Season 4 is the first post-high school season of Beverly Hills, 90210.


While maintaining essentially the same formula in season four that's driven the previous seasons, things definitely grow up and heat up now that the gang has started college. They're all attending school together (of course), the fictional California University. Andrea decides against Yale and Brenda makes her way back to Beverly Hills quickly after a disastrous attempt at returning "home" to Minnesota. While Brenda's return and Andrea's decision to stay in Beverly Hills seems not only inevitable, but essential, it's interesting to note that season four is the final year featuring all original cast members.

It's also the year the tone of the show most abruptly changes, making way for the much more grown up and sexier seasons to come. For these twentysomethings playing teenagers, the shift from high school to college allows them to relax a bit into their characters and really show off their acting chops. As in the years before, issues rule the storylines here and while we've got some repeat offenders (infidelity, date rape, racism, drug use), there's also plenty of fresh material that these actors clearly have fun with (anti-Semitism, pregnancy, campus scandals, and newly discovered siblings).


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 Stars

David Gail as Stuart Carson
The 24-year-old heir to a fortune who Jim sets up with Brenda (7 episodes)
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine
Brandon's old flame who lives in San Francisco (2 episodes)
Barry Bonds as Barry Larson
("Cuffs and Links")
Babyface as Himself
("Mr. Walsh Goes To Washington: Part 2")

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (25 episodes)
Owner of the Peach Pit and friend to one and all
Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez (19 episodes)
Law student who Andrea falls in love with
Paul Johansson as John Sears (14 episodes)
Sexist creep at KEG house
Dina Meyer as Lucinda Nicholson (13 episodes)
Anthropology grad student who Brandon falls for
Kerrie Keane as Suzanne Steele (11 episodes)
Jack McKay's ex-girlfriend and Erica's mother
Matthew Porretta as Dan Rubin (10 episodes)
CU grad student who Andrea starts dating
Cress Williams as D'Shawn Hardell (10 episodes)
CU student and basketball prodigy
Noley Thornton as Erica McKay (9 episodes)
Dylan's long lost half-sister


Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor (6 episodes)
Kelly's mother
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver (6 episodes)
David's father
Katherine Cannon as Felice Martin (2 episodes)
Donna's mother
Julie Adams as Arlene Beevis (2 episodes)
Brenda's maternal grandmother
Bruce Solomon as Kenny Zuckerman ("Scared Very Straight")
Andrea's father
Bess Meisler as Rose Zuckerman ("Scared Very Straight")
Andrea's grandmother
Jed Allan as Rush Sanders ("Cuffs and Links")
Steve's father

Guest starring

Nicholas Pryor as Milton Arnold (8 episodes)
Jennifer Grant as Celeste Lundy (7 episodes)
Brooke Theiss as Leslie Sumner (7 episodes)
Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold (6 episodes)
Joshua Beckett as Josh Richland (6 episodes)
Scott Paulin as Corey Randall (6 episodes)
Tracy Middendorf as Laura Kingman (6 episodes)
David Hayward as Kevin Weaver (6 episodes)
Zachary Throne as Howard (6 episodes)
Jason Carter as Roy Randolph (6 episodes)
Brandon Douglas/Jack Armstrong as Mike Ryan (5 episodes)
Ryan Brown as Morton Muntz (4 episodes)
Pierre Epstein as Eddie (4 episodes)
Peter Mark Richman as Lawrence Carson (4 episodes)
Kari Wuhrer as Ariel Hunter (3 episodes)
Wesley Allen Gullick as Willie (2 episodes)
Joe Greco as Joey Bussichio (2 episodes)
Robia LaMorte as Jill Fleming (2 episodes)
Wendy Benson as Darla Hansen (2 episodes)
Andi Chapman as Angela Rhodes (2 episodes)
Claudette Nevins as Vivian Carson (2 episodes)
Angela Visser as Nina (2 episodes)
Mark Kiely as Gil Meyers ("So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye")
Michael Cudlitz as Tony Miller ("So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye")
Nancy Fernandez as Nadine ("Change Partners")


  • Season 4 only comprised two summer episodes, as opposed to the previous two seasons having been prefaced by a summer season during hiatus. This was due to the unavailability of the location for the Beverly Hills Beach Club[1]


Season 4/Gallery



So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

8 SEPTEMBER 1993 Charles Rosin 81 1
Kelly returns from Europe just in time to bid adieu to Brenda, whose Minnesota friends seem more interested in California than Brenda. Meanwhile, David seeks affordable housing; and Celeste is irked by Steve's attention to an old friend.

