The third season of 90210, an American television series, premiered on Monday September 13, 2010. The CW officially renewed the show for a full 22-episode third season on February 16, 2010. The season premiere was the most watched episode since December 2009 with 1.96 million viewers tuning in.
The season focuses on the students senior year of high school, Adrianna's rise to fame, and the new romance between Silver and Navid. Season 3 regular cast members include Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Ryan Eggold, Jessica Stroup, Michael Steger, Jessica Lowndes, Matt Lanter, Gillian Zinser, Trevor Donovan and Lori Loughlin. Sara Foster, Kelly Lynch and Hal Ozsan return as Jen Clark, Laurel Cooper and Mr. Cannon in a recurring capacity. Season 3 has also featured special guest appearances by Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Adrian Grenier, Joe Jonas, Nelly, and Snoop Dogg.
The season's Christmas-themed episode "Holiday Madness", hit season highs in all categories with a 1.1 Adults 18-49 rating and a 2.1 in The CW's target of women 18-24. It was also seen by 2.18 million viewers, making it the most watched episode since October 2009. The season finale aired on May 16, 2011, with 1.64 million viewers tuning in and a 0.8 Adults 18-49. Later rose to a 1.2 with Live+7 day DVR viewing.
Season 3 begins with Beverly Hills being shaken up by an earthquake as the main characters start out their senior year, signifying both emotional and physical trauma everyone is going through. Naomi Clark went off for the summer to be alone in places, assuring her visits by promising people money from her trust fund. Going through the aftermath of her rape by Mr. Cannon, there’s a part of her that dies and she longs to get it back by going to report the rape but then backing off from the decision from the fear of being called a psychopath. Her sister, Jen Clark overhears Naomi and Silver's conversation and decides to take matter in her hands with the help of Ryan Matthews who had seen Cannon and Naomi in the school but in a drunken state. Later on when Naomi find proof to press charges, he disappears.
Meanwhile, Annie and Dixon Wilson are going through rough times after their parents’ divorce and attempting to keep the family close. Annie and Liam Court have feelings for each other but think of it best by putting it away so it doesn’t interfere in their relations to others. Annie finds romance in a college student, Charlie who has a history with Liam. Teddy Montgomery and Silver are happy to be together but in the Earthquake, Teddy damages his leg, which possibly could end his career in tennis forever. Also Teddy discovers a side of him which he never knew existed. With all that going on in school, Adrianna is driving back from a summer of touring with the pop star, Javier, whose advances Adrianna refuses. Angered by this he tells her that her singing career is over. Later Javier dies in a car crash on the way to school and Adrianna survives. She steals Javier's songs which become a hit. She is then blackmailed by Javier's uncle, Victor, who becomes her manager and takes a huge proportion of her earning and forces her to do some uncomfortable things. Navid Shirazi realizing the blackmail asks Adrianna not to give in to the threats of Victor. Continuing with relationships, Ivy is still with Dixon but brings along her old childhood best friend, Oscar, who seems to make Dixon uncomfortable. Oscar has his own motives for revenge with Ivy Sullivan and Laurel (Ivy's mom). He and Laurel have been sleeping together throughout the summer, and the next step of his plan is to sleep with Ivy as well. When he succeeds, both of them find out, leaving Ivy upset with her mother. Naomi however, starts to fall for Oscar, even though Ivy has warned her of his actions. When he offers to be her boyfriend, she denies. But unluckily for Naomi, a familiar someone is waiting for her in her hotel room.
In the final episode of the first part of the season (Holiday Madness) It shows that after having enough of her attitude, Victor decides to reveal Adrianna's scandal on the internet. Annie spends the night with Liam when he comes back from the hospital, and the two rekindle their romance. Ivy's father's unexpected intentions lead her to reconcile with her mother. After deciding to keep their relationship a secret, Ian and Teddy kiss unaware that Dixon just saw them. Meanwhile, Navid and Silver confess their true feelings towards each other. Naomi returns home not knowing Mr. Cannon is awaiting her.
