This episode contains sensitive information regarding alcoholism.

It's a great place to drop your inhibitions, Jim, you know; grow a beard, swim naked
—Life of Iris
Necessity Is a Mother is the 10th episode of Season 2 of Beverly Hills, 90210.


Dylan says the full-time presence of his mother is driving him crazy, and although he doesn't say it's driving him to drink, soon he doesn't have to. Meanwhile, class success Donna plays the stock market for real.


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

Special Guest Star

Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay[1]

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio

Guest starring

Craig Hurley as Falcone
Nick Toth as Teacher
Jay Arlen Jones Bartender

Quotes Edit

Brenda, there's probably nothing we can do but listen, you're already doing that


  • Cindy and Brandon like Iris, whereas Jim and Brenda are skeptical
  • Dylan's a Libra and the twins Scorpios
  • Iris asks Jim to set up a trust for Dylan and he becomes an emancipated minor. Iris also asks Cindy to take care of her son
  • Brandon brings Dylan to AA

Music Edit

mother-in-law | ERNIE-K-DOE
the forecast (calls for pain) | ROBERT CRAY
the bar
born under a bad sign | ALBERT KING

Photos Edit

Notes and references Edit

  1. First appearance of Iris McKay
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