Season 1 Episode 1

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 02, 2008 on The CW
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Episode Summary

In part one of the series premiere, Harrison Wilson accepts the position as Principal of West Beverly Hills High, forcing the Wilson family to relocate from Kansas to California and adjust to new life in the city - all while keeping a close watch on their alcoholic grandmother, fading Hollywood actress Tabitha Wilson.moreless

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  • Great pilot

    I have never heard of this show before but I have this blog where a user from TV.com requests on what to review even if I've never heard of it. I catched this pilot online and I actually thought that it was a great pilot. It's situations that teenagers like you can deal with. I thought the actresses in this show were beautiful and I said to myself "Wow". From what I understand, this show has comedy, romance, and drama. There were funny scenes in the pilot that made me laugh so hard. The dramatic scenes were also well done as well. I don't want to make my review too long by summarizing the plot so I'll try to make it as short and sweet as possible. The Wilson family move to Beverly Hills. Annie and Dixon discuss of what their first day of school would be like at West Beverly Hills High. Annie watches the school play rehearsals (this in the middle but there is more to this pilot). Dixon sent a text message to Naomi by telling her that Ethan is cheating on her. Annie gets punished by her parents but she sneaks out of the house to go to Naomi's party. There is still more to this pilot but I don't want to summarize the whole pilot because it would be too long. I love that Lori Loughlin has the role as Annie's mom. The character that I really like was Annie and then others are pretty good but I don't quite remember all of their names. I think the character I dislike though was that blond girl... I didn't she just seemed kind of "eh". Overall, I thought that the pilot could have been a little better but this was great pilot of "90210". 8.5/10

    Note: Canogaparkcindy requested me to review this episode.moreless
  • The Wilson family moves from Kansas to take care of their matriarch Tabitha Wilson a former actress who has a bit of a drinking problem

    Harrison Wilson moves his family to Beverly Hills in hopes of being able to keep an eye on his mother Tabitha Wilson a former actress who has a bit of a drinking problem and he becomes the principal at his alma matter West Beverly Hills High School where his two children his son Dixon and daughter Annie attend and try to fit in with their peers they first meet Naomi Clark,Adrianna Tate-Duncan,Erin Silver,Ethan Ward,George Evans,and Navid Shirazimoreless
  • It's a very good start... I'm reviewing both parts here.

    The good thing about the series,is that some of the characters from the original series are involved in the series premeir. Kelly is the guidance counsler at Beverly Hills High,remember little Erin? Now,she's 16 and Mrs.Silver (Kelly & Erin's mom) is back to drinking.Brenda Walsh shows up in part 2.Dylan and Kelly did get togather and now she has a son,Sammy.

    Oh and remember Hannah,Andrea's kid? She goes to Beverly High as well.But that's all there is to say about Andrea and her current status.The Peach Pit is still around,but very different and Nat is still running it. All the original characters are played by the original actors,execept for Erin.

    Now,Imagine a mordernized version of Beverly Hills 90210,with the mentioned above.That's what the series is.It's a good start and I'm enjoying the fact that some characters are put in mix of this.

    It was a good mix of history and the new generation.

    It's also making me want to start the original series all over again.I guess we'll see if it stays this good or not.moreless
  • I need poor stories

    It is first time that I watched this tc series. One and the most important reason to watch 90210 is that I have been waiting for tv-series as good as The OC. However, I did not encounter with poor boy loving rich and the most popular girl. ooh! I forgot that there is an adopted boy like Ryan(The OC). Maybe my first comment will be a comparison between The OC and 90210, everything on this show represents very affluent people that I expected but some of the events are very extraordinary such as jet travel by Ty. I hope that producers have reduced the extraordinary event at following episodes or they have put a poor :)) boy in this show.moreless
  • alright

