Malibu, CA (TV series)

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Malibu, CA
MalibuCA.jpg The first season cast of Malibu, CA. Top row (L-R): Brandon Brooks, Trevor Merszei, and Gina Marie May. Bottom row (L-R): Jason Hayes and Wendi Kenya.
Created by Peter Engel
Carl Kurlander
Starring Trevor Merszei (1998-2000)
Jason Hayes (1998-2000)
Edward Blatchford (1998-2000)
Brandon Brooks (1998-2000)
Priscilla Lee Taylor (1998-2000)
Wendi Kenya (1998-1999)
Gina Marie May (1998-1999)
Marquita Terry (1999-2000)
Suzanne Davis (1999-2000)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Executive producer(s) Peter Engel
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Original channel Syndicated
Original release October 11, 1998 – May 20, 2000
External links

Malibu, CA is an American teen sitcom television program produced by Saved by the Bell creator Peter Engel that aired from 1998 to 2000 on syndication. Co-created by Engel and Carl Kurlander, the show centred on the lives of twin brothers Scott (Trevor Merszei) and Jason Collins (Jason Hayes), who move to Malibu, California from New York City to live with their father, Peter (Edward Blatchford).

Guest appearances on the show included Dennis Haskins (who had previously worked with Engel for several years on Saved by the Bell), Scott Whyte and Marissa Dyan from City Guys, Daniella Deutscher from Hang Time, and model Victoria Silvstedt.

The series was one of two post-Saved by the Bell: The College Years series executive produced by Peter Engel that did not air on NBC's TNBC lineup, USA High being the other. Prior to the 2012 premiere of The First Family, Malibu, CA was the last situation comedy to be broadcast for the first-run syndication market.

Main characters[edit]

  • Jason Collins (Jason Hayes): Jason is Scott's twin brother who moves out to Malibu with him from New York City. Jason's main interest is girls, and he tries to get a date whenever possible, even if it means hurting other people along the way. He harbours dreams of being a world-famous guitarist and songwriter.
  • Peter Collins (Edward Blatchford): Scott and Jason's father and the owner of The Lighthouse, a restaurant in Malibu. He is more laid-back than the boys' mother and is always there for them, but will not tolerate misbehaviour.
  • Murray Updyke (Brandon Brooks): The unacknowledged son of a wealthy oil baron, Murray is an off-beat surfer who runs The Surf Shack, a beachfront establishment where surfers can rent boards and other paraphernalia that Peter later buys. Though he is often annoying and something of a dimwit, Murray is a true friend.
  • Jennifer "Stads" Stadler (Wendi Kenya, appears in Season 1 and select episodes of Season 2): Stads is a blonde, athletic, tomboyish lifeguard at the beach. She is insulted when people think she is a bimbo and is hot-tempered when dealing with people who call her one. Initially smitten with Scott, she ends up with Jason. Their relationship is fraught with constant fighting because Stads usually beats Jason at everything, and they eventually break up after Jason kisses Stads' best friend Samantha during a storm. They reconcile, but Stads takes a job in Europe and breaks up with Jason again after she learns he is seeing someone else.
  • Samantha "Sam" Chapman (Gina Marie May, appears in Season 1 only): An attractive brunette who is Stads' best friend and the next-door neighbour of Scott, Jason, and Peter. Scott and Jason initially vie for her affections, but Scott wins out and Jason begins a relationship with Stads. When Scott's ex-girlfriend Megan comes to town, he has an affair with her, causing Samantha to break up with him. Samantha is an environmental activist who protests drilling for oil at the beach and the construction of condominia which threaten the existence of The Surf Shack, run by her childhood friend Murray. She also briefly tries her hand at modeling and almost leaves for Paris with a photographer of dubious moral character before Scott convinces her to change her mind.
  • Traycee Banks (Priscilla Lee Taylor, recurring character in Season 1 and promoted to main cast in Season 2): A gorgeous blonde who is a stereotypical bimbo. Traycee owns an enormous amount of swimsuits, loves the colour pink, and is an actress. She initially lives in her own place but moves into an apartment with Lisa, which she names Casa de Fun Fun. She gets a job working as Dr. Sheila Lowenstein on the soap opera Malibu Hospital, but after the show is cancelled she decides to go to medical school. Like Murray, Traycee is not very bright and sometimes annoying, but she is a good friend. Her beauty often attracts many men to her, which her friends sometimes use to their advantage.
  • Lisa Jones (Marquita Terry, appears in Season 2 only): Lisa is a medical student who later becomes a doctor at a hospital. She has a tendency to be bossy and short-tempered, especially around her roommate Traycee, and has a habit of taking endlessly when she is nervous. She once forces Traycee to leave the apartment after an argument, but after her crazy-professional wrestling-fan new roommate scares her, she patches things up with Traycee and moves back in with her, with help from her friends. She eventually forms a relationship with Scott.
  • Alexandra "Alex" Kaufman (Suzanne Davis, appears in Season 2 only): A lifeguard who comes to town after Stads' departure. Alex loves Malibu and hanging out with her friends. She becomes fond of Murray and even tries her hand at a singing career.

