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The fifth and final season of 90210 was announced on May 3, 2012.[2][3] On May 17, 2012, it was announced that the show's fifth season would be moving back to Mondays at 8:00pm Eastern/7:00pm Central followed by the sixth season of Gossip Girl at 9:00pm.[4] The season premiered on October 8, 2012.[5] The fifth season of 90210 follows the group from West Beverly kids as they navigate life after high school. Their journey into adulthood will find them heading in different directions while trying to keep the same closeness that worked so well for them in high school.[6]

90210 (season 5)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22[1]
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseOctober 8, 2012 (2012-10-08) –
May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
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90210 went on its mid-season break on December 10, 2012 and returned on January 21, 2013 at a new time slot of 9:00 pm, one week after The Carrie Diaries' premiere, which took its original time slot of 8:00 pm.[7]

On January 13, 2013, the President of The CW Mark Pedowitz stated that although 90210 does not have a season 6 renewal in place, the show would most likely be back next year (possibly for the final season if it were to be canceled) due to him being a "big believer in giving fans a very satisfactory conclusion" for long-running shows.[8] In spite of this, in late February it was announced that the fifth season would indeed be the final season of the show, with the series finale airing May 13, 2013.[9]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
931"Til Death Do Us Part"Stuart GillardPatti CarrOctober 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)0.94[10]
Picking up immediately where Season 4 left off, Naomi and runaway groom Max plan to elope to Las Vegas which goes terribly wrong when their car breaks down in the middle of the desert and they eventually both land in jail when they hitchhike a ride with a fugitive and armed robber. Meanwhile, Liam is forced to put his bar, The Offshore, up for sale in order to pay off the scheming and greedy Vanessa in order to buy out her $200,000 interest in Liam's movie contract, and sets it on fire. Navid later approaches Liam about becoming his business partner. Teddy is overwhelmed by Silver's request to father her baby. In Las Vegas, Adrianna continues her country music tour with Austin, where she hooks up with a handsome stranger named Taylor (Wes Brown), unaware that Dixon has gotten into a life-threatening car accident and is in a coma back in Los Angeles. Debbie (Lori Loughlin) visits from Paris to see Annie after she tells her about Dixon's condition. After having contacted everyone she knows, Annie finally manages to contact Ade in Las Vegas and gets her to return to Los Angeles to be with an unconscious Dixon, and the two girls decide to move into the beach apartment together.
942"The Sea Change"Bethany RooneyLara OlsenOctober 15, 2012 (2012-10-15)1.06[11]
A couple of weeks after the last episode, Naomi decides to throw a wedding reception when Max's investors continue to pull out of his and Alec's business. After some interesting words from Riley (Riley Smith) in physical therapy, Dixon lashes out at Annie for being too protective of him while worrying that Adrianna sees him differently now that he is in a wheelchair. After being disrespected by Liam and Navid, Silver develops feelings for a supportive Teddy, while awaiting for his answer on whether or not he will have her baby. Adrianna tries to avoid Taylor, who is now Liam and Navid's business partner, but is even more conflicted about her feelings for him when he kisses her. Vanessa blackmails Liam into being with her after she gets her hands on a video of Liam walking away from the fire burning down the Offshore and tells people that they are engaged. Later on, while in a heated argument, Liam accidentally pushes Vanessa off the balcony of their new home to the shore below when Liam returns with 911 on the phone, she has disappeared, leaving her whereabouts unknown.
953"It's All Fun and Games"Cherie NowlanBrian DawsonOctober 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)0.91[12]
Silver is coerced into spending the entire day with Adrianna, doing risk-taking challenges, a carefree adult in their twenties would do after she keeps putting off her insemination appointment. She later has a naked photoshoot, thanks to a suggestion from Naomi, as an effort to conquer her fear and schedules the appointment. While Max is away on business, Naomi does everything in her power to have Alec like her and later, when they soon begin to bond, he kisses her, putting her in a tough position of whether or not to tell Max, not knowing Alec is one step ahead of her. Meanwhile, Annie has a reluctant Dixon meet with a therapy group at CU, when he loses hope at ever walking again and meets Megan (Jessica Parker Kennedy), the daughter of the dead truck driver that caused Dixon's car accident. Riley is forced to intervene to persuade Dixon to deal with his troubles. When a police detective begin questioning Liam about Vanessa's whereabouts, he contemplates telling the truth about the accident and facing serious jail time until he learns that the police have discovered Vanessa's con-artist history and believe that she has simply run off again, leaving Liam relieved.