    This series starts up alright, but is a bit too explanatory for my taste, they could leave some information for the imagination. I.e. the quote from Dixon "I just don't want to run the whole adoption story over and over again". I think all viewers realised that he was adopted or at least not the child of both Harry and Debbie... I just think it was a bit predictable to run that story in the first episode. I did however like that it wasn't explained who the father of Kellys child is. That leaves something for the imagination and I think 90210 is something I might tune in to watch on occasion but I'm hardly going to wait for it during the week... Too bad.moreless
Joe E. Tata

Joe E. Tata

Nat Bussichio

Guest Star

Brooklyn Sudano

Brooklyn Sudano

Miss Austin

Guest Star

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle


Guest Star

Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth

Kelly Taylor

Recurring Role

Christina Moore

Christina Moore

Tracy Clark

Recurring Role

James Patrick Stuart

James Patrick Stuart

Charlie Clark

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Dixon: Excuse me. Is this journalism class?
      Navid: Yes, it is, Dixon Wilson, newly arrived from Wichita, Kansas, brother of Annie and also the son of the new principal Harrison Wilson. I'm Navid. I covered your story. I kept the whole adoption angle out. Figured that could be its own piece. People, they eat that crap up.
      Dixon: Okay.
      Navid: Anyway,you can sit right here. Jeremy's out all week with pink-eye, so just, uh, watch where you put your hands. So, anyway, I hear you're trying out for lacrosse team.
      Dixon: Okay.
      Navid: I may cover it, but I can't promise any photos. Just watch out for Ethan Ward; he's the star player. You'll know him when you see him. He's the one with the spotlight shining out of his ass.

    • Dixon: But still, it's gonna be a lot easier out here for you. I mean come on. You're a cute girl. Dudes are gonna be throwing themselves at you.
      Annie: Oh, please. You had, like, a million friends.
      Dixon: There. Back home. And they all knew, you know? About the whole adoption story. Just don't want to have to tell my story over and over and over again.
      Annie: Then don't. All they need to know is that you're my brother. That's my story.

    • Annie: Aren't you a little freaked out starting over at a new school? And, like, a week late?
      Dixon: What are you worried about? You already got, like, a boyfriend out here.

    • Debbie: There's a lot of temptation here. I'm concerned about how it's gonna affect the kids.

    • Harry: You have been amazing with this whole change.
      Debbie: Why wouldn't I be? I've lived in Kansas my entire life. If I don't try something new now, when will I? And besides, they still get married in L.A., right?
      Harry: Yeah.
      Debbie: Plenty of weddings for me to shoot.

    • Annie: Dad, I still can't believe you grew up in a house like this.
      Dixon: I can't believe you ever left.
      Debbie: Well, I can.
      Harry: The ship has landed.
      Annie: Come on, you can see Britney's house from here.

    • Ethan: So. Hi. Uh, how's your day going?
      Annie: Apparently not as good as yours.
      Ethan: Yeah, listen. I want to explain.
      Annie: You don't need to explain a thing.
      Ethan: No, I feel like I do. If you're gonna tell Naomi...
      Annie: I'm not gonna tell her. I'm not gonna tell anybody.
      Ethan: Wow, that's really cool. Look, I'm not that guy.
      (Naomi appears)
      Naomi: What guy? Can't get enough from this guy.
      (Naomi kisses Ethan)
      Ethan: See you around, Annie.

    • Dixon: This sucks.
      Debbie: Dixon, how about a new phrase, like "this bites" or "this blows"? Because you've been saying "this sucks" for the last 1,500 miles.
      Dixon: 'Cause it sucks.

    • Harry: Your mother and I have given up a lot for this move, too.
      Annie: Really? Have you given up your boyfriend and the lead in the school play?
      Harry: As a matter of fact, I have. He's heartbroken about it, and so am I.
      Annie: You're such a dork!

    • Annie: Grandma!
      Dixon: You know I've seen one of her old movies on Showtime the other night, right?
      Annie: She's got a lot of movies on TV.
      Dixon: She was naked, full frontal.

