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Morning After Report: 90210 Episode 4 'The Bubble'

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(Left) Shenae Grimes as Annie and Jessica Lowndes as Adrianna and (right) Jessica Walter as Tabitha on 90210 on The CW. Photos: Michael Desmond/The CW

Instead of calling this week's 90210 "The Bubble" they should have called it "The Nap" because, frankly, it was a snoozer. Chock full of lots of talk and no action, it left me wondering if the residents of West Beverly Hills got too close to a field of our state flower, the Golden Poppy, and experienced en masse its mildly narcotic properties. Either that or someone in the halls of WBHHS was passing out Xanax.

The episode's many pressing and relevant themes--class consciousness, race relations, broken friendships, generational differences, the inability to make things work with a soulmate, and a family torn apart by adultery--seemed muted this week, lost in an endlessly repeated section of some horrible contemporary musical theatre number and the hypnotic power of Naomi's bad fashion and otherworldly hair. If it weren't for the ultimate payoff of finding out that, yes, there is a God, and He has a name, this 90210 zealot might have given up all faith in network programming. So let's see if we can muddle through and extract some lessons, and get to the big-time baby daddy bubble bursting. It's why we're watching, right? Okay, here goes...

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At the core of this week's 90210 there exists a very serious problem that is being ignored by the residents of West Beverly Hills, and it's a problem that is affecting the community's youth. The problem? The West Beverly Hills school system does not have a program in place for hiring substitutes, which means if one teacher is ill, has an emergency, or needs a day off, the schools are left crippled, flailing, and helpless, and the principal must rely on his personal connections and friendships to solicit help.