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Ode to Joy is the 27th episode of Season 10 and also the series finale of FOX drama soap Beverly Hills, 90210.

Synopsis

David and Donna announce their engagement in which all of their friends rush to give them the perfect wedding with Donna's mother, Felice, and Kelly's mother, Jackie, taking over the arrangements and Nat catering for the ceremony and agreeing to escort Donna down the church aisle. Meanwhile, Steve asks Janet to help him form their own publishing company so they both can have time for baby Maddie. Noah returns to Ellen and tells her that he has decided to give their relationship a second chance. At Donna's pre-wedding party, Kelly, Janet, Felice and Jackie are in attendance as well as friends from their past who include West Beverly High principal Mrs. Yvonne Teasley, as well as Andrea Zuckerman and even Valerie Malone.

At David's bachelor party, Steve, Noah, Dylan, Nat, and David's father Mel attend the gathering as well as Steve's stepbrother Ryan and former KEG fraternity brother Munz, except for Brandon Walsh who sends his regards to everyone via videotape. The day of the wedding goes without a hitch and at the end, Matt shows up briefly to tell Kelly that he has decided to move back to New York, and she goes back to try to renew her relationship with Dylan.

Starring

Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Vincent Young as Noah Hunter
Lindsay Price as Janet Sosna
Daniel Cosgrove as Matt Durning
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay

Special Guest Stars

Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh (video message)
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Eric Benet as Himself

Recurring cast

Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver
Katherine Cannon as Felice Martin
Randy Spelling as Ryan Sanders
Mercedes Kastner as Erin Silver

Guest starring

Kevin Sateri as Kiki
Scott Paetty as Charles Yoffe

Co-Starring

Lenny Wolpe as Rabbi
Hugh Jeffries as Minister
Marcello Cacioppo as Photographer

Quotes

When was it we fell in love? When were eighteen? Sixteen? Maybe ten? I don't know 'cause, the truth is, I can't picture a time when I wasn't in love with you. I always knew you were the one who could look into my eyes and see my soul. I don't question your commitment to us and I know there's nothing we can't work through. And I accept you as my partner and as my best friend above others. It's a miracle to find the kind of peace and happiness that you've given me. And in honor of that miracle, I pledge before our family and friends to love and cherish you forever
—David's vows
I look at you and I see my best friend. Your energy and passion inspire me in ways I never thought possible. Your inner beauty is so strong that I no longer fear being myself. I no longer fear at all. I never thought I'd find someone to love that would love me back unconditionally. And then I realize that although we were often apart, you were always with me and you were always my soul mate. You give me purpose when I feel I have none. Without you my soul would be empty, my heart would be broken, my being incomplete. I thank God every day you were brought into my life and I thank you for loving me
—Donna's vows

Trivia

  • "Ode to Joy" was composed by Beethoven.
  • Steve names all the girls that David has been involved with on the show except for one – Tuesday. She was the first girl we saw David get involved with when he took Kelly, Donna, & Steve to his grandparents' house in Palm Springs.[1]
  • David's mother and grandmother, last seen during Season 7, are nowhere to be found at the wedding and no explanation is given for their absence.
  • Dylan reads a selection from Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet," and Kelly reads "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Music

  • Out of My Head by Box
  • Ain't It Funny by Box
  • Beethoven's Ode To Joy (played on organ)
  • Here Comes the Bride by Richard Wagner (played on organ)
  • Wedding March (played on organ)
  • Spend My Life With You by Eric Benet and Tamia
  • Celebration originally by Kool and the Gang (performed by the wedding band)

Photos

Notes and references

  • All the original characters appeared in this finale except for Jim, Cindy and Brenda. Brandon only appears in a video message.
  • The series finale originally aired as a two-hour special with episodes 26 ('The Penultimate') and 27 ('Ode to Joy') running back to back.
  • Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling are the only five cast members to appear in all 10 seasons of the series.
  • Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling are the only six cast members to appear in both the Pilot and the Series Finale.
  • The only cast member that was close to appearing in all 296 episodes is Tori Spelling, she appeared in 292/296 episodes of the entire series run. In second place are Ian Ziering and Jennie Garth, they both appeared in 291/296 episodes.
  • Not one character appeared in all 296 episodes.
  • There was some talk about a spinoff after the show ended, that was gonna be called 90210: The New Class but it was never made – until 90210
  • Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling reprise their roles as Kelly Taylor, Brenda Walsh and Donna Martin on 90210.
  1. A Fling in Palm Springs

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