This roller coaster is a top notch season 1 episode that delivers thrills and chills throughout its duration. Matthew Perry does an excellent job portraying a deeply troubled teen who has major issues with his father. I especially enjoyed watching this episode for various reasons. One being the fact that Matthew Perry really tangled nicely with his character. During the 90s, there weren't too many young television stars that could have played such an emotional role so well. Plus, I thought he appeared to fit that age bracket of the group so in that aspect things were smooth. Overall this episode is quite splendid despite its gloomy story line.
Episode starts by Brandon fulfilling Andrea's dreams by getting the Senior Spotlight of the Blaze on Roger Azarian, a rich but troubled high school tennis star. SAT's come in as well, and while most of the gang was thrilled with their results, Donna was not. She had a horrible SAT, and found out she has a learning disability and was indeed not stupid. This would be a common theme throughout the series as nothing will get Donna fired up more than hearing the word stupid from here on out. A little hidden highlight for any prospective BH90210 fan. The main theme though was clearly Brandon trying to figure out how to help Roger, who was on suicide watch because he couldn't deal with the fact that his dad was a multi millionaire. Brandon saves the day again, and Roger gets the professional help he needs to survive. MVC: Brandon (14) and Donna (2)
This is one of my favorite episodes. Matthew Perry guest stars as Roger Azarian, a tennis star who has it all. Brandon wants to interview him for the Blaze and starts hanging around him. Brandon realizes Roger doesn't have many friends and offers his friendship. Roger explains he has written a screenplay and allows Brandon to read it. Brandon and Brenda begin reading it and see many similarities between the lead character and Roger. Brandon starts to wonder if it is an autobiography and if Roger is planning on killing his father. He arrives at Rogers just in time to find him drunk and suicidal, and just in Brandon style, he talks him out of killing himself. A great episode overall.
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