Exclusive: 90210’s Zachary Ray Sherman Explains Jasper’s Perspective

2 05 2010

At some point in life we all learn the lesson that things aren’t always as they appear. We’ve learned that this season with a few new characters on 90210, from Mark to Sasha to Teddy. But it’s Zachary Ray Sherman’s character, Jasper, that has perhaps elicited the strongest reaction along with the most confusion.

When we were first introduced to the character, he was grieving the loss of his uncle. From there we’ve seen him be mischievous (selling drugs to Adrianna), devious (pushing Navid down the stairs), talented (making his own movie), charming (praising Annie’s acting work) and suicidal (let’s just say the Hollywood sign isn’t meant for jumping off of). But who is the real Jasper? What does he really know about Annie? And what does he want from her?

With just 3 episodes left in the season, it seems there are still more questions than answers. In an exclusive interview, Sherman takes us inside Jasper’s mind (sharing a few spoilers along the way so consider this your warning!), explains just how that jump from the Hollywood sign was filmed and talks about his two upcoming movies.

TeenDramaWhore: When you first signed on to do 90210, you obviously knew who the character was and where you were starting out–what point A was. But did you know what point Z would be? Did you know where Jasper would end up?

Zachary Ray Sherman: No, I didn’t. I was provided with what the first episode entailed and I just worked from that. I would ask the writers here and there, and in the very first few weeks I would sit and talk with them and try to figure out what they would be able to let me know about what was coming up and where he was coming from. But it was sort of, in the grand scheme, unknown as to all the connections. We became aware as they wrote.

TDW: Did you watch any of the first season’s episodes to get acquainted with the show or the character of Annie [Shenae Grimes]?

Sherman: The only thing I pulled up prior to going to work was [because] Jasper cited Silver’s film project [Episode 1.17, Life’s A Drag]. So I knew I wanted to see that. So I pulled that up and I watched that. That was the only thing that I had seen. I hadn’t seen anything prior.

TDW: What attracted you to the role?

Sherman: Everything about it, I guess you could say. When I first read the character sketch, there was a lot of material right there within the sketch. There was seemingly substance to the part. That drew me to it. And it kept getting more interesting as we went. But, really, right from the beginning it was there. There’s turmoil going on with his uncle and he’s off kind of in his own space and world in relation to all the other kids at this school. I felt that would be pretty interesting to go in and tackle, somebody who’s outside of this whole “Beverly Hills 90210” high school world. That was pretty interesting. And it proved to be worthwhile and exciting to go through and discover.

TDW: I kept finding myself charmed by Jasper one minute and then uncomfortable the next. I really attribute that to the way you acted the part because the words on the page are there but through inflections and movements, you decided how things would be conveyed.

Sherman: I appreciate you saying that. What I wanted overall was a full picture, you know? It’s not just a one-sided agenda going on, where this character is a villain in the complete essence of just being that and functioning as that. However much as I was hearing that or people would say, you know, “This is what he’s here for” or “This is what he’s doing,” I wanted to try to fill it out as completely as I could and function in many different ways.

TDW: That relates directly to my next two questions. I do Weekly Polls on my site and a couple of weeks ago the question was “Is Jasper creepy or misunderstood?” They could choose one or the other, both or neither. Most people chose creepy and the second highest result was both.

Sherman: I would hope that it’s more uncertain as to just a simple definition of calling him creepy completely. Being misunderstood could mean many things. But I personally don’t approach the role as going for just being creepy, just being, you know, off his rocker. That’s relevant at times. I’m glad to hear people are uncertain as to what to think about the character because I think that’s a good reflection of life. There’s so many different ways to see things.

TDW: Right. And some  people were, and I think still are, rooting for Jasper and Annie as a couple and Jasper as a person. I read a few comments from people who not only believe that Jasper can be redeemed, so to speak, but that a lot of what transpired in the recent episodes was Annie’s fault, that she kind of led him on.

Sherman: A lot of his motivation in the later half of the season, once he comes clean and admits that’s he’s a drug dealer and knowing what he knows about Annie’s connection to his uncle, it all seems to start [unraveling]. Brick walls come up from Annie in his direction and I think that’s hard for him to understand and take with their past relationship and history.

