Fun Fact

11 06 2010

(Note: “Fun Fact” probably isn’t the best title for this post but I wanted to keep it within my ongoing “teen drama facts” series, where all the posts are titled “Fun Fact.”)

Last month’s 90210 season finale, in which the episode ends with Naomi seemingly about to be raped by Mr. Cannon, got me thinking about the use and portrayal of sexual assault in the teen dramas.

Below is a listing of all the occurrences, to the best of my recollection, with the only full-fledged main character rape thus far occurring during Beverly Hills 90210’s ninth season.

Beverly Hills 90210

-In Episode 1.09, The Gentle Art of Listening, Brenda works on a “teen line,” where an anonymous girl calls in and reveals she is, essentially, being date raped by two classmates. Brenda starts piecing clues together and figures out the girl is Bonnie, a fellow student at West Beverly, and the attacks are taking place after school events. She informs the police of what’s happening and they save the girl and arrest the guys.

-In Episode 1.13, Slumber Party, Kelly reveals her first sexual encounter happened with Ross Webber, where he led her into a forest and had sex with her on the ground. As she recounts the story during a girls-only slumber party, she cries as she says, “He kept saying, ‘Come on, Kel. I know you want it. I know you want it, Kelly.’ And I did… but not on the ground. He didn’t even bring a blanket. But it was over pretty quick and after that he took me home…and never talked to me again.”

-In Episode 2.13, Halloween, the gang is at a Halloween party where Kelly goes upstairs with an older guy she meets. When she doesn’t want to hook up with him, he calls her a tease and begins to force himself on her but they are interrupted by Brenda and Donna. When Kelly cries and explains what happens, Brenda calls out for Dylan and, with Steve’s help, they drag the guy out.

-In Episode 3.11, A Presumption Of Innocence, Scott’s sister Sue accuses English teacher Gil Meyers of sexual harassment and some of the gang takes sides. Meyers reveals there was an incident at the previous school he worked at, but insists he didn’t do anything then or now. Sue eventually confesses that she actually came on to him and reveals it’s actually her uncle who has been molesting her. Gil resigns anyway.

-In Episode 4.11, Take Back The Night, a one-time hook-up, Laura, accuses Steve of date rape. He is shocked by the accusation as, according to his memory, they were both into it. Kelly tries to help Laura until she learns Steve is the guy in question. Kelly doubts Laura’s story and shortly before she’s set to “go public” at a Take Back The Night rally at CU, Kelly volunteers to speak up instead. Kelly takes the mic at the event and recounts her season 2 experience and notes that Steve was the one who saved her. Afterward, Laura admits the sex was consensual but that she said otherwise because she felt used after he wasn’t interested in seeing her again.

-In Episode 5.23, Love Hurts, much of the CU student body is concerned about a sexual predator after a co-ed is raped in the previous episode. With some help, Brandon discovers the suspect is targeting Clare. Turns out, he was targeting Clare but after meeting Donna, he set his sights on her instead. When Donna returns to her apartment one night, she notices the lights are out and is suddenly grabbed from behind by the rapist, Garrett. He bounds her hands and later proceeds to force himself on her in her bedroom but they are interrupted when they hear David enter the apartment. With Garrett threatening her, she calls out that she doesn’t feel well and insists to David that he leave. But when she calls him “Dave,” he senses something is wrong and storms into her room. Together they overpower Garrett and knock him out.

-In Episode 8.20, Cupid’s Arrow, after each having fights with their significant others, Valerie and Noah end up sleeping together. The next morning, Valerie wakes up with little recollection of the night before and feels very ill. A doctor determines she was drugged with Rohypnol, commonly known as the “date rape drug” or being “roofied,” and Valerie concludes that Noah raped her. In the subsequent episodes, when the District Attorney declines to press charges, she files a civil suit. After a heated trial, the jury rules in Valerie’s favor and awards her a large sum of money. Donna, however, soon discovers that it was Noah’s brother Josh (played by Michael Trucco, aka One Tree Hill’s Uncle Cooper) who actually drugged Valerie’s drink and, due to being distracted by a phone call, was unable to stop Valerie from leaving with Noah instead of him.

