Season 1 Episode 4

The Bubble

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 16, 2008 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Annie, Harry, and Debbie are shocked to learn that West Beverly's theater director can no longer oversee the school musical. Kelly persuades Brenda to take over as the play's director, but they end up arguing over Kelly's involvement with Ryan and her latent feelings for Dylan. Meanwhile, financial struggles lead Dixon to get a job at the Peach Pit, and Naomi confronts her father's mistress.moreless

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  • Nothing great, nothing bad.

    Well this episode was decent, all things considered. We find out from Silver about Naomi & Ethan's bubble, that Annie will never penetrate. Once Ethan stands Annie up for Naomi. Annie pursues Ty. Dixon & Silver start dating. Dixon gets a job. Naomi's father continues to cheat on her mother, Tracy. Which coincidentally brought Ethan & Naomi back together again. Naomi finds the girl he's cheating with: Gail. And it turns out it's more than just a meaningless fling. Then Tracy thinks it's serious. Ugh, she annoyed me. Silver doesn't know whether to post Naomi's discretions on her blog. Kelly & Ryan continue to date, and we find out that Dylan is the father of Kelly's baby. Did not watch the original 90210, so it didn't any effect on me. Nothing was bad about this episode, but nothing really stood out to make this episode memorable. Overall, I would have to say episodes like this turn out to be forgettable. So that's why it's just "eh" for me.moreless
  • Enjoyable to watch, yet again.

    Tabitha and Brenda co-direct the school musical and Brenda confronts Kelly about Kelly's continued feelings for Dylan, her son's father, and her involvement with Ryan, Nat hires Dixon for a job at the Peach Pit to ease his worries about the family's financial situation. Naomi confronts her father's mistress, Gail, and she is shocked when she learns Gail will be moving into the family beach house. Annie agrees to a date with Ethan, only to be disappointed when Ethan doesn't show up and gets back together with Naomi. Another awesome epidoe from 90210. Another great storyline, I loved it. I have to say not a big fan of Ty, but who knows. Can't wait to see more of 90210.moreless
  • Dixon gets a job

    In this episode of 90210, the following happens. When the drama teacher has to take a leave of absence due to family problems, the play may have to be cancelled. But when Harry's mother, Tabitha, hears about this, she volunteers to help out. Naomi begs Silver not to blog about her father's affair. Tabitha attends the first of the rehearsals and criticises all of them. Annie begs her father to try and find another director for the school play. Harry asks Kelly if she knows anyone who might be able to help out with the play and she instantly thinks of Brenda. When Tabitha learns of this she gets upset and feels as though Harry doesn't think that she can cope, but she soon gives in to him. Dixon gets a job at the peach pit, but doesn't ask his parents before he does so. When they learn about it, they aren't all that happy that it wasn't discussed with them first. They allow him to keep the job as long as it doesn't interfere with his school work of La Cross. We also learn in this episode, that Ethan's brother has (at least from what I can tell) Autism. After Brenda videotapes the rehearsal of the play, Tabitha can see how hard she is being on Annie, and just Annie. Naomi goes to see Gail and soon learns that she is living in their family beach house. So when Naomi returns home she tells her mother about this and her mother is upset by it. We also learn that Sammy's father is Dylan. Dixon's father, Harry soon learns about Dixon when he fails a paper due to his job at the peach pit. So Dixon comes clean about why he really needed the job and he and his father come to an arrangement. Silver tells Naomi that she isn't going to be posting anything on her blog about her father's affair. Annie and Ty make up and end up kissing in the school hall. Naomi and Ethan decide to give their relationship another chance.moreless
  • You can't always get what you want.

    This is the 4th episide I've seen and I'm still liking this show. Too many different stories, but all of them were very interesting and there are two things that stay with me.

    Naomi is right. She has all the money and the beauty but she just can't get her father to love her mother. She was very brave to go talk to her father's mistress but it was worse, she only got more hurt than she was.

    The Kelly and Brenda dynamic is still good. I remember when they were rivals and didn't talk to each other. I'm glad they were able to overcome that and forget the past and let their frienship survive.

    My favorite character is, like her sister was back in the 90's, Erin Silver. She's the girl who in theory has everything, but lacks love and when it seems that she will take the wrong path of life she struggles to fill the void relying on her sister and doing the right thing for the people she cares about. The other thing that stayed with me: The great advice Dixon gives Erin. Men forget and move on, women don't. Life's too short to spend it remembering the past and suffering for it. We should all learn from this.moreless
  • Tabitha offers to direct the school musical, and Naomi confronts her father's mistress.

