The Back Story is the 8th episode of Season 3 on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


During SATs week, Brenda tries to desperately quit her chain-smoking habit she picked up in Paris, while at the same time, she talks a little too openly to Beth Nielson, a tabloid-TV reporter about life in Beverly Hills who twists her story, and her friendships. Meanwhile, Nikki turns her sights on Brandon and tries to win his affections. An academic shortcut temps Steve when an alumni man, named B.J. Harrison, offers him the master key to the school offices. Also, Dylan visits his father in prison again who gives him some advice on his future.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
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

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Josh Taylor as Jack McKay
Denise Dowse as Mrs. Teasley
Michael Cudlitz as Tony Miller
Dana Barron as Nikki Witt

Guest starring

Kamala Lopez as Beth Nielsen
Chadd Nyerges as B.J. Harrison


  • Brandon kisses Nikki
  • Brenda quits smoking


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