20 Day Beverly Hills 90210 Challenge
Day 03: Favorite Couple/Ship
Brenda Walsh and Dylan McKay
Dylan McKay (to Brenda): “Why is it that when I’m with you I can just forget about everything?”
Without a doubt, my favorite couple is Brenda and Dylan. To hell with people who say that Dylan’s true love was Kelly. They obviously don’t get the magnanimous chemistry between Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty that translated effortlessly to the screen. It is one of the reasons that “Isn’t it Romantic?” is my favorite episodes. It made me fall in love with them so much that I, personally, became invested in their onscreen relationship. Their relationship changed during Brenda’s run on the show so much that I will venture to say it parallels Brenda’s personal evolution. When they meet, Dylan is pretty much a smooth-talking, emotionally-crippled bad boy with a bad reputation for breaking hearts. Brenda, on the other hand, is a sweet, romantic virgin with a good home life and a flare for drama. Their love affair is intense. Their first kiss (or should I say makeout session), after all, happens after Dylan freaks out and throws a plant on the sidewalk after Dylan’s dad, the I’m-dead-wait-no-I’m-not deadbeat Jack McKay, and him have a spat. They do have fights; most notably, the Palm Springs Weekend lovers’ quarrel over Brenda’s perception of Dylan’s hangout session with his old friend, Janie, but the point is, they overcome it all. Dylan supports her through tough times, never forgets to say he loves her, and is crushed after she breaks up with him due to their pregnancy scare. When they get back together, their relationship becomes even stronger. They become a West Beverly power couple, overcoming crazy Emily Valentine and Dylan’s tarot card-lovin’ mama, Iris, alike. Then, the unthinkable happens. After another fight and a subsequently amazing weekend together in Baja, Brenda forgets her passport and is stopped at the Mexico-U.S. border. Brenda is sent off to Paris, France by her rather annoying, protective father, Jim, while Dylan pursues her best friend, Kelly. We know the rest of the story, the love triangle and the whole enchilada, but even after Kelly and Dylan get together, it is evident that he still loves Brenda. They rekindle their friendship in the 4th season and even reunite before Brenda’s famous departure to London. They are altogether sweet. They’re a beautiful couple and always find their way back to each other. The writers indeed fucked up in the 9th season by changing the back story of Dylan’s relationship with Brenda in London, but I’m just going to pretend that whoever came back to Beverly Hills was really Dylan’s evil twin or something. Because the Dylan I know and love ultimately ended up with his true love, Brenda. No flaw of the writers can convince me otherwise.