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This episode depicts gun violence.

The Next Fifty Years is the 14th episode of Season 2 of Beverly Hills, 90210.


On Scott's 16th birthday, his mother gives Donna and David the responsibility of rounding up people for his birthday party to save it from being a social disaster.


The students of West Beverly unearth a time capsule from 1941 and put together a capsule of their own. Mrs. Scanlon organizes a surprise party for Scott's birthday and pushes David to round up the guests. Donna is the only person who wants to attend. Kelly, Steve, Brenda, Brandon and Emily reluctantly come to the party, but act like jerks and refuse to participate in the activities. David tries to save the party by getting everyone to dance, but Brandon and Emily sneak upstairs to make out in the bedroom of Scott's little brother. Mrs. Scanlon throws them out, and the others act really indignant and walk out on the party. Scott goes to his father's den to get matches for the cake and finds a gun in a locked desk drawer.

He tries to twirl it for David, but accidentally shoots himself in the stomach and dies. David's friends and teachers annoy him by constantly asking about his well-being, while Mrs. Scanlon keeps trying to give him Scott's belongings. Donna takes offense when David continually snaps at her. When Brandon tries to interview him about Scott, David erupts (with the microphone in the radio booth on). He expresses his anger at those who pretend to care about Scott after his death and his guilt over breaking off their friendship. The gang dedicates the time capsule to Scott, and David donates Scott's cowboy hat to ensure that he won't be forgotten.


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
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine
Guest starring
Douglas Emerson as Scott Scanlon[1]
Jenny O'Hara as Pam Scanlon
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver
Denise Dowse as Mrs. Teasley
Scott Jaeck as Mr. Chapman
Greg Finley as Conrad Scanlon


Scott, it’s dancing, not a Stairmaster
You know, the human spirit has a remarkable capacity to recuperate. They taught us that the first year of Dental School... of course they were talking about Gingivitis


  • Andrea bought tickets to Citizen Kane to celebrate the 50-year event and asked Brandon to go, but he says he made plans with Emily and that Andrea couldn't expect him to remember cause she bought the tickets two months ago. What a twat.
  • Brandon tells Dylan that he has had three near-death experiences: Brandon almost drowned when he was 5, when Dylan saved him and when he crashed his car
  • Scott's address is 5070 Foothill Drive
  • David tells Donna he had a nightmare that he was the one who died — this may be a reference to the fact that the producers had to choose who they were gonna fire; Green or Emerson


  • FOX executives tried to convince Charles Rosin not to do the storyline, but he ended up convincing them of its necessity. If not for the storyline, Scott Scanlon would've been written out of the series when he goes to Oklahoma for the summer[2]


friends in low places | GARTH BROOKS
David gives Scott a free choice birthday song at the West Beverly radio
work it out | MONIE LOVE
The gang dances at the party
knockin' on heaven's door | BOOTLEG ROCKS!
brandon interviews david about scott's death
in your room | THE BANGLES
brandon and emily make out, prompting brenda to leave for the library



Beverly Hills, 90210 Re-Watch: The Next Fifty Years (Season 2 Episode 14) (TELL-TALE TV • AUGUST 2019)

Notes and references[]

  1. Last appearance of Scott Scanlon
  2. TV Writers Explain The Importance Behind Their Gun Violence Episodes (October 2017)