TDW: I have an unanswered question about the end of the 12th episode of the season. That was Winter Wonderland, where outside of the dance, Jasper reveals that he knows Annie killed or hit his uncle. I was wondering–because I don’t think they ever got into this–how he knows and did he know all along?

Sherman: I think that will become obvious to viewers in the coming episodes when Jasper reappears and comes back to school. That’s something I had been curious about throughout my work down there. That was a big challenge for me, coming primarily from working on film where you have a script from page one to 123. When you’re working on TV week-to-week, you’re only provided with those 50 pages and you’re well aware that things can be changed days before you work or even minutes before you work as to what the writers come up with and decide to change. I was at work one day and they entirely rewrote a scene while I was waiting to go in front of the cameras. That uncertainty as an actor is a heckuva lot different than when working on a film. To know all of the back information–maybe the writers haven’t written or let you become aware of it–is something you’re always [wondering.] It’s interesting and a challenge but exciting for the most part.

TDW: The last episode you appeared in thus far was when Jasper leaped from the H of the Hollywood sign and then he’s in the hospital and his parents tell Annie that he’s going to be under psychiatric care [Episode 2.17, Sweaty Palms and Weak Knees]. Did you know you’d be coming back later in the season?

Sherman: It was sort of up in the air. I had heard both that I would be coming back and then I heard that I wouldn’t be coming back. I think that sort of reflects what I was just saying, where the showrunner [Rebecca Sinclair] and the producers and the writers are constantly refining the story as it goes day-to-day. I was pleased to hear when it finally ended up coming back my way that Jasper was going to be coming back.

TDW: With that scene at the Hollywood sign, I was just wondering how that was filmed. How did you get up there, what was cushioning you when you fell, all that.

Sherman: Well, we shot it up on the peak that neighbors the actual Hollywood sign. I went up there when they were setting up other stuff and peered over at the actual sign. So we were very close to the actual Hollywood sign. But what they did is they built a façade of seven or six of the letters and we worked off of those. Through different character angles they achieved what they achieved with that scene. But there was one point I started on a 30 foot scaffolding up on the peak, and I was up there with a couple stunt guys who were keeping me safe and that was pretty thrilling and exciting. And then they brought me down after they got that big wide shot and put me on a mock-up, 12-foot top-half of the H and we ran the whole scene. I did my stunt from there and Krishna [Rao] directed. He’s the cinematographer who works throughout the whole season. We played on that scene for a good 45 minutes.

TDW: Wow.

Sherman: It was also interesting because when I first read that that’s how they were sending Jasper away, being up on the hill and on the H, that ties into the Peg Entwistle stuff that happened back when she went up there and jumped off. So that was something I couldn’t help but think about when we were doing it. [Ed. Note: Entwistle was an actress who, in 1932, killed herself by jumping off the H of the sign.]

TDW: We obviously haven’t seen the finale yet but spoilers are slowly leaking out. We know there’s something to do with Annie, Liam [Matt Lanter] and a burning boat–and it kind of relates to you. What can you tell us?

Sherman: Jasper comes back and, you know, re-situates himself in the high school, dealing with everybody knowing what he did. He finds Annie and talks with her. From there he just sort of–you know, you’ll just have to see!

TDW: Fair enough. Not sure if you can answer this but, I’m assuming there’s a few cliff-hangers in the finale and I’m wondering if we can look forward to more Jasper in season 3. I know a while back–and this was clearly just a rumor, as you said before you didn’t know if you’d even be returning this season–there was a rumor for a while about you becoming a regular or at least fans wanting you to become a regular on the show. Any idea?

Sherman: It’s all pretty much the same as before–up in the air. I guess you can kind of play the situation out and see that Jasper is clearly around as the finale concludes so I guess it just depends on where they begin with the new season and what they decide to do. But I don’t have any details as to whether he’ll be there for good or at all or anything.

TDW: Are you getting recognized on the street at all?

Sherman: It happens here and there. It’s happened at the bank the most.

TDW: Really?

