The Best Episodes Directed by Charles Braverman
#1 - Hearing
St. Elsewhere Season 2 - Episode 12
Dr. Auschlander asks Fiscus and Luther to help him get some marijuana to relieve his pain; White and Daniels face the medical board hearing; Dr. Westphall defends a deaf employee against his impatient supervisor; and Ehrlich meets Roberta's snobbish parents.
#2 - Saving Face
St. Elsewhere Season 3 - Episode 16
Westphall places a new doctor in charge of the E.R., and she immediately clashes with Fiscus; Axelrod's visit to Mrs. Hufnagel's apartment sends her back to the hospital; Rosenthal and Richard reconcile; Dr. Craig celebrates his 30th wedding anniversary with a visit from his estranged brother; Dr. Caldwell begins treatment of a disfigured girl suffering from a massive facial fibromatosis; and a junkie admits his very pregnant, 14-year-old girl friend.
#3 - Down and Out of District in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 2 - Episode 12
Brandon submits one of Andrea's articles to a high school journalism contest. She wins the contest, but panics because a school district representative wants to conduct a home interview. Andrea asks her grandmother to say that she lives with her, but Rose does not want to play along. The school district initiates an investigation because they suspect that Andrea lives out of district. Andrea moves in with Rose, but decides to give up her fight because she cannot stand to be in the middle of the long-running feud between her parents and grandmother. Rose decides to let Andrea stay and agrees to talk to her daughter-in-law. Steve gets a girlfriend through a ""chance encounter"" at the Peach Pit, but Kelly suspects that the girl is only interested in his bank account. Music: 'Radio Song' / 'Shiny Happy People' / 'Losing My Religion' by R.E.M., 'I'll Turn to Stone' by The Four Tops, 'Build Me Up Buttercup' by The Foundations, 'Over and Over' by Dave Clark Five.
#4 - Beach Blanket Brandon
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 2 - Episode 1
After a home pregnancy test is inconclusive, Dylan and Kelly take Brenda to a gynecologist. The pregnancy scare turns out to be a false alarm, but Brenda is badly shaken by the experience. Cindy and Jim confront her after finding the pregnancy test box in the trash. Brenda breaks it off with Dylan because she is overwhelmed by the issues that their relationship has forced her to confront. Hoping to earn extra cash during the Peach Pit's summer lull, Brandon tries out for lifeguard at the Beverly Hills Beach Club. He fails, but is offered a cabana boy position. He feels guilty when he must quit the Peach Pit without leaving notice. Brenda, Donna, Andrea and David enroll in a summer school acting class. Music: 'Rockin' Robin' by Bobby Day, 'Tell It Like It Is' by Aaron Neville; 'Wake Up Little Susie' by the Everly Brothers; 'Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
#5 - Home Again
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 1 - Episode 22
Jim is offered a promotion that requires a move back to Minneapolis. He initially decides to respect his family's wishes and decline the job, but changes his mind when the boss offers to double his salary. Steve pushes Brandon away, and Brenda feels that Kelly and Donna are ignoring her. Dylan wishes to try a long-distance relationship, but Brenda breaks up with him. Andrea wants to sleep with Brandon before he leaves, and he agrees. Their rendezvous is cancelled when Kelly organizes a going-away party at the Peach Pit. Jim, swamped at his new job and touched by the outpouring of affection by his children's friends, decides to turn down the promotion. Brenda tells Dylan that she may be pregnant. Music: 'Deep Down' by Debbie Gibson, 'Celebrate Me Home' by Kenny Loggins.
#6 - It's Only a Test
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 1 - Episode 18
Everyone but Dylan is driven into a frenzy by the upcoming SATs. A completely panicked Andrea seeks help from Steve, who attended an expensive SAT prep course. During their study session, they end up kissing, and avoid each other for days. Kelly reads an article about breast health, so the girls take time out from studying for a self-exam. Brenda discovers a lump in her breast and must undergo a biopsy. Cindy and Brenda are haunted by memories of Cindy's sister Sheila, who died of breast cancer. Brandon cannot concentrate during his SAT, so he leaves during the exam to go to the hospital. (He and Brenda are to take a make-up test at a later date.) Brenda is relieved when she receives a clean bill of health. Music: 'That's Just the Way It Is, Baby' by the Rembrandts.
#7 - Summer Storm
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 2 - Episode 3
Dylan's father is taken into custody, and all his assets are frozen. Dylan refuses to spend the summer in Hawaii with his flaky mother. He is injured in a surfing accident, and Cindy agrees to take care of him during his recovery. Jim and Brenda are unhappy with this arrangement. Jim catches Brenda and Dylan kissing, and orders Dylan to leave in two days. He sneaks out in the middle of the night and sleeps in a cabana at the beach club. Brandon finds him and convinces him to return to the Walsh house, where Jim helps him deal with his feelings about his father. Kelly gets a date with an attractive classmate, but is stung when he won't make a move on her. He admits that he is confused about his sexuality. Donna and David must perform a scene from Romeo and Juliet for their acting class. Music: 'You Are the Everything' by R.E.M., 'My Body Says Yes' by Titiyo, 'I Don't Get Much Sleep Anymore' by Chris Luke.
