Saved by the Bell Season 4, Episode 22: “Best Summer of My Life”

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We open in Zack Morris’s room, where he’s apparently playing guitar with a tennis racket. He tells us that his mom felt like he exhausted himself working so much over the summer so she insisted he take a day off from school because apparently he came back and went directly to school from Palm Desert.

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The rest of the episode is basically Zack Morris remembering how awesome the Malibu Sands and Palm Desert episodes were, and that’s really about it. Screech, Slater, and Lisa are each sent by Mr. Belding to see how Zack Morris is and each one remembers more stuff about the summer arc. It’s going to be a short review, maybe the shortest I’ve done to date, and, for that, I apologize, but what more can I do? If you want to remember whether the Malibu Sands and Palm Desert episodes were awesome or not, I recommend you go back to season three and watch them (or read my reviews) and don’t watch this stupid excuse for an episode that has about as much thought behind it as Kirk Cameron’s insane ramblings about creationism.

This may be the strangest clip episode to date as it focuses on these specific episodes and doesn’t even recap them very well. There’s no mention about the conflict surrounding Zack Morris and Stacey getting together, nothing about the gang’s conflict with Mr. Carosi, and, strange enough, nothing about Jessie’s father’s wedding. They even falsely imply Zack Morris and Kelly got back together and didn’t just have a subplot filling fling to give everyone’s hopes up. The ending isn’t even original; it’s just the same ending scene from the Malibu Sands episodes of the gang walking arm in arm along the beach after Stacey leaves! No original footage! Also, no Hawaii, but we’ll talk more about that later. I’m not even sure what the purpose of this episode is. Were they releasing the summer episodes on VHS and they needed an excuse to promote them and remind people how amazingly terrific they were? My god, if they loved the Malibu Sands episodes so much, why didn’t they just marry them?

In any case, I will make one remark about continuity. This episode is supposed to take place on the first day of school. Of course, this is horse shit since “The Fight” took place on the first day of school. I’m just going to assume that this episode is a hallucination on the part of Zack Morris the night before the first day of school and that the producers weren’t dumb enough to have made this episode just to pad the season out to twenty-six episodes.

And our episode ends with your reviewer having sat through a half-hour cheer leading episode on how awesome everyone’s summer was but his own as he goes to get a beer and drown his sorrow.

If you were disappointed by a short review this week, I promise you that I more than make up for it next week…

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7 responses to “Saved by the Bell Season 4, Episode 22: “Best Summer of My Life”

  1. Anyone else find it odd the show does this episode in the middle of the season? Wouldn’t it of been better to air this first or second? Not episode 22.

    • ILovedKellyKapowski

      Um, are you new to Saved By The Bell? Pretty much every other episode is aired out of order! Sometimes, out of season!

      • Sure, but could they be less blatant about it?

        Having a clip episode of memories of season three in episode 22 of 26 in season four seems like a big FU. Couldn’t they air it on episode five at least?

        But it’s better then the New Class. Which later aired a “Very Special” Maria gets scammed by auto mechanics episode AFTER their series finale. I kid you not.

        • ILovedKellyKapowski

          Remember, these are the same guys who aired the series pilot “King Of The Hill” as the 2nd last episode of season 1!

          That New Class finale threw me as well. I thought graduation episode, OK, what next? Wait, WTF is this???

          California Dreams’ episode airing was pretty bad too. Must be a Peter Engel thing.

  2. I think they said it’s the first week of school, not the first day, so it could take place after “The Fight”.

    Also, notably, it’s a Tori-batch episode taped in 1992, but it mentions Kelly and Jessie (but not Tori) and credits them in the opening theme.

    I’d read Hawaiian Style was the fulfillment of their original contracts, and the Tori episodes were taped after when Tiff and Liz didn’t want to sign new contracts. However, you’d think they’d mention Hawaii in this episode. An alternate theory that I read was Hawaiian Style was a reunion of sorts that Tiff and Liz came back for after the Tori episodes were taped (supposedly, Mark-Paul’s physique in HS is closer to that in The College Years than in the Tori eps). Anyone know for sure?

  3. ILovedKellyKapowski

    My theory is that the “first day” is actually orientation day, so it’s not really super important that students come to school that first day. Remember in college, on the first day, the professor just hands out the class syllabus, and then everyone leaves after 5 minutes? Maybe Bayside is like that.

  4. ILovedKellyKapowski

    I’m pretty sure the Tori episodes were filmed after the Hawaiian vacation. The movie marked the end of their contracts, and Thiessen and Berkley wanted to pursue other projects at that time. But then, NBC decided they wanted 10 more episodes so they could package a full season.

    Despite the production code, if “Best Summer Of My Life” was filmed before the Hawaiian vacation, that would explain why this episode didn’t include any flashbacks of Hawaii.

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