Sherman: Yeah. Also some checkers at the grocery store will say something. I’ll be walking across the street and sometimes people will shout “Jasper!” One day I was walking across Sunset Boulevard and somebody shouted “Jasper!” and I just kept my eyes forward and continued on my way. And this guy in the car next to the people who had shouted said, “Man, I think these guys know you. They want to say hi.” That was kind of new for me.

TDW: As far as I’m aware, this is one of your first big recurring roles on a weekly series. What are some of the big take-aways or lessons that you’ve learned?

Sherman: Well, it’s been a great exercise in acting, simply having to study the material to work through each week. One thing that I was quite pleased with is the way television works is you have a new director every single week. It’s sort of like strapping on new shoes each week. It keeps it fresh. You get a new set of eyes with a different person helming the episode. So the dialogue’s different, the style is different. It was cool to always have that role of director constantly changing. That was one of my favorite things about it.

TDW: I don’t know if you’re working on it right now or if you were working on it, but tell me about the movie Killer By Nature.

Sherman: That’s wrapped and it should be out, boy I don’t know, maybe within the next six months. That’s a feature film where I play a high school student–I guess he’s a senior–named Owen who has constantly had nightmares throughout his life. But when the film begins, the frequency of these nightmares have really revved up. Some of the things he’s been dreaming about, having nightmares about, begin occurring in reality, kind of around him. So it’s sort of a psychological thriller that I hope people respond to and keeps them interested. It was a good experience. It stars Ron Perlman and Armand Assante. I had a good time working on it.

TDW: That’s great. When it has a release date, I’ll let my readers know.

Sherman: Oh, great. There’s also a picture called My Suicide that will see a theatrical release in September. The guys behind that are real excited. They’ve been working really hard. I think that’s definitely a project for the audience of 90210 to look out for and hopefully be interested in. It focuses on high school kids and comes out in September, which I think is Suicide Prevention Month. They all worked really hard and achieved quite a little film that’s got awards all over the world and has been playing the festivals for a year. Hopefully people respond to that as well. I have a small but important part in there.

TDW: I look forward to seeing it. One last question. I keep track of real and fake Twitter accounts for teen drama actors and I’ve found at least one fake account for you. Can you just say for the record whether you’re on Twitter?

Sherman: There’s a fellow on there that has my name but that’s not me. I don’t have a Twitter so hopefully that clears it up.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview!

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Live-Blog: 90210 2.17

6 04 2010

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EPISODE 2.17: Sweaty Palms and Weak Knees

