90210 Recap: Liam’s Rescue Mission Ends With A Gunshot

Tue, January 22, 2013 12:12am EST by 14 Comments
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One of Liam’s lovely ladies literally took a bullet for him this week — but who?

Arielle Kebbel told me the Jan. 21 episode of 90210 was worth waiting through the hiatus, but I really think she undersold just how crazy it was. Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Vanessa joined forces to rescue Liam (Matt Lanter) and his beautiful hair, and while the mission was successful, it may have cost one of them more than they bargained for. Dun, dun, dun!

The girls broke into Ashley’s home and found an entire wall of Liam pictures — they actually filmed on location in my apartment — as well as evidence leading them to the basement of the Offshore, where Liam was being held. “Who’s the psycho skank now?” Vanessa asked, to which I thought, “Eh… still you, kind of.”

When Liam wasn’t grunting and wiggling around sexfully, Ashley was making all kinds of crazy threats, like she was going to ship him in a box to Mexico — lucky Mexicans! — but it wasn’t long before they were interrupted by the girls’ arrival.

Now here’s where things got really crazy: Vanessa started to run away as the police arrived, but Ashley pulled a gun on her, and Annie jumped in to save the day! Unfortunately for Annie, this also meant getting shot, so the episode ended with my favorite Wilson — sorry Jessica Walter — bleeding out on the ground.

Naomi’s Choice

Fed up with the boys in their lives, Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) and Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) went on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip to hunt down their very own versions of Brad Pitt — and I’m talking sexy 1991 cowboy Brad Pitt, not crazy 2012 cologne-commercial Brad Pitt. Sadly, their little trip quickly became a naked disaster, as a crew of rebel rednecks stole their clothes. [Insert a joke about how the show’s two skankiest girls ended up naked in public. Again.]

After managing to scrounge up some old hippie clothes — kudos to writer Allen Clary for acknowledging that Ivy (Gillian Zinser) actually existed — the girls made their way to a biker bar, a journey that led them to two very different destinations. While Adrianna cozied up to a biker stud named Billy (J.R. Ramirez), Naomi had a heart-to-heart with a hillbilly, which inspired her to seek comfort in the arms of a very unlikely source: her mom!

I say Naomi’s mom is an unlikely source because, let’s face it, most of these kids forgot they ever had parents to begin with. But good old Tracy (Christina Moore) — who looks more like Naomi’s older sister than her mom, let’s be real — actually had some legit words of wisdom for her wayward daughter: Maybe Max (Josh Zuckerman) isn’t the guy for her, after all. Naomi’s got some serious thinking to do, which as we all know, is never easy for her.

Silver’s Not-So-Brilliant Baby Plan

Silver’s (Jessica Stroup) baby storyline also took a dark, and surprisingly litigious, turn this week. After telling Teddy (Trevor Donovan) she didn’t want him and Shane to co-parent the baby with her — because God forbid that baby should have three beautiful parents — Silver went to Teddy’s uncle for help. Little did she know, she was opening up a can of worms. Homophobic worms!

Uncle Gaybasher went on a rant about how Teddy and Shane will never be a “real family” with any baby, then swore he would order the embryos frozen or “destroyed.” I assume he got that idea from an episode of The 700 Club.

But because Silver is a saucier minx than anyone could have anticipated — and possibly because she hasn’t been taking her bipolar meds again — she forged Teddy’s signature to waive parental rights. So basically, Silver’s backed herself into a lose-lose situation. It’s a good thing that baby’s going to be gorgeous, because it’s also going to be messed up.

Dixon & Adrianna’s Ex Games Heat Up

After Megan (Jessica Parker Kennedy) broke up with Dixon (Tristan Wilds) because he clearly still has feelings for Adrianna, the Ade-ster crashed his Rita Ora concert with her skeevy new man-friend in tow.

What’s to become of these two?!

(Side note: Let’s talk about Rita Ora. … She’s really just Rihanna in a wig, right? Either way, it was totally crazy how the song she was singing just happened to reflect what Dixon and Adrianna were feeling about each other. Rita Ora is magic, it seems.)

Did you love this episode as much as I did? Are you hoping Annie’s accident will bring her closer to Liam? And do you think Naomi should stay with Max, or move on? Drop me a comment with your personal review of the episode!

