Most people have a specific Saved by the Bell episode that they hold close to their heart, especially if they were a child of the 90s. As adults, we can’t help but laugh at the cheesy approaches to some of teens biggest problems. However, if you cross check the episodes that everyone remember, it’s likely at least one of these episodes will come up in conversation.
In “Rockumentary” Zack Morris has a dream that the gang becomes the biggest band in the world. However, as their success grows it puts a wedge between them. In the end we are left not only with giggles, but the cult classic song that will forever haunt Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Friends Forever.”
Saved by the Bell attempted to touch on real issues, in the cleanest manner possible. In “Jessie’s Song” Jessie Spano learns that she can‘t do it all. After balancing school, extra curricular activities and an attempt at girl band stardom, Jessie relies on caffeine pills to get her through the day. It doesn’t take more than a week for Jessie to become addicted. The episode is terribly unrealistic and corny, but leaves us forever with one of the best lines from the show “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so.. Scared!”
Oil is discovered under Bayside High School’s football field in “Pipe Dreams.” The gang is torn over whether they should support the drilling or not. At the same time their biology class is learning about the animals living in the pond. When an oil spill kills all the animals they had grown to love, the gang can’t help but protest oil drilling for the sake of the environment.
The Glee Club
Screech finally has a girlfriend, Violet, and she’s equally as awkward as him. The two hit it off, but her parents aren’t impressed with her nerdy boyfriend. When she has to sing a solo in The Glee Club for their chance at a Hawaii vacation, Screech steps in to save the day, changing their opinions.
The guys let loose at Screech’s house when his parents go out of town. An innocent sleepover quickly turns into a disaster when the girls show up and break Screech’s mom’s beloved Elvis statue. They have to raise $250 to get a new one. The most memorable part of the show is seeing the boys in their underwear doing their best “Risky Business” impersonation to “Barbara Ann.”
The Friendship Business
Everyone wanted a buddy band after “The Friendship Business” aired. The group starts a business selling friendship bracelets for class. However, things turn sour and half of the gang develops the competing buddy bands. Things turned out well in the end, but no one will ever look at friendship bracelets the same way again.
No Hope with Dope
Later in the series, SBTB touches on drug use again with “No Hope With Dope.” Actor Johnny Dakota stops at Bayside in search of a high school to shoot an anti-drug commercial at. The gang is excited until they find out that Johnny’s not all he’s cracked up to be when he passes a joint around at a party. Once again the show leaves us not only with a cherished episode, but the catchphrase “No Hope With Dope.”
Jessie always appeared to be the “smart one” of the group, that is until the gang took their ACTs. Zack scores the highest, leaving everyone scratching their heads. Jessie is heartbroken when her choice college, Stansbury, wants Zack but not her. Zack then hires waiter James to act as a Harvard rep to make Jessie feel better.
Kelly Kapowski agrees to go to the prom with Zack, making his dream come true. When her dad loses his job, she gives her family all of her prom money to help pay bills. Therefore she couldn’t go to the prom. When Zack finds out, he plans the most romantic prom picnic in all of SBTB history.
The Mamas and the Papas
Zack and Kelly, Slater and Jessie, Lisa Turtle and Screech are paired up as married couples for a class project. When Lisa develops an allergy to Screech, they are split up as children for Zack and Kelly and Slater and Jessie. The entire project blows up as the couples make a “mockery” of a mock marriage.
- Seven Stars You Didn’t Know on Saved by The Bell (savedbythebellcostumes.com)