90210 Review: Mixing Business with Pleasure

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Ever since the 90210 Season 5 premiere, Naomi has done nothing but try to be a dutiful and very fulfilling wife to Max, but she always seems to find herself in hot water. After all, not every wife is going to whip out first class lingerie every single night while waiting for her husband to come to bed!

In "The Things We Do For Love," Naomi took her affection for Max a step too far when she went against his wishes and got involved in trying to get him his job back. What she found out was the last thing she could have anticipated.

Kiss for the Hubby

What better way to get a brokenhearted CEO to spill her guts than to send her on a date and ply her with drinks? Especially when Bryce's date was with a guy like Navid who obviously was going to get sucked into that whole "let's bond over talking about our exes" situation. Also, Bryce hun, if your and your ex-fiancee's "drink" was an Appletini, it is entirely possibly that Todd was actually an 18-year old giggling girl.

Well, thanks to the cosmos Navid supplied in their place, we found out that Alec groomed Bryce to take over the CEO position as long as she promised to fire Max when she got the job. Cue Naomi storming over to Alec's place to confront him and mumble "it's like you're in love with him or something" and then finding out that - BOOM! - that was the answer the whole time.

If Madison couldn't have Max, Naomi couldn't have Max, then the company couldn't have Max. And there you have it. Unfortunately, it was too late for Naomi to tell her hubby because he had already left for the gamer conference in Iceland amid their troubles. Would he have believed her anyway? By the way, I always get really uncomfortable when people go alone to confront the bad guy. It's not like the people on these shows have the best track records. I thought Annie was done for when she ran into Vanessa and Liam hadn't shown up.

Turns out Vanessa might've been the less creepy villain all along? I mean, she's nuts and all, but like she said, she would never hurt Liam. If he wasn't going to love her, she wanted to be compensated for the contract they were in together. Vanessa is definitely the lesser of two evils when Ashley (is she even a bodyguard?) has Liam drugged and locked up in the basement under The Offshore. What's she gonna do with him?

I have to say, if we're going to have to see someone go all Kathy Bates in Misery, I definitely prefer to see it in a comedy like Happy Endings!

It's hard to get invested in Annie and Riley as a couple when Annie is so tied up in her ex's storyline. There are a lot of Liam and Annie fans out there, myself included. That said, I do really like Riley, but I feel like those two haven't gotten a real, fair shot together. Also, in my opinion, Riley kinda projects his own feelings about being in the wheelchair onto Annie. Annie didn't give him the tablet because she thought he couldn't "come to Scotland because he's in a wheelchair," that's absurd. She did it because she wasn't going to ask a dude she just started seeing to move away with her for two years. 

Annie was also overjoyed about Dixon's prognosis because this is her brother who she grew up with and has an entirely different relationship with. She knows Dixon and how he feels and reacts. It was never a matter of her not accepting Dixon's injury. On a lighter note, I really dig Dixon and Megan (Jessica Parker Kennedy) together. I like them as a couple. He and Ade were over long before he found out about the cheating. Speaking of, where is Taylor nowadays?

Last but certainly not least: the battle over the possibly not even created child. Shane threatening to get lawyers on Silver was a tad overdramatic considering she wasn't implanted with an embryo or even pregnant yet. Take a step back buddy.

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Wasn't that the deal, though? At this point, Silver should just go with a random sperm donor chosen from a file. No muss, no fuss. Lines get blurred when you do these things with friends and I'd hate to see Teddy and Silver on the outs.

What did you all think of the midseason finale of 90210? Whose storyline did you care about the most? Who is creepier, Vanessa or Ashley? Hit the comments and let us know what you're hoping for in 2013!

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Daaamn I can't wait till the episode launch. Something I was waiting for a long time!
Have you guys seen the sneak peak? Ashley will shoot someone, I'm not sure but I think either it's Silver or Adrriana! Because there was a black hair!
I started hating teddy after his attitude, uhhhh I hate SHANE!! So Alec is GAY!!!
I feel sorry for Naomi. Alec has been a pain in the ass and Max wont believe her!! I really like Riley! But LIAM and ANNIE are just so cute together CAN'T WAIT!!!

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i love this show so much. I love Naomi and Liam and also Ade, Navid and Annie. Ive never been a fan of silver because i think shes kinda of a whore that blames all of her problems on others. Dixon is alright. I have been watching the first season again on netflix just because. I wish Ethan would come back that would be a crazy twist. I like Naomi and Max as a couple in all honesty even though i liked Austin from last season because he was sexy as hell. Vanessa scares me, but not as much as the women who is supposily Liam's "bodyguard". Who knows what will happen the next episodes, but even since gossip girl is over this is now my favorite show on TV.

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@neezd Ha!So you noticed that too? I thought it was just me. So angry that every post ends up becoming every english teachers worst nightmare.
@ Crazy B. If I may quote, "Now STOP,HATEIN' IS BAD ." ;)

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A level headed Dixon (no Ade drama), and an end to Alec. I also want Naomi to have her own storyline, not involving max. *just to clarify, I AM looking forward to annie taking a bullet. I wrote "meh" simply because it was predictable enough not to be mid season finale material. Here's to a fresh start. January 21, 2013 here we come.

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After 8 decent episodes, we get this as a mid season finale. I'm a little disappointed, don't get me wrong though, it was still a good episode...just not mid season material. There really are no major cliffhangers, maybe just Riley's story, and possibly Liam's Liam's story. The cliffhanger was not to exciting because we know that Annie and Vanessa will find him, and one of them, most likely Annie, will get shot for Liam's sake. Meh.
I'm not sure which story lines to care for at the moment, but I did enjoy the few Lannie scenes. I like that Liam's fishing boat experience was brought up. I just want to say that I hope riley doesn't die from the experimental surgery just for the sake of Lannie.
Ashley's undoubtedly creepier. Vanessa is just a strange character just molded to do whatever fits the SL of those she interacts with. Never of them however are decent villains.
I'm hoping for more Lannie buildup. An end to silvers baby issues. A level headed Dixon (no Ade drama), and an end to Alec. I also want Naomi to have her own storyline, not involving max. Here's to a fresh start. January 21, 2013 here we come.

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I wish writers started treating Lannie better. They barely give them screentime , doesn't make sense to me.

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I loved this episode! Best of the season so far!!!

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Jarrod Mitchell: I noticed Liam's house looking like Dylan's right away! I told my mom (who watched the original as a teen) and she couldn't tell. Glad I'm not the only one. I thought this was the best episode of the season. I hope that Annie gets shot! Is that bad? I hope that Silver and Dixon get back together. I hope Ade and Navid get back together. Alec was very predictable... unless they turn him being in love with Max into another lie. That might be good. Looking forward to the rest of the season!

Christinatran

I thought Vanessa was the biggest psychopath until Ashley came along. When will Liam ever catch a break? Lannie needs to happen again.

Neezd

@crazyB - Why do you have to yell in every post?