Beverly Hills, 90210 (season 5)
|Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 5|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||32|
|Original run||September 7, 1994– May 24, 1995|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||July 29, 2008|
|Region 2||February 9, 2009|
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, sexual assault, parenthood, drug abuse, alcoholism, racism, politics, death, antisemitism, injuries, and cults.
The fifth season aired Wednesday nights at 8/9c in the United States averaging 14.7 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, 2009 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.
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.
- Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
- Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
- Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
- Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman-Vasquez
- 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
|№||#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|113||1||"What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories"||Michael Lange||Charles Rosin & Larry Mollin||September 7, 1994||2194110|
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 commited suicide. Meanwhile, Dylan breezes back into town after a binge-filled summer in Mexico, and Kelly and Brandon take their relationship public.
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||2194111|
|Brandon and Kelly continue to hide their relationship from Dylan, but the truth is always bound to come out somehow. Dylan learns that his entire bank accounts have been cleaned out by Kevin and Suzanne's scam, but he naturally keeps his financial crisis to himself. Meanwhile, Donna plans to take the semester off to participate in a debutante ball, but reconsiders her decision when she realizes how racist the affair really is.|
|115||3||"A Clean Slate"||Bethany Rooney||Richard Gollance||September 21, 1994||2194112|
|Brandon's decision to run for student government proves to be fatal for one California University sophomore. Meanwhile, Valerie sets her devious sights on Dylan and digs her claws into him who is later shocked to find she's the newest member of Casa Walsh.|
|116||4||"Life after Death"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman||September 28, 1994||2194113|
|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. Meanwhile, Donna finally meets a man, named Griffin, that makes her forget David. Also, Valerie continues dating Steve while seeing Dylan behind everyone's back.|
|117||5||"Rave On"||David Semel||Larry Mollin||October 5, 1994||2194114|
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. Meanwhile, Steve organizes a two-night party at the Peach Pit, and Dylan is spotted by Valerie pocketing some money that he shouldn't have. Also, Andrea heads out for a night on the town and spies Jesse flirting on the job.
NOTE: Jamie Walters makes his first series appearance as Ray Pruit.
|118||6||"Homecoming"||Gilbert M. Shilton||Meredith Stiehm||October 12, 1994||2194115|
|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 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 of a rival school before the upcoming Homecoming game where Valerie and Kelly team up with Steve, Griffin and Muntz to steal a stuffed bear. Also, Dylan cheats on Valerie just to see her get hurt like the way he was hurt when his money was stolen.|
|119||7||"Who's Zoomin' Who?"||Gabrielle Beaumont||Karen Rosin||October 19, 1994||2194116|
|When the fire marshal shuts down the After Dark for violating capacity, Steve suggests purchasing the building next door to expand. Unfortunately, Dylan is broke and the only one who knows it is Valerie who is pressured to keep it a secret. The next day, when the Walshes and Valerie and 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 pennilesss from Kevin and Suzanne's business scam. Meanwhile, David and Clare find themselves in a binding situation when David handcufs himself to Clare's bed and gets stuck. Donna continues to juggle dating both Griffin and Ray.|
|120||8||"Things that Go Bang in the Night"||Jason Priestley||Chip Johannessen||October 26, 1994||2194117|
|On Halloween, when Valerie's misdeeds and true nature are finally revealed, she considers moving back to Buffalo, but is persuaded to stay by Brandon and his parents after learning that Valerie's mother has suffered 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, while Kelly delights herself by telling everyone "I told you so" about being right about Valerie's true persona. Meanwhile, Dylan's anger and desperation becomes obvious to all when he meets a drug dealer at his pool hall who introduces him to heroin. 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.|
|121||9||"Intervention"||Daniel Attias||Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman||November 2, 1994||2194118|
|Dylan's closest friends stage an intervention at Casa Walsh, where they beg him to enter rehab. 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 a national fashion magazine. 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 self-destructive attitude and his unwillingness to go after the people who betrayed and stole from him, which leads her to walk out on him. At the end, Dylan drives his car over a cliff in an attempted suicide.|
|122||10||"The Dreams of Dylan McKay"||Scott Paulin||Charles Rosin||November 9, 1994||2194119|
|As Dylan lies in a coma fighting for his life, he experiences a number of bizarre dreams involving Erica, his drug dealer, Kevin and Suzanne, and his dead father. Meanwhile, Steve is annoyed when his father insinuates himself into a KEG house flag-football game.|
|123||11||"Hate is Just a Four Letter Word"||Les Landau||Teleplay: Charles Rosin
Story: Richard Gollance
|November 16, 1994||2194120|
|The campus erupts in controversy when an accused 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. Meanwhile, Donna plans a birthday surprise for Ray. Also, Valerie ends her relationship with Dylan at his suggestion when he finally enters a halfway house for recovering addicts.|
|124||12||"Rock of Ages"||David Semel||Larry Mollin||November 23, 1994||2194121|
|Brandon is forced to ask Jessie for help to defend his presidency when his former opponent, Alex, calls for a hearing to determine the validity of his position. Meanwhile, the entire gang goes to a Rolling Stones concert, and Dylan takes one step forward in his rehabilitation.|
|125||13||"Up in Flames"||Gilbert M. Shilton||Meredith Stiehm||November 30, 1994||2194122|
