Season 2 of American teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on FOX.


From a pregnancy scare and a troubled girlfriend to a cameo by Color Me Badd, Beverly Hills 90210's sophomore year demonstrates why this was "the greatest TV show in history with a zip code in its title." This is the season that catapulted 90210 from Most Likely to Succeed to BSOF (Best Show on Fox). Certainly, it was must-see viewing for teens who anxiously tuned in each week to vicariously chart the serial adventures of siblings Brenda and older brother Brandon, recent transplants from Minnesota to glitzy Beverly Hills.

Season 2, one of the best in this series' decade-long run, is one for the time capsule, with episodes and story arcs that loom large in the 90210 phenomenon, among them: Brenda's tempestuous on-and-off-again relationship with soulful bad boy Dylan, causing rifts between her and her increasingly disapproving parents; new girl Emily Valentine going all Fatal Attraction on Brandon (no rabbits are boiled but a homecoming float is in jeopardy); Kelly, hooking up with Melrose Place-bound Jake, and Donna in her mermaid Halloween costume.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor (27 episodes)
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman (27 episodes)
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Guest Stars

Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay
Dylan's mother ("Necessity Is A Mother")
Lainie Kazan as Rose Zuckerman
Andrea's paternal grandmother ("Down And Out Of District In Beverly Hills")
Color Me Badd as Themselves
("Things To Do On A Rainy Day")

Recurring cast

Douglas Emerson as Scott Scanlon (4 episodes)
David's childhood best friend and fellow sophomore
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (16 episodes)
Owner of The Peach Pit
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine (8 episodes)
A new transfer student
James Pickens Jr. as Henry Thomas (5 episodes)
Manager of the Beach Club


Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor (8 episodes)
Kelly's mother
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver (7 episodes)
David's father
Arthur Brooks/Josh Taylor as Jack McKay (2 episodes)
Dylan's father
Christine Belford as Samantha Sanders (2 episodes)
Steve's mother
Katherine Cannon as Felice Martin (2 episodes)
Donna's mother

Guest starring

Michael St. Gerard as Chris Suiter (4 episodes)
Denise Dowse as Yvonne Teasley (3 episodes)
Scott Jaeck as Mr. Chapman (3 episodes)
David Lascher as Kyle Conners (2 episodes)
Grant Show as Jake Hanson (2 episodes)
Rebecca Staab as Deidre (2 episodes)
Deborah Goodrich as Sandy ("The Party Fish")
James Sloyan as Jerry Rattinger ("The Party Fish")
Timothy Blake as Mrs. Rattinger ("The Party Fish")
Coleby Lombardo as Felix ("Play It Again, David")
Eugenia Buerklin as Allison ("Camping Trip")
Peter Marc Jacobson as Neil ("Camping Trip")
Richard Roundtree as Robinson Ashe Jr. ("Ashes To Ashes")
Eugene Byrd as Robinson Ashe III ("Ashes To Ashes")
Vivica A. Fox as Sherice Ashe ("Ashes To Ashes")
Tina Lifford as Felicity Ashe ("Ashes To Ashes")
Gordon Currie as Bobby Walsh ("Leading From The Heart")
Jennifer Runyon as Christine ("Down And Out Of District in Beverly Hills")
Matt Nolan as Chuck Wilson ("Chuckie's Back")
Parley Baer as Al Brown ("A Walsh Family Christmas")
Keene Curtis as Santa Claus ("A Walsh Family Christmas")
Gabrielle Anwar as Tricia Kinney ("Fire And Ice")
Michael Cudlitz as Tony Miller ("A Competitive Edge")
Marilyn Rockafellow as Rosemary Winters ("A Competitive Edge")
Heather McAdam as Sarah ("Cardio Funk")
Hank Stratton as Tim Matthews ("Cardio Funk")
Liz Vassey as Marcie St. Claire ("The Pit And The Pendulum")
John Ingle as Dickson St. Claire ("The Pit And The Pendulum")
Betty Carvalho as Rosalita Valdez ("Mexican Standoff")
Denise Richards as Robin McGill ("Wedding Bell Blues")


  • Showrunner Charles Rosin points to this as the toughest season of the series[1]
    • Rosin mentions that it dumbed the show down that the storyline had the characters be juniors again and had to work hard to convince Aaron Spelling that they should be seniors in Season 3[1]
  • The first season was co-produced by a non-union company called Propaganda, which was cut out for Season 2.[1]
  • The crew protested halfway through the season to become union, which Spelling Inc. had hitherto opposed as it cost less.[1]


Season 2/Gallery



Beach Blanket Brandon

11 JULY 1991 Darren Star 23 1
After a home pregnancy test is inconclusive, Dylan and Kelly accompany Brenda to the gynocologist. Meanwhile, Brandon tries out for lifeguard at the Beverly Hills Beach Club and Brenda, Donna, Andrea and David enroll in a summer school drama class

