90210

Season 3 Episode 21

The Prom Before the Storm

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 09, 2011 on The CW
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As the gang prepares for prom, Dixon and Annie learn some troubling news about their futures, and Ivy discovers that Raj's health has taken a turn for the worse. With Silver away in the hospital, Adrianna tries to rekindle her romance with Navid. Meanwhile, Naomi and Max's relationship is strained to the breaking point.moreless

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  • The Prom Before the Storm...

    7.0
    Big things were happening in Beverly Hills this week as the third season of 90210's penultimate episode hit our screens. The episode looks at mostly all of our major character's lives as they prepare to move on with them whilst attending their senior prom. Annie and Dixon have the biggest changes in their lives throughout "The Prom Before the Storm" when they are told by their mother that they won't be able to afford to go to private colleges. When Dixon hatches a plan that would allow Annie to attend her dream college whilst he would settle for community college, all seems well, but it doesn't end there. Annie, feeling guilty about her brother's sacrifice, sells the necklace that her former (now dead) employer gave to her as a gift - its value being large enough to pay for several years of college evidently - and they both leave prom feeling happier than when they arrived. Their saga isn't quite over however, as upon returning home, they discover that Marla has left not only the necklace to Annie, but her entire estate. Naomi has equally important but slightly less impressive stress to deal with in her life when she is told that if she doesn't get an exemplary mark on one of her final papers, she will fail the class and be unable to graduate to CU. Pulling an all-nighter with her boyfriend Max, she manages to write the paper and submit it in time, receiving the mark she required. Her teacher suspects her of cheating however as the mark is uncharacteristically high, and Max reveals to her that he touched up the paper in an effort to make sure it was good enough. The result for their relationship is left unclear as Naomi simply storms off when she hears the news, but one can safely assume that the finale will have some repercussions on that front.



    The Silver - Navid - Adrianna melodrama of the later half of the season takes another preposterous twist when Silver is released from hospital. As he is unable to remember the previous alcohol fueled evening, Adrianna manages to convince Navid that he cheated on Silver with her. When Adrianna is unable to bare the stress of keeping the completely made up secret, she tells Silver everything, driving the wedge in the relationship that she had intended to do so by switching out Silver's medication. I won't rant on the subject, but after essentially figuring out that your "best friend" switching out your medication is the only logical reason that you ended up in hospital, taking their word for the fact that they just made out with your boyfriend seems a little bit of a leap. That being said, every single character in 90210 is so unrealistically gullible, fickle and downright stupid that I shouldn't be surprised in the slightest. The final major plot point comes from Ivy, a character that has been so isolated recently that she serves really only to remind the audience that there are other places in Beverly Hills than the school and character's houses. When her boyfriend Raj finds out that his cancer is likely to kill him sooner rather than later, he hits a downward spiral. When Ivy professes love for him, stating that she will stay with him until the end, he proposes to her and she says yes. Most of what happened in "The Prom Before the Storm" was sheer nonsense. 90210 has managed to make coming up with ridiculously over dramatized cliches into an art form. With shows that have strong creativity behind them getting cancelled year after year, I really don't know what makes this outing for The CW worthy of the fourth season that it is getting. For some reason, the viewing public, myself included, are drawn to things that are simple, predictable and replace drama with quasi-fantasy ridiculousness. The show remains entertaining and I cannot for anything tell you why. It shouldn't work at all, but it annoyingly continues to be more than tolerable.moreless
  • 321

    7.3
    90210 actually delivers this week surprisingly. I have been losing my interest in this show this season, but this episode kind of brought me back to caring for these two-dimensional characters. It did seem kind of all over the place what with the prom, Marla, Raj's diagnosis, and the test paper, it felt like 90210 couldn't find one story line to focus on and stick with throughout the episode.



    Just when you think Adrianna can't get any more evil? She pulls something like this. It was a bit predictable, but I really can't wait until everything comes to light and Adrianna's scheming is exposed.



    Finally! Some family interactions. Something that the show will be missing next year what with the all the adults being absent but I digress. We got some great Dixon & Annie scenes, and the ending was definitely surprising.



    Raj & Ivy's story line is pretty much the only story line that has some sort of substance. I'm really interested in the two. Naomi & Max are pretty dull at this point but I'm interested in seeing how the "cheating" story line will play out. The product placement was ridiculous though. First the Windows Vista, and then the vitamin water? Not only was it obvious, but it was incredibly tacky. Overall, good penultimate episode.moreless
Greg Ainsworth

Greg Ainsworth

Dr. Landale

Guest Star

Kurt Long

Kurt Long

Mr. Schwartz

Guest Star

Kevin Brief

Kevin Brief

Funeral Director

Guest Star

Manish Dayal

Manish Dayal

Raj

Recurring Role

Josh Zuckerman

Josh Zuckerman

Max Miller

Recurring Role

Freddie Smith

Freddie Smith

Marco Salazar

Recurring Role

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    • This episode marks the final appearance of Lori Loughlin (Debbie) as a series regular, although she is still listed in the main credits in the next episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Bang On Ya Drum" by Buddy
      "Better Than Love" by Hurts
      "Bright Lights Bigger City" by Cee Lo Green
      "Distant Sures" by The Cave Singers
      "Every Love That Ever Was" by Home Video
      "Filled Away" by Kite In The Air
      "Just A Little Bit" by Kids of 88
      "Lighting UTNG Version" by Birds & Batteries
      "One Left Hand Theremin" by Kevin O'Meara
      "Satellites" by Catcall
      "Take It Or Leave It" by Kite In The Air
      "The Holiday Song" by She Wants Revenge
      "Trouble" by Dukes Of Daville
      "Unexpected Happening's" by Ashland's Attic

    • Although credited, Ryan Eggold (Ryan) does not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Friday, May 13, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

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