Recap: Steve runs into Brandon in the Student Union, and the two quickly get caught up on their Christmas holidays. Steve tells him about the upcoming volleyball game between KEG and Delta, and Brandon is surprised they'd schedule a game in the middle of finals. Steve tells him that the mood at the KEG house has been chilly, since some of the brothers - meaning John Sears - think he ratted on them to get the charges dropped. Brandon tells him to blow the whistle on John if he believes he was the one who set him up, but Steve says his dad advised him not to make waves. He then asks Brandon if he wants to come to the volleyball game, but Brandon says he's busy studying and tutoring D'Shawn. He tells Steve that in order to get the burglary charges dropped against him, he had to agree to help D'Shawn prepare for his sociology final. Steve seems oblivious to this sacrifice and whines that it's impossible for him to concentrate on finals with all the tension going on at the KEG house.
Beach house. Donna is whining to Kelly about the cold way David gave her the dumperoo on Christmas Day after rebuffing his sexual advances for the past two years. Kelly tells her to: 1) stop beating herself up about remaining a sanctimonious grown woman virgin, 2) stop being ashamed of living with her decision, and 3) shut up about it 'cause we still have another two seasons to go before she finally gives up her maidenhead. David enters the room wearing a stupid looking beret and asks if anyone's seen his CliffsNotes. Donna tells him they're on the couch, and then he starts grumbling about how hard it is to decipher Shakespeare. She meekly inquires about the status of their relationship, and he snaps back that they'll figure everything out after finals. What's to figure out? He dumped her. The end. Donna trails after him as he stomps back to his room, bitching about all the finals he has to take while doing six graveyard shifts a week at the radio station. Donna gives him a little smile and asks him if there's anything she can do to help, and he just glares at her and barks, "You can stay out of my way!" and slams the door in her face. The phone rings, and it's Dylan calling to check up on Kelly. As they're talking, Kelly can hear Erica playing on a little electric keyboard. Dylan says that having family around is like being at a carnival every day, and Kelly says that Suzanne and Erica seem nice. He then wishes her luck with finals, and the two share their obligatory I love yous before hanging up.
Dylan joins Erica as she's playing the keyboard and compliments her musical abilities. After some saccharine banter with the little moppet, he slouches over to the dining table see what Suzanne is up to. She's looking over the classifieds and declares that it's time she and Erica stopped being a burden on him. Dylan half-heartedly says they're not a burden, but she insists it would be better for everyone if she got a job and a place of their own. Well duh.
California University. Brenda and Ahn-drea are commiserating about their busy finals schedule, and Ahn-drea natters about how she and Jesse made a pact not to talk this week so she could concentrate on her studies...but she's unable to concentrate because she keeps wondering why Jesse hasn't called. She admits to being neurotic - biggest understatement in the history of understatements - and says that living on the same floor as Dan Rubin hasn't made things any easier. Brenda reminds her that it's better to be the rejecter than the rejectee, then adds, "Just ask Donna." Or you, Brenda. She could also ask you, since Dylan dumped you like yesterday's garbage when he chose Kelly over you in Season 3. Incidentally, your maniacally over-tweezed eyebrows continue to look unspeakable.
Dorm. When Ahn-drea returns to the dorm, she notices a stack of boxes in front of Dan's room and quickly learns that the role of Dan Rubin is now being played by a much nicer resident adviser named Cathy. Hurray! No more Dan.
Volleyball game. Steve is warming the bench beside Muntz, who's staring at a moon-pie in Steve's bag like a spacey mental patient. He asks him if he can have it, and Steve silently hands it over to him. On the court, John Sears calls "time out", and the KEG players form a huddle. Steve complains to John that he hasn't been brought into the game, and reminds him that he won the volleyball tournament at the Beverly Hills Beach Club two years in a row. John doesn't give a shit and dickishly rotates in Muntz, who hurriedly stuffs the rest of the moon-pie in his mouth as he rushes onto the court. Steve angrily asks John if this is how it's gonna be, and John says that basically it is.
Brandon arrives at D'Shawn's dorm room, surprised to find him studying. D'Shawn tells him he's finally ready to be tutored and that he's "down with soshe". Brandon asks what turned him around, and D'Shawn says that over the holidays his twin sister threatened to whip his butt if he didn't buckle down and get more out of college. He tells Brandon the sad tale of how she works at a tire factory and earns minimum wage, and after that the two start hitting the books in earnest.
