90210 - Silver Meddle

I hope Jason Priestley and screenwriter Steven Hanna got their technical jollies out in this episode, because it was about 50% writerly self-indulgence, 40% visual flash, 7% useless B-plot and 3% actual plot developments. I do not watch this show for 3%, people.

Silver's reign of crazy carries over from last week, sending all the gang in different directions, with various degrees of awkward interaction. Silver herself heads straight to the train station, convinced that things will all make sense if she can study Dixon's Kansan chemical reactions (something about baking soda?). She encounters a pickpocket with a heart of gold -- or so it would appear. He's actually a concerned citizen who helps all the other self-absorbed ninnies in the Bev Niner make good on their sins by rescuing Silver.

Harry and Debbie spend the episode alternately numb from shock re: Dixon's erect penis and flipping out (mainly Debbie) about how life in the BH fast lane is ruining her children. (And they haven't even met Liam yet!) Dixon, too, is numb. Silver actually calls him at one point, freak flag flying high, and the SOB hangs up! Harsh. Eventually, with the aforementioned concerned citizen's help, the three Wilsons I don't hate find Silver on the tracks and have a good old-fashioned intervention. Dixon seals the deal when he connects the dots between his bipolar mother and Silver's recent "drama queen" behavior. He promises to be there for her as they get help. And he actually will be, because Debbie decides that it would be okay for the family to remain in this zip code for the foreseeable future.

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