Beverly Hills 90210

Season 1 Episode 12

One Man and a Baby

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 1991 on FOX
8.6
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Brandon is surprised to learn that his latest paramour, a scholarly senior with Ivy League ambition, is also a teen mother. At first, perpetual nice-guy Brandon enjoys playing "house" for a few days with Melissa and baby Joey. But when Melissa is rejected from Harvard because they fear she can't handle the stress of full-time school and parenting, he realizes that the notion isn't as romantic as it seems. Meanwhile, Brenda and Kelly win a radio contest, but their prize isn't exactly front-row concert tickets...moreless

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  • Brandon meets Melissa who has a child.

    8.0
    "One Man and a Baby" is a good episode. This is the beginning of a series of girls Brandon dates. Out of all the random girls Brandon dates, I actually liked Melissa. I think it's interesting how she revealed to be a teen mother. I love seeing Brandon babysit Joey. I liked Brenda and Kelly's subplot more than Brandon's plot. I love how they win a radio contest and the prize is skydiving lessons. I think it's really cool how Brenda faced her fear and actually went skydiving. I give this episode a 8/10.

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  • A little glimpse of the real world for Brandon!

    6.5
    Originally I pegged this as one of weaker episodes, but upon further review, I'd say it's about what you can expect from Season 1. The story is actually kinda decent, but like a lot from Season 1, probably could've been stretched out a little more. Brandon meets a bright young girl named Melissa Coolidge, who's destined to get into Harvard. They go on a date, and then she has him meet her young surprise; her son named Joey. The episode gets entertaining when the babysitter bails, and Melissa dumps Joey off on Brandon for the afternoon. Brandon of course plays an excellent role of a clueless teenager boy with no idea on how to take care of a baby. Him screaming for Cindy 15 seconds after Melissa leaves always cracks me up. Meanwhile Brenda and Kelly's friendship gets cemented forever when they go skydiving together after winning the radio contest. Eventually everything comes to a head, and Melissa and Brandon part ways. Again, the story was nice, but I woulda liked to see Brandon and Melissa's relationship go a little further than it did, and maybe if this was Season 3 or even Season 2, they might have. As it is, it's a 2 or 3 episode story jammed into 1 episode. Normally I would give a nod to Cindy for MVC (along with Brandon of course) for yet another great "mom moment" with Melissa but because of the lack of historical significance, I can't in this circumstance... sorry Carol. MVC: Brandon (7)moreless
  • Brandon learns to change a diaper

    6.5
    Brandon meets a senior named Melissa and goes on a date with her. Melissa explains that it is weird dating someone who doesn't know her past. At the end of the night, Melissa takes Brandon in her house and introduces him to her sleeping infant. Brandon is shocked that she has a baby. After contemplating, Brandon decided to continue to date Melissa and spends an evening at the Peach Pit with Melissa and her baby. The next day Melissa shows up at the Walsh house and drops the kid off with Brandon because her babysitter bailed and she has an interview with a top notch ivy league college. Cindy and jim help Brandon at first but then leave, as does Brenda. Steve comes over to watch a game on TV and offers his help. Needless to say, Brandon learns a small amount of the work involved with having a child. Melissa blows her interview and stays out all night with Brandon, leaving the kid with her parents, even though they have to work. This leads to her being kicked out and re-evaluating her life. She considers giving the kid up for adoption but in the long run realizes her baby is more important and decides to spend more time with him.moreless
  • Brenda faces her fear of heights.

    8.3
    Brandon's date with Melissa gives him the chance to experience the 'joys' of looking after a child, after her babysitter failed to arrive in time for her to go to her Harvard interview. She ends up rejected after they think it would be too difficult to study and look after the baby. Kelly and Brenda enter a radio contest and win a chance to skydive.
  • Babysitting and skydiving...just another day in 90210!

    6.0
    To me, this was a filler episode...there were no great revelations made or discovered, but the episode was decent. Brandon meets a girl who has a baby. He and Steve babysit for an afternoon. I thought it was ironic when Kelly, said, "Wouldn't it be weird to see Steve as a father?" When we all know that later on down the line, he will become one! Kelly and Brenda take skydiving lessons. They both fall in love with the handsome, older instructor. Again, nothing new. Brenda seems to always be falling in love with older men. I wonder what the draw is?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

James Eckhouse

James Eckhouse

Jim Walsh (seasons 1 - 5, recurring otherwise)

Carol Potter

Carol Potter

Cindy Walsh (seasons 1 - 5, recurring otherwise)

Kristin Dattilo

Kristin Dattilo

Melissa Coolidge

Guest Star

Melinda O. Fee

Melinda O. Fee

Mrs. Coolidge

Guest Star

Paul Satterfield

Paul Satterfield

Don

Guest Star

Joe E. Tata

Joe E. Tata

Nat Bussichio

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this episode, Brandon says he's in his junior year, while this season is supposed to take place in his sophomore year.

    • Goof: When Kelly picks up the phone in Brenda's room and calls Melissa, she asks for her by name, but Brandon never told the girls Melissa's name. He just said she was a girl he met at lunch.

    • When Brandon and Steve try to change the baby, they use multiple diapers and tape, but when Melissa picks him up he has a diaper on properly.

    • When Brenda, Kelly, and Brandon are in Brenda's bedroom you can briefly see a boom mike at the top of the screen.

    • Brandon was arrested for drunk driving last episode and said he could apply for a special permit to allow him to drive from work and school only, and in this episode he's driving on his date with Melissa. Granted, he's not driving his car, but he is driving.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode Title: One Man and a Baby

      This is a reference to the 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby starring Tom Selleck and Ted Danson. The film told the story of three men who are left to care for an abandoned baby with no idea of how to take care of themselves, let alone a helpless infant.

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