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90210 Recap: Dixon Stands Up & Silver Strips Down

Tue, October 23, 2012 1:40am EDT by Andy Swift 4 Comments
90210 Season 5 Episode 3
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The entire 90210 gang — minus Adrianna, who pretty much just ate ice cream and giggled — faced their biggest fears this week.

Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) proposed having one last day of “crazy Silver fun” on the Oct. 22 episode of 90210, which used to mean throwing wine bottles at your teacher and lighting your boyfriend’s front lawn on fire. Fortunately, Silver (Jessica Stroup) has grown quite a bit since season one, so she spent the day conquering her fear of acrobatics and such.

She also decided that the last step, before getting turkey basted, was a naked photo shoot with which she could immortalize her pre-baby, pre-surgery body. I’m all for female empowerment, but has Silver learned nothing from history? She’s already been involved in one naked picture scandal — courtesy of Adrianna, less than two full seasons ago — and taking new nudes is bound to get her into another one.

90210 Season 5 Episode 3

Dixon stands up:

Who would have thought that Riley (Riley Smith), of all people, would be the one to wheel his way into Dixon’s heart? By pushing Dixon (Tristan Wilds) to his emotional breaking point, Riley forced him to realize he could walk if he really wanted to. It was a miracle I tell you!

And that scene at the end, when Liam (Matt Lanter) brought Dixon out to “surf,” was just perfect. There were wetsuits, there was hugging, it was beautiful. A little slow motion wouldn’t have been so bad, but it was still an incredibly bromantic scene.

I’d also like to give special credit to Dixon’s new therapy buddy, played by the super underrated Jessica Parker Kennedy. She was given more material in her two scenes on 90210 than in a whole season on The Secret Circle, and she absolutely nailed the part.

90210 Season 5 Episode 3

Liam ‘fesses up:

Dixon’s inspirational recovery must have really tugged at Liam’s heartstrings, because he practically headed straight to the police station to blab about knocking Vanessa (Arielle Kebbel) off the balcony. But then, another miracle: The detective said Vanessa wasn’t even this chick’s real name, that she’s had multiple aliases over the past few years, and that they’ll probably never see her again.

And that’s how Liam literally got away with “murder.” *

Still, a piece of me feels like Liam is going to come clean to Annie (Shenae Grimes) about “killing” * Vanessa, just like she came clean to him about killing — not in quotes, because she actually committed manslaughter — Jasper’s homeless uncle.

* For the record, I don’t actually think Vanessa is dead, but I’m using words like “murder” for dramatic effect.

90210 Season 5 Episode 3

Naomi screws up:

Desperate for Alec to validate her existence as a human, Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) literally kidnapped Max’s “partner” and forced him to hang out with her. But while she was winning him over with champagne and carnival games, that weasel-of-a-man was plotting his own outing.

He kissed her — on the mouth — and had someone take pictures of it from a distance. Unaware of the photos, Naomi told Alec it would be best not to tell Max was happened, thus leaving her totally defenseless.

And completely screwed.

What did you think of this week’s 90210? Do you think Vanessa is really out of the picture? And how quickly are those pictures going to come back to bite Silver? Drop a comment with your predictions.

— Andy Swift

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