List of episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
1 26 October 11, 1998 - May 23, 1999
2 26 October 9, 1999 - May 20, 2000

Season 1[edit]

Series # Season # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
1 1 "Welcome to Malibu" Gary Shimokawa Carl Kurlander October 11, 1998 70001
Fraternal twins Scott and Jason Collins move from New York to Malibu to be with their father Peter, who runs a restaurant there called the Lighthouse. Both boys are immediately attracted to their neighbour Samantha and just as quickly start competing for her attention.
2 2 "Surf Sale" Gary Shimokawa Eddie Ring and Mark Lavine October 18, 1998 70003
Condo developers plan to get rid of The Surf Shack, Murray's favourite place. For a time, it looks like The Surf Shack has a date with the bulldozer, but then Peter steps in to save the day.
3 3 "Miss Malibu" Gary Shimokawa Renee Palyo October 25, 1998 70002
While caring for their father's tropical fish while he is away, Jason and Scott find one of them, Peter's favourite "Goldie," dead. To raise the money to replace the expensive fish, the brothers hold a Miss Malibu contest and fix it so that Samantha will be the winner.
4 4 "The Classic Car" Gary Shimokawa Carl Kurlander November 1, 1998 70004
Scott is restoring a 1965 Mustang and Samantha is spending a lot of time helping him with it, causing concern for Jason and Stads. To stop Scott and Sam from going to a car show in Santa Barbara, Stads and Jason make it look like the Mustang was stolen.
5 5 "Photo Shoot" Gary Shimokawa Ross Abrash November 8, 1998 70006
Samantha is chosen by fashion photographer Devon for a photo shoot, but Jason believes he is just hitting on her and tells Scott to stop it.
6 6 "My Hero" Gary Shimokawa Bob Underwood November 15, 1998 70005
Jason and Stads are dating, but Jason is embarrassed by always being outdone by Stads in athletics. A robbery is attempted at the Lighthouse while the couple are there. The lights go out and Stads knocks out the robber. When the confusion settles down, Stads gives Jason credit for subduing the thief.
7 7 "Scott's Old Girlfriend" Gary Shimokawa Brett Dewey November 22, 1998 70007
Megan, Scott's ex-girlfriend from New York, visits Malibu, causing a strain in his relationship with Samantha.
8 8 "Two 'Man' Bowling" Gary Shimokawa Eddie Ring and Mark Lavine November 29, 1998 70010
Jason and Scott enter a bowling tournament against the reigning Malibu Lanes champ Louie.
9 9 "Murray Wear" Gary Shimokawa Brett Dewey December 6, 1998 70012
Scott and Jason are desperate to make some money after they mess up supply orders at the restaurant. To do this, they put their own home shopping show on the Public-access television channel.
10 10 "The Costume Party" Gary Shimokawa Bob Underwood December 13, 1998 70009
Jason is jealous of Stads' hunky lifeguard partner Kip. Scott advises him to flirt with Traycee to make Stads jealous. Samantha advises Stads to do likewise with Kip. Jason and Stads argue while shopping for costumes for a party and the two break up.
11 11 "Malibu Holiday" Gary Shimokawa Ross Abrash December 20, 1998 70008
Scott recognizes actress Jessie Sinclair at The Lighthouse, but he agrees to keep the news quiet.
12 12 "The Big Storm" Gary Shimokawa Renee Palyo January 10, 1999 70014
Jason and Stads have a big fight over his gift to her, tickets to a concert that he is anxious to go to. Samantha advises Jason to buy another gift for Stads and the two of them set out for Beverly Hills to buy a necklace. On the way a big storm rolls in, causing a mudslide.
13 13 "Mom Returns" Gary Shimokawa Brett Dewey January 17, 1999 70011
Jason and Scott worry that they will have to move back to New York when their mother visits.
