Beverly Hills, 90210 (season 5)

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Beverly Hills, 90210 (season 5)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 32
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Original network Fox
Original release September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07) – May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24)
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List of Beverly Hills, 90210 episodes

Season five of Beverly Hills, 90210, an American teen drama television series, began airing on September 7, 1994 on Fox television network. The season concluded on May 24, 1995 after 32 episodes. This season follows the gang during their sophomore year in college as they deal with issues that young adults face such as relationships, financial problems, dysfunctional families, parenthood, drug abuse, politics, injuries, self image, sexual assault, domestic violence, and cults.

The fifth season aired Wednesday nights at 8/9c in the United States averaging 14.7[1] million viewers a week. The season was released on DVD as an eight disc boxed set under the title of Beverly Hills, 90210: The Fifth Season on July 29, 2008 by CBS DVD.

This is Tiffani Thiessen's first season as Valerie Malone and this is the last season for Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Damon Espinoza, Carol Potter and James Eckhouse as series regulars as their characters Andrea Zuckerman, Jesse Vasquez, Cindy Walsh and Jim Walsh, respectively.

Overview[edit]

In this season, Dylan's problems with alcohol and drugs come back after the events of the season 4 finale. Brenda decides to stay in drama school in London, leaving her room at the Walsh's house vacant. Cindy and Jim take in their friend's daughter Valerie (who is not as innocent as she seems). This season also marks the start of the Peach Pit's after-hours club, After Dark, initially run by Steve.

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113 1 "What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories" Michael Lange Charles Rosin & Larry Mollin September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07) 2194110 21.2[2]

After enjoying a successful summer in London, Brenda decides to stay in England and pursue her stage career. With her room vacant, the Walsh family agrees to take in Valerie Malone, the college-age daughter of a family friend who has committed suicide. Valerie appears charming and likable, but she is actually cynical and manipulative and plots to get involved with Steve for his money. 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, with a little help from Nat, about his summer of working with Babyface, dating and being dumped by both a girlfriend and the tour, and having some good luck near the end of the season. But that evening, Donna has an emotional meltdown when she runs into David at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Dylan breezes back into town after a binge-filled summer in Mexico while he tries to process the loss of his entire fortune. Kelly and Brandon take their relationship public. Also, Jesse and Andrea take their premature baby daughter, Hannah, home from the hospital after Andrea details how her mother's intuition was the reason Hannah is still alive.


NOTE:Tiffani Thiessen makes her first series appearance as Valerie Malone. Howie Long makes a guest appearance.
114 2 "Under the Influence" Scott Paulin Chip Johannessen September 14, 1994 (1994-09-14) 2194111 16.2[2]
Brandon and Kelly continue to hide their relationship from Dylan, but the truth is always bound to come out somehow. Brandon decides to tell Dylan about him and Kelly, but chickens out when he sees Dylan drinking again and in a bad mood. At the same time, Dylan visits a bank and finally realizes that all of his bank accounts and entire financial base has been cleaned out by Kevin and Suzanne's scam, but being the person he is, Dylan naturally keeps his financial crisis to himself. Meanwhile, Donna plans to take the semester off to participate in a debutante ball. Kelly however rightfully suspects that Donna is hiding behind her mother, Felice, in order to move away to avoid seeing David. As a result of being betrayed and scammed of all his money, Dylan begins giving everyone a hard time, but he crashes the debutante ball after being tipped off by Nat about Kelly and Brandon where he makes a scene. Dylan then goes to a nightclub where Jesse is working nights and asks for a drink, but Jesse turns him away. Dylan then meets a prostitute at the club and takes her home with him where Kelly, wanting to talk with Dylan, later walks in on them. The next morning, both Brandon and Donna confront Dylan about his actions and he seems to be listening to them, but ultimately decides to not return to college and pursues more self-destructive behavior. With Jesse working nights and studying in law classes during the day, Andrea tries to arrange more time to look after baby Hannah.
115 3 "A Clean Slate" Bethany Rooney Richard Gollance September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) 2194112 17.9[3]
Brandon accepts Josh Richland's decision to run for student government but a militant senior, named Alex Diaz, learns about a past story that Josh wrote about Brandon's tutoring of D'Shawn which threatens their campaign. Meanwhile, Valerie sets her devious sights on Dylan and digs her claws in successfully, but he is later shocked to find she's the newest member of Casa Walsh. Also, Kelly and Donna ask Clare to move into the beachfront apartment as their new roommate, but Clare keeps them both awake at night with her snoring.
116 4 "Life after Death" James Whitmore, Jr. Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman September 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) 2194113 18.5[3]
Brandon wins the election for student body president, but Josh's death hangs heavy on him. Alex tells Brandon he's contesting the election, using Josh's death as leverage to unseat Brandon in order to take the title of class president for himself, while Brandon is surprised and touched to learn Josh deeply admired him and resolves to fight for his office in Josh's memory. Meanwhile, Donna finally meets a man, a KEG frat member named Griffin Stone that her mother sets her up with, that makes her forget David, who meets Clare and begins dating her. Also, Valerie continues dating Steve while seeing Dylan behind everyone's back.
117 5 "Rave On" David Semel Larry Mollin October 5, 1994 (1994-10-05) 2194114 17.0[3]

