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Survival Skills is the 16th episode of Season 9 on FOX drama soap Beverly Hills, 90210.

Synopsis

Matt is devastated to learn that the medicine that keeps Lauren sane is killing her. Together, they must decide if she will stay on the deadly medicine or return to the terror of her mental illness. Meanwhile, Dylan finds himself torn between spending time with Gina and the now available Kelly. Who will win his heart? Donna, unable to forgive Noah, finds that the embers of her relationship with David may still be burning when he makes a play to get her back. Steve and Janet get a lesson from the birds and the bees when they attempt to chaperone a camping trip.

Recap

Lauren suffers a reaction to her medication. She learns that she will die if she continues to take her medication; without the pills, her schizophrenia will resurface. Lauren prepares to return to the institution, but Matt proposes that they illegally obtain more pills and spend their remaining weeks together on a second honeymoon. Kelly stops sulking about Matt long enough to buy Dylan a classic car to lift his spirits. Gina becomes extremely jealous. Donna breaks up with Noah after he confesses to sleeping with Gina. Gina later reveals that they did not have sex. Donna insults her and refuses to forgive Noah. She co-hosts David's radio show for a night and reminisces about the good times. David shows up on Donna's doorstep, and they share a passionate kiss. Steve and Janet take a pair of troubled teens on a camping trip. While trying to counsel the bickering kids, Steve and Janet end up seeking romantic advice. Janet accidentally lets her feelings for Steve slip out. They spend the night together in the jeep and finally decide to pursue a relationship.

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
Vanessa Marcil as Gina Kincaid
Lindsay Price as Janet Sosna
Daniel Cosgrove as Matt Durning
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
special guest star
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay

Guest starring

Cari Shayne as Lauren Durning
Brian Vaughan as Stewart Tyler
Natanya Ross as Marianne Plague
Julie Caitlin-Brown as Dr. Michaels

Trivia

  • Donna ends things with Noah
  • Janet and Steve start a relationship

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