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The New Class: The Ten Worst Episodes

Last year, I concluded my reviews of the original class by counting down the best and worst episodes from the three series featuring them. I knew, from the beginning, I wanted to give that sort of treatment for The New Class as well. The problem is there’s only two episodes from this series I actually like. “What’s the Problem?” from season three is actually a very well written episode and the highlight of the series for me, proving the writers could pull off very special episodes, while season seven’s “A Mall Shook Up” is just so ridiculous and over the top that I put it in the “so bad it’s good” category.

So, suffice it to say, there won’t be a top ten best episodes list for this series. If you want to know about the episodes I liked, go read the individual reviews. What may be an even more difficult challenge, though, is narrowing down the ten worst episodes of this god forsaken series, considering almost every episode is horrible and unwatchable. With that in mind, here are my picks for the ten worst episodes of The New Class!


Number 10: Season 1, Episode 3: “A Kicking Weasel”

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Overall, season one wasn’t terrible, especially compared to what came after, but this one grates on my nerves for some reason. It really feels like the writers don’t understand how football work and that field goals are a relatively minor part of the game, something even I, as a non-football fan, knows. Being able to kick the ball really high, in itself, would not have gotten Weasel on the football team, and it certainly wouldn’t have made him a star player.

That alone wouldn’t have been enough to get this episode on the list, but combine that with the fact the producers didn’t even bother to try to make Weasel look like he could kick the ball. Seriously, watch the attached video clip: he basically kicks the ball across the set, not at the angle shown.  A pretty lazy episode from  pretty lazy season of the show.

Number 9: Season 2, Episode 20: “Drinking 101”

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The New Class was at its worst when it was being preach and shit, and this episode is no exception. Alcohol is the devil’s brew, and don’t you forget it! It might make you brain dead like Tommy D and make you want to drive a snowmobile drunkenly and shit! Combine that with the horrible subplot about Mr. Belding spraining his ankle by tripping over some skis and you’ve got a recipe for a pretty horrible episode.

It certainly doesn’t help that Brian is the voice of reason in this episode. I swear, he makes me want to punch his face with every succeeding scene. The reason this isn’t higher on the list is because, unlike some of the other episodes on the list, this one actually does seem like it’s trying, even if it’s written by people who have probably never taken a drink in their lives.

Number 8: Season 7, Episode 9: “Party Animals”

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Speaking of drinking, let’s put another horrible anti-alcohol episode on this list. I swear, this episode is like a caricature of what the producers think teenagers are like drunk. Everyone peer pressures Katie into drinking when she doesn’t want to, and she ends up being an asshole to everyone. But it’s okay because she and Nicky promise they won’t ever drink again, not even when they go off to college, a promise I bet they broke within like five minutes of arrival.

The episode doesn’t even feel like it’s trying, and all consequences are shown off-screen. In the end, the only reasons given for not drinking are that underage drinking is illegal and you might act like a jerk. So I guess if you’re twenty-one and you know you’re not an angry or sarcastic drunk, it’s okay, which I’m sure is not the message Peter Engel was going for, but it is the message that came across. It’s like he has no idea why actual teenagers drink.

Number 7: Season 3, Episode 16: “Screech’s Millions”

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Every Screech-centric episode of the series was bad, but this one is just terrible. Screech thinks he’s won a $2 million lottery and, not knowing the value of money, decides he can afford to retire now in his early twenties. Of course, the predictable result is that Screech only got four out of five of the numbers but, in the meantime, the gang take advantage of him while Mr. Belding finally fires him, only to rehire him before the end because Screech is very sorry!

This episode just makes me question why Screech is trusted with anything, and was one of the early examples of him really abusing his authority and crossing boundaries with students. But the really unfortunate thing is that Mr. Belding set a precedent that, as long as you’re sorry for your incompetence, he’ll hire you back every time. Yeah, administrator of the year right there.

Number 6: Season 3, Episode 23: “No Smoking”

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Nobody wanted to see The New Class take on teen smoking, and this episode didn’t disappoint in its incompetence. Lindsay and Tommy D take up smoking and, in the end, the only consequences are their friends act like little assholes, Tommy D can’t play football, and Lindsay sets a dress on fire through her napalm-filled cigarette, getting fired. Apparently cigarettes ruin your life almost instantly.

What this episode taught me is that Peter Engel doesn’t understand why kids get started smoking, and, so, we get a mess of an episode giving reasons for smoking no kid I’ve ever met would give. The only redeeming value of this episode is that, while everyone’s a little asshole to Lindsay for smoking, no one gives a shit about Tommy D, leading me to believe they’d just as soon see him dead as well.

