The Nature of Nurture is the 24th episode of Season 8 on FOX drama soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Kelly objects to the decision of a Special Services person when the abandoned baby is placed with a gay couple. Meanwhile, Brandon and Steve and Janet quarrel over running cigarette ads for their failing newspaper in which Brandon threatens to quit, while Steve continues to pretend that he's Ted in order to please his pen pal friend Jill. Noah asks to finance Donna's marketing of her own designs for another fashion company. Also, Valerie deals with her long-estranged mother, Abby, who arrives back in town for a visit and hits it off with Kelly's father, Bill, who has been paroled from prison. Elsewhere, David becomes intrigued by his new neighbor Woody Sloan, a former rock star.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Vincent Young as Noah Hunter

Recurring cast

Lindsay Price as Janet Sosna
Nicole Forester as Jill Reiter

Guest starring

Michelle Phillips as Abby Malone
John Reilly as Bill Taylor
Jessica Alba as Leanne
Wendy Schenker as Leanne's Mother
Nancy Moonves as Pam Ahern
Ben Lemon as Kyle Vosler
Geoffrey Lower as Gene
David Glen Eisley as Woody Sloan
Lisa Deanne Young as Sally Licht
Chris Ufland as Dean Shaver

Music Edit

  • 'Mega Multi-Media Hero' by The Uninvited