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Morning After Report: 90210 Episode 5 'Wide Awake and Dreaming'

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"OMG, I'm totes dreaming, right Silver?" "No, Annie, you're wide awake..." | Photo: Michael Desmond / The CW

Pinch me.

No seriously, pinch me. I think I'm dreaming. First the good people of the CW give the new 90210 the nod for a full season, then they air an episode that is closer to cohesive storytelling than the previous ones. For reals?

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Granted, if you looked up "brilliant television" in the dictionary, last night's 90210 ep "Wide Awake and Dreaming," would not be part of the definition, but it certainly felt like the viewers had to grasp a few less narrative threads, and swallow a bit less--well, you know. But fans and foes alike learned some valuable lessons about life in (West) Beverly Hills this week, as always, which is, of course, the heart of any show aimed at the youth demographic, right?

Guest star Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh, the actress-turned-ad hoc high school musical director, made quite possibly the most keen observation of the evening. She astutely noted that the talented ladies of West Bev's play "Spring Awakening" were so good they "put the pros to shame." Obviously she was talking about hookers, and obviously these ladies were better, because they are from (West) Beverly Hills. At least it's out in the open, and we don't have to wonder why Naomi (Annalynne McCord) et al dress like streetwalkers, they just are. And they're good.