Beverly Hills, 90210 (season 3)

The third season of Beverly Hills, 90210, an American teen drama television series, began airing on July 15, 1992 on Fox television network. The season concluded on May 19, 1993 after 30 episodes. This season follows the friends during the summer and their senior year of high school as they deal with everyday teenage issues such as sex, infidelity, relationships, child molestation, hit and runs, racial discrimination, gang violence, expulsion, pollution, gambling, drug abuse, eating disorders, body image, student strikes, grief, and domestic violence.

Beverly Hills, 90210
Season 3
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StarringJason Priestley
Shannen Doherty
Jennie Garth
Ian Ziering
Gabrielle Carteris
Luke Perry
Brian Austin Green
Tori Spelling
Carol Potter
James Eckhouse
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes30
Original networkFox
Original releaseJuly 15, 1992 (1992-07-15) –
May 19, 1993 (1993-05-19)
Season chronology
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List of Beverly Hills, 90210 episodes


The third season concentrates on the end of summer and the beginning of the senior year of High school.





No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
511"Misery Loves Company"Jeffrey MelmanJessica KleinJuly 15, 1992 (1992-07-15)219205016.7[citation needed]
Brandon returns to work for the summer at the Beverly Hills Beach Club, with Andrea now working there as the child-care supervisor. Meanwhile, Brenda defies her parents and continues to secretly see Dylan behind everyone's back. When Brenda gets caught in the act when Jim and Cindy run into Brenda with Dylan at the beach club, she runs away and into Dylan's house.
522"The Twins, the Trustee, and the Very Big Trip"David CarsonCharles RosinJuly 22, 1992 (1992-07-22)219205115.8[citation needed]
Brenda and Dylan find that their living arrangements are too close for comfort but Brenda is too stubborn to admit she's unhappy. Kelly decides to bail on her trip to Paris for the summer, deciding instead to stay home with her newborn sister. Jim decides to send Brenda in Kelly's place and puts pressure on Dylan to encourage her to take the overseas trip.
533"Too Little, Too Late/Paris 75001"Daniel AttiasMaria Semple & Jonathan Roberts (Too Little, Too Late)
Karen Rosin (Paris 75001)
July 29, 1992 (1992-07-29)219205213.2[citation needed]

Brenda and Donna adjust to living in Paris but Brenda's French isn't as good as she thinks it is, and the girls end up eating some questionable food at La Champagne. Andrea counsels a deaf child who has difficulty adjusting to summer camp. Meanwhile, Dylan and Kelly flirt with each other and Brandon becomes jealous of Andrea's new boyfriend.

