Beverly Hills 90210

Season 1 Episode 21

Spring Dance

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 02, 1991 on FOX
9.7
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The night of the Spring Dance is approaching, and the event has everyone in a tailspin. Spring Princess Kelly asks Brandon to be her escort, whose acceptance infuriates Andrea. Brenda and Kelly are infuriated also, when they discovers that they bought the same dress for the dance. Meanwhile, Brenda and Dylan decide to take their relationship to the next level, and Andrea decides to spend the evening alone watching prom horror movies.moreless

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  • The couples you want to see together, get together (in some way or another)

    10
    The Spring Dance has proven to be a popular episode amongst fans, and it's no surprise. It's quite an eventful episode. Everyone's preparing for the dance. Brandon leads Andrea to assume he's not interesting in going, but she takes this the wrong way when she later finds out he is, as Kelly's date. This is the second episode where it is clear that there are definite sparks between Brandon and Kelly, the first one being Stand (Up) And Deliver. Steve goes with Donna, as friends, and Dylan takes Brenda. They all go in a limo together.



    Steve gets very tense during the event, the gang not knowing why (it's his birthday and has found out he's adopted). He loses control when he sees Brandon and Kelly sharing a passionate kiss, even though Brandon insists it won't go any further than that. Andrea is at home alone, fantasises about being estranged from the group and from Brandon, and decides to go to the dance after all. During all this, Dylan and Brenda finally decide to take their relationship to the next level.



    The episode ends on a high note, in spite of all the drama, with the gang dancing together. Kelly is voted Spring Queen and makes amends with Brenda, as throughout most of the episode, they had been at odds over going to the dance wearing the same dress as each other!



    Memorable episode, the original cast all working together and evident chemistry, particularly between those who will later become the ultimate couples of the show.moreless
  • A Series Classic, and #8 in my own Personal Top 10

    9.4
    Spring is in the air, and the gang from West Beverly prepare for the big spring dance. Dylan has big plans, and gets a hotel room for him and Brenda. Andrea and Brandon pretty much agree they aren't going to go. Steve goes after some chick named Darla, but she doesn't date guys who drive Corvettes, so he's toast. He tries to rebound by going after Kelly, but Kelly has other plans and asks Brandon. That leaves Steve to settle on going with Donna, and Andrea is devastated when she finds out about Brandon and Kelly. Kelly and Brenda are pissed at each other because they each got the same dress. When they finally get to the dance, Dylan and Brenda make their exit, and Brenda loses her virginity to Dylan. Kelly tries her hardest to seal the deal with Brandon, but he is having none of it. Turns out it's Steve's birthday and he's having a tough time dealing with it because he found out several months before that he was an adopted child. He only told Kelly and that's why he's livid with her, because she was so pre-occupied with being a spring princess. She apologizes, and so does he. Andrea eventually, and makes up with Brandon, and they share a nice moment. David wins the dance off for a dance with Kelly and the episode eventually ends with the gang dancing together. A very historically significant show, as it's referenced many many times in future episodes. MVC: Brandon (16), Brenda (14), Dylan (6), Kelly (6), and Steve (7)moreless
  • All the kids get together for the spring dance, and all live the cliche of the american school celebrations : losing their virginity, being crowned class queen, and the one that avoids the popular events in lieu of a movie night.moreless

    10
    This is one of the best episodes of season one. Much to Steve's dismay, Kelly takes Brandon as her date to Spring dance, which follows her selfish behaviour as she counts on being Spring Queen. Her attitude of that alienates her from Brenda as well as Steve. Andrea is pissed about Kelly and Brandon going together, with her feelings for Brandon showing. She opts to eat ice cream and watch gory horror movies home alone, where she fantasises about chainsawing her classmates. Brenda and Dylan get a room at the hotel where the dance is being held, and Brenda loses her virginity to him. Steve and Donna go together to the prom, but Donnas' legless dress - and Steve's rotten attitude - contribute to the both of them having a bad night. It is discovered that it is Steve's birthday, and Steve is most hurt by Kelly, who is too wrapped up in herself to notice. David bets Scott that he'll get a dance with Kelly. And after winning a dance contest at the dance, he does so. It's funny to watch Kelly reject him. Andrea eventually shows up and dances with Brandon. Even though there is tension between Sreve-Kelly-Brandon-Andrea, it is all worked out by episodes end. The most exciting is the Brenda and Dylan saga, as I believe they were one of 90210's most influentual couples. A fun watch!moreless
  • Brenda loses her virginity