Number 5: Season 2, Episode 15: “A Perfect Lindsay”

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Lindsay sure was in some pretty bad very special episodes. In this one, she becomes anorexic in a matter of days to the point that she has to be checked into a treatment facility. What pissed me off about this one when I reviewed it was that they took a very serious issue that many teenagers in the show’s demographic actually face and turned it into a caricature.

Really, you don’t become anorexic in a week. It’s a long-term problem that calls for long-term solutions, and doesn’t happen just from skipping some meals for a few days. This one could have been good in the hands of a good writer, but, alas, the writers on this show aren’t good so they weren’t ever going to produce the sort of treatment of eating disorders teenagers need to see.

Number 4: Season 3, Episode 9: “Boundaries”

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When I reviewed “A Perfect Lindsay,” I was convinced that no other very special episode would piss me off more than it did. I was wrong. “Boundaries” is an episode that wants to talk about the very real problem of sexual assault on college campuses, but doesn’t have the guts to get beyond forced kissing. While forced kissing is technically sexual assault, there are much worse issues that could have been tackled in this episode and weren’t.

But that’s not why this episode pisses me off so. Forced kissing is often used as a comedic device within Peter Engel’s shows. But to use it as a comedic device within an episode about how forced kissing is sexual assault is hypocritical beyond believe. I just can’t believe that no one in the writers, cast, director, or producers spoke up and said, “Hey, aren’t we being just a little hypocritical here?” It just angers me beyond belief.

Number 3: Season 4, Episode 26: “Fire at the Max, Part 2”

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Most of the time, clip show episodes don’t qualify for these lists, but this one is a very special exception.  See, they burned down The Max, an iconic symbol of the Saved by the Bell franchise, in the first episode, set up a conflict with Ryan feeling responsible and with the owner deciding not to rebuild, and then concluded it with a god damned clip show episode centered on memories of The Max. Ryan’s conflict only gets a couple minutes of screen time and The Max is saved because everyone loves it so.

Even worse, they wasted a cameo from Slater, the last time an original series cast member other than Mr. Belding or Screech would appear, by having him show up just to introduce more clips. The writers of this episode just don’t seem to get that, while burning down The Max is not necessarily a bad idea for an episode, you have to conclude the story with the respect it deserves and not just end on a god damned clip show episode.

Number 2: Season 2, Episode 26: “Goodbye Bayside, Part 2”

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Perhaps the most pointless episode of the series, there’s really no reason for its existence other than to give a reason for Zack Morris, Slater, and Lisa to make cameos. The entire first half is almost a scene-by-scene rerun of the first part except that, because Mr. Belding is present this time, they figure out who the big bad capitalist was horny for. The second part is basically a lame excuse for the cameos except to establish that the woman the capitalist was horny for is Zack Morris’s aunt.

This episode could have easily been concluded in one part and, at the time, I thought it was the worst episode of the series. While it may have been up to that point, unfortunately,  there was one episode that ended up being worse. Much, much worse.

Number 1: Season 5, Episode 24: “Into the Woods”

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I knew from the first time watching this episode it was going to make this list. I also knew that it was going to go down as the worst episode unless there was a particularly bad episode in the final two seasons. Fortunately, there was not, but I still have the memory of this shitty episode stuck in my brain.

The entire wilderness survival arc was a bad idea from the beginning, but this episode just drug on and on and on. On top of it, Maria is completely insufferable this episode as she whines and complains about the outdoors and, for once, Screech is not the most annoying character of the episode, although his subplot about looking for a bird with Mr. Belding was pretty damned bad in itself.

In the end, I have no sympathy for anyone in this episode, and the events would have lead to a major lawsuit for Bayside as both Ryan and Maria’s parents sued the fuck out of them for letting two teenagers journey through the outdoors without adult supervision. Between that and the amount of money Screech has to be costing the school, it’s a wonder they can even afford to keep the lights on.


Well, there it is: my ranking of the ten worst episodes of The New Class! Feel free to disagree with me in the comments below, especially if you feel I left off an especially bad episode of this really terrible series. And tune in Monday for one final look back at The New Class before I try to forget I ever watched this series through years of intensive therapy!

The Original Class: The Ten Best Episodes

Yesterday, I counted down my least favorite episodes from the original class. While it may be cathartic to examine the worst of anything, it’s also good to examine when the franchise, intentionally or unintentionally, got it right. And this franchise has gotten it right, sometimes very right. So let’s celebrate these wins before we go back to more epic fails on Monday, and remember the episodes that were just that good.

