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An updated version of the popular 1990s series, Melrose Place is from CBS Television Studios with executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer. Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim is the director and executive producer of the pilot.
In an elegant Spanish-style apartment complex in the trendy Melrose neighbourhood of Los Angeles, the lives and relationships of a diverse group of 20-somethings intertwine to form a close-knit surrogate family. Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton, the original Melrose Place) is the landlady, still beautiful at 40, and a central figure in the lives of all her tenants, especially handsome and rebellious David Breck (Shaun Sipos, Shark ). Sydney started an affair with David despite her turbulent history with his estranged father, Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro, the original Melrose Place). Both father and son learned through experience that Sydney was not above using blackmail to control people.
Another tenant, high-powered publicist Ella Simms (Katie Cassidy, Harper's Island), once considered Sydney her mentor, but their friendship was destroyed by betrayal, and Sydney threatened to evict Ella and ruin her career. Sydney also played a pivotal role in the career of Auggie Kirkpatrick (All My Children). After they met at an AA meeting, she became a supportive friend to Auggie and encouraged his dream to become a chef. He’s now a successful sous chef at the trendy restaurant Coal, but his relationship with Sydney has gone sour since she began drinking again. The other tenants include Lauren Yung, a medical student in desperate need of money to pay her student loans, and Jonah Miller(Michael Rady, Swingtown), an aspiring filmmaker who has just proposed to his live-in girlfriend Riley Richmond (Jessica Lucas, Cloverfield), a first-grade teacher. The newest tenant, wide-eyed 21-year-old Violet Foster (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, 7th Heaven), has just arrived in LA and is horrified to find a bloody body floating in the courtyard pool. David is the leading suspect but, as the police are soon to discover, almost everyone living at Melrose Place had a reason to want the deceased out of the way.
Episode 1: Pilot
Landlady Sydney Andrews is a central figure in the lives of all her tenants, especially handsome and rebellious David Breck, the estranged son of her former lover Dr. Michael Mancin. Other tenants include up-and-coming publicist Ella Simms; Auggie Kirkpatrick, a successful sous chef at the trendy restaurant Coal with a dark past; Lauren Yung, a medical student in desperate need of money to pay her student loans; and Jonah Miller; an aspiring filmmaker who has just proposed to his live-in girlfriend Riley Richmond , a first-grade teacher. The newest tenant, wide-eyed 21-year-old Violet Foster, has just arrived in LA and is horrified to find a bloody body floating in the courtyard pool. Suddenly everyone is a suspect.
Episode 2: Nightingale
Still freaked out by the recent murder, the Melrose Place tenants try to resume some sense of a normal life. Ella learns from her new boss, Caleb that her job could be in jeopardy due to a recent merger unless she brings in a huge client. Ella forces David to take her to a Brentwood party, where she hopes to land a big actor client, Jasper. Still in desperate need of tuition money, Lauren agrees to go out on another date in exchange for money, but inadvertently winds up at the same party as David and Ella. Detective Rodriguez questions, and Auggie flashes back to when he first met Sydney in AA. Riley and Jonah view surveillance video of Violet acting oddly and begin to think she's hiding something.
Episode 3: Grand
Jonah is furious when he learns that Riley hasn't told her family or friends that she and Jonah are engaged. Upset over their fight, Riley turns to Auggie for comfort. Caleb reams Ella after her director bails on a job, so she recruits Jonah to fill in on a Boomkat music video at the last minute. However, the lead singer Kat might be more than Jonah can handle, putting Ella's job on the line. Meanwhile, David accuses Michael of murdering Sydney, Lauren applies to be on Michael's team at the hospital, and Violet continues to make her move on Auggie.
Episode 4: Vine
Jane Mancini, Sydney's sister, comes to Melrose Place and announces that she inherited the building from Sydney. Jane threatens to show incriminating emails Ella sent to Syndey to the police unless Ella allows her to dress one of her up-and-coming clients for a movie premiere in a Jane Mancini original design. Desperate, Ella turns to David for help. Detective Rodriguez shows up at Violet's apartment asking questions about her connection to Sydney, but she flees though the window. Lauren meets a John at the hotel bar after being stood up by and decides to take her new side job to the next level. However, upon leaving the hotel, Lauren is stopped by Wendi a madam who has a deal with the hotel, who threatens Lauren if she ever sees her in there again.
Episode 5: Canon
As a result of Jane's tip, the police bring Ella in for questioning about Sydney's murder. Lauren is torn between going on a shopping date with Riley for her wedding and impressing her new boss Wendi who just set her up on a "date." A stunned Jonah is accused of stealing a diamond necklace from a mansion he videotaped for a realtor, but becomes even more upset after Ella mentions a similar necklace that she saw in David's apartment. Violet sabotages another employee so she can get closer to Auggie.
Episode 6: Shoreline
Anton V., a famous fashion designer, meets Riley and decides she must be the face of his new denim jean campaign, much to his publicist Ella's horror. Jonah is excited about the offer as he's run into financial issues but Riley turns down the gig. Wendi sends Lauren on a job on a yacht, but Lauren panics when she sees David board the boat. Violet feigns illness to orchestrate a meeting with Michael at the hospital as part of her plan to exact revenge for the way he treated Sydney.
