Fortunate Son

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Fortunate Son is the 14th episode of Season 6 on FOX drama soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Steve begins an internship at a talent agency and later tries to comfort his discouraged supervisor, Tammy Kane, after she is dismissed from the agency. Donna covers for the new Rose Queen, Lisa, at her convenience-store job in South-Central L.A. and feels sympathy for a ghetto boy she catches shoplifting. Donna forces Joe to drive her over to the boy's house and learns that the boy, Isaiah, and his two siblings are not supervised at home. Meanwhile, Susan learns more about Brandon when his addiction to gambling resurfaces during a casino-night fund raiser at the After Dark. Also, Valerie and Kelly vie with each other to buy a portrait to pose for Colin.


A charity event to raise money for a foundation that provides child care assistance provides the central focus of this episode, and also dovetails with the main story involving Donna's determination to help a troubled family. When Donna covers for her friend and Rose Court Queen Lisa at her convenience store job, she sees a young boy steal a teddy bear, but she covers for him with the owner by paying the $5 on the sly. When Joe comes to pick her up, his car breaks down in a rough part of town and some local youths menace then, until the kid from the store, Isiah, shows up and pretty much rescues them. He takes them to his home, where Donna is stunned to see that this middle school kid has to take care of his two very young siblings all by himself. She orders pizza for them, but Isiah's mother is angry when Donna points out Isiah is way too young for that much responsibility.

Joe feels bad about the situation and Lisa doesn't think it's Donna's business, but Donna won't be deterred from helping. She finally uses her sorority and Rose Court connections to get Isiah and his siblings into a good after-school program. Isiah's mom finally expresses gratitude, and Isiah gives her heartfelt thanks as Donna tells him she wants him to pay her back by doing a good turn for someone when he's older. Steve begins an internship at a talent agency when Rush's business ties to the agency president give him an in. Steve likes the job, less so his condescending, not particularly talented pretty female boss. He finds out she's going to be fired before it happens, then feels a little bad for when she gets canned. The boss later begs Steve to save her job, and while the president says that's not going to happen, Steve is able to deliver the bad news in a way that spares her feelings and gives her hope she can find a new path to success.

Two of the group's members run into old problems at the fundraiser. In Kelly and Valerie's case, the problem is that they hate each other and Valerie's deliberate winning bid of a portrait by Colin pisses off Kelly and leaves David nonplussed, until Valerie tells her surprised enemy she's going to give the item to Kelly as a holiday present. In Brandon's case, the problem is that he's a gambling addict and he behaves like such a jerk at the event that he drives Susan away and clashes with Nat. Susan does forgive Brandon when he tells her that he nearly got killed or ruined over gambing before and he finally realizes he has a serious problem that needs to be dealt with.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold

Recurring cast

Jason Wiles as Colin Robbins
Emma Caulfield as Susan Keats
Cameron Bancroft as Joe Bradley

Guest starring

Tembi Locke as Lisa Dixon
Lar Park-Lincoln as Tammy Kane
Drancy Jackson as Isaiah Holcomb
Juanita Jennings as Mrs. Holcomb
Marcus Smythe as Scott Coveny
Leann Love Maldonado as Tonya Holcomb


Lee Weaver as Stan
Brandon Malone as Benjamin

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