The Walsh house. Brenda's in the kitchen studying when Dylan stops by. She tells him she's still struggling to make sense of romantic poetry, so he invites her to come by his house tomorrow so he can help her sort it all out. He then slouches over to the living room to talk to Papa Walsh about cutting a $10,000 check for Suzanne to help her get back onto her feet. Papa Walsh thinks that's a really bad idea and warns him to be wary of scam artists who come out of the woodwork and try to lay claim to his inheritance. He points out that Dylan has no way of knowing if Suzanne and Erica really are who they say they are and cautions him to be careful. That said, he backpedals and says he knows how important it is to Dylan to have a sense of family and suggests that he give Suzanne $5,000 - but only if she gives him her social security number so that he (Papa Walsh) can do a background check on her. Papa Walsh says if she's legit, she won't have any problem with it.
Radio station. David asks Howard if he can put on a replay of "The Best of the David Silver Show" so he can take the night off to study, but Howard scoffs and calls that an oxymoron (haha!) and says that campus radio has to be live 24/7. Not sure why that is, exactly. David insists that he needs time to study for his upcoming finals, so Howard gets all shifty and tells him to shut the door, and he starts shutting all the window blinds. He tells David that what he needs is a hit of crystal meth, which is the drug of choice for DJs who need to study...as well as people who want their bodies ravaged and aged by twenty years. He pulls out a little packet from his pocket and hands it to David. At first David is reluctant, but when Howard assures him the drug will help him get through studying and his DJ shifts, he takes it.
Beach house. Donna's studying when David arrives home the next morning. Still wired from the meth, he frenetically rambles to Donna about how last night's show was one of the best he's ever done...then prattles incoherently about how people are taught to live in fear. Donna tells him she didn't listen to his show, then says she thought he didn't want anything to do with her. However, since he is talking to her, she'd like to discuss their living situation and decide what they are to each other...but David isn't really listening and goes into the kitchen for some orange juice. A groggy Kelly enters the room in super cute pajama shorts, and David natters at her about the awesomeness of last night's show. Kelly sits on the couch beside Donna and asks her whaddup with David, and Donna says he's probably just been drinking too much coffee...then smiles and adds that she thinks things between them are going to work out after all. It's hard to decide if Donna is more of a delusional, naive halfwit than she she is just flat out dumb.
Sociology 101. Brandon and Steve arrive at the lecture hall to take their final. Steve tells Brandon he barely studied and feels like he's flunking life, and then whines about how John froze him out of the volleyball game and that the rest of the brothers treat him like he has the plague. Brandon advises him to quit the stupid fraternity, but Steve refuses to give John Sears the satisfaction. He's also going to go against the advice of his father and has decided that he will make a few waves at the KEG house after all. At the front of the room, Professor Randall announces that the exam has officially begun. Brandon looks around for D'Shawn and is dismayed when he doesn't see him. He mutters, "I should have known."
Dylan's house. Kelly and Brenda are over, playing on the keyboard and singing along with Dylan and Erica. Suzanne returns home, looking grim after an unfruitful day of job-hunting, and remarks that she may have to resort to waitressing. Dylan asks to speak with her privately, and the two go outside. He hands her the $5,000 check, and she looks stunned and says she feels funny about taking money from him. He insists he wants to do this for her, so she accepts it, but only as a loan. He then stammers that he needs to get her social security number so that his business manager can check her out. Suzanne immediately flips out and says he should also take her fingerprints or call America's Most Wanted. She snarls that Dylan's just like his father, then throws the check back at him and snaps, "I'm not for sale!" which made absolutely no sense. Instead of interpreting her reaction as the gigantic red flag that it is, Dylan looks sheepish for upsetting her.
Beach house. Kelly wakes David, and he's wearing his stupid beret hat again. She reminds him that his music theory exam is in half an hour, but he's in the midst of a bad crash from his meth high and looks tired and irritable. She asks him what's wrong and he snaps, "Nothing." She then sits beside him and complains about how Jackie roped her into having dinner with her tonight, and that she'll probably bitch about the judge presiding over the custody lawsuit. David sarcastically mutters, "That sounds rough" so Kelly snaps at him to knock off the shitty attitude, and he snarls back that if she doesn't want to have dinner with Jackie then she shouldn't...and to get off his back. He springs up from the couch and storms off, and Kelly stares after him with a contemplative look on her face.
California University. Professor Randall runs into Brandon after the sociology final. Brandon apologizes about D'Shawn pulling a no-show for the exam, but assures Randall that he kept up his end of the bargain by tutoring him. Randall knows all about the no-show and informs him that D'Shawn is currently in the Bay area doing some national interviews before the big game, so he gave him the final as a take-home assignment. This incenses Brandon, and he gets all snarky about D'Shawn getting preferential treatment, so Randall points out that a successful athletic program helps pay for the education he's receiving. Brandon retorts that no one is looking out for D'Shawn getting a quality education, and a fed up Randall tells him if he intends on taking more sociology courses at CU, he should take them from a different professor. Preferably someone less pointy-faced and catty.