964"Into the Wild"Hanelle CulpepperChris AtwoodNovember 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)0.85[13]
Naomi plans a romantic getaway with Max, intending to disclose that Alec kissed her, but when Max persuades Naomi to go camping and to perform a trust-building exercise, she freaks out when she's unable to complete it. Max later reveals that Alec told him about his scheme and is upset about the fact that Naomi couldn't even tell him. Silver discovers that the nude pictures from her photo shoot have been posted on the internet, and receives help removing them from Annie's new prospective beau, Colin, but she later regrets taking them down when she discovers how sexy she really can be. Liam enrolls in Lindsey's business law class, but she assumes he's not serious about his education. Liam's new movie costar, Kendall, is harassing him to begin a relationship with her for publicity, so Liam attempts to escape by going camping with Navid and Dixon. When Liam goes missing in the woods, Kendall seizes the opportunity to alert the media to find him. Navid is annoyed at the fact that Dixon is performing at the opening of the Pop Up, due to the fact that Dixon hasn't healed and when he blurts out his feelings, it puts a strain in their friendship. Dixon encourages Adrianna to hire Taylor to create her new music video concept. After Taylor dares Adrianna to show him how sexy she can be, she realizes that she has feeling for him.
975"Hate 2 Love"Sanaa HamriMike Chessler & Chris AlberghiniNovember 12, 2012 (2012-11-12)1.16[14]
As Dixon continues to recuperate while receiving strange back pains, Adrianna confides in Annie that she and Dixon are having intimacy issues. Frustrated with Dixon's dedication to his career at the re-opening of Navid and Liam's new nightclub, the Pop Up, Adrianna goes to re-consummate her relationship with Taylor. Navid hopes to show Silver how successful he's become with the launch of the Pop Up, but he becomes suspicious that Silver and Liam are seeing each other. Elsewhere, Silver continues her secret profession of burlesque dancing as an outlet for her emotions. Lindsey comes to the opening event to discuss Liam's business plan, and their animosity gives way to passion. Meanwhile, Navid confiscates a attendee's phone and discovers a video of Lindsey and Liam having sex. Annie grows closer to Colin, but Riley suspects that Colin isn't who he appears to be. Colin discovers that Alec installed a GPS tracking app on Naomi's phone so he can track her whereabouts, but Colin recon-figures her phone so she can secretly read Alec's emails, which exposes Alec's efforts to sabotage Max's relationships. Naomi brings Max's former fiancee, Madison, to try to get her to reveal that Alec tried to destroy her own engagement with Max and in the process show Max the type of person, Alec really is, but it doesn't go according to plan when Max reveals someone hacked into their computers and stole their software. Colin is later revealed to indeed be the criminal and computer hacker who has gotten close to Annie for the sole purpose to get access to Max and Alec's computer to hack and steal their business ideas.
986"The Con"Harry SinclairTerrence ColiNovember 19, 2012 (2012-11-19)0.78[15]
Liam attempts to get Silver to give Navid a second chance after she sees that he has become a douche. Meanwhile, Liam and Lindsey keep their relationship under wraps, but when Navid's jealous streak gets the best of him, he arranges for Liam and Lindsey's sex tape to be shown in place of a sneak peek of Liam's new movie at Phenomi-com in Santa Barbara that is then distributed on the Internet ending their relationship and Lindsey's teaching career. When Liam and Silver realize Navid leaked it, they both cut ties with him for good. Riley admits his feelings to Annie, but Annie's more interested in giving her relationship with Colin a chance. Meanwhile, Max tries to figure out how his company's video game technology got hacked, so Naomi and Alec work together to demo the video game at Phenomi-con despite both of them not trusting each other and both of them equally unaware that Colin is the real culprit behind the hacking. When everyone finds out that it was Colin all along, Annie is upset about choosing the wrong guy yet again but happy at the prospect of starting something with Riley. Later on, the bickering with Alec becomes too much for Naomi, so she finally makes Max choose between them, in which Max chooses Naomi and depressingly has Alec resign from the company, which leaves Naomi feeling guilty for ending a friendship. Taylor feels guilty for hooking up with Adrianna, so he tells her to end things with Dixon if she wants to be with him. But before Adrianna can do so, Dixon collapses due to a spinal infection, and Adrianna learns that he stopped taking his pain medication because he was afraid to become addicted to drugs again. In the end, she decides to stay with Dixon.
997"99 Problems"Michael ZinbergWilliam H. BrownNovember 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)0.97[16]
