The Game Is Chicken is the 17th episode of Season 3 on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Quick money in hot-rod racing attracts Steve and Brandon, but Dylan fears they'll be taken for a ride; Brenda and Kelly look to Princeton men to ease their Dylan dilemma; Donna proves a sound replacement for deejay David.


Through a mutual interest in cars, Steve becomes friends with Joe Wardlow, a guy in detention. He and Brandon win a lot of money betting on Joe in a car race, but streetwise Dylan warns that the whole thing may be a scam. Steve and Brandon agree to bankroll Joe in a high-stakes race against drug dealer Frank Padilla. Brandon realizes that their opponent may be the guy who ran over Andrea. While Brandon contacts the police, Steve tries to stall by insisting that he be allowed to race Padilla. The two get into an argument and agree to a deadly game of "chicken", but Dylan intervenes.

After undergoing hypnosis, Andrea is able to remember the face of the man who hit her and successfully identifies Padilla as the hit-and-run driver. Brenda and Kelly agree to a double-date with two guys from Princeton, only to find that they are high school geeks from the Princeton School in Encino. They aren't exactly thrilled but when the two geeks see their dates, they look as though Christmas has come early. Brenda and Kelly are taken to a video game arcade and have a surprisingly good time, albeit with each other and not their 'dates'. Donna takes over David's radio show while he tries to catch up on his studies in the hopes of graduating early. David is initially critical of her performance, but acknowledges that she did well and asks her to become his permanent co-host.


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

Guest starring

Thomas Wilson Brown as Joe Wardlow
Cyril O'Reilly as Frank Padilla
Seth Green as Wayne
Vidal Peterson as Adam
Robert David Hall Teacher


So I was blitz shopping Melrose yesterday, and I see Jockey for her, Calvin Klein for her, BVD for her. Now I don't get it, I mean I don't see them making Maidenform for him
—Donna on the radio
Lately, between you and me, I've been thinking of how lucky Donna is to have David
—Kelly to Brenda


  • While at the video arcade, Brenda states that she is the reigning champ of Wayzetta. She pronounces it "WAYzetta"- with a hard "a" sound. That is totally incorrect. It is pronounced "Whyzetta" and anyone from Minneapolis would know that.
  • Steve risks his life for Andrea, and Dylan risks his for Steve.
  • David and Donna become a radio team


bend time back around | PAULA ABDUL
got 2 have u | COLOR ME BADD
all the way to heaven | JODY WATLEY
let me be your baby | GEOFFREY WILLIAMS
crystal blue persuasion | TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS
she's not there | THE ZOMBIES
walk on the wild side | LOU REED
stand by me | BEN E. KING

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