'90210' finale: Naomi really tries, doesn't she?
There just didn’t seem to be anything major resolved, and the cliffhangers, used a bit loosely in this case, didn’t feel like finale-level cliffhangers. With that said, there were a couple storylines I enjoyed.
Poor used-up Naomi
I loved everything about Naomi’s story in the finale. There was a lot, yes, but she had movement, activity and depth. I thought the scene in whch she was watching Jen’s ultrasound and trading insults with her at the same time was hilarious. I loved that she stole the paternity results and sent them with balloons to Ryan, which set off his spiral into the role of “homeless drunk man” again. How nuts was his bus-jacking caper? Way to prove you’re ready for fatherhood, Ryan!
I’m also glad Liam dumped Naomi, because they really didn’t have anything in common but physical attraction. Her movement from singing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” to utter depression to falling into the creepy arms of Mr. Cannon was just genius. Shocking, but genius.
She may not be rich anymore, but her storyline next season will be.
Teddy and Silver are back together (again)
After so many breakups and makeups, this didn’t feel at all unexpected. This is what Silver and Teddy have done since they began dating. They continually search for reasons to be angry at each other and break up. Then, they just get back together. I used to believe that I liked them together, because I found that they seemed to bring something new out of each other’s characters. Now, I’m totally over them because there really isn’t any development going on. Why can’t “90210” explore the other levels of a relationship? There are so many challenges and discoveries in just dating someone that don’t include breaking up. I would like to see Silver and Teddy go there.
Once again, though, Naomi came to the rescue when she pointed out that Silver wasn’t letting Teddy make his own choices. The irony that she can deliver such clear, logical relationship advice to Silver when she just lost hers is not lost on me.
Oh, and I know some of you were angry that I didn’t mention the drunken closet kiss between Dixon and Silver in the last episode. I had a feeling it would have very little bearing on anything. Sure, Dixon and Ivy broke up for a millisecond, but all it took was an animated planetarium show and all was fine. It may come up next season and become another reason Teddy and Silver break up. Something tells me that will blow over just as quickly. Teddy seems like the kind of guy that could get over that.
Adrianna has to decide
This was my second favorite story of the night. Call me a big softie, but I love Navid and Ade together. The way that bracelet found its way through Javier’s fan’s panties and back onto Ade’s wrist, and then thrust her back into Navid’s arms was just the kind of sappy serendipity I expect of “90210.” Didn’t you love how the whole school watched them make up on the school monitors?
Now, Navid Jr.’s -- I mean Javier’s -- offer to take Ade on tour with him? That was great, too. He did it right in front of Navid with the kind of boldness only a young, spoiled pop star could pull off. I don’t know what Ade will decide. I think she’ll say yes, then leave the tour when Javier hits on her or something.
I’m going to cry foul here. Liam just admitted to his mother that he stole his stepfather’s coins? That’s what we get after watching him freak out over it for the entire last episode? We don’t even get to see him confess. He just tells us, “Oh, yeah, I told my mom and I’m going to tell my stepfather, too.” Does the CW need to give “90210” more episodes so story can be played out? I know his confession gives Annie the courage to confess her crime later, but I still felt like the resolution was a cheat. I hope Matt Lanter signed a contract for next year, because he’s all set and ready to disappear after this season. Someone will tell us he’s spending a year at boot camp or something.
I did love watching Liam beat up Jasper. That was gratifying. If I were Liam, I’d consider that a great reason to go to boot camp for my last year of high school.
I love the friendship that Liam and Annie have built. I get the feeling that he’s into her romantically but that she would rather not swim in Naomi-infested waters. She remembers what happened last time she crossed Naomi. Social suicide and, yep, Jasper. I’m not sure if this is the end for her and Jasper. The stupid police arrived before Liam could finish killing him. I get the feeling we’re not done with him.
So, last we left Annie she was about to confess to her parents that she killed Jasper’s uncle with her car. I get the feeling there’s more to the story, which is why she said in the finale that she thought she had hit a deer but never got out to look. Maybe it was a deer? Is there a possibility someone else hit Jasper’s uncle that night? Plus, Teddy’s supposed knowledge of the hit-and-run never materialized. I think that will shed some light on the situation and possibly save Annie’s tail. We’ll have to wait for next season, I suppose.
I’m very disappointed that Harry didn’t get drunk after that student tried to blackmail him or when he got fired. I really wanted him to get into a drunken car accident. We did get another awesome scene with Debbie telling Harry off. She declared they’re not in love anymore, so that sets the stage for the divorce.
By the way, did Dixon sneak out of the house? I’m pretty sure he did. I hope he enjoys Australia. Who knows what he’s returning to.
A few other things I have to mention:
-- Of course, Liam’s boat. He supposedly built that in the shed? I loved that.
-- Didn’t you love the low-budget Christmas lights on the school buses that were headed to the dance? I thought that was hilarious and pretty reminiscent of what high school kids would probably do.-- During that strange candlelighting ceremony, did you wonder at all how a public school got away with having 20 people in its Class of 2011? And that includes the main cast?
What were your favorite and least favorite moments of the finale? What would you have liked to have seen?
-- Jethro Nededog
Photo (top): AnnaLynne McCord as Naomi Clark on “90210.” Credit: Michael Desmond / CW
Photo (middle): Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson and Gillian Zinser as Ivy. Credit: Michael Desmond / CW
Photo (bottom): Shenae Grimes as Annie Wilson and Matt Lanter as Liam Court. Photo: Michael Desmond / CW