Recap: This is the first Halloween episode of the series - yay! - and to mark the special occasion, we're treated to several minutes of footage featuring carved pumpkins with scary faces and screaming noises in the background.
At West Beverly High, Brandon encounters Ahn-drea while she's drawing faces on tiny pumpkins. She sanctimoniously explains to him how she's planning on giving them away to disadvantaged trick-or-treaters in the Valley. I'm pretty sure the kids would just prefer candy. Brandon attempts to get into the Halloween spirit by grabbing a carving knife and stabbing it into a large pumpkin. This elicits a giggle from Ahn-drea, and a blech from me. I know Brandon doesn't mean to, but I really think these types of interactions only serve to send the love-starved Ahn-drea mixed messages. It is therefore a very good thing that the rest of this episode is completely Ahn-drea free.
Scott drops by the DJ booth to ask David about his Halloween plans. David tells him he has a gig putting together dance tapes for the big Halloween party, which will be held at a brownstone mansion. All the cool kids in Beverly Hills will be attending. Scott, of course, is too much of a dork to get invited to that party so he'll be spending the evening hiding behind bushes in preparation for the annual egg fight. David warns him that the police will probably be on egg patrol that night, but Scott isn't worried and tries to convince David to join him. David passes; he'd much rather go to the cool kids' Halloween party.
Emily Valentine runs into Brandon, who's carrying the pumpkin he stabbed. Like Scott, she wasn't cool enough to get invited to the Halloween party. She's very surprised to find out that Brandon, who is cool enough to get an invitation, has no interest in going. He explains to her that parties are too much of a hassle, he doesn't drink and he dances like a white guy...so what's the point? There is none. Emily and Brandon part ways after wishing each other a flirty "trick or treat".
Brenda and Donna are carving pumpkins, trying to come up with ideas for their Halloween costumes. Unlike Brandon, they are planning to attend the party. Kelly joins them with a pumpkin of her own and tells them she's bummed out 'cause she just got stood up, and therefore doesn't have a date for the party. Shortly afterward, Dylan and Steve stop by to gather everyone together so they can all head over to Hollywood Costume, a celebrity-centric costume rental place.
Hollywood Costume. After browsing through the many racks of costumes, Steve picks out a Zorro outfit for himself. Dylan, however, can't get his slouchy self into the Halloween spirit, so he's unable to find anything that appeals to him, and this annoys Brenda immensely. Kelly has found something she likes, and has decided to model it for her friends. It's a very skimpy outfit with dangly things on it, which sort of looks like a corset teddy. That said, I'm not clear what it's a costume of...unless she simply plans on going as a scantily clad teenage 'ho. Brenda disapproves of the racy costume and calls it "a bit much". Kelly blows off her criticism and tells her that Halloween is the one night of the year they can dress up and look slutty get a little crazy. Donna, meanwhile, has found a costume for herself, but it's already packed up in a garment bag 'cause she wants to keep it a secret until she reveals it at the party. Dylan has finally found costumes for himself and Brenda: Bonnie and Clyde. Fortunately, Brenda is happy enough with his choice...or maybe she's just relieved that Slouchy finally came around and succeeded in choosing something.
The Walsh house. Mama Walsh is readying a big bowl of raisin packets to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Brandon tries to explain to his wholesomely clueless mother that raisins are a shitty treat to give out to kids on Halloween and that she's taking a huge risk in getting their house egged or TP-ed. Mama Walsh insists on dispensing a treat that's healthy, and Papa Walsh chimes in about how raisins are "nature's candy". Someone please ship these two hopeless bumpkins back to Minnesota. The doorbell then rings, and it's Dylan dressed up in his Clyde costume. He pulls a fake gun on Brandon, but then temporarily slips out of his Clyde character when he glances over at the bowl of raisin packets and stares at it with disbelief and dismay. Brandon loudly announces to "Bonnie" that "Clyde" is here, and so Brenda makes her entrance in her Bonnie costume. But before the two can go on their merry way, Mama Walsh declares this to be a perfect photo opp and makes them pose together for a picture.