Annie and Riley's relationship suffers when Riley gets upset at the fact that Annie doesn't treat him like her other boyfriends just because he is in a wheelchair, but they later reconcile. Meanwhile, Adrianna finds out that she is performing at the Hollywood Bowl and thinks Dixon is going to propose to her after reading a text message on his phone. She then contemplates revealing that she cheated on him, but she doesn't when Dixon gives her a pair of beautiful diamond earrings and wants her to sign to his future record label. Naomi grows jealous when the replacement for Max's business partner is a hot young woman named Bryce (Amber Stevens) and decides that she should be his partner, but when she realizes that Max is lonely, she gets Bryce the job. Silver is upset at the fact she still isn't pregnant and discovers that she may need surgery; Liam goes crazy after getting a mysterious letter and after punching a paparazzi and getting arrested, his studio sends him a bodyguard, a female cop named Ashley Howard (Natalie Morales), but she later turns out to be an obsessed psychopath when she gets a picture of Liam tattooed on her back.
1008"902–100"Harry SinclairScott WeingerDecember 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)1.00[17]
In the special 100th episode, Naomi wants to get into a West Beverly High Alumni group, who are throwing an alumni event at the high school and does everything in her power to get in, such as donating a building, injuring her opponent in a football game, and throwing an after-party at the Playboy Mansion. When she meets the woman who has been disrupting her events, she finds out that in high school, she bullied the girl because she used to be overweight. She comes to the conclusion that being in the alumni group is not important to her because high school sucked and apologizes to every one of her fellow alumni that she has ever hurt by embarrassing herself. When she returns home, she finds out that Bryce played Max and got him fired from the company once again, hurting their fragile relationship. Teddy returns for the alumni event and tells Silver that Shane broke up with him. Shane shows up and reveals that Teddy has been ignoring him. Teddy tells Silver that he is scared of getting into a serious relationship due to what happened with him and Ian, so Silver decides to show Teddy that it is okay to face your fears by performing her burlesque act in front of everyone. Teddy and Shane decide to continue their relationship but Shane gets mad when he finds out Teddy and Silver are having a baby and tells him that they need to talk. Meanwhile, Dixon is happy when Adrianna signs with his record label until he finds the video of Adrianna kissing Taylor. When he confronts her about it, she tells Dixon that she slept with him. Predictably, Dixson takes the news very badly and breaks up with her. But before she leaves, Dixon tells her that even though they are no longer together, he still owns her due to her signing with his record label and decides to call it: Unfaithful Records, and he also plans on giving her a very hard time. Annie gets a double blast from the past when she sees her ruthless overachieving cousin, Emily, at the event and finds out she is now a successful blogger, making her feel like she is a failure. She also sees her former flame Jasper Herman, who wants to apologize to Liam for what happened between the three of them, two years ago. When Liam continues to get threats about Vanessa, he tells Annie about what happened to Vanessa and the two confront Jasper, who reveals he is now in film school and wants Liam to read his script as a sign of forgiveness, plus Jasper knows nothing about Vanessa. Liam accepts Jasper's offer. Annie decides to start her own blog and writes about her relationship with Patrick. Liam forgives Navid and has him move into the Offshore while Liam moves to a new undetected house. It is revealed at the end of the episode, that Vanessa is indeed alive and enjoying herself, but it is still not made clear if she is the one behind the threats against Liam.
1019"The Things We Do for Love"Matthew DiamondMarjorie DavidDecember 10, 2012 (2012-12-10)1.11[18]
With Max unemployed, Alec returns and offers to help him form a new computer company. Naomi attempts to persuade Bryce to rehire Max at his company after she takes over ownership, but she refuses. Naomi convinces Navid to take a distraught Bryce out for drinks to find out why she betrayed and ousted Max from his company. After a few drinks, Navid learns from the half-drunk Bryce that Alec set up Max's firing. When Naomi confronts Alec, she finds out that he is in love with him. She returns home to find out that Max left to go on a gamer conference in Iceland, which leaves Naomi pondering the fate of her marriage. Annie decides to sign up for a writing program in Scotland for the next two years and gets Riley a tablet as a Christmas present, as a way of telling him which in turn angers him into thinking Annie doesn't want him to go with her because he is in a wheelchair. When Riley sees how overjoyed Annie is about Dixon's recovery, he decides to do an experimental surgery in order to walk again. Elsewhere, Silver is distraught when Teddy refuses to sign over his parental rights and tries to convince her to let him co-parent the baby. After a heart to heart with Naomi about their divorced parents, she decides that she doesn't want Teddy to father the baby. Shane later threatens Silver with a lawsuit. Adrianna wants to reconcile with Dixon after he has been torturing her