- „I don't want to be gay. I'm supposed to be a tennis star.”
- —Teddy Montgomery[src]
It`s revealed that the one who found the body in the first season finale was Teddy after´he was coming from a tennis practice he found Joe Herman lying on the ground and calls for help but he was already dead.
Season 2EditTeddy is Adrianna Tate-Duncan's ex and when he comes back to town, she dumps her current boyfriend, Navid Shirazi, to be with him. But Teddy reveals that he doesn't want to be tied down. Later Teddy grows close to Silver when she is struggling with her mother having cancer. Teddy tells her that his mother died of breast cancer. Later Teddy develops feelings for Silver. He asks her to the Winter Wonderland Dance, but is turned down by Silver who says he's a player. He makes a video and shows it to the entire school, explaining how he only wants to date Silver. After he's asking her to the dance again, and is once again turned down. He eventually gets Silver to dance with him at the Winter Wonderland event, as friends. He kisses her, but she is shocked and walks away. Later Silver sees him hugging another girl, in the presence of Dixon. When later asking Dixon about it, he leads her to believe that Teddy is still a player, not telling her that in fact the other girl was Teddy's sister. Dixon kisses Silver, and Teddy spots them when leaving the party and is left heartbroken. In the next episode Silver tells Dixon the kiss was a mistake, and Dixon says he agrees (when really he does not). Silver is then trying to talk to Teddy but he then tells her she was right all along about him, being a player and not being able to stay with one girl at the time. A few episodes later Teddy's sister walks up to Silver and Dixon having lunch and tells Silver how she thinks it's too bad that she didn't give Teddy a chance. Silver then learns that the girl is Teddy's sister, and Dixon knew all along. Silver later tells Teddy she really likes him, but doesn't know if she can trust him. A few episodes later this is still the case, but she wants to give him a chance. After dating for a while, she's still suspicious about Teddy seeing other girls, and after advice from Naomi, asks another girl to shadow him while he's meeting another girl. The girl shadowing Teddy finds out Teddy tells the other girl he's seeing Silver right away and that it's serious. Silver immediately regrets not trusting Teddy and confesses to him later, telling him she knows she can trust him now. Teddy tells her that's great, but that now he doesn't know if he can trust her. Later on, they end up getting closer to each other and rekindle their trust for each other. The two have fallen completely in love but Teddy's father is reluctant to the idea of Teddy having a serious relationship saying it distracts him from his tennis. When Teddy's father bribes Silver to break up with Teddy , Silver declines but breaks up with Teddy anyway. In the last episode of season 2 Silver allows Teddy to make the decision on whether they should stay together and the two get back together.
Season 3EditIn the season 3 première, he suffers an injury to his leg from a falling bookcase during the earthquake and while it doesn't seem serious at first, he later learns that his tennis career is over and treats Silver badly and shows up drunk to the senior party. He later walks in a Naomi doing a striptease while drunk and kicks the guys out to prevent her from doing something stupid. While reprimanding her, Silver walks in seeing Naomi in her underwear with Teddy and she leaves in tears. They later reconcile but fight soon after Teddy gets drunk and lies to Silver about it, who has bad memories of drinking due to her mothers alcoholism. Teddy wakes up the next morning and starts vomiting. It is later revealed that Teddy had hooked up with another male student from his school named Ian (played by Kyle Riabko), who says not to worry and that he will not tell anyone they hooked up. This only agitates Teddy who later on calls Ian a faggot, during a rehearsal for Silvers breast cancer benefit, which alarms Silver and causes her to storm off upset with him. On the night of the benefit he attempts to apologize to Silver who in return tells him that it is over between them, after she leaves he runs into Ian and gets angry and tells Ian to stay away from him. Ian replies saying that he doesn't want to be around Teddy either and that just because he can't accept himself he shouldn't take it out on him. This causes Teddy to attack Ian and fight between the two erupts. The fight is broken up by Mr. Matthews and they are both given detention for failing to explain the reason for the fight.