Where there's smoke, there's fire, in Kelly's opinion... at least where Valerie is concerned. Kelly begins to distrust Valerie when she smells Valerie smoking pot, but cannot convince anyone that the manipulative Valerie is bad news. Both Steve and Brandon refuses to believe Kelly, while Donna doesn't seem to care. Meanwhile, Steve organizes a two-night party at the Peach Pit. Valerie also begins to suspect the truth about Dylan's financial situation when she sees him pocketing money from the til at the Peach Pit. Also, Andrea heads out for a night on the town and spies Jesse flirting on the job; he later takes time off from work to set up a romantic dinner for them at home while their baby sleeps. While working on a video project with David and Clare, Donna meets a musician and carpenter named Ray Pruit. That evening, when Kelly begins following/stalking Valerie hoping to catch her at something to prove herself right, she finds Val at the Peach Pit drinking, smoking, and flirting with Dylan in which Kelly quickly tells Steve, but when they both confront Valerie, she spins it around by saying that Kelly misread what she saw, claiming that Dylan was making a pass at her. Steve believes Valerie, but Kelly doesn't. Kelly then angrily tells Brandon about what happened at how Valerie so expertly lied and fooled Steve and is fooling everyone else to who she really is. Kelly also admits that she doesn't like or trust Valerie and never has, but Brandon continues to remain skeptic and advises Kelly to give Valerie the benefit of a doubt. At the end, the suspicious Valerie gets Dylan drunk at his home where he finally confesses to her that he is broke.