The Girl From New York City

15 SEPTEMBER 1993 Steve Wasserman & Jessica Klein 82 2
Kelly gives Donna the details of her breakup with Dylan, who returns home; Jill tells Brandon her reason for wanting to take things slowly; Brenda finds that more than the weather is inclement in Minnesota.

The Little Fish

22 SEPTEMBER 1993 Larry Mollin 83 3
The frenzy of college registration is too much for Dylan, who finds a compatriot; and David, Donna and Andrea try to continue their campus media activities. Meanwhile, Brandon ponders his place in college's "big pond," as Steve tries to sell him on frat life.

Greek To Me

29 SEPTEMBER 1993 Chip Johannessen 84 4
Rush week bores Brenda; stereotypes Andrea; reunites Kelly with an old flame she can't stand; and exhausts Donna, whose radio show goes to the dogs.

Radio Daze

6 OCTOBER 1993 Richard Gollance 85 5
Steve decides that Celeste is detrimental to his social life: Donna wants to dump her radio show to keep up in school; and Dylan doesn't deter Kelly's persistent admirer.

Strangers In The Night

13 OCTOBER 1993 Jennifer Flackett 86 6
Andrea finds romance with Dan; Brenda enjoys a blind date arranged by her father; Dylan gets a new car — and the let's-see-other-people speech; David's roommates criticize his lax housekeeping.

Moving Targets

20 OCTOBER 1993 Larry Mollin 87 7
Dylan's move to protect himself raises concern in Kelly; Andrea disdains the restriction on her relationship with Dan; Jim and Cindy do brunch with Brenda, Stuart and his parents.

Twenty Years Ago Today

27 OCTOBER 1993 Jessica Klein 88 8
The 20th-anniversary party for Cindy and Jim includes a big announcement about another romance. Meanwhile, Brandon receives two warnings from Dylan, one regarding Brenda's boyfriend.

Otherwise Engaged

3 NOVEMBER 1993 Jennifer Flackett 89 9
Legal matters intrude on Brenda's happiness, and on David and Kelly's relationship; Brandon learns something surprising about Lucinda; guilt finds Steve after he does a favor for a frat brother.

And Did It... My Way

10 NOVEMBER 1993 Richard Gollance 90 10
Brenda and Stuart plan to circumvent his parents' plans to give them a big wedding with a trip to Las Vegas, where Brenda's frieds hope to bring her to her senses.

Take Back the Night

David and Donna
17 NOVEMBER 1993 Chip Johannessen 91 11
Sears insults Kelly when she rejects his advances, but the incident pales in comparison with another student's story-which sounds like date rape. Meanwhile, Brandon is threatened by the hoopster he's tutoring; Brenda and Dylan disagree over a "romantic" poem.

Radar Love

24 NOVEMBER 1993 Jessica Klein 92 12
Steve thwarts Sears' libidinous plans at a Thanksgiving charity event; Brandon's wanderlust becomes a quest to find an old friend; Andrea gets a bonus while dining with Dan and his parents; Dylan's change of holiday plans angers Kelly.


1 DECEMBER 1993 Steve Wasserman
& Jessica Klein
93 13
Andrea breaks up with Dan, while Brandon discusses the future with Emily; Brenda takes a chance in her theatrical debut; Sears makes sure Hell Week is a big drag for Steve.


15 DECEMBER 1993 Larry Mollin
& Richard Gollance
94 14
Dreams inspire Donna to make David's dream come true; Brandon plays hardball to help Steve, who gets no help from his "brothers"; Jesse makes more of an impression on Andrea.

Somewhere In The World It's Christmas

22 DECEMBER 1993 Charles Rosin 95 15
Memories of Christmases past are recalled as the Walsh family says aloha to L.A. — twice; Dylan is touched by the holiday spirit of two lost souls; Steve seeks paternal advice for his fraternal situation; Andrea frets about attending her first midnight Mass with Jesse.

Crunch Time

5 JANUARY 1994 Richard Gollance
& Larry Mollin
96 16
Friends note his odd behavior after David takes drugs to get through finals; Steve and Sears officially square off over the break-in incident; Dylan offers Suzanne financial aid.

Thicker Than Water

12 JANUARY 1994 Lana Freistat Melman 97 17
A ski trip offers Donna an alternative to David, who finds an alternative source for drugs and brings about a nightmare for his family; Dylan calls on Cindy when Erica has a crisis; Jim's background check on Suzanne pays off.