#8 - U4EA
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 2 - Episode 15
Emily invites everyone to join her at an underground club. The location is a secret; the gang must exchange an egg at a convenience store for this information. The others leave without Steve and Andrea, who end up going to the wrong store and embarrassing themselves. Kelly is mortified when David drinks an entire bottle of whiskey, but Donna dances with him and has a good time. Emily slips a drug called U4EA into Brandon's drink to get him to loosen up. He is too wasted to drive, and vandals trash his car when he leaves it at the club overnight. Brandon does not expose Emily's deed to his parents, but breaks up with her because he no longer trusts her. Music: 'Come Inside' by The Thompson Twins, 'Dominion' by the Sisters of Mercy, 'The Beginning' by Seal, 'Go!' by Tones on Tail.
#9 - Play It Again, David
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 2 - Episode 5
Jackie breaks her tooth during lunch at the beach club, but a nearby dentist comes to her rescue. He asks her out, then reveals that he is Mel Silver--David's father. Kelly is mortified when the pair hits it off, and imagines life as David's step-sister. She determines that she must break up the couple, and behaves rudely during a dinner. Kelly breaks down in tears and explains that she is afraid of losing her mother. She apologizes to Mel and helps David deal with the realization that his parents won't reunite. Andrea goads Brandon into spending time with a fatherless boy from the youth center. Brandon develops a friendship with the boy, then discovers that his mother is beating him. He grapples over whether to report the abuse. Brenda cannot stop thinking about Dylan while he is away in Hawaii. Music: 'Summertime' by the Troggs.
#10 - Ashes to Ashes
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 2 - Episode 9
The Walshes sign up for a neighborhood security patrol, but can't figure out how to work the alarm system. A wealthy African American family moves into the neighborhood. Brandon befriends freshman Robbie (who tries out for Blaze staff photographer), but gets into a car accident with his sister Charise. Charise commutes to her old school because she thinks that West Beverly is full of snobs. While Charise is having dinner with Brandon, her boyfriend Devo tries to visit her house and bring her flowers. He is harassed and beaten by the security patrol for no reason. Brandon wants to write a story about the incident, but initially receives little cooperation from Devo, Robbie and Charise.
#11 - Slumber Party
Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 1 - Episode 13
Brenda invites Kelly, Donna and Andrea over for a 'night of female bonding.' They are having a good time until Kelly's bitchy friend Amanda shows up. She insults everyone and decides to turn the girls against each other. As part of a 'game' about secrets, Amanda bullies Kelly into describing her first sexual encounter, in which she was humiliated by the football captain. After Brenda recalls stealing a Minnesota friend's boyfriend, Kelly admits that she tried to hit on Dylan. The girls eventually make up, and Brenda and Kelly vow to never let a man come between them. Amanda's behavior is attributed to a diet pill addiction. The girls catch David and Scott lurking outside the window and taking pictures of them. Brandon and Steve are denied entry to a club, but hook up with two girls. They steal Steve's Corvette, but he doesn't press charges (and pays their traffic ticket) because he foolishly thinks that he and Brandon still have a chance with them. Music: 'Mony, Mony' by Tommy James and the Shondells, 'Streets In Paradise' by Vixen.
#12 - Lost and Found
Melrose Place Season 1 - Episode 3
Jake fears that Kelly will be hurt if they continue their relationship. He sets up a fake date with a friend and rubs it in Kelly's face to trick her into breaking up with him. Jane is depressed when Michael must work instead of spending a romantic evening with her. Jane loses her wedding ring during a girls' night out with Rhonda. Billy completes his first screenplay, but Alison is decidedly less than impressed.
#13 - The Whole Truth
Melrose Place Season 1 - Episode 16
Billy tries to hit on Jo, but gets nowhere. Jake tries the exact same line, and Jo agrees to go for a motorcycle ride with him. Jo asks Jake to drop her off--claiming to have a job interview--but instead goes to a pawn shop to sell a bracelet. She cannot sell it because she has no photo ID. She is annoyed to find that Jake has been following her, but asks him to sell the bracelet on her behalf. The jeweler believes it might be stolen because it has the inscription ""To Beth."" Jo refuses to discuss the inscription, and orders Jake to stay out of her business. She later takes Jake's motorcycle without permission (causing him to get a ticket for allowing an unlicensed driver to use his vehicle). She apologizes and flirts with him, and they go out to dinner. Jake gets into a fight outside a bar with a man who recognizes Jo as someone named Beth. Jo runs off and refuses to explain herself. Jake pleads with her to confide in him, stressing that he really cares about her and thinks