After enjoying a successful summer in London, Brenda decides to stay in England and pursue her stage career.
With her room vacant, the Walsh family agrees to take in Valerie Malone, the college-age daughter of a family friend who has committed suicide.
In this season, Dylan's problems with alcohol and drugs come back after the events of the season 4 finale.
In a heartbreaking twist, she could no longer compete in the 2014 Olympics."That winter, I sank into a depression," she reveals."I felt like I needed a friend to help me though yet another long, grueling recovery process," she remembers.This season follows the gang during their sophomore year in college as they deal with issues that young adults face such as relationships, financial problems, dysfunctional families, parenthood, drug abuse, politics, injuries, self image, sexual assault, domestic violence, and cults.The fifth season aired Wednesday nights at 8/9c in the United States averaging 14.7 million viewers a week.As a result of being betrayed and scammed of all his money, Dylan begins giving everyone a hard time, but he crashes the debutante ball after being tipped off by Nat about Kelly and Brandon where he makes a scene.Dylan then goes to a nightclub where Jesse is working nights and asks for a drink, but Jesse turns him away.Meanwhile, Donna plans to take the semester off to participate in a debutante ball.Kelly however rightfully suspects that Donna is hiding behind her mother, Felice, in order to move away to avoid seeing David.In Woods' absence, she adopted a dog named Leo from a local animal shelter, and later adopted a second pup from foster care."That winter and spring I suffered many dark days as I wrestled with my current reality…there were many days when my physical therapist, Lindsay Winninger, had to pull me out form under the covers," Vonn claims."There were days when I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, yet more often than not, everything looked black," she admits.Jess and I blog about all things DIY, home decor, and toss plenty of real life in there too.Valerie appears charming and likable, but unknown to the group, she is actually cynical and manipulative and plots to get involved with Steve for his money.Donna returns from her summer stay in Texas and claims that she's over with David, who's doing a video for his film class, with a little help from Nat, about his summer of working with Babyface, dating and being dumped by both a girlfriend and the tour, and having some good luck near the end of the season.