NOTE: Jamie Walters makes his first series appearance as Ray Pruit.
118 6 "Homecoming" Gilbert M. Shilton Meredith Stiehm October 12, 1994 (1994-10-12) 2194115 18.0[3]
The President of Selanesia visits California University to receive cancer treatment, but his presence sets off a fierce debate among Brandon and the rest the student body, as well as drives a riff between Brandon and Clare and her father whom are both friends with the President, when it is revealed that he ordered the torture and execution of thousands of his own people. Meanwhile, the KEG boys and Alpha girls plot to steal the mascot (a large stuffed brown bear) of a rival school before the upcoming Homecoming game where Valerie and Kelly team up with Steve, Griffin and Muntz in a successful operations involving brownies and Valerie skill of manipulation. Andrea is lonely when Jesse is spending more time studying and bar tending than being with her. Andrea then meets a charming guy, named Peter, at a local laundromat. Elsewhere, Donna spends more time with Ray at his family's pumpkin stand. Also, Dylan forces Valerie to promise to keep his financial situation a secret because he doesn't want anyone feeling sorry for him, or having to think about how he was so easily scammed of all of his money. Later, Dylan cheats on Valerie with a prostitute just to see her get hurt like the same way he was privately hurt and humiliated when all his money was stolen. But it works a little too well when Valerie angrily vows revenge against Dylan for this.
119 7 "Who's Zoomin' Who?" Gabrielle Beaumont Karen Rosin October 19, 1994 (1994-10-19) 2194116 15.5[3]
When the fire marshal shuts down the Peach Pit After Dark for violating capacity, Steve suggests to Dylan and Nat about purchasing the building next door to expand. Unfortunately, Dylan is broke and the only one who knows it is Valerie. The next day, when the Walshes and Valerie are planning a weekend trip to Palm Springs, a fax from Dylan's bank arrives requesting Jim's signature on a mortgage loan that Dylan has taken out, leaving them confused until Valerie finally tells them that Dylan is penniless from Kevin and Suzanne's business scam. Jim then informs Nat, and then apologizes to Dylan for what happened to him, but Dylan is emotionally too far gone at this point and rudely tells off Jim and anyone else. Meanwhile, Kelly disapproves when her mother, Jackie, tells her that she wants to return to modeling, but Kelly becomes further incensed when Jackie wants to include Kelly's baby sister Erin as well. That evening, David and Clare find themselves in a binding situation when David handcuffs himself to Clare's bed and gets stuck, and soon finds himself alone when Clare has to go out to dinner with her father. Donna continues to juggle dating both Griffin and Ray. But then Griffin takes Donna on a whirlwind trip to Catalina Island with the plans to seduce her, she refuses and finally learns what a creep Griffin really is. Valerie comes to Dylan's house to apologize over losing all his money and they end up sleeping together again. The next morning, Steve and David (not yet aware that Dylan is broke) come over to Dylan's house to talk about the Peach Pit After Dark expansion and they both find Valerie in bed with Dylan. Steve draws the correct conclusion and responds by punching Dylan in his face.
120 8 "Things that Go Bang in the Night" Jason Priestley Chip Johannessen October 26, 1994 (1994-10-26) 2194117 18.4[3]
On Halloween, now that all of Valerie's misdeeds and true nature are finally revealed, she seriously considers moving back to Buffalo, but is persuaded to stay by Brandon and his parents after learning that Valerie's mother has committed herself to a mental hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown. Steve unfairly blames Dylan for having a tryst with Valerie and ends all business he has with the Peach Pit and After Dark club. On the other hand, Kelly delights herself by going around and telling everyone "I told you so" about being right the whole time about Valerie's true persona. While Brandon and Cindy continue to be warm, friendly and supportive to Valerie, Jim, from this point onward, coldly avoids Valerie or openly treats her with suspicion - wondering if all of the bad and negative things that Kelly has been saying about Valerie might be true. Meanwhile, Dylan's anger and desperation over everyone being aware that he is broke becomes obvious to all when he further isolates himself from everyone he knows, and he later meets a drug dealer at his pool hall who introduces him to cocaine. Dylan later takes out his gun and shoots up his living room. At a fraternity costume party, Donna's two boyfriends, Griffin and Ray, finally meet face to face and almost have a fistfight. Elsewhere, Andrea gets upset when Jesse's aunt presents baby Hannah with a crucifix. Also, Clare talks David into tagging along with her for a UFO hunt for the night in the desert near Barstow.
121 9 "Intervention" Daniel Attias Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman November 2, 1994 (1994-11-02) 2194118 18.0[3]
Dylan's closest friends stage an intervention at Casa Walsh, where they beg him to enter rehab. Valerie and Clare, left out of the intervention, spend the day shopping together. Steve partakes in the intervention, but he is still openly angry with Dylan over his sexual tryst with Valerie and he still will not listen to Kelly or Jim or anyone else who privately tell him that Valerie is the really bad seed. Meanwhile, Kelly's modeling career takes an upward turn when she is offered the chance millions of girls only dream about: the opportunity to appear on the cover of the national fashion magazine Seventeen. Dylan runs away from the rehab clinic after one day with a little of Valerie's help, but begins to alienate her too with his misanthropic, self-destructive attitude and his unwillingness to go after the people who betrayed and stole from him, which leads her to finally walk out on him. Dylan's problems increase when he is given heroin by his pool hall dealer. That evening, Ray has dinner with Donna's parents Felice and John. Also, David and Clare's homemade video of their lovemaking disappears and turns up in the home of Donna's parents. However, Donna's father, John, sees the video first, but being a good sport, gives it back to Donna and makes her promise to keep her roommates under control. At the end, Dylan gets high while smoking heroin, and ends up crashing his car off a cliff.
122 10 "The Dreams of Dylan McKay" Scott Paulin Charles Rosin November 9, 1994 (1994-11-09) 2194119 19.3[3]
As Dylan lies in a coma fighting for his life at the hospital, he experiences a number of bizarre near-death dreams involving Erica, his drug dealer, Kevin and Suzanne, and his dead father Jack. Meanwhile, Steve is annoyed when his overbearing father, Rush, insinuates himself into a KEG house flag-football game, but comes to find out Rush might have some good business ideas for the PPAD.
123 11 "Hate is Just a Four Letter Word" Les Landau Teleplay: Charles Rosin
Story: Richard Gollance
November 16, 1994 (1994-11-16) 2194120 17.1[3]
The campus erupts in controversy when an anti-Semitic African-American activist is asked to give a speaking engagement at the school. Brandon finds himself caught in the middle of the chaos when his political choices come into direct conflict with his personal ethics. Andrea is opposed to the activist speaker, and openly accuses Brandon of selling out his principles for politics. Meanwhile, Donna plans a birthday surprise for Ray on his 25th birthday, while David ponders his Jewish heritage in relation to the controversy. As Dylan recovers in the hospital, his estranged mother, Iris, keeps him company, but his drug dealer pays an unexpected visit and threatens Dylan (in his hospital bed) not to tell the police about their business.
124 12 "Rock of Ages" David Semel Larry Mollin November 23, 1994 (1994-11-23) 2194121
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Brandon is forced to ask Jesse for help to defend his presidency when his political opponent, Alex Diaz, calls for a hearing to determine the validity of his position and Jesse comes up with a winning idea. Meanwhile, the entire gang goes to a Rolling Stones concert. Brandon takes Andrea to the concert. Kelly gets backstage VIP access through the magazine, while Steve has trouble getting in at all after a hippie steals his wallet. Ray and Donna work as vendors and get to see the show free of charge. David and Clare go to the concert even though they claim to hate the group, but have to turn to a scalper when David's father doesn't show up with the tickets. Elsewhere, Dylan takes one step forward in his rehabilitation on his first day at the halfway house. Steve and his father force Dylan out of the Peach Pit After Dark. He agrees to sell his shares when Steve, Nat, and Willie (the cook) visit him in rehab. Dylan and Valerie agree to stop seeing each other, as he doesn't want to involve her in his problems anymore. During his first day in group therapy, Dylan has a confrontation with Charley, an older man and fellow addict who likes to bully other patients instead of dealing with his own problems. Afterword, Charley seeks Dylan's help to finally overcome his addiction.
125 13 "Up in Flames" Gilbert M. Shilton Meredith Stiehm November 30, 1994 (1994-11-30) 2194122 17.0[3]

