She and Ethan later part ways and she gets back in Naomi's good books.
In the season finale after prom, Annie is framed when Naomi's sister Jen ends up in bed with Liam.
Sachs explained that Jessica Stroup "came in dressed for the part, artsy and quirky, and she had her hair up and she had a bandana.
She nailed it." The producers were fans of Tristan Wilds for his acting on The Wire, and hoped to hire him as Dixon from the start of casting.
When that photo is sent throughout her school by Naomi, Annie has a resentment against Mark, but then forgives him.
She later agrees to a date with him where there is a confrontation between her and Mark.
When the series was cancelled, Sachs called Estes and explained the spin-off and motivated him to participate.
Sachs promised that although he was playing a parent, he would not "be furniture..in the seldom seen or heard parents who populate many youth-centric series, like the Walsh parents on the original 90210." Sachs described Tata's casting as an accident; a friend told Sachs that he had seen Tata in a store, which led to the offer of a recurring role in the series.
She lives with her parents, Harry and Debbie, her adopted brother Dixon (whom she considers her best friend) and her grandmother Tabitha.
She and Ethan had dated after he broke up with Naomi, but concealed it so that Naomi would not find out until they were ready to tell her.
She does, however, find out when she sees their intimacy in an empty classroom.
She becomes friends with Silver over a Division Day sticker in the episode "We're Not In Kansas Anymore".
She struggles to find her place in California and to maintain her sweet nature.