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Michael discovers that Lauren is a call girl on Melrose Place!

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Will a broke Amanda marry Ben's millions before Riley steals him away?

The Vulture in Versace

March 16: Jonah parties hard with Ella, David and Lauren to celebrate selling his movie script. Despite all of Ella’s help in making his dream come true, a sloshed Jonah still doubts that she can compare morally with goody-goody Riley. Ella (Katie Cassidy) is too busy turning Jonah (Michael Rady) into a star to notice this slight, placing the news of his movie deal in the top showbiz trade publications. As usual, the Melrose writers are very thorough scripting Ella’s industry scenes, even having her mention the fearsome Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke as she shares the good news with her holier-than-thou crush. Ella fans shake their collective heads as our golden girl even nabs Jonah’s dream actor, Owen Anderson, for the role based on him. He’s got a lot of nerve judging her! When Owen insists on meeting the woman who inspired the female lead in the script, Ella doesn’t hesitate to ask Riley (Jessica Lucas) to put her hurt feelings aside to meet with the method actor and support Jonah’s career. Riley plays along at first, but her anger gets the best of her and she tells Owen that she and Jonah are splitsville, referring to Ella as the Versace-clad vulture responsible for the split. Owen loses interest in the role. Ella and Riley have it out over Jonah and Riley’s bitter words cut Ella deeply. When a humbled Ella encourages Jonah to reconcile with Riley, Jonah finally gets a clue and realizes he’s been selling Miss Simms short. He wisely stays put and resumes his passionate new relationship with the pretty publicist.

 

Can Drew make Riley forget Jonah?

Father’s Day

Riley may have her choice of men now. Hunky Dr. Drew Pragin (Nick Zano) flirts with her after moving into Auggie’s pad and starting his new job working with Lauren and Michael. Amanda’s beau Ben (Billy Campbell) takes a liking to Riley, too, and agrees to fund her proposed inner-city boarding school project through his education foundation, much to Amanda’s dismay. She has reason to be concerned. Previews for next week’s episode indicate Ben will seek fringe benefits with the seemingly irresistible Riley. Amanda (Heather Locklear) also has big money worries (as I suspected). She’s in the hole for $15 million and is endangering WPK in her efforts to stay afloat while searching for the missing artwork. All the stress is giving her anxiety attacks that have her running to Michael, who helps her out with a prescription for anti-stress medication (holy middle age!). Michael isn’t having a very good day either. His mounting guilt over his role in the deaths of Sydney and Vanessa make him reckless at the hospital, which almost kills a patient before Lauren intervenes. Later, David (Shaun Sipos) visits him with the news that Vanessa left him a letter revealing that Noah is actually David’s son from a fling they had prior to her meeting Michael. The men’s confrontation ends in their coming to blows. When the Melrosers convene in the courtyard to welcome new neighbor Drew, Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) is called away by madam Wendy (Kelly Carlson) to do one last hooking job. When Lauren shows up in a sausage dress for her appointment, her two careers finally collide as her john turns out to be Michael! He promptly blackmails her into breaking up with David to make him suffer for ruining his dad’s life. How will she worm her way out of this one?

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Riley becomes a model and Violet blackmails Michael on Melrose Place.

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Will Riley swap fingerpainting for catwalking?

Will Riley swap fingerpainting for catwalking?

Financial Downturn

The residents of Melrose Place were brought together by money problems. Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) and David (Shaun Sipos), in fact, got a little too close for comfort when he showed up at a yacht party where she was entertaining as part of Madam Wendy’s hooker harem. Luckily for Lauren one of the other working girls took a liking to her and distracted David, giving Lauren the chance to jump ship before he could spot her. Ditching her Versace knockoff, Lauren came upon a bruised and battered David back at the complex after he’d been beaten to a pulp by the goons of a big fence who wanted him to swipe some Egyptian artwork. Lauren takes him to the hospital for emergency treatment and Michael (Thomas Calabro) orders her to keep an eye on him. David, like Lauren, is swimming in dangerous waters and it’s bringing them closer. Will the hooker and the thief be Melrose’s new twosome? Life is destined to get a lot more interesting for Riley, much to Ella’s dismay, after WPK client Anton V insists that she become the face of his new eco-friendly denim line. Riley (Jessica Lucas) turns the offer down at first, citing her dedication to her first-grade teaching job, but later realizes that $10,000 for five days work can come in handy when she discovers Jonah trying to sell his video camera to raise rent money. Jonah is touched by her support. Ella could just wretch at their cooing and Jacob (Victor Webster) lands a dinner date with a pleased Anton, who announces a sudden craving for steak tartar… as in raw beef. 

