- „I'm not afraid of taking risks. I'm just sick of them.”
- —Ivy Sullivan[src]
Ivy Sullivan is a blonde tomboy surfer chick, was a student at West Beverly Hills High School and lives in a huge house with her mother in Topanga Canyon. She is very sensitive and hates being underestimated, as well as being categorized as "one of the guys."
The two girls get in a fight on the beach and start to hate each other. After losing Liam for good, Ivy is comforted by her mom Laurel Cooper, a music producer. Later, she starts fake dating with Dixon, as the two feel left out, they kiss to prove to Naomi that they are really dating. Dixon develops some feelings for Ivy but she wants to break up as she thinks she still has a chance with Liam. Later Liam tells her that he and she will never be together again. Then later in the episode Ivy decides to give Dixon a shot and go on a real date with him. Now that Ivy knows that she and Liam will never be, she is able to move on. With Dixon's gambling issues their first date is catastrophic and Ivy begins to ask herself if Dixon is really the guy for her. Their relationship recovers when Dixon is invited to Australia in the episode before the season finale.Oscar, who Dixon becomes immediately jealous of. After the earthquake, Ivy's excited about the possible state of the waves and leaves with Dixon and Oscar to the beach where Ivy notices Dixon's jealousy and leaves with Oscar thinking that he is over reacting. Ivy prepares a welcome party and has a dream where she makes out with Oscar making her confused. In Age of Inheritance, Ivy is avoiding Oscar, so he prepares a plan to set up Dixon with some girls at a bar and the pictures are sent to Ivy who gets angry with Dixon over the pictures and leaves. Ivy reveals to Dixon that she still a virgin and is ashamed of it but Dixon is cool with it. Later, Ivy tells Dixon that she is ready to have sex until Dixon's ex-girlfriend Sasha shows up and makes Ivy feels insecure because she is an older women but Dixon tells her that she is from his past and doesn´t mean anything. Ivy later goes to talk to her mom, who supports her and tells her to have safe sex. At the bachelor auction, Sasha appears again and makes an effort to buy Dixon, but Ivy wins him and invites Dixon to her house to spend the night together, but Dixon never shows up. The next day Ivy is worried because Dixon is avoiding her calls. When Oscar tells her about Dixon and Sasha she confronts him. Dixon tells her that he is still in love with Sasha and breaks up with Ivy, which leads her straight into the arms of Oscar.
In How Much Is That Liam in the Window, Dixon apologizes to Ivy and explains what really happened. He tells her that he was trying to protect her and wants to get back together with her. Ivy doesn't tell him about what happened with Oscar. While Ivy was talking with her mother Oscar talks to both of them and tells Laurel that he slept with Ivy and tells Ivy that he slept with her mother during the summer. This results in a fight with her mother. Ivy leaves while crying. Ivy attends together with Dixon to ¨The Undies¨ where she confesses losing her virginity to Oscar, which makes Dixon break up with Ivy because he couldn´t forgive her. In Mother Dearest, Ivy tries to apologize to Dixon, but he is still mad. The other boys are acting weird around her, making Ivy feel lonely. She starts to cry in the bathroom where Naomi finds her and offers her help, but she tells Naomi that she doesn´t have any girlfriends because girls only want to cover up everything. Later she sees Naomi talking to Oscar and tells her not to trust him because he is evil. Naomi helps Ivy get revenge with Oscar by getting him naked at the Beach Club and everyonestarts laughing at him. This ultimately leads Naomi and Ivy into a closer relationship. They later hang out with the rest of the girls and Naomi explains to them that Ivy is a really good friend. When Naomi gets a crush on one of Ivy's surfer friend, she wants Ivy to teach her how to surf for her surf date. Oscar knocks at her door asking for forgiveness and explains why he did what he did but Ivy doesn´t want to know anything about him. Ivy still feeling bad about her mother and Dixon decides to call her father who is happy to see her and starts going out. When Laurel discovers that Ivy is hanging out with her father, she tries to convince her not to see him because he´s not a good person and leaves. Her father invites her to spend Christmas with him and his family. Ivy agrees, but he starts showing his true colors. He doesn´t want to pay for her college and other things he agreed on the divorce, which makes Ivy leave. Broken by her father, Ivy goes back to the arms of her mother who prepares a special Christmas night. In Liars, Ivy goes to surf and has a big accident where she almost dies, but Dixon saves her. The next day at surf practice, she makes up a story to the coach so she does not have to get into the water. This forces her to find a way to get over her fear of water. She goes to Guru Sona a friend of Naomi. Her plan to relax doesn´t work. She starts smoking weed and impresses everyone with her new style of surfing. When Laurel come backs home, she find Ivy on the couch high. Laurel tells Ivy about how she feels and goes to a specialist who sends her to get medical marijuana at the store. She meets a boy named Raj and they strike up a friendship over their use of medical marijuana.
