Happy New Year! But was it really? It seemed that 2012 just brought new 90210 drama in "Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?."
When last we met, Liam (aka AbMan) had found out that Annie was a whore and had then proceeded to get run over and left in the middle of the street... only to be rescued by the very same chick who ran him over. Dixon had used Adrianna's song about Maizy, her given-up-for-adoption daughter, to lay down some mean beats on his latest "hit." Navid had gotten beat senseless by Uncle Amal's thug buddies and Naomi had caught cowpoke Austin poking her arch-nemesis, Holly.
As usual, Naomi had the best lines of the night. Not to mention the best hairstyles and outfits. Whether it was a pulled-back bun or a Veronica Lake old-school flip, the girl rocked every single look she was put in. Including the topless one behind the curtain at the Pasadena Debutante's Snow Ball.
I love me some Naomi and I have to say she handled every situation she was placed in with aplomb and pinache. This certainly was not the old brat of past seasons. So what that she was looking to get over Austin by banging a cadet at the ball? She seemed to have taken Rachel's words of wisdom to heart and decided Naomi was more important than any Tom, DICK or Harry that came along. Hope it's a lesson that'll stick.
Dixon and Adrianna continued their hot and heavy romance until the "pressures" of fame started to work Dixon's (aka Black KFed) last nerve. Why the hissy fits and histrionics, Dixon? You've been in the music business forever. Why did Adrianna have to remind him of the sleazeballs that permeate that industry? Did he just realize that most of those dudes just want to get laid? Had he never really looked at Adrianna? Methinks he'd been wearing that lame fedora too tight. But I did dig the new razor lines cut into the side of his head.
Liam got heavily involved with Vanessa, the duplicitous scam artist that not only ran him over but also saved him once she discovered he was AbMan. Annie was dead set against it until being told by nearly everyone to turn the page and let Liam live his life. Yeah, sure, let him get taken by yet another psychotic chick. While I thought reviving the love affair between Annie and Liam was like flogging a dead horse, I'd like to see what Annie does with the information she has that Vanessa is the new Sybil. One dame with 18 personalities. Something wicked just landed in Beverly Hills. Good times!
And speaking of Annie, she's rich, bitches! Finally getting her hands on Marla's inheritance meant she apparently liked blowing her cash on tacky clothes for Dixon and repaired bikes for Liam. Will she try to buy back Adrianna's kid, too? And was it wrong of me to like her hot mess of a "Hello to a New Year" party?
Silver continued to pursue her newfound relationship with Greg while also finally being told by Cat that Navid had been trying to turn his nefarious Uncle Amal into the cops by playing undercover. A case of too little, too late, since Navid's attempt at reuniting with Silver fell on dead ears. By the way, what was up with Silver's matronly, Mad Men housewife look at Annie's New Year's party? Ugh. At least they finally put the Uncle Amal story to rest by bringing Navid's shady dad back to face the music and rescue his son. That's the least the old pornographer could do.
Ivy seemed to have gotten over Raj mighty quickly. Does anyone else think Nick's sort of greasy and disposable? Is it too late to bring Raj back? I really didn't see the chemistry between those two but then again Ivy's always been sort of a pill and tends to bring all her lovers down.
For once, I felt like these kids had finally grown up. High school seemed worlds away. I guess prostitution, drugs, car theft rings, hit-and-runs and adopted kids can do that to a person, though, huh?
What'd you guys think? Has Naomi turned over a new leaf and become the new, improved version of her former vapid self or will this be a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same? Will Silver tell Adrianna that the dude's she's now dating is the adopted daddy of her baby girl? Will Vanessa lead Liam down a doomed path? And will Dixon and Ivy finally stop wearing those equally annoying doofus fedoras? Inquiring minds want to know.
Oh, and one last thing. Lesson of the night, kiddies: rebound sex doesn't work.