Curtis first appears as a customer at The Peach Pit, where he was waited on by Brandon Walsh. He always gives Brandon a hard time, ordering things that aren't on the menu and telling him he's a bad waiter.
He doesn't like the food and makes Andrea Zuckerman feel like she has no friends. Eventually, he starts to warm to Brandon, but Brandon catches him trying to steal from the cash register after hours. He then tells Brandon that he, his mother, and brother are homeless and he was just looking for money. Brandon makes him food for his family and gives him a friendship bracelet and sends him on his way, telling him he knows where to find him if he needs him.