'Melrose Place' Recap: Please Break Up

When we last left the crazy kids of The Complex, Riley had secured a modeling gig with Ella's client, Anton V, a famous denim designer. It just so happens that Riley's photo shoot -- where she will reluctantly be thrust into the limelight -- coincides with Jonah's meeting with movie producer, Andrew Misher, in which Jonah hopes to get his big Hollywood break.

On Riley's side of things, she meets resistance from the photographer Anton has selected for this shoot. It's Jo Reynolds, of Old Timey Melrose Place fame. She has given up photojournalism in Darfur to become a fashion photog. Way to trade... up? There's a bit of a connection between Jo and Riley as the shoot progresses because Riley is a big fan of Jo's work and understands it, but Jo grows frustrated with Riley's amateurish modeling skills. You and me both, Jo. You and me both. Jo tries everything to get Riley out of her shell, including photographing her topless, but to no avail. When she tries to verbally light a fire under Riley's modeling ass, she goes a little too far by questioning Riley's life choices, namely her engagement to Jonah. Riley storms off the set, but not before Ella reminds her she is walking away from $10,000, the kind of money Jonah kills himself to ever see. Once she makes it back to The Complex, she ends up finding herself consoled by Auggie, who spurns Violet's attempt to get him alone in her apartment in favor of helping Riley instead. That attempt by Violet involved asking for help erecting furniture, by the way. That diabolical, crazy-eyed, ginger orphan. Riles is a mess, but Auggie does his best to make Riley feel all right about everything over tea.


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