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Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington: Part 1 is the 31st episode of Season 4 of Beverly Hills, 90210.


Brenda gets a chance to study abroad; Clare surprises Brandon on his trip to Washington, D.C.; Dylan's ill-advised business decision angers Jim.


On campus, preparations are being made for the charity fund raising Mardi Gras with carnival rides and game booths. Steve and some fraternity brothers are setting up the mud wrestling tank. David and Donna are putting the sound equipment in place for the special music event. Kelly motions to them all that it is time to go to the hospital. Andrea is scheduled for caesarean delivery of her pre-mature baby. At the hospital, Brandon, Brenda and Dylan have already arrived. Steve has brought a stuffed toy kangaroo complete with little one in the pouch. Everyone is surprised to see Brandon here since he was supposed to be flying to Washington for the conference. He says he is taking the "red eye" flight later so he can be here with Andrea and Jesse. Jesse announces to them that the tiny baby is a girl and both baby and Andrea are all right. He is concerned that the baby is very small; only one-third normal size. He thanks the others for being there but suggests they wait until tomorrow to visit Andrea. He does invite Brandon to see Andrea for a few minutes, however, because he is going out of town. Though weak, Andrea is pleased to see Brandon and wishes him well on his trip to Washington.

Dylan has a meeting with Jim Walsh and Kevin regarding his investment in the new environmental protection company. Several other heavy investors are going over the prospectus with them. Kevin is finding this all a bit baffling and asks to be excused from the meeting for a few minutes. Dylan joins him outside and Kevin says he is having trouble concentrating on all this business negotiation because he is preoccupied with getting married the next day. Dylan tells him to leave, and he'll sit in with the investors for the rest of the meeting. The-campus carnival is underway with crowds of students enjoying the food and rides. Donna and David make an announcement about the upcoming appearance by Babyface at the grand finale on Sunday. Ariel, the publicist for the agency who handles "Babyface," drops by to check out the lights and stage. Donna is a little disturbed that Ariel and David seem to hit it off so well. The KEG Roman gladiator booth is a big attraction where challengers sit on a slippery log opposite the champion and try to knock the opponent off the log and into the mud below. It's Steve's turn to challenge all comers, and suddenly, John Sears, his long-time nemesis, steps up from the crowd. Steve tries to defend his title but John Sears is very determined for revenge. Steve falls into the mud and John is the winner.

Brandon is packing for his trip, with Brenda and his parents hovering about, even more excited than he is about meeting the President at the White House. Brenda meets with Roy Randolph, the play director, to say goodbye. Randolph tells her she has a promising acting career if she works hard. He suggests she consider auditioning at the Royal Academy in London for their summer plays. He offers to telephone and arrange it for her but Brenda wants to think about it for a little bit. Andrea is awake after a fitful night. Jesse tells her little Hannah has survived her first night but is still in some danger. Andrea says she must go to the neonatal intensive care nursery to see her. Reluctantly, Jesse agrees, concerned, however, that Andrea would suffer even more if the baby doesn't survive. Brandon arrives in Washington and is greeted by Chancellor Arnold in the hotel lobby. He is not pleased, however, to see that Clare has tagged along with her father, knowing that this will only mean trouble for him from this girl who doesn't know the meaning of the word, "no." To compound Brandon's worries, he is surprised to see that Lucinda Nicholson has also arrived for the conference. Clare, unaware of Brandon's previous relationship with Lucinda, brags to the anthropologist about her going to her high school prom with Brandon.

Over breakfast, Jim Walsh expresses concern that Kevin is busy marrying Suzanne today and Dylan is his best man. The final contracts haven't been signed yet. Brenda tells her parents about Roy Randolph's proposal that she go to London and study at the Royal Academy for the summer. She tells them she's saved up most of the money to cover her expenses. At the campus Mardi Gras, Donna and David discuss how well the fund raiser is going. David rushes back to the stage area for last minute work on the sound system. Ariel, "Babyface's" publicist, finds David. He is flattered by all her personal attention and buys her lunch. Brenda tells Kelly and Donna about her plans to go to London. Donna seems a little depressed, and she reveals that she just saw David and Ariel together. She expresses worry that because she has held out on sleeping with him, he may find someone else. The girls try to reassure her about David's love. At the post-wedding brunch, Dylan and Kevin discuss the new business relationship. Kevin hints that maybe they ought to keep the whole deal between the two of them, without any other partners. After lunch with Chancellor Arnold and Dean Trimble, Brandon says he's going to his room for a little rest. He finds Clare has bribed her way into his room and is in the process of taking a shower. She says his shower is so much better than hers. Brandon asks her to finish up and leave. He wants to rest for a while.

