When the first episode of BH90210 aired, diehard 90210 fans were overcome with nostalgia from their teen years: Color Me Badd's music, the very '90s fashion, and, well, a simpler time when iPhones didn't rule high school. When creating the show, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth — yep, Donna Martin and Kelly Taylor — were aware that the reboot was a chance to attract a new, younger audience, but still a way to give their core fans the same look and feel of the original series. That's why, as Tori says, they sprinkled in "fan candy" (a.k.a Easter eggs) throughout Fox's six-episode run.
If you're just discovering the wild and wonderful world of Beverly Hills (Welcome!) or are looking for another way to celebrate the good ol' days, check out how the new series references the original — and prepare to take a trip back to the 90s in 3, 2, 1...
Tori spots a "Donna Martin Graduates" t-shirt.
lmao that girl is wearing a donna martin graduates shirt as if that chant isn’t burned into my brain— angela (@buffyxpratts) August 8, 2019
How Donna Martin graduated from West Beverly High remains a mystery, but one thing's for sure: The entire student body let their voices be heard to make sure "Donna Martin Graduates." Eventually, this phrase became a go-to on 90210-inspired merch. So much so, that one of the extras on BH90210 was cast wearing a "Donna Martin Graduates" shirt in "The Reunion" episode — and Tori Spelling couldn't help but point it out. "Look at that. I can't even pay my bills, but that show is cashing in on our faces," she says.
Steve and Andrea attempt to exchange another egg.
During the season 2 episode called "U4EA" in the original series, Steve and Andrea attempt to exchange an egg in hopes of getting into an underground rave. Although they follow Emily Valentine's instructions to a tee, they go the wrong store, making their efforts unsuccessful. In the current show, Andrea jokes that she would "like to exchange this egg" after taking a look at her Peach Pit order.
Color Me Badd's music continues to play.
Nineties R&B group Color Me Badd basically created the original 90210 soundtrack. Remember when they serenaded the girls at the Peach Pit with "I Adore Mi Amore?" Or when the band checked into the Bel Age during season 2, causing mayhem in Beverly Hills? This time around, Donna and David get nostalgic while Color Me Badd roars through the speakers. "Do you remember when we used to make out to this song underneath the bleachers," Donna asked David in a dream sequence during BH90210's first episode.
Brandon and Kelly at the Peach Pit.
Brandon and Kelly happily married and co-owning the Peach Pit is the content I am 100% here for #BH90210— Liv (@stevenrogered) August 8, 2019
BH90210 kicks off right where 90210 left off: the Peach Pit. During a dream sequence at the very start of the reboot, Brandon Walsh and Kelly Taylor own the retro-style diner. The whole gang — Steve, Andrea, Donna, and David — are in their usual spots with megaburgers in hand.
Donna steals her red dress.
Yes, that dress. In "The Pitch," Tori rightfully takes back — okay, steals — her poofy red dress that she wore to the spring dance. "That's my dress," she yells.
Kelly's dream sequence calls out her most memorable scenes.
BH90210's second episode "The Pitch" kicked off with a major '90s flashback: Kelly, black choker and all, running through the halls of West Beverly High. While in a daze, all of the show's main characters approach her with one-liners, which reference key moments throughout the show's tenure:
- A grown-up Donna asks, "Kel! Are you okay? I heard Tara held you at gunpoint!,"which references the sixth season of 90210 where Tara (played by Paige Boss) becomes dangerously obsessive with Kelly.
- Alluding to the time in season 3 that Kelly passed out after taking diet pills, Brandon says: "Are you on diet pills again? We talked about this!"
- Steve ironically warns Kelly to stay away from frat parties, even though she was burned in a fire at a rave that he hosted in season 5: "Hey, if you go to that frat party, you're gonna get burned."
- Following the fire, Kelly nearly joined a cult called The New Evolution — and Andrea wasn't having it. "You have to quit The New Evolution! They're brainwashing you," an older Andrea says.
- David plays "Listen To Your Heart" by Roxette, which is his way of remembering Kelly's iconic "I choose me" moment at the end of season 5.
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