A magazine writer (Suzanne Turner) hangs out with Valerie for a piece on L.A.'s cool people; Donna wavers between her two suitors; Clare and Kelly do some flirting in Palm Springs; a tragedy befalls Steve and Brandon's basketball partner.
Brandon and Steve team up with Steve's former frat rival enemy turned good friend Dick to enter a 3-on-3 CU basketball tournament. They kick butt for several rounds, then join everyone at a PPAD party where Dick has brought heroin. He offers Steve some, and Steve passes but is about try a hit when he sees Dick is having an overdose--which causes Dick's death. Steve is horrified by what he nearly did and what happened, and angrily lashes out at a crowd who view Dick's drug taking as cool. They forfeit the tournament and Brandon gives Steve support.
Donna wavers between her two suitors (David and Cliff), feeling more unsure when she determines that David didn't cheat on her with a young singer. Felice tries to badmouth David as usual over the drugs at his club--Donna shuts her up by asking if Felice thinks Nat is responsible as well--and after some deliberation, Donna tells Cliff she loves David and wants to be with him. Cliff accepts it and flies away to start a new job in Orlando.
Clare and Kelly head to Palm Springs because Clare doesn't want to be around Steve due to his annoying behavior stemming from his friendship with Dick, and Kelly because of her rough aftermath of her finding Brandon's engagement ring. They meet two nice-guy website designers and pretend they're Ukrainian models. When they find out about Dick's death, they drop the accents and the designers tell them off. They return to LA to help their friends and lovers.
- Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
- Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
- Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
- Brian Austin Green as David Silver
- Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
- Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
- Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
- Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold
Special Guest Star
- Greg Vaughan as Cliff Yeager
- Julie Nathanson as Ellen Fogerty
- Joe Michael Burke as Roger Burnett
- Richard Ruccolo as Dean
- Suzanne Turner as Gigi Crane
- Ken Hanes as Detective
- ❝ You know, sometimes the only way to stop a fire, is let it burn out. So if it does between the two of you, don't be surprised if I come around again. Goodbye, Donna ❞
- Cliff gets offered a job as Head of Security at Disneyland in Orlando, FL
- Dick's going to grad school at Stanford
- Donna chooses David
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- Donna asks Nat for advice