Scott is a smart, socially nervous and a bit awkward freshman student at West Beverly Hills High School in 1990. He spends time with his childhood friend, David Silver, while David tries to make a name for himself at the school. Scott mostly just wants to be himself and not be dictated to by what other people consider 'cool'. However, as a regular teen he of course wants to be a part of the social scene and attend parties. He's sometimes down on himself for being a geek, although he has some face offs with David in their sophomore year over David's superficiality, as he was often the voice of reason when David was scheming to become popular.
Scott and his childhood friend, David Silver, start West Beverly together in 1990. Scott feels awkward and designated a 'geek', although he's smart and pretty aware of the ridiculousness of the social hierarchy of high school. He's also at the mercy of bullies, although Dylan McKay stands up to them for Scott in Tech Class. Scott thinks David's attempts at befriending Steve and Kelly are lame and never gonna happen, but he tries to help out David whenever the latter has a plan he's putting into motion. Scott often feels neglected throughout their freshman year as David dumps him to hang out with the 'cool kids', but he still spends time with David and they double date to their Freshman Year Spring Dance.
He and David began to drift apart during his stay on the show, becoming very distant in the summertime after their freshman year. While David was becoming friends with the popular kids, Scott went to Oklahoma with his family. When he returned, David rarely ever made time for him and Scott was often seen sadly trying to get his friend's attention without success. They had a brief fun time on Scott's last Halloween.
Scott died in season two after accidentally shooting himself at his own birthday party while playing with a gun in the episode The Next Fifty Years. This occurred in front of David, who became emotionally jarred for some time afterwards, citing angrily to Brandon Walsh over the radio that no one ever cared about Scott before he died.
Scott had a sister named Sue Scanlon, who appeared in season three. He was honored by individuals in his school following his passing. Some time later in season 3, David and Donna help his younger sister, Sue, denounce her sexually abusive Uncle Henry. Although it was never declared, Sue suggested that Scott might've been molested himself.
- Some publications state that Emerson was written out of the show because he quit acting In reality, Emerson learned that the series was picked up for a full second season, and three days later he was told of the new summer seasons format and that he wouldn't be a part of it.