Beverly Hills 90210

Season 2 Episode 17

Chuckie's Back

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 1991 on FOX
8.8
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Chuckie's Back
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When Samantha Sanders is approached by producers to do a reunion show of her old sitcom, she is elated. The only problem is that she needs Steve to befriend her television son, Chuckie, which proves to be more than difficult. A fight with Chuckie and a suspension from school peak his desire to find his birth parents. Meanwhile, Donna decides to attend the dance with David.moreless

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  • Steve Finds Out He's Adopted, David + Donna's relationship begins

    6.0
    The winter dance is coming up at West Beverly. Kelly has a date with Steve's childhood rival, Chuck, "Chuckie" Wilson, a child actor from his mom's show, the Hartley house. Brandon claims not to want to go for not liking to dance and not having a date.



    The Beverly Beat decides to run a story on Chuck. Steve and Chuck's rivalry continues, including Chuck bringing up the fact that Steve was adopted, which culminates in Steve punching Chuck. Steve takes the rap after Chuck blackmails him about doing a reunion special which would be very lucrative for his mom. Steve gets suspended as a result.

    Kelly thinks Steve punched out Chuck because he was jealous that Chuck was going out with Kelly (lol, conceited?). Brandon tells her it's because he was sensitive about being adopted. Steve's mom stands up for Steve after learning the truth about Chuck. Kelly stands up for him too, by standing up Chuck and taking Steve to the dance.



    Donna spends the whole episode trying to tell everyone that she and David are just friends. Including David. David and Donna kiss, and she pulls away. Later on she realizes her feelings, and kisses him on the dance floor. She makes a somewhat cheesy declaration to her friends that she like him.



    Steve gets on the bus to find his birth mother, as a Pretenders song plays. <3 the Pretenders.



    The episode seems pretty cheesy, but it sets up the plot for the next episode, where Steve goes to Albequerque to find his mom. It's very Steve-centric. But David and Donna begin their relationship, and Brenda and Dylan are together.

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  • Another historical episode

    7.2
    The holiday dance is right around the corner and the whole gang is making preparations. Donna is taking David, and everyone is giving her hell for it. Brandon doesn't dance, so he probably won't go. Kelly is going with a guy by the name of Chucky. This drives Steve nuts, because Chucky was a child actor on his mom's hit sitcom "Hartley House"; and generally made Steve's life miserable growing up. Making matters worse, Chucky reveals that him and nearly everyone else on the set knew that Steve was adopted, long before Samantha told Steve. This prompts Steve to punch Chucky out and get suspended from school (taking the punishment so that Chucky would sign to do the Hartley House reunion show). After a big fight with his mom, Steve decides that it's time to go try and find his real parents. Brandon tells Kelly why Steve punched Chucky out, and she promptly stands Chucky up to go console Steve. At the dance, Donna and David kiss for the first time, and Donna admits to everyone that she likes him. The show ends with the whole gang saying goodbye to Steve as he gets on the bus to go to New Mexico. Very touching moment. MVC: Brandon (30), Kelly (12), and Steve (13)moreless
  • Steve Sanders is adopted

    8.0
    This is the episode where the gang (except Kelly & Brandon) finds out Steve is adopted. The last scene where everyone sees Steve leave on the bus is emotional. 2000 Miles is the perfect song for this moment. I like how Kelly treats Steve in this scene, it shows how much she really cares for him. I find it funny how Brenda says "We love you Steve", when previously, Steve & Brenda don't really spend time together. If I remember correctly, everyone looks sad as Steve's bus is driving off, as if his character is leaving the show or something.moreless
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Brenda Walsh (seasons 1 - 4)

Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth

Kelly Marlene Taylor

Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley

Brandon Walsh (episodes 1 - 247)

Brian Austin Green

Brian Austin Green

David Silver

Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering

Steve Sanders

Luke Perry

Luke Perry

Dylan Michael McKay (episodes 2 - 154, 249 - 296)

Matt Nolan

Matt Nolan

Chuck Wilson

Guest Star

Miko Hughes

Miko Hughes

Chuckie

Guest Star

Barry Pearl

Barry Pearl

Norman

Guest Star

Joe E. Tata

Joe E. Tata

Nat Bussichio

Recurring Role

Christine Belford

Christine Belford

Samantha Sanders

Recurring Role

Scott Jaeck

Scott Jaeck

Mr. Chapman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Steve steps onto the bus in the final scene of the original airing of the episode and in syndication the song that was playing was 2000 Miles by the Pretenders, but on the DVDs the song was changed.

    • When the gang is sitting around talking about Donna and David's odd relationship, Brenda's hand switches back and forth from being under Dylan's arm holding his hand to being at her side and it's very noticeable.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Steve: I was actually thinking of breaking down and asking Kelly to the dance. I think she deserves another chance.
      Brandon: You're giving her another chance. Isn't she the one who broke up with you?
      Steve: Yeah. But I forgive her.

    • Brandon: I don't waltz, I don't rumba, I don't fox trot, I don't boogie, I don't dance. I don't even like to be in the same room with people who are dancing.

    • Dylan: If that's her idea of a platonic relationship, I'd love to see what she does when she gets physical.

    • Chuckie: I was telling Brandon about my life story. You were a part of it.
      Steve: Unfortunately.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      Donna by Ritchie Valens
      Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Instrumental
      Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms
      Hey Donna by Rhythm Syndicate
      I Adore Mi Amor by Color Me Badd
      2000 Miles by the Pretenders

    • Scott Jaeck and Shannen Doherty later work together for an episode for Charmed; he plays her dead mother's ex-whitelighter.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Apart from being the "evil" character's name, it's also the name of the doll from Child's Play and the other Chuckie movies, in which the doll kills people, and won't go away.

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