Like my ten worst list, this list comes from the original class era: Good Morning Miss BlissSaved by the BellThe College Years, and the films (spoiler alert: there’s not a single The College Years episode on this list). So, now, sit back and let’s look at the episodes that made this franchise a legend.


Number 10: Saved by the Bell Season 3, Episode 12: “The Last Weekend”

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The Malibu Sands episodes were a very good idea on the part of the producers. After getting to know our gang for the last two seasons, we have an opportunity to see them in a new setting, interacting with new characters. These episodes were all good, despite completely forgetting to make it clear Mr. Carosi wasn’t supposed to know about Zack Morris and Stacey’s relationship. I must admit, I was sad to leave them behind around mid-season. Despite being, arguably, the most pointless of the clip episodes, “The Best Summer of My Life” was right: Malibu Sands was awesome.

My pick for the best of these episodes was, well, the last one. We get a touching conclusion to the Zack Morris and Stacey relationship plus a final admission from Mr. Carosi that he had grown fond of the gang, especially Zack Morris. Despite the creepiness of Rusty from Full House hitting on Kelly and the barely acknowledged subplot involving a secret admirer for Slater, this is a solid episode and one that illustrates how the Malibu Sands episodes helped keep Saved by the Bell fresh into its third season.

Number 9: Saved by the Bell Season 3, Episode 26: “Mystery Weekend”

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Season three of Saved by the Bell seems like it was about taking risks to keep the show fresh, and this may be the oddest of them all. Many episodes his season took place away from Bayside, with some better than others. The premise is that the gang won a mystery weekend, but Zack Morris soon finds himself accused of a real murder. Soon, even Lisa disappears and he finds his friends doubting him.

And, strange enough, it works! We get a chance to see Zack Morris squirm for something he didn’t do (for once) and we get a genuine mystery as we at home try to figure out what happened (well, until we realize that the two women are men in bad drag). It’s a nice break late in the season and, as an unintentional season finale, it’s a fun excursion from the normal on this show.

Number 8: Good Morning Miss Bliss Episode 1: “Summer Love” 

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Good Morning Miss Bliss‘s second attempt at a pilot didn’t waste any time establishing Zack Morris as the primary character of the gang and, in this episode, we get a hint of what the show could have been had the episodes been much more consistent. Zack Morris has a summer romance with an older girl, lying to her about his age, and is shocked when she shows up as a new student at RFK Junior High. He tries to keep up the charade for the benefit of the girl, but can’t keep it up forever.

The episode perfectly balances Zack Morris’s story with Miss Bliss’s subplot about going on a date. She’s the mentor figure that Mr. Belding became at his best and is dedicated to her students, helping Zack Morris figure out what he needs to do. It is kind of creepy that Miss Bliss’s students know where she lives and randomly show up at her back door, but it’s a minor unbelievable plot point that we would have just laughed and poked fun at. All in all a good episode.

Number 7: Saved by the Bell Season 4, Episode 5: “The Bayside Triangle”

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Lisa didn’t get much of a chance to do anything on Saved by the Bell other than being the voice of reason (and absorbing some of Kelly and Jessie’s characteristics during the Tori episodes) so this episode is refreshing. Zack Morris and Lisa work together and realize they’re falling for each other. It’s also nice in that she didn’t often get to have a relationship longer than an episode so the possibility of her actually dating a main character was intriguing.

If the episode has a weakness, it’s Screech’s idiocy in being jealous at the new relationship, and it’s really a sign of things to come with Screech’s borderline psychotic relationship. The episode is saved by Lisa being the one to stand up to Screech and tell him to back the fuck down. It’s unfortunate that the writers decided to forget about the Zack Morris/Lisa episode after this. It could have made for a nice arc. Of course, the writers would have eventually defaulted back to Zack Morris/Kelly, but it’s nice to think of them actually doing something different.

Number 6: Saved by the Bell Season 4, Episode 21: “Earthquake”

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It’s understandable the Tori episodes have a bad reputation: Tori was a replacement for two popular characters whose absence is never explained. But Tori really wasn’t that bad, and all of the episodes she appears in during season four are better than most of the Kelly/Jessie episodes. For a tacked on arc where one could excuse the writers for not giving a fuck, they really put out some good episodes.

