Episode two of BH90210, the not-reboot-reboot, starts with Jennie at home with her daughter, Kyler. That’s actually her name for some reason. Kyler wants to be an actress and audition for a TV show. Jennie forbids it. “No acting under my roof!” Drugs? Sure. Acting? No! Jennie is also served with divorce papers. So, she’s having a great morning. Later, she and Tori meet at Fox to pitch their actual-reboot idea. Surprisingly, the executives buy it. They assume the entire cast is on board. Tori & Jennie lie and say it’s a done deal.
Cut to the LA County Courthouse, where the cast faces sentencing for the stolen dress incident. Paparazzi and screaming fans await them outside. Like a low rent red carpet premiere. We see the young guy from the Las Vegas convention staring Brian down. Btw, I totally forgot to mention this guy in the first episode recap and how he followed Brian home to LA. Oops. What is he up to? In court, the judge sentences the cast to 50 hours of community service. Plus, Tori has to pay the owner of the dress (a weird fan) 100K. As if she wasn’t already strapped for cash. As they’re leaving court, Tori and Jennie throw out the reboot idea to their castmates. They all laugh and give a resounding “no”. But Tori is a persistent producer, like her dad (RIP Aaron).
Jason is focused on rehabbing his career after punching that douchey actor, in ep. 1, got him blacklisted. It also seems that his wife, Camille, is keeping a secret from him. Some random guy threatens to expose her if she doesn’t help him. Later, we learn this guy is a writer hired to do the reboot. Jason also gets the news from his doctor that he has a fertility condition that would make it difficult to have kids without medical intervention. Hmmm could these two things be related? Of course!
Brian auditions for a role in a film and actually gets it. So many greenlights in this episode. But he finds out the producers only cast him because he’s superstar Shay’s husband. They get into fight, which is secretly captured on tape by stalker/convention guy. Later, Brian and Shay make up. They’re a pretty dull couple. Also, stalker guy applies to be BAG’s assistant. Creepy is getting closer.
Kyler threatens Jennie with emancipation for not supporting her acting career. After receiving some good parenting advice from Jason of all people, causing a temporary thaw between the adversaries/lovers, Jennie relents. Kyler gets a part on the reboot alongside her mom.
Ian catches his wife cheating on tape. Again. Now he can divorce her and keep his money. But he needs to build up his brand again. Ugh, that damn brand again. In return for doing the reboot, Tori has to help him sell his lifestyle/fitness products. It’s as dumb as it sounds.
Gabrielle is grappling with her sexuality and hasn’t told her husband about the bartender kiss. She shares with Jason that she’s always had these feelings and thinks she’s not being true to herself. So, she shifts this narrative to Andrea, agreeing to do the reboot if Andrea can explore her sexuality. But by the end of the episode Gabrielle appears ready to tell her husband everything. Maybe she could appear on The L Word reboot too.
Later, the group gathers to do their community service, picking up trash in Griffith Park. A fight breaks out about the reboot, prompting Gabrielle to suggest they go to group therapy. That will be interesting. Then the paparazzi shows up at the park and suddenly it’s a phot shoot. They could make the cover of Community Service Weekly.
After a lot of finagling, Tori gets everyone to agree to do the reboot. They meet up at Fox and learn that the executive overseeing the show will be Christine Elise, aka Emily Valentine. She’s come a long way from nearly burning down that homecoming float in season 2.
Throughout the show we see Tori playing with 90210 dolls. Side note, these are a far cry from the real Mattel dolls that were made of the cast. I should know since I had a set. Anyways, we see each cast member receiving a package with their doll inside. Except these dolls are all mutilated. Yikes. That’s not how you play with iconic toys!
Shannen gives Brian marriage advice while she attempts to save a seal caught in a net. No, really. I’m ready for her to interact with the cast and put a pause on the animal rescue.
Jennie’s dream about being back on the show as Kelly, as others list off her characters many dramas, was pretty funny. The cult. The drive-by shooting. Good times.
Jason and Gabrielle confiding in each other was sweet. I’m enjoying their friendship. It’s just like Andrea and Brandon.
Favorite line, as Brian jokingly ponders stepping back into David Silver’s shoes, “You know what’s super sexy? A middle-aged white rapper.”