NOTE: James Eckhouse does not appear in this episode.
544"Sex, Lies and Volleyball/Photo Fini"Jeffrey MelmanChris Brancato & Kenneth Biller (Sex, Lies and Volleyball)
Karen Rosin (Photo Fini)
August 5, 1992 (1992-08-05)219205313.2[citation needed]
Donna feels left out because Brenda and her classmates can speak fluent French. Steve finds the perfect partner for both romance and volleyball. Kelly and Dylan team up for the volleyball tournament and also spend an afternoon babysitting baby Erin together. Meanwhile, David meets a young girl, Nikki, who expresses an interest in both his music and him.
555"Shooting Star/American in Paris"Daniel AttiasSteve Wasserman & Jessica Klein (Shooting Star)
Karen Rosin (American in Paris)
August 12, 1992 (1992-08-12)219205416.2[citation needed]
Kelly and Dylan spend a romantic afternoon jet skiing in the waves at Paradise Cove. Brenda develops a crush on a young American named Rick (Dean Cain), who mistakes her for a native Parisian. Meanwhile, Brandon tries to help a homeless war veteran, David hires Steve to manage his music career, and Andrea becomes frantic when Cameron, her deaf camper, goes missing.
566"Castles in the Sand"Paul LazarusAnn DonahueAugust 19, 1992 (1992-08-19)219205517.1[citation needed]
Brenda and Donna return from Paris and are welcomed home with a big party. Brandon grows annoyed with Brooke's constant racist comments and their relationship suffers. Meanwhile, Steve schmoozes the beach club into giving David a chance to show off his musical talents to all of the Beverly Hills elite. Kelly and Dylan decide to not tell Brenda about their summer fling and keep it as a secret.
577"Song of Myself"Jeffrey MelmanKenneth BillerSeptember 9, 1992 (1992-09-09)219205616.6[citation needed]
It's the beginning of senior year at West Beverly for the gang (sans David). Andrea accuses the new English teacher and Blaze faculty advisor, Gil Meyers, of sexism, when he names Brandon the new editor of the paper. David's summer fling, Nikki enrolls at school, and becomes fast friends with Donna. Meanwhile, Brenda and Steve become "senior buddies" to two incoming freshmen, and Brenda finds herself paired with Sue Scanlon, whose brother's death, Scott Scanlon, has had no small impact on the girl. Kelly becomes depressed due to constantly seeing Brenda and Dylan together.
588"The Back Story"Bradley M. GrossKaren RosinSeptember 16, 1992 (1992-09-16)219205714.3[citation needed]
Beth Nielson, from the tabloid television show Back Story is in town, and she enlists the help of Brenda to make a documentary about West Beverly High. A naive Brenda agrees to be interviewed, not realizing how the show will twist her words and take them out of context. Meanwhile, a West Beverly alum offers Steve a "legacy key" to the school, which will give him unfettered access to the school's computers.
599"Highwire"Bethany RooneyStar FrohmanSeptember 23, 1992 (1992-09-23)219205816.2[citation needed]
With graduation on the horizon, the teens of West Beverly are stressed about where to go to college. The Walshes announce only one twin can go to an out-of-state college, which leads to some major fighting between the siblings. Kelly loses it when David walks in on her in the shower. Meanwhile, Steve gives more thought to using the legacy key, and Brenda feels Dylan slipping away.
6010"Home and Away"Jack BenderChip JohannessenOctober 7, 1992 (1992-10-07)219205915.6[citation needed]
When two students from rival school Shaw High are shot to death by gang members during a football game, West Beverly decides to forfeit their own game against Shaw's team. Brandon meets a journalist from Shaw, and the two reporters decide to use the power of the press to put a stop to the violence. Kelly hopes to see her father again. Meanwhile, Sue Scanlon starts showing interest in David, which irritates Donna but pleases David. Dylan invites Kelly to go to the Pigskin Prom with him and Brenda.
6111"A Presumption of Innocence"Bethany RooneyKaren RosinOctober 21, 1992 (1992-10-21)219206016.4[citation needed]

Sue Scanlon accuses Gil Meyers of sexual misconduct, which leads to his suspension. Andrea offers her support to the misguided teen and finds there's more to the story than Sue is telling. After surfing in polluted waters, Dylan contracts both an infection and a desire to help clean up the bay.

NOTE: James Eckhouse & Carol Potter do not appear in this episode.
6212"Destiny Rides Again"Christopher HiblerJessica KleinNovember 4, 1992 (1992-11-04)219206119.9[citation needed]
During a trip to the video store, Brenda runs into Rick (Dean Cain), her fling from Paris. She goes out with Rick behind Dylan's back, but acts indignant when Dylan reveals to her that he had his own summer fling. Tragedy literally strikes Andrea when she's seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident. Nikki gets tickets to a televised AIDS benefit, and she and Brandon are interviewed by Rosie O'Donnell on the air. David and Donna consider sleeping together, and Steve puts his education in jeopardy when he decides to use the legacy key. Meanwhile, Kelly decides to step aside from her friends and concentrate on herself but doesn't expect to see Dylan with a proposition that will change their lives forever.
6313"Rebel with a Cause"Daniel AttiasStar FrohmanNovember 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)219206219.7[citation needed]
Brenda assures Dylan that he's free to date whomever he likes but when she and Rick (Dean Cain) run into him and Kelly, Brenda reevaluates her position. Steve and Herbert grow apprehensive as the police show up at West Beverly to investigate their crime. Meanwhile, Andrea is released from the hospital but has to use a wheelchair.
6414"Wild Horses"Bobby RothKenneth BillerNovember 18, 1992 (1992-11-18)219207516.9[citation needed]

Unable to deal with all the drama at home, Dylan hits the road and meets a beautiful ranch owner, whose free-spirited life is very appealing to him. Back in Beverly Hills, the investigation surrounding the computer break-in continues, and a fearful Steve puts pressure on Herbert to take the heat. Kelly and Brenda get into a fight for Dylan.