with work, but he is too consumed by his ego and anger to listen to her or anyone else. Also, Dixon tells Megan that he was in the accident that caused her father's death and instead of getting mad, she kisses him. Meanwhile, Liam receives another blackmail letter about Vanessa's accident, in which the blackmailer demands $500,000. Unsure whom to trust, Liam shows the letter to Annie, who agrees to lend Liam the money to help trap his blackmailer. But when Adrianna tells Ashley that she spotted Vanessa at a beauty salon, Ashley wrongly suspects that Liam is headed for a secret rendezvous with Vanessa and kidnaps him. Annie, who is waiting to catch the blackmailer, finds out that it is Vanessa, who is also looking for him. At the Offshore, they get into an argument about Liam's whereabouts while Liam is gagged and tied in the basement watching them on a screen.
10210"Misery Loves Company"Anton CropperAllen ClaryJanuary 21, 2013 (2013-01-21)0.79[19]
Naomi and Adrianna take a road trip along the California coast to get away from their respective life problems, but more complications set in when their money and clothes, including her wedding ring, get stolen from Naomi's car, which prompts them to venture to a seedy biker bar to find the culprits, where Adrianna hooks up with a good-natured young motorcyclist and Naomi ventures to visit her estranged mother. Meanwhile, Liam finds himself held captive by the deranged Ashley in the basement of Offshore who has plans to take him to Mexico, while Annie and Vanessa learn that Ashley is not who she says she is. Dixon prepares a party at Naomi's house to celebrate the opening of his new recording label. Megan tells Dixon that she feels that he is not over Adrianna due to him continuing to give her a hard time. However, in order to move on, Dixon decides to let go of his anger and not feel anything for Adrianna... and instead continues to burden her with more work. Elsewhere, Silver is still having problems with Teddy about the impregnation when he continues to want to be a part of her baby's life, while she wants to raise her child alone. Silver goes to Teddy's uncle to persuade him to drop his attempts to block her procedure, but when Teddy still will not back down, a row occurs which makes things worse for everyone. In desperation, Silver forges Teddy's signature on the donation form and makes an appointment to have the insemination done immediately. When Annie and Vanessa track Liam down and free him, a physical scuffle with Ashley occurs and Annie ends up getting shot.
10311"We're Not Not In Kansas Anymore"Cherie NowlanLiz PhangJanuary 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)0.78[20]
Annie, now in a coma and fighting for her life during surgery after being wounded, wakes up and finds herself in an alternate reality where she sees what life would be like if she and her family never moved to Beverly Hills. Annie discovers herself working as an actress in a summer stock theater in Kansas and engaged to her old high school boyfriend, Jason. Annie also learns that her parents would have gotten divorced anyway, but Dixon is living in California and is a successful rap star, but to her dismay, no longer keeps in touch with his family and is living a reckless life. Navid happens to be Dixon's manager and right-hand man who tries to keep Dixon under control to protect his image. Meanwhile, Naomi is a working as a real estate agent had she never won her trust fund back from sister, Jen. Naomi later becomes Teddy's girlfriend. Teddy is a successful pro tennis player, but has still never told anyone about his real sexual orientation. Adrianna is a successful actress and Hollywood's "bad girl", having never quit drinking, drugs or partying. Silver is a cynical Internet blog writer who isn't close to anyone and has her own website of writing dirt on celebrities. Liam is revealed to be attending college but has problems with delivering drugs for Dixon as to pay off a debt he owns to his old school rival Ty.
10412"Here Comes Honey Bye Bye"Stuart GillardLiz SczudloFebruary 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)0.79[21]
Naomi and Max seek the help of a marriage counselor, who advises Naomi to work on herself which leads her to plan a toddler's beauty pageant. After going on countless interviews, Max realizes that what he really wants to do with his life is attend a program at MIT. But Naomi doesn't want to move to Massachusetts. Instead of supporting each others dreams, their marriage is standing in the way. So they decide to part ways. Meanwhile, Megan reveals that can't afford to stay at CU for the next semester unless she gets a scholarship. She is too full of pride to accept financial help, and won't work for Dixon in spite if his insistence. So, Dixon goes behind her back and sets up an anonymous scholarship for her. But that plan backfires when Adrianna discovers that it was her hard earned money for Dixon's label that he used to fund the scholarship. Navid attempts to enroll at CU in order to pledge to be tapped by a secret society. Navid also learns that Teddy's embryos are Silver's one and only chance of having a baby, he goes to Teddy and demands that he let Silver have them. Reluctantly, Teddy agrees. But when Silver visits Teddy's lawyer, she realizes that there's a catch. Silver must find a surrogate mother, meaning she can't give birth to her own baby. Liam gets kicked out of a boxing gym because he sparred too violently as he continues to take out his anger and frustration over his kidnapping. Also, Annie learns that Riley is undergoing experimental back surgery in order to walk again. With Dixon's help, Annie rushes to the hospital in the hopes that she can stop him. When she arrives, the surgery is already complete. He seems perfectly healthy until later that night when Annie calls to check on him and learns that he suffered a blood clot in his lung and died.