Brandon's former girlfriend, Emily Valentine, flies back from Paris to attend a seminar at La Jolla University. She asks Brandon to meet her at the airport, claiming to have just a four-hour layover. She actually has a week until the beginning of her seminar, but Brandon breaks her heart by revealing that he is dating Kelly. Meanwhile, Steve and Griffin organize a holiday rave at an abandoned Hollywood house. Valerie helps them out in the hopes of getting back in Steve's good graces. David and Clare accidentally post the notice about the event on a computer bulletin board for lesbians, who constitute most of the guests. The house has very poor wiring and continually blows fuses. Griffin uses too much electricity, and the house catches on fire. Ray rescues Steve and Valerie, who were fooling around in one of the bedrooms. Griffin runs away when the fire department and police show up to put out the fire, leaving behind Steve who has to explain to the officers at what he is doing there. Kelly and a girl named Allison are trapped in a downstairs bathroom with no means of escape.


NOTE: Mark Damon Espinoza and James Eckhouse are absent from this episode.
126 14 "Injustice for All" Michael Lange Karen Rosin December 14, 1994 (1994-12-14) 2194123 16.9[4]

In the aftermath of the house fire, Kelly suffers second and third degree burns on right wrist, ear, and the whole right side of her neck and back. Allison's injuries are much more severe, but she maintains a positive attitude. While Kelly recovers at the beachfront apartment tended by her mother Jackie, Brandon is racked with guilt because of his feelings for Emily. Kelly does not react well when she learns that Emily is still in town. But after visiting Dylan at the halfway house and meeting Emily herself, Kelly learns that Brandon still loves her. Meanwhile, Steve feels guilty for the house fire and calls upon his father, Rush, to help out after Griffin abandons him. Griffin's father hires a professional attorney for Steve and Griffin where Rush advises both to plead guilty to one count of criminal trespassing in order to avoid jail time. Steve and Griffin follow Rush's advice and they both receive two years of probation and community service... and are also forbidden from operating or attending dance clubs or parties for two years. Steve is furious to learn of this provision that Rush arranged with the judge, especially after he discovers the truth: Griffin had stole the keys from his father's real estate office to the house, lying to Steve about obtaining permission to use it for the rave. Afterwards, Steve confronts Griffin over him being indirectly responsible for the house fire as well as house key theft. When the smarmy Griffin shows no remorse over any of his actions, Steve angrily orders Griffin to leave the fraternity by threatening him with a combination of legal action and physical violence. Griffin reluctantly complies. Elsewhere, Ray's perpetual bad mood confuses Donna. He explains that his alcoholic mother always begins drinking around the holidays, because his equally drunkard father left her on Christmas day over 20 years ago after pushing her down a flight of stairs and causing her to have a miscarriage. Andrea and Jesse throw a party for Hannah's first Hanukkah. Jesse obtains work as an attorney for those who cannot afford representation. He is frustrated by the court treatment of a single Mexican immigrant father, whose kids are taken away when a babysitter neglects them, and his angry lesson about injustice to Steve leads Steve to do a good deed. At the end, Dylan comes home from rehab and is greeted by a letter from a stranger in Michigan who found Erica's note in the LAX ladies room (from Season 4) pleading for his help; the note reads: "Dylan... Kevin and my mother are taking me to Brazil. Help me! Erica".