Radio station. Howard tells David he loved his show last night, and this emboldens David to ask him for some more crystal meth so he can keep up the inhuman pace. Howard looks reluctant for a few seconds but then hands him some more of his stash. He does, however, warn David him that next time he'll have to pay for it, since drugs ain't cheap.
KEG house. Steve is determined to get to the bottom of the anonymous call that tipped off campus security to the break-in. At his behest, Mike asks Keith and John if either of them ratted Steve out to the cops. John derisively accuses Steve of being paranoid, so Steve says that campus security logged an anonymous phone call that night...and Mike says he independently verified this. Keith says he'd never do something like that to a brother, and John bitchily suggests that Steve was the one who made the call. Steve says that since he continues to refuse to answer the question, he must be the guilty one...and John yells back that he's not guilty, but peeved - and that it's inconceivable anyone would take Steve's word over his. He angrily denies making the call, and then violently lunges at Steve. The other brothers have to physically restrain John, and he demands to exercise his right to take their beef to "the test". Steve agrees that it's a great idea, even though he has no idea what the test is. John disdainfully explains that the test essentially means that the KEG brothers will vote on which one of them gets to stay in the fraternity.
Beach house. David's alarm wakes him, and once again he looks groggy and annoyed. He pulls out his remaining stash of crystal meth just as Donna bursts into his bedroom. He hurriedly shoves the drugs under the covers as an oblivious Donna chirps that she just wanted to make sure he was up, and tells him that she listened to his show last night and looooved it. He tries to get rid of her, but she fails to take the hint and says what a good day it is to sleep in, and adds, "If you know what I mean." She tells him she's pretty tired, then lowers herself on his mattress and unwittingly sits atop the meth stash. David snaps at her to get off of his bed and tells her to take a nap in her own room if she's so tired...and Donna gets upset and wails that she was just trying to be sweet, then runs out. Goddamn but she can be so barf-inducing with her 'I'm just a sweet little girl' routine. The second she's out the door, David desperately tries to salvage the meth that spilled all over his comforter.
Dylan's house. Suzanne apologizes to Dylan for her freakout the other day. She explains that she hates being dependent on him, and he says he had no business asking her for her social security number. The two agree to put the incident behind them, and once again he hands her the $5,000 check. She accepts it, then tells him she has to return to Iowa to tie up some loose ends...but after that she'll be ready to make a fresh start in L.A. Erica whines that she doesn't want to go back to Iowa and would rather stay with Dylan. As luck would have it, Dylan has a week off between semesters, so he says he has plenty of time for some more nauseating brother-sister bonding, as well as a trip to Magic Mountain! Erica squeals and gives him a happy hug.
California University. David ambles into the Student Union looking twitchy. Steve spots him and calls him over to his table so he can express his condolences about his breakup with Donna, but David ignores his kind words and impatiently asks him if he's seen Howard and Steve's like, "Who's Howard?" David then spots Howard across the room and promptly ditches Steve to rush over to his drug connection. He tells Howard he needs to be "hooked up" for tonight, and rummages in his pocket and pulls out $50. Howard barks at him to put his cash away and derisively calls him a mess. He tells David he doesn't have any drugs left, but invites him to hang with some of his druggie friends to see if they have any downers that might help take the edge off. A sound idea. David agrees to embark on what can only end up as a vicious, out-of-control cycle of addiction.
Beach house. Donna and Kelly are in the kitchen studying when the doorbell rings. Donna asks Kelly to get the door, since it's probably David who forgot his keys. She then natters about how she doesn't want to see him no matter what and rushes toward her room to hide. She then looks like a total jackass when the person at the door is Steve. He asks the girls where David is, then tells them about how David blew him off at the Student Union earlier, and that it's been bugging him all day. Kelly theorizes that David is jealous 'cause Steve's in a fraternity and he isn't. That's dumb, and sounds more like something Donna would say. They invite Steve to stay for dinner and he happily accepts.
The Walsh house. Mama and Papa Walsh return home from eating dinner out, while Brandon is studying in the kitchen and listening to college basketball on the radio. Papa Walsh shows an interest in the game and joins Brandon. As they're listening, they hear the commentator say that D'Shawn Hardell took a serious fall and that his coach is calling for a stretcher.
Beach house. Kelly asks Steve what's going on at the KEG house, and Steve fills her in about "the test". He doesn't think he can compete with John Sears and is sure he'll be the one voted out of the fraternity. He just hopes the vote won't be unanimous, so he can leave the KEG house with a tiny scrap of dignity. The phone rings, and Donna babbles to Kelly that if it's David, she's to tell him she's not there, blah blah...and is then crushed when it's Dylan calling for Kelly. She burst into tears and wails, "Who am I kidding?!" and runs out to the deck. Steve follows her and comforts her with a hug.