The Party Fish

18 JULY 1991 Darren Star
Charles Rosin
24 2
Brandon befriends Jerry Rattinger, an influential sports promoter and member of the Beverly Hills Beach Club. At the same time, he looks to romance Sandy, a beleaguered co-worker who is many years his senior. As an acting class assignment, Brenda tries to recreate the experience of being lost in a mall as a child

Summer Storm

25 JULY 1991 Jessica Klein
Steve Wasserman
25 3
Dylan's father Jack McKay, is taken into custody, and all his assets are frozen. He is injured in a surfing accident, and Cindy agrees to take care of him during his recovery. Jim and Brenda are unhappy with this arrangement. Kelly gets a date with an attractive classmate Kyle Conners and Donna and David must perform a scene from Romeo and Juliet for their acting class.


1 AUGUST 1991 Darren Star
Jonathan Roberts
26 4
Jim encourages Dylan to get in touch with his mother, but Dylan is uncomfortable asking his estranged mother for financial help. Brandon, David, Steve and some friends hold an after-hours poker game at the beach club. Brenda and Donna lounge at the beach, trying to get a summer tan.

Play It Again, David

8 AUGUST 1991 Sherri Ziff 27 5
Jackie breaks her tooth during lunch at the beach club, but a nearby dentist comes to her rescue. He asks her out and reveals that he is Mel Silver... David's father. Andrea encourages Brandon to spend time with a fatherless boy from a youth center. Brenda cannot stop thinking about Dylan while he is away in Hawaii.

Pass, Not Pass

15 AUGUST 1991 Allison Adler 28 6
Brenda's acting teacher, Chris, asks her to perform a scene with Andrea to bring the insecure girl out of her shell. Brenda admits her crush on Chris to Andrea, who soon develops her own interest in him. Brandon refuses Jim's help as he purchases his dream car, while Kelly and Steve lament the imminent end of summer vacation.

Camping Trip

29 AUGUST 1991 Karen Rosin 29 7
The gang takes off with plans to spend the weekend camping at Yosemite Park. A sudden monsoon forces the teens to seek refuge in a cramped one-bedroom cabin. Everyone quickly begins to get on each other's nerves


12 SEPTEMBER 1991 Darren Star
Steve Wasserman
30 8
On the first day of school Dylan makes a date with Emily Valentine, a new student who plays guitar and rides a motorcycle. She also makes a date with Brandon, and all of the guys seem quite taken with her. Emily offers to help Brenda, Kelly and Donna put together an act for the school's welcome assembly. Brenda becomes extremely jealous and possessive after learning of Emily's involvement with Dylan

Ashes To Ashes

19 SEPTEMBER 1991 Charles Rosin
Judi Ann Mason
31 9
The Walshes sign up for a neighborhood security patrol, but can't figure out how to work the alarm system. A wealthy black family moves into the neighborhood. Brandon befriends freshman Robbie (who tries out for Blaze staff photographer), but gets into a car accident with his sister, Sherice Ashe

Necessity Is a Mother

26 SEPTEMBER 1991 Steve Wasserman
Jessica Klein
32 10
Dylan cannot stand the fact that his quirky mother, Iris McKay, has moved in with him. He begins drinking, skipping school, and spending all of his time at a pool hall. After Donna displays a knack for picking stocks in an economics assignment, Steve talks her into investing in the market with him

Leading from the Heart

10 OCTOBER 1991 Darren Star 33 11
Brandon and Brenda's cousin Bobby Walsh visits, as he is considering transferring to UCLA. Bobby and Kelly develop a mutual attraction, but Brenda fears that Kelly will break her cousin's heart. Meanwhile, Emily Valentine joins the school paper and David, who starts to having feelings for Donna, asks her out

Down and Out of District in Beverly Hills

17 OCTOBER 1991 Karen Rosin
Allison Adler (story)
34 12
Brandon submits one of Andrea's articles to a high school journalism contest. She wins the contest, but panics because a school district representative wants to conduct a home interview. Steve gets a new girlfriend named Christine, but Kelly suspects that the girl is only interested in his bank account


31 OCTOBER 1991 Jonathan Roberts 35 13
Brenda, Dylan, Steve, Donna and Kelly attend a Halloween party. David blows off the party to spend some time with his oldest friend, relieving their childhood Halloweens. Brandon stays home to hand out candy (actually raisins) with his parents, when Emily shows up trick-or-treating with her niece and nephew

The Next Fifty Years

7 NOVEMBER 1991 Karen Rosin
Charles Rosin
36 14
On Scott's 16th birthday, his mother gives Donna and David the responsibility of rounding up people for his birthday party to save it from being a social disaster


