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April Is The Cruelest Month is the 19th episode of Season 1 of Beverly Hills, 90210.


Brandon suspects that the driving force behind the school's tennis star may drive the boy to drastic action - with a gun. Meanwhile, SAT scores have Donna suspecting a bleak future.


Brandon interviews Roger Azarian for a senior profile in the Blaze. Roger is an outstanding student and athlete, but is overwhelmed by the legacy of his father, George Azarian; a self-made millionaire. Roger asks Brandon to read a screenplay that he has written. Brandon is disturbed by the autobiographical aspects of the script, especially since it ends with the lead character murdering his father. Brandon finds a gun in Roger's car and fears that he is going to kill his father.

He tracks down the missing Roger in his poolhouse, where he is actually contemplating suicide. After receiving terrible SAT scores Donna decides to become a bad girl, skipping classes and taking up smoking. After the guidance office intervenes she is tested for and diagnosed with a learning disability that inhibits her test-taking skills. She is given another chance on the test and presumably scores much higher the second time. Ironically, Brenda and Brandon receive identical scores on the SAT (1190).


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
and James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh
Nicolas Coster as George Azarian
Guest starring
Matthew Perry as Roger Azarian
Sharon Case as Darla Diller
Denise Dowse as Mrs. Teasley[1]
Gregory Burns as Coach Markham
David Charles as Psychiatrist
Beverly Nero as History Teacher


  • Brenda gets 630 MATH and 560 VERBAL on her SATs
  • Brandon gets 560 MATH and 630 VERBAL
  • Kelly gets 540 VERBAL and 510 MATH
  • Kelly used to date Roger


would I lie to you? | EURYTHMICS
Brandon watches Roger play tennis
doin' the do | BETTY BOO
brenda runs into donna while shopping

Notes and references[]

  1. First appearance of Mrs. Teasley