Lisa Turtle is peeling away from her lovers (plural) just long enough to adorn us with her presence in Peacock’s Saved by the Bell revival. The same goes for her one-time admirer Samuel « Screech » Powers, whose blatant absence is addressed in the big homecoming episode.
Screech was last seen in Bayside more than 20 years ago, around the same time Saved by the Bell: The New Class was ripped from its misery. He’s a no-show for his alma mater’s annual fundraising gala, which brings Zack, Kelly, Slater, and Jessie together just long enough to save their friendships and unearth their high school time capsule (which features Jessie’s caffeine pills, Slaters Swan Lake costume and Kelly’s lei from the 1992 TV movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style).
The foursome also reconnects with the aforementioned Paris-based fashionista, who has been on FaceTime just long enough to make her selfish friends feel bad about forgetting that she is all with Principal « Ron Ron » Toddman (which is screened in green) participated in Bayside in several flashbacks from the run of the original series, including scenes from the classic of the third season « No Hope with Dope »).
Screech is informed of his distant whereabouts during a conversation between Slater and Jessie. At one point, Slater mentions that Screech and his robot Kevin (remember Kevin?) Currently reside on the International Space Station, which is currently orbiting 248 miles above Earth. So yeah, he couldn’t do it.
It was to be expected that Screech would be thrown off the franchise. Back in 2009, portraitist Dustin Diamond released an anthology called Behind the Bell, which contained dirty details about his co-stars who banded together and used drugs on the set of the NBC sitcom. It would eventually serve as the source material for Lifetime’s 2014 television movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story. (In 2016, Diamond appeared on Dr. . Oz and apologized for Behind the Bell, claiming a ghostwriter wrote the tell-all for him. )
There’s also the fact that Diamond was sentenced to four months in prison in 2015 for stabbing a man in a bar in Wisconsin. He served three months, got off well, suspended parole, and served an additional two days in prison.
And who can forget that? In 2006 Diamond released the infamous sex video Screeched: Saved by the Smell? (« Zoinks! »)
Saved by the bells: then and now
In addition to the Screech reference, the big reunion blesses us with a spontaneous Zack Attack performance of “Friends Forever. « After the band was cut off by Toddman, who wasn’t sure what was going on, Zack realizes the band was only famous in one rockumentary he made up. And for all of the Jessie / Slater mailers out there, Kelly makes Jessie realize that her high school sweetheart is still deeply in love with her, which she somehow hasn’t noticed until now.
What do you think of Saved by the Bell’s big homecoming episode? Were you happy with choosing to write around Screech, or are you still hoping for a Dustin Diamond appearance in a possible second season?
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