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Posted Mon, October 11, 2010 9:41pm EDT

Andy's '90210' Afterthoughts: Which Game-Changers Shocked You — Silver's Rape Trap, Dixon's HIV Scare, Or Teddy's Self-Hate? Vote!

I’m giving the Oct. 11 episode a solid A for totally changing everything!

You’d never know it from the silly promos, but 90210 deals with some pretty serious issues: coming out, poverty, rape, HIV — and best of all, no homework! This week, our characters dealt with those issues and more, plus the birth of Jen’s (Sara Foster) demon spawn.

Did anyone REALLY think they were going to give Dixon (Tristan Wilds) HIV? I mean, it did make for a dramatic hour: Dixon lied and told Ivy (Gillian Zinser) he stilled loved Sasha, so he wouldn’t have to tell her he might be positive. That gave Oscar (Blair Redford) a shot, which he took — and he finally slept with Ivy!

Jen is one of the most annoying characters, not just on the show, but on all of television. I hate the way she’s so needlessly theatrical, I hate the way she pronounces her “r”s, and tonight I hated her as a woman in labor. I wonder if she’ll develop any humanity now that she had Ryan’s (Ryan Eggold) behbeh.

I appreciate the very Charlie’s Angels-inspired trio of Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord), Silver (Jessica Stroup) and Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes.) And WOW, that Mr. Cannon rape plot took an insane twist tonight when he turned Silver’s trap around on her! I knew the girls’ plan was going to backfire…

When Debbie (Lori Loughlin) found Annie’s hormone needles and assumed she was a closet heroine addict, I got to thinking: I would love watching Shenae Grimes play a junkie. (Degrassi reference: Shenae’s character, Darcy, dated a guy named Peter (Jamie Johnston) who ended up becoming a junkie.

And, of course, kudos to Teddy (Trevor Donovan) and Ian (Kyle Riabko.) As Matt Lanter, Jessica Lowndes and Michael Steger have echoed, that’s a really crucial story to be telling right now — especially in light of what’s going on. And as Matt said, it makes the show “scarily relevant.”

— Andy Swift