Halloween party. The party is in full swing, and everyone in attendance is wearing a pretty decent costume. Brenda and Dylan show up with "Zorro" Steve, who wonders aloud where Kelly is. Brenda informs him that Kelly had to make some last minute alterations to her scanty costume. Donna is at the party, and she's dressed up as a mermaid...but an extremely tight fishtail makes it literally impossible for her to walk...or move. Would anyone really make a costume like that? Suddenly there's a commotion, and some of the guys at the party start whistling and hooting. It's for Kelly, who has just made a grand entrance in her teddy corset get-up. Incidentally, it looks completely different from the one she had on in the costume rental place. She's wearing a sheer black, backless cloak over it, and has a wand in her hand. With one thigh completely bared, she smugly surveys the roomful of partygoers, clearly enjoying their horny reaction to her teeny-tiny costume. Brenda stares at Kelly, agape, and then swiftly pulls her aside to ask if her mother has seen what she's wearing. Kelly dismissively tells her to lighten up, and then declares that she's dressed up as a friendly witch. Nope...she doesn't look anything like Glinda, who was always fully clothed in her puffy pink gown during her scenes in The Wizard of Oz. Brenda challenges her to think about whether or not she wants guys leering at her all night with their tongues hanging out...and after contemplating it for a moment, it seems that Kelly is very much OK with that. Brenda warns her that she's looking for trouble, but Kelly pooh poohs her grandmotherly concern and retorts that she knows how to take care of herself.
The Walsh house. Brandon is dressed up as Dracula, helping his mother dispense the small boxes of raisins to disappointed trick-or-treaters.
Halloween party. Since Donna's ridiculous mermaid costume has rendered her immobile, she's rooted to one spot, making weird facial expressions and fidgeting around. I realize that Donna's antics are supposed to provide us with comic relief, but she just looks like a mental patient. Kelly, on the other hand, is proudly strutting around in her skimpy corset, clarifying to people that she's a friendly witch. Steve complains to her that the costume leaves nothing to the imagination...while David, who's lurking nearby, tells her she looks great. But when he asks her for a dance, she turns him down. David also has problems getting another girl to agree to dance with him, so he leaves the mansion to go outside. He runs into Steve, and the two reminisce about the Halloween egg fights of yore, and how much fun they were.
Bushes. Scott is hiding in the bushes with his dozens of eggs when David stops by on his way home. The two hang out and talk about old times, which is very poignant considering that the next episode is the one where Scott accidentally blows himself away.
The Walsh house. Brandon is still unashamedly handing out boxes of raisins to dissatisfied trick-or-treaters. His next visitors are two little ghosts, and in an attempt to scare them, he covertly inserts some plastic teeth in his mouth. When he turns around again, he sees Emily standing behind the little ghosts. Turns out the kids are her niece and nephew. What an amazing coincidence that she'd end up at Brandon's house! Mama and Papa Walsh make an appearance to say hello, and one of the kids has to use the bathroom. Mama Walsh takes charge of the situation, which gives Emily and Brandon a chance to chit-chat and flirt with each other some more.
Halloween party. Kelly is mingling among the partygoers when she's approached by a guy dressed up as Robin Hood. He compliments her witch's costume and invites her to go for a drive and whiskey binge...the key to every girl's heart. Kelly bitchily turns him down flat, which pleases an eavesdropping Brenda. Apparently, Brenda has it on good authority (Dylan) that the Robin Hood guy is a major sleaze. That settled, Kelly stands alongside Brenda as they scan the room to scope out cute and available guys. Kelly quickly becomes intrigued by a guy in a cowboy costume and tells Brenda she wants to meet him.
The Walsh house. Emily's niece and nephew are all peed out and ready to resume their trick-or-treating. Emily invites Brandon to come along with them, and Mama Walsh encourages him to go. The kids also really want Brandon to come with them, so he agrees.
Halloween Party. Kelly chats up the cowboy at the buffet table. He's a very weird guy, and the two have an inane conversation in fake southern accents. They call each other feisty, and once he finds out what her costume is supposed to be, he refers to her as "a little witch". This, unfortunately, does not raise any red flags for Kelly.
The Walsh's neighborhood. Emily and Brandon are strolling along the street with Emily's niece and nephew as they trick-or-treat. The two get lost in conversation and suddenly realize the kids are nowhere to be found. Panic sets in as they frantically call out the kids' names. In the next scene, they find a police cruiser and explain to the officers that two kids are lost, but the officers seem pretty unconcerned about the fate of two potentially missing children and don't offer to do a whole helluva lot to find them.
Halloween party. Kelly and the creepy cowboy are dancing together. Elsewhere, everyone is staring at Donna as she fidgets around in her immovable mermaid costume. Steve strides over to her and asks her why she always does stupid shit like this, then invokes the giant hoop skirt dress she wore during the Spring Dance episode. Donna lamely says she thought it would be fun to be a mermaid, and Steve tells her that she'd be better off if she just tried to be herself. This would probably be more relevant advice if they were anywhere other than a Halloween costume party.
