I will not be in London forever... Yeah, right
—Dylan learns Brenda won't return
What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories is the premiere of Season 5 on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


The Walshes welcome Valerie Malone, a young and charming family friend from Buffalo, who moves into Brenda's room after she leaves for England. But unknown to everybody, Valerie is secretly revealed to be a manipulative, cynical and callous woman with a taste for drugs and hard liquor. Meanwhile, Donna returns from her summer stay in Texas and claims that she's over with David, who's doing a video for his film class about his travels during the summer. But that evening, Donna has an emotional breakdown when she runs into David at a nightclub.

Steve returns from his summer vacation in Hawaii and decides to pursue Kelly, unaware that she's involved with Brandon. Dylan returns from his summer stay in Baja, Mexico and is revealed to have gone back to drinking since learning that Kevin and Suzanne have swindled him and skipped town with all of his money, and Erica. Also, Andrea and Jesse finally take their new baby daughter, Hannah, home.


Jason Priestley as Brandon 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
Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Appearance By

Howie Long as Himself

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio

Guest starring

Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay (voice)
Ron Fassler as Chad
Claudia Lonow as Hairdresser
Vance Valencia as Juarez


Kelly is the great love of my life. I'm gonna do everything in my power to win her over and you gotta help me
—Steve to Brandon
You know, I used to really envy Brenda. And pray that my life could be as charmed as hers
—Valerie to Brandon
Seems kind of dumb, but – bet he gives good credit card
—Valerie to Ginger about Steve
The Walshes? They're harmless. I'm sure everything will be cool. As long as they don't try and pull any parental trips on me. But if they do... you know me. I'll just put on a happy face... and dance
—Valerie to Ginger


  • Brenda tried to call Dylan while he was in Baja, to tell him that she's staying at RADA for at least another year.
    • Dylan gets this message from Brandon
  • Iris McKay leaves Dylan a message saying how stupid he was to lose the money. Yeah. Big help, "mom".
  • Valerie was Brandon's first kiss
  • Donna and Kelly didn't speak all summer because Kelly tried to defend David's actions
  • Brandon and Kelly tell Steve, Donna and Valerie that they're together
  • David got crabs from April as punishment from the universe for cheating on Donna


night in my veins | THE PRETENDERS
regular thing | OVIS
back & forth | AALIYAH


  • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen joins the cast as Valerie Malone, and Mark Damon Espinoza becomes an official cast member
    • Alicia Silverstone and Alyssa Milano were initially considered for the role of Valerie. Drew Barrymore was offered the part.[1]
    • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen had just finished working on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Both shows were set at the fictional California University, so she ends SBTB at the end of her freshman year at CU and now joins 90210 in her sophomore year.
    • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen played a character named Kelly on Saved By The Bell and Valerie on Beverly Hills, 90210, while Jennie Garth portrayed Kelly on the series and later starred on What I Like About You... as Valerie.
  • The video for "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" by Us3 plays over the closing credits to promote the Beverly Hills, 90210: The College Years soundtrack.

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