The Perfect Mother

11 Nov

Last night’s episode of the 90210 revival left original Bev. Hills fans in mourning; Jackie Taylor (the Rev. Ann Gillespie) has presumably lost her battle to cancer. Bless her soul.

I knew I loved Jackie the moment I saw her stumble out of her house to sit by her pool in a to-die-for gold high-wasted bikini complete with glittery fringe in the 7th episode of Beverly Hills 90210 titled, The Perfect Mother.

Yes, we all know that Jackie Taylor had her faults (exploiting her children to aid in her career, partying nightly, a cocaine addiction, 3 failed marriages, and at least 3 known drug relapses) but she was trained to be a model, not a role model. Besides, Kelly(Jennie Garth) and Erin(Jessica Stroup)  grew up okay. I didn’t see either of their fathers rushing to save them from the negligence of Jackie.

Jackie with Daughters Kelly Taylor and Erin Silver

There could be a brightside to the death of Ms. Taylor, a funeral could be reason enough for a reunion (David Silver anyone?). However with Jackie dead, the career of Ann Gillespie is beginning to look awfully grim. Since the end of the original series in 2000, she has only had 4 projects (bit parts in T.V. shows like Gilmore Girls and Judging Amy) and one of them was reprising her role as erratic Jackie Taylor on the new 90210.

 Jackie, I miss your brightly colored suits with large shoulder pads, your short blown back pixie hair, and your relentless dedication to drugs.

Jackie Taylor, I miss your face- Shassie

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