Oscar drives a wedge between Ivy and her mom, while Jen finds out about Naomi's rape

By Archana Ram
October 26, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT
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On the slim chance you didn’t have 90210 on the brain after a week off, the writers were back with a jaw-dropping episode—I can say that because I literally dropped my jaw when Oscar spilled the beans—and a one-two punch. The left hook? Oscar’s aforementioned bean-spilling. The right jab? Jen’s shocking sincerity. Let’s head back to West Beverly, shall we?

Ivy, Laurel, and Oscar
When her surfer clock alarm went off, Ivy remembered that awful deed she did (sex) and who she did it with (Oscar). Being naked in front of her gross house guest? That was bad, but not as bad as having Dixon at her house while Oscar was trying to cajole her into round 2. Dixon came clean and apologized profusely for breaking up with Ivy and lying about having feelings for Sasha, which only made Ivy feel worse. Earth mother Laurel beamed at the scene, reflecting on Ivy and Dixon’s love, telling Oscar that her relationship with Ivy had been the only thing she has ever done right. This, of course, was Oscar’s cue to put the final touches on Operation: Ruin Laurel’s Life. And just like that, at Laurel’s record label anniversary party (by the way, is any party ever not at the beach club?), Oscar told Ivy that he had slept with both her and her mother. It was a long-bubbling plot to avenge the pill- and booze-fueled death of Oscar’s mother, who couldn’t cope after Oscar’s father left her following a fling with Laurel. Ivy was obviously distraught and angry, while Laurel looked mortified. To top it off, the splicing of Oscar’s “we’re even now” and Chris Isaak’s lyric of “What a wicked thing to do” couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. It all had the makings of a great Greek tragedy, no? Or at least a great CW one.

Naomi, Jen, and Ryan
Remember how I was dogging on the emotionalizing of Jen? Well, it almost seemed like the writers pulled it back a few thousand feet and gave her a more realistic soft side. After seeing a photo of Jacques/Jack on Ryan’s phone, Naomi paid a visit to big sis — with Silver and a teddy bear in tow. Jen initially refused to let the girls see Jacques/Jack, but Mama Wilson, who brought all sorts of fierceness to the moment, told Jen not to be a bitch and took the girls upstairs. In the process, Jen overheard Silver and Naomi talking about the Cannon rape on the baby-com. And much like a bad soap, Naomi reiterated the entire incident in a way that no one in real life actually would. “I don’t want anyone else to know that Mr. Cannon raped me,” she told Silver.

Thank god, we didn’t have to wait for Jen to confront Naomi, because it was a pretty awesome scene between two sisters who are usually in battle mode with each other. Jen wasn’t just angry, she wanted to murder Cannon, or at the very least castrate him. The problem was Naomi couldn’t trust her, after seeing that Jen had ripped up the bear in search of a nanny cam. Pretty soon, Ryan entered the picture, explaining that he had actually seen Cannon and Naomi together the night of the rape. Unfortunately, he’d also been drunk at the time. Even though it’d jeopardize his job to admit that he was the one who knocked down the school sign, Ryan said he’d come forward to the school board. That is, if Naomi decided to come forward as well.

NEXT: Somebody goes topless! (And we’re not talking about the guy working as a human mannequin, either!)

But no. Naomi still wouldn’t go public. She didn’t know if she wanted to press charges and asked Jen not to step in. “$*#!%#!” were my exact thoughts when I realized Naomi was letting Cannon get away for yet another day, but the interaction between Naomi and Jen was so satisfying that I let it slide. Here’s hoping for a scheme of epic proportions to reveal Cannon’s evil deeds in the near future.

Annie
Apparently Annie donating her eggs (or not) isn’t a big deal anymore, not this week at least, because the only thing on her mind was flirting, foreign accents, and Charlie. After a nauseating scene at a French restaurant (“What is ‘barf’ in French?” Thank you, Naomi!), Annie decided to surprise her boy toy at a reading of his play, even though he told her not to come. Annie had already swooned over Twelfth Night and French words; he could’ve read Go, Dog, Go aloud, and she would’ve batted her eyelashes. When she snuck into the reading, though, she realized Charlie is a dark, gruesome writer, a thought bolstered by Random Guy No. 1 and Random Guy No 2., who pointed out that Charlie is like “Tarantino on steroids.” That, or the more obvious explanation that he was on the receiving end of some brutal violence at some point in his life. His scars, identical to ones Laura found on Liam’s back, offered further evidence.

Liam
As dark as that abuse story arc was, it was a welcome contrast to Liam’s more fluffy plotline of posing in the window of a clothing store. With the car-as-apartment shtick getting really old really fast, Liam gave in to the faux modeling gig to get some much-needed money. He was gawked at, pinched, and ridiculed, but right before he totally lost his cool, a female shopper offered him a job to run her errands in exchange for receiving shelter in her pool house. Without any regard for who this woman and her family might be, Liam agreed, quit his mannequin gig, and moved into the rich lady’s home. Of course, things couldn’t go that smoothly. The new boss turned out to be Annoying Laura’s mother and yeah, yeah, we feel bad for Liam, but what about us? I can’t bear Laura for another week.

Adrianna
I used to feel bad for Aid, but after what happened last night, the pity train has left the station. Let me back up: Victor continued in his sleazy ways, asking telling Adrianna to pose topless for a photo shoot. Just to keep things straight, that was after he told Aid she looked like a “wet rat” and before he called Silver “legs.” Of course, she did what he said, but the pictures leaked online early, Navid found out, and Adrianna confessed to the whole mess that led to this debacle. Finally! Then she told Victor that she was done with him and he could expose her if he wanted. Thatta girl! But everything went down the toilet when he told her that she’d landed a cover—with that topless photo shot, no less. “You may not like my style, but I get results,” he told Aid. Like the clueless fame-seeking teen she is, Aid agreed to take her wet rat hair-do and follow Victor’s lead. “What’s next?” she asked. Oh, Adrianna, I don’t want to know.

What did you guys think of the episode? How do you feel about Jen’s change of heart? And what about the Ivy-Oscar-Laurel triangle? Sound off below!

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