Main Article:List of 90210 episodes
|01||Senior Year, Baby||1.96||September 13, 2010|
|Beverly Hills is rocked by an earthquake during the first day of the school year. Naomi has spent the summer in isolation, dealing with the aftermath of her rape by Mr. Cannon and keeping it a secret. Annie and Dixon are dealing with the absence of their father, while Debbie tries to hold the family together. Meanwhile, Teddy and Silver find themselves happier than ever until he suffers a leg injury that could end his tennis career forever. Annie applies for an internship at a local theater company called the Abbott Playhouse. Navid welcomes Adrianna back from her tour with Javier, but their arrival brings an unexpected death. Ivy's return from Australia brings with her an old childhood friend Oscar, which makes Dixon uncomfortable. Elsewhere, Annie and Liam confront their feelings for each other.|
|02||Age of Inheritance||1.83||September 20, 2010|
|After turning 18, Naomi finds out she can now access the money in her large trust fund, so she decides to throw herself a huge birthday party at the Beach Club where she hires the Honey Brothers band to perform. Meanwhile, Dixon, Navid, and Teddy decide to take Oscar out for a night on the town, but their party ends when Ivy finds a Facebook photo of a drunk Dixon doing a body shot off a girl. Annie has an instant connection with Charlie, a guy she meets at a coffee shop. Jen is forced to go on bed rest until she delivers the baby and has no choice but to allow Ryan into her life. Elsewhere, Adrianna uses Javier's song book to get back in good favor with the label.|
|03||2021 Vision||1.96||September 27, 2010|
|Naomi has constant flashbacks to her rape and begins taking sleeping pills in order to sleep through the night. Mr. Cannon invites Silver over to his apartment to watch his new documentary and slips something in her drink. Meanwhile, Teddy wakes up from a night of drinking and realizes he hooked up with someone, but does not remember who. Dixon learns that Ivy is a virgin. At her intern job, Annie confronts her boss, Katherine, about her awkward behavior and is shocked when she makes Annie an offer she may not be able to refuse. Adrianna sings another song stolen out of Javier's songbook at his memorial service, but she soon regrets it when a video of her music number goes viral.|
|04||The Bachelors||1.79||October 4, 2010|
|Silver plans a cancer-awareness charity event to honor her late mother and enlists the boys to appear in a bachelor auction. Ian, a theater student at West Bev, is brought in to help choreograph a dance number for the auction, but all comes to a stand-still when Teddy directs some negative words toward him. The two later get into a fight. Meanwhile, Annie and Adrianna discover the truth about Naomi and Mr. Cannon from Silver. Elsewhere, Annie discovers Debbie’s money problems and decides to take Katherine's offer. Charlie tries to reconcile without success with Liam when he finds him sleeping in his car. Javier's uncle, Victor, begins to blackmail Adrianna with exposure by forcing her to work for him. Also, Ivy and Dixon decide to spend the night together, but Dixon hits the brakes when his ex-girlfriend, Sasha, returns with some life-altering news.|
|05||Catch Me If You Cannon||1.81||October 11, 2010|
|Silver, Naomi, and Adrianna craft a plan to seduce Mr. Cannon to prove he raped Naomi, but they underestimate his ability to control the situation. Teddy and Ian are forced to do manual labor as a punishment for fighting. Dixon fears for his life and pushes Ivy away, leading her straight into the arms of Oscar. Meanwhile, Jen looks for a new assistant and Debbie applies for the job. Debbie also finds out about the arrangement between Annie and Katherine and forbids Annie from fulfilling it.|
|06||How Much Is That Liam in the Window||2.03||October 25, 2010|
|When Jen and Ryan find out about Naomi's rape, she decides to take matters into her own hands, while Ryan's job may be in jeopardy when he encourages Naomi to come forward with him as a witness despite the fact that his own secret about accidentally wrecking the school sign will be revealed. Adrianna's manager, Victor, continues to blackmail her and goes even further when he encourages her to go topless at a photoshoot. Annie discovers a darker side of Charlie when she sneaks in to observe a staged reading of his play. Liam lands a job in the window of a clothing store and receives a job opportunity from a mysterious customer that he can't refuse. Dixon apologizes to Ivy unaware that she decided to lose her virginity to someone else. Also, Oscar confronts Ivy and Laurel about his shocking past.|