    Let me just start off by saying that all things considered, I absolutely loved this episode. My two favorite story lines from this episode were definitely Tabitha's and Naomi's. Although, I thought that all of the story lines in this episode were great. It was really nice seeing Tabitha heavily involved in a story line. Tabitha was absolutely hilarious in this episode. This episode really made me begin to like Naomi. I felt sorry for her in this episode, and I loved the scene with Naomi, her dad and his mistress. I'm so glad that Naomi apologized to Silver for telling everyone about her father's affair with another woman since she's now going through a very similar situation. I also really liked Ryan in this episode. In my opinion, Ryan Eggold plays the role of Ryan Matthews really well. All in all, I thought that this was a very well written, well acted and well made episode from everyone involved, and I'm really looking forward to seeing more episodes of 90210 in the future.moreless
Joe E. Tata

Joe E. Tata

Nat Bussichio

Guest Star

Drew Tyler Bell

Drew Tyler Bell


Guest Star

Chandra West

Chandra West

Gail McKinney

Guest Star

Jessica Lowndes

Jessica Lowndes

Adrianna Tate-Duncan

Recurring Role

Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Brenda Walsh

Recurring Role

Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth

Kelly Taylor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Tabitha: I have to remember some of those breathing exercises I used to do. I had a director who'd say, "If you're not breathing from your ass and reaching to the skies, the back row won't hear you." I slept with him.

    • Naomi: Hi, Mom. Where are we going for dinner tonight?
      Tracy: I made reservations at Craft.
      Naomi: Is Dad coming?
      Tracy: He has a meeting.
      Naomi: Is that code for "sleeping with his girlfriend"?

    • Naomi: Mom, how can you live like this? How can you just accept that dad's with another woman? How is that okay? Can you explain that to me? 'Cause I just don't get it.
      Tracy: It's just a casual fling, that's all. She doesn't even live here.
      Naomi: So what, mom? He's still cheating on you.
      Tracy: This is between me and your dad. Stay out of it. I'm not discussing this with you again.

    • Brenda: So... dirt.
      Kelly: What?
      Brenda: Ryan.
      Kelly: Okay. Um... He's nice. I like him. We work together, so it's awkward. And he's ten years younger than me, which makes it bizarre. I asked him where he was when Kurt Cobain died and he said he was watching cartoons.

    • Ryan: Sammy's dad, does he ever take him?
      Kelly: What?
      Ryan: Sammy's dad. Did I... did I say something wrong?
      Kelly: No. No, it's fine. He just... he doesn't live here.
      Ryan: Where does he live?
      Kelly: All over kind of. Yeah, he's a do-gooder. He's actually halfway across the world right now doing charity work.
      Ryan: Impressive.

    • Naomi: Please don't blog about my dad's affair.
      Silver: You thought my family problems were gossip. Why shouldn't I treat yours the same way?

    • Tabitha: Just because you're a bunch of rich brats doesn't mean you can't have angst.

    • Nat: (to Dixon) I once hired a kid from West Beverly. A long time ago. He was a good, good egg. Tell you what, I'll try you out. You don't mess up, you got the job.

    • Brenda: It's an honor to meet you. I've seen every one of your films.
      Tabitha: Not every film. There were some real stinkers in the '80s.
      Brenda: Well, you were wonderful in all of them.

    • Annie: Wait, you're working here?
      Dixon: Yeah.
      Annie: Are you trying to make me look bad with Mom and Dad?
      Dixon: No, I'm trying to make me look good.

    • Dixon: Look, Annie. You're holding on to a crush you had on Ethan, what, like two years ago. You need to go for the guy who treats you good, not the one who gives you grief.

    • Ryan: Do you know Sammy's dad?
      Brenda: I do.
      Ryan: He sounds like a cool guy. Traveling the world and… helping people.
      Brenda: You know, I don't really feel comfortable talking about Kelly's personal life. If you have questions, you should just ask her.
      Ryan: Yeah. No, you're... you're right. Should I have questions?
      Brenda: There's just a long history there.

    • Silver: So, when are you gonna ask me out?
      Dixon: Maybe I don't want to ask you out.
      Silver: Yeah, you do.
      Dixon: Oh, you're so sure?
      Silver: I bet you that you do.
      Dixon: Wait... that means if I do ask you out, then I'll lose the bet.
      Silver: Oh, there's no losers here.
      Dixon: All right, I like the way you think.

    • Ty: What's this?
      Annie: Snickerdoodles. They're apology cookies. When I do something screwed up, I bake.
      Ty: You know, just forget about it.
      Annie: I can't forget about it. I'm an idiot, Ty. I like you. I want to hang out with you.
      Ty: Well, you really haven't been acting like it.
      Annie: I know. I know I messed up. And I am so hoping that I'm not too late to fix it. Am I too late? Look, I spent the whole night making you these cookies. So eat a snickerdoodle; they're really good.
      Ty: I really don't think cookies are gonna do it.
      Annie: You haven't tasted one yet.
      Ty: Annie, I don't have to. I just... (she kisses him) That's way better than cookies.
      Annie: I'm sorry. Really.
      Ty: You know, if you weren't so freakin' adorable, I wouldn't even be having this conversation right now.

