Sarah applies for a job at The Beverly Beat and when Steve Sanders meets her, he tries to blackball her from being hired, because he likes her and felt he would try to sleep with her. Brandon Walsh and Janet Sosna overrule him and hire her because she's the most qualified, but Sarah turns down the job because she returns Steve's feelings and has a policy of not dating co-workers.
On their first date, while Sarah is playing golf, she told Steve that she is married, but separated. Sarah says that her husband cheated on her and that she hasn't dated anyone in a long time. She and Steve sleep together, then Sara decides to try marriage counselling with her husband, Matt Coleson. After a while, it becomes clear that Sarah is not going to leave Matt for Steve. Steve sends her numerous presents and leaves tons of messages, and Sarah ends things with Steve to work things out with her husband.