In the 5th episode of season 3, Ian and Teddy are shown in detention. The school principal comes in and informs them that the school is short on janitors. So she offers them manual labour, which will shorten their detention. The two agree to do it. Later, they go to the roof to clean up, even though they are not allowed to do so. While on the roof, part of the edge breaks off, causing Ian to almost fall off, only to be saved by Teddy. The two reconcile, with Teddy apologizing for calling Ian a faggot. Ian replies, saying it's okay. He knows how Teddy feels and what he is going through. He went through the same thing and if Teddy needed anybody to talk, he should come to him. Teddy storms off saying "There's nothing to talk about." At the end of the episode, Teddy is shown making out with a female student. They are about to have sex, when she notices that Teddy isn't erect. He then makes up the excuse that she just wasn't hot enough and gets out of the bed to put his shirt back on.In episode 9, Teddy is slowly starting to accept his sexuality and visits a gay bar alone. But he loses his wallet and is forced to ask Ian for help. Teddy begins to trust Ian more, and sees Ian as an inspiration. It is revealed that Teddy has had "confused" feelings for years but has been trying to ignore these feelings. This brings Teddy and Ian slightly closer as friends, a lot because Ian is the only one Teddy can confide in about his homosexuality. In episode 10, at the beach luau, Teddy sees Ian with another guy and begins to feel jealous. Silver, upset about Navid with Adrianna, kisses Teddy. Teddy does not reciprocate her feelings and tells her there is someone else. He admits his feelings for Ian, by kissing him and starting their relationship. In episode 11, Teddy wants to continue seeing Ian but Ian doesn't want their relationship to be a secret. Teddy isn't ready to come out yet, and Ian at first can't accept that. But at Adrianna's party, Teddy finally admits to Ian he is gay but just isn't that ready to come out to everyone yet but one day he will be but Ian needs to give him some time. He tells Ian that he really likes Ian and wants to be with him. Ian finally agrees, they kiss and start their relationship, unaware Dixon sees them kissing.
Teddy later finds an envelop in his locker with a note demanding $50,000 or they will reveal his secret and a picture of Teddy and Ian kisses. In "All About a Boy" (3.14) Teddy finally comes out to his friends at Guru Sona's party following pushes from Ian and support from Silver. His friends, although slightly uncomfortable, all support him. After the party while Ian and Teddy are celebrating, Ian mentions the blackmail being in his locker, something Teddy never told him. Teddy realizes it was Ian all along and breaks up with him.
Teddy is then forced to face the rest of his coming out process alone. He faces some measure of hostility, but has support from Silver. In "Revenge with the Nerd" (3.15) she takes him up onto the roof to hit tennis balls, something he did with her the previous year when she was dealing with her mother's cancer. However he accidentally hits someone, when he goes to apologize he accidentally outs himself to Marco, a soccer player for West Bev. Marco however gives him his phone number and tells him to call.
Silver later talks to the rest of the guys and in "It's High Time" (3.16) Liam, Dixon, and Navid take Teddy to a gay bar as a sign of support. Teddy feels immediately uncomfortable as does Liam, who freaks out when a guy hits on him and runs out. Navid and Dixon are able to enjoy themselves, while Teddy leaves and following a heart-to-heart with Liam, feels much better.In "The Enchanted Donkey" while on vacation in Mexico Teddy runs into Tripp Willenson his former room mate and friend from Exeter Prep School. While Teddy is glad to see him, he admits to Silver that Tripp was the first guy he had feelings for and the reason he left Exeter. He also isn't looking forward to having to pretend to be straight. That night over beers the two are talking, most notably about Teddy's reputation as a player. Teddy confesses to Tripp that he's actually gay, and in response Tripp kisses him, revealing that he is as well. The two hook up but the next day Teddy meets Will, Tripp's boyfriend, with whom he shares a very open relationship.
Seeing how Tripp is still a player Teddy realizes he wants more then just to hook up, and when he returns to LA he calls Marco.