    • Tabitha: You wanna help? Go yell at the gardener for parking his crap wagon in my driveway.
      Debbie: Actually, that's our crap wagon, Tabitha.
      Tabitha: Well, then park it around the corner so the neighbors won't notice.

    • George: Narc.
      Ryan: That's real nice, George. That's yet another girl who's never gonna go out with you.

    • Ryan: Can anybody tell me the capital of Kansas? Nobody knows the capital of Kansas? Okay, that's great. All right, who was the little guy with the one name from Superbad?
      Students: McLovin.
      Ryan: Yes. Amazing. Everybody knows McLovin. Nobody has any clue that Topeka is the capital of Kansas.

    • Silver: I'm Silver.
      Annie: Silver?
      Silver: Well, you can call me Erin, but I'm not gonna respond. So, look, I wasn't planning on making you feel welcome here, but then I saw the sticker, and I thought "hey, maybe the principal's daughter isn't such a big loser after all."

    • Tracy: Ironic, isn't it, Harry? If things had happened differently, we'd be talking about our kid.

    • Tabitha: Did you kick his ass?
      Harry: Mom.
      Tabitha: What? That's not the first thing you thought of when you heard he was in a fight? Then, maybe that's why he lost.
      Dixon: I didn't lose.
      Tabitha: Never worry about being fair. Just grab on to those jewels and twist them like a garbage bag.
      Harry: Mom!

    • Harry: (to Dixon) Look, I'm gonna talk to your coach tomorrow. We'll get this all worked out.
      Debbie: And make sure he's not too rough on our baby.
      Annie: Yeah, 'cause he is such a delicate flower.

    • Adrianna: I love that dress.
      Naomi: Oh, you know me, Adrianna. Early birthday present to myself from myself.

    • Ryan: How'd you get up here?
      Naomi: I could ask the same question about you. You're just a teacher. Didn't the cover charge eat up your month's salary?
      Ryan: You should try applying some of that caustic wit to your term paper that's due tomorrow.
      Naomi: Actually, it's done. I decided it was better to do it than to fight it.
      Ryan: Well, I cannot wait to read that masterpiece.
      Naomi: You know, why are you always so mean to me?
      Ryan: Who says I'm being mean? (to bartender) She's underage. Don't serve her. (to Naomi) Oh, I guess that was mean.

    • Harry: Can I call you a cab?
      Tracy: Oh, I have a better idea. Why don't you drive me home?
      Debbie: Or even better, I could drive you home and we could swap stories about Harry's penis.
      Tracy: I have enough of my own. Thank you.

    • Annie: If I hurt your feelings by sitting with someone you don't like, then I'm sorry.
      Silver: It's not that I don't like her. I hate her. Naomi is the antichrist.
      Annie: Well, the antichrist didn't trash me in front of half a million people. You did.

    • Kelly: Silver, how many times have we had a talk about this blog of yours? All it does is cause problems.
      Silver: Yeah, well, that's what blog's supposed to do. Cause problems. You know, you can't make me stop. It's not like it's a school activity or...
      Kelly: Okay, I'm not talking to you as the guidance counselor right now. I am talking to you as your sister.
      Silver: Okay, then as my sister you know what Naomi did and why I hate her.
      Kelly: Yes, but this didn't hurt Naomi. It hurt Annie. Come on. You've got to let go of that anger. It's not doing you any good. You don't want to end up like mom.

    • Silver: Maybe Ethan isn't even going to be here. Maybe they broke up already.
      Annie: Either way I have to apologize to him.
      Dixon: And plus if she already confronted him about it, I have to take the rap for it. Either way we're going to have to tell them.
      Annie: It's the right thing to do.
      Silver: Do you guys go to church or something?

    • Annie: You sound like a spoiled brat.
      Naomi: Well you sound like a little bitch.

    • Annie: It's like the Oscars and everyone is Scarlett Johansson.
      Dixon: You say that like it's a bad thing.