10513"#realness"Mike ListoChris Alberghini & Mike ChesslerFebruary 11, 2013 (2013-02-11)0.66[22]
Liam is offered a great movie role from a producer, but he has lost all interest in being famous. Still traumatized from being kidnapped by his stalker, he confronts a man sitting in a car outside of his house. The man was only looking for Annie to offer her a book deal about her risquė blog. Annie refuses to publish if it means revealing her identity. The publisher agrees she will remain anonymous. Meanwhile, Naomi and Max wish to divorce so that they can each live their own lives, but they are still in love. Their attraction is renewed when they work together on a charity event at the Hollywood Bowl. Despite Naomi's reticence, Max knows that a divorce is the best course. Trying to impress the Cronos Society, Navid picks up a pretty girl at a bar. They end up having a one-night stand, until Navid learns that the young woman named Michaela (Lyndon Smith), is wanting to be the surrogate mother for Silver and Teddy's baby. Liam is persuaded by Navid to continue to partake in the Cronos Society's illegal bare-knuckle fight club gatherings. Elsewhere, Adrianna, frustrated by Dixon's continuing cruel treatment of her, wishes to get out of her recording contract at any cost, even so far as to shoplift. When that fails, she strips at Naomi and Max's charity event to humiliate herself and Dixon. Unfortunately, Dixon has invited other agents who had agreed to take her as a client if she performed well. Liam, at Annie's suggestion, partakes in a celebrity flag-football tournament at the charity event in order to vent his emotions. After all goes well, Liam is suddenly thrust back into the spotlight. Alienated with producers and talent agents wanting to hire him (reminding him of the greedy and scheming Vanessa) and of the fans wanting his autograph (as with the case of his psychotic stalker Ashley), Liam runs away from it all and returns to the Cronos Society's underground fight club.
10614"Brother From Another Mother"Benny BoomChris AtwoodFebruary 18, 2013 (2013-02-18)0.55[23]
Annie becomes somewhat angry at Naomi whom has tracked down their real biological half-brother Mark (Charlie Weber), a local chef who owns a gourmet food truck and Naomi tries to institute herself into Mark's life by holding a CU Food Truck Cook-Off competition where Wolfgang Puck (guest starring as himself) is judging. Meanwhile, Liam experiences some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder while preparing to testify against Ashley, but he continues to refuse to talk about his feelings or deal with them. Navid falls further into the Cronos society's nefarious doings when he learns that Campbell runs a "cheaters club" in exchanging test answers to finals. Also, Silver becomes more overbearing with her surrogate Michaela whom begins to resent being Silver's pampering. Blacklisted by the music industry, Adrianna is asked to substitute as a lead singer for a band in a Battle of the Bands competition at CU which Annie throws for Dixon who is looking for new fresh talent. Dixon later discovers that Michaela has an amazing singing voice.
10715"Strange Brew"Bethany RooneyBrian DawsonFebruary 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)0.58[24]
Naomi tries to bond more with Mark as she helps him prepare for the opening of their own restaurant, but soon discovers that the preparation and cooking of food is more hectic then she imagined. Dixon persuades Michaela to join his record label as his new talented star and asks her to sing at Naomi and Mark's restaurant grand opening party. Meanwhile, Annie begins having romantic feelings for Liam once again as she continues to ghost write her life story, while at the same time Liam tries to brew his own type of beer which gets a negative reaction from everyone who drinks it. Elsewhere, Navid is asked by Campbell to escort his fiancée around where Navid accidentally discovers that Campbell is using Navid as a shield so he can cheat on her. Also, Silver and Adrianna decide to use Mark's old food truck as a documentary-on-wheels set where they try to interview random people with their life problems.
10816"Life's a Beach"Michael ZinbergBill BrownMarch 4, 2013 (2013-03-04)0.64[25]
Liam decides to open his own custom surfboard shop for women, but things get complicated when he becomes romantically involved with his first investor; a wealthy young woman named Sydney (Melissa Ordway) whom is later revealed to be married. Meanwhile, Naomi tries to convince Mark to stay in Los Angeles after he receives an offer to be head chef at a restaurant in New York, while Annie feels that Naomi is tying Mark down and plots a scheme to make him leave after learning that Mark has a meeting of minds with Adrianna. Elsewhere, Dixon convinces Silver to direct Michaela's first music video before she gets pregnant but they learn that the scheduling date for the video is on the day of Michaela's insemination appointment. Also, Navid tries to land a prestigious marketing job by trying to impress his uptight would-be employer, Brock Page (guest star Adam Kaufman).