Season 4EditIn the season premiere, Teddy reveals he had split up with his boyfriend; Marco Salazar over the summer for unknown reasons. He decides to spend his final days of summer with Silver, Naomi, Annie, Navid and Dixon. As college begins for most of the group, Teddy decides to take his outing to the next level by coming out to his father. Teddy leaves Beverly Hills for Barcelona, and leaves a voicemail for his Father revealing he is gay. He quickly hangs up the phone as the plane descends. Weeks later, Teddy returns to Beverly Hills. He tells Silver that his father never returned his call, nor the several after that. However, his aunt and uncle are revealed to be more accepting of Teddy than his father. Teddy also mentions of having a fling with another man while in Barcelona. Their relationship is then cut short after they both have to return back home. While attending CU, Teddy bumps into the same man from Barcelona, whose name is later revealed to be Shane. Shane reveals he is working for a congressional candidate; Marissa, who happens to be running against Teddy's uncle in the election. Shane rules out Teddy's uncle as a homophobe, and tells him they can never be together if Teddy support's his uncle in the campaign. However, Teddy tells Shane he will not stop supporting his uncle, because he is the only one in his family who accepted him. Shane and Teddy later reconcile and decide to join Naomi and the rest of the gang on a trip to Las Vegas While in Vegas, Teddy realizes how different his life has become and how he will never meet society's expectations, making him depressed. After a night of drinking, Silver manages to convince Teddy to marry Shane. Teddy agrees and the two are married, however there is no official marriage license. Silver also manages to capture their entire wedding on video and accidentally sends it to her candidate; Marissa Harris-Young who then releases the tape to the media in order to cause troubles for her opponent in the election. When Silver notices the news story showing footage of Teddy and Shane's wedding on TV, Teddy automatically blames Shane over the leaked footage and ends their relationship, leaving Shane and Silver bemused. Teddy's Uncle faces a backlash over the video and Marissa subsequently wins the election. Silver later realizes that she accidentally sent the footage to the Campaign Office and confronts Marissa at the election results where Marissa admits that she leaked the video but only to help her win the election. Teddy and Liam get arrested after breaking into a racetrack and driving the cars. Teddy is released on bail and calls Silver to pick him up, where he reveals that his family won't speak to him and he's lost everything that mattered to him except Silver. Silver is overcome with guilt over the leaked video and confesses to Teddy and begs for his forgiveness but Teddy is devastated and says he can't forgive her. A couple of weeks pass and Teddy still hasn't spoken to Silver. He calls her and asks her to meet him where he tells her that he's decided to leave town for good and has got a job as a Tennis Coach in London. Later on, Shane arrives to say goodbye where he reveals that he is leaving Beverly Hills and is going back to Washington to finish college. Shane tells Teddy that running away won't solve his problems and that his friends really care about him and so does he. The next day Teddy joins Liam, Navid, Dixon and Ivy for a game of beach volleyball where Ivy gives Teddy some tough love, telling him to get over himself and realize that it's not all about him. At Naomi's Fashion Show, he takes Ivy's advice and makes amends with Silver, apologizing for his behavior and acknowledging that the video leak was a stupid mistake. On his last day, Teddy bids farewell to everyone at Naomi's mansion, before Silver's drives him to the airport. In the car, Teddy leaves a voicemail for his Uncle saying that he's sorry about the video but he won't apologize for being himself. He also tells his Uncle to let his Dad know that he is finally happy. In a final twist, Silver drives past the airport and instead they arrive at Shane's house. In the end Teddy declines the job in London and decides to move to Washington with Shane. Teddy and Silver share an emotional farewell and Silver says goodbye to Teddy and Shane one last time and they drive off into the sunset together in the Season Finale Teddy sitting with Silver and she asks Teddy to have a baby with her. She tells him she shouldn’t have picked between Navid & Liam, and that she wanted the father of her baby to be someone who will always be in her life. and she chooses him because they have been through a lot together.
