David Silver’s Storyline in Beverly Hills 90210 Season 4


Season 4 was an interesting year for David Silver. He entered California University with his friends, moved into an off-campus beach apartment, and got hooked on meth.

David also returned to his true passion: music.

After getting a break in the music business, David cheats on Donna with his A&R, Arial, ending their relationship. The good news is that he meets Babyface in the process.


Season 4 Introduction

David shows up at Brenda’s going away party on the beach. Steve and Brandon scored a party house from one of Rush’s big-shot business partners.

David asks Brandon where he plans on living once school starts, at which point Brandon explains that he’s living at his parent’s house.

Steve gets the same question and responds in typical Sanders fashion by berating David and telling him to “perish the thought.”


This is just the beginning of a crazy season for David. Here’s what happened next:


David Rents a Beach Apartment with Kelly and Donna

David asks Kelly (his stepsister) to help him look for an apartment. They find a really nice one on the beach. Yet, David knows he cannot afford it by himself.

Kelly offers to be his roommate, but then Donna (his girlfriend) wants to live with Kelly, too. They end up with the upstairs apartment, which has three bedrooms.

Donna’s parents are not informed since they would not approve of the arrangement.


David Lands a College Radio Gig with Donna

David’s passion is radio and music. He and Donna ran the station at West Beverly High and hope to continue at California University. They convince the station manager to give them a time slot.

Unfortunately, it is the graveyard shift when nobody is listening. Worse yet, it prevents David and Donna from getting sleep. As a result, David’s grades suffer, and Donna eventually quits the station.


David Gets Hooked on Meth

The graveyard shift is brutal for David, who struggles to maintain classwork and radio. Howard, his station manager, offers him caffeine pills to help him out. Soon Howard gives him something a bit stronger — meth. David gets hooked on it quickly and needs it to get through his days.

David’s radio monologues become existential conspiracy rants that alarm his friends. Howard gets annoyed when David keeps asking for drugs and says “you don’t have a drug problem, you have a problem getting drugs.” Howard later boots him from the radio show.



David is Nearly Arrested

David is forced to find a new supplier. A student in Andrea’s dorm is a campus kingpin with whom David becomes closely acquainted.

When rumors of a drug bust circulate throughout the dorm, this student asks David to hold his drugs for a while. David brings them to the beach apartment while the police bust the dorm.

David calls Dylan and asks what to do. Dylan comes over and helps him flush all the weight down the toilet. Right after they dispose of the drugs, cops barge into the apartment with a search warrant.

We can assume the kingpin ratted out David during an interrogation.


He Lets his Sister Erin Wander Off

David is babysitting his sister Erin when he falls asleep after a drug-induced crash. He had just stolen codeine pills from his father’s dental office earlier that day.

Erin wanders off to the park before Kelly shows up. When they realize Erin’s missing, they call the police. It turned out that Erin ended up with a nice lady working nearby.

The woman didn’t speak English, which is why it took a while to find her. David promises never to use drugs again. Unfortunately, he can’t keep that promise.


Overall Impact of David’s Storyline

Before Season 4, David was mainly comedic relief for the other characters, aside from the immediate aftermath of Scott Scanlon’s death.

In contrast, Season 4 showcases a different side of David Silver as he enters the college world and finds himself involved in more serious matters like drug addiction and infidelity.

Ultimately, Season 4 sets the stage for David’s future trajectory as he matures into a more well-rounded character on Beverly Hills 90210.


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