“Earthquake” is my personal favorite of the bunch. It starts ridiculous, with Zack Morris using Mrs. Belding’s pregnancy as an excuse to get out of a test, and ends with Zack Morris and Kelly delivering Mrs. Belding’s baby. Sure, it’s absurd. Slater single-handedly kicks down a door. Mr. Belding and Screech run around like morons. Tori has a phobia of earthquakes. But it all somehow works in this absurdest humor sort of way, delivering a solid episode in a mostly low quality season.

Number 5: Saved by the Bell Season 3, Episode 11: “Pipe Dreams”

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Now we get to a whole other form of “good” altogether: the unintentionally hilarious! And what do you get when you mix an oil tycoon so stereotypical he could have been in an episode of Captain Planet, a desire for improvements at Bayside and Zack Morris’s love for a duck? Why, the stupidest take on environmental issues ever.

And it’s so bad it’s good! Everything about this episode is so over the top that one can’t help but find it absolutely hilarious at points where the producers obviously intended seriousness. If the writers had simply embraced the self-parody of this episode, we could have had the most epic episode of the franchise. What more can I say other than, “Becky!”

Number 4: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 9: “Jessie’s Song”

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Speaking of the “so bad, it’s good” category, Saved by the Bell‘s first attempt at a very special episode is just amazing in how over the top it is in every way. All you really need to know is that it thinks a serious examination of drug use is Jessie misusing caffeine pills. Yeah, it’s as stupid and ridiculous as it sounds and Jessie’s breakdown as she quotes Pointer Sister lyrics is known even by people who know nothing else about Saved by the Bell.

I tend to wonder if the cast realized they were making an episode that has turned out to be so epic. In any case. Saved by the Bell created an absolutely awe-inspiring display of pure unintended humor. Later very special episodes fell flat because it was obvious they were taking themselves too serious, but this one…once again, it could be considered self parody if it weren’t clear from reading about the episode that Peter Engel was intending to be one hundred percent serious.

Number 3: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 1: “The Prom”

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Season one teased us with who Kelly would pick: Zack Morris or Slater. This episode resolved that running plot to some degree, though Slater would continue to try to win Kelly over for much of the season. But, more than this, it showcases Zack Morris at his best: doing his best to make Kelly feel better about not being able to attend the prom.

Kelly’s socio-economic status often seemed like a plot point that was only brought up when it was convenient to the plot, but this episode makes good use of it and deals with an issue that many in the target demographic will actually face: not being able to live up to the popular standards of their peers. It was a good start to a continuing plot that would have its up and downs over the season.

Number 2: Good Morning Miss Bliss Episode 5: “Parents and Teachers”

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I still maintain that this episode is not only the best episode of Good Morning Miss Bliss. It’s one of the best of the franchise. The plot is simple: Miss Bliss goes on a blind date with a man who turns out to be Zack Morris’s original father, Peter Morris. Though she’s quite taken with Peter, Miss Bliss has to decide whether to date him, especially when Zack Morris deals with the news of his father dating his teacher in a less than excited way.

Miss Bliss shines in this episode and shows her obvious devotion to her students that she would put her own happiness aside in order to help her students. It’s a high point in the series, perfectly showcasing Miss Bliss’s dilemma over an issue that I’m sure many real teachers have faced, and Zack Morris’s reaction is so realistic: even if he likes Miss Bliss, he’s not necessarily ready for her to date his father. Unfortunately, neither Miss Bliss nor this incarnation of Zack Morris’s father made it to Saved by the Bell, but we can imagine what might have been.

Number 1: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 15: “The Fabulous Belding Boys”

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What can I say about this episode I haven’t already said? It highlights Mr. Belding at his best: not as a boundary crossing, idiotic clown that many episodes, especially in The New Class, will portray him, but as a mentor figure that loves his students and won’t stand to see anyone, even his own brother, hurting them. More episodes should have utilized Mr. Belding like this rather than making him look barely competent to engage in everyday life.

The way Zack Morris discovers Rod Belding’s irresponsibility is perfect, too. It’s not the usual Saved by the Bell omniscient point of view, but he overhears Rod ditching the gang and Mr. Belding kicking him out of the school. This is the point in the series where Zack Morris should have finally seen Mr. Belding as the wise and sagely figure, but they’ll never explore this, although it could have been a perfect lead into Mr. Belding naming his son after Zack Morris.


And there you have it: my picks for the ten best episodes from the original class (and, by extension, the best episodes of the franchise). Feel free to disagree with me in the comments. And stay tuned tomorrow as we take one more look back at the original class and why it’s endured in the hears of viewers nearly thirty years after its introduction.