On the street, Emily and Brandon are still frantically looking for the missing kids, and David is still hanging with Scott in the bushes. They're both waiting for the egg fight to begin, but it doesn't look like anyone else is showing up.
The Walsh house. Brandon and Emily return to the Walsh house, greatly relieved to discover that the kids have been there the whole time. They're having fun, horsing around with Papa Walsh in the living room. Apparently, when they got lost they immediately returned to the last house they remembered, which happened to be the Walsh house. Boring crisis averted!
It is now 11:00pm, and David and Scott are still hiding in the bushes, waiting for an egg fight that's clearly never going to happen. David laments that the 'good old days' are over, so Scott suggests salvaging the evening by egging the next car that drives by. Within seconds a car approaches, but David and Scott hold their fire when they realize it's Brandon's '65 Mustang. Brandon and Emily (who's in the passenger seat) spot the two and momentarily stop to chat. Emily complains about there not being a good egg fight on Halloween, and they laugh mockingly as Brandon pulls away. David and Scott then throw their eggs in a feeble attempt to pelt the Mustang. What a waste of perfectly good eggs.
Imprisoned in her mermaid costume, Donna desperately needs to use the can. When Brenda approaches her, she falls into her arms and begs her to help her get to a toilet. Donna cries that she hates her costume, so Brenda takes pity on her and steers her toward a bathroom.
Kelly remarks to the creepy cowboy that she's a bit hungry. When she tells him she'd like a piece of chicken, he responds by shoving a quesadilla in her face. She then tells him she'd like to go somewhere that isn't so crowded, so naturally he takes her to one of the mansion's bedrooms. Once they're alone, he starts creeping her out almost immediately...asking her if she has a boyfriend, and if she likes to play make-believe. Things go from weird to unnerving when he shuts the door and locks it...and repeatedly ignores Kelly when she insists that she wants to return to the party. He tells her that she clearly wants to be in a locked room with him, otherwise she wouldn't have come. Creepy then tries to kiss Kelly's hand, but she snatches it away and gives him a definitive no. He responds by apologizing for his rude manners and asks her to forgive him...and shortly afterward he advances on her, grabs her, and roughly throws her onto the bed. As Kelly is struggling, crying for Creepy to get off of her, a door opens and Brenda and Donna step inside. This is a different door than the one Creepy locked, so I will assume that it was the door leading to/from the bathroom. Donna and Brenda mistakenly think that Kelly is in the midst of a fun romp with a cowboy, and it's only when Kelly shoves him off of her and runs crying into her friends' arms that they realize something is very wrong. Brenda snarls and calls Creepy a bastard, then opens the door and barks at Dylan to get the hell in here...and a few seconds later, Dylan enters the room, along with Steve. Brenda points at Creepy and tells them that he attacked Kelly. The best retort Creepy can come up with is that he and Kelly were both "into it" until she suddenly wasn't into it and then started lying about being into it. Steve is enraged by the attempted rape and wants to pounce on Creepy, but Dylan holds him back. The two easily haul Creepy out of the room, and then out of the house altogether.
Kelly tearfully tells Donna and Brenda that she feels like an idiot for dressing so sexy. She explains that Creepy misled her about his intentions 'cause he seemed like such a nice guy while they were hanging out by the food table. Mmm, no. It never looked like this guy had his head screwed on right. Brenda being Brenda chooses this vulnerable moment to tell Kelly, "I told you so". Dylan, who's been standing in the doorway listening to their conversation, explains to Kelly that a guy always has a choice of not making a girl do something she doesn't want to do...and so Brenda swiftly changes her tune and half-heartedly assures Kelly that the attack wasn't her fault.
The Peach Pit. Brandon and Emily are seated at a booth together. She thanks him for helping her find her niece and nephew even though he didn't actually do anything to find them. The two banter nonsensically, and Emily admits that she purposely brought the kids to his house to trick-or-treat 'cause she knew he'd be home and wanted to run into him. Brandon looks visibly pleased by her confession, and the two decide to make an appearance at the Halloween party after all.
Halloween party. After the attempted attack on Kelly, the gang gathers together and starts to head out. Kelly thanks Steve for standing up for her and gives him a warm hug and a chaste kiss. The group then runs into Brandon and Emily just as they're arriving. Since it's after 11:00pm, and most of the gang doesn't want to stay at the party any longer, everyone agrees to head over to the Peach Pit. Brandon and Emily give each other a knowing smile and gamely agree to return from whence they just came.
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