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'90210': Snap judgments and gut reactions

November 11, 2008 | 10:17 pm

No110c_d383b On Naomi.

Up until tonight, Naomi, the token mean girl of the new West Beverly High, had not given her evil tendencies free rein. Well, today, she showed her seedy side, ruining Annie's sweet 16 and even making out with Kansas Jason. Harsh.

We dig evil new Naomi. In fact, we could have lived without that quick attempt to humanize her at the end there (with the whole divorce thing). Why do her actions all have to be attributable to her awful home life? It seems too easy.

On Adrianna.

Who is this playful and loving person? Sure, everybody shows their cuddly side when they fall in love, but this new Adrianna bears no resemblance to the vindictive druggie we met in the first few episodes. Not that we're complaining. This girl is much more bearable.

On Navid.

Is it really all that embarrassing to be a virgin in high school these days? Sheesh. Times are changing.

On Navid's slightly obnoxious, slightly amazing family.

We kind of love them. The ornate table settings, the parade of relatives, the inappropriate dinner conversation. It's a welcome vacation from the uptight Wilsons.

On honesty.

So, we know that the theme of this episode was honesty and all, but was it really necessary for Annie to tell Ethan about Jason's toothpaste attack kiss? Some things are better left unsaid.

Which brings us to Ethan and Annie...

And another lesson in romance: If it's this complicated now, it's only going to get messier later. These two have already had more ups and downs than anybody on the show, and they aren’t even out as a couple yet. Not a good sign.

On Ryan Matthews and Kelly Taylor.

Oof, Kelly Taylor is not a particularly likable character in this incarnation of "90210," is she? When Ryan dissed her and left with his narc love, Kelly's punch in the gut seemed well-deserved.

On hair.

Something really good was going on with the hair in this episode, most notably on tousled, recently fired Ryan, and straight-locked, extra-evil Naomi.

On karaoke.

Can somebody please tell us why Dixon and Silver sang "When the Saints Go Marching In" at karaoke? Please say it was not because the CW could not afford the rights to any other tunes.

All in all, it was the finest episode yet, thanks largely to Adrianna's decreasing creepiness and the minimized role of Wilson family bonding. And we can't wait to see what happens next week with Annie and Naomi's hot new half-brother.

Till then!

-- Stephanie Lysaght

(Photo courtesy of the CW)