Beverly Hills 90210

Season 1 Episode 18

It's Only a Test

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 28, 1991 on FOX
9.1
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While doing a self test for breast tumors with Kelly and Donna, Brenda discovers a small lump on her left breast. Her worst fears are confirmed when the doctor determines that their is indeed a lump and a biopsy must be done. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang are nervously prepping for their SAT's, and Andrea's test anxiety leads to a makeout session with the most unlikely of candidates.moreless

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  • One of the best Brenda episodes.

    9.0
    A great family and friends episode. The good old days of 90210, when Brenda, Kelly and Donna were the best of friends, and when the brother/sister dynamic of Brandon and Brenda was at its height. We learned that Cindy's sister Sheila had succumbed to breast cancer only a couple of years before the Walshes moved to California. We got to see a lot of angst throughout most of the episode, as everyone put their priorities in better order, if only in this one episode. Brandon bagging the SAT because he was worried about his sister was great. I could have done without the dream sequence, but I guess they needed to lighten things up a bit. And, in one scene, Steve and Andrea starting to make out in Steve's bedroom (didn't get very far - Andrea was saving herself for Brandon).moreless
  • Outstanding episode.

    9.0
    Another rare Season 1 gem, and arguablly Shannon Doherty's finest performance in the series. While studying for SAT's Kelly, Donna, and Brenda decide to test themselves for lumps on their breasts based on a Breast Cancer Awareness article in a magazine they were reading. Brenda notices something. Having maternal history of breast cancer in their family, naturally they were extremely concerned. As usual, Jim and Cindy are superb at the roles of parents, and Brandon also needs to get the nod for the concerned brother. Brenda sees a doctor and realizes that it is something that might be cancer. She has to skip the SAT's to have surgery to remove the lump. It ends up not being cancer and they all breath a sigh of relief. Just a tremendous episode that really focuses on the Walsh family and how they deal with adversity. MVC: Brandon (13), Brenda (11), Jim (6), and Cindy (9)moreless
  • I thought this episode was very good. It showed Shannon's true colors in this episode. i loved that it focused on that form of cancer. my mother was recently diognosed but she beet it in 2003. I just loved itmoreless

    8.5
    In this episode i love how the friends just walked out of the exam to help Brenda through this terrible time. I loved Gabreiell's nervousness through out this episode it's literally like taking a test for them since they are teenagers in this episode. I just love the mother daughter bond in this episode and the doctor that they had in this episode was very througoh with Brenda. we need good doctors like that. i thought it was absoutely amazing. i was very happy when they just walked out like that i would've done the same thing for my friends. i also liked the acting in this episode as well.. i just loved it..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)

Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering

Steve Sanders

Luke Perry

Luke Perry

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

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling

Donna Marie Martin

Melinda Culea

Melinda Culea

Dr. Natalie Donner

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Bart Braverman

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Mr. Parker

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Jay Levey

Jay Levey

Proctor

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