Ivy continues her friendship with Raj and finds who she thinks is a role model and starts skipping classes, but Raj gets mad with her for that and tells her that he has leukemia and that´s the way he lives. In The Enchanted Donkey, Ivy goes with the gang to Mexico on Spring Break to spend some time away from Raj. There she gets some weed that makes her sick. Dixon helps her. She tells him about everything that has happened with her and the two become friends again. When they come back Raj wants to help Ivy get over her fear of water. Ivy goes with Raj to a movie premiere of Marla Templeton with Naomi, Annie and Liam. The day of prom Ivy goes with Raj after getting the news that he is getting worse and needs to have another treatment. At prom, Raj starts drinking alcohol and then has a fight. When Raj behaves like an idiot, Ivy cries and tells him that she loves him very much and wants to be there for him in the good times and in the bad times. They decide to get married.
In the season finale, To the Future!, Ivy tells her mother and Raj's
parents about their decision. Laurel is against the decision t graduation, Ivy tells Naomi about her wedding and Naomi offers to plan the best wedding, but Ivy only wants something personal. At Ivy's bachelor party the girls discover that Adrianna is the one who messed up with Silver's pills, which gets her kicked out of the gang. The day of the wedding, Ivy feels that something is missing in the wedding until Laurel shows up. This surprises her. She wants to support her daughter. Ivy gets excited and walks to the alter with her mother and gets married around the people who cares for her.
In Mama Can You Hear Me? Nick tells Ivy he signed with an agency and is going to Afghanistan on a combat photojournalism assignment. Ivy asks Naomi to give Nick a job as a photographer at the event she’s running. Nick happens to meet a documentation at the event and he gets another job as a still photographer. Ivy tells him not to die in a war zone. Ivy later apologizes. Ivy tells Liam and Vanessa that Nick, before he went to Afghanistan, talked to a woman named Sonia Reese about seeing her portfolio for her next art show. Ivy goes to talk to Sonia and Sonia mentions she also dated Nick, effectively ending that conversation. She also says Ivy’s photos just aren’t for her. Later, Ivy talks to Sonia and tries to get the “Nick” thing out of the way. Sonia says that Ivy’s portfolio is all faces and she doesn’t like it so that’s why she doesn’t want her work, not because of Nick. She then takes a second look at Ivy’s portfolio. Ivy’s passing out fliers for her gallery opening at Sonia’s when a skateboarder also hits her. Ivy asks him to come to her gallery opening, but he insists on being the name I gave him and says no. Ivy later goes to the gallery with Annie and finds it graffitied. Sonia shows up and immediately cancels the showing. Ivy guesses that the skateboarder graffitied her showing and goes to confront him. He, again, proves his name and tells her art is supposed to mean something and isn’t just supposed to be pretty pictures. Ivy eventually shows her art at Annie’s benefit, where someone bids $5000 for a piece just cause they can and calls it a rip-off. Ivy then goes to the skateboarder’s garage and spray paints one of her pieces
Ivy goes to meet Diego and brings an interesting photo with her. Diego wants Ivy to do street art, but Ivy is apprehensive. Diego tells her she’s scared and is afraid of taking risks, and then invites her to go spray paint with his “crew” the next night. Ivy goes to see Diego and says it’s only for art, not him. They pick a side of a building to spray paint, but they then spot a cop car and run and hide between some trash cans. They go to see her art the next day and make out.
