Recap: The sound of bullets being fired prompts Matt to race down to the boutique, where a small crowd of gawkers has gathered. He asks Kelly what just happened, and she tells him that the cretin who raped her came into the store and threatened her with a knife, so she reacted by pumping him full of lead. Matt stares over at Rapist Joe, who appears to be very dead...and we hear the sound of approaching police sirens. A few seconds later, several cops burst into the store and order Matt and Kelly to lay face down on the floor. Kelly tries to explain that the deceased is the shitbag who raped her, and Matt adds that the shitbag rapist was his client. Kelly's all, "Wha-a?" as the cops handcuff them and march them out of the boutique.
Beach house. Wayne happily reminds Donna that he gave up his volleyball career to be with her, and she looks sheepish that he made such a big life decision for her, but then lets out a contented hmm giggle. She says she's concerned he's going to expect a lot from her in return, and makes it clear that she's not ready to jump into another intense relationship - but he assures her that he's all about being casual and having fun. Donna looks relieved and lets out another hmm giggle and gives him a smooch...but her happy bubble suddenly bursts when Matt calls to inform her of the shooting.
After Dark. Noah is revenge flirting with a pretty waitress named Cherise when Donna calls to try to tell him about the Kelly shooting. He snarls at her, refuses to listen to anything she has to say, and hangs up on her. He then doubles down on his revenge flirting with Cherise and asks her if she has plans tonight.
Casa David. Gina assures Dylan that she and David were only ever platonic friends, but Dylan points out that David might not see it that way. Donna calls Dylan to inform him of the shooting and asks him to meet up with her and the rest of the 90210 gang at the police station. He's all, "Whoa" then hangs up and quickly informs Gina about what's going on, and invites her accompany him...'cause, yeah, that won't be a source of friction for any of the other cast mates.
Police station. Kelly isn't holding up very well while being grilled by police. Out in the hallway, Dylan arrives with Gina, which of course raises David's ire, and he Dylan start shoving each other like unruly children. Inside the interrogation room, the cop tells Kelly that the gun she used to allegedly defend herself was unregistered and stolen - which is a felony - and Matt urges Kelly to exercise her right to remain silent. The gang is getting restless...and when a reporter shows up to get a statement, Dylan grunts, "No comment" and David grabs her microphone and throws it on the floor. Gina announces that she's going to the vending area to get some coffee, and the reporter perks up and follows her.
Matt tells the cops that Rapist Joe was his client, and that he had sent him to Kelly's boutique to buy something for his girlfriend. I wonder who on earth this girlfriend is, and if she has any idea that she was dating a crackhead rapist.
Matt tells the gang that Kelly is holding up reasonably well, and that the police will soon decide whether or not they're going to file criminal charges against her. He urges them to go home and promises to update them with any new information...then pulls Dylan aside and asks him if he knows where Kelly got the gun. Dylan admits that he bought it for her out of the trunk of some hoodlum's car, and that he should send the cops his way if they want further details. Matt warns him that he could go to jail for buying a stolen gun, but Dylan indignantly points out that Kelly, and not Rapist Joe, is the victim here. Matt somehow manages to refrain from sarcastically retorting, "Ooooh right. Thanks for setting me straight, assbag."
After Dark. Donna is sitting at a table with Steve and Janet, moaning about how guilty she feels about leaving the store early last night. She then looks over at Noah, who's revenge kissing Cherise, and goes over to him to ask him if they can speak privately. She informs him about what happened with Kelly last night, and that it was the news she was trying to tell him when he so rudely hung up on her. He looks sheepish and asks her if Kelly is OK, and Donna tells him that, sadly, she is not.
Casa David. Dylan apologizes to David for doinking Gina, then shrugs helplessly and says, "It just happened." David pissily says he wants him to feel very very bad about it, orders him to leave Gina alone, and to move out of his apartment pronto. Dylan says he'll be in a hotel room by tonight.
