This episode contains
trauma and alcoholism.

The Child Is Father To The Man is the 22nd episode of Season 3 of Beverly Hills, 90210.


The Walshes offer sanctuary to Dylan, who learns more about his father's parole, and struggles with urges to go back to old habits.


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

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Valerie Wildman as Christine Pettit

Guest starring

Tim Anderson as Dylan's Inner Child
Raymond O'Connor as Curtis Bray
Stephen Rowe as Serge Menkin
Miguel Pérez as Mel Borman
Adam Tucker as Mike Nelson

Trivia Edit

  • Christine reveals herself to have been an undercover FBI agent and informs Dylan that his late father got out of prison to help the FBI by serving as bait for his past criminal contacts
  • David manages to help Dylan feel understood by relaying his experience when Scott died tragically
  • Dylan and Brenda work toward forgiveness


  • Jessica Klein and Steve Wasserman lobbied for Brenda and Dylan to reunite in this episode. Showrunner Charles Rosin agreed, but due to Doherty being frequently late to set in this period, Rosin decided against it, which is why Dylan and Kelly continued to be a couple.[1]
  • Dylan plays his 13-year-old self for the majority of the episode because Luke Perry felt that they were the best lines, in the original script to have been said by the 13-year-old actor who appears at the end

Music Edit

can't cry hard enough | WILLIAMS BROTHERS

Photos Edit

Notes and references Edit

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