Episode 7: Windsor
Ella and Riley arrive at the Anton V photo shoot and meet the photographer ? former Melrose Place resident, Jo Reynolds. Jo feels that Riley's inexperience is preventing Jo from getting her shot, so Jo pushes Riley's buttons and insists on a topless shoot to help Riley get in touch with her emotions. Meanwhile, Jonah meets with a producer's development exec, Kendra, who invites him to have drinks later that night to discuss his film. Violet makes another play for Auggie's attention, and Lauren finds out about David's secret.
Episode 8: Gower
Riley helps Jonah film a wedding, but the two get into a big fight in the middle of the ceremony. Putting her relationship with Jonah first, Riley breaks off her friendship with Auggie, who doesn’t take the news very well. Ella discovers Lauren’s expensive new clothing and lingerie plus a large envelope of cash and confronts her roommate about the late nights she’s been working. David fears he may be responsible for Sydney’s death.
Episode 9: Ocean
After learning Auggie’s blood was on Sydney’s murder weapon, the police search his apartment and demand the other residents tell them where he went. Riley is conflicted about whether to help the police, but Jonah pushes her to make the call as she knows where Auggie is staying. Meanwhile, a work incident causes Jonah to pretend he’s engaged to Ella who really gets into the role playing. David arranges a secret play date with his little brother Noah but after the little boy hurts himself, Lauren must come to the rescue and risk the wrath of Dr. Mancini.
Episode 10: Cahuenga
Ella and Caleb are stunned when agency owner Amanda Woodward walks into WPK and immediately fires half the staff, including Caleb. Amanda makes it clear to Ella that the Anton V launch party with Riley better go off without a hitch or Ella can vacate her office too. Meanwhile, Auggie finally succumbs to Violet's flirtatious ways and David asks Lauren out on a date. Michael Rady and Thomas Calabro also star.
Episode 11: June
Amanda moves into Syndey’s penthouse while her Bel Air mansion is being built and takes an interest in David. Meanwhile, David and Lauren’s relationship continues to grow, and Ella uses her charms to get Jonah a new job. Also, Amanda and Michael reunite.
Episode 12: San Vicente
Jonah and Riley decide to head to Las Vegas to elope but the day doesn’t quite go as planned. Ella arranges a pitch meeting for Jonah with an important producer who is interested in buying his film. Meanwhile, Lauren calls David after she gets in trouble with one of her male clients and Auggie confesses his true feelings for Riley. Also, Michael gives David information about Sydney’ killer and Amanda bonds with Violet over Sydney, but of course Amanda has an ulterior motive in getting to know Violet.
Episode 13: Oriole
Violet asks Auggie to leave town with her. Amanda puts Ella in charge of a lavish party at her house to celebrate the arrival of her billionaire boyfriend Ben. However, after Amanda spies Ella and Ben together in a compromising position, she lashes out. Meanwhile, Riley asks Jonah if they can start over.
Episode 14: Stoner Canyon
Sexy Drew Pragin moves into Auggie’s old apartment and immediately clashes with Lauren. She becomes even more upset when he shows up at the hospital as the newest resident. Riley asks Ben for a job, which infuriates Amanda, and David receives life-changing news from an unexpected source. Meanwhile, Ella makes an unrealistic demand of Jonah that backfires.
Episode 15: Mulholland
Ella is a little overwhelmed by Jonah's constant attention and decides couple hood might not be for her. Lauren succumbs to Dr. Mancini's threats and David decides to buy Coal, but the price turns out to be a little higher than he thought. Meanwhile, Drew moonlights in a band and Amanda catches Ben and Riley in a compromising position.
Episode 16: Santa Fe
Ella discovers someone is embezzling from WPK and framing her for it. Panicked that she could go to jail, Ella investigates and starts with Jo, who realizes Amanda is up to her old tricks again. Meanwhile, Jonah decides to throw a party in the courtyard to celebrate his newfound success. Jane shows up to confront Amanda for not firing Ella and runs into Michael. Lauren is shocked after Michael tells her he’ll reveal her secret if she doesn’t sleep with him, so she makes a harsh decision. Riley and Drew share a sweet date.
Episode 17: Sepulveda
David’s new role as a restaurant owner is put to the test after he loses some of his wait staff on the day an important food critic has come to review Coal. In an effort to get David to forgive her, Lauren pitches in as a waitress and hostess and helps him out of his jam. Ella wants to hack into the WPK files to erase the fake evidence against her for embezzlement, but Jonah strongly disagrees with her tactics, so she looks to David for help. With Drew’s help, Riley throws a fundraiser for her education foundation but when Drew tries to increase the donations by auctioning off a date with Riley, things go awry after Drew and Jonah get into a bidding war. Thomas Calabro and Heather Locklear also star.
Episode 18: Wilshire
Amanda fires Ella from WPK. However, not one to go out without a fight, Ella searches for anything to blackmail Amanda. Unfortunately for one of the ladies, the end result is worse than she could have ever imagined. Meanwhile, after attending a NYU reunion, Jonah asks Riley to reconcile and Lauren and David get back together but a jealous Morgan retaliates and puts Lauren’s life in jeopardy. Drew tries to stop Michael from performing a dangerous surgery, but
Michael sets Drew up to get caught with drugs, causing Drew to be thrown out of ULA. Finally, Sydney makes a surprise appearance.