Saved by the Bell Season 3, Episode 2: “Zack’s Birthday”

Oh, “Zack’s Birthday!” I bet the conclusion of last week’s episode is that Kelly throws Zack Morris a surprise birthday party to apologize for being a stupid spoiled cheating brat. Yeah, and I bet they immediately get back together!

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Wait, what’s this? An oceanfront exterior? This doesn’t look like Saved by the Bell! Did they include the wrong disk in my set? It wouldn’t surprise me with Lionsgate!

No, Zack Morris informs us via voice over that it’s now summer…for some reason.
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He tells us that, starting today, this is where he works. So he works at the Super 8?vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h06m05s145

Oh, it’s the Malibu Sands beach resort! Lisa’s parents are members and conveniently got all the gang jobs so they could do an arc of episodes away from Bayside and The Max.vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h08m01s3

Zack Morris’s voice is ready to orgasm from the thought of girls on the beach, but it’s strange these are the three they focus on while he’s saying it. Judging by the frown lines, I’d say the one in the middle is old enough to be his mother. But, yeah, he’s also there for fun in the sun and, of course, money.
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Meet their boss, Mr. Leon Carosi, played by Ernie Sabella, because I guess Sabella got tired of playing Larry and Balki’s boss on Perfect Strangers but he hadn’t yet landed the sweet gig of voicing Pumbaa in The Lion King. Mr. Carosi is there to be the antagonist and, one by one, insults each member of the gang sans Lisa while ignoring the background characters because they don’t really matter.

Zack Morris is the social director, Screech is a waiter, Jessie is a receptionist, and Slater and Kelly are lifeguards. There’s some casual misogyny as Mr. Carosi implies Kelly can’t be a lifeguard because she’s a girl. He obviously has never watched Baywatch. Jessie is all, “Feminism! Equal rights amendment! Yes we can!” and Mr. Carosi drops his objection to Kelly in order to shut Jessie up.

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Zack Morris almost immediately takes advantage of his position to grope two women on the beach under the pretense of putting sunblock on them. Meanwhile, Screech is taking drink orders on the beach…for some reason.vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h11m41s153

Norman here approaches Kelly and sexually harasses her. Mr. Carosi comes around and reprimands Kelly for flirting with men while on duty because…he’s an ass and won’t listen to anyone? He takes Norman off arm in arm hoping Norman will sexually harass him next.vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h12m20s50

Now Screech is working in the dining room? How can he cover all these places at once? Is he the Flash? Lisa comes in and joins Zack Morris on his lunch break.vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h13m36s30

Mr. Carosi gets mad at Zack Morris for eating in the dining room. Lisa is all, “Look here, biatch, you better watch yo stuff and quit acting like an ass before I give a one two punch to you.” Mr. Carosi backs off but tells Zack Morris to never eat in the dining room again.

Meanwhile, Jessie sucks at answering the phone because she won’t use Mr. Carosi’s five minute script. Yeah…

Slater, Kelly, and Lisa conveniently come in and discuss Zack Morris’s birthday party on Saturday at Lisa’s beach house that the writers decided she had. Zack Morris comes in and they all spread to opposite directions.

Zack Morris has doubts about working at the beach club until a fresh girl he can sexually harass walks in. She’s looking for Mr. Carosi and Zack Morris is all, “Why do you want to see that ass?”vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h15m41s8

She’s all, “That jerk is my father!” Yes, meet Stacey Carosi, played by Leah Remini, who’s a student in New York. She’s in charge of the temporary help, i.e. imitating her father’s assholery as much as possible. She likes to generalize a lot by implying all west coast boys are dudes and narley and surfers. Zack Morris is smitten with her, and later tells the gang he’ll have her eating out of his hand because every girl wants to fuck Zack Morris.

Meanwhile, Jessie’s a slob. Yeah, there’s absolutely no point to learning that, but they insert it anyway and reveal that Kelly and Jessie are staying with Lisa at her beach house.

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After being told off by Stacey, Zack Morris is off to organize an orgy under the pretense of playing volleyball with some girls. Stacey comes around and is all, “Stop goofing off before I kick your ass.”

Meanwhile, Jessie tries to order Zack Morris’s birthday cake and hilarity ensues as she tries to keep both Mr. Carosi and Zack Morris from finding out what she’s doing. vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h21m00s120

Mr. Carosi also has a thing for grannies apparently.

Zack Morris hates his job and wants to be a cool kid like Screech. He has a Zack Morris plan to accomplish this. Lisa comes in and tells Jessie her beach house isn’t available Saturday because her parents are throwing their own wild party with hookers and blow. Uh oh!vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h22m20s141

Meanwhile, Slater is watching you!vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h22m56s8

Mr. Carosi gets hungry and follows a giant hot dog around the beach without knowing whether it’s real or a hallucination brought on by too much LSD. He finds the giant hot dog leads him to Zack Morris, who’s selling hot dogs on the public beach during his lunch hour. Zack Morris tells Mr. Carosi he’ll stop selling hot dogs if he makes him a waiter and Mr. Carosi is all, “Might as well. Zack Morris always gets what he wants anyway.

