Brandon learns a lesson in dedication to a task and hard work when he falls for Tricia, a young ice skater with Olympic goals, whom he pleasantly distracts from her skating practice. Meanwhile, Brenda must deal with a back-stabbing boss at her boutique job in which Cindy offers Brenda a chance to get back at her.
Brandon goes undercover for the Blaze to try and expose steroid use within the school's track team, and finds that Steve is involved after teammate Kyle tips Brandon about it. Brandon is then caught in a dilemma of how to expose the drug use without hurting Steve along with everyone else. Meanwhile, Brenda gets into a minor car accident with a con artist woman who's out for money.
Andrea fights with the school board to lead a campaign to have condoms distributed at West Beverly. But not all of the gang and their parents are happy about it since Donna's uptight, influential, and fiercely conservative mother, Felice, is opposed to any sex education in schools and has the PTA rally around her for her own self-serving support. Meanwhile, Brenda writes a term paper about her experiences with her pregnancy scare, which upsets Dylan who feels his privacy should be kept private. Also, David wants to plan a special evening with Donna.
When Kelly's mother Jackie, divulges the secret that she's pregnant, misunderstandings and grapevine talk between Kelly, David and Donna threaten to end the relationship between her and David's father Mel. Meanwhile, Nat takes Brandon, Steve and Andrea to the racetrack to bet on some horses due to Andrea's "power" to see the winner, and Dylan plans a special Valentine's Day for Brenda, of donating blood.
Brenda is tempted to cheat on Dylan when she falls for a college guy, named Tim, in her exercise class, while a the same time, Dylan is tempted by his old friend Sarah whom he meets at an AA meeting, and whose problem is worsening for she is driven to the bottle by her abusive, equally alcoholic boyfriend. Meanwhile, Jim and Nat hope to boost business for the Peach Pit with Karaoke, which is short-lived by all but Jim.
Brandon becomes involved with an a new student, named Marcie St. Claire, whose father, Dixon St. Claire, is Jim's new client and has plans for tearing down the Peach Pit to build a new shopping mall. Brandon then begins a major battle with his father and Nat by persuading him not to sell out to the company. Of the gang, only Brenda opposes Brandon in his crusade thinking that the gang can survive without their hangout place.
Brenda becomes a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being held at gunpoint by an armed robber during an after-hours hold up at the Peach Pit. Brenda then continues to have waking nightmares of the event and tries visiting a psychiatrist.
David leads Brenda, Kelly and Donna to the Bel Aire Hotel on a mission to meet the rock group 'Color Me Badd' when they come to town. But only Kelly gets to see the band, while David and Brenda get stuck in the hotel stairwell, and Donna sees more than she wants when she finds her mother, Felice, at the hotel with a man other than her father. Meanwhile, Brandon, Dylan and Steve, left alone at the Walsh House, hire an exotic dancer to ease their boredom. But they end up seeing very little of her when Andrea shows up for a surprise visit and won't leave.
After missing curfew a few too many times by staying over late at Dylan's house, Brenda is grounded and is forbidden to go surfing with him in Mexico for the weekend. But Brenda secretly decides to go anyway and asks Kelly and Brandon to help cover her tracks. Meanwhile, Kelly becomes acquainted with Jake Hanson, a handyman and an old friend of Dylan's, who eases her fears over her mother deciding to marry David's father and both become attracted to each other, despite their age differences.
Brenda faces the wrath of her parents after her disastrous return from Mexico. In a desperate attempt to keep Brenda and Dylan apart, Jim bans him from coming over to their house which only alienates Brenda even more, especially when Brandon and Kelly take out their troubles on Brenda over lying for her during her surfing trip. When the Taylor house suddenly floods from a ruptured water pipe, the Walshes reluctantly agree to host Mel and Jackie's wedding at theirs. Meanwhile, Kelly mourns the departure of Jake when his job at the Taylor house is done. But he returns ...
Brandon returns to work for the summer at the Beverly Hills Beach Club to find that his parents are new members and Andrea now working there as the child-care supervisor. Meanwhile, the ever increasing devious Brenda defies her parents and continues to secretly see Dylan behind everyone's back with help from Kelly and Donna. When Brenda's caught in the act when Jim and Cindy run into Brenda with Dylan at the beach club, she runs away and into Dylan's house. Also, Steve takes Brandon's job at the Peach Pit on bet that he can't hold down the job for a single week.
Brenda learns that living with Dylan isn't all it's cracked up to be. When Brandon and Cindy discover that Brenda is unhappy living with Dylan, Jim immediately takes advantage of this to play hardball with him by canceling his trust fund. Meanwhile, Kelly and Donna plan a trip to Paris, but Kelly's loss of not going, due to her decision to stay and care for her mother's newborn baby girl, is Brenda's gain when Jim, using a little influence and blackmail, gives Kelly's visa to Brenda and sends her off to Paris in order to keep her away from Dylan. Elsewhere, Brandon ...
Brandon becomes jealous of Andrea's new boyfriend, Jay, who invites her to Houston with him for a Republican convention, while she tries to get Cameron, to join on her day care group outings. Dylan's father, Jack, asks to put in a good word for him at his parole hearing, and Kelly keeps Dylan some company while mending her broken heart over leaving Jake Hanson (see Melrose Place). Meanwhile, Brenda and Donna arrive in Paris and they get a less than dazzling welcome to the City of Light after meeting brash students, as well as eating at a local restaurant.
Brandon and Steve both flip over an attractive volleyball player, named Brooke Alexander, whom Steve hires for his volleyball partner. Kelly and Dylan try out for volleyball, while becoming more attracted to each other. Meanwhile, a new girl in town, named Nikki Witt, flirts with David who shows her his song writing talents. In Paris, a French photographer persuades Donna to start modeling for him, while Brenda tries to fit in more with the Paris crowd when she begins to take up smoking.