    • Naomi: I realized, I can't always get what I want. No matter how bad I want it. Can't fix my parents' marriage. Can't make my dad love my mom.

    • Naomi: Think we can start over?
      Ethan: What do you mean?
      Naomi: All I know is I miss those two people who went to the zoo and ate cotton candy and were silly and happy together.
      Ethan: So you saying... you want to get back together?
      Naomi: I'm saying take it day by day. See what happens.
      Ethan: I can do that.

    • Debbie: Harry, how hard can it be to find an acting coach in LA? I could throw a rock through a window and hit an actor.

    • Tabitha: When the theater is in pain, I come to mend the wound.

    • Brenda: I'm getting a kick out of being here. I can almost still hear the chanting, "Donna Martin graduates. Donna Martin graduates."
      Kelly: That's crazy. Oh, thank you very much. Now that's gonna be stuck in my head all day. Speaking of, have you seen Donna?
      Brenda: Yes. And oh my God, her baby is so cute, I can't stand it.

    • Naomi: My family is so fake. I mean, my sister's being photoshopped into the Christmas card from Paris. My dad is kissing my mom while having an affair.

    • Tabitha: You've gotta sing like your privates are on fire!

    • Silver: All right, explain to me, why didn't you say 'yes' to Ty? I mean, it's Vampire Weekend. It's a secret show. It's Ty Collins.
      Annie: Ethan asked me out.
      Silver: No. No Ethan. What is wrong with you? He's off limits.
      Annie: Ethan and Naomi are over.
      Silver: They are never over. Let me explain something to you. Naomi and Ethan have this thing, right? It's like they're in this bubble… this impenetrable bubble.
      Annie: A bubble?
      Silver: And no matter how hard you try, you can't get in and you don't want to get in. Trust me, I stand beside the bubble and I'm scared.
      Annie: Well, the bubble has popped.

    • Dixon: You know girls in Beverly Hills... I wanna roll in style.

    • Silver: (To Dixon) Those dimples are not gonna get you into Harvard.

    • Annie: I'm sitting here waiting for a guy in a bubble, an impenetrable bubble.

    • Silver: I just like being different. That's how I'm made.

    • Dixon: I'm a black kid, living with a white family. It doesn't get any more different than that.

    • Silver: (to Dixon) You look tired? Up all night, thinking about me?

    • Ryan: Look, I don't know what the story is with you and Sammy's dad. It just feels like there's unfinished business.
      Kelly: And what would give you that idea?
      Ryan: Well, I was talking to Brenda, and...
      Kelly: Wait, wait… You were talking to Brenda about me?
      Ryan: I'm just trying to get to know you. Look, Kelly, I just want you to feel like you can talk me, you know, like you can tell me anything, and if there is something going on with you and your ex, then... I'm a big boy... I can handle it.
      Kelly: There's nothing going on with me and my ex.

    • Kelly: What did you say to Ryan?
      Brenda: About what?
      Kelly: About me.
      Brenda: Not much.
      Kelly: You shouldn't have said anything.
      Brenda: Okay, Kelly, any guy that dates you is gonna have questions about him. You should just get your story straight.
      Kelly: My story is straight.
      Brenda: You know, you get really emotional when you talk about this. I wonder why that is.
      Kelly: What are you saying?
      Brenda: I'm saying that you still have feelings for him.
      Kelly: Of course I still have feelings for him – he's my son's father.
      Brenda: Kelly, come on, you know there's more to it than that.
      Kelly: No, there isn't. Because it can't be, because he's not here, and I deserve to be with somebody and be happy.
      Brenda: Oh, give me a break! You are never gonna be happy with somebody else, because you're still in love with Dylan. And you know it.

    • Silver: You hit that guy's car, almost got him in trouble, and then he asks you to a game?
      Dixon: It's nothing. I've seen guys fistfight, and then five minutes later they're hanging out.
      Silver: That's crazy.
      Dixon: Yeah, you know, guys aren't like girls. We don't hold grudges. Life is way too short.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Disturbia" by Rihanna
      "The Trance" by Headland
      "How Many Ways" by Senor Happy
      "Changes" by Lori Denae
      "Leaving" by Lore Denae
      "Day I Die" by Drug Rug
      "She's New" by Senor Happy
      "Not Nineteen Forever" by The Courteeners
      "Even the Score" by Senor Happy
      "Feel Good About" by Marching Band
      "Don't Believe in Love" by Dido
      "Adventures in Solitude" by The New Pornographers
      "Always Where I Need To Be" by The Kooks
      "Before It Gets Better" by Earlimart
      "On And Off" by Signal Hill Transmission

    • Although credited, Michael Steger (Navid Shirazi) does not appear in this episode.