Back from the season four left offTeddy tells Silver he’s flattered and confused about her baby request. Silver tells him she’s not ready to choose between Navid & Liam, and that she really only wants Teddy to provide his sperm . Teddy tells her he’s not ready and he needs to think about it. Later, Teddy tells Navid & Liam about his & Silver’s bug decision. They were not happy about it. Later, Teddy tells Navid & Liam that he’s going to make a baby with Silver. With Dixon’s car crash fresh in his mind, he tells the two that life is short and Silver needs him. Teddy tells Silver he’ll do it by going to her house and handing her a Christmas card with the words “I’ll do it” written on it.
Teddy and Silver shows up at the sperm bank so Teddy can take care of his side of the deal Teddy mentions that he has to go back to D.C. tomorrow. Later, Silver mentions to Teddy that she’s ovulating that day but she has to wait until next month because of the reception. At the reception, Silver heads down to the cellar to drink her feelings and Teddy comes down to join her. While they’re down there, Silver almost kisses Teddy. It reminds them that they never talked about Teddy’s feelings for her when he was “straight”. Thinking that Teddy never really loved her, Silver leaves. Later, Silver asks him if he ever loved her or if it was a lie. Teddy tells her he was never lying to her, he was lying to himself, and he still loves her.
Appearance and StyleEdit
Teddy is tall and well built, blond with blue eyes and is very athletic. He normally dresses causally but dresses up when the occasion calls for it.
Teddy and Adrianna dated when they were in summer camp, years ago. They've known each other since Adrianna was 8 and she would later lose her virginity to him. When they reconnect, Teddy reveals he again has feelings for her, but she tries to push him away as she is dating Navid. She later admits she too has feelings and in episode 2.06 "Wild Alaskan Salmon" she breaks up with Navid to presue a relationship with Teddy. Teddy however reviles he doesn't want a relationship and Adrianna tries to get Navid back.
Initially Silver rebukes Teddy seeing him as a player, however in episode 2.07 "Unmasked" when he discovers her mother has cancer, he confides in her that his own mother died of three years earlier. They bond over this and Teddy takes her to the roof to hit tennis balls, something he did to work through the pressure.
The eventually begin dating but end up facing opposition from Teddy's father who feels dating is a distraction form tennis and after Teddy refuses to break up with her, he offers Silver $150,000 to break up with him. She doesn't take the money, but ends up breaking up with him because she thinks he's ruining his chances at going pro. They eventually reconcile and continue to date into senior year.
They break up for good when Teddy calls Ian a fag during rehearsals for the dance number for Silver's cancer benefit. Later at the luau she talks to Teddy and kisses him, but there's no spark and she realizes he's into someone else. She eventually puts together that Ian and Teddy are together and confronts Teddy with it, but also with support leading to him coming out to the rest of the group. In episode 4.24, Silver chose Teddy to be the father of her baby.
Ian is Teddy's first boyfriend, they first have a drunken hook up and initially there is a great deal of hostility between them and Teddy calls Ian a fag during rehearsals for Silver's Breast Cancer charity function. Later Ian becomes a sort of confidant for Teddy about being gay and is the first person he actually admits it to. In episode 3.14 "All About a Boy" Teddy eventually comes out to his friends, but then discovers it was Ian who was blackmailing him, and Teddy breaks up with him.
Tripp is Teddy's former roommate from prep school. Tripp was the first guy Teddy had feelings for, causing Teddy to leave prep school. While on vacation in Mexico the two run into each other and reconnect, Teddy admits to Tripp that he's gay and Tripp kisses him, and the two sleep together. The next day Teddy finds out Tripp has a boyfriend, is in an open relationship, and still a player. It makes Teddy realize that he wants more, and calls Marco.
Marco is a student at Malibu Country Day private school and is on the soccer team. Teddy first encounters him when he accidentally hits him with a tennis ball served off the roof of the school with Silver. He goes to apologize and accidentally lets it slip that he's gay. Marco writes his phone number on the tennis ball before giving it back, confirming that he too is gay.