  • Previously On: Navid and Lila kiss, Ade sees, Ade joins Lila’s band, Ade is uncomfortable with Lila, Cannon kicks Naomi off the paper, he thinks she’s offering to sleep with him, Silver says Cannon was right, Naomi tells the girls that Cannon said she had to sleep with him to get back on the paper, Ade and Gia kiss and agree to go on a date, Liam spies his stepdad cheating and punches him out, Liam is crashing with Naomi, Ryan meets Laurel and hooks up with her, Jasper tells Annie there is no point in living
  • I kind of love the title.
  • Annie bursts into Jasper’s room. He’s not there.
  • This is right where we ended last week. Plus the time it took Annie to get to his place.
  • The maid says he doesn’t know where he is. Parents are out of town.
  • We’ve never met his parents. I wonder what their deal is.
  • Annie calls him, panicked. Gets voicemail.
  • She leaves a message, asking where he is.
  • Q1: And please, don’t hurt yourself.–Annie
  • She finds a framed picture of herself. In the background is the Hollywood sign.
  • Cut to Annie running on the hill where the sign is.
  • Jasper is standing on top of the H.
  • Jasper yells that all is pointless.
  • Q2: Life is a joke. It’s painful. It’s humiliating. And I’m over it.–Jasper
  • At Naomi’s, Liam tells Naomi she needs to come forward about Cannon.
  • Naomi says she doesn’t want more trouble.
  • She says her year has been crazy, thanks to Annie and Jen and–Liam cuts her off.
  • Liam says Jen shouldn’t stop Naomi from doing what’s right for herself.
  • Q3: The truth is I’m a lot more like Jen than you probably think.–Naomi
  • Q4: No, you are nothing like Jen. And if you were, I wouldn’t be with you.–Liam
  • Teddy and Silver are dining at the Beach Club.
  • I wonder what time it is. I had assume it was late at night. Guess not.
  • She asks if he notices anything different about her.
  • LOL He jokes she shaved her mustache.
  • She says she actually got a new haircut. Doesn’t look like it at all.
  • They’re about to kiss when they spot Dixon.
  • They ask him who he’s here with. No one. Awkward!
  • Teddy offers to set him up with his hot doubles partner.
  • Dixon says, kind of with an attitude, that he’s “cool” and “doing [his] own thing.”
  • Jasper asks what the the point of life is.
  • He asks Annie if she still loves him.
  • Her silence confirms what he thought…no.
  • He jumps, as she yells, “JASPER, NO!”
  • Cut to commercial. Intense.
  • Kind of surprised they didn’t make that the ending last week. Too predictable perhaps?
  • Gossip Girl promo
  • Annie is crying in the hospital with Debbie.
  • And here are Jasper’s parents!
  • The nurse says he’s in surgery.
  • They know Annie. Well, it seems.
  • They pepper her with questions.
  • What was he doing there? Was he filming?
  • She mumbles, obviously upset.
  • Q5: Look…he didn’t fall. He jumped.–Annie
  • Good for her for telling the truth.
  • They are shocked.
  • They tell Annie to go home and rest and they’ll call with news.
  • She offers to stay but they suggests she take care of herself.
  • Debbie hugs her.
  • I’m surprised Harry’s not there, too. That darn Rob Estes.
  • Gia tells Rumer she’s sick.
  • Q6: Why am I enjoying watching you iron so much?–Gia
  • Gia and Ade joke about her being roadie/groupie for her band.
  • They kiss. It’s cute.
  • She has Gia take over the ironing.
  • Next day at school.
  • Dixon is about to shoot a basketball hoop on a classroom door when Teddy wrecks the shot. Eek.
  • Dixon talks about betting and Teddy asks if he has the “gambling bug.”
  • Dixon says it’s a “gambling gift.”
  • He asks for info on Teddy’s dad’s bookie. He wants to put $25o on the Lakers.
  • Teddy explains Kobe is hurt and they’re expected to win so Dixon bets against.
  • Liam says he missed last night’s game because he and Naomi were–he cuts himself off because Ivy is there.
  • She asks what his problem is, noting he can talk about Naomi in front of her.
  • She is POed and leaves.
  • Dixon follows and asks if she’s okay.
  • Q7: “I don’t get why everyone treats me like I’m some loser or something.” “You’re preaching to the choir.”–Ivy and Dixon
  • Dixon explains how things have changed with Silver and Teddy dating.
  • He said he doesn’t need Teddy’s help to get a date, either.
  • Ivy says Liam is patronizing her and she doesn’t like it.
  • She says she doesn’t care that he’s still dating an “imbecile.”