Dorm. Donna no longer wants to pretend not to want to run into David at the beach house, so Ahn-drea has agreed to let her study in her dorm room. When they reach the room, Ahn-drea is puzzled to find her door open, then gets a big surprise when Jesse bursts out from behind the door and yells, "Hola senorita!" He envelopes her in a giant hug, says he couldn't stay away a moment longer, and the two start making out in front of Donna. Ahn-drea briefly introduces him to Donna, who gets icked out when she's forced to watch the two share another blechy smooch.
Dylan's house. Dylan and Erica arrive home from somewhere. Erica tells Dylan she got skeered when he and her mom got into a fight, and says she really wants him to like them. Dylan assures her that he does like them and that they're family. Erica then tells him she did something...and explains that she went into her mom's purse when she wasn't looking and took her social security card. She hands it to Dylan and asks him if he's mad at her, but he doesn't really answer.
Dorm. Brandon drops by to see D'Shawn and finds him immobilized by a giant leg brace. D'Shawn is bummed about his injury and tells Brandon he needs surgery, that he's basically through for the season, and that he's worried about not making the NBA. Brandon tries to get him to see the bright side, which is that he can concentrate on being a scholar for awhile. D'Shawn assures him he really did do the sociology final all by himself, but doesn't think he did very well. Brandon hands him a rolled up piece of paper and says he did alright: a C, which means that he met his eligibility requirement all by himself. Brandon is encouraged by D'Shawn's renewed interest in his studies and agrees to continue to tutor him.
KEG house. The KEG brothers have gathered to officially vote Steve or John off the island. Just before the ceremony gets underway, Keith remarks to John that he wishes he could figure out who really called campus security that night. John admits that he did it to get back at Steve for messing things up with Kelly, as well as the stunt he pulled at the Downey House during the Thanksgiving episode. He bitterly adds that Steve deserves to suffer and he wants to "bury him". Keith is shocked at the admission, then looks troubled and contemplative.
One of the brothers briefly explains the backstory of the beef between Steve and John, then instructs each member to vote for one brother against another by putting a small black ball in the glass bowl in front of them. Silence is to be observed until the test is over, and the brother with the most black balls must hang his head in shame and leave the fraternity immediately. Keith continues to look troubled by what he just learned, while John looks cocksure and Steve looks nervous and constipated. The first few brothers drop their balls in Steve's bowl, but when it's Keith's turn, he hesitates for a second and then drops his ball in John's bowl. This perks Steve up, but angers John, and he insists that Keith made a mistake. Keith then outs John for being the one who made the anonymous call and set Steve up and tells the rest of the brothers that he could do the same thing to any of them. Mike tells them both to shut up, but the damage has been done. When it's Muntz's turn to vote, he drops his ball in John's bowl, and the rest of the brothers do the same. John looks devastated and stunned to lose his KEGship, while Steve chuckles happily.
Beach house. Donna's sacked out in the living room, listening to campus radio and studying, when Kelly comes out to check on her. Donna tells her how bummed she is that David didn't come home that day, and Kelly says he'll probably come back tomorrow and urges her to get some sleep. Donna whines about wanting David back, and says she doesn't even think sex is the issue anymore. Mmm, the new drug problem notwithstanding, I'm sure it still kinda is. She wonders what's going on with him, and why he acted like such a little bitch to her yesterday. At that moment, David's voice comes onto the radio, and it's obvious from his frenetic, irritated tone that he's coming off of his meth high. Kelly laughs at the audio spectacle, but Donna's more sympathetic and says that he's been working very hard doing six shows a week while studying for finals. Kelly tells her she's been scrutinizing David all week and thinks something has "got him", and this something is a lot more than just too much caffeine. Donna, who generally prefers to live her soft life wrapped in a layer of denial, doesn't want to believe he may be into drugs. Kelly insists she's seen it all before with Jackie: the mood swings, the bitchiness, the secrecy. Donna brushes her off and says he's probably acting so weird 'cause he's hurting over the loss of their breakup as much as she is...even though he was the one who unceremoniously dumped her. Kelly gives up trying to talk any sense into her idiot friend and just says, "You're right...that's probably it."
Radio station. David tries to call Howard...and when he gets his voicemail, he yells a message into the phone just as Howard enters the booth. David pleads for more crystal meth, and Howard snaps at him not to treat him like a drug dealer. Yeah, well...if the shoe fits, Howard. David swiftly apologizes and Howard pulls out a meth stash he just happens to have on him, but then sternly tells David not to come to him for drugs anymore, since he's just now realizing what a drug-fueled monster he's created. As soon as Howard leaves, David mixes the drug with some orange juice and gets his much needed meth fix.
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