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Benefit of the Doubt is the 6th episode of Season 4 on CW teen soap 90210.


KELLIE PICKLER GUEST STARS – Liam (Matt Lanter) gets offered a modeling job after an agent sees the commercial for his bar, while Annie (Shenae Grimes) finds herself starting to fall for an unlikely guy. During a charity talent show event to raise money for an experimental cancer treatment for Raj (guest star Manish Dayal), Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) is determined to win the contest in order to show up Austin's (guest star Justin Deeley) out-of-town visitor Sally (guest star Kellie Pickler). While working on his music, Dixon (Tristan Wilds) pushes his limits and starts spiraling out of control, which forces Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) to confront him.


Raj's chemotherapy is not going too well so Ivy decides to throw a fundraiser. She hosts a talent competition where the winner wins a trip to a tropical island. Naomi enters the competition with Max. She finds out that Austin also entered the competition with his new girl, Sally (guest star Kellie Pickler). Liam is having trouble keeping his bar afloat. Luckily for him, he gets approached by a modeling agent. They do a photoshoot, and the camera loves him. He ends up earning $10,000 from his shoot. Annie continues having financial troubles. She goes on another escort date with Patrick, a wealthy, older man. Annie has the suspicion that Patrick wants to sleep with her at the end of the date so she cuts it short. Patrick tries to convince Annie that he genuinely likes her by taking her out on a lunch date. They end up kissing and Annie wants to sleep with him but he declines. He doesn't want her to regret anything. Later, Annie decides she genuinely likes him and goes to sleep with him, no money involved.

Silver refuses to go back to Navid until he breaks things off with his uncle. Navid doesn't want to lose Silver so he kicks his uncle's company out of his studio. Then his uncle threatens to hurt Silver. The only thing for Navid to do is to turn him and his uncle in to the cops. But they don't have enough evidence to convict him. Navid has to go undercover with the police to catch his uncle in action. He can't tell anyone about this, including Silver. During the fundraiser event, Naomi becomes very competitive whenever around Austin. Max sees through this and he breaks up with Naomi, after thy put on a lavish show and win the competition. Naomi ends up giving the prize tickets to Austin for him to take his new girlfriend on. Austin surprises Naomi by telling her that Sally is his cousin. Dixon is scheduled as the headline singer at the fundraiser. Moments before he's supposed to go onstage, he is nowhere to be seen. Adrianna goes to find him and he is totally out of it. Adrianna ends up performing in his place and the crowd loves her. Afterwards, she confronts Dixon about his drug problems.


Shenae Grimes as Annie Wilson
Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson
AnnaLynne McCord as Naomi Clark
Jessica Stroup as Silver
Michael Steger as Navid Shirazi
Jessica Lowndes as Adrianna Tate-Duncan
Matt Lanter as Liam Court
Gillian Zinser as Ivy Sullivan

Recurring cast

Josh Zuckerman as Max Miller
Manish Dayal as Raj Kher
Justin Deeley as Austin Tallridge
Cameron Goodman as Bree
Anthony Azizi as Amal Shirazi
Chris McKenna as Patrick Westhill
Tiffany Hines as Kat

Guest starring

Summer Bashil as Leila Shirazi
Kellie Pickler as Sally Bishop


Austin – [to Naomi] How's your nerd?
Leila – I'm 18 now. I can have sex with whoever I want
Adrianna – [to Liam] If you really need the money sell what people want
Raj – [watching Naomi's act] It's like being transported back to the Depression
Dixon – [referring to Liam] If we're all through with his oh-I'm-so-good-looking angst, can we get back to me?
Adrianna – [referring to Dixon] He's been pretty amped up lately, don't you think?
Naomi – I wonder what I'm good at?
Adrianna – I was so wrapped up with the idea of being famous that I lost the thing I loved the most
Max – [to Naomi] I can't be the guy who doesn't care you're into somebody else
Silver – [to Navid] I don't want to live with a criminal


  • Max breaks up with Naomi
  • First appearance of Patrick Westhill


  • "Fool " by Jessica Lowndes
  • "Ode To Janice Melt" by Army Navy
  • "Scowl" by NagNagNag
  • "When You Leave The Club" by Tristan Wilds
  • "Chillaxing" by Jessie Fontaine
  • "This And That" by Daniel Lenz
  • "They Don't Trap No More" by Tramel Willis
  • "Sweet Maribel" by KC Booker
  • "I'm So Cool" by Daniel Lenz
  • "Bottoms Up by Passport
  • "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin
  • "Tough" by Kellie Pickler
  • "Alabaster Bodyworlds" by Born Gold
  • "All The Way" by Dominion Status
  • "Gotta Have It" by Marcus Brown
  • "Spirit Of Adventure" by Ooberman
  • "Struggle of Our Lives" by Standing Shadows