10917"Dude, Where's My Husband?"Matthew DiamondLiz PhangMarch 11, 2013 (2013-03-11)0.67[26]
When Naomi is hired by a wealthy client to plan his wedding, Adrianna suggests they take a girls night out to forget their life problems which takes a sudden turn when (in a homage to Dude where's my car? and The Hangover), Naomi wakes up the next day at her house with no memory of the night before and wearing a wedding dress. Naomi teams up with Adrianna (who now has blond streaks in her hair) and with Silver to retrace the events of the evening before as well as to look for a missing Annie. Silver breaks the pact she made with Adriana and sleeps with Mark. Meanwhile, Dixon (at Mark's suggestion) hooks up with a bar girl to move on only to find out he has feelings for Michaela, as they spend more time together. Elsewhere, Liam secretly discovers that Campbell (whom is the stepson of Sydney) is plotting to frame Navid for the Cronos Society's cheating scam and he decides to socialize with the Cronos group to get close to them in order to find a way to clear Navid's name. At the end, Silver tells Adriana that she slept with Mark the night before. Adriana tells Silver she okay with it, but she really is not.
11018"A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Call Girl"Bethany RooneyScott WeingerApril 15, 2013 (2013-04-15)0.55[27]
Jordan (Robbie Jones) asks Naomi to plan a launch party for the latest hot writer, known as Author X, which forces Annie to admit her identity. Annie, and Silver is watching about Boston Marathon Bombings by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev brothers denated the bombs in the Boston Marathon Finishline in the ABC News in the Boston, Massachusetts on TV. Silver worries that Adrianna is not okay that she is dating Mark (Charlie Weber). Meanwhile, Dixon finds out that Michaela (Lyndon Smith) has feelings for Navid.
11119"The Empire State Strikes Back"Stuart GillardScott WeingerApril 22, 2013 (2013-04-22)0.49[28]
Liam and Navid, in an effort to get teenage pro-surfer Cassie (Marie Avgeropoulos) to be their first sponsored athlete, ask her favorite musician Olly Murs to do a special performance. Meanwhile, Naomi travels to New York to make a good impression on Jordan's stern and judgmental mother, Cheryl (Robin Givens), with disastrous consequences. Annie tags along to New York to come out as the author of her best-selling novel about her life, but her old flame/client, Patrick, shows up and threatens her not to reveal her identity. Dixon learns about Annie's predicament and after confronting Patrick about his threats, he persuades Annie to tell the truth.Annie and Silver watched Boston Marathon Bombings by FBI captured by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the boat and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went in the prison. Also, Silver goes to New York to follow Mark whom tries to launch his own restaurant. Elsewhere, Navid and Adrianna decide to keep their one-night stand a secret.
11220"You Can't Win Em All"Michael ZinbergPatti CarrApril 29, 2013 (2013-04-29)0.55[29]
When Mark gets arrested for drug possession, Naomi calls on Jordan for help in which he calls in a favor from his mother. But Cheryl's one condition is that Jordan must end things with Naomi. Meanwhile, Annie must deal with Liam's growing anger stemming after the fallout of Liam being in her book is made public. Michaela catches Navid and Adrianna during an intimate moment.
11321"Scandal Royale"David WarrenTerrence Coli & Paul SciarrottaMay 6, 2013 (2013-05-06)0.60[30]
Naomi helps Jordan's sister out of a messy situation, and in turn makes a deal with his mom. Teddy comes back, after Dixon phones him to tell him that Michela has gone missing, when they eventually find her she announces that she has had a miscarriage. Liam asks Annie to buy the Off Shore off him, so that he can leave to Australia with Sidney. Later Adrianna performs on stage after a performance from Fall Out Boy, but the night ends in disaster.
11422"We All Fall Down"Harry SinclairLara OlsenMay 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)0.51[31]
Adrianna is stuck on the stage after an explosion so Navid decides to go and rescue her by himself but ends up in trouble after finding that her foot is trapped. Silver receives a phone call from her doctor who tells her she has cancer. Dixon shows his support and tells her she has to fight it. Naomi hosts a charity event, inviting Goo Goo Dolls. After a meeting with Jordan's mother, Naomi and Jordan are finally getting back together. Liam is having mixed feelings as he still feels something for Annie and met FBI Agent Marcus but is not ready to move on. After confiding in Sydney, she tells him to read Annie's book and think about it. In the end as Annie joins Naomi and Jordan to go to Washington, Liam finds Jordan's plane and stops it with his motorcycle. The show comes to an end with Liam proposing to Annie and Michael as she accepts and Naomi spreads the word to the rest of the gang.


