'90210' recap: The Fame Monster
Relationship dynamics take a much more pleasant turn over at La Casa Nueva. Annie does the requisite meet-and-greet with her Coffee Cutie's friends, including his roommate-slash-ex-girlfriend, who intimidates her with freshman-psych regurgitations about Derrida. Naomi advises Annie that she can skip the intellectual pitter-patter and lock down CC with some hanky-panky. She also advises her to don crotchless panties and edible underwear, but we'll skip that part. Inevitably, Annie embarrasses herself by stripping down in CC's house and walking out into a room full of his roommates, but it ends up endearing her to him. He reveals he got his mysterious scar (the one he shares with Liam) during summers with his drunken, abusive uncle, and the two of them bond in their newfound vulnerability.
Debbie and Matthews also find themselves newly vulnerable since Jen flew the coop. Debbie hires a new nanny, who bails the minute she gets an audition for CSI: Miami, leaving Matthews with a baby and plenty of unsolicited advice from his high school students. Debbie volunteers to take care of Jacques, and Matthews' late-night visit to the Casa to pick up the baby results in a shared dinner and a much-needed sympathy screw for each of them. They both acknowledge how awkward and inappropriate it was after the fact, but I suspect this won't be the end of this little tryst.