Season 1 Episode 5

Wide Awake and Dreaming

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 2008 on The CW
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Episode Summary

As the opening night of the school musical approaches, Ty reveals to Annie his plans for a one-on-one after party in his hotel room with her. When Annie's dad catches her in a compromising position with Ty, he becomes concerned about how fast their relationship is developing. Meanwhile, Naomi can't accept her parents' divorce and Adrianna is confronted about a substance abuse problem, giving Annie the chance to take the lead in the musical.moreless

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  • Spring Awakening.

    The day of the play is here. Adrianna is unable to perform because she is on drugs. I just felt sorry for her mother, who brought 6 agents to come see her daughter, and Annie ends up taking her place. Brenda, Kelly, and Ryan try to help Adrianna with her problems. Ty wants to have sex with Annie for the first time at the after party. You've gotta feel bad for this guy. Adrianna, out of jealousy, comes waltzing in telling him a lie about Annie & Ethan. Then tells a lie to Annie when she arrives that he is in the shower? I'm starting to see that she's the manipulative one of the show. You have to love to hate her. It makes the characters interesting. I also feel bad for Annie, her crying in the end, made me say "Whoa, intense." Naomi's parents end up divorcing. I'm liking the actress who plays Naomi's mom, Tracy. I'm liking the mother-daughter relationship between them, even though it is dysfunctional. The whole condom scene was my favorite, between Annie & Dixon, and Annie & Ethan. That must have been embarrassing. Dixon & Silver start up a relationship. I thought this was a really great, enjoyable episode. The drama is really kicking it in to high gear. Good job 90210!moreless
  • Wow.

    As opening night of Spring Awakening nears, Annie and Ty talk about having sex, Silver is overwhelmed with stage managing so Dixon offers to help backstage, prompting the two to get close and get together. Harry walks in on Annie and Ty making out and is forced to come to terms with the fact his daughter is growing up. Brenda, Kelly, and Ryan confront Adrianna about an obvious drug abuse problem, which leads to Adrianna getting kicked out of the play. Naomi refuses to accept her parents' divorce and is determined to get them back on track with disastrous results. Adrianna tricks Annie into thinking Ty slept with her in revenge for Annie taking over Adrianna's part in the play. Wow, another awesome, awesome episode from 90210. I love this show, the storyline is amazing, and the characters and just everything about it! I can't wait to watch more, which will be soon!moreless
  • The musical finally happens

    In this episode of 90210, the following happens. The day before the school play comes and we learn that Annie has become Adrianna's understudy since Adrianna isn't always turning up to rehearsals. When Harry goes to the hall to see Brenda about the play, he sees Annie and Ty making out behind the set. Brenda, Kelly and Ryan soon have a discussion about Adrianna and the 3 of them are now left wondering whether or not she is doing drugs. Brenda spends the whole of the next afternoon getting Adrianna ready for the play, which is that night. Everything is going well until Adrianna's mother tells her that 3 agents and 2 producers are coming to the play. That piece of information seems to push Adrianna over the edge. Soon the time of the play is upon us and Adriana is nowhere to be seen. Then, as if by magic, she appears, but she is worse for wear. She claims that she has taken some cough medicine and nothing else, although it is clear that she is under the influence of something much stronger than cough medicine. So Annie is called up to be the lead now that Adrianna is not suitable to perform. When the lights come down on the stage, everyone can see that Annie is the star/lead in the play rather than Adrianna. After the play, everyone starts to head to the after party, at a hotel. Ty books a room for him and Annie. Annie asks Dixon is she can have his condom, and reluctantly he hands it over to his sister. As she leaves the hall, she bumps into Ethan and drops the condom, which he finds on the floor. Ethan tries to talk Annie out of having sex with Ty. Adrianna gets to the hotel room before Annie and tells Ty that Annie and Ethan were making out at the school after the play finished. Finally the sexual tension between Silver and Dixon is realised, when they kiss. When Annie gets to the hotel room, she is greeted by Adriana in a bath towel and nothing else. Adrianna claims that Ty is in the shower and so, understandably, Annie leaves the room very upset. But after she leaves, we see that the shower is empty and that the water is just running. Annie bumps into Ethan after she left the room and tells him everything, so Naomi is there and she tells her everything as well. Annie goes home, where she is greeted by her parents. They ask her why she is home so early, but she claims that she is simply tired. We see her holding back the tears and as she goes into her room, the flood happens. She closes the door and breaks down in tears.moreless
  • Some things I like, some things I don't like, and some things that just don't make any sense. The episode was fun but the ending got a little strange, and things happened that just seemed like lazy writing.moreless

