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

About

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.

Starring

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

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (16 episodes)
Owner of the Peach Pit
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine (8 episodes)
A new transfer student

FAMILY

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

James Pickens Jr. as Henry Thomas (5 episodes)
Manager of the Beach Club
Douglas Emerson as Scott Scanlon (4 episodes)
David's childhood best friend and fellow sophomore
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")

Trivia

  • 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]

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Season 2/Gallery

Episodes

PHOTO EPISODE AIRDATE WRITTEN BY # EP #
201
Beach Blanket Brandon 11 JULY 1991 Darren Star 23 1
School's out in the second-season opener, and for Brandon, it's the beginning of a new job. But it also could be the beginning of the end for Brenda and Dylan. Brenda suspects she may be pregnant, and the results of a home pregnancy test are inconclusive. So she visits a gynaecologist - whose good news fails to cheer her up. Being sexually active, she finds, is not all to her liking.
202
The Party Fish 18 JULY 1991 Charles Rosin 24 2
At work, Brandon connects with an older co-worker, and with a mover and shaker whose hard-to-refuse offer causes shakiness at home with his dad. Meanwhile at school, Brenda connects with her emotions.
203
Summer Storm 25 JULY 1991 Steve Wasserman
& Jessica Klein
25 3
Cindy's mothering instinct upsets Jim and Brenda after she brings injured surfer Dylan to recuperate at the Walshes'. Meanwhile, Kelly's instincts are spiked by a handsome volleyball player.
204
Anaconda 1 AUGUST 1991 Jonathan Roberts 26 4
Brenda burns naturally, but Brandon and friends are in hot water when their after-hours poker game at the beach club is followed by a burglary.
205
Play It Again, David 8 AUGUST 1991 Sherri Ziff 27 5
Acting as a "big brother," Brandon is asked to keep a secret that needs telling; and Kelly fears a familial connection to David when their parents start dating.
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Pass, Not Pass 15 AUGUST 1991 Allison Adler 28 6
Andrea finds more drama when the student-teacher relationship goes outside the classroom; Brandon finds the fruit of his summer labor is sour - as in lemon.
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Camping Trip 29 AUGUST 1991 Karen Rosin 29 7
Rain on the kids' Yosemite parade strands the gang of seven next to newlyweds who teach — and learn — some things about love, marriage, divorce and communication.
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Wildfire 12 SEPTEMBER 1991 Steve Wasserman
& Jessica Klein
30 8
Dating others no longer looks good to Brenda when Dylan dates the new girl in school, whose datebook also includes Brandon. Meanwhile, Scott and David find what a difference a summer makes.
209
Ashes To Ashes 19 SEPTEMBER 1991 Charles Rosin
& Judi Ann Mason
31 9
A new family in the neighbourhood includes a freshman photographer and his older sister, whose boyfriend is roughed up by a security patrol when he tries to visit.
210
Necessity Is a Mother 26 SEPTEMBER 1991 Steve Wasserman
& Jessica Klein
32 10
Dylan says the full-time presence of his mother is driving him crazy, and although he doesn't say it's driving him to drink, soon he doesn't have to. Meanwhile, class success Donna plays the stock market for real.
211
Leading From The Heart 10 OCTOBER 1991 Darren Star 33 11
A mutual attraction between Kelly and the Walshes' visiting cousin Bobby is complicated more by others' assumptions than by Bobby's wheelchair. Meanwhile, Brenda takes another driving test.
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Down and Out of District in Beverly Hills 17 OCTOBER 1991 Karen Rosin
Allison Adler (story)
34 12
Brandon's good deed turns into a bad seed for Andrea, as it grows into the possibility of her expulsion from West Beverly. Meanwhile, Steve meets a girl looking for gold.
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Halloween 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, when Emily shows up trick-or-treating with her niece and nephew
214
The Next Fifty Years 7 NOVEMBER 1991 Karen Rosin
& Charles Rosin
36 14
Donna and David save a party from being a social disaster, but they're powerless against an accident that ends the party — and a life.
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U4EA 14 NOVEMBER 1991 Allison Adler 37 15
Emily leads the gang to an underground club, where she leads Brandon against his will on a journey with financial and emotional costs.
216
My Desperate Valentine 21 NOVEMBER 1991 Michael Swerdlick 38 16
Hard to do, but it must be done, so Brandon breaks up with Emily, who doesn't take it gracefully. Meanwhile, Brenda and Dylan declare a night be filled with music instead of making out.
217
Chuckie's Back 12 DECEMBER 1991 Steve Wasserman
Jessica Klein
Michael Swerdlick (story)
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
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A Walsh Family Christmas 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
219
Fire and Ice 9 JANUARY 1992 Carl Sautter 41 19
Brandon becomes a pleasant distraction for a figure skater with Olympian goals; backstabbing is included in Brenda's tutoring in retail-sales skills
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A Competitive Edge 23 JANUARY 1992 Charles Rosin
Jonathan Roberts
Douglas Brooks West (story)
42 20
Brandon trades his reporter's pen for track shoes, until he smells a story he can't — and shouldn't — ignore. And Brenda's minor accident turns major when the woman she bumped claims whiplash.
221
Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout It 6 FEBRUARY 1992 Karen Rosin
& Charles Rosin
43 21
The condom distribution program at school has many talking, some writing and one most adamant — until there's an unkind comment from an unlikely source.
222
And Baby Makes Five 13 FEBRUARY 1992 Steve Wasserman
& Jessica Klein
44 22
Dylan keeps mum about Valentine plans for Brenda, but no one keeps quiet about Kelly's mom and David's dad, each the last to know what's going on with the other.
223
Cardio Funk 27 FEBRUARY 1992 Steve Wasserman
& Jessica Klein
45 23
Separate admirers court attention from Brenda and Dylan, neither of whom is fully forthcoming with that news. And Jim gets hooked on Karaoke.
224
The Pit and the Pendulum 19 MARCH 1992 Larry Barber
& Paul Barber
46 24
Brenda and Brandon take opposite sides after learning Jim's new client plans a multimillion-dollar development that would absorb the Peach Pit.
225
Meeting Mr. Pony 2 APRIL 1992 Jonathan Roberts
& Maria Semple
47 25
Brenda projects control after facing an armed robber at the Pit, but there's a different woman beneath the surface.
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Things To Do On A Rainy Day 23 APRIL 1992 Jonathan Roberts
& Maria Semple
48 26
Donna sees more than she wants to on a pilgrimage to the hotel housing Color Me Badd, while Dylan, Steve and Brandon see less than they want of their in-your-home erotic dancer.
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Mexican Standoff 30 APRIL 1992 Steve Wasserman
& Jessica Klein
49 27
Brenda crosses the border with Dylan, against her folks' demands. Kelly finds Dylan's friend Jake eases her new-family fears.
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Wedding Bell Blues 7 MAY 1992 Darren Star 50 28
Conclusion. Mount Jimbo erupts, banning Dylan from the Walsh home, which is suddenly the site for the wedding of Mel and Jackie. Andrea nurses hurt feelings when her wedding invitation fails to arrive. Meanwhile, Kelly mourns the departure of Jake.

Notes and references