-In Episode 9.25, Dog’s Best Friend, Kelly is called by Dylan, who is fearful he will relapse if someone doesn’t come talk to him. They pick a meeting spot and Kelly parks nearby. As she walks the dark, abandoned street alone, she hears footsteps behind her. As she speeds up, so does the other person. Said person eventually grabs her and throws her into an alley where he hits her, threatens her with a knife, rips off her clothing and rapes her. Coincidentally, the actor who plays the rapist had two other roles on the show, including an appearance in the season 2 episode mentioned above where Kelly is almost raped.

Dawson’s Creek

-In Episode 3.06, Secrets and Lies, Andie is dating Rob, an older guy whom Joey worked with until his (mostly non-physical) sexual harassment becomes too much for her to take. One night, a tearful Andie calls Joey (skip to 3:05), asking for help. Joey and Pacey find her, wanting to know what happened. Andie reveals she and Rob were hooking up and he started to take things too far. Pacey, Andie’s ex, angrily confronts Rob, who denies anything happened at all. Joey urges Andie to go to the police but she’s reluctant. Pacey comforts her and they reflect on their relationship. They share a kiss, which Pacey later calls a mistake. Joey speaks with Rob, who is still denying he did anything to Andie, and Andie gets upset with Joey for not believing her. Later, Andie essentially admits she made the story up, without explicitly saying it, noting she will do anything to get Pacey back.

-In Episode 6.04, Instant Karma!, Audrey is upset about her relationship with Pacey and heads to a party with Jen and Jack to blow off some steam. She drowns her sorrows in alcohol and ends up being led upstairs by a guy (skip to 4:55). Jen tries to follow but a different guy won’t let her pass. C.J. pushes past and they head upstairs. They find Audrey in one of the bedrooms and Jen leads her out as C.J. pushes the guy away.

The O.C.

-In Episode 2.21, The Return Of The Nana, while Ryan is out of town, Marissa takes it upon herself to entertain his brother, Trey. While drunk and high, Trey comes on to Marissa at the beach. When she resists, a struggle ensues. She eventually breaks free and runs off.

One Tree Hill

-In Episode 1.08, The Search For Something More, when Brooke and Peyton head to a college party, Peyton retreats into a dorm room with one of the co-eds. They bond over music and he offers her a drink…one that he roofied. She is nearly passed out when he starts to put the moves on her but Brooke senses something is up and is able to rescue her. She calls Lucas, who arrives and confronts the guy about drugging Peyton before bringing her home with Brooke and taking care of her.

Gossip Girl

-In Episode 1.01, Pilot, at the Kiss On The Lips party, Chuck leads Jenny up to the roof and starts to kiss her (skip to 5.50). She’s not into it and slyly texts Dan as Chuck pours them champagne. Cut to Chuck forcibly making out with her as Dan and Serena find them. Chuck abruptly stops as Jenny runs into Dan’s arms. Dan punches Chuck, Serena pushes him and they lead Jenny away. This event is one reason why some people are bothered by Chuck and Jenny’s consensual sex in last month’s season finale.

-In Episode 2.16, You’ve Got Yale, a vengeful and greedy Jack confronts Lily (skip to 1:24), who has teamed up with Chuck to retain control of Bass Industries. Chuck enters as Jack is forcing himself on her and he gets Jack off of her. Lily is shaken, Chuck is pissed and Jack is further exposed as the villain he really is.