Police station. The police have decided to not file murder charges against Kelly, but warn her that she could still be charged with illegal possession of a firearm (though not really, since the writers soon lose interest in that too). Kelly gets all snarky about being handcuffed and grilled in the interrogation room, then snarks at Matt for defending a shitbag like Rapist Joe. Donna asks one of the cops if he intends to clean up the boutique after the grisly shooting that just took place there, and he gives her a funny look and is like, "Uh, no" and says the most he's willing to do is give her a referral to people who do do that type of clean up work.
The Beverly Beat. Janet is grumbling about the tabloid nature of the Beat, but Steve points out that it's a welcome distraction from all the tragic things that happen in life. Janet gets a call and asks Steve if she can have a little privacy, then starts railing about how she wants a partition, blah blah. Steve announces that he's off to the Peach Pit so she can have her private phone chat, and when Janet takes the call we learn that it's with someone at The Chronicle and that she's interviewing for a job tomorrow.
Now Wear This. Donna, Matt, and David are cleaning up the broken glass and the unsightly stain that was made by Rapist Joe's bloody corpse. Noah arrives after being summoned by Donna, but says he can't stay long 'cause he's meeting Cherise for lunch. Donna tells him she's freaking out about the shooting and needs someone to talk to...but Noah says he can't be that guy for her anymore, mumbles, "Sorry about your store", and shuffles off. It remains unclear why Noah continues to even be on the show anymore - but at least he's stopped repeatedly asking Donna to move in with him.
The Peach Pit. Nat assures Kelly that she did the right thing by taking Rapist Joe down, but still she continues to wring her hands about taking a human life, even if it was a vile sewer rat like Rapist Joe. A random extra comes over to ask Kelly if she's the shooter from last night, then gushes about how a chick defending herself is soooo cool.
Beach house. David is hanging with Donna and Kelly when Steve drops by. Janet calls the beach house to tell Steve she loves him, and he gets all discombobulated about her bitchy 'tude one minute, and I love yous the next. He then turns on the TV, and the local news is airing a segment on the boutique shooting. There's footage of first responders wheeling Rapist Joe's body out of the boutique, and then an impromptu interview that Gina gave to the reporter who had followed her to the vending area. Gina tells the reporter how faux aghast she is at being roommates with a gun-toting loon - LOL - and Donna irritably orders David to shut the TV off. A few seconds later, Gina enters the beach house, bemused by the hostile way in which everyone is staring at her. Steve comes out and says they just saw her on TV, and David reminds her that they had all agreed they weren't going to talk to the media. Kelly wearily announces she's going to bed and goes to her room, and Donna pulls Gina aside and decrees, "I want you out of here." Gina giggles and tells Donna she's just jealous she was on TV, but Donna says she's serious, and that she wants her to pack her bags and move out asap. She smugly adds, "And take your skates with you."
Beverly Royale Hotel. Dylan chats it up with Hector, the hotel manager, 'cause apparently the two are old friends from when Dylan lived in the hotel as a young boy. Who the hell lives in a hotel?? Are there really no suitable apartments or houses to rent in all of Beverly Hills? As the two reminisce about old times, Gina enters the room and is wowed by the grandeur of the fabulous suite. After Hector leaves, she rubs up against Dylan with her scarily lithe body, enticing him to indulge in a mid-afternoon doink. He weakly protests and tells her he has to go meet Donna, but she continues tonguing him until he succumbs.
Police station. The cop in charge of the shooting tells Matt that the DA is getting pressure to file gun charges against Kelly, then barks, "She broke the law!" Matt chides him for wanting to punish an innocent person and tells him he would like like it very much if he bent the rules in Kelly's favor. He implores the cop to resolve the 'Kelly Shoots her Rapist' storyline asap so that the writers can focus their full attention on some fresh new drudgery now that we're fully into Season 10 (aka, the light at the end of my recapping tunnel). The cop stares silently into space as he mulls that over.
Now Wear This. Donna informs Dylan that she kicked Gina out of the beach house and isn't sorry about it in the least. She warns him that her cousin is evil to the core - just as Kelly arrives at the store, looking impressed with all the cleanup the 90210 gang has done.