  • Dixon says he doesn’t care that Silver changed her FB status. LOL
  • Ivy asks him to hang later because she’s bored.
  • Dixon happily agrees.
  • Liam, Silver and Ade are lunching and trying to convince Naomi to confess.
  • They give several reasons why that she should and she snaps, telling them to stop.
  • Liam comforts her, saying how hard this must be for her.
  • Naomi says the situation is just too much.
  • Silver suggests she talk to someone, maybe KELLY!
  • Naomi reluctantly agrees–but not to talking with Kelly. A “real therapist.”
  • Well, Kelly does have a psych degree! And a masters, supposedly.
  • Silver and Teddy are dining again at the Beach Club.
  • Teddy compliments her on her shoes…which aren’t new.
  • She jokes about Teddy trying to prove how much he knows her and failing.
  • Naomi and Liam arrive. They are double-dating.
  • Teddy tells Silver that she doesn’t know anything about him either.
  • It’s cute banter and not angry.
  • Dixon and Ivy walk in and try to leave when they see the double date.
  • But Teddy spots them and calls them over.
  • Silver suggests they join for dinner. Teddy seconds.
  • Q8: Yeah, there’ s plenty of room. I can just sit on Liam’s lap.–Naomi
  • Ivy (or was it Dixon?) says they’re actually on a date.
  • Q9: “Dixon, you can do better.” “Naomi, I can hear you.”–Naomi and Ivy
  • Everyone is kind of surprised. Dixon and Ivy excuse themselves.
  • Ivy asks WTH was that. She calls what they did “crazy.”
  • Dixon says it was “crazy awesome” because of the foursome’s reactions.
  • Q10: So I guess you’re my boyfriend.–Ivy
  • One Tree Hill promo! “The final 4 episodes!” And it had NEW CLIPS!
  • Dixon spies Teddy looking at a lingerie website.
  • Teddy explains he wants to get Silver a gift.
  • Dixon explains he once gave her a leather bracelet but Silver was concerned about the cow it came from.
  • Teddy starts to ask for advice but then stops himself.
  • Dixon says it’s cool. He really likes Ivy now.
  • And got her a gift. But can’t say what because he doesn’t want Teddy to copy.
  • Teddy says he never saw Dixon and Ivy coming and Dixon says he didn’t either. LOL
  • He then hurriedly excuses himself.
  • Jasper’s dad calls Annie, who’s at school, and says he’s “going to make it.”
  • He broke both legs and sprained his shoulder!
  • Q11: Physically, he’s going to be fine. Psychologically, mentally, he’s obviously going through a rough patch.–His dad
  • A rough patch? That’s an understatement.
  • But when he gets out of the hospital, he’s going to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
  • He says his uncle’s death really affected him.
  • They want him to open up and stop hiding.
  • I’m sure Annie is thinking this applies to her, too.
  • His dad says Jasper asked to speak with her before he goes.
  • She’s…not happy.
  • Liam drives Naomi to her therapy session.
  • She says she’ll be done in an hour. He’ll pick her up after.
  • He takes off.
  • She doesn’t actually walk into the building, though.
  • Instead she sits at the cafe outside and takes out a book and orders a coffee.
  • Lila, Ade and the band are locked out of the school.
  • They’re all frustrated because they need to rehearse and their instruments are inside.
  • Gia is there, too. Groupie/roadie girl or whatever.
  • She suggests they climb the fire escape and jump into the courtyard.
  • Um, but how do they get in the school from there if it’s all locked?
  • Everyone runs off and Ade compliments Gia on her idea.
  • Gia goes to kiss her but Ade pulls away.
  • Gia is very insulted.
  • Connections To Talk About promo, advertising new interviews with the cast.
  • Apparently they all got inside.
  • Ade asks Gia if she’s mad.
  • Gia says yes. She didn’t realize they had to hide their relationship.
  • Ade says this thing is new to her and she doesn’t know how to go about it.
  • Q12: Step one, stop calling it “this thing.”–Gia
  • The band realizes they can’t climb out of the courtyard with their instruments.
  • And I guess they can’t rehearse there because they’ll be caught?
  • Oh, wait. They’re supposed to be going to a performance, right?
  • Dixon and Ivy drove somewhere. I guess to where the performance is. Beach club, probs!
  • Dixon takes out a gift for her, a necklace with a shark’s tooth or something.
  • He says he got it because Teddy got Silver something.
  • But she’s totally stoked.
