Jim and Cindy Walsh, played by James Eckhouse and Carol Potter, are a married couple introduced in the first series of the Beverly Hills, 90210 continuity. The phrase "Jim and Cindy" has become an almost iconic statement among both fans of the continuity and characters within it.
Jim and Cindy are the parents of Brandon and Brenda Walsh. To varying degrees between the two of them, the parents are largely portrayed as caring, disciplined, sage-like figures. They offered advice not only to their own children throughout the first series, but occasionally to their children's friends as well.
Cindy is a sweet, sensitive listener who tended to express motherly affection toward Brenda's close friend—and Brandon's eventual girlfriend—Kelly, while also caring a good deal for good-hearted brooder Dylan. In addition, she would always grant warm welcomes to Steve, Donna, and any of her children's other close friends.
Jim is a staunch-but-sensitive disciplinarian who tends to dispatch tough love. Of his children's friends, Jim was by far closest to Dylan McKay. He disapproved of Dylan's relationship with Brenda on certain occasions, but was content with it on others. At the same time, he served as a trustee and father-figure to him.
Most of the time when Jim would advise Dylan against something—such as buying a new car or trusting newly arrived family members—he was proven right, which Dylan would often learn the hard way. This fatherly aspect of their relationship is something that writer Karen Rosin jokes about in her Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 3 DVD commentary.
Despite their differences, Jim and Dylan's relationship matured into a mutually respectful one throughout their years of professional and personal association.
Jim and Cindy departed for Hong Kong on business at the end of the fifth season, leaving their now-grown son Brandon—whose sister had departed for England in the fourth season—to live his life independently. However, Jim and Cindy made occasional reappearances on the series in the years to come. Both were present for Brandon's wedding to Kelly in the eighth season, which was ultimately aborted. In an off-screen development, Brenda later traveled to China to adopt a little girl (in the spin-off 90210), reuniting with her parents in the process.
Jim and Cindy Walsh has a Photo Gallery.