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- Well, I can just be myself, and there's no strings attached. You don't want anything from me. Everybody else does. Brenda, Kel, especially my dad
- —Dylan to Andrea
Dylan and Andrea are part of the same group early on, as they're arguably the two most important connections the Walsh twins' make, respectively. Both connections are undeniably romantic, Brenda and Dylan almost immediately starting a romance where Andrea and Brandon never get together for real despite strong attraction and multiple non-starers. Andrea and Dylan rarely spend one-on-one time together in high school, both defined by the teen Beverly Hills social norms as outsiders, but very different types: Andrea is labelled as the driven, straight A-student; Dylan, the brooding, intelligent, mysterious object of infatuation for the girls (such as Kelly) at West Beverly.
However, they become close friends after Andrea helps Dylan cope with his father's death by encouraging him to write about it. In the process, they realize that they have a lot in common including a love of literature. Andrea becomes important in Dylan's life as the female friend who always attempts to understand him and listens to him without judgment. Their admiration of each other's intellect and ability to think independently is mutual. Their bond grows even stronger after Dylan discovers Andrea cheating on her husband. He becomes her shoulder to cry on when the man she has an affair with doesn't return her feelings.
- Dylan – Okay Zuckerman, how d'you know I was into Bukowski huh
- Andrea – Come on, the renegade poet of our times, please