What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories

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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 Guest Star

Howie Long as Himself

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay (voice)


Ron Fassler as Chad
Vance Valencia as Juarez
Nancy Stephens as Helen
DeJuan Guy as Steve
Claudia Lonow as Hairdresser


Valerie –The Walshes? They're harmless. I'm sure everything will be cool with me as long as those squares don't try to pull any parental trips on me. But if they do... you know me. I'll just put on a happy face... and dance
Valerie – He seems kind of dumb... but I bet he gives good credit card
Valerie – You know growing up, I would envy Brenda, and I'd pray that my life would be as charmed as hers


  • 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.


  • Night In My Veins by The Pretenders
  • Regular Thing by Ovis
  • Back & Forth by Aaliyah

Notes and references


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