|07||I See London, I See France...||2.00||November 1, 2010|
|Ryan helps Naomi press charges against Mr. Cannon and as a result, both Mr. Cannon and Ryan are suspended from their jobs. Oscar has a run-in with Mr. Cannon and unintentionally helps Naomi with her case when he sets his sights on her as his next conquest. Navid finds out that his father is employing an underage girl in his pornography business. Ivy tells Dixon what happened between her and Oscar. Teddy struggles with rumors and innuendo about his suspected impotency. Navid and Silver attend the Achievement Awards dinner while Annie, Teddy, Liam, Dixon, Ivy and Ian attend an under-achievement ceremony at the Beach Club.|
|08||Mother Dearest||1.89||November 8, 2010|
|Annie and Dixon visit their father, but unexpectedly meet a woman at his door. After a series of mishaps with her baby, Jen leaves Jacques with Ryan. Ivy and Naomi join forces to humiliate and take down Oscar. Meanwhile, Navid asks Silver to help prove that his father is lying to him. Also, Victor demands Adrianna walk the red carpet with Joe Jonas, rather than Navid.|
|09||They're Playing Her Song||1.76||November 15, 2010|
|Teddy decides to visit a gay bar in West Hollywood, but is forced to turn to Ian for help when he forgets his wallet. Meanwhile, Annie is ready to take her relationship with Charlie to the next level, but is mortified when his college friends catch a glimpse of her in lingerie. Ryan turns to Debbie for parental advice, and the two end up hooking up. Navid deals with the fallout at school and at home after turning his father in to the authorities. Also, Adrianna continues to be oblivious to Navid's situation due to her new found fame.|
|10||Best Lei'd Plans||2.01||November 29, 2010|
|Naomi jumps back into the dating world and tries to impress one of Ivy's surfer friends, Zach, by pretending to know how to surf. Still upset with her mother over the Oscar situation, Ivy decides to build a relationship with her estranged father. Not knowing she has feelings for Ryan, Annie and Dixon sign Debbie up for an online dating service. While at the beach luau, Teddy gets jealous when he sees Ian with another guy and allows his feelings to control his actions. Meanwhile, Adrianna and Navid's relationship becomes strained, leading him into the arms of Silver. Elsewhere, Liam learns more about Laura and of her ex-boyfriend whom he attempts to make jealous in her favor.|
|11||Holiday Madness||2.18||December 6, 2010|
|Adrianna leases an expensive new house and throws a housewarming Christmas party to celebrate her new record deal. After having enough of her egotistical attitude, Victor decides to reveal Adrianna's secret on the internet. Annie spends the night with Liam when he comes back from the hospital, and the two rekindle their romance. Ivy's father's unexpected intentions lead her to reconcile with her mother. After deciding to keep their relationship a secret, Ian and Teddy kiss unaware that Dixon saw them. Meanwhile, Navid and Silver confess their true feelings towards each other... and share a kiss. Naomi returns home not knowing Mr. Cannon is awaiting her.|
|12||Liars||January 24, 2011|
|Silver and Naomi are taken hostage by Mr. Cannon. Meanwhile, Emily Bradford , Annie and Dixon's cousin, comes to visit and immediately gets on their nerves. Ivy questions her surfing ability and Adrianna gets blindsided on a talk show.|
|13||It's Getting Hot in Here||January 31, 2011|
|Annie, Silver, Adrianna, and Naomi go for a girl's weekend and Annie invites her cousin Emily along. But, Emily shows her true colors in the sweat lodge at the yoga retreat. Naomi extends her stay to get over her personal problems. Back in Beverly Hills, Debbie Wilson plans a romantic dinner but is interrupted by Dixon.|
|14||All About a Boy||February 7, 2011|
|Adrianna turns to Silver for support when Navid discovers how she used the baby she gave up for adoption. But, she realizes that she isn't the only one going to Silver for comfort. Teddy decides to come out of the closet after his secret romance with Ian is discovered. Meanwhile, Ivy isn't ready to get back in the water. Annie auditions for a play but is sabotaged by her conniving cousin Emily. And Naomi returns from a spiritual retreat and holds a party to introduce her guru to her friends.|
