Season 5 of American drama soap Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on FOX television network.


This season follows the gang during their sophomore year in college. Dylan's problems with alcohol and drugs return, as Brenda decides to stay in drama school in London, leaving her room at the Walsh's house vacant. Cindy and Jim take in their friend's daughter Valerie Malone, an old family friend of the Walshes, who arrives in Beverly Hills seeking refuge after her father's suicide. Valerie almost immediately becomes the love interest of both Steve and Dylan and displays a penchant for smoking pot in the Walsh's house and shooting pool in comically seedy pool halls in the middle of the day. The two other new romantic storylines feature Clare Arnold, first seen as Brandon's stalker and eventually as David's rebound girl after he is dumped by Donna; and working-class Ray Pruit, the new boyfriend of Donna.


Jason Priestley as Brandon 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
Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez (26 episodes)
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Guest Stars

Caroline McWilliams as LuAnn Pruit (7 episodes)
Ray's mother
Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay (4 episodes)
Dylan's mother
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine (2 episodes)
Brandon's old flame
James Handy as Tom Rose (2 episodes)
A mobster
Howie Long as Himself ("What I Did On My Summer Vacation And Other Stories")
Dick Dale as Himself ("P.S. I Love You: Part 1")

Recurring cast

Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold (30 episodes)
A smart, driven, no-filter girl, Donna and Kelly's new flatmate
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (27 episodes)
Owner of the Peach Pit
Jamie Walters as Ray Pruit (25 episodes)
An aspiring musician, who Donna likes
Ryan Brown as Morton Muntz (9 episodes)
K.E.G. member and friend of Steve's
James C. Victor as Peter Tucker
A guy Andrea finds herself drawn to


Katherine Cannon as Felice Martin (7 episodes)
Donna's mother
Jed Allan as Rush Sanders (7 episodes)
Steve's father
Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor (6 episodes)
Kelly's mother
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver (4 episodes)
David's father
Michael Durrell as Dr. John Martin (3 episodes)
Donna's father
Josh Taylor as Jack McKay (cameo — "The Dreams Of Dylan McKay")
Dylan's father

Guest starring

Jeffrey King as Charlie Rollins (8 episodes)
Casper Van Dien as Griffin Stone (7 episodes)
Nicholas Pryor as Chancellor Arnold (7 episodes)
F.J. Rio as Alex Diaz (5 episodes)
Sara Melson as Alison Lash (4 episodes)
Wings Hauser as J. Jay Jones (4 episodes)
Jon Gries as Mr. Trilling (4 episodes)
Cress Williams as D'Shawn Hardell (3 episodes)
Paige Kettner/Ryanne Kettner as Erin Silver (3 episodes)
Denise Dowse as Mrs. Teasley (3 episodes)
Kristine Mejia as Dana (3 episodes)
Valerie Wildman as Christine Pettit (2 episodes)
Joshua Beckett as Josh Richland (2 episodes)
Noley Thornton as Erica McKay (2 episodes)
Kerrie Keane as Suzanne Steele (2 episodes)
David Hayward as Kevin Weaver (2 episodes)
Kristen Dalton as Jamie Young (2 episodes)
Marga Chavez as Teresa Vasquez ("Things That Go Bang In The Night")
Alma Beltran as Celia Vasquez ("Things That Go Bang In The Night")
Nancy Sorel as Gloria Richland
Vance Valencia as Juarez
Nancy Stephens as Helen
David Dean as Travis Farnham


The most popular zip code of the '90s changes dramatically in the fifth season, the halfway point of the show's 10-year run. With the departure of one of the primary characters -- Brenda Walsh -- multiple new faces arrive (and stick around) on Beverly Hills, 90210 for the first time. This is Tiffani Thiessen's first season as Valerie Malone and this is the last season for Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Damon Espinoza, Carol Potter and James Eckhouse as series regulars as their characters Andrea Zuckerman, Jesse Vasquez, Cindy Walsh and Jim Walsh, respectively.


  • Alicia Silverstone and Alyssa Milano were initially considered for the role of Valerie. Drew Barrymore was offered the part.[1]
  • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen had just finished working on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Both shows were set at the fictional California University, so she ends SBTB at the end of her freshman year at CU and now joins 90210 in her sophomore year.
  • This season introduces the Peach Pit's after-hours club, Peach Pit After Dark, initially run by Steve.
  • The fifth season aired Wednesday nights at 8/9c in the United States averaging 14.7 million viewers a week.
  • The season was released on DVD as an eight disc boxed set under the title of Beverly Hills, 90210: The Fifth Season on July 29, 2008 by CBS DVD.
  • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen played a character named Kelly on Saved By The Bell and Valerie on Beverly Hills, 90210, while Jennie Garth portrayed Kelly on the series and later starred on What I Like About You... as Valerie.


Season 5/Gallery


1 What I Did on My Summer
Vacation & Other Stories
7 SEPTEMBER 1994 First appearance of Valerie Malone 112
2 Under the Influence 14 SEPTEMBER 1994 113
3 A Clean Slate 21 SEPTEMBER 1994 114
4 Life After Death 28 SEPTEMBER 1994 First appearance of Griffin Stone 115
5 Rave On 5 OCTOBER 1994 First appearance of Ray Pruit 116
6 Homecoming 12 OCTOBER 1994 117
7 Who's Zoomin' Who? 19 OCTOBER 1994 118
8 Things That Go
Bang In The Night
26 OCTOBER 1994 119
9 Intervention 2 NOVEMBER 1994 120
10 The Dreams of Dylan McKay 9 NOVEMBER 1994 121
11 Hate Is Just
A Four Letter Word
16 NOVEMBER 1994 122
12 Rock of Ages 23 NOVEMBER 1994 123
13 Up in Flames 30 NOVEMBER 1994 124
14 Injustice for All 15 DECEMBER 1994 Last appearance of Griffin Stone 125
15 Christmas Comes
This Time Each Year
22 DECEMBER 1994 126
16 Sentenced to Life 4 JANUARY 1995 127
17 Sweating It Out 11 JANUARY 1995 128
18 Hazardous to Your Health 18 JANUARY 1995 129
19 Little Monsters 1 FEBRUARY 1995 130
20 You Gotta Have Heart 8 FEBRUARY 1995 131
21 Stormy Weather 15 FEBRUARY 1995 132
22 Alone at the Top 22 FEBRUARY 1995 133
23 Love Hurts 1 MARCH 1995 134
24 Unreal World 15 MARCH 1995 135
25 Double Jeopardy 29 MARCH 1995 136
26 A Song For My Mother 5 APRIL 1995 137
27 Squash It 12 APRIL 1995 138
28 Girls On The Side 3 MAY 1995 139
29 The Real McCoy 10 MAY 1995 140
30 Hello Life,
Goodbye Beverly Hills
17 MAY 1995 Gabrielle Carteris' last ep
as a series regular

Last appearance of Jesse Vasquez
31 P.S. I Love You: Part 1 24 MAY 1995 142
32 P.S. I Love You: Part 2 24 MAY 1995 Jim Walsh & Cindy Walsh's
last ep as series regulars

Notes and references