|Emily Valentine returns to Beverly Hills hoping to reunite with Brandon, and even his devotion to Kelly can't dampen the sparks that still burn between them. Meanwhile, Steve and Griffin throw an illegal rave at an abandoned house which leads to a fiery conflagration that could destroy more than one life at California University.|
|126||14||"Injustice for All"||Michael Lange||Karen Rosin||December 14, 1994||2194123|
|The courts decide on a punishment for Steve, whose illegal rave resulted in the fire that almost took two lives. Kelly escaped with her life, but her injuries may have permanently scarred her face. Meanwhile, Dylan returns home from rehab to find a disturbing letter from Erica...|
|127||15||"Christmas Comes This Time Each Year"||Richard Lang||Teleplay: Max Eisenberg
Story: Steve Wasserman & Jessica Klein
|December 21, 1994||2194124|
|After reading Erica's plea for help, Dylan leaps into action and hires a crackpot private investigator and ex-FBI agent, named Jay J. Jones to help him track down her kidnappers and the people who stole all his money. Meanwhile, Felice interferes in Donna and Ray's relationship by offering him a bribe to stop seeing her. Kelly worries that her fire burn scars will disgust Brandon.|
|128||16||"Sentenced to Life"||Jack Bender||Teleplay: Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman
Story: Ian Ziering, Jessica Klein & Steve Wasserman
|January 4, 1995||2194125|
|While working off his community service 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 hosility towards Valerie escalates when she learns that Valerie spent Christmas in the Caribbean unstead of visiting her family.|
|129||17||"Sweating it Out"||Jason Priestley||Chip Johannessen||January 11, 1995||2194126|
|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 slave labor for tresspassing which helps reduce the tension between them. Meanwhile, Valerie becomes interested in Ray and sets her sights to bag him behind Donna's back.|
|130||18||"Hazardous to Your Health"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Larry Mollin||January 18, 1995||2194127|
|Dylan and Valerie fly to 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. 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||2194128|
|Kelly distances herself from everyone that matters to her as Finley's hold on her grows stronger. Meanwhile, home-wrecking Ariel 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.|
|132||20||"You Gotta Have Heart"||Gilbert M. Shilton||Max Eisenberg||February 8, 1995||2194129|
Valerie moves out of the Walshes' an 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.
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||2194130|
|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. Also, Ray tries to cut ties with Valerie who theatens to tell Donna about their sexual trysts.|
|134||22||"Alone at the Top"||Victor Lobl||Steve Wasserman & Jessica Klein||February 22, 1995||2194131|
|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.|
|135||23||"Love Hurts"||Gilbert M. Shilton||Teleplay: Ken Stringer
Story: Larry Mollin
|March 1, 1995||2194132|
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. Meanwhile, Valerie manipulates Donna and everyone into believing that David is the one responsible for Ray's departure from Los Angeles.
NOTE: Jennie Garth does not appear in this episode.
|136||24||"Unreal World"||David Semel||Teleplay: Meredith Stiehm
Story: Larry Mollin
|March 15, 1995||2194133|
|A documentary for a class project reveals intimate secrets about the gang and threatens to tear apart some long-standing couples. Meanwhile, Jesse makes a confession to Andrea about being unfaithfull just when she is about to admit the same.|
|137||25||"Double Jeopardy"||Richard Lang||Christine Elise McCarthy & Sam Sarkar||March 29, 1995||2194134|
|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.|
|138||26||"A Song for My Mother"||Chip Chalmers||Max Eisenberg||April 5, 1995||2194135|
Ray is unhappy that David has come to Portland, Oregon to visit him. 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 long history of mental illness. 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. 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||2194136|
|Steve and David organize a hip-hop night at the 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 (as if he should be one to pass judgment). 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 Molly to hypnotize him and regresses to a past life as a hobo. Chancellor Arnold asks Brandon to keep an eye on a bratty 12-year-old genius who may apply to C.U.|
|140||28||"Girls on the Side"||Victor Lobl||Meredith Stiehm||May 3, 1995||2194137|
|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. Charley grows tired of seeing Dylan moon over Kelly; he encourages him to make a move. Jesse is offered a clerkship in Boise. 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||2194138|
|While under hyponsis, 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. Brandon seeks re-election and is virtually unopposed. When the board of education mandates a tuition hike, Brandon is criticized for failing to look out for the students' interests. Alex Diaz runs for 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||2194139|
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.
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||2194140A|
|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. 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 is not interested. Also, Dylan's plans to visit his mother and sister 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 whom tries to indimidate Charley and Dylan to cast his dim-witted and talentless mistress as the lead.|
|144||32||"P.S. I Love You: Part 2"||Victor Lobl||Larry Mollin & Chip Johannessen||May 24, 1995||2194140B|
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, 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. Rose traces the call and takes Dylan up in a tram car, where his goons hold him over the edge. He says that he knows the identity of Jack's killer, but the information would cost Dylan his life. Afer being released, Dylan terminates his movie deal with Charley. Dylan and Brandon end up sharing a bus ride home. Dylan 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 that his "goddess", Elle, is a man.
NOTE: Original cast members James Eckhouse and Carol Potter appear for the last time as series regulars, Jim and Cindy Walsh, respectively.
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".
|Season||Timeslot||Season premiere||Season finale||TV season||Rank||Viewers
|5th||Wednesday 8/9C||September 7, 1994||May 24, 1995||1994–1995||#46||14.7|
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 ||Special features |
|United States||United Kingdom|
|July 29, 2008 ||February 9, 2009 |