|15||Revenge with the Nerd||February 14, 2011|
|Dixon and Navid convince a music producer to shoot a music video at Shirazi Studios to keep the struggling studio in business. Adrianna’s suspicions about Navid having cheated on her are confirmed, and she informs Silver about her plot for revenge. Meanwhile, Emily attempts to distract Annie in an effort to seduce Liam, but her plan backfires. Teddy turns to Silver for support after coming out. Elsewhere, reality producers follow Adrianna and her friends around trying to shoot a pilot, and Naomi is surprised by her reaction to a nerdy lab partner, Max, who helps her out.|
|16||It's High Time||February 21, 2011|
|Emily continues to cause mayhem in Annie's life by messing with Liam and her internship at the Abbott Playhouse. Silver convinces Navid to sign the release for Adrianna’s TV reality show to help distract her from their secret relationship. Naomi keeps her feelings for Max to herself. After watching footage from her birthday party, Adrianna makes a stunning realization. Ivy meets a new guy, named Raj, and they strike up a friendship over mutual interests. Meanwhile, Dixon, Navid, and Liam take Teddy out on the town to show that they are trying to accept him after his coming out.|
|17||Blue Naomi||February 28, 2011|
Dixon and Navid formalize their partnership, and a chance encounter with Snoop Dogg could mean good news for them and Shirazi Studios. Naomi attempts to impress Max by dressing up in an Avatar costume, but it doesn’t get the response that she was aiming for. Adrianna's vindictive ways deepen after discovering the truth about Navid and Silver, and vows to get back at them. Meanwhile, Annie and Liam work together to expose Emily for the person that she is, and Raj confides in Ivy about his past.
|18||The Enchanted Donkey||April 18, 2011|
The group decides to spend spring break in Mexico, where things get out of control for everyone. Naomi brings along Max on the ruse that she intends to ask him for further tutoring with schoolwork. Annie and Liam spend quality time together to take in the scenery until an accident confides Annie to their hotel room. Teddy runs into Tripp, his former boarding school roommate and crush. Ivy uses the time to keep distant from Raj after thinking that he may die soon and confides in Dixon about her recent problems. Meanwhile, the rift between Silver and Adrianna comes to a shocking head.
|19||Nerdy Little Secrets||April 25, 2011|
|Naomi becomes tired and more insecure of hiding her relationship with Max and, afraid that he might be cheating on her, follows him to an academic decathlon event to confront him, but soon regrets what happens. Navid becomes worried when Silver begins to behave erratically after Adrianna secretly swipes Silver's bipolar medication. Meanwhile, Annie forms a bond with Marla Templeton, a veteran actress whom she is hired to work for. Elsewhere, Raj helps Ivy get over her fear of getting into the water again.|
|20||Women on the Verge||May 2, 2011|
|Annie talks Marla into attending a Hollywood premiere of one of Marla's old movies, and Ryan receives a surprise visit. Teddy catches Marco in a lie and starts to wonder if Marco is cheating on him. Naomi discovers that Max was accepted to a college in a different state, while Silver suffers a breakdown after receiving some unsettling news, which leads Navid and Dixon to stage an intervention.|
|21||The Prom Before the Storm||May 9, 2011|
|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.|
|22||To the Future!||May 16, 2011|
|With graduation approaching, Naomi makes a decision that might prevent her from graduating with the rest of her class. Liam tells Annie that he doesn't plan on going to college, and an unplanned wedding springs up. However, Adrianna is not invited after the group discovers her scheme to get revenge on Silver.|
The CW officially renewed 90210 for a third season on February 16, 2010. On June 30, 2010 the network announced its decision to move 90210 to Monday nights as a lead-in to Gossip Girl. The series' mid-season premiere was on January 24, 2011. The show later went on another hiatus after episode 17, returning on April 18, 2011 to conclude the season.