Season 5 main cast members from left to right, Navid, Silver, Adrianna, Dixon, Annie, Naomi, Liam.

On June 30, 2012, The CW released the first promotional ad for the fifth season. However, no new scenes featured in the 30 second ad, but rather recapped the final episode of season four. On August 23 at the 90210 launch party for season five, a new 30 second ad was released, showing brand new scenes of the upcoming season, including Justin Deeley's scenes.[32] The CW then released another brand new promo for the fifth season on 11 of September, featuring more new scenes form the upcoming premiere, and brand new graphics for the shows promotional campaigns.[33] On September 27, 2012, the cast and crew celebrated their 100th episode in Manhattan Beach, California.[34]

Cast and charactersEdit

On May 22, 2012, Gillian Zinser's exit from the series was announced on TV Line.[35] However, it was reported that Zinser will make guest appearances, although it's unclear for how many episodes. In spite of that news she never guest starred in the final season.[36] On June 22, 2012, Riley Smith's casting as a romantic interest for Annie was announced.[37] Arielle Kebbel is due back for at least a few episodes and Josh Zuckerman, who plays Max, is returning in a recurring role.[38] Trevor Donovan will return in a recurring role as Teddy Montgomery for at least the three episodes of the season, including the 100th episode.[39][40] On July 6, 2012, Justin Deeley's exit from the show was announced after he was written out of the season premiere, although a rep says the "door is still open for him to reappear in future episodes."[41] Adam Gregory reprises his role of Ty Collins in the special "what if" episode set to air in late January marking his comeback to the show after four seasons.[42] On July 9, 2012, it was announced that Carly Rae Jepsen would guest star as herself in the season premiere.[43] On July 11, 2012, Wes Brown and Trai Byers were announced to play the roles of Taylor, a club promoter, and Alec, Max's business partner, both in recurring roles.[44] On July 18, 2012 Lori Loughlin was announced to return as Debbie Wilson for the season premiere.[45] On August 1, 2012, it was announced that Lindsey McKeon would play Suzanne in a recurring role,[46] as well as rapper Sam Adams to guest star as himself in an October episode.[47] Jessica Parker Kennedy was cast in the recurring role of Megan, "a girl next door who tells her story in group therapy."[48] On August 3, 2012, it was announced Jason Thompson would guest star as Eugene Thompsen.[49] On August 14, 2012, it was announced that Olympics swimmer Ryan Lochte would guest star as himself.[50] On August 22, 2012, it was revealed that Carmen Electra would appear as a recurring guest star, in an episode set to air in November, and will return again in the 100th episode later on in the season.[51] On August 23, 2012, E! Online reported that Nelly Furtado would be make a guest appearance as herself. It was also reported that she would be performing a new song from her upcoming album.[52] On August 24, 2012, it was announced that Denise Richards would have a cameo in the 100th episode as wealthy socialite Gwen.[53] On 8 September 2012, Zap2it announced that Amber Stevens would guest star as Bryce, an attractive and highly intelligent applicant to work at Max's company.[54] Stevens will make her debut in November. On September 12, 2012, it was revealed that R&B singer Ne-Yo would guest star as himself in an episode scheduled to air in November.[55] On September 17, 2012, it was revealed that former Parks and Recreation's star, Natalie Morales, would play Ashley - a woman who heads up a professional security detail - in a recurring role. She will make her on-screen debut in episode 7.[56] On September 21, 2012, founder and editor-in-chief of, Jared Eng, was announced to have a cameo appearance as himself in an episode due to air in November. On September 25, 2012, TV Guide revealed that British singer Taio Cruz would guest star as himself in the 100th episode due to air in November.[57] On October 4, 2012, TVLine announced that Canadian cult-fave group, Tegan and Sara, would guest stars as themselves in an festive episode due to air in December.[58] On October 6, 2012, Perez Hilton revealed that British pop star Rita Ora would be appearing as herself in an episode due in air in January 2013.[59] On October 15, it was announced that Zachary Ray Sherman and Abbie Cobb will come back for the 100th episode and reprise their role of Jasper and Emily, respectively. This also marks Jasper's comeback after disappearing since the season 2 finale.[60] On October 29, 2012, it was revealed that Glee star Grant Gustin would play Campbell, a charming and good-looking college student from a wealthy and privileged background and would appear in multiple episodes.[61] On November 12, 2012, it was announced that Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block, would guest star in an episode due to air in February 2013, playing an up-and-coming music manager who had some business with Dixon.[62] On November 13, 2012, it was announced that Lyndon Smith would play Michaela, a "free-spirited" and incredibly talented singer who has a connection to one of the regular characters, in a recurring role for six to nine episodes.[63]

On January 16, 2013, it was revealed that Olly Murs would guest star as himself and perform his tracks "Troublemaker" and "Right Place Right Time" in an episode slated to air in April.[64] On February 19, 2013 it was reported that former One Tree Hill and Hellcats star Robbie Jones would appear in the show as a guest star playing Jordan.


90210 opened with 0.94 viewers in its season premiere and scored a 0.4 in the demo. Episode two, however, was up 50 percent to 0.6, while rising 14 percent in total audience by hitting 1.1 million viewers.[65] 90210 was down 10 and 33 percent, only managing 950,000 viewers and 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.[66] However, DVR ratings for episode 3 were up by 75% of three-tenths of a point from the original 0.4 to a 0.7.[67] Though 90210 began to slip in further in viewers (850,000) during episode 4, it managed to remain stable with a 0.4. demo.[68] Episode 5 saw a sharp rise and season high with viewers by reaching 1.16 million, as well as a sharp rise in the demo to a 0.6 up 50% from last week's 0.4[69] Episode 6 hit a .4 in the demo while hitting a series low in viewership with 780,000 viewers. By episode 7, 90210 seemed to have gained some audience back by reaching a .5 in the demo with 1.03 million viewers. Episode 8 stabilized at .5 in the demo but added ten thousand viewers reaching 1.04 million. The mid-season finale saw another rise in the demo garnering a .6 as well as 1.16 million live viewers tuning in. Episode 10 was down two tenths from the mid-season finale with a 0.4 in the demo while managing 790,000 live viewers. This episode also rose two tenths in DVR numbers garnering a 0.6 in the demo. Episode 11 maintained the 0.4 score in the 18-49 demographic but lost a mere ten thousand viewers averaging 780,000 live viewers. Episode 12 held onto the 0.4 demo rating and added 10,000 viewers averaging 790,000 for the night. Episode 13 hit lows in the key demo, sinking to a 0.3 and a low in viewership with 660,000 viewers. The following episode hit another low with a 0.2 in the demo grabbing 550,000 viewers. Episode 15 rose in the ratings reaching 0.3 in the demo and added 8,000 viewers for 558,000. The 18-49 rating remained the same for episode 16 with a 0.3 but rose in viewership to 664,000. The series finale, aired on May 13, 2013, scored 510,000 viewers and 0.2 in the demo 18-49, making it the least-watched finale of a CW show ever (Cult later broke the record a few months later).[70] The retrospective, aired the same day before the finale, scored 570,000 viewers and 0.2 in the demo.[71]