26 JANUARY 1994 Chip Johannessen 98 18
Brandon is appointed to an education task force with input to Washington; Dylan uses CPR to save a friend; David comes clean with Donna; Jesse shares his good news, prompting Andrea to keep hers to herself; Cindy enters a masters program at the university.

The Labors of Love

2 FEBRUARY 1994 Rosanne Welch
& Christine Pettit
99 19
Jesse disagrees with the choice Andrea makes without him; drugs cost David his roommates and more; Brandon feels left out when Dylan becomes the struggling Peach Pits's white knoight, but finds some solace with an old flame.

Scared Very Straight

9 FEBRUARY 1994 Gary Rosen 100 20
Jesse meets Andrea's grandmother; Dylan's cool head helps when the heat's on David, who's left holding the bag when his dealer is busted; Brandon keeps his Valentine a secret, while Brenda's is kept secret from her.

Addicted To Love

16 FEBRUARY 1994 Larry Mollin & Richard Gollance 101 21
A reporter seeks "the truth" about Brandon, who is complemented by Kelly at an important social function; Dylan becomes valuable to Lucinda; a small mistake leads to big complications between Brenda and Stuart.

Change Partners

23 FEBRUARY 1994 Chip Johannessen 102 22
Kelly accompanies Brandon on a task-force weekend retreat; Brenda and Donna learn why a friendly dog is a stray; Lucinda shows Dylan her film - and her apartment; Steve negotiates to stay in the dorm after breaking Andrea's rules.

A Pig Is A Boy Is A Dog

2 MARCH 1994 Richard Gollance & Larry Mollin 103 23
Brenda takes radical action after hearing bad news about Rocky; more people learn about Brandon and Lucinda; Kelly's classroom queries to Lucinda take on a personal tone; Steve bears the brunt of it when Dylan and Brandon nearly come to blows.

Cuffs and Links

16 MARCH 1994 Steve Wasserman & Jessica Klein 104 24
Barry Bonds plays the golf nemesis of Steve's father, who tees off his son when they tee up in a tournament. Meanwhile, legalities make Brenda an outcast of sorts, and Jim learns that she's not the only twin in trouble; and Kelly picks the wrong time to express feelings of jealousy.

The Time Has Come Today

23 MARCH 1994 Charles Rosin 105 25
Brenda sees a lot of herself-and her family and friends-in a diary that tells the story of a complex young woman and her ROTC-member brother who lived in the Walshes' home in the late 1960s.

Blind Spot

6 APRIL 1994 Ken Stringer 106 26
David's piano teacher arouses jealousy in Donna; Donna and Kelly hustle to find male models for a fund-raising calendar; Steve stumbles upon a frat brother's secret, but fails to keep it to himself.


20 APRIL 1994 Larry Mollin 107 27
Brenda hopes to impress a visiting Broadway director, while Steve coaches a competitor for a lead role; an ardent admirer won't take no from Brandon; Suzanne's new boyfriend is cut no slack by her daughter.

Acting Out

27 APRIL 1994 Chip Johannessen 108 28
Clare finally has a wild night with Brandon; Andrea has a medical emergency while Jesse's away; Kelly's past and Laura's costuming give each an advantage over Brenda in the Maggie-the-Cat competition.

Truth and Consequences

4 MAY 1994 Richard Gollance 109 29
Laura tries to sabotage Brenda's acting career after hearing a rumor about her means of success' Clare plans further fun with Brandon, who speaks to her father about her; Kevin impresses Dylan and Erica when they visit his lab.

Vital Signs

11 MAY 1994 Larry Mollin 110 30
Brandon's time with Clare may have cost him a chance to meet the President; Andrea is hospitalized; Brenda gets an opening-night gift; Dylan considers investing in Kevin; David sees danger in working with a new band.

Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington: Part 1

25 MAY 1994 Jessica Klein 111 31
Andrea gives birth to baby girl Hannah and the gang goes to the hospital to congratulate her and Jesse. Brenda finishes her run as Maggie and is offered a summer placement at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Brandon heads to Washington for the weekend.

Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington: Part 2

25 MAY 1994 Jessica Klein 112 32
Andrea and Jesse have some tense moments with their newborn; Brenda is offered a chance to study abroad; Dylan's ill-advised business decision angers Jim; David impresses singer Babyface and others with his keyboard play; Brandon needs -and gets- rescuing in the Capital.

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