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Ben dumps Amanda (Heather Lockear) on Melrose Place.

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Riley has made a dangerous enemy in Amanda.

Breaking Up Isn’t So Hard to Do

March 23: Love is in full bloom at Melrose Place as Jonah (Michael Rady) surprises Ella (Katie Cassidy) with a home-cooked meal, David shows up unannounced at the hospital with burgers and fries for Lauren, and Ben (Billy Campbell) puts the moves on Riley during a business trip to Washington D.C. Their kiss makes Riley guilty. Ben, however, makes a beeline for Amanda’s apartment to break up with her. Smelling a rat, Amanda (Heather Locklear) puts a tail on him and fumes when she gets photos of Riley and Ben kissing merely hours after he dumped her designer-clad butt. When Amanda confronts Riley (Jessica Lucas) with the photos, she’s justifiably mortified. Watch your back, Riley!  David (Shaun Sipos) is determined to turn over a new leaf by buying Coal but is short several million dollars of the seller’s asking price. He cases out a diamond ring that he figures will make up for his shortfall. His newest caper comes as a welcome diversion after Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) breaks up with him, giving in to Michael’s blackmail. After Lauren seemingly exits his life, David starts getting attention from L.A.’s blonde bombshells. Amanda, still searching for Sydney’s priceless painting, shows up at his place to return mail mistakenly delivered to her apartment and notices his impressive collection with one piece catching her eye in particular. When Amanda’s henchman later swaps the painting for a copy, she uses paint thinner to uncover what’s underneath but comes up empty… again. David gets caught breaking into the mansion to steal the priceless diamond by a gorgeous, and eager, blonde named Morgan (Melissa Ordway). Although he tries to bluff his way out of his predicament, the wily hottie opts to let him leave with the ring, putting him in her debt. After David informs his Melrose neighbors that he’s bought Coal, he gets home to find Morgan waiting to call in her sexy IOU. Blackmail never felt so good!

The Melrose men played a game of beefcake basketball.

Drew Pragin: Relationship Expert

Melrose’s newest resident Drew Pragin (Nick Zano) quickly makes his presence felt in all quarters. He joins David and Jonah in the Melrose pool for a game of shirtless water basketball (!!!). He annoys Lauren with his frat-boy pranks at the hospital, but later joins forces with Riley to bring her out of her post-breakup depression. The multitalented Drew also shows up playing in a band entertaining the guests at a birthday party for a dog thrown by one of Jonah’s industry friends. When Ella balks at Jonah’s public displays of affection and possessiveness while they network at the party, Drew advises him to accept her as the unconventional girlfriend who may be better for him than safe, predictable Riley. Drew has an agenda of his own, of course, when it comes to Riley and his interest in her will lead to a scuffle between him and Jonah in next week’s episode. Stay tuned, Melrosers.

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Auggie and Violet leave Melrose Place!

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Is Ben (Billy Campbell) a lover or a cheater?

“One thing led to another”

March 9: Melrose Place has FINALLY returned, picking up where things left off before the holidays. As Riley (Jessica Lucas) tosses and turns in her empty bed, Jonah (Michael Rady) luxuriates with a glowing Ella (Katie Cassidy) about the previous night’s activities, which apparently included an encore! When Ella presses for Jonah to fess up to Riley, he gets cold feet. She’s not pleased. Luckily Ella can distract herself planning a welcome back to Los Angeles party being thrown by Amanda for… herself. Empress Woodward has more than one reason to want the party to go off without a hitch. She expects her new beau, software magnate and philanthropist Ben Brinkley (Billy Campbell) to pop the question in front of L.A. society and the Melrose residents, whom Amanda insists attend to Ella’s surprise. Amanda (Heather Locklear) is still looking for the artwork Sydney misplaced and she’s convinced the clue to its whereabouts lies at the complex. Must be some piece of art! Jonah crashes at David’s pad and tells his bud about his night with Ella. Take it to your grave, counsels David (Shaun Sipos), who tracks down the john who slipped Lauren a mickey and pounds him to within an inch of his life. When Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) sees the sleaze ball at the hospital, she aggravates his wounds after he threatens to press charges against David. Lauren and David celebrate with a dreamy love scene showing off their fat-free bods. But is this really the end of the sleaze ball with the nice pecs? Stay tuned.

Auggie (Colin Egglesfield) will be missed.

Violet Gets Her Man
Ella gives Auggie (Colin Egglesfield) the job of cooking for Amanda’s bash to make up for doubting his innocence in Syd’s murder. Spotting a bottle of booze, she warns him to stay sober. “Don’t test me,” she says. “Half my clients are in rehab.” Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz), who spotted Auggie putting the moves on Riley, thinks they should both leave Los Angeles and start new lives. Upon learning of Riley’s breakup with Jonah, Violet drags her to the party where a guilt-ridden Jonah confesses about bedding Ella. Riley is devastated. Ella, meanwhile, avoids disaster when Ben doesn’t tell Amanda about the choice zingers Miss Simms shared about her with Auggie within his earshot. Ben, who has excellent taste in jewelry and designer shoes, flirts playfully with Ella, which is spotted by Amanda. When Ella reassures her bitchy boss that nothing was going on, Ms. Woodward puts her in her place by cruelly cutting her down to size. Ben’s gift to Amanda, a Bentley, leaves her cold since she was expecting an engagement ring, but she covers. Should she worry about Ben and Ella? As night falls, Jonah, Riley and Ella are alone and crying in their respective corners while Violet and Auggie realize that it’s time to leave Melrose Place. Violet packs up her belongings, including a photo of Sydney, and the Augster leaves a farewell note for Riley. The two hop a motorcycle out of town.

Photos copyright 2009 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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