In the dining room, Zack Morris is the perfect waiter and earns lots of tips. Stacey, who’s in the dining room to eat lunch, doesn’t approve because he didn’t ask her if she wanted something to drink. She’s all, “Screech, now that’s a real man!” Zack Morris throws his order pad down and tells Stacey that, if she likes Screech so much, she should just appear in his porno.
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In the employee Lounge, which has a very strange blanket on the wall, Jessie, Slater, and Lisa decide to have Zack Morris’s surprise party at the club after hours. Zack Morris comes in bitching and moaning because his boss wants him to do his job and Stacey comes in, asking to have a word alone with Zack Morris.

Stacey tells Zack Morris he better get back to work if he wants to keep his job. Zack Morris is all, “You don’t want my penis in you and you’re acting like a more beautiful version of your father. You should lighten up and learn to let teenage boys use their love tools on you!”vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h27m46s93

As Zack Morris walks off, Stacey gives a look like, “Oh my god, I just got told off by the biggest jerk alive.” And, I swear, someone in the audience goes, “Busted!” as the rest of the audience does a “Oh no he didn’t!” sound.

Meanwhile, Norman is acting like an idiot in the ocean and gets caught in an undertow.vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h29m04s102

Kelly saves his life and Mr. Carosi is all, “Don’t let him swim so far out!” What was she supposed to do: chain him to her lifeguard tower so he could sexually harass her some more?vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h29m39s188

It’s time for the party and all the new Malibu Sands background characters are there! They all start dancing to the best in muzak. vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h31m00s154

Jessie brings out Zack Morris’s cake, which reads, “Happy Wrong Number by the Sea.” Oh the hilarity of Jessie’s misadventure trying to keep the cake a secret!vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h31m26s242

As Zack Morris blows out his candles, Mr. Carosi comes in ready to fire the entire staff for breaking and entering. Wouldn’t it be hard to run the resort without anyone working for him? vlcsnap-2014-09-12-16h31m45s178

Stacey comes in and says she gave them permission to use the beach club and Mr. Carosi is all, “Oh, I’ll just go home now and not question any of this.” Stacey tells Zack Morris maybe she wants his cock after all and goes off as they make nice. There’s foreshadowing and there’s hitting you over the head with where this story is going.

Firsts: Mr. Leon Carosi, Stacey Carosi, Malibu Sands, the gang has summer jobs, Lisa’s beach house.

7 responses to “Saved by the Bell Season 3, Episode 2: “Zack’s Birthday”

  1. I sadly love the Malibu Sands episodes, but this one sounds a lot worse than I remember it. Still…Stacey Carosi rocked.

  2. I also love The Malibu Sands episodes. I think I read somewhere they were filmed at the same location as the beach club episodes of 90210. Also I had no idea Mr. Carosi voiced Pumba.

    • ILovedKellyKapowski

      It’s not the SBTB producer’s strong suit to come up with original ideas. I think they ripped off this whole beach club idea from Beverly Hills 90210.

      After BH 90210’s first season, Aaron Spelling & Co. were trying to increase viewers, so they decided to do some summer episodes while other shows were on summer hiatus. The “Beverly Hills Beach Club” episodes first aired on July 11, 1991. (Their strategy obviously paid off – BH 90210 became a huge hit.)

      After BH 90210 finished filming, I think the SBTB producers took over the set, because the Beverly Hills Beach Club and Malibu Sands Beach Resort look very similar. The first Malibu Sands episode aired on Sept 14, 1994.

      I’m not a big fan of the Malibu Sands episodes (except maybe the last 5 minutes of the last episode), although Kelly’s nipples were a nice touch. I think Leah Remini looked better a few year later, when she aged a little more, on King of Queens.

  3. I remember that “Busted” line. Did this series actually have a live audience? I’m genuinely curious. Also, where wold they be seated during the Malibu Sands episodes?

    It seems the budget went up this season, since they could afford to do this story arc, but they still can’t afford actual songs?

    I counted 17 candles on that cake. That’s certainly consistent with Zack being 15 in sophomore year (“Driver’s Ed”) and 16 in junior year (“Fake I.D.’s”), and these episodes occur after junior year (Kelly in single, and she and Zack haven’t dated in a long time).

    However, Hawaiian Style ruins this. If you recall, in that movie, Zack says his birthday is in early July (which seems to be consistent with the Malibu Sands episodes), but he also says he’ll turn 18 soon. Since Mr. Belding says “I’ll see you all in September”, there’s obviously no place for the movie to go other than during the summer after junior year – the same summer as these episodes. Since Hawaiian Style takes place over two weeks, it’s best to place it before the Malibu Sands episodes. However, that would make the birthday seen in this episode Zack’s 18th birthday instead of his 17th, inadvertently aging him up a year. The College Years seemed to run with this, having Zack turn 19 during the summer after senior year.

    My theory as to what happened is TPTB simply assumed the Malibu Sands episodes occur during the summer after sophomore year, since they aired early in the third season.

  4. Man, those super high-cut bikini bottoms they wore in the early 90’s were ugly!

  5. During the DVD commentary track for this episode, executive producer Peter Engel makes a statement about Tiffani being “absolutely freezing in this scene”. It was when Norman was hitting on Kelly and Mr. Carosi was retardedly making the accusation that Kelly behaving irresponsibly. The whole scene was thematically awkward, but Kelly’s nipples were standing out so sexily through her bathing suit that the stupidity of the script didn’t seem to matter in the least.

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