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‘BH 90210’ recap: Stalkers, secret best friends and community service

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‘BH 90210’ recap: Stalkers, secret best friends and community service

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“Beverly Hills, 90210” is back! Fox’s new revival, “BH 90210,” brings back the legendary cast to play “heightened versions of themselves.”
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Spoiler alert! The following contains details from “BH 90210” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Pitch.” Read our recap of Episode 1 here

Two episodes into “BH 90210” – a series about the cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” staging a reboot of “90210” – it’s far easier to buy into the heightened world the actors made,  with fake versions of themselves and their invented families. It’s far easier to become invested in the soapy drama and creepy stalkers, too. 

The first episode reunited the gang – Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris and Brian Austin Green (Shannen Doherty will come later) –  at a fan convention and brought up old wounds and new dynamics. 

Now the drama begins, and this week’s episode features a stalker, a question of paternity, two divorces, a courtroom scene and trash-picking community service to keep everyone busy. And, dare I say it, it’s starting to actually be enjoyable for more than just nostalgia The actors are selling their “heightened” characters better, the story is soapier and the “90210” Easter eggs are far more obvious. It’s probably not great TV, but at least it’s good, clean summer fun. 

A new “90210” nightmare kicks off the episode: Jennie walks through the halls of West Beverly High with her bangs and choker as the rest of the cast taunts her. She awakes to her daughter Kyler (Karis Cameron) who’s determined to start a career in acting and resents her mom’s constant refusals.

Jennie and Tori take the reboot idea to Fox executives, who quickly sign on because they assume the entire cast has, too, which leads to panic. But thankfully, they see their former castmates soon enough, at a court appearance after Tori drunkenly stole the dress from the Las Vegas fan convention.

Even after Tori accepts the blame in front of the judge (and is told she owes the creepy owner of the dress $100,000 in damages), they’re all given community service, and they’re not in a great mood when Tori tries to convince them to join her for more “90210.” When she and Jennie float it to Ian, Gabby, Brian and Jason, they all laugh at the idea and immediately say no.

Tori is undeterred and even more motivated to revive the show when her husband insults her skills as a producer. Meanwhile, the idea grows more attractive to the rest of the group. Jason relishes the opportunity to direct. Gabby wants to make Andrea “explore her sexuality” so she can explore her own. Brian wants to get back into acting, with no help from his superstar wife. Ian wants to launch a new brand after his wife cheated on him. And Jennie sees it as an opportunity to show her daughter what acting in Hollywood is really like, and guarantees her a guest spot. 

By the end of the episode, they’re all on board, although their demands and their desire for power within the production are already starting to clash. And, of course, Fox brings in a producer to run the show and it just happens to be Christine Elise, who played notorious “90210” villain Emily Valentine. 

Meanwhile, the drama is ramping up elsewhere. Jason and Jennie reconcile after their disastrous one-night stand in the first episode, but Jason has bigger troubles with his wife, Camille (Vanessa Lachay), who may be pregnant with another man’s baby. Camille also tries to get her lover a job as the new writer on the reboot, and he just happens to be there when Jason’s doctor calls with the news that he’s basically infertile, so he probably couldn’t be the father of Camille’s baby. 

Brian is frustrated that, on his first audition after returning to acting, his pop-star wife Shay (La La Anthony) won him the part by offering to write a song for the film. He turns to his “secret best friend” (this show has no subtlety) Shannen, who is rescuing a sea lion, naturally, but offers wise marital advice. Gabby, meanwhile, came out to Jason and is channeling her confusion about her sexuality into making Andrea queer in the new “90210.” It also seems to give her the courage to come out to her husband, although the scene cuts away before she says anything significant. 

More: Shannen Doherty wouldn’t have done new ‘BH 90210’ series if she was the villain

And, in perhaps the wildest but most fun storyline, the stalker who found Brian’s wallet at the convention is now following him and surveilling his house, and takes a video while he and his wife have an argument. That stalker may also be person who sends all six of the actors mutilated versions of “90210” dolls that they find at the end of the episode.

Or maybe this weird series has found yet another twist or villain. 

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