Ivy gets a call from Sonya saying that she knows the art on her walls was Ivy’s designs and she wants to have a talk with her later. Ivy and Diego go to Sonya’s gallery and Sonya tells them their graffiti is beautiful. She also tells them she wants them to do a show at her gallery or she’ll tell the cops about the graffiti. Diego is still being a hipster and doesn’t want to sell out his “art”, and Ivy gets sick of it and leaves. Ivy also wants validation of her relationship with Diego, but he doesn’t want to define their relationship. After Ivy tries to salvage Annie`s bag business at the festival, Diego comes by. Ivy says she overreacted and Diego says he’s still trying to figure out them dating. He asks her to be his girlfriend. She says yes.In The Heart Will Go On Ivy and Diego are sitting around talking about colleges and environmental groups when she finds divorce papers from Raj. Diego tells Ivy he found a Artist-In-Residence program downtown and says that Ivy should join it with him. Naomi tells Ivy that she should sign her divorce papers and move on with her life. PJ also asks Ivy to pick a charity for him to fund and she picks Surf for Good, which is sponsoring a beach cleanup. At the beach, Ivy talks with Annie about her reluctance to sign her divorce papers and how she’s having trouble picking between the art residence thing with Diego and the Surf for Good sailing trip. Ivy later tells Diego she filled out the Artist-In-Residence program for Diego and wants to travel the world. Diego tells her he doesn’t want to breakup, but he also doesn’t want her to give up on her dream for him. After the beach cleanup, Dixon tells Ivy that Raj is dying. Ivy goes to see Raj and asks him how he could lie to her about his health. Raj tells her he didn’t want her to see him like this. Ivy then spills her guts, telling Raj he broke her heart. Ivy then asks him how he could be so selfish and cries, telling him that she’s right where she wants to be. Later, Raj wants to catch up with what’s been going on with Ivy, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. Raj tells Ivy that some people from Hospice came by and says he doesn’t want to be apart from her when he dies. Ivy then leaves to go get Raj some water. When Ivy comes back, she finds that Raj has died. Ivy keeps on telling everyone that she’s fine and she just wants to get through this day. Ivy is also sick of everyone telling her they’re sorry for her loss at Raj’s funeral. After the funeral, Raj’s mom gives Ivy Raj’s ashes, but Ivy says she can’t take them and leaves. Ivy talks to Caleb on the beach and says she doesn’t want to talk. She then talks about how the whole funeral wasn’t Raj. Caleb suggests that’s how Raj’s family wanted to say goodbye and tells her about different wakes he went to. He then asks her about a beach wake and suggests they do that. After everyone goes around talking about how much Raj taught them, Ivy says that Raj was a liar. Ivy says she’s now left with the conversations they could’ve had and there should’ve been more. Ivy then breaks down into tears. The final shot of the episode is Ivy going into a violent ocean at night to go surfing.
Ivy is still having a lot of trouble with the passing of her husband. Caleb asks her how she’s doing while they’re at the beach and she tells him she’s going to do what she wants to do. She then runs across the street in traffic. Caleb later finds Ivy at the beach while it’s dark and stormy. Ivy tells him she’s going to go surf and Caleb tries to stop her. Ivy tells him he has no idea what she’s going through and then switches the subject to him & Annie. After that, Ivy goes surfing.Ivy is greeted at the door by a person from Social Services. The woman gives her a warrant issued by Caleb describing her as a danger to herself.In 'Tis Pity We first see Naomi, Annie, & Silver coming by the hospital to visit Ivy. Annie tries to tell her that Caleb was just worried about her. Ivy tells them that no one gets or understands what she’s going through, and tells them to leave her alone. Later, Diego goes to visit her and tells her to cooperate so her doctors will sign her release papers, and Ivy tells him that’s not going to happen. Diego then shows her a key card and tells her they’re going to break out. After they cruise the boardwalk, Diego tells Ivy to express her feelings and spray paints a mural for Raj and apologizes to Diego for not calling him. A cop car then shows up Diego admits to Ivy that he’s an illegal immigrant and runs away from the cops. Ivy goes looking for Diego at the skate park and comes up empty. A guy there tells her that if she really cared, she’d never see him again. Ivy tells Annie that if Caleb hadn’t of called her in, Diego wouldn’t be hiding from the cops right now. Later, Annie tells Ivy that she sent Diego to Naomi’s boat to keep him safe. Ivy goes to see Diego and the two share an intimate time together. Later, Ivy talks to him about moving away and coming with him. Diego tells her she can’t, and then Ivy tells him that she loves him. later Ivy & Diego show up at the same church Annie & Caleb are at. Diego tells them he wants to take sanctuary in the church. While Diego’s in church, a woman goes over his options with him and tells him he basically has none. One of the options is holding a rally, so Annie does that. The other option is starting a petition so the senator might able to get him a green card. During the rally, Ivy tells Diego they couldn’t get enough signatures, but it’s better than nothing. Diego tells her that his case wasn’t unique enough to get the senator’s attention, so he’s going to turn himself in. Ivy says they could get married, but he says he’s not going to let her do that again. Ivy and Diego then kiss each other goodbye. After a think session at Max’s wedding, Ivy leaves to the airport to catch a one-way trip to Mexico City to find Diego. Ultimately, which thus ends Ivy Sullivan's (Gillian Zinser) run on the series 90210.
