Someone mentioned the ep with the tour guide girl who tried to scam everyone...man, was that a terrible plot. And let's just throw Burt Reynolds into the mix to make it even more random and weird.
Soooo boring. I don't always mind filler episodes, especially if they are fun and funny and a break from angst or real fast moving plots, like silly holiday eps and such but where in the hell did that thing come from?
Sorry to bring up discussion from a couple of pages back, but I just watched this episode this week, and so I have to comment! To me, it seemed to be put together quickly and not that well thought out, like how the characters end up in the situation they are in. Dylan is going to study for his SATs for one.day. and he goes to the Peach Pit to study?! I get that the "Ginger" story-arc in the episode was to develop the friendship between Dylan and Steve, and I can see Steve falling for the charms of a pretty lady, but Dylan? I always thought he was too cynical for that, and with his Dad a con artist I thought he would have seen right through her. Did he really think Brandon would lend "Ginger" his car? At least he took the keys off her and drove to her "bosses office", cause Steve seemed like he'd let her meet them there. Surely when he saw the empty site he'd have realised her game and walked away? I don't see him dressing up and becoming an extra in that commercial either (which actually was kinda funny lol). For Brandon or Brenda yeah, if he was literally forced, but he wasn't that
good friends with Steve to go along with it imo, and especially not for some woman he just met. And then at the police station she tells him she got into serious trouble back home and as soon as they leave he doesn't bother asking her again. And did the cops not run her name through the system and see it was fake, and charge her with giving false details to a police officer?! Dylan's behaviour the whole episode just seemed out of character to me, and Brandon was a lot more gullible in that episode than I expected him to be too. Not to mention Kelly getting mugged and been sad for five whole minutes before deciding she's gonna have fun regardless, and Andrea been scared to ride a rollercoaster all day. Ok, sorry for the rant but I really like S3 but to me, that episode let it down.
The saddest thing (to me) about Dylan is he regressed. When we first met him when he was mad, bad, and dangerous, it became quickly evident he was actually a lonely kid longing for family and connections. He maintained some of the James Dean but was so happy to be part of the Walsh clan, have Brandon for a bestie, make more of an effort in school, yet he still surfed and did his own things. Even though he was taken aback at times by having to follow the rules he liked having somebody care enough to worry about him. Later, he was bitterly resentful when anyone questioned him or tried to give him advice and treated them badly enough to make them leave him, which completed the circle. I suppose that's why he grabbed onto the silly soulmate cluster. He had lost his dad, his mother was a flake, Brenda left him .. He seemed to forget that whenever he was with Kelly they fought and he stormed off, and both of them were totally miserable. I adored high school Dylan for the most part. Later on I just found him to be an angry waste of space who never learned from his past mistakes. And yes, I know he was ultimately redeemed but by that time the bloom was off the rose for me. I wouldn't have minded him going to London and getting together with Brenda. The implication that he and Kelly would be together makes my head hurt, wondering how fast she'll cheat and he'll be raving and ranting about everything. It never failed. Frankly, I almost feel like if he had taken up with divorcing Andrea he may have been better off. Except on rare occasions, she just wasn't a drama queen and had enough going on herself that she wouldn't have reacted to his moods and funks maybe.
You've just summed up my feelings on Dylan through out the series too, so thank you! Dylan and Kelly were my favourite characters at the beginning of the series as I have always felt they have the most interesting backstory and there was a lot more to them than they showed on the surface. They intrigued me. No matter how bad they got I stayed loyal lol, but to look back at how they were in the first few seasons makes me sad to think how they ended up.
As for my ultimate Kelly/Dylan spin-off, I'd just like to see them happy for a few episodes. After all Kelly's planned but failed weddings, I would have liked them to get married on the beach in Paradise Cove with their friends, family, and Nat present only. I'd like to see Donna and Kelly both sad about leaving the beach apartment to live with their husbands and coming to terms with the next stage of their lives. I would have liked to see Dylan find what he wanted to do with his degree, maybe start his own charity while still helping with the community center. Hopefully something important to him like providing books to kids, offering help to kids and teens who lost their parents, or getting kids into surfing. I would have liked to see Kelly do something with psychology. I like nu-90210's idea of her becoming a guidance counselor, giving her a chance to help kids in her position in high school. Or I would have liked to see her become a social worker and how she balanced the good she did with the horrors she saw. Eventually, I would like to see them have a baby (possibly an effort due to her endometriosis) and how they would try hard to parent better than they were parented. And Kelly trying to make one last-ditch effort with her dad now that he has a grandchild, and Iris coming around more often for the same reason and Dylan learning to not resent her. For me, my favorite scenes and episodes were often the ones where the gang was just hanging out so I'd be happy with that, with only a few issues cropping up from time to time. I'd also have loved it if the regulars who left popped up on the spin-off and added a different dynamic to the show for a few episodes.
Yes! I agree with this. A totally out there idea, but I wish we could have had Dylan be some kind of parent figure to Erica. I know at the time he was too out of it on drugs and alcohol, but he really cared for her yet just left her to the same fate he had in respect to parenting. Wasn't it a little weird Iris raising her when she couldn't have known her that well, and she hadn't done any job really in raising Dylan?
Can anyone tell me why they brought Erica back when Dylan was out of the series? Surely his reaction to her prostitution would have been the strongest? It just seemed like they needed somebody as a poster child for how good girls go bad and randomly thought of her, when the most important connection linking her character with the show was missing. Did Dylan ever find out what she was up to? I can't remember. Brenda provided some history on Erica, with her living with Iris, but wouldn't her and Dylan be apart again by then so how would she know?