The third season of 90210 welcomed the students of West Beverly Hills High School to their senior year with a surprising new family and the destruction of another. Adrianna's pop career will blossom and a new love will cause a fall out of a group of friends. An earthquake rocks Beverly Hills in the premiere. "We wanted to open the season with an event that has both physical and emotional ramifications for several people," said co-executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, who adds that the tremors will prove particularly life-altering for one teen. "One of them has a very serious injury that takes time to resolve and sort of changes the direction of his or her life."
It was revealed during the summer of 2010 that either Liam, Navid, or Teddy would come out as gay in season 3. Co-executive producer, Jennie Urman said of that matter, "We want to address the issue in a real and relatable way." The character was later revealed as Teddy.
Silver's bi-polar disorder was revisited after Adrianna tampers with her medication when implementing her plot for revenge.
TV Line has revealed that one character will find out she's pregnant in the finale.
Gillian Zinser, who plays surfer chick Ivy Sullivan, has been promoted to series regular for the third season of the show. The main characters of the third season were officially announced on May 20, 2010. It was announced Trevor Donovan, who plays Teddy Montgomery, was upgraded to series regular.
Series regular Rob Estes and special guest star Jennie Garth both announced they would not return to the series. The producers said they were ultimately willing to let them go as they are "trying to establish a separate identity for the new show," and want to focus on the younger cast members and not those who starred in the original 90210 and Melrose Place. A rep for 90210 told E! Online, "This is Rob's last season on 90210. He's a talented actor and we couldn't have asked for a better Harry Wilson." Estes also released a statement regarding his exit saying, "This is my final season on 90210 and I wish the show, cast and crew nothing but the best. I am looking forward to spending time with my kids and exploring other opportunities.
It was announced Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom would appear in the season premiere as themselves.However, it was later revealed that just Kim and Khloe had filmed scenes. Entertainment Weekly reported that Blair Redford would have a recurring role as a character named Oscar that moved in with Ivy and her mother. Zap2It reported that Mekia Cox will reprise her role as Sasha in the episode scheduled to air on October 3. Joe Jonas guest starred in the eighth episode of the season, escorting Adrianna on a red carpet event.
Abbie Cobb began a recurring role in January 2011. She portrays Annie and Dixon's cousin, Emily, who comes to Beverly Hills with the purpose of stealing everything and everybody in Annie's life. Claudia Black has signed on to appear in three episodes. She will play Guru Sona, a yoga teacher who meets the characters when they visit a retreat. Naomi is expected to come to rely on Sona as she spends more time with her. According to Movieline, rapper Nelly will play himself in an episode of the show in 2011. The storyline is said to focus on Dixon (Tristan Wilds) and Navid (Michael Steger) getting involved in the video shoot for Nelly's song 'She's So Fly'. It has been announced that Kyle Riabko is leaving the series to make himself available for the pilot season. Freddie Smith has been cast to replace Riabko as Teddy's new love interest, Marco. He has been described as "hot", "super-athletic" and openly gay.Snoop Dogg will make a cameo appearance as himself later in the season when he runs into Dixon at a carwash. Alan Ritchson will guest star in this seasons eighteenth episode as a former prep-school roommate of Teddy's, who hooks up with him. Sally Kellerman will appear in a multi-episode arc as Marla, a former movie star who is suffering from dementia and has become a hoarder. Marla hires Annie to help her clean out her house. Manish Dayal was cast in a recurring role as Raj, who will become involved in Ivy's life. Josh Zuckerman was cast in a recurring role as Max Miller, a nerdy student and Naomi's lab partner whom Naomi develops feelings for.
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