– Andy Swift

More 90210 on HollywoodLife.com:

  1. 90210 Scoop: Arielle Kebbel Previews Vanessa’s ‘Redemption’ Episode
  2. 90210 Recap: Vanessa’s Return Puts Annie & Liam In Danger
  3. 90210 Recap: Liam & Annie’s Pasts Come Back To Haunt Them

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Posted at 2:05 PM on February 13, 2013  

Everyone please go to facebook page save 90210 stupid CW is thinking of canceling it and I’m trying to get the word out there to see if we can make a difference. I’m crazy about the show and especially after CW canceled in 2012 one tree hill and gossip girl, 90210 is like their last guilty pleasure drama show. So if you don’t want to see the show canceled go comment and makesure to watch monday nights at 9 and get everyone you can so we can boost the ratings.

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Shandra Grace

Posted at 3:11 AM on January 28, 2013  

I don’t know what Silver was thinking, why would she risk signing Teddy’s signature! She should just find someone else to donate. I think Naomi should break up with Max, or try to work it out first at least. And Dixon needs to talk to someone, he is having issues letting go, he is definitely not doing it the right way!!

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Posted at 7:11 PM on January 22, 2013  

I absolutely loved this episode! I watched the final scene over and over and over again! Vanessa totally redeemed herself, and I like that character now. The Ivy references were gold! I hope she comes back next season. I love that character. I don’t like Naomi with Max, and really don’t like her with Austin. Anyone else think they should bring Sean Faris on as a love interest for her? This episode was so good I really hope the show gets renewed for a full 6th season!

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Posted at 10:13 PM on January 22, 2013  

I would suggest they bring Dominic Purcell as Naomi’s love interest so they can be the endgame.

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Posted at 5:18 PM on January 22, 2013  

I blame hurricane Sandy, because this had mid season finale material in it! It was a good episode.
Liam and annie scenes were just perfect! And I can’t believe I’m going to say this- write this- but Vanessa did redeem herself in a way that I did not hate. It was a tearjerker when her eyes watered up after seeing Annie shot. I like that Ivy was mentioned, I’m glad too, I was beginning to think ivy was only a figment of my imagination. Naomi going to her mother was a nice change to see. I guess Clarke women can be vulnerable. The Silver and Teddy mess is becoming harder to watch. They had one of the best, if not the best, friendships on 90210. I can’t believe Silver would forge Teddy’s name, this is not going to end well. Dixon usually doesn’t do much in episodes, but I have to give him props for saying something to Silver that she needed to hear. I am glad someone cares enough to tell her she is jobless and just not ready to be a mother.

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Posted at 12:31 PM on January 22, 2013  

what a stupid end to the episode … so 4-5 cops walk in .. arrest a couple of people and dont even look at th girl lying o thr floor shot … I mean is that even possible

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Posted at 7:31 AM on January 22, 2013  

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Posted at 7:13 AM on January 22, 2013  

I usually don’t like Annie that much but when she got shot I almost cried! I think it was just the song though, and the look on Liam’s beautiful face! He was so heartbroken and helpless :(
I also really likes Vanessa in this episode, again I never really liked her before but now since she stood up for Liam and it shows she really cares about him and not just the money and fame I really like her (also cause she’s super gorgeous).
I love naiomi and I just want her to be happy; I hope she and max stay together, I’ll be interested to see where the writers take their relationship if they do though
And I got really mad at silver for bringing Teddy’s uncle into it, I agree with her points about it not being complicated but if she really wanted teddy as the father she should have just let him have rights too, I mean I’m sure the kid would wonder about its dad one day, so why not just start now?
:D I love 90210 even though it gets on my nerves for being unrealistic, but hey, that’s like every tv show

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Posted at 6:51 AM on January 22, 2013  

Wow Silver was soooo annoying in this episode. She is really getting on my nerves with all this baby crap !
And even though I love lannie, I really want to see more of Annie and Riley.
And I want Austin back !!!

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Posted at 3:40 AM on January 22, 2013  


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Posted at 1:54 AM on January 22, 2013  

noooo… i love maxomi. :(

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Posted at 12:32 AM on January 22, 2013  

Hoping that Annie and Liam will become closer and that Naomi realizes that she belongs with Austin!

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Andy Swift

Posted at 12:37 AM on January 22, 2013  

Oh, God. Austin. The mere mention of his name makes me sad. #RIPcowboy

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Posted at 8:20 AM on January 22, 2013  

yeay for LANNIE! but I’d prefer Naomi with Max instead of that cowdude. just sayin’.

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