  • Q13: You know, if we were actually dating right now, I’d be all over you right now.–Ivy
  • They banter and it’s really flirting.
  • They walk in and go over to Liam, Silver and Teddy.
  • Q14: “Look at what my little poopy got me.” “Yeah, that’s what she calls me. She’s my little stinky pants.–Ivy and Dixon
  • Silver is amused as are the guys.
  • They ask where the band is, as it’s way past start time.
  • Q15: Someone’s probably throwing a fit or eating a bat or something.–Teddy
  • LOL!
  • The girls break out of the school, setting off the alarm.
  • They run to the van, all enthused and take off.
  • Gia is still peeved, though. It’s kind of turning me off.
  • Why doesn’t she get this is an adjustment for Ade? A big one!
  • Teddy tells Silver, privately, he got her a gift, too.
  • He hands her a red box.
  • It’s diamond earrings!
  • She’s shocked. She says they’re gorgeous and big. LOL
  • She holds them up to her ears.
  • Teddy says they’re gorgeous and perfect.
  • Silver turns and puts them away and makes a face like “OMG” but not in a good way.
  • The band is now backstage, waiting to go on.
  • Everyone is really done up. Lila looks fab!!!! Ade’s look is…too much.
  • Ade starts to freak out.
  • She says she’s never sung in front of a group like this.
  • And she says she can’t even take a drink to calm down.
  • Lila tries to calm her down and encourage her to face her fears.
  • Ade says she can’t and suggests they sing for her.
  • One of the other bandmates says it’s “all for one.”
  • Lila and crew agree. They need to stick together.
  • Q16: Put away the puppy dog eyes. We’re not going to rock this bitch without you.–One of the bandmates
  • (Do they have names??)
  • The crowd cheers as the band walks on stage.
  • Ade is clearly very nervous.
  • Gia is at the side of the stage.
  • They show the crowd. And I have to ask: where the hell is Navid?!
  • Ade takes the mic, looking like she’s going to throw up.
  • Lila introduces the band and they start to play.
  • Ade starts to sing, holding the mic superclose to her mouth and looking terrified.
  • But she slowly starts to loosen up.
  • I’m pretty sure Jessica Lowndes actually wrote this song. And it’s totes her singing.
  • The crowd is feeling it.
  • I kinda am too.
  • Ivy spots her mom, asks what she’s doing here.
  • She says the guitarist’s dad is an old friend.
  • And no one will know she her mom.
  • Q17: “Cause if you call me mom in public, I’ll sock you.” “Okay, MOMMY.”–Laurel and Ivy
  • Laurel asks who Ivy is here with. She hopes it’s not “that jerk, Liam.”
  • Ivy strongly says Liam is not an idiot.
  • Laurel insists that he is and also makes a comment about the type of girl he chooses to date.
  • She asks Ivy to point him out. (They never met?)
  • Q18: Looks like a square to me. What’s with that helmet hair?–Laurel
  • They laugh and hug.
  • And Naomi overhears!
  • Annie walks into Jasper’s hospital room.
  • His face is banged up. His arm is in a sling.
  • Annie says she came to see how he is.
  • Q19: Don’t lie to me. You have to make sure I don’t tell anyone your secret.–Jasper
  • He asks Annie again if she loves him. She says no.
  • Q20: You should’ve just left me there to die.–Jasper
  • Annie tells him to stop manipulating her.
  • She says he’s been doing that from the start, preying on her guilt from with his uncle thing.
  • She admits she does truly feel guilty.
  • I’m impressed with how calm she is.
  • Q21: Everything I did, I’ve done it because I love you.–Jasper
  • Q22: I know you think that, Jasper, but what we had, it was all based on lies. It wasn’t love.–Annie
  • Jasper says, repeatedly, calmly, sadly,that it was.
  • Q23: That’s why I’m not going to tell anyone your secret. Ever.–Jasper
  • A nurse comes in and says visiting hours are over.
  • Annie thanks Jasper and wishes him well.
  • They say goodbye. For good?
  • She walks out of the hospital and a shy smile starts to appear on her face. She feels free.
  • Back to the band performance. The Gloria Steinems are doing well!
  • But this song kinda sounds the same as the first one. And this one is super repetitive.
  • But anyway.
  • They finish the song. Everyone cheers.
  • Even Gia is smiling from the side.
  • Ade walks off stage and plants a huge kiss on Gia.
  • The crowd eats it up.
  • The gang is shocked, but Naomi and Silver are thrilled.
  • Gia says she thought Ade didn’t want to do this.
  • Ade says she needed to face her fears.