They run into each other again and Marco tells Teddy he's not looking for a hook up. After their trip to Mexico Teddy realizes he isn't either and calls Marco.
The character of Teddy was first introduced in the second season of the show. He was originally supposed to stay as a recurring love interest for Silver, but was later upgraded to series regular for the upcoming third season. Upon first arriving to the show, Donovan revealed "Teddy is a new kid at West Beverly High. He’s been on the East coast at a private school and whatnot. He’s the quintessential all American golden boy. He’s the son of a two time Oscar winning actor. Obviously, he comes from a very rich family but isn’t pretentious at all. He doesn’t have thatpoopoo potential rich kid attitude. He’s very nice, very welcoming. He’s more mature beyond his years because he grew up in an adult environment, grew up around the entertainment industry with his father being an actor and all of that. So he comes into school and there’s a little tension and a little drama created by his presence on the scene. So we’ll see." in an interview. Donovan also revealed he was intimidated by the rest of the cast after they've been working on the show togther for over a year, but later said everyone was welcoming."
For the third season, Teddy had been upgraded to a series regular. Where he would have a brand new storline that would involve Teddy coming out as gay. Donovan exclaimed that he didn't want this story "to be this in-your-face moment for a quick ratings boost." As the 31-year-old actor began to talk to the writers, he began to understand the arc of his character Teddy. "It's true to real life, it's happening at a pace I think it would actually happen and it's going to unfold very realistically, [and be] very heartfelt," he says. Donovan tells TVGuide.com that he expects more outbursts as the tennis jock struggles with understanding who he is. "Everything is so internal. He's battling with himself," Donovan says. "He's creating his own problems and ... there's going to be a lot of external struggles from other people mostly caused by his frustration, his anger, his denial and confusion."
With Teddy's storyline coinciding with the recent focus on bullying and teen suicide, Donovan joined other celebrities in Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project with his PSA. "It's not like teen suicide or bullying is a new problem, but it has come to the forefront and it's been nationally publicized and ... it's been an amazing opportunity to educate people," he says. "There's more layers [this season]," he says."On a show that can tend to be superficial we really dug down into more substance and more crucial issues."
Donovan also revealed that he was honored and flattered that the writers thought he could take such a story and handle it in the way it's being written.
In the beginning, when Teddy was first introduced, his character met with negative reviews from both critics and fans. They felt as if Teddy had no personality and that there really was no reason for him to be on the show. However, this changed dramatically once the third season had begun airing. As people began to see the sensitive and caring side of Teddy as the character grew extremely popular and was well liked by both critics and fans. Many fans praised the writers for choosing Teddy as the character to come out as gay
- How am I supposed to ask someone to be okay about who I am when I'm not? -
"All About a Boy" (3.14)
- I can handle losing tennis. But I can't handle losing you.- "2021 Vision" (3.3)
- Things were so much easier when I knew what my life was going to look like- "Vegas, Maybe?" (4.8)
- It was great seeing you Dad and...I'm gay.-
"Up in Smoke" (4.1)
- Would you dance with me? Marco: Who am I to refuse the king? -
"The Prom Before the Storm" (3.21)
- Teddy I think I'm becoming one of those relationship people. Oh my God, I'm lame.
Silver: You are not lame. You're just a good guy who's ready to get back on the relationship burro.
Teddy:Still a horrible expression. But yeah, I think I am.
Silver: It's really great. To getting back on the burro -"The Enchanted Donkey" (3.18)
- Liam: I guess I'm not comfortable with the whole gay thing.
Teddy Yeah, neither am I "It's High Time" (3.16)
- Teddy: I just got frustrated.
Silver: I get frustrated, too, sometimes, but I don't turn into a homophobic jerk. "The Bachelors" (3.4)
- Teddy like Ivy was introduced as a recurring character in season 2 and became a cast member in season 3.
- Teddy is one of the only three main chararacters from the 90210 franchise to be part of the LGBT communitty. The others are Matt Fielding from Melrose Place and Ella Simms from Melrose Place 2.0.