NOTE: David Arquette makes a guest appearance as Nikki's ex-boyfriend, Diesel.
6515"The Kindness of Strangers"Richard LangJessica KleinNovember 25, 1992 (1992-11-25)219206416.2[citation needed]
Brandon encounters Jack Canner, the homeless war veteran he met over the summer, and invites him to join his family for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, father Jim takes offense to the war vet's political choices. Meanwhile, Steve's mother goes to bat for him at school, and works to have his expulsion reversed. Dylan returns to Beverly Hills and greets both Brenda and Kelly with kisses.
6616"It's a Totally Happening Life"Richard LangCharles RosinDecember 16, 1992 (1992-12-16)219206615.8[citation needed]
In a nod to It's a Wonderful Life, two guardian angels, Clarence and Miriam, watch over the gang and protect them from a bus crash that threatens to kill them all. Meanwhile, Andrea gets accepted to Yale, Cindy catches Brandon and Nikki in bed, and Dylan is ordered to choose between Brenda and Kelly by New Year's Eve. David decides that he will takes extra courses so he can graduate early with his friends.
6717"The Game Is Chicken"Jack BenderDarren StarJanuary 6, 1993 (1993-01-06)219206516.2[citation needed]
Steve and Brandon get involved in the world of high-stakes drag racing, and their dangerous endeavor leads them to the very person who might be responsible for Andrea's accident. David's determination to graduate early means he has little time to work in the D.J. booth. Meanwhile, Brenda and Kelly agree to a double date with two Princeton men, only to find that their dates are not exactly the stuff dreams are made of.
6818"Midlife... Now What?"Robert BeckerLana Freistat MelmanJanuary 13, 1993 (1993-01-13)219206716.6[citation needed]
Looking for a little primping and pampering, the girls of West Beverly head out to a Montecito Spa for the weekend. Jackie and Cindy come too, and both women fear their husbands may not be staying faithful to them. Kelly worries that her mother's insecurity may lead her back to drugs, and begins to feel insecure herself. Meanwhile, Brandon delves even further into gambling, and Dylan's romantic problems seem unimportant when he learns his father is being released from prison.
6919"Back in the High Life Again"Bill D'EliaJessica KleinJanuary 27, 1993 (1993-01-27)2192068
Jack McKay decides to throw a party at the Bel Age hotel to celebrate his early release from prison. Dylan invites both Brenda and Kelly and eventually chooses Kelly over Brenda. Mel and Jackie's marriage crumbles, leaving David afraid that he'll no longer have access to his baby sister. Dylan and Kelly incur Brenda's rage when they tell her about their summer fling and she cuts them both out of her life.
7020"Parental Guidance Recommended"Gwen ArnerDarren StarFebruary 3, 1993 (1993-02-03)219206916.6[citation needed]
Iris McKay arrives in town to discuss dissolving Dylan's trust fund with Jim. She's against the idea but Dylan and Jack lay the pressure on hard. Iris also takes time to meet with Brenda, who is depressed over losing both Dylan and Kelly. Meanwhile, David is offered a record deal with Icon Records, but the sleazy and debauched owner, Curtis Bray, will only give David a recording contract if he fires Steve. David decides to accept the deal, but Steve takes the news very badly and ends both his business and friendship with David. Elsewhere, Brandon is enjoying the high life, as he continues to place large bets.
7121"Dead End"Jeffrey MelmanStar FrohmanFebruary 10, 1993 (1993-02-10)219207019.7[citation needed]
Jack and Dylan begin a new life together, living aboard a yacht with Dylan's enormous trust fund at their disposal. On the surface everything seems perfect, but Jack has some dangerous enemies. So does Brandon, whose unpaid gambling debts lead to some frightening threats from his bookie, Duke, over a $500 debt. Meanwhile, Andrea and Jordan go on a date, Dylan and Kelly consummate their relationship, and Brenda and Donna take a self-defense class.
7222"The Child Is Father to the Man"James Whitmore, Jr.Charles RosinFebruary 17, 1993 (1993-02-17)219207118.7[citation needed]
In the wake of his father's death, Dylan grapples with his personal demons while trying to elude the reporters camping out on his lawn. Dylan eventually learns the shocking truth about his father and about his fiancee Christine. Kelly feels uncomfortable when Brenda invites Dylan to stay with the Walshes. David postpones a recording session at Icon Records to attend Jack McKay's funeral and arrives just in time to find Dylan about to take a drink. Meanwhile, Brandon's losing streak continues as his gambling addiction spirals out of control.
7323"Duke's Bad Boy"Robert BeckerJessica KleinMarch 3, 1993 (1993-03-03)219207216.0[citation needed]
Brandon's out of control gambling debts are mounting up and his bookie, Duke, is getting impatient and wants $1,500 of losses paid up by the end of the week. He goes to extreme lengths to pay his bill by hiring another bookie at school to place bets, and his desperation leads to violence. Kelly feels that Dylan is slipping away from her, and her insecurity leads to an unhealthy obsession with her appearance. Meanwhile, David gets dumped by his label after his hack recording manager, Serge, has him record an out-of-tune song. Elsewhere, Andrea convinces a depressed Dylan to write a story about his experience with loss.
7424"Perfectly Perfect"Bethany RooneyGillian HorvathMarch 24, 1993 (1993-03-24)219207319.1[citation needed]
Kelly's obsession with her weight leads to an addiction to diet pills that puts her health in imminent danger. Her friends plan a surprise party for her 18th birthday but the pills make her so paranoid that she thinks everyone is against her. Meanwhile, Brandon and Steve compete on a televised dating show for a date with the lovely Celeste Lundy.
7525"Senior Poll"Christopher HiblerDarren StarApril 7, 1993 (1993-04-07)219207415.0[citation needed]
Senior superlatives are being awarded at West Beverly and most of the gang wins an award. Kelly wins Most Beautiful but instead of lending her a much needed confidence boost, the award leads her to believe that everyone judges her solely by her looks. Brenda feels left out that she didn't win a superlative and decides to apply to the University of Minnesota. Meanwhile, Steve and Brandon attend a Lakers basketball game, where Steve gets the chance to win $10,000.
7626"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"Jason PriestleyKen StringerApril 28, 1993 (1993-04-28)219207514.4[citation needed]

