Dylan. Through hard times, the secret is in just accepting who you are and where you are: that's where the freedom comes from. It gets better
—Iris helping her son
Christmas Comes This Time Each Year is the 15th episode of Season 5 on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Donna's snobbish mother, Felice, puts Ray's feelings for her daughter to a test by offering him money to stop seeing her, while Ray's alcoholic, chain-smoking, redneck mother, LuAnn, goes Christmas shopping with Donna. Differing family traditions cause tension between the Catholic Jesse and the Jewish Andrea. Clare introduces David to her father during a faculty Christmas party who finds common ground with him over their love of music. Meanwhile, Dylan goes to his old friend, Christine Pettit, from the FBI to help him find his stolen money.

Unable to help Dylan, Christine then contacts an alcoholic, former FBI agent-turned-bounty hunter/private investigator, named Jay J. Jones (Jonesy), who contacts Dylan on Christmas Day and offers to track down his money in exchange for getting a full share of it. Brandon is left alone to care for the recovering Kelly when Jim and Cindy leave town to visit Brenda in England and Valerie leaves to visit her mother in Buffalo. Also, Nat hosts a special holiday feed-the-homeless dinner at the Peach Pit.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Guest Stars

Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay
Wings Hauser as  J. Jay Jones

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold
Jamie Walters as Ray Pruit

Guest starring

Katherine Cannon as Felice Martin
Michael Durrell as John Martin
Nicholas Pryor as Chancelor Arnold
Valerie Wildman as Christine Pettit
Gina Gallego as FBI Receptionist
Nick Angotti as Santa
Sam Scarber as Special Agent Cobb
Caroline McWilliams as LuAnn Pruit

Quotes Edit

Kelly – it's me. You don't have to be perfect, that's not why I love you
It doesn't change who you are, Kel. Not to me

Trivia Edit

  • Dylan seeks out help from Christine Pettit with retrieving his money
  • Iris calls and Dylan calls her Mom
  • Brandon tries to get Kelly to trust him enough to share her struggles following the fire
  • Felice tries to bribe Ray out of Donna's life with $10,000
  • First appearance of J. Jay Jones aka Jonesy

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