Saved by the Bell Season 4, Episode 5: “The Bayside Triangle”

vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h45m01s50 We open at The Max where Screech has decided it’s been too long since there was a subplot about him sexually harassing Lisa and, since we’re getting closer to the end of the series, we needed just one more. So, yeah, the gang tries to reason with him, except for Zack Morris who’s encouraging him for some reason. We find out some disturbing facts, like that Screech has been after Lisa for ten years since they had different families and lives in Indiana, or that Screech’s dad got his mom by wearing his underwear outside his pants. A Powers family reunion could be the plot of a horror film, couldn’t it?

Lisa, meanwhile, is excited that a recruiter from the Fashion Institute of Technology is coming to California just to see Lisa. Gee, that’s nice of them to fly from New York just to see a random student’s work. Good thing Lisa’s a part of the one percent! And why can they use the real name of this college but they had to change Stanford and invent random colleges in California? Oh, whatever. Lisa wants to impress the recruiter so the gang agree to help her put on a fashion show with Zack Morris coordinating, because nothing could possibly go wrong with that idea.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h46m22s94

Oh, also Screech randomly gives Lisa a locket from his dead aunt complete with a charm to induce vomiting should she ever become bulimic. Oh, I pine for the days when my stalker would give me presents he got from his dead aunt.

At Bayside, Zack Morris assigns Kelly and Jessie to help sew the clothes since they’ve returned this week from their mysterious disappearance while Zack Morris and Slater look for a venue. Oh, fuck this show. You’re just going to have it at The Max! You have everything at The Max!vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h47m14s108

Also, Screech tries to convince Lisa he should be a model, but there isn’t enough drugs in the world to get anyone high enough to convince anyone Screech can model anything.


Unless, of course, he’s like eight and modeling He-Man.

Lisa worries about her stuff not being good enough and not being able to get into college but Zack Morris assures her there will be a nice spot open for her on The College Years should she fuck this up. Also, we learn that Screech collects Lisa’s broken fingernails. This just went from stalker territory to Criminal Minds plot.

In the hallway, Screech’s newest idea to worm his way into Lisa’s fashion show is to give commentary on the designs, which he demonstrates by insulting Mr. Belding’s suit. Zack Morris knows he needs to advance the plot so he doesn’t notice the obvious stupidity signs and agrees to ask Lisa.

Zack Morris tells Lisa that the manager of The Max agreed to let them have the fashion show there because what the hell? See, I told you they’d just have it at The Max! Also, Zack Morris convinces Lisa to let Screech do the commentary, though she’s initially reluctant, because he convinces her that stalkers are the best people to say good things about you.

At Lisa’s house, we find out that Lisa once designed the costume for the Sixth Doctor. vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h52m35s247

Also Zack Morris models some clothes for Lisa because we need an excuse to get them alone together. Lisa thanks Zack Morris for his help and they randomly decide to kiss, which excites the audience so much they orgasm. vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h53m25s238

They look at each other in confusion like, “Where the hell did that twist come from?” and part for the night.

The next day, Jessie’s more excited about Zack Morris and Lisa kissing than either of them and practically sings the “Lisa and Zack Morris, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G” song.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h54m28s77

Also, Jessie hella sucks at sewing and it took Kelly putting on this horribly made dress to realize it. Yeah…vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h56m06s27

At The Max, Zack Morris gives final instructions for modeling because he’s obviously the most experienced of the gang in modeling. We have some time wasting with Lisa freaking out again and Zack Morris and Lisa stay behind to talk about their kissing some more. They decide to kiss again and the sex deprived audience decides to freak out again.

Their cries of bliss are soon turned to “awws” as Screech walks in and sees Zack Morris and Lisa kissing, throwing some flowers on the floor he bought for Lisa.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h58m54s200

Oh, it’s nice to see The Max has been conveniently redecorated like a tacky drag bar!vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h59m11s85

Mr. Belding has some excitement of his own as he realizes Ms. Parks, the recruiter, vaguely resembles Miss Bliss and he might be able to get a little something something tonight.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-12h59m46s202

So let’s look at our designs first. Yeah, the headbands are amazing. Maybe they’re repurposed Buddy Bands. vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h00m16s244

Slater looks dazzling as an Ambercrombie and Fitch model.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h01m31s233

And Zack Morris is sporting the “white pimp” look. So, as you can guess, Screech throws a huge temper tantrum while describing the fashions, implying that he’s never seen any indication Lisa didn’t want him despite the fact that everyone has been telling him that all episode, not to mention that she’s been repulsed by the mere sight of him since episode two of Good Morning, Miss Bliss. After telling Zack Morris off for “stabbing him in the back,” he walks off and Mr. Belding finishes up as announcer despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to even know that cloth on Zack Morris’s legs is called “pants.”vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h02m35s104

After the gang plot to finally kill off Screech for being a complete fucktard, Ms. Parks tells Lisa that she likes her sense of fashion and doesn’t trust a word Screech says after the release of Behind the Bell. As a result, she’s recommending Lisa for admission to the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Jessie, meanwhile, finds the discarded flowers and the gang quickly deduce that Screech saw Zack Morris and Lisa kissing.