    • Annie: Aren't you a little freaked out?
      Dixon: I think it's going to be alright.

    • Annie: How could you do that to my brother? How could you lie like that?
      Ethan: It's not that simple.
      Annie: It is! My god, you... You lie, you cheat on your girlfriend. A girl who, by the way, I like. Do you remember what I told you I liked about you the first time we met?
      Ethan: That I was frighteningly honest.
      Annie: Yeah, I guess I'm just wondering what the hell happened to that guy that I liked from a couple summers ago. Because this new one is an ass.

    • Kelly: You know what Beverly Hills people are like.
      Harrison: Exactly why I moved to Kansas.

  • NOTES (17)

    • The school used for West Beverly Hills High is the same as Sunnydale High from the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Jessica Stroup (Silver) and Kellan Lutz (George) have previously starred in the horror movie Prom Night.

    • The debut episode of 90210 registered higher ratings than any other scripted CW show, including Smallville, formerly the highest rated drama on the network.

    • AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi) and Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna) both appeared on ABC Family's Greek.

    • In the original pilot, Naomi Clark's house was the Spelling mansion.

    • In the original pilot, Beverly Hills, 90210's Peach Pit became a Pinkberry-esque yogurt shop.

    • Music Featured (in order when aired):
      "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay
      "Don't Let Me Fall" by Lenka
      "Time To Pretend" by MGMT
      "California Bound" by Carolina Liar
      "Wannamama" by Pop Levi
      "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" by The Offspring
      "What You Got" by Colby O'Donis
      "Shut Up And Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings
      "Whee Doggie Banjo Bit" by Billy Lee Cox
      "Pot Kettle Black" by Tilly and the Wall
      "Beat Control" by Tilly and the Wall
      "Chasing Pavements" by Adele
      "Last Day Of Your Life" by Glass Pear

    • Erin Silver is the half-sister of Kelly Taylor and David Silver, daughter of Kelly's mom Jackie Taylor and David's dad Mel Silver.

    • Hannah Zuckerman-Vasquez, who delivers the news, is the daughter of Beverly Hills, 90210 characters Andrea Zuckerman and Jesse Vasquez. Like her mother, she works for the school news.

    • Original Pilot Name Changes:
      Naomi's last name was originally Bennett.
      The Wilson family's name was originally Mills.
      Silver's first name was changed from Daphne to Erin.
      Lori Loughlin's character was originally named Celia.

    • Tori Spelling was originally reprising her role as Donna Martin under a recurring status in the pilot. However, due to pregnancy conflicts and the fact that The CW Network wouldn't give her equal pay to other returning characters, she did not appear in the pilot episode.

    • In the original pilot, the character Daphne Silver was the niece of original Beverly Hills, 90210 character David Silver.

    • The original high school from Beverly Hills, 90210 is used for the spinoff.

    • The character of Ryan Matthews originally wasn't penned down by Rob Thomas.

    • 90210 will be the third spinoff to the popular Beverly Hills, 90210. The first spinoff was the highly successful Melrose Place and the second was Models, Inc., which lasted just one season.

    • Beverly Hills, 90210's original theme song was remixed for the first and second promos for this show.

    • 90210's original pilot was developed by Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars. But on April 28 2008, Thomas stepped down as the creator of 90210 due to his previous commitments to two ABC pilots.


    • Dixon mentions to Annie that he saw their grandmother in a movie on Showtime. Showtime is a paid cable channel, famous for showing racy movies.

    • Annie mentions that she discovered Division Day through Brandon Flowers. She is referring to the lead singer and keyboardist of The Killers.

    • Reboot recap song

      The song that Annie sings in her musical flashback was the same format as the season 3 recap song in the (regular) series finale of Reboot.

    • Episode Title: We're Not in Kansas Anymore

      We're not in Kansas anymore is a well-known quote from the famous movie The Wizard of Oz and means that one is in an unfamiliar place, far from home.