The Beverly Beat. Steve gets a call from The Chronicle to provide a recommendation for Janet. He processes that for a couple of seconds, then tells the caller that the paper would be lucky to get her...and then hangs up. Um, usually reference calls from prospective employers last longer than six seconds, but OK. Janet sheepishly tells Steve she's been thinking about applying to another news outlet for a long time, then apologizes and says she should have given him a heads up. She tells him she's been sooooo confused lately, and he snaps, "Me too" and stalks off.
Farmer's market. Donna runs into Wayne on her way back to her car after grocery shopping. He invites her to go with him for a drive up the coast, but she declines and tells him that her best friend is going through hell right now. He's like, "Ugh. Major downer" so she invites him to come along to the beach with the 90210 gang in an effort to take Kelly's mind off of her troubles. Wayne declines and says he prefers for everything to be about fun all the time, then suggests that once she's done cheering Kelly up, she should come over to his pad. Donna finally looks suitably appalled by the vapidness of the mimbo she's been flinging with, tells him that Kelly needs her, and that their hookup was a gigantic mistake. She gets into her car and speeds away.
After Dark. Gina drops by the DJ booth to apologize to David for going to bed with Dylan in his house...but David just coldly mutters that he has to get back to work. Gina exits the booth and notices Donna staring at Noah and Cherise canoodling, and bitchily remarks on how pretty Cherise is. Ouch. David goes on the air to bitch about all the women who don't like 'the nice guy', then calls all the nice guy listeners out there losers. I wonder why Rick, the station manager, doesn't ever rebuke David for using the radio station as a forum to unleash his bitchy frustrations about the pathetic state of his love life. Just put on a song, David. Or, if you must talk, stick to benign chit-chat.
Beach house. Matt tells Kelly that the DA has decided against filing gun charges against her, and she thanks him for all of his help. He suggests they go on a long vacation together, and she purrs about how nice that sounds.
Beverly Royale Hotel. Dylan tells Gina he's going to hang at the beach with Kelly and the rest of the 90210 gang. He half-heartedly invites her along, but she correctly assumes that her presence wouldn't be welcome by anyone. He tells her he found out that she got evicted from the beach house and asks her why she didn't mention it to him, and she says she didn't want him to feel obligated to ask her to move into his hotel room. After a quick smooch, he reminds her that Donna and Kelly are his friends, and urges her to do her best to get along with them...and she pretends to be interested in attempting that.
The Walsh house. Janet apologizes to Steve for being so moody lately, then tells him she didn't get the job at The Chronicle. Steve tells her she's a great reporter and deserves a great job. She then tells him she's not sure if their relationship is working, and Steve stares at her in befuddlement.
Beach. Donna and David are laughing about how boneheaded Wayne turned out to be - yeah, shocker - just as Matt, Dylan, and Steve arrive with food and drinks. Donna tells them that Kelly said she would meet them here.
The Peach Pit. Kelly enters the diner and finds Janet seated at the counter. She wails to Kelly about how pathetic she, her job, her and Steve's storylines are...then blurts out, "I'm pregnant." She says she's four months along, is happy about having a baby, but hasn't told Steve 'cause she keeps sizing him up to determine how large a bonehead he really is and whether or not it's actually possible that he would be a good dad. Kelly says, "He'll be fine", which didn't really come across as much of an endorsement.
Beach. The gang is about to give up waiting on Kelly, and they decide to pack up and go searching for her. But wait! A few seconds later, Kelly arrives for the beach outing and gives everyone a hug.
Janet is eating ice cream and reading What To Expect When You're Expecting.
Beach. Everyone is gabbling and laughing around a campfire. Kelly privately tells Steve that she talked to Janet today, says she's confident that things will work out for the two of them, and predicts that this will be a great year for him. When they return to where the rest of the gang is sitting, Kelly tells them she'd like it if they stayed a bit longer, then stares dreamily at the beautiful sunset and adds, "I want to stay like this as long as we can."