    Dad's worries about his daughter are well-founded. Every highly privileged good looking guy (at least the ones on TV) seem to think they can score with a relatively innocent young girl. That said, I'm glad that Dad didn't overplay (did he even say it?) the whole "I trust you, I just don't trust him". Instead, he admits that the reason he's worried is because HE made mistakes in HIS past. Way to go, Dad. (I just can't seem to remember the names of the parents! My fault, or the writers?)

    Adrianna. Gotta hate her, right? I'll still hate her after this episode; hopefully I will, anyways. I have no sympathy for her. Yes, she's under pressure, but she's just like any of these teenage star brats who get full of themselves. Sure, mom pushed her over the edge, but for God's sake that doesn't mean she has no option but to take drugs. I have noooo respect for people who willingly take drugs to "solve" their problems, and I hope the writers reinforce that--by having Adrianna receive punishment--as a message to kids with problems.

    The thing about this episode that I really didn't like though, in terms of plotting/exposition is the Annie/Ty/Adrianna triangle. When Adrianna opened the door in the towel, saying Ty was "rinsing off", where was Ty? We never got to see from him again. It makes no sense why he'd have just let crazy drug addict stay in his hotel room while he left---why not just kick her out? I understand that the writers needed some way to convince Annie not to have sex with Ty, but, /that/ was just didn't work. Kudos, though, for putting Annie on the fence about it. If she'd have been all "no, no, I'm too good" or "heck yes I'll go for it, no questions" it would have been, I don't know, out of character. I was skeptical of the Dixon/Silver thing at first since they don't really seem to have much in common, but it's growing on me. I still don't think there was much there to /start/ a relationship in the first place, but the actors have good chemistry with each other, so whatever.moreless
  • It's opening night of school musical Spring Awakening.

    Let me just start of by saying that all things considered, I absolutely loved this episode. My favorite story line from this episode was definitely Naomi's. She's definitely becoming one of my favorite characters on the show. I love how complex she is as a character. I also really liked Adrianna. I feel so sorry for her especially given the way her mother treats her and puts a lot of pressure on her. I'm really loving the Dixon and Silver pairing. I'm really enjoying watching their relationship develop. In closing, I thought that this was a very well written, well acted and well made episode of 90210 from everyone involved, and I can't to see more episodes of 90210 in the future.moreless
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Skoti Collins

Talent Agent

Guest Star

Jessica Lowndes

Jessica Lowndes

Adrianna Tate-Duncan

Recurring Role

Adam Gregory

Adam Gregory

Ty Collins

Recurring Role

Christina Moore

Christina Moore

Tracy Clark

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Brenda: Silver, what are you doing?
      Silver: Nothing. Paying attention. Sorry. Checking my blog. Big in Bolivia. Who knew?

    • Brenda: If the audience is not standing on their feet at the end of tomorrow night, I will personally kick their asses.

    • Naomi: Mother, why are you still in bed?
      Tracy: Why aren't you at school?
      Naomi: Because school let out. It's been nine hours since I said "I love you" and "bye". I was standing here in the doorway. Remember? You were laying in bed, being pathetic.

    • Harry: Please, tell me this is nothing like "Mamma Mia".
      Kelly: Oh, I loved "Mamma Mia". I saw it twice on Broadway.
      Harry: Broadway, Topeka playhouse – big difference.
      Ryan: Yeah, this one's not quite "Mamma Mia", trust me.
      Harry: Well, good news.
      Ryan: "Spring Awakening" is about kids discovering their sexuality and, you know, fighting the oppressive morals of society in 1891, but, you know, with rock music.
      Harry: I take that back.