  • Everyone is leaving.
  • Teddy asks Silver if she’s okay.
  • She says she’s not. And she needs to tell him why.
  • She says she hates the earrings.
  • She knows it’s the thought that counts but it’s the thought that bothers.
  • Q24: These are just so not me.–Silver
  • She explains all the things diamonds remind her of–slavery, oprhans, richies.
  • Teddy laughs.
  • He says he has a different, true present for her.
  • He hands her a really cool looking copy of Madame Bovary.
  • He explains how in class, when they first met or something, she went on and on about how much she loved the book.
  • She’s flattered.
  • More sweetness between them about how he does truly know her.
  • They kiss. I love it.
  • Naomi comes over to Ivy. Says she heard her with her mom and knows she’s still in with Liam.
  • Ivy says she’s with Dixon.
  • Naomi calls Ivy out on fake-dating and calls her pathetic.
  • Ivy says she had no idea what she’s talking about.
  • She gets up, goes over to Dixon and gives him a quick, short kiss.
  • Dixon says they can’t have that and pulls her into a long, sensual kiss.
  • Ivy looks like she really digged it and even says it’s great–because Naomi saw.
  • But I think Dixon really, really digged it.
  • Back at Naomi’s. She’s pouring water.
  • It seems she and Liam are post-coital.
  • Liam asks how the therapy session went.
  • She says it helped.
  • He asks if she’s willing to come forward now.
  • She says no. At therapy,s he thought through what would happen if she came forward.
  • She says everyone will judge her, talk about her and even blame her.
  • Q25: I wish I was stronger. But I’m not.–Naomi
  • At least that part is true.
  • She starts to cry and he hugs her.
  • But it was fake tears!
  • Liam says–twice–that he hates Cannon for putting her through this.
  • Uht oh. We can’t have angry Liam take things into his own hands.
  • Cut to Cannon at school talking to a student, who begs to go home to get her paper.
  • Liam sees.
  • He sees the student kind of flirting with Cannon and Cannon agrees to let the girl go home.
  • Liam runs up and slams Cannon against the wall.
  • Cannon insists Liam stop. He does and walks away.
  • Cannon yells after, wanting to know his name.
  • That was so Ryan Atwood-esque!
  • Laurel takes Ivy to school.
  • Laurel spies Ade and goes over to her, saying the show last night was fantastic.
  • She hands Ade a card. She’s a music producer.
  • Laurel says she’s interested in signing Ade.
  • Ade is shocked, in a good way, of course.
  • She can’t wait to tell the band.
  • But Laurel only wants to sign Ade.
  • Cliche, cliche, cliche.
  • Q26: Hi, Poopy. Do you prefer the colloquial “Poops” or the more formal “Senor Poopy”?–Teddy to Dixon
  • Dixon hands Teddy cash. The Lakers did end up winning, so he lost.
  • He hands Dixon more cash, though, for Teddy to put on the Lakers for the future.
  • Teddy asks if he’s sure and Dixon says yes.
  • Laurel asks Ivy if she wants to ditch class. Ivy says she can’t because she has a test.
  • Ryan spots Laurel and calls her name.
  • He realizes that Ivy is her daughter.
  • Q27: Okay, I’m gonna go take a history test which will be more pleasant than this encounter.–Ivy
  • Dixon and Ivy happily greet each other.
  • Dixon grabs her hand, saying it’s just in case they’re seen.
  • Silver runs up to Naomi, saying Liam is in the principal’s office for attacking Cannon.
  • Cut to Cannon, Liam and Harry there.
  • Harry asks Liam why he went after Cannon.
  • Liam is silent.
  • Cannon says he doesn’t even know who Liam is.
  • Harry says to Liam if he doesn’t explain, he’ll have to expel him.
  • Harry tells  Cannon he can go.
  • As Cannon leaves, he runs into Naomi, who asks if Liam is in there.
  • Cannon asks Naomi if Liam is her boyfriend and warns her that he’s about to be kicked out of school.
  • She storms into the office.
  • Harry tells her this doesn’t concern her but she says it dose.
  • Liam says to her that he didn’t tell him what this is really about.
  • Q27: Look, Principal Wilson, this is all my fault. The only reason did this is because….Mr. Cannon sexually harassed me.–Naomi
  • Fade to black!
  • Preview: It’s the 90210 that creates a buzz. Gia and Ade kiss. Silver and Annie dance. There’s a joy ride. Ryan gets high. There’s a dance craze. There’s a revelation.

Those are my thoughts. What’s yours?

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