90210

-In Episode 2.22, Confessions, Naomi’s car won’t start, so she heads into West Beverly for help. She finds Mr. Cannon, whom earlier in the season, she accused of sexually harassing her after he accused her of offering to sleep with him in order to earn her spot back on the Blaze staff. They talk for a bit about different things, including Naomi’s false accusation. He later takes her hand and kisses her. She pushes him away, but he says he knows she wanted him to do it and she doesn’t need to feel guilty. He tells her to stop teasing and that she has a harassment fantasy and is trying to provoke him. She is appalled and pushes him away, leading him to slap her and grab her. She threatens that she will tell and he asks who she would tell because she is “the girl who cried wolf.” Coincidentally, that was the name of one of the episodes in Beverly Hills 90210’s eighth season, during the aforementioned rape storyline with Valerie and Noah.

Thoughts?





News Roundup: 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and More

9 11 2009




News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and Dawson’s Creek

2 11 2009
  • The CW sent out another press release saying that 90210, once again, had drastic improvements in ratings when DVR numbers are factored in.  One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl got bumps, too.
  • All three shows are included in TVGuide.com’s November Sweeps Roundup, but it’s mostly just taken directly from the press release the network had sent out a week or so go.
  • E! Online has a short but spoilish interview with Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210).
  • Kellan Lutz (George, 90210) co-hosted a joint Halloween-New Moon event in Las Vegas this weekend.
  • The CW Source posted podcasts for last week’s One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.
  • Right after Gossip Girl finished airing tonight, The CW sent out a press release touting the clip of the “Somebody to Love” by Leighton Meester (Blair) that was included in tonight’s ep.  The full song will be featured next week and the full video will premiere on The CW’s Web site right after the episode ends.  Furthermore, “Leighton will also be the featured artist on the “Gossip Girl’’ music page of CWTV.com (CWTV.com/ggmusic).  Gossip Girl-centric social networking sites will also be plugged into the buzz surrounding “Somebody To Love,” featuring Tweets, Facebook updates, MySpace alerts and more, as well as serving up multiple online links to the steamy video.”
  • Apparently Meester performed with Weezer this weekend.
  • Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl) hosted the launch party for Todd DiCiurcio’s new exhibit.  Also in attendance were Jessica Szhor (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) and Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl).
  • Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) is on the cover of the November issue of Nylon.  You can also read an excerpt of the story.
  • MTV has an interview with Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl) on her GG role.
  • Meredith Monroe (Andie, Dawson’s Creek) has been added to the Paley Center panel taking place this Wednesday night.




News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, 90210 and More

26 10 2009
  • TVGuide.com has an article about tonight’s One Tree Hill.
  • The One Tree Hill Connection posted pictures of James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) directing tonight’s episode.
  • Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) spoke with MTV about an old Halloween costume.
  • Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) is on the Nov. cover of PEOPLE StyleWatch.
  • Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl) talked to MTV about the upcoming threesome.
  • PEOPLE.com has a picture of Lady Gaga on the set of Gossip Girl.
  • There’s two Gossip Girl references–and one BH90210–in this article on Melrose Place.
  • 90210 once again had drastic–and the best–improvements in ratings when DVR numbers are factored in.
  • There’s a picture of Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) in the Nov. 2 issue of PEOPLE.
  • Also in that issue, AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) said she avoids the gym by doing “anything outdoors-y.”
  • Mandy Musgrave has reportedly been cast on 90210.
  • “Tori” (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) was the answer to the clue “Actress Spelling–The Help costar” of Megan Fox in PEOPLE’s crossword.  Interestingly enough, Tori is also connected by having worked with Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) who is Fox’s on-again, off-again boyfriend.
  • James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek) will appear on The Forgotten.
  • PEOPLE.com has a cool video showing the style transformation Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) has had over the years.
  • The same issue of PEOPLE as mentioned above has a picture of Holmes at the Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Tribute.
  • Also in that issue, Selena Gomez said she admires Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) for her fashion sense.
  • The people responsible for robbing Bilson and some other celebrities have reportedly been caught.  I know I wrote about the break-in when it first happened but I can’t find it.
  • The aforementioned crossword puzzle also had the clue “Actor Brody” to which the answer was “Adam” (Seth, The O.C.).