Violet set up the lecherous Dr. Michael Mancini. Sydney would be proud.

Violet set up the lecherous Dr. Michael Mancini. Sydney would be proud.

Playing the Doctor

Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) is in the mood for meat as well. While Auggie takes a much-deserved break from her stalking by going on a trip, she creeps around his pad and finds a note from Sydney sharing with the Augster how Dr. Michael made her life miserable for so many years. Quickly figuring out that Michael’s vulnerable spot lies below his belt, Violet downs a six-pack of what looks like Red Bull and shows up at the hospital dressed in hot pants, a cute hat and a serious case of heart palpitations. Michael’s heart starts racing too, given his well-documented weakness for doe-eyed bimbos. Violet miraculously recovers when he suggests conducting some tests and offers to give him a free drink at Coal. He of course takes her up on the offer and ends up pretty tipsy, making him easy prey for the red-haired nymphet, who shows up later at his mansion with videotaped evidence of their backseat exam in his car. Threatening to show the iPhone eyeful to his Amazonian wife, a vengeful Violet demonstrates to Michael that she may indeed be her mother’s daughter after all.

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Ella (Katie Cassidy) becomes the prime suspect in Sydney’s death on Melrose Place.

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Ella’s Crappy Birthday

Did Ella's war with Sydney end with her killing the ratty redhead?

Did Ella's war with Sydney end with her killing the ratty redhead?

Ella’s birthday doesn’t quite go the way she planned. She arrives at her office at WPK to find the cops waiting to interrogate her following Jane’s incriminating phone call to them about Ella’s threatening emails to Sydney just before her death. Ella’s flashbacks showed us how Syd was impressed enough with how Ella used crocodile tears to wriggle out of getting towed to hire her to publicize her art gallery. Their relationship soured, however, when Ella’s PR results didn’t translate into sales for Syd. As Ella’s star rose at WPK, Sydney felt pushed aside and left behind so she waged a campaign to knock Ella down to size. Their bitchy back-and-forth pushed Ella to hire a sleazy Hollywood private eye to dig up dirt on how Syd was trying to ruin Ella’s life. Problem was that the snoop happened upon Sydney’s murder scene. The big question is whether he offed her (too obvious a scenario, if you ask me) or found her after Ella had done the deed, as he told the cops, who are only too eager to slap cuffs on the shapely Miss Simms. 

Violet's attraction to Auggie is proving dangerous for those around him.

Violet's attraction to Auggie is proving dangerous for those around him.

It Takes a Thief

Ella’s party at Coal was rife with tension as the Melrosers bickered left and right while Ella unwrapped her presents. Jonah suspected David (the cat burglar) of swiping an expensive diamond necklace that was in the footage he showed David of some mansions he videotaped for a high-end real estate agent. David was indignant at Jonah’s accusations and Jonah ended up apologizing later when the necklace turned up. David played it cool and let Jonah eat crow but we know better, don’t we? Riley, meanwhile, had her own tiff with Lauren for standing her up on a planned shopping trip for her wedding gown. Riley feels neglected by Lauren, who has been extra busy with her hospital gig and her night job as a hooker. Funny how time flies when you’re juggling saving lives with servicing unrealistically handsome johns. Honestly, does anyone else notice how lucky Lauren has been to only get good-looking customers? Why do they need to pay for sex in the first place??? Lauren’s dance card is gonna get a whole lot busier now that Wendy the madam has hired her full time and Riley is expecting her to fulfill her duties as her maid of honor. At Coal, Violet, who is still angling to get closer to Auggie, wasn’t digging how Kira the hot bartender was touching his arm. Forget that the Augster apparently had been Kira’s AA buddy. What’s a girl to do? Well, she makes sure to be extra helpful to Kira and plants $700 from the register in the poor gal’s purse when she isn’t looking, conveniently knocking it off the bar so the cash spills out right in front of Auggie. Kira maintains her innocence but the boss doesn’t buy it and cans her. A smirking Violet ends up with her job and finishes the episode holding Auggie’s well-muscled arm. Fancy that!

