Happy '90210' Day!
Today is a historically significant day, one that literally comes once in a lifetime.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite "90210" moments. Yes, there is a totally biased emphasis on scenes from the early seasons. And no, I am not including segments from the new "90210." Let's not engage in blasphemy on "90210" Day, okay? I'd rather not run the risk of being haunted forever by the ghost of Scott Scanlon.
Brenda and Kelly wear the same dress to the spring dance: This episode was a big deal back in the day because, somewhat controversially, it depicted a pair of teens (Brenda and Dylan) embarking on a sexual relationship. But the main thing I remember about it is the fact that Brenda (the endearingly bitchy Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (preppy-pretty Jennie Garth) wore the same dress, a fact that is more remarkable in retrospect. Both of them thought that a white ribbon splayed across their chests was a good idea?
Brenda pretends to be French: While spending the summer in Paris, Brenda pretended to be French in order to seem more intriguing to Dean Cain. Why Dean Cain ever remotely believed she was French remains an enduring "90210" mystery. Dude, you're Superman (or at least eventually played him on TV). You have X-ray vision and you can't see through that accent?
Donna Martin engages in conflict resolution: When Kelly hooked up with Dylan while Brenda was spending that aforementioned summer romancing Dean Cain in Paris, it led to one of the great love triangles/rom-dramas in early '90s television history, providing fodder for some heated dorm room debate among the
"90210" faithful. (At least it did among the "90210" faithful who gathered every Wednesday in my dorm room to watch the show.) Donna, ever the loyal friend to both girls, tries to mediate the tensions in this scene, which delivers perhaps my favorite exchange in "BH" history.
Kelly: "Well, we have our crosses to bear."
Brenda: "And our legs to uncross."
Color Me Badd shows up at the Peach Pit: This scene is so early '90s, it makes me want to sex something up ... and not necessarily in a good way.
Three words: Donna Martin graduates:
The Baby Boomers have their generational slogans, their "Give peace a chance" and their "Turn on, tune in, drop out." Generation Xers? We have "Donna Martin graduates."
So what's your favorite "90210" moment? And how will you be celebrating this very special "90210" Day? By saying some prayers before your Andrea Zuckerman shrine? Listening to those old cassette tapes of David Silver's West Beverly Hills High radio show? Weigh in with a comment and share.
| September 2, 2010; 6:10 AM ET
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