The Child Is Father to the Man is the 22nd episode of Season 3 on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Following the assassination of his father, Dylan tries to get in touch with his mother and Brenda asks her father to bring Dylan to stay with the Walshes. Brandon continues his reckless gambling, while Steve and David continue to be at odds as David battles his conscience over not being there for Dylan in favour of recording. Donna tries to rally Kelly, whose low self-esteem and subsequent eating disorder is exacerbated by Brenda being there for Dylan. 


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
Valerie Wildman as Christine Pettit

Guest starring

Tim Anderson as Dylan's Inner Child
Raymond O'Connor as Curtis Bray
Stephen Rowe as Serge Menkin
Miguel Pérez as Mel Borman
Adam Tucker as Mike Nelson


  • Christine reveals herself to have been an undercover FBI agent and informs Dylan that his late father got out of prison to help the FBI by serving as bait for his past criminal contacts
  • David manages to help Dylan feel understood by relaying his experience when Scott died tragically
  • Dylan and Brenda work toward forgiveness


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