14 14 "Murray for Mayor" Gary Shimokawa Carl Kurlander and Bob Underwood (teleplay)
Eddie Ring and Mark Lavine (story)
January 24, 1999 70013
Murray decides to run for mayor of Malibu to save a 500-year-old tree stump slated for removal in order to build a road to a hospital. His opponent, Dennis Haskins (the actor who played Mr. Belding on Saved by the Bell), is determined to catch Jason and Scott, who have been illegally using campaign funds.
15 15 "Love on the 'Net" Gary Shimokawa Bob Underwood and Ross Abrash January 31, 1999 70015
After his breakup with Stads, Jason is striking out with women while Scott is having great success with girls he's met through the Internet. Meanwhile Traycee is training with Stads to become a lifeguard to appear on Baywatch.
16 16 "Mrs. Murray" Gary Shimokawa Rob Hammersley (teleplay)
Renee Palyo and Ross Abrash (story)
February 7, 1999 70017
Murray is attracted to a sunbather on the beach named Amber. To help him out, Jason lets her know that Murray is a trust-fund baby, and Amber all of a sudden is wild about Murray.
17 17 "The Game Show" Gary Shimokawa Renee Palyo and Ross Abrash February 14, 1999 70018
Peter promotes Scott to a position over Jason at the restaurant. In their sibling rivalry, the boys make a $200 bet over who is the better ladies' man. To do this they appear on Traycee's new cable show which is similar to The Dating Game.
18 18 "The Dude of Love" Gary Shimokawa Renee Palyo and Ross Abrash February 21, 1999 70019
Jason likes a girl he meets on the beach named Holly, but she has a boyfriend.
19 19 "Jason's New Job" Gary Shimokawa Renee Palyo and Carl Kurlander (teleplay)
Tony Soltis (story)
February 28, 1999 70021
Jason is hurt and offended when his father snaps at him at work, and takes a new job at a health club. However, when Peter's new hire robs his restaurant, a familiar face comes to the rescue.
20 20 "The Older Woman" Gary Shimokawa Carl Kurlander and Ross Abrash April 11, 1999 70024
Laura, a graphic designer, is hired to design new menus for The Lighthouse, and the boys notice that their father has more than a professional interest in her.
21 21 "Scott's Secret Dream" Gary Shimokawa Tony Soltis (teleplay)
Scott Yaffe (story)
April 18, 1999 70023
Stads is interning at a local TV station and everyone else seems to want to get in on the act. Traycee tries out for weather girl, Jason enters the jingle-writing contest, and Scott wants to be a sports commentator.
22 22 "Mom's Gift" Gary Shimokawa Renee Palyo April 25, 1999 70026
The boys have forgotten to buy their mother a birthday present, so they decide to make her a videotape all about their lives in Malibu.
23 23 "The New Cook" Gary Shimokawa Eddie Ring and Mark Lavine May 2, 1999 70016
Peter gives Jason and Scott the responsibility of hiring a new cook while he is away, and they choose a beautiful, statuesque blonde – whose cooking is awful.
24 24 "Uncle Charlie" Gary Shimokawa Tony Soltis May 9, 1999 70020
The boys' favourite uncle, Charlie, is coming to visit, but he is not as happy about it as they are.
25 25 "The Yacht" Gary Shimokawa Renee Palyo and Carl Kurlander (teleplay)
Ross Abrash (story)
May 16, 1999 70022
Scott and Jason accidentally destroy their father's $2000 watch. To raise money to replace it, they convince Murray to hold a "Casino Night" on his father's yacht while he is out of town.
26 26 "The Triathlon" Gary Shimokawa Ross Abrash and Carl Kurlander May 23, 1999 70025
Jason gets jealous when Stads and Scott spend time together for an upcoming triathlon. Meanwhile, after an accident in The Lighthouse, Traycee decides to sue Peter, but then later marries him.