NOTE: James Eckhouse is absent from this episode.
127 15 "Christmas Comes This Time Each Year" Richard Lang Teleplay: Max Eisenberg
Story: Steve Wasserman & Jessica Klein
December 21, 1994 (1994-12-21) 2194124 15.6[4]
On Christmas Eve, Felice interferes in Donna and Ray's relationship by offering him a bribe to stop seeing her. Ray's alcoholic, chain-smoking mother, LuAnn, goes Christmas shopping with Donna. Differing family traditions cause tension between the Catholic Jesse and the Jewish Andrea. Clare introduces David to her father during a faculty Christmas party who finds common ground with him over their love of music and playing the piano. Meanwhile, Dylan manages to get in contact with his father's former fiancee and FBI handler, Christine Pettit, to help him find his stolen money, but Christine tells Dylan that the agency cannot help. Dejected, Dylan spends Christmas Eve alone and sober at his house watching Christmas themed movies on his TV and thinks back to the time when Suzanne and Erica first came into his life one year earlier. The next morning on Christmas, Dylan gets an oddball visitor who introduces himself as Jay J. Jones (nicknamed 'Jonsey') (guest star Wings Hauser), an older man who claims to be his "Christmas present" from Christine Pettit. Jones is an alcoholic ex-FBI agent and Christine's former partner in the agency who currently works as a freelance bounty hunter, mercenary, private investigator, and assassin-for-hire who was contacted about the situation and offers to help Dylan track down the people who stole his money in exchange for getting half of it. Dylan reluctantly agrees to the deal. Brandon is left alone to care for the recovering Kelly when Jim and Cindy leave town to visit Brenda in England and Valerie leaves to visit her mother in Buffalo. Kelly worries about Brandon finding her unattractive due to her fire burn scars. Also, Nat hosts a special feed-the-homeless dinner at the Peach Pit.
128 16 "Sentenced to Life" Jack Bender Teleplay: Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman
Story: Ian Ziering, Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman
January 4, 1995 (1995-01-04) 2194125 17.7[4]
While working off his community service at a Hollywood retirement home, Steve meets a former stage and screen actor named Saul Howard (guest star Milton Berle), a victim of Alzheimer's Disease, whose life story inspires Steve to make the most of his own. Meanwhile, Ray is offered the chance to perform on stage at the opening of the new Peach Pit After Dark nightclub. Also, Kelly's personal hostility toward Valerie escalates when she learns that Valerie spent Christmas in the Caribbean instead of visiting her family. When Kelly oversleeps one day and misses an important class, Valerie covers for her and Kelly half-heartedly thanks her. Elsewhere, Andrea is interning at a local hospital where she meets her mysterious laundromat guy, who introduces himself as Peter Tucker.
129 17 "Sweating it Out" Jason Priestley Chip Johannessen January 11, 1995 (1995-01-11) 2194126 15.3[4]
A motorcycle road trip inadvertently leads Brandon and Dylan to an ancient Native American ceremony where the two friends learn valuable lessons when they are arrested and subjected to community service (building a sweat lodge, which they then are invited to and do sit inside) for trespassing which helps reduce the tension between them. Meanwhile, Valerie becomes interested in Ray and sets her sights to bag him behind Donna's back as she continues to help him overcome his stage fright on the eve of the opening of the new Peach Pit After Dark club. Kelly benefits from attending a psychology workshop seminar run by a famous, crippled psychology professor named Patrick Finley. Also, Steve finally makes up with his father. At the end, when Dylan returns home, Jonesy has a message for him from overseas: he's located Dylan's missing cash and sister.
130 18 "Hazardous to Your Health" James Whitmore, Jr. Larry Mollin January 18, 1995 (1995-01-18) 2194127 16.5[4]
Dylan and Valerie fly to the coastal resort city of Punta Brava, Mexico where they team up with Dylan's PI, Jay J. Jones, where they hope to plan and execute a complex caper to rescue Erica and reclaim Dylan's inheritance from Kevin and Suzanne whom are hiding out down there. Jonesy and Valerie impersonate a tourist criminal couple on vacation where they pretend to run into Kevin and Suzanne (who are living there under their new aliases of Karl and Kitty Cavendish), in order to get the password for Kevin's offshore bank account where he is laundering Dylan's $7.7 million. However, Jonesy's plans starts to unravel when Dylan wants to rescue Erica from Kevin and Suzanne, which Jonesy does not want to be a part of. Back in California, Kelly becomes more deeply involved with Professor Finley's organization, leading to a rift in her relationship with Brandon who begins to distrust the egotistical professor.
131 19 "Little Monsters" James Eckhouse Meredith Stiehm February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01) 2194128 16.0[4]
Kelly distances herself from everyone that matters to her as Finley's charismatic hold on her grows stronger as he fights with Brandon and the college council to preserve his tenure. Meanwhile, the home-wrecking Ariel (guest star Kari Wuhrer) is back into Donna's life when she offers Ray a record deal. Also, the greedy Valerie seeks a reward for helping Dylan recover his stolen money and after receiving $10,000 from Dylan, she asks Jones for a much larger cut. Elsewhere, Andrea flirts with trouble when she starts having an affair with Peter while Jesse is away on business.
132 20 "You Gotta Have Heart" Gilbert M. Shilton Max Eisenberg February 8, 1995 (1995-02-08) 2194129 15.3[4]

Brandon has the whole gang partake with him in a Valentine's Day call-in telethon that is held at the Peach Pit After Dark. Valerie moves out of the Walshes' and into a fancy hotel suite for herself. Brandon and Kelly's relationship troubles come to a head at Finley's new headquarters, and a heartbroken Brandon turns to an unlikely source for help. Meanwhile, when Donna refuses to sleep with Ray, his pent-up frustration inadvertently leads him to Valerie's hotel room. Ray's mother, LuAnn, figures out that he cheated on Donna, but covers for him. Also, Andrea and Jesse have a run-in with Peter and his wife. Elsewhere, Steve tries to secure the R&B group "Jade" for the Valentine's Day telethon at the Peach Pit After Dark.