RelationshipsEditseason 2, when she first met Liam, the two got in a fight when they have a car accident. They later reconcile at a Halloween Party and start to be friends. She started to develop feelings for him, but she was desperate when he only sees a good friend in her and will tries to catch his attention. Teddy sees that she has a crush on Liam but she will not admit it.
After a party, at Liam's basement, the two kiss and start a discreet love story, Ivy helps him overcome his nemesis, Jen Clark. Liam eventually asks her to a dance, but it soon becomes apparent that has his eyes set on fellow student Naomi Clark. Ivy then decides it is best for her and Liam to merely be friends, assisting him in his pursuit of Naomi by texting her to go and see Liam.
Naomi and Ivy try to form a friendly relationship of their own which proves difficult when they don't share the same interests at all. The two girls get in a fight on the beach and start to hate each other. After losing Liam for good, Ivy is comforted by her mom. At some point Liam told her that he and she will never be together again which ended their "relationship". They still are friends.Season 2,when the two felt left out,she started fake dating. They kiss to prove to Naomi that they are really dating. Dixon develops some feelings for Ivy but she wanted to break up as she thought she still has a chance with Liam. Then later in the episode Ivy decides to give Dixon a shot and go on a real date with him. Now that Ivy knows that she and Liam will never be, she is able to move on. With Dixon's gambling issues their first date is catastrophic and Ivy begins to ask herself if Dixon is really the guy for her. Their relationship recovers when Dixon is invited to Australia in the episode before the end of Season 2.
In Season 3, when Ivy came back with Oscar, he became jealous. Dixon asked Ivy why she never opens up to him, when he told her about his family problems and his past. She decides to trust him and tells him about her estranged father.
She also tells him that she is a virgin. After a romantic date, she decides to lose her virginity to him, but their plans are put on hold when Sasha returns with bad news for Dixon. He learns that she is HIV positive and he might have it. He decides to push Ivy away and he breaks up with her. Finding out he doesn't have HIV, Dixon tells Ivy the news, and she is shocked. Dixon then discovered that Ivy slept with Oscar so he dumped her again. When Ivy got into an accident while surfing and Dixon saves her life. She asked him out, but he turned her down, saying he was still hurt after finding out about her and Oscar.Season 3, when Ivy came back from Australia, she brought an old friend, Oscar. Dixon asks Ivy why she never opens up to him, when he tells her about his family problems and his past. She decides to trust him and tells him about her estranged father. She also tells him that she is a virgin. After being dumped by Dixon in episode 5, feeling hurt and confused, she loses her virginity to Oscar. Later on, she received shocking news when she found out Oscar was also sleeping with her mother Laurel, and that it was all a plan to get back at them for ruining his family. When Oscar tried to go out with Naomi, Naomi and Ivy made a plan to put Oscar on total embarrassment in front of everyone at a party by stealing his clothes when he went skinny dipping. season three, Ivy marries Raj shortly after her graduation from high school.In season 4, Naomi bought a place with a guesthouse so the newlyweds moved in. But towards the end of season 4 Raj dies of leukeimia.
A photography teacher at CU. Nick encourages Ivy to go to New Guinea and they have a good relationship until he goes to Afghanistan.
Currently dating. They met and he taught her about street art. They were then busted by the cops and since Diego was an illegal immigrant, he was going to be deported back to Mexico. Ivy tried to raise money to keep him in the states, but she failed and he was sent packing. He then immediately flew to Mexico. At Max and Maddison's Wedding in the season 4 finale, Ivy realized that she couldn't live without him and the last we saw was her buying a plane ticket to Mexico to be with Diego.
- Ivy was the only female main character in the series, that has not shown nudity in public.
- She was the first character in the series to loose a loved one. The second is Annie.
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