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Heather Locklear arrives to save Melrose Place.

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Heather in EWEntertainment Weekly has a shot of Melrose Place veteran Heather Locklear in costume as the famously miniskirted Amanda Woodward on her first day at work on the new Melrose. Nervous executives at the CW Network are eager to get the word out that Heather is dusting off her Amanda broomstick to stir things up just like she did on the original show back in the ’90s. Her magic touch is sorely needed to boost ratings in the wake of the abrupt cancellation of fellow CW soaper “The Beautiful Life,” which was yanked after only two showings that averaged a measly 1 million viewers. Melrose isn’t doing much better according to TV Guide, which reported its audience at 1.8 million in a recent article on how the new season’s shows are faring. Heather’s on-set photo is making the rounds of the Web and she looks trim and perky as ever. Her scenes, which begin airing November 17, should be interesting if only to see if she shows any wear and tear acting alongside the new cast members. At 48, her appeal among the CW’s young target audience is debatable. Nevertheless, her TV track record, save for the short-lived airport drama LAX, is pretty solid. Getting back to work is just what she needs given the rough times she’s had lately what with the DUI and the whole Denise Richards thing with her ex Ritchie Sambora. Maybe Heather can channel her frustrations into making Amanda’s return as ferocious as possible, giving Katie Cassidy’s Ella a true role model to emulate. November can’t come fast enough.

Jane gives the cops incriminating evidence against Ella on Melrose Place.

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Blonde Ambition: Jane blackmailed Ella for a red carpet moment that didn't happen.

Blonde Ambition: Jane blackmailed Ella for a red carpet moment that didn't happen.

Movie Madness

It’s said that Los Angeles is a one-industry town. Last night’s episode of Melrose Place dramatized this theory by interweaving everyone’s storylines around the big premiere of a romantic comedy. Ella (Katie Cassidy) of course handled PR for the film’s female star. Jonah was the screenwriter’s college buddy. Auggie’s restaurant hosted the premiere’s after party and David, looking for a way to earn an honest buck (for a change), nabbed a gig at Coal working the party. The big premiere became a game of one-upmanship when Sydney’s formerly sweet sister Jane (Josie Bissett) showed up, introduced herself as the complex’s new owner and wasted no time in demanding that Ella outfit her star client for the red carpet in one of Jane’s designs in exchange for Jane’s silence about some incriminating emails Syd sent her about Ella just before her death. At first Ella caves to Jane’s threats, but ends up giving her one-shouldered horror the heave-ho for another dress. Luckily for Ella, David (Shaun Sipos) dug up some equally damning dirt on Jane and the suspicious fire that decimated her boutique. Unluckily for Ella, however, Jane’s thirst for revenge proved stronger than David’s threats and she snitched to the cops about Syd’s emails after all. Ella has some explaining to do! Violet, meanwhile, admitted she swiped cash from her adoptive parents back in Oregon when she ditched them for L.A. Playing for sympathy, she hinted she had been molested. Riley was sympathetic. Jonah wasn’t buying it and he’s got bail money riding on Violet’s dependability to boot. 

Lauren learned that being a call girl can be risky business.

Lauren learned that being a call girl can be risky business.

Working Girls

Lauren, the only Melroser without a stake in the big movie premiere, had a very bad night. Waiting for her bespectacled regular customer at a swanky hotel, she gets hit on by a seemingly cleancut guy. When her john gets stuck in Chicago, a frustrated Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) accepts the guy’s offer for a freelance gig, only to get ripped off when he refuses to pay for services rendered, roughing her up in the process. Her bad night takes a turn for the worse when the hotel security guard nearly arrests her for prostitution. A sexy blonde (played by Nip/Tuck’s Kelly Carlson) intervenes, rescuing Lauren with some friendly advice to not infringe on her “territory.” The next day a bruised Lauren realizes she needs the safety of professional representation and calls the woman up to discuss career opportunities. I wonder if a benefits package is included.
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