NOTE: American R&B group Jade make a guest appearance in this episode.
133 21 "Stormy Weather" Bethany Rooney Teleplay: Lana Freistat Melman
Story: Larry Mollin
February 15, 1995 (1995-02-15) 2194130 15.8[4]
Brandon seeks Dylan's help with both taking down Professor Finley's cult-like organization and reuniting with his girlfriend, but when it comes to Kelly all bets are off. Brandon then tries to talk with Chancellor Arnold to help him look for a former Finley cult follower to help before both Kelly and Dylan fall under Finley's power. Also, Ray tries to cut ties with Valerie who threatens to tell Donna about their sexual trysts.
134 22 "Alone at the Top" Victor Lobl Steve Wasserman & Jessica Klein February 22, 1995 (1995-02-22) 2194131 16.6[4]
As the new owner of the After Dark, Valerie uses her new-found leverage to force Ray to continue their secret affair. But Ray has never been one to follow orders which makes him leave town. Meanwhile, a campus rape causes mass panic on campus leaving Brandon at a loss over what to do, where the focus lands on a friend of David's, named Lenny, who is a former soldier who served time for sexual assault. Dylan is temped by Valerie to fall off the wagon by drinking and smoking pot, but rather than doing so, Dylan instead tracks down and meets his former halfway house roommate, Charley Rollins, a local motel owner, where Dylan asks for his help to find his own path with life. Also, Peter temps Andrea to work late at the hospital as an excuse to continue their secret tryst.
135 23 "Love Hurts" Gilbert M. Shilton Teleplay: Ken Stringer
Story: Larry Mollin
March 1, 1995 (1995-03-01) 2194132 15.5[4]

The campus is in an uproar when an alleged rapist is released from custody. Despite his alibi, the students are sure that Lenny is responsible for the string of crimes on campus. And while everyone is fixated on Lenny, the real rapist is in the perfect position to strike again when he targets Donna and holds her hostage at her beach apartment, where quick thinking from David and pure rage from Donna save her from a terrible fate. Meanwhile, Valerie manipulates Donna and everyone into believing that David is the one responsible for Ray's departure from Los Angeles. Steve tries to secure the rock group, the Flaming Lips, as the new band for the After Dark. Also, Dylan finds out about Andrea's extramarital affair with Peter when he sees them together at Charley's motel while he and Charley are working on a movie script. Later, when Andrea offers to leave Jesse to be with Peter, he refuses to leave his wife and as a result, Andrea angrily breaks up with him.


NOTE: Jennie Garth does not appear in this episode. She had a real-life dental emergency that required surgery; this is referenced in the next episode when Kelly mentions that she is feeling "much better".
136 24 "Unreal World" David Semel Teleplay: Meredith Stiehm
Story: Larry Mollin
March 15, 1995 (1995-03-15) 2194133 15.9[5]
Brandon, Kelly, Donna, and Steve appear in Clare and David's cinema verité project: a The Real World-style documentary which soon reveals intimate secrets about the gang and threatens to tear apart some long-standing couples. Valerie moves back in with the Walshes after being evicted from her hotel suite. Meanwhile, Dylan helps more with Charley's movie screenplay and more help comes from Valerie who repeatedly temps Dylan. Elsewhere, Jesse makes a confession to Andrea about being unfaithful just when she is about to admit the same.
137 25 "Double Jeopardy" Richard Lang Christine Elise McCarthy & Sam Sarkar March 29, 1995 (1995-03-29) 2194134 14.8[5]
Brandon, Clare, and Andrea vie for a spot on College Jeopardy! but only one can win. Meanwhile, Jesse moves out of his and Andrea's apartment and in with Dylan. The reconciliation of Mel and Jackie gives David hope of reuniting with Donna whom he still has feelings for.
138 26 "A Song for My Mother" Chip Chalmers Max Eisenberg April 5, 1995 (1995-04-05) 2194135 14.5[5]

Ray is unhappy that Donna has come to Portland, Oregon to visit him, with David tagging along to visit his estranged mother. David panics when he discovers that his mother was fired, no longer lives at her last known address, and hasn't cashed her alimony checks for months. He turns to Donna for help, and Ray behaves like a total jerk. David and Donna cannot find Sheila at any of her favorite hangouts and learn that she was recently arrested. Donna misses Ray's concert; he explodes and shoves her against a wall in their hotel room. He later feels guilty and loans David his truck. Mel flies in from Los Angeles and tells David that Sheila has a life-long history of mental illness (she was diagnosed at a young age as a manic depressive and had a nervous breakdown after her divorce from Mel). They receive a tip that she is living on the streets and take her to the hospital. David realizes that Donna is happy with Ray and decides to back off. Back in California, Dylan explores hypnotherapy in the hopes of understanding the main character in Charley's script. Also, Valerie gets a tattoo.


