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This episode depicts trauma and alcoholism.

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


The Walshes (Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Carol Potter, James Eckhouse) offer sanctuary to Dylan (Luke Perry), 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
and James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh
Recurring cast
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Guest starring
Valerie Wildman as Christine Pettit
Raymond O'Connor as Curtis Bray
Stephen Rowe as Serge Menkin
Miguel Pérez as Mel Borman
Tim Anderson as Dylan's Inner Child
Matt McKenzie as Reporter #3
Adam Tucker as Mike Nelson
Hugh Holub as Mr. Jessup
Jeff Coopwood as Reporter #1
Sergia Sanchez as Reporter #2
Larry Randolph as Preacher


DylanLook, Bren, I wanna thank you for letting me stay-
BrendaDylan, you don't have to say anything. In fact, I wanna apologise to you: I'm sorry it took me a whole day to swallow my pride and do the right thing
Brenda[takes his hand] You know, it's gonna be okay
Dylan[voice cracking] just keep telling me that, will ya


  • 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 according to Rosin, because Doherty was frequently late to set in this period, for logistical reasons it was not feasible, so 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[1]
  • Valerie Wildman wasn't told that her character worked for the FBI until she was on her way to shoot the scene in this episode[2]


can't cry hard enough | WILLIAMS BROTHERS
dylan grieving with his inner child



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