    • Tabitha: (sees Harry and Debbie kissing) Sometimes I ask the Lord to take my sight away.

    • Tabitha: Men of the theater are bons vivants, dear. One day, they're fumbling with your bra in the back of a '52 Chevy, and the next, they're off to Mykonos to set up house with a stagehand named Phillip.

    • Charles: What's going on, Tracy?
      Tracy: Well, let's see. Last time I checked, you left your wife and daughter for a life at the beach house with your longtime whore. Did I leave anything out?

    • Debbie: You want to talk about it?
      Annie: No, I would rather hit myself repeatedly with a hammer.

    • Annie: I like Ty. A lot.
      Debbie: You said the same thing about Jason in "The King and I".
      Annie: Yeah. Well, Jason was big, and sweet, and Kansas. Ty is tall, and skinny, and cool, and he's got these ears that stick out like little elves.

    • Brenda: All right, Silver, you're the stage manger. What are you gonna do?
      Silver: (screams loudly) Has anybody seen Adrianna?

    • Naomi: This is all dad's stuff.
      Tracy: You bet it is.
      Naomi: What are you doing with it?
      Tracy: Giving it to the Malibu mission. So one day soon, your father will step out of his beach house and see a homeless man wearing his tailor-fit Armani, and he will think of me.

    • Dixon: (about Silver) You know, she's a big pot of mean. Just big, seething, hot pot of mean.

    • Brenda: I forgot what it was like to be in high school. You know, the pressure on these kids, and you should have seen Adrianna's mom. How do you do this every single day?
      Kelly: Oh, it's not easy, but it's not always quite so "High School Musical". I mean, I try to help them as much as I can, but sometimes I have to remind myself it's okay for these kids to make mistakes. I mean, we did.
      Brenda: Oh, I'm aware. I didn't forget everything about high school.
      Kelly: Yeah, but sometimes don't you wish you could?

    • Silver: You know, you actually did a pretty good job tonight, Dixon.
      Dixon: Well, thank you, thank you. Back at you.
      Silver: Whatever.
      Dixon: Is there anything in this whole world that you actually do care about?
      Silver: I cared that your sister got through her performance without knocking over any set pieces.
      Dixon: Okay.
      Silver: Or sounding like an amnesiac. And that I didn't get blamed for ruining the show.

    • Naomi: Hey, what's going on?
      Annie: What's going on is I came here tonight fully prepared to have sex for the first time. Here I am at the "Roosevelt" in Hollywood about to give it up for the first time to some guy that I barely know. This whole world that you guys live in might be fine for the two of you and all of your friends with all of their benefits, but it is definitely not fine with me.

    • Ryan: The tricky part of teaching is being friendly without becoming their friend.

    • Annie: And told my mom, who turned it into an after-school special sex talk.
      Silver: What's an after-school special?
      Annie: Google it.

    • Harry: The boys here aren't the same as they are in Kansas.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Shattered (Turn The Car Around)" by O.A.R.
      "Little Bit" by Lykke Li
      "How The Day Sounds" by Greg Laswell
      "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" by Black Kids
      "The One" by Luscious Redhead
      "L.E.S. Artistes" by Santogold
      "Hollywood" by Collective Soul
      "Birds" by Emiliana Torrini

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


    • Annie mentions the "After School Special." The American Broadcasting Company coined the term After School Special with a series of made for television movies, usually dealing with controversial or socially relevant issues, that were generally broadcast in the early afternoon and meant to be viewed by school age children, particularly teenagers.

    • Harry: Please, tell me this is nothing like "Mamma Mia!".

      Mamma Mia! is a stage musical by British playwright Catherine Johnson. The show enjoyed a long run on Broadway and was recently adapted into a film, starring Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan.

    • Kelly: It's not always so High School Musical.

      High School Musical is a 2006 Disney Channel movie about the cast of a high school musical and their behind-the-scenes drama.