The Original Class: The Ten Worst Episodes

The original cast have a cult following for a good reason, which I’ll be analyzing on Friday in my final recap for them. But, for all the highs of the series and the beloved episodes, there are an equal number of bad ones, some of them really bad.

In honor of reviewing every episode and film featuring the original cast, I thought I’d do two bonus posts featuring the best and the worst of the original cast. Anything featuring the original cast is fair game for these lists: Good Morning Miss BlissSaved by the BellThe College Years, and both films. I plan on doing another list around this time next year when I complete The New Class since that’s a whole other animal in itself.

Today, let’s look at the ten worst episodes in order of badness. So, number one will be, in my opinion, the worst episode of the original cast. Without further adieu, let’s start with number ten.


Number 10: Good Morning Miss Bliss Episode 10: “Stevie”

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I still hate this one so much. A former student of Miss Bliss’s who’s become a pop star returns to RFK Junior High. She makes the decision to quit music so she can go to college, delivering the message that, despite fame and fortune, college is an absolute necessity for everyone and giving unrealistic expectations to thousands of kids who will never attend college. Yeah, this cliche alone was enough for me to hate this episode.

But, on top of it, the actual episode was…wow. Zack Morris kisses the adult Stevie, and keep in mind he’s supposed to be in eighth grade in this episode. The song Stevie performs is just terrible and it’s obviously a recording, not the actress singing it. And the whole premise of Not-Jessie and the rest of the gang not believing Zack Morris kissed Stevie is boring and predictable.

Number 9: The College Years Episode 4: “Slater’s War”

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I hate this episode with a passion. This episode takes Slater, who was a misogynistic uber-masculine guy in Saved by the Bell and makes him suddenly care about his Latino heritage when it may get him laid. This, despite the fact he never gave a shit about any of Jessie’s causes when they were dating. It’s completely out of character for Slater and comes the fuck out of nowhere.

And, it’s all for nothing. This doesn’t figure into the series at all following this episode and the girl is a one episode love interest; Slater gets together with Alex a few episodes later. It also foreshadows Slater’s transformation into an asshole for The College Years. Way to take a character and transform him without any real explanation.

Number 8: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 3: “The Aftermath”

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I’ve never met a Saved by the Bell fan who thinks Zack Morris and Kelly’s break-up was handled well. Kelly is supposed to be the perfect girl but she becomes jail bait for her boss at The Max, a relationship that won’t figure into the series beyond one more episode. She’s the perfect girl, but she kind of acted like an asshole to Zack Morris.

On top of this, everyone in this episode except Zack Morris acts like a jack ass. I mean, how dare Zack Morris have emotions about his girlfriend cheating on and then breaking up with him. Kelly’s hurt by Zack Morris dating another girl in front of her? Fuck off with that shit. The moral of this episode seems to be that all of Zack Morris’s friends are judgmental pricks and need to fuck off. The “it’ll ruin Lisa’s birthday” bull shit is a thin excuse for the whole thing.

I wonder if the mishandling of the breakup is why The College Years were so desperate to get them back together?

Number 7: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 6: “Blind Dates”

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I have a strong hatred of episodes that make Mr. Belding look like an asshole. Sometimes it seems like, for every “The Fabulous Belding Boys,” there are five episodes like this where Mr. Belding does stuff that would get him fired in real life. The plot is basic: Mr. Belding blackmails Zack Morris into dating his visiting niece, leading to Kelly jumping to lots of justifiable conclusions.

Of course, this is a plot that could have been resolved very simply with Zack Morris telling Kelly and his parents that a school administrator was blackmailing him. This will lead to the predictable conclusion of Mr. Belding being fired for abusing his authority. Instead, we get Zack Morris trying his best to flow along with the script for the sake of a really bad episode.

Number 6: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 12: “Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind”

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All the season one out of season episodes were terrible, but this one holds a special place in my hatred for managing to make a plot about Screech becoming psychic from a bolt of lightning look realistic by comparison. God, how I loathe every minute of this episode and completely understand why they held it over and didn’t air it in the first season.

The plot is simple: the government thinks Screech is an alien after he dons the most unrealistic looking alien costume ever. I mean, fucking hell, this makes the special effects on some episodes of the original Outer Limits look quite realistic by comparison. This episode is the epitome of one of Saved by the Bell‘s favorite plot devices: adults are fucking morons unless the plot calls for them not to be.

Number 5: Good Morning, Miss Bliss Episode 12: “Clubs and Cliques”

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I was surprised when I looked back at my Good Morning Miss Bliss recap and found that this one didn’t make the list of episodes I hated. I guess it’s not aged well in my mind. Zack Morris