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.
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)
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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