    10
    It's time for the spring dance. Brandon doesn't plan on going and Brenda convinces Andrea to ask him anyway. Brandon says he's not going, so she doesn't ask him. Later at the Peach Pit Kelly shows up and starts hitting on Brandon, like the airhead she is, and asks him to go, and he accepts. Kelly is sure she is going to win the title of princess and only worries about herself the entire night. Brenda and Dylan go together, while Brenda and Kelly wear the same dress. Brenda loses her virginity to Dylan in a hotel room and it is rather romantic. Kelly gets the princess title, while everyone ignores Steve on his birthday.moreless
  • Brenda and Dylan! I am so happy for her! I only wish Brandon and Kelly had connected.

    9.0
    Brenda losing her virginity to Dylan was sweet, just watching the two of them you could tell that they loved each other and wanted to spend the night in each others arms. However I wish Brandon and Kelly felt the same. I think they look perfect together! I would have cried tears of joy to see that. Andrea looked beautiful. I can't believe that Steve was adopted, I never would have guessed. I wish he had been nicer to Donna, what a lousy date. Kelly becoming Spring Queen was of course to be expected, and David winning the right to dance with her was cute.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)

Sharon Case

Sharon Case

Darla Dillon

Guest Star

Jimmer Podrasky

Jimmer Podrasky

Himself - Musical Guest (as The Rave-Ups)

Guest Star

Terry Wilson (II)

Terry Wilson (II)

Himself - Musical Guest (as The Rave-Ups)

Guest Star

Joe E. Tata

Joe E. Tata

Nat Bussichio

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Andrea dreaming about the Spring Dance after watching prom horror movies)
      Andrea: revving a chainsaw) You said you liked me.
      Brandon: For God's sake, Andrea put that chainsaw down!
      Andrea: You said you liked me!
      Brandon: I do like you! I do.
      Kelly: I like you, too!
      Brenda: I like you.
      Donna: Me too!
      Dylan: I love you!
      Steve: You're a Goddess!

    • Steve: Oh, nature's doing its thing and its turning me into a total dog.

    • Kelly: Brandon, I'm a Spring Princess. I can't exactly show up in a Melvin, or whatever your calling your car these days.

    • Andrea: Are you, uh, going to the school dance?
      Brandon: No, are you?
      Andrea: Uh, no.
      Brandon: Personally, I hate to dance.
      Andrea: You do?
      Brandon: Yeah. I always step on people's toes, I have no sense of rhythm, it's awful.
      Andrea: So, you probably wouldn't want to go even if someone asked you?
      Brandon: I don't know. Would you?
      Andrea: Well I have fundamental ideological problems with teenage social rituals that basically do nothing but exacerbate fear of total insecurity and inferiority over one's appearance, while frenetically exploiting and I must add, distorting the feminine ideal. I mean, in an act which reaches it's apogee with the election of the spring queen.
      Brandon: Was that a yes or a no?
      Andrea: What was the question?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music:
      You Can't Hurry Love by Diana Ross and The Supremes
      She Says (Come Around) performed by The Rave-Ups
      The Best I Can't performed by The Rave-Ups
      Respectfully King Of Rain performed by The Rave-Ups
      Smile performed by The Rave-Ups

    • When 90210 did the 'Spring Dance' episode, the show's writers came to Tori and Brian for research, as they were both still at high school.

    • The scene where Brenda decides to lose her virginity to Dylan in the hotel room was named number 99 on TV Guide/TV Land's "100 Memorable TV Moments" in December 2004.

    • During the ten-year reunion show, Jason Priestley said that the Dylan/Brenda moment in the hotel room was the most romantic moment in the show's history.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The horror movie that Andrea is watching alludes to both "Prom Night" starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and "Carrie" starring Sissy Spacek.

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