It's Senior Ditch Day and the girls along with David, decide to spend it at Magic Mountain. What is supposed to be a fun day turns into a nightmare when Kelly's wallet is stolen and Donna is mugged. Meanwhile, Brandon encounters problems of his own when he has to cover for Nat by working at the Peach Pit, and his car is stolen by a clever female con artist who dupes both Dylan and Steve into tagging along with her to help search for Burt Reynolds to appease a tour group.

NOTE: Burt Reynolds makes a guest appearance in this episode as himself.
7727"A Night to Remember"Richard LangJessica KleinMay 5, 1993 (1993-05-05)219207617.0[citation needed]
The students of West Beverly are horrified to learn that the school board has pushed through a measure that will bar any student found drunk at the prom from graduation. Everyone scrambles for dates, and the Walsh twins find themselves dateless. Meanwhile, Mel Silver serves champagne at a pre-prom gathering, leaving waif-like Donna vulnerable to its effects.
7828"Something in the Air"James Whitmore, Jr.Jessica KleinMay 12, 1993 (1993-05-12)219207716.9[citation needed]

Donna must attend a disciplinary hearing regarding her activity at prom night and is denied participation in commencement ceremonies. Her own mother refuses to stand by her, but Brandon and the others go to bat for their friend. At Gil Meyers suggestion, they planned a school wide finals walk-out and a mass demonstration in front of the school board.

NOTE: This is Michael Durrell's first appearance as Dr. John Martin, Donna's father.
"Commencement"Daniel AttiasCharles RosinMay 19, 1993 (1993-05-19)2192078A
22.2[citation needed]
As graduation approaches, the gang of West Beverly make their final decisions about the future while reminiscing about the past. Brandon is sad when Brenda announces her decision to attend the University of Minnesota. Andrea worries that she'll have to turn down Yale. Meanwhile, Mrs. Teasley finds out about Steve's anonymous donation. Dylan's hippie mother, Iris, pays another unannounced and unwelcome visit.
The gang takes a look back at the last three years of their life, cherishing the past and excited for the future. They spend an evening in the Hollywood Hills, camping under the stars and forever memorializing the class of 1993.


Beverly Hills, 90210: The Soundtrack was released at the beginning of season 3 but the cover art of the cast was from the second season and the costumes are from the episode "U4EA". This was also the first soundtrack to be released out of three soundtracks.


Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
3rd Wednesday 9/8C July 15, 1992 May 19, 1993 1992–1993 N/A 18.3

Home mediaEdit

The DVD release of season three was released in Regions 1, 2 and 4. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material such as 3 featurettes based on the season.

The Complete Third Season
Set details [1] Special features [1]
  • 30 episodes
  • 1371 minutes (Region 1); 1316 minutes (Region 2);[2]
  • 8-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles:
    • English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Swedish and French (Region 1)
  • "7 Minutes in Heaven"
  • "Everything You Need to Know About Beverly Hills, 90210 season 3"
  • "The World According to Nat"
Release dates
United States United Kingdom
December 11, 2007 [1] March 24, 2008 [2]


  1. ^ a b c "Beverly Hills, 90210 – The Third Season". Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  2. ^ a b "Beverly Hills, 90210 – Season 3". Retrieved 2008-08-11.