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.
At the Peach Pit, Brandon and Nat are sweating through work, without air conditioning. Steve pops in to announce he's been accepted to California University, but what is even more exciting is that he's house-sitting a house at Malibu. Steve and Brandon drive out to see the house. Brandon asks if they can have a going-away party for Brenda here. Next day they start preparing for the party. Celeste has arrived to join Steve in setting up decorations. Donna and Andrea bring bags of food. They've finished being camp counselors, for the summer. David is telling everybody how difficult it is to find a reasonable apartment near the college campus. Brenda arrives, having just finished the last day of her summer job at the Beach Club.
The party is in full swing. Jim and Cindy Walsh have arrived. Donna says she and Kelly have won the school lottery for a room in the campus dorm. Brandon announces plans to convert Brenda's room into an apartment for himself. Andrea will be continuing to live with her grandmother, Rose, in Beverly Hills. As the party ends, Brenda asks her parents if they mind that she spends this last night in California at the beach house. The party comes to life again, with more guests arriving. Brenda shrugs off Tony Miller's romantic overtures. Kelly calls from her car phone saying she just got back from Europe but can't find a place to park. Everyone gathers around Kelly to hear the details of her summer in Europe with Dylan. "And where is Dylan?" someone asks. Kelly says he's gone on to Greece but she wanted to come home. The sound of breaking glass comes from the kitchen. Steve hopes it's nothing valuable, as the party gets wilder.
It's dawn, and several bodies are draped over the furniture. The whole house is a mess. Brandon joins Brenda outside. She has to go to the airport to catch her plane to Minneapolis. Brandon and Brenda stop by the Peach Pit to say goodbye to Nat and sample the new menu item, "Laverne's Honey Pie." Brenda and Cindy leave for the airport. Brandon arrives back at the beach house to find that no progress has been made to clean up the party mess. Some of the group decide to go get some breakfast. David asks Kelly to help him find a place to live near campus that he can afford. Andrea walks up the beach to visit Gil Meyers. She feels a little guilty about not attending Yale after Gil had worked so hard to get her accepted. She explains her reasons for staying in California, but still senses that he is disappointed.
In Minneapolis, Grandma Beevis, along with twelve year old cousin Lindsey, have picked up Cindy and Brenda at the airport. They drive directly to the University of Minnesota so Brenda can register. Brenda is feeling tense and a bit homesick already. The young cousin, Lindsey, keeps asking questions about Beverly Hills and that keeps reminding Brenda of her friends she's left behind. Brenda sees Darla, her long time friend from childhood. They are to be roommates in the college dorm. Cindy and the others join them to go up and see their room. The room they have to share is very small, with very little closet space. Brenda begins to wonder if this is all a big mistake.
At the beach house "fun and games" are the order of the day. After a fast game of volleyball, Brandon heads into the house. Suddenly, he's confronted in the kitchen by a young woman who aims a can of mace at him, shouting at the top of her lungs. Brandon holds a toaster and tries to explain himself, as Steve and Celeste come rushing inside. Steve and the woman recognize each other. She is Jill, the daughter of the movie producer who owns the beach house. She and Steve have known each other for years, but she didn't know her parents were out of town. Everybody calms down, as Jill explains she had wanted to pay a surprise visit to her father and thought Brandon was burglar.
Brenda has gotten together with some of her other old friends who are attending the University. They all treat her like an outsider, and have preconceived ideas of what Brenda's California friends must be like. Brenda loses her cool and tells them off. Kelly and Donna are helping David find a place to live. Kelly thinks he ought to rent a beach place, but David knows he can't afford to do that. Kelly suggests she move to the beach and let David share the dorm room with Donna. "Why don't you move in with Dylan when he gets back?" asks Donna. Kelly confesses that she left Dylan in Europe after they'd had a fight. He'd been turned down by California Berkeley, and he became very depressed, she adds. At the beach house, Steve and Jill are hitting it off very well and enjoying each other's company. Celeste is beginning to feel left out, as they relive their past relationship. Celeste gets jealous and storms out followed by Steve who tries to apologize.
Kelly has found a two bedroom apartment at Venice Beach, which she thinks will be just right for David. David can't believe it when she tells the landlord she'll take it. One room for David and one room for her and Donna. David wonders if Donna's mother will approve of this new arrangement. Brandon tells Steve to be careful he doesn't lose Celeste. It would be a pity to "put all his chips" on Jill, who's only going to be in town for a week. Andrea goes back up the beach to visit Gil Meyers with intentions other than apologies this time. She becomes very emotional and begins to show more than student/teacher interest in Gil. Her hopes are shattered when he introduces his fiancée.
In Minneapolis, Brenda and Cindy, with Grandma Beevis, arrive at Brenda's childhood home. They were in hopes of seeing what the new owners had done with the interior, but found no one at home. As they glance around the yard, Brenda begins to feel a touch of home sickness for California. Steve talks to Jill while she sun bathes. She surprises Steve by asking about Brandon. He realizes her interest in Brandon is more than casual. At the Peach Pit, Donna tells David and Kelly that her mother agreed to let her live off campus. She confesses that she didn't tell her mother that David would be living there too. While Brenda is out of the dormitory with her friend Darla, a phone call comes from Europe. After a number of rings, we see a disappointed Dylan hang up the phone.
- 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
- Michael Cudlitz as Tony Miller
- Robia LaMorte as Jill Fleming
- Wendy Benson as Darla Hansen
- Julie Adams as Arlene Beevis
- Don Calfa as Mr. Pitts
- Jennifer Guthrie as Katie Destable
- Rachel True as Jan Myler
- Mark Kiely as Gil Meyers
- Haylie Johnson as Lindsey
- Tony Miller's going to college in Arizona
- Jill taught Steve to french kiss when he was 13 and she was 15 (he lead on that he was 14)
- Kelly and Dylan broke up
- summertime blues | EDDIE COCHRAN
- steve comes into the peach pit
- summer means fun | BRUCE & TERRY
- the boys drive to malibu
- living in a fantasy | RAINBOW RASTAMAN
- brenda's party starts
- tip of my tongue | DIESEL
- tony hits on brenda; kelly comes home
- surfer girl | THE BEACH BOYS
- at the peach pit, kelly, donna and david talk housing
Notes and references
- Dylan only has a brief cameo at the end