I watch way too much Saved by the Bell. In fact, I won’t leave the house in the morning until I’ve watched the 7:30 showing on TBS. What’s even more sad is that I edit the Saved by the Bell category for the Open Directory Project. I’m kind of a sucker for SbtB (as us “in the know” call it) and other similar productions (City Guys is quite good, too). So, here is the first in what will most likely be a series of analyses of Zack and crew.
One of the most pervasive themes in SbtB is the school dance (or dancing in one capacity or another). Here is each episode (numbered according to The Saved by the Bell Web episode list) that featured the dance theme.
8.7: Save the Last Dance for Me
Zack and Mikey fight over a girl and almost come to blows at a school dance.
9.2: “Dancing to the Max”
There is a dance contest held at the Max. This is especially notable because it stars Casey Kasem (in one of two appearances he made on the show) and Lisa invents her own dance based on her sprained ankle (extra points to anyone that can name the dance).
9.5: “Fatal Distraction”
Zack is trying to get Kelly to go to a school dance with him rather than Slater (though I don’t believe this episode actually had any dancing).
9.15: “The Zack Tapes”
Zack tries to use subliminal messages to get Kelly to go to the Sweetheart’s Dance with him.
10.1: “The Prom”
Kelly’s too poor to get a dress for the prom since her dad lost his job. Zack takes her to the dance, but they sit on an outside picnic bench.
10.5: “House Party”
The crew has a party at Screech’s house, which has a lot more dancing than any high school parties I ever went to.
11.1: “The Last Dance”
Zack and Kelly break up at the Costume Ball.
11.2: “The Aftermath”
Kelly’s Sweet 16, which, as with Screech’s party, has an awful lot of dancing.
11.5: “Fake ID’s”
The guys get fake IDs so that they can go to an 18+ dance club.
11.9: “Date Action”
To pay for cheerleading uniforms, the school holds an auction where girls can buy the guys as a date to a school dance.
11.12/13: “Palm Springs Weekend” (Parts 1/2)
Jessie’s dad’s wedding. Lots of dancing here.
11.15: “No Hope With Dope”
Superstar teen idol Johnny Dakota (?!) visits Bayside to film an anti-drug commerical. However, he holds a party with lots of drugs and, get this, dancing.
M.5: “Boss Lady”
The crew has to hold an anniversary party and a Sweet 16 party at the same time at the Malibu Sands beach club. The result: lots of crazy dancing, of course.
M.6: “The Last Weekend”
The summer’s last dance, featuring a young Denise Richards as a girl who’s hot for Slater.
12.9: “The Senior Prom”
Zack tries to get Kelly to go with him to their Senior Prom.
12t.1: “The New Girl”
Don’t even get me started on the weird chronology that happened during the “Tori Grade 12″ when Kelly disappeared. Anyway, Lisa organizes the Fall Ball.
12t.3: “Masquerade Ball”
Features a great scene with Slater (an astronaut) unknowingly kissing Screech (Gumby).
12t.5: “Drinking and Driving”
Ox has a party that actually has alcohol, but people still dance!
12t.7: “The Will”
The boys and girls have a competition to see who gets money left to the school by an alumnus. The check is presented to the winners at a school dance. (thanks to Aaron for reminding me of this one)
12t.8: “Slater’s Sister”
There is a Sock Hop at the Max. This is the episode better known for Zack hitting on Slater’s younger sister (that actually looks like his older, white sister).
Have I missed any?
(if you think this Daily Ping is scary, wait until you see the next SbtB entry!) -ram
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