NOTE: Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Damon Espinoza and Kathleen Robertson do not appear in this episode.
139 27 "Squash It" Les Landau Teleplay: Phil Savath
Story: Larry Mollin
April 12, 1995 (1995-04-12) 2194136 13.3[5]
Steve and David organize a hip-hop night at the After Dark club to boost the sagging gate receipts. David asks Willie's nephew Juwan, a talented DJ, to join him onstage. Steve backs out of the event because he is nervous about Juwan's criminal record (glass houses, anyone?). Valerie tries to dodge a grimy Australian metal band that claims to have been booked. Although his tour is ending, Ray is unsure about returning to Los Angeles. Valerie goes to Reno to re-hire him, and claims to have changed her ways. While Valerie is gone, the Aussies crash the hip-hop night and trash the After Dark. Juwan and his friends are prepared to fight them, but decide to keep their cool. David and Clare get back together. Dylan allows his therapist, Molly, to hypnotize him and regresses to a past life as a hobo. Also, Chancellor Arnold asks Brandon to keep an eye on a bratty and unruly 12-year-old genius, named Warren, who may apply to C.U.
140 28 "Girls on the Side" Victor Lobl Meredith Stiehm May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03) 2194137 11.4[5]
Kelly becomes depressed after making the cover of Seventeen, as she fears that she will never regain her past looks. Steve and Jackie try to convince her to continue her modeling career. Kelly has a chance meeting with Allison's girlfriend Dana, who gives her the brush-off. Kelly tries to visit Allison at the burn center, but she refuses to see her. Kelly talks to Dana's new girlfriend, who reveals that Allison dumped Dana because she is in love with Kelly. Allison calls Kelly and asks to see her after she is released from the hospital. Meanwhile, Ray returns to town to play at the After Dark, but his alcoholic mother, LuAnn, gets drunk before his first performance. David and Clare take her home, and she babbles about Ray's affair with Valerie. David and Clare confront them (Ray confesses to it, but Valerie naturally lies by denying it), but decide not to tell Donna to avoid hurting her feelings. Elsewhere, Charley grows tired of seeing Dylan moon over Kelly; he encourages him to make a move. Jesse is offered a clerkship in Boise, Idaho. Andrea offers her support, although she is less than thrilled by the move. Jesse turns down the offer because he doesn't want to force Andrea to give up her dreams of medical school.
141 29 "The Real McCoy" Jason Priestley Teleplay: Charles Rosin
Story: Larry Mollin & Charles Rosin
May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10) 2194138 11.4[5]
While under hypnosis, Dylan recalls a past life as a gunslinger in the Wild West. He recognizes Kelly as the woman who convinced him to change his ways and become a family man. He later helped rescue a past love from hanging and was gunned down by the son of one of his victims. Dylan concludes that Kelly is his soulmate. He shows up on her doorstep when she returns from a trip to New York, and they share a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, Donna tries to arrange a double-date between herself and Ray along with David and Clare, who lie their way out of any plans and let Ray know they'll keep quiet about his cheating but they won't pretend that they don't like him. Brandon seeks re-election and is virtually unopposed. When the board of education mandates a tuition hike, Brandon is suddenly criticized for failing to look out for the students' interests. Alex Diaz enters the race for student body president as a write-in candidate and wins easily. Valerie concludes that Brandon is her perfect guy and now sets her evil sights on him. Jim fears that his job is in jeopardy when his bosses hold meetings behind his back. Jesse is offered a teaching job at the Yale Law School, but will only accept if Andrea's scholarship is reinstated. The school agrees wholeheartedly.
142 30 "Hello Life, Goodbye Beverly Hills" James Whitmore, Jr. Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman May 17, 1995 (1995-05-17) 2194139 13.6[5]

Dylan asks Kelly to join him on a trip around the world. Valerie sees the tickets in Kelly's room and tells Brandon. Brandon counters with a marriage proposal, and Kelly asks for time to think things over. She eventually rejects both men and proclaims, "I choose me." Andrea and Jesse prepare for their move to Connecticut. The gang surprises her by organizing a picnic lunch at West Beverly High (although Brandon and Dylan, still waiting for Kelly's decision, opt not to attend). Everyone meets Andrea and Jesse at the Peach Pit one last time to say goodbye. Meanwhile, Ray lashes out at Donna for devoting time to her friends and studying for finals. He drags her away from Andrea's picnic and verbally berates her. Jim considers a possible move to Hong Kong as his company offers a promotion and substantial raise. He and Cindy decide to go through with the move.

