how to come out to his family, he finally came up with the best way yet: Leave dad a voicemail. Perfect.

Liam got trashed after Annie dashed his marital dreams and ended up buying the beach bar everyone will most likely be hanging out at this season. But where did he get all the money to do so from? Fishing at sea doesn't pay THAT well.

Oh yeah. And Adrianna apparently slept with Austin. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

CU next Tuesday, folks! Literally.

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90210 Season 4 Episode 1 Quotes

I'm ready. Let's do this.

Liam [proposing to Annie the first time]

No, bad memory.

Naomi [after being asked if she had a bad dream]

90210 Season 4 Episode 1 Music

  Song Artist
Song Changing Airborne Toxic Event iTunes
Highlights from a cold and desperate song Highlights From A Cold And Desperate Song Hotel Eden iTunes
Pictures 1 Pictures NagNagNag iTunes