At Bayside, Screech won’t talk to Zack Morris because kissing the girl he’s been stalking for a decade is a crime worthy of death. Screech challenges Zack Morris to a fight because that worked out so well in the season opener and because Screech obviously has the same physical prowess of Slater. vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h06m05s151

At The Max, Zack Morris recaps the events of the last minute to Lisa and they talk about how they really like each other enough to date for the rest of this episode. A random nerd comes in and says they’re betting on how many times Zack Morris will murder Screech in the fight.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h06m54s131

In the hallway, Screech demonstrates his idiotic version of the martial arts, which it’s funny since, in two more years, he’s supposedly a black belt in karate but he can’t even do martial arts right.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h07m14s78

Yeah, he can’t do martial arts.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h07m58s255

So he, instead, decides to rip open Zack Morris’s shirt. Zack Morris tells her that, if him dating Lisa really bothers her stalker, he won’t go out with her.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h08m26s34

This is enough for Lisa, who steps in and tells Screech to stop being a fucking psychotic ass sexual deviant and get the fuck over her so he can date other women in The College Years and The New Class. Screech tells Lisa she was his first love, which is creepy as fuck considering they never actually dated, and that she’s hard to get over, despite his dating Violet and Punky Brewster in between his bouts of obsession over her. vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h09m52s122

Screech gives Zack Morris permission to date Lisa as long as they both promise not to mention this brief fling again after this episode, and Zack Morris agrees to Screech’s conditions. Zack Morris and Screech make up and Zack Morris takes Lisa off to finish up their one episode romance.vlcsnap-2015-03-20-13h10m29s233And our episode ends with Screech deciding to creepily stalk another member of the gang so he’ll be well prepared for the high school girls he’s going to scar on The New Class.


20 responses to “Saved by the Bell Season 4, Episode 5: “The Bayside Triangle”

  1. UGH, I hated this plot twist then and hate it even more now.

  2. I hated how after this episode the whole Zack-Lisa thing was totally dropped and never mentioned again, I imagine they went on line one or two dates decided they really weren’t into each other and to stay just friends, also find it interesting how Kelly is totally cool with it even though her and Zack had been split up for a year or so

  3. Yet Mark-Paul and Lark reportedly dated each other for almost three years.

    • It was mentioned in the lifetime movie they were dating and I believe I also saw it mentioned in the E True Hollywood story about SBTB

  4. ILovedKellyKapowski

    Maybe Zack Morris got a visit from his future self, who showed young Zack Morris a picture of what Lisa would look like in 22 years. OK, sorry, that was mean!

    Ew gross, so now Screech is stalking Jessie? No wonder she got so messed up, she dropped out of Stansbury to become a Las Vegas stripper.

    • Caleb Bernard

      As creepy as Screech is towards Lisa, it’s always doubly weird to me when he randomly hits on Kelly or Jessie. Like in “The Mamas and the Papas” when he is introduced as Kelly and Zack’s child, and he says “What a hot mommy!” and Kelly totally takes it in stride like that was a perfectly normal thing for him to say.

      • ILovedKellyKapowski

        Kelly has always had a soft spot for Screech. It probably started in “Beauty and the Screech”. However, by the time we get to “All In The Mall”, even Kelly was getting tired of Screech’s idiocy. She told Screech “You really are a bozo!” Coming from super-nice Kelly Kapowski, that is HARSH!

  5. Caleb Bernard

    Sometimes I can’t help but think the writers start with the goal of getting Zack or Slater shirtless (or the girls in swimsuits) and work backwards from there.

    Also, the outfits actually used in the fashion show are far better than what she has Jessie and Kelly sew, which seems to follow the pattern of “raid the busiest patterns from the sales rack at Jo-Ann’s and sew them together at random”.

  6. ILovedKellyKapowski

    The episode “Isn’t It Romantic” really should have preceded “The Bayside Triangle”, since in the former episode, Screech was still horny for Lisa.

    I think, at the conclusion of this episode, Screech finally let go of his 10-year-long obsession with Lisa (and briefly turned his stalker sights on poor Jessie).

    In the following episode “Wrestling With The Future”, Screech hits on Jessie, saying to her “Looking good in that miniskirt, mama”, to which Jessie tells Screech to fuck off.

    Then, I’m thinking the following episode should have been “Screech’s Spaghetti Sauce”, when Screech completely stops obsessing over Lisa and Jessie, and he’s now dating Punky Brewster.

    In “Senior Prom”, now that Screech is no longer her creepy stalker, Lisa starts thinking Screech is an OK guy after all, and SHE asks HIM to the senior prom!

    Finally, in “Graduation”, when Lisa finds out Screech let Jessie be valedictorian even though he had the higher GPA, she kissed him (on the cheek), and told Jessie she will miss Screech, and that he’s a decent guy.

    I guess the lesson here is: if you want a girl to like you, quit being a creepy psycho stalker, and get a fucking life!