Steve is surprised to find his former girlfriend, Celeste, at the carnival. Steve is stunned to hear that she is now dating John Sears, Steve's ex-fraternity brother. Brandon is trying to review his speech which he will deliver in less than thirty minutes, but Clare is still hanging around half-dressed and making him very uncomfortable. Dylan takes Erica to visit the Mardi Gras carnival and treats her to some of the exciting rides. He finds Brenda there with her parents. Jim asks him when Kevin is going to be able to close the business deal, but Dylan says he doesn't know. Steve and Kelly go to the hospital to see Andrea and the new baby. Along the way, Steve tells Kelly how upset he was to see Celeste dating John Sears. They find Andrea rather tense but nevertheless, glad to see them. Andrea persuades Jesse to go for a walk with Steve while she talks to Kelly. The women go down to see little Hannah in the nursery. In the hospital cafeteria, Jesse confesses to Steve about how worried he really is about the effect on Andrea, if their baby doesn't survive. Steve tries to reassure him about how strong Andrea is in the face of difficulty. Kelly tells Andrea that she and Dylan have broken up and she is going to Washington to join Brandon.

Brandon's speech is well received at the conference. Chancellor Arnold asks if he has seen his daughter, Clare, lately. He wants to make sure she knows the banquet is scheduled for seven. The news that he is again to be stuck with Clare tonight dampens his enthusiasm over the congratulations he is receiving from the crowd. In the elevator, Brandon finds Lucinda is getting off on his floor. It is soon evident that she is intent on having a sexual relationship with Brandon again. When they enter his room, they are greeted by Clare. Donna finds David and quizzes him as to where he's been all afternoon. He's been around he says but they must have just missed each other. At the banquet, Brandon finds himself seated between Clare and Lucinda both of whom proceed to place hands on his knees under the table. Brandon struggles to maintain his composure under these stimulating circumstances.


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
and James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh
Special Guest Stars
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Noley Thornton as Erica McKay
Dina Meyer as Lucinda Nicholson
Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
Recurring cast
Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold
Kerrie Keane as Suzanne Steele
David Hayward as Kevin Weaver
Jennifer Grant as Celeste Lundy
Cress Williams as D'Shawn Hardell
Nicholas Pryor as Chancelor Arnold
Robert Leeshock as Keith Christopher
Paul Johansson as John Sears
Guest starring
Kari Wuhrer as Ariel Hunter
Jason Carter as Roy Randolph
William S. Taylor as Willis Trimble
Ryan Brown as Morton Muntz
Nancy Stephens as Helen
Esther Scott as Connie
Cliff Dorfman as Photographer
Bruce Economou as Kip Harriman
Keythe Farley as Jules
Tommy Townsend as Governor Blanchard
Jay Miao as Student
Glenn Robinson as Waiter
Philip Wayland as Desk Clerk


I don't know how I'm gonna break it to 'em I really have no interest in professional politics
—Brandon to Brenda, about their parents
BrandonYou know for a sister you're not half bad
BrenWell, don't you ever forget it
I don't think it was meant to last
—Kelly to Andrea, about Dylan
To be crazy about Brandon Walsh is not to be nuts
—Andrea to Kelly


  • Hannah Rose Zuckerman-Vasquez is born
  • Andrea got a 1500 on her SATs
  • Clare and Brandon make out and plan to have sex, but are halted by Lucinda
  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is a 1939 film directed by Frank Capra about a man who fills a vacancy in the U.S. Senate.
  • Brenda and Brandon share their last scene of the series in this episode