While it is ridiculous to be creating and using words like 'sext,' since this is a spinoff of an older show where cell phones were just making an appearance, I think it's culturally intriguing to see how high school changes from Beverly Hills 90210 to our own personal high school experiences of past or present, to the world of the charmed on 90210.
So, as it turns out, the advancement of technology isn't just a learning tool in high school these days, but a major upgrade on the rumor mill! Okay, so we figured that out from Gossip Girl that's entirely centralized around the idea of texting and blogging to spread rumors, but without Gossip Girl herself around to tarnish reputations on 90210, it's fascinating to see what just one spiteful mean girl (Naomi) can do with a little technology.
But of course, it wasn't just technology at work this week on the show! It was also the good old fashioned in-person conniving bitch. Naomi may be a mean girl of West Beverly High, but with the influence of Jen, her more experienced mean girl sister, Naomi is far more dangerous.
Not only did Jen do her best to snake her way into messing with Liam's life by going to his house to inform his mom that he should stay away from Naomi, but then she talked him into punching her glass door, and then she so cleverly talked the finally giving Naomi into sending that infamous 'sext'!
Now if only they would make Annie less maddeningly annoying so we would care that her life is in shambles! I have to say I was thinking after Silver was kind enough to give Annie a hug in the halls that even though having a naked picture of you passed around school sounds like the most humiliating, life-ruining thing ever, if Silver can recover from all her humiliation last year, Annie can recover from this.
But... I don't think she can recover from killing a man in a hit-and-run. I was impressed with how well they worked in that double-whammy for Annie right at the end of the episode having her discover the 'sext,' have it out with Silver losing her only hope of support, then going to be alone in a classroom conveniently playing the exact moment of Navid's interview with Teddy where Teddy tells of how he found a homeless man on the road... dying from a hit-and-run.
Oh, Annie. So they did give us the enormous hint of zooming in on Teddy's license plate when he pulled into school for the first time, but this was the first confirmation we got that it was definitely him driving up behind Annie after the accident.
Now what we need to know is if he knows it was Annie, or at least would recognize the car. This could be some serious trouble for Annie, far beyond some high school embarrassment! And again, if only Annie were less annoying for us all to care about her more. But, annoying or not, it's still an intriguing dramatic plotline, so I think the mystery of it all should keep our attention if caring about Annie doesn't.
As for the rest of the 90210 gang, I'm feeling a little uncertain as to if I like that they're making Navid so jealous of Teddy. Between him spending the first episode obsessing over having sex with Adrianna and this episode obsessing over how Adrianna had sex with her first boyfriend now in town, plus not caring enough about his bff's sister to think about running the 'sext' story, there's not much time for him to act like the really sweet Navid we got to know and love last season. Sure, it'd be ridiculous for him to be a sweetheart constantly, but I feel as if he's starting to change as opposed to us just seeing a different side of him.
Here's hoping that he'll come to his senses since he pushed so hard in the interview with Teddy that Adrianna walked out on him. I'm hoping it's more likely Navid will apologize and he and Ad can get back to their usual cute selves rather than them continuing to push each other away to the then predictable development of Ad hooking up with Teddy.
So what did you think of 'To Sext or Not to Sext'? Are you glad Naomi sent the 'sext' to further the crazy drama or do you wish she'd backed down? Do you want Naomi to find out it was really Jen Liam slept with? What do you think will come next for Annie in all this disaster, plus for Silver and Dixon, and Navid and Adrianna?