News Roundup: 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and The O.C.

15 10 2009
  • Tomorrow is the last day to enter my Soundtrack 90210 contest!
  • College News included Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) on their Top Ten Grouches of All Time list.
  • Apparently there is a photo spread of Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210) in the new issue of Life & Style.
  • Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills) is on the October cover of Fitness.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) is on the October cover of Cookie.
  • Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) gives Halloween party tips in the October 26 issue of PEOPLE.  Also in that issue is a short Q & A with the ex-wife of Tori’s hubby, Dean McDermott.  Apparently she and Tori get along for the most part.
  • In the same issue of PEOPLE, AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) says she loves dark nail polish.
  • The same issue of PEOPLE has pictures of Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl), Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) and Olivia Wilde (Alex, The O.C.).
  • The same issue criticizes this season of Gossip Girl.
  • And the same issue has an interview with Penn Badgley (Dan, Gossip Girl).
  • Mark Schwahn (creator, One Tree Hill) is working on two new projects for The CW.
  • Eliza Dushku is dating Rick Fox (Dante, One Tree Hill).
  • Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) is on the November cover of Lucky.




News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and More

14 10 2009
  • 90210 slightly increased its ratings last night ( 2.2 million viewers) compared to last week.
  • SoapNet is having a “Voluntary Viewing Marathon” on Oct. 24, with charity-themed episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, One Tree Hill and The O.C. You can watch the promo here.
  • Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) will star in a Hallmark movie airing this time next year.
  • John Mayer made a pretty funny reference to Doherty in an interview with MTV.
  • There will be another season of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, starring Tori Spelling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210), airing next spring.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) now has a Facebook Fan Page.
  • The CW announced a new iPhone application, CW City Wize, that will allow you to find “actual locations seen or talked about on The CW’s hit shows Gossip Girl [and] 90210.”  A second app, CWTV, allows you to access video content and more from all the shows.  They are available through the iTunes store.
  • This is the first picture I’ve seen of Gina Torres in her role as mother to Vanessa (Jessica Szohr, Gossip Girl).
  • Talking Gossip has a new podcast about this week’s Gossip Girl.
  • There is a Halloween edition of the Gossip Girl tour in New York City.
  • PopEater has an interview with Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) on her singing career.
  • In honor of the release of the complete series on DVD, the Paley Center will be hosting a panel called “Dawson’s Creek: A Look Back.” Creator Kevin Williamson, James Van Der Beek (Dawson) and Busy Philipps (Audrey) are the only announced participants so far.




Fun Fact

16 08 2009

Occasionally, bit actors will end up playing different roles on the same show.

Here’s a few interesting examples, all from Beverly Hills 90210.

DAVID GAIL

Role 1: One episode as Tom, a bellhop that helps Brenda when she can’t afford a hotel room (season 1).

Role 2: Seven episodes as Stuart Carson, Brenda’s boyfriend/fiance (season 4).

RANDY SPELLING

Role 1: Three episodes as Kenny, Andrea’s assistant at the Beverly Hills Beach Club (season 3).

Role 2: Eleven episodes as Ryan Sanders, Steve’s brother (several seasons)

Bonus Role: The real-life son of 90210’s executive producer, Aaron Spelling, and sister to Tori Spelling (Donna)

CLIFF DORFMAN

Role 1: One episode as Michael, a guy who tries to hit on Kelly at a Halloween party–the same episode where a different guy tries to rape her (season 2)

Role 2: One episode as a photographer (season 4)

Role 3: Four episodes as Joe Patch, Kelly’s rapist (seasons 9 and 10)

Bonus Role: Co-starred in Friends Til the End with Shannen Doherty (Brenda)

JOSIE DAVIS

Role 1: One episode as Madeline, a lesbian with whom Steve and Brandon try to date (season 8 )

Role 2: Ten episodes as Camille Desmond, David’s girlfriend and Donna’s business partner (season 10)

This is by no means a comprehensive list–just some of my favorite examples!








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