Guess starring Sibel Ergener.


NOTE: Gabrielle Carteris makes her final regular appearance in the series as Andrea Zuckerman; she is a recurring character from here on after. Mark Damon Espinoza appears for the last time as Jesse Vasquez.
143 31 "P.S. I Love You: Part 1" Victor Lobl Larry Mollin & Chip Johannessen May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24) 2194140A 17.1[5]
Jim and Cindy leave for Hong Kong. Kelly wants to continue her relationship with Brandon, but he cannot get over the rejected marriage proposal. Steve and Donna head to Palm Springs for an Alpha/KEG convention. A contrite Ray agrees to accompany Donna, who is making a speech at the event. He quickly becomes angry and possessive. Rush tries to set up Steve with a business associate's daughter. Steve is more interested in the Cadillac-driving "goddess" he keeps encountering. Brandon and Valerie decide to head to Palm Springs to avoid the caravan of potential buyers who have overrun the house. Brandon goes on a drinking binge and finds himself tempted by Valerie. He has a hallucination in which his parents appear and express their disappointment before he tells them off for abandoning him. Kelly postpones her trip to the convention to spend the day with Allison, but is very secretive. David and Clare see them together and get the wrong idea. Allison admits her love for Kelly, who politely confirms that she's straight and not interested. Meanwhile, Dylan's plans to visit his mother and half-sister in Hawaii are nixed when Charley finds an investor for the movie who also resides in Palm Springs. Dylan is wary after learning that the man, Tom Rose, is a mobster who tries to intimidate Charley and Dylan to cast his much younger, dim-witted and talentless mistress as the lead. Dylan eventually finds out Rose is connected to Jack McKay's death.
144 32 "P.S. I Love You: Part 2" Victor Lobl Larry Mollin & Chip Johannessen May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24) 2194140B 17.1[5]

David tells Brandon about Kelly and Allison, and Brandon humiliates Kelly with his drunken ramblings. Brandon plans to give in to Valerie. But that night, the police pull over Brandon and arrest him when a joint is found in Valerie's car. He is released the next morning, but rejects Valerie for getting him in trouble. He clears the air with Kelly before heading home, and refuses another reconciliation attempt. After learning that Tom Rose knew his father, Dylan tries to contact Christine Pettit for information, but Rose traces the call. The next morning, Tom Rose takes Dylan up in a tramcar on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where his goons hold him over the edge. Rose tells Dylan that he had nothing to do with Jack McKay's murder, yet he claims that he does know the identity of Jack's killer... but the information would cost Dylan his life. After being released, Dylan terminates his movie deal with Charley. Dylan and Brandon end up sharing a bus ride back to Beverly Hills. When Dylan gets home, he gets his gun out of storage and quietly vows to track down and kill his father's murderer. Brandon learns that the house has been sold, and he must move in two weeks. He and Valerie end up making out. Ray becomes physical with Donna during an argument and knocks her down the stairs. She suffers an arm injury, and is unnerved when her mother suddenly gives Ray her approval. Valerie tells Donna that she saw Ray push her, but Donna denies it and lashes out at Valerie, aware that she and Ray have been seeing each other. Also, Steve discovers the truth about his "goddess."


NOTE: Original cast members James Eckhouse and Carol Potter appear for the last time as series regulars, Jim and Cindy Walsh, respectively.

Soundtrack[edit]

Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years was released at the beginning of season 5 but the cover art was from the fourth season and the costumes were from the season 4 episode "Twenty Years Ago Today".

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
5th Wednesday 8/9C September 7, 1994 May 24, 1995 1994–1995 #46 14.7[1]

DVD release[edit]

The DVD release of season five was released in Regions 1, 2 and 4. The release has all episodes from season 5, but unlike the other season releases, it does not have any special features.

The Fifth Season
Set details [6] Special features [6]
  • 32 episodes
  • 1370 minutes (Region 1); 1370 minutes (Region 2);[7]
  • 8-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles:
    • English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Finish, Swedish and French (Region 1)
Release dates
United States United Kingdom
July 29, 2008 [6] February 9, 2009 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Complete TV Ratings 1994-1995". Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Nielsen Ratings - May-September 1994" (PDF). USA Today. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Nielsen Ratings - September-December 1994" (PDF). USA Today. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Nielsen Ratings - December 1994 - March 1995" (PDF). USA Today. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Nielsen Ratings - March-May 1994" (PDF). USA Today. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Fifth Season". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  7. ^ a b "Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 5". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-15.