Brandon, now dating Brooke, falls for a hard-luck story by a homeless man named Jack Canner. Meanwhile, Dylan and Kelly teeter on the brink of a romantic affair. Steve pushes David to let him be his manager for his singing career for 10% of earnings after listening to his music. Also, Andrea gets worried as Cameron, her deaf student, goes missing. In Paris, Brenda pretends to be French to woo another American student she meets there, named Rick, who develops a crush on her.
Dylan and Kelly decide to keep their romantic liaison a secret when Brenda and Donna return from Paris. During a welcome-back party for Brenda and Donna, Brenda confides in a guilt-ridden Kelly that she sees that something has changed about Dylan while she was away. Meanwhile, Brandon discovers that Brooke is not the girl of his dreams after he sees little amusement in her repeated racist and stereotypical comments. Also, Steve finally lands a gig for David at the end-of-the-summer clambake at the beach club.
As the gang of West Beverly begins its senior year, Andrea accuses the new reading teacher and Blaze faculty advisor, Gil Meyers, of sexism when he names Brandon the new editor of the school paper. Meanwhile, David discovers that his summer fling Nikki, is a transfer sophomore student and Donna's new friend. Brenda and Steve become "senior buddies" to two freshmen who are Sue Scanlon, the late Scott's younger sister who has two personalities, and Herbert, an intellectual type. Also, Kelly continues to be uncomfortable and jealous about seeing Dylan with Brenda.
During SATs week, Brenda tries desperately to quit the smoking habit she picked up while in Paris. At the same time, she talks a little too openly to Beth Nielson, a tabloid-TV reporter, about life in Beverly Hills, who twists her story and her friendships. Meanwhile, Nikki turns her sights on Brandon and tries to win his affections. An academic shortcut tempts Steve when a West Beverly alumni, B.J. Harrison, offers him the master key to the school. Also, Dylan visits his father in prison again who gives him some advice on his future.
The gang must consider their future and meets with their guidance counselor, except for Kelly and Dylan who agree that college is not for everyone. Meanwhile, Jim and Cindy announce to Brenda and Brandon that they can afford a private college for only one of them. Also, Andrea has the same bad dreams involving walking a high-wire to get into her own college. Brandon and Nikki become even more close, and David walks in on Kelly at a bad moment.
After a West Beverly football game is canceled because of the gang violence at the opposing school, Brandon meets with Jordan Bonner, the class president from the rough South-Central school, who together they decide to make a stand by inviting some of the students from the school to a West Beverly High dance, being headed by Brenda and sponsored by Gil Meyers. Meanwhile, Kelly goes to meet with her long-absent father. Also, David gets a DJ gig at the dance and a groupie, who is Sue, much to Donna's jealousy.
Andrea tries to get to the bottom of a sexual assault accusation against Gil Meyers brought forth by Sue's mother. David and Donna join in on the investigation and find out about Sue's real emotional troubles. Meanwhile, Brandon reluctantly agrees to go out dancing with Nikki, despite not knowing how to dance. Also, Dylan develops a bad cough due to surfing in polluted water.
Fate touches Brenda when her Paris beau, Rick, suddenly shows up, causing her to question her relationship with Dylan. Tragedy literally strikes Andrea when she's seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident. Meanwhile, Donna considers becoming more intimate with David, but she feels guilty about thinking about the subject of sex. Nikki also gets tickets for the Rosie O'Donnell show about the topic of AIDS and gets Brandon, Donna and David to come with her. After Steve gets bad news regarding his low SAT score, he decides to take the risk and gets Herbert to help him ...
Steve stays close to Andrea (now confined to a wheelchair with two broken legs) who is keeping on top of the Feds investigation of the school break in; He fears that she may find out his criminal secret. Steve gets more worried when the sleazy school janitor, Hutchins, demands more blackmail money to keep quiet about Steve's copy of the master key . Meanwhile, Brenda, now dating Rick, freaks out when she sees Dylan dating Kelly. Dylan gets bad news regarding his appeal over his SAT' score; His frustrated peaks and he hits the road. Jim's dull work life gets a lift by ...
After his car breaks down while on the road, Dylan finds comfort with Anne, a wealthy heiress living at a remote ranch in the mountains. Back in Beverly Hills, Brandon learns first-hand about Nikki's abusive past when her musician ex-boyfriend, Diesel, suddenly shows up and drags Nikki away. Donna helps repair Brenda and Kelly's damaged friendship. After Hutchins threatens to blow the whistle on Steve, Steve tries to talk Herbert into taking the wrap.
A rainy Thanksgiving brings uneasy get togetherness when Brandon brings over Jack Canner, the homeless man he tried to help out the previous summer, after Nikki leaves town to visit her parents in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Steve, now expelled from school, joins his mother for a TV shoot in Santa Barbara to some time break his bad news to her. But Samantha Sanders actually sticks up for Steve and gets him conditionally readmitted to West Beverly. Also, Dylan brings his father home for Thanksgiving and must cope with his presence and his new girlfriend Christine.
Two guardian angels, Clarence and Miriam, watch the gang's Christmas holiday doings which include: the recovered Andrea and Brandon consider becoming intimate after Jay breaks up with Andrea by letter, and Nikki breaks up with Brandon by moving back to San Francisco. Brenda, Dylan and Kelly's love triangle trying a "mature" situation, which falls apart. David also decides to graduate early so he can be with Donna and the gang after his divorced mother moves to Portland. The mishap events lead to all of them on a bus bound for a Christmas Eve party for underprivileged ...