Season 2[edit]

  • Episode 1: "Race Your Dream" - October 9, 1999

Medical student Lisa Jones insults Jason & Scott. NOTE: Priscilla Taylor is now placed into the intro cast.

  • Episode 2: "Jason's Song" - October 16, 1999

Jesse, a member of Peter's 1970s band the Disco Dudes, shows up at the Lighthouse.

  • Episode 3: "Aloha" - October 23, 1999

The Lighthouse is losing business to another restaurant, the Aloha. Meanwhile Traycee decides to have a new look to get a proper date.

  • Episode 4: "Chasing Stads" - October 30, 1999

Stads experiences bad luck. NOTE: This was Wendi Kenya's last appearance on the show, though her character is mentioned in one later episode.

  • Episode 5: "Off the Deep End" - November 6, 1999

Peter has been ignoring Scott's swim meets and now only three are left before the Olympic trials. Fearing that he's doing the same thing to Scott now that he did to him when he was younger, Mr. Collins now tries to get as involved as possible. NOTE: This was Suzanne Davis' first appearance on the show.

  • Episode 6: "Dancing Fools" - November 13, 1999
  • Episode 7: "The Long Goodbye" - November 20, 1999
  • Episode 8: "Guess Who's Coming to Malibu" - November 27, 1999
  • Episode 9: "Starstruck" - December 4, 1999
  • Episode 10: "The Comeback" - December 11, 1999
  • Episode 11: "The Best Man" - January 15, 2000

While trying to avoid hurting Murray's feelings, Scott & Lisa kiss

  • Episode 12: "Jason's Deal" - January 22, 2000

Jason is on cloud 9 when the news comes that his CD will be released and he's even happier when Steve Lansing from the record company gives him a $20,000 advance. He starts spending the money lavishly, which concerns his father Peter and brother Scott, especially when he leaves them out of certain events.

  • Episode 13: "Lisa's Ex" - January 29, 2000

Lisa is caught in a triangle between current boyfriend Scott & her basketball player Ex-boyfriend.

  • Episode 14: "Retiring Dad" - February 5, 2000

The boys run the restaurant when Peter decides to retire.

  • Episode 15: "Goin' Up in Smoke" - February 12, 2000

Scott, Peter & visiting Uncle Charlie learns that Jason is smoking again.

  • Episode 16: "Movin' on Out" - February 19, 2000

Traycee is driving Lisa crazy as a room-mate. Traycee's late-night parties make it hard for her to study, she doesn't remember to give Lisa her phone messages, and she interrupts Scott and Lisa when they are alone. Frustrated, Lisa types up a list of house rules for Traycee to follow, which leads to a big blow-up between the room-mates and Traycee says she'll move out. After another far worse room-mate takes Traycee's place, Lisa realises that Traycee isn't a such a bad room-mate after all.

  • Episode 17: "The New York Girl" - February 26, 2000

Peter wants his son Jason to take out his friend's daughter Maggie Taylor while she's in town from New York. Jason is reluctant, since he remembers her as a geek. Scott remembers how Jason stood her up for the freshman prom back when they lived in New York. Jason bribes Murray into going out with Maggie in his place, but he changes his mind when she shows up and looks quite attractive.

  • Episode 18: "Educating Lisa" - March 4, 2000
  • Episode 19: "Wonderful Life - April 1, 2000

Lisa is fed up and after an argument with her friends goes outside. Her guardian angel in the form of Traycee who is trying to get new wings tries to persuade her that her life isn't as miserable as she thinks.

  • Episode 20: "The Interview" - April 8, 2000

Lisa is extremely nervous about her interview with a professional doctor which makes her snappy and irritating, so Scott and Traycee play a joke on her to show her how silly she is, but it all backfires.

  • Episode 21: "Parent Trap" - April 15, 2000

Peter is not happy when a surprise birthday party reminds him of his age. Murray gives him some bungee-jumping tickets and he decides to do it, hoping to feel younger, but the next day at the Lighthouse he regrets it. Traycee tells Scott and Jason that their dad may be having a mid-life crisis and suggests he meet her mother Candee, a former supermodel who's in town, who maybe can provide some companionship.

  • Episode 22: "Dr. Freeze" - April 22, 2000

Lisa fears her medical abilities when she faints while helps injured Scott.

  • Episode 23: "The House Guest" - April 29, 2000

Jason and Scott offer to house-sit for Murray while he's away at a surfer's convention. Meanwhile Traycee makes the mistake of letting Alex be her new personal assistant.

  • Episode 24: "Scott a Go Go" - May 6, 2000

Scott gets a job as a male dancer and Jason & Peter uses Traycee's dreams to gamble.

  • Episode 25: "Big Daddy" - May 13, 2000

Jason becomes a big brother to a boy; Scott, Peter & Murray thinks Alex's new boyfriend (Scott Whyte) is a car thief.

  • Episode 26: "Three Dudes and a Baby" - May 20, 2000

Jason, Peter, & Murray look after a friend's baby, Lisa's sister comes to visit and Traycee's TV show gets cancelled. NOTE: Final episode of the series.

Production staff[edit]



  • Brett Dewey
  • Mark J. Gordon
  • Carl Kurlander
  • Mark Lavine
  • Renee Palyo
  • Troy Searer
  • Bob Underwood


  • Chris Conte .... co-executive producer
  • Brett Dewey .... producer
  • Leslie Eberhard .... consulting producer
  • Peter Engel .... executive producer
  • Carl Kurlander .... co-executive producer
  • Gil Lopez .... associate producer
  • Renee Palyo .... supervising producer
  • Troy Searer .... producer
  • Tony Soltis .... consulting producer
  • Shannon Stapleton .... associate producer
  • Shannon Stapleton .... co-producer

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