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Wildfire is the 8th episode of Season 2 of Beverly Hills, 90210.


Dating others no longer looks good to Brenda when Dylan dates the new girl in school, whose datebook also includes Brandon. Meanwhile, Scott and David find what a difference a summer makes.


On the first day of school, Dylan makes a date with Emily Valentine, a new student who plays guitar and rides a motorcycle. She also makes a date with Brandon, and all of the guys seem quite taken with her. Emily offers to help Brenda, Kelly and Donna put together an act for the hello assembly. Dylan and Emily park at a spot overlooking the bluff and share a kiss. Brandon takes her to the same place the next night, and they also kiss. Brenda becomes extremely jealous and possessive after learning of Emily's involvement with Dylan. She accuses her of being a tramp, and treats her terribly at a barbecue at the Walsh house. Brenda apologizes to Emily and pleads with her to stay in the act, so that they have someone with talent. Brenda realizes that she still loves Dylan, and they get back together. Scott returns from his summer vacation in Oklahoma sporting a cowboy hat, with sudden interests in country music, fireworks and guns. David freaks out and decides to distance himself from Scott, and warns his friend to "cool it with the guns."


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
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine[1]
Guest starring
Douglas Emerson as Scott Scanlon


SteveYou know Kel, last year at this time we were barely on speaking terms
KellyAh, the good old days
BrendaI don't know if I can handle this, I almost called you at the Rap Line last night
AndreaWell you know you always can
EmilyHey Corvette
SteveHow is my funny Valentine?
KellyYou know there's a name for a girl like that...
Donna, Kelly, BrendaSlut
―Group shaming Emily
ScottNot everyone has your taste David
DavidThe whole school does — I'm a tastemaker!
DonnaI can't believe she came!
KellyWhy not, all her boyfriends are here
BrendaWhat we've got is much more than just physical
DylanBren, I'm not here because of that. I never was. I'm here because I love you


  • Dylan and Brandon both ask out Emily and find out after the fact
  • Donna first suggests doing a spoof of Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" – Emily suggests 'addicted to clothes'
  • Brenda doesn't tell Emily that she used to date Dylan and vows not to get jealous, but assumes that Emily was the one who made a move on Dylan
  • Brenda talks to Andrea and Andrea's jealous when she finds out Emily is going out with Brandon too
  • Emily has two older sisters
  • Brandon asks Dylan if he slept with Emily and accepts Dylan taking a free shot, which Dylan doesn't
  • Brenda and Dylan get back together
  • Foreshadowing of Scott's death


  • Neither Elise, Doherty, Garth, nor Spelling sing "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". A session musician was hired and sang the song, including the backup.
  • Originally, it was in the script that Emily would also make out with Steve! Christine Elise took it to the director and he agreed it should be cut[2]


addicted to love | ROBERT PALMER
everyone gets ready for school montage
teenage mutant kung fu chickens | RAY STEVENS
the girls judge Emily from afar
leader of the pack | SHANGRI-LAS
David dedicates a song to Emily
wicked game | CHRIS ISAAK
Brandon and Emily's date/at the end, when Brenda and Dylan get back together



Flashback: The ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ Gang Mashes Up Neil Sedaka With Robert Palmer (ROLLING STONE • AUGUST 2019)

Notes and references[]

  1. First appearance of Emily Valentine
  2. The Blaze with Lizzie & Kat! Episode 041 Christine Elise McCarthy - U4EA (September 2015)