Critical receptionEdit

Zap2it thought that Teddy and Silver having a baby together is a "weird thing to happen, but we're not complaining about anything that means we'll have Trevor Donovan on our TV screens for an undetermined amount of episodes."[72] TV Equals's, Kristen Elizabeth thought that Dixon had become unnecessary; "I just feel like he's superfluous at this point."[73] She also predicted Naomi will sleep with Max's business partner, Alec; "Sorry, it's nothing personal. Girl just has a bad track record."[73]
The Series finale, "We All Fall Down", marks the end of the show with mixed feelings from both critics and fans, and the cast. AnnaLynne McCord took the time to write to the fans on Twitter, and also going on saying, "It was a shocker. We found out via Twitter — that wasn't cool at all."[74] This because of the notice the show was ending late in the shooting of the episode (planned as a Season finale), and the showrunners had little time to re-elaborate the storylines. Particularly, the un-satisfying ending for the character of Silver led to a serious backlash from fans and critics for the little resolution of the character after losing the baby and getting the news of cancer right in the middle of the episode. This was because Jessica Stroup already shot the entire Silver's act, with the writers unable to re-write her story. Later, Lara Olsen, showrunner for the final two years of the show, explained that "in a perfect world, we wanted Silver to find out Michaela lost her baby [...], then that she was pregnant with Mark's baby, and not with cancer."[75] The same fate goes for AnnaLynne McCord's character, Naomi Clark. The actress, disappointed with how the series was ending for the character she portrayed for five seasons, decided to shoot her own ending as a thank you to the fans posting the video on YouTube a few minutes after the finale was aired.[76] Matt Lanter (Liam), also speculated on the hypothetical and final sixth season that was promised but never got, saying that "we had a whole different [season finale] planned. We aged our characters five years in the potential sixth season. Liam had just gotten out of jail, and Naomi was on a private jet flying back to pick him up. She got him out of jail and said, "Officer, I'm here to pick up my husband, Liam Court," and I walked up to her and said something like, "Hello, Mrs. Court" and it actually ended right there."[77]

Critics also reviewed negatively the writing of the past two seasons, particularly, The A.V. Club noted how the tone of the series shifted in the final two seasons (with the transition from showrunner Rebecca Sinclair at the end of season 3 to Patti Carr and Lara Olsen), saying "The first few seasons had fitfully entertaining moments—Annie's hit-and-run homicide, Teddy's coming out story, and Adrianna's descent into absolute narcissism and madness were standouts—and the third season chronicling the characters' senior year was actually a highly enjoyable lark, as the show finally figured out it could have a little bit of fun amid the constant misery. But then the cast graduated, and that's when everything just went to hell." It went on criticizing the lack of resolution for Silver, adding: "[Her] quest to have a child before she is stricken by the breast cancer that's inevitably coming to kill her (I know), was the one thing that wasn't wrapped up at all. Silver's surrogate lost her baby last week, which is tragic, and in the finale, she learns that on top of that, her potential cancer has turned into a full-blown malignancy. Will Silver die? Who knows, because there just isn't time to find out. The majority of the finale dealt with giving anyone who wasn't Silver a happy ending, which is nice fan service but not all that interesting." They also questioned if the fan-service reuniting the core couples from previous seasons was a smart move, "I suppose, if you are one of those people who are still shipping yourself with whomever you had a crush on in high school. More egregiously, the finale acts like Annie and Liam is the ultimate endgame for the show, the couple fans are most interested in, to which I say "Really?" Are people so invested in this couple who haven't spent significant time dating since season three? Are they so invested that the big ending of Liam chasing down a plane with his motorcycle in order to propose to Annie is how they wanted this to finish up?"[78] On TVFanatic and Zap2it were more positive about it, noting the writers didn't have time to wrap things up.[79][80]

DVD releaseEdit

The DVD release of season five was released after the season has completed broadcast on television. It has been released in Regions 1, 2 and 4. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material such as deleted scenes, gag reels and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

90210: The Final Season
Set details Special features
  • 22 episodes
  • 990 minutes (Region 1); 870 minutes (Region 2); 877 (Region 4)
  • 5-disc set
  • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles:
    • English, Spanish and Portuguese (Region 1)
    • English, Arabic, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, English For The Hearing Impaired (Regions 2 and 4)
  • Audio commentaries:

- Commentary on the 100th episode 902-100 Featuring cast members: Jessica Stroup, Matt Lanter, Tristan Wilds, Michael Steger and Scott Weinger.

  • Set Tours:

- Silver's Apartment - Offshore Renovated

  • Casting 90210
  • Script to Screen: Creating an Episode
  • Season in Review: The Last Chapter
  • 90210 4EVER Retrospective
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
Release dates
  United States   United Kingdom   Australia
October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)[81] October 14, 2013 (2013-10-14)[82] March 5, 2014 (2014-03-05)[83]

References to other worksEdit

The episode titles reference many other popular works.


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