Things are progressing well with the reboot in episode three, but the gang’s personal lives are still a mess.
Jason confronts Camille about the baby and how he couldn’t possibly be the father due to his fertility issues. She admits to getting drunk and making a mistake. Sounds familiar. But he can’t forgive her. A wee bit hypocritical, Jason.
Meanwhile, Tori is inspired by seeing the iconic 90210 cast poster at Fox. You know, the one where they’re laying together intertwined. You know, the one at the top of this recap. Why didn’t I ever buy a copy back in the day? Anyways, the cast gathers together to recreate it. Ian rolls in hung over. He’s been spiraling ever since his marriage broke up. In an awkward moment, he kinda hits on Anna, a writer on the reboot. So much #MeToo. Nearby, Jason realizes that the show’s head writer, Carlisle, is Camille’s one-night stand/baby daddy. They argue. Ian intervenes and punches Carlisle. Equipment flies, the set goes up in flames, and the shoot is over.
This all leads to a much-needed group therapy session. Ironically, the therapist is Carol Potter, aka Mrs. Walsh. Well, she always did give great fictional advice. Naturally, therapy turns into another big fight and a rehash of old issues. This is one dysfunctional “family”. It comes out that Jennie and Jason slept together. Chaos ensues and everyone storms out. Carol needs to work on her technique.
The mutilated dolls from the last episode (still creepy) lead to Jennie getting a bodyguard. He’s as cute as a 90s Kevin Costner. There’s a bit of a flirtation, but Jennie is still focused on Jason. She tells Tori that she has feelings for him. She hates him! She loves him! Confusing! But she also encourages him to forgive Camille. Jason listens and they reunite. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Gabrielle’s husband (Does he even have a name? Do I care to learn it?) isn’t too happy to hear about her not-so-new interest in women. But Christine, an out lesbian, is quite supportive. She urges Gabrielle to get out there and explore. By the end of the episode, she asks Gabrielle out on a date. Should a network executive really be involved with the talent, especially at Fox?
Brian hires Zach, aka hot stalker guy, as his assistant. Shay dislikes him from the get go. That all changes when one of their kids gets out of the house and Zach saves the day. He even covers for Shay and takes the blame for the incident. Brian, impressed, gives Zach a key to the house. That won’t bite him in the ass or anything.
Tori has her hands full being a wife/mom/producer. Her lame husband doesn’t like her new job. Plus, he’s threatened by her past with Brian. Such a man-baby. She also has to contend with the Jason/Carlisle drama. Jason refuses to work with him, so Christine orders Tori to put on her big girl panties (her words, not mine) and fire the writer. Carlisle takes it well. Suspiciously well. Then she is tasked with getting an off the grid Shannen to sign on to the reboot. Cut to Tori hilariously scaling a mountain in Peru to get to her former co-star. After some begging, Shannen agrees to go back to LA, just in time for the photo shoot. It’s great seeing the seven of them together. Like it was 1991 again. I gotta search Amazon for that old poster.
The mutilated dolls don’t seem to be a big concern for the cast. Really? This is normal?
Anna gets promoted to head writer. Good luck with that, Ian.
I gotta say LaLa Anthony is a horrible actress. Like, Models Inc. bad.
Did they really need a storyboard for the photo shoot? Was it that complicated?