  7. Don’t forget Molly, everyone! The ROTC episode that lasted for just an episode, where Screech actually got the girl, FOR ONE EPISODE! Geez, if I were a douche-less Dustin Diamond even I’d be pissed to know I only kiss one girl throughout the show (Violet at that), and a girl that I actually get skates through quicker than a continued plot on the show, with just a TV-Y peck on the cheek. Though, admittedly, Jessie only kissed one guy on the show. Lisa kissed 2 guys, Slater kissed 2 girls, Kelly kissed 3 guys, and Zack…..

    • Caleb Bernard

      Don’t leave me hanging, how many does Zack kiss?

    • Caleb Bernard

      Let’s see, Jessie kisses Slater (and Zack), Slater kisses Jessie and the princess, Kelly kisses Zack, Jeff, that biker guy in the yearbook episode (and possibly Johnny Dakota/Melvin Nerdly? Can’t remember), but I’m stumped on Lisa. Zack and who else? Evil stepbrother? The lowly freshman?

      • I forgot, Jessie DID have Zack and Slater, I just overlooked Zack. Kelly and the biker guy don’t count, they weren’t really kissing. Johnny Dakota, yes, Melvin Nerdly, not onscreen. Lisa kissed evil stepbrother and Zack. Zack kissed Stevie (Coleen), Rhonda Robistelli, wrestler girl, Kelly, Jessie, Lisa, Stacy, Tori, Danielle (college girl), Hawaiian girl with child, BJ (Slaters sister), and there’s probably a few I forgot. FYI it gotta be on the lips. Damn Screech, just 1 girl? If I were acting, I woulda complained about that 1.

    • ILovedKellyKapowski

      In the Lifetime movie, Dustin Diamond’s counterpart acted like he got the deal of the century, because he got to kiss Tori Spelling, daughter of TV mogul Aaron Spelling. Sorry Screech, I’m not impressed. Even on 90210, the only girl less attractive than Donna was that ugly 40-year-old who played nerdy girl Andrea Zuckerman.

  8. I heard that the Lisa and Zack plot was dropped for race reasons – they weren’t “ready” to have an on-going “controversial” interracial couple on the show. I know I’ve read that at least a few times but I have no quotable source (didn’t look again) so take it with a grain of salt. I also remember reading fans were upset that the plot was dropped and sent a bunch of fan mail asking why and for them to get back together.

    I liked the idea of Lisa and Zack together when I was a kid so I liked this one a ton. Screech was even more annoying and creepy when I recently rewatched the episode.

    I thought it was stupid that Kelly and even Jessie are just so excited (heehee) about the idea of Z and Lisa yet they’ve both had feelings for him, especially Kelly. I know Kelly is vapid but no conflicting feelings at all? Whatever, just embrace this show like each episode exists on its own, with no connection to the next or previous ones, except two parters, and save myself the headache!

    • ILovedKellyKapowski

      I doubt the reason was racial. Since Mark-Paul and Lark Voorhies were dating in real life, they probably didn’t want to be dating on-screen as well. It just doesn’t work out well. Look at Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Brian Austin Green on 90210. As soon as their characters hooked up, their real-life relationship ended.

      I also felt it was weird that Kelly was so enthusiastic about her BFF dating her former BF. For any normal person, it would be, at the very least, a little bit weird.

      Off-camera, I imagine Kelly’s *real* face turned on, and she said to Lisa “Bitch, what the fuck you doing dating my ex-boyfriend? I don’t care that I cheated on him with an older college man, and we’re no longer dating! He still has a boner for me, and we are going to get married someday, so stop massaging his balls before I cut you!”

      And *that’s* the reason why Zack Morris and Lisa never got together. 😉

      • Caleb Bernard

        Along the same lines, it’s kind of weird to me that, given how much Slater was into Kelly at the beginning, after one date with Jessie, he seems to instantly and permanently stop caring about Kelly (with I guess the temporary exception of Cut Day, but IIRC that was more Kelly liking Slater than vice versa). Even Jessie doesn’t mention his previous attraction, and I could totally see her being like “You used to like a different girl than me, you sexist pig!”

        Also in the Cut Day episode, Zack doesn’t seem to care about Kelly and Slater getting together in itself, but only to preserve Jessie and Slater’s relationship. You’d think Zack’s caveman brain would flare up with jealousy, seeing his ex and his ex-rival together.

        Who can say? Relationships in SBTB are weird things, alternating between furiously possessive and cheerily harem-ish.

  9. Its season 5 episode 17 the bayside triangle on netflix not season 4 episode 5

    • Netflix uses the numbering of the DVDs. Bizarrely, the DVDs divide season three into seasons three and four without much rhyme or reason–the episodes it places in the two “seasons” are quite random. The show only aired four seasons and there’s no compelling reason I’ve read to divide the show into five seasons. The IMDB numbering is much more accurate.

  10. Parminder Dhillon

    Just watched this episode on TV today does anyone notice when the gang are sitting in the Max and Jessie gets all excited when Slater says the word women and I think Screech goes a bit overboard with his obsession with Lisa in this episode.

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