14 NOVEMBER 1991 Allison Adler 37 15
Emily invites everyone to join her at an underground club. The location is a secret; the gang must exchange an egg at a certain convenience store for this information

My Desperate Valentine

21 NOVEMBER 1991 Michael Swerdlick 38 16
Emily refuses to accept the fact that Brandon no longer wants to see her. Dylan and Brenda attempt to 'branch out' in how they spend their time together and the gang sign up for building a float for the homecoming dance

Chuckie's Back

12 DECEMBER 1991 Jessica Klein
Steve Wasserman
39 17
Steve is bothered by the appearance of his old nemesis Chuck Wilson, the former child actor who starred in the TV series Hartley House with his mother, Samantha, who is asked to appear in a reunion TV show

A Walsh Family Christmas

90210-S2-Ep18-Christmas 400
19 DECEMBER 1991 Darren Star 40 18
Steve arrives in New Mexico to begin his search for his long lost biological mother, while his adoptive mother, Samantha, worries at home. As does Kelly while the gang prepares for Christmas

Fire and Ice

9 JANUARY 1992 Carl Sautter 41 19
Brandon learns a lesson in dedication to a task and hard work when he falls for Tricia, a young ice skater with Olympic goals, whom he pleasantly distracts from her skating practice. Meanwhile, Brenda is dealing with a back-stabbing boss at her boutique job and Cindy offers Brenda a chance to even the score

A Competitive Edge

23 JANUARY 1992 Charles Rosin
Jonathan Roberts
42 20
Brandon goes undercover for the Blaze to try and expose steroid use within the school's track team. Meanwhile, Brenda has a minor car accident and the other driver tries to fool her

Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout It

6 FEBRUARY 1992 Karen Rosin
Charles Rosin
43 21
Andrea fights with the school board to lead a campaign to have condoms distributed at West Beverly. But Donna's uptight, influential, and fiercely conservative mother, Felice, is opposed to any sex education in schools. Meanwhile, Brenda writes a term paper about her experiences with her pregnancy scare, which upsets Dylan who feels his privacy is violated.

And Baby Makes Five

13 FEBRUARY 1992 Steve Wasserman
Jessica Klein
44 22
Jackie tells Kelly that she is pregnant, but that she would rather not tell Mel. Nat brings Andrea, Brandon and Steve to the horse track when Andrea displays a knack for picking winners and Dylan plans a surprise Valentine's for Brenda

Cardio Funk

27 FEBRUARY 1992 Steve Wasserman
Jessica Klein
45 23
A guy hits on Brenda in aerobics class and suddenly she feels conflicted about her attraction to him. Meanwhile, Dylan reconnects with an old friend and is unsure about what is happening between them. Jim convinces Nat to set up a karaoke machine at the Pit, much to the chagrin of everyone else.

The Pit and the Pendulum

19 MARCH 1992 Larry Barber
Paul Barber
46 24
When a business associate of Jim's intends to build a new mall, the gang are invited to partake in peer surveys. However, a battle of Greek proportions erupts between father and son when Brandon learns that the mall is looking to build on the site of the Peach Pit.

Meeting Mr. Pony

2 APRIL 1992 Jonathan Roberts
Maria Semple
47 25
Brenda is held up at gun point one late night at the Peach Pit and grapples with PTSD as a result

Things To Do On A Rainy Day

23 APRIL 1992 Jonathan Roberts
Maria Semple
48 26
David is joined by Donna, Kelly and Brenda when he gets a lead on massive pop group Color Me Badd staying at the Bel Age, but while there Donna runs into someone unexpected. Meanwhile, the guys decide to hire a stripper to come to Casa Walsh for the rainy afternoon, but a surprise visit threatens to derail their lusty plans.

Mexican Standoff

30 APRIL 1992 Steve Wasserman
Jessica Klein
49 27
After missing curfew a few too many times by staying over late at Dylan's house, Brenda is grounded and is forbidden to go surfing with him in Mexico for the weekend. Meanwhile, Kelly becomes acquainted with Jake Hanson, a handyman and an old friend of Dylan's.

Wedding Bell Blues

7 MAY 1992 Darren Star 50 28
Jim goes to Mexico to fetch Brenda and forbids her from seeing Dylan... permanently. When plumbing problems force Jackie to cancel her wedding, the Walshes offer to host it at their house. Andrea nurses hurt feelings when her wedding invitation fails to arrive. Meanwhile, Donna mopes because as Kelly's mother prepares for her nuptials, her own parents are mulling divorce

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Blaze with Lizzie & Kat! Episode 55 – Charles Rosin • Season 2 Wrap-Up