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Graduation Day: Part 2 is the 32nd episode and the second part of the Season 7 finale on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.

Synopsis

Friends and family members gather for California University's Class of '97 graduation ceremonies. Valerie disrupts graduation day for Kelly, a day that also becomes flawed for Steve. In an attempt to win back his daughter's love, Bill Taylor throws the ultimate graduation party with The Cardigans performing.

Plot

On the day of graduation, a broke and lonely Valerie disrupts Kelly's plans when she takes off on a mindless spree causing Brandon to delay the ceremony to look for her. Kelly's father, Bill, throws a post-graduation 1920s nostalgic party for the class and has the music group, The Cardigans, perform where he also tries to make up with Kelly, who continues to push him away. Steve's stepbrothers, Ryan and Austin, show up for festivities where Ryan is drawn to Kelly's half-sister, Joy. Also, Steve's plans for Clare get flawed due to her decision to move to Paris with Chancellor Arnold which leads to Steve and Clare breaking up for good. 

Starring

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-Amber Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold[2]

Special Guest Stars

June Lockhart as Celia Martin
The Cardigans as Themselves

Recurring cast

Nicholas Pryor as Chancelor Arnold
Michael Durrell as Dr. John Martin
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver
Katherine Cannon as Felice Martin

Guest starring

Randy Spelling as Ryan Sanders
Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor
Jed Allan as Rush Sanders
John Reilly as Bill Taylor
Erica Yohn as Adele Silver
Travis Wester as Austin Sanders
Ryan Brown as Morton Muntz
Ruth Livier as Joy Taylor

Trivia

  • Clare graduates Summa Cum Laude
  • Brandon gets awarded the James S. Charlotte award for "the outstanding student of the graduating class"
  • Clare decides she wants to go to Paris with her father
  • Valerie and Steve hook up at the '20s party
  • Kelly makes amends with her father, just in time to learn he's being indicted for fraud and embezzlement, and is going to prison
  • Donna has sex for the first time, with David
  • Of the parents not present are Val's mom, Brandon's parents, Steve's mother and David's mother (the latter of which is not mentioned nor explained)

Music

lovefool | THE CARDIGANS
been it | THE CARDIGANS

Photos

Notes and references

  1. This is the last episode of the series with Mollin as showrunner and the original creative team. The following three seasons were made up of all new writers and producers, which arguably makes this a series finale
  2. Last appearance of Clare Arnold