KellyDon't do it if you don't mean it
DylanI mean it

Back In The High Life Again is the 19th episode of Season 3 of Beverly Hills, 90210.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Kelly is Dylan's only friend to attend a party for his freed father, who has an eye on - and wants a hand in - Dylan's trust fund; David finds a home after his father moves out.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Dylan's father has been unexpectedly released on parole from prison. Dylan is pleased but puzzled as to how this was accomplished. They are riding home in a limousine. Jack calls his girlfriend, Christine to have her contact some of his business acquaintances. He wonders which ones are still speaking to him. At the hotel they are greeted by a barrage of reporters who have a lot of questions about who is going to pay back the investors who lost money on Jack's scams. Jack tells them to call his lawyers and that he just plans to spend some time with his son, Dylan. Jackie and Mel are having a heated argument about Mel's infidelity. David and Kelly can hear the confrontations upstairs and sit staring, at each other. David apologizes for his father's behavior but Kelly says it is not his fault. She admits she liked Mel but can't believe he would do this to Jackie. David wonders where he'll be living if Mel and Jackie get a divorce.

Dylan calls from the hotel to invite Kelly and David to a party, celebrating his father's release. David declines saying he is going to Donna's to study. The Walshes are watching the news on television of Jack McKay's release. Jim has some caustic remarks about this swindler serving only two years of a ten-year sentence. When Brenda gets a call from Dylan regarding the party, Jim tells Brenda he does not want her to be around Jack McKay. Reluctantly she obeys her father. At the Peach Pit, Steve tells Brandon he is not going to the party. He's got tickets for a basketball game. Andrea asks Steve's opinion about her hair color. She wonders if she should change her hair color to blonde. At the party, only Kelly shows up. Dylan covers up his hurt feelings. She meets Jack McKay and others. Kelly tells Dylan about the problems her mother and Mel are having at home. Dylan asks her to stay the night with him but she says she cannot, They go swimming in the hotel pool. Brenda wants to talk to Brandon about Kelly going to Dylan's party but her brother is too busy watching a basketball game on which he has placed a sizeable bet. In the pool, Kelly and Dylan kiss but Kelly pulls away. She wonders if Dylan would be coming on to her if Brenda were at the party. Kelly feels she and Dylan must tell Brenda everything, even about their relationship last summer.

Andrea has a new attitude toward life since her visit to the health spa. Donna is helping her pick out a highlight hair streaking color. They agree there is no sin in being attractive. Over breakfast, Jack McKay tells Dylan he had a little money stashed away but it will soon run out. Jack mentions that Dylan's trust fund could earn him a lot more money if invested properly. Jim Walsh gets a phone call from Jack McKay to discuss Dylan's trust fund. Brenda expresses concern for her father and for Dylan, regarding the trust fund. Mel has a talk with his son, David. He says he is moving out. He wants David to live at his new apartment until he graduates in June. David refuses and angrily condemns his father for destroying the marriage. At school, Dylan invites Kelly to dinner with him, Jack and Christine. Kelly is not sure about this. She still wants to confess everything to Brenda. Brenda joins them for an awkward moment before Dylan leaves. Kelly says she found Jack McKay very nice but Brenda says he has a very dark side too. Dylan talks to Steve and Brandon but is still hurt that they didn't come to the party. Donna is helping Andrea streak her hair. David offers a few joking remarks that are not appreciated by Andrea. David says he had better go home to start packing. He feels Kelly and Jackie won't want him around as a reminder of what his father has done.

Nat tells Brandon he forgot to call in his bet on last night's game. He offers to give the disappointed Brandon the hundred dollars he would have won. Brandon says no to Nat's offer, but does ask for the bookie's telephone number so he can call in his own bets in the future. Nat is hesitant to do this. In the meeting with Jim Walsh, Dylan says he wants his father to handle his trust fund investments. Jim says Jack can't because he is a convicted felon. Jack says he wants to dissolve the trust fund. It would take three signatures, his, Jim's, and Iris, Dylan’s mother. Brandon and Brenda discuss her not going to Dylan's party. She is worried that Jack McKay may be a crook. Brandon says she doesn't have to like Jack in order to like Dylan. Dylan makes Kelly agree to meet with Brenda and both of them will tell her about their relationship. Kelly says she will do it. Jackie is waiting up for Kelly when she gets home. They discuss her love for Dylan and the fact that she has not told Brenda. Jackie says Mel is moving out.

Erin cries and they go up to her room. David is already there with her bottle. When he says he is going to miss all of them, Jackie says he can live there as long as he wants. At school, Dylan is rather cool to Brenda when she suggests they go to a movie. He says he is going to be busy with his father. Donna and David exchange comments over the school radio regarding David being a bit "spacey" lately. Andrea drops by and they both tell her the hair job looks great. Later, David says he really didn't notice any difference. In the school newsroom, Andrea asks a puzzled Brandon how he likes it. He does not know what she means but Steve saves the day by telling her the dye job looks terrific. Dylan apologizes to Brandon for being rude about the party. He now realizes Brandon had to work. Dylan and Kelly go to see Brenda to tell her about their relationship. They take a walk as they tell Brenda. Brenda does not take the news lightly. She storms away saying she doesn't want to talk to either of them again. Dylan says he hopes she will be all right.

Starring[edit | edit source]

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
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Josh Taylor as Jack McKay
Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor

Guest starring

Valerie Wildman as Christine Pettit
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver
Ron Harper as Mickey Garwood

Co-Starring

Jeff Coopwood as Reporter #1
Sergia Sanchez as Reporter #2
Joe Scott as Waiter

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Brenda, this is not about Dylan. His father is another story. I don't want you going anywhere near this man, do you understand me?
—Jim

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Jim Walsh forbids Brenda from attending a party for Dylan's father, and Dylan chooses Kelly
    • At Kelly's insistence they tell Brenda about their summer affair
  • Brenda confesses to Brandon that she could've gone to the party, but wasn't comfortable because of Jack McKay's past. Brandon admits in turn that he was relieved he had to work

PRODUCTION NOTES

  • There's no music playing when Dylan and Kelly tell Brenda what they did, but Charles Rosin says the sequence makes him think of Stevie Wonder's "All In Love Is Fair", in terms of storytelling[1]

Music[edit | edit source]

come go with me | THE DEL VIKINGS
steve has lakers tickets
the right kind of love | JEREMY JORDAN
kelly and dylan talk, then brenda and kelly talk
all the way to heaven | JODY WATLEY
donna puts on the song in the booth, dylan talks to brandon about missing the party
too many ways to fall | ARC ANGELS
brenda and dylan talk in the hallway

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