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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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Crazybrit

first of all,ASHLEY IS THE MOST CREEPIEST BITCH ON EARTH,although i hate vanessa too,but isn Liam hot!!during when he gt kidnapped,it is just me or anybody feels dis way,oh Alec just sucks when he in love Max!!!and dixon i just hate him and his storyline!!! i think Adrianna deserve better like taylor,is nt like she cheats to him.dixon sucks!!!!!!!!!SERIOUSLY!!!SCREW HIM!!

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inconsistencies. Here these rich Beverly Hills have no phone? because things are said by phone, or call someone and say wait there, or any news. Ade is very beautiful to dixon, they had to end some time and please should make a solid partner in this series, we can build bridges, as previously ade and navid, everything is worse lack of focus naomi and max could be happy one full season 1?

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about time dixon got some real screen time

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there was not enough Lannie for me tonight :(

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Navid just needs to leave the show entirely. It's a better show when it centers on Liam, Teddy and Dixon's life. Add to that now Riley. Ade is a cheating slut. She's never changed. She never deserved Dixon. And she isn't even upset about it. Dixon should run her into the ground. She's such a pathetic character to watch nowadays anyway. Bubbly airhead w/ not one common sense or idea of what anyone feels.

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I want Lannie & keep Maxomi together!Whats with Liam and the chicks-Jen,Vanessa,Ashley?he dosent have any luck does he?I felt bad for Naomi, she was trying to help but Max bit her head off then left to get a job in Iceland.She should tell Max about Alec but she's trying not to hurt him anymore.Im glad Dixions walking again ect but knew when I saw him and Annie in that scene that Riley would have the surgery.Dixion and Megan don't care.Dixon should put his personal feelings for Ade aside and be professional and mature and not keep Ade around so he can treat her like crud. He has a right to be mad ,but did he forget he asked her to give up her music career cause he was jelous and then he left on tour -they were supposed to partners in business-without a goodbye?I love holiday episodes.I agree with Teddy in the Silver vs Teddy over baby fight.Hes the baby's father,he has rights and a responsibility to provide for/spend time with the baby and most women want the baby daddy to help raise it and Silver wouldn't have to be a young single mom.

Sarah silva

Jarrod: I totally agree with Liam's house, I thought the same thing that it was so similar to Dylan's house. Glad I was not the only one!
In the preview it is hard to tell if Annie or Vanessa gets shot but it makes sense if it was Annie as that would be the only thing that keeps her in California, I also see it bringing her and Liam together, I think Silver and Liam make a good couple but I remember back to the Lannie days and like them together.
I am not sure where the commenter saw an article that Shenae is sick of the show but I have never read that.

Sarah silva

I meant NAOMI. How cute were Naomi and Silver with their shared stuffed animal?
Naomi is trying her hardest to be the best wife to Max and do everything she can for him and ends up leaving for Iceland! I thought all along Alec was in love with Max but this is Alec so it could be another lie!
I too like Dixon and Megan.
It looks like Vanessa and Annie will work together to save Liam. Ashley is crazy and so is Vanessa but I think Ahsley takes the crazy title frome Vanessa.

Sarah silva

I thought this was the perfect fall finale.
I really hope they stop having Riley and Annie bicker every week. I too feel that as much as Riley says he is fine being in the wheelchair, he is not! He has tons of anger and takes it out on Annie. Plus you can tell that he is doing the risky surgery for Annie because he still thinks Annie does not want to be with someone in a wheel chair, which she has said she is fine with many times! I do like him though, however Annie and Liam seem to be hanging out more and telling eachother things they are not telling anyone else, so does that mean Annie and Liam will be together after all? If that happens then they better stay together. We all know Annie can't leave the show for 2 years so something has to make her stay.
I felt bad for Silver, her and Teddy had an arrangement and then Shane had to get involved and drive a wedge between them. I really want Silver to have a baby she deserves a break. How cute were Annie and Silver with their shared stuffed animal?
Naomi is trying her hardest to be the best wife to Max and do everything she can for him and ends up leaving for Iceland! I thought all along Alec was in love with Max but this is Alec so it could be another lie!
I too like Dixon and Megan.
It looks like Vanessa and Annie will work together to save Liam. Ashley is crazy and so is Vanessa but I think Ahsley takes the crazy title frome Vanessa.

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this last episode was great, hopefully it will get a chance to bring liam and annie back! fingers crossed!

90210 Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Teddy would make a great dad! Shane too! Oh my God I wish I had two gay dads who loved me to pieces and then could tell me when my dress and my bag were too matchy matchy.

Naomi

You work for me, I don't have to tell you anything.

Liam [to Ashley]

90210 Season 5 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Roz bell happy holidays to you Happy Holidays To You Roz Bell iTunes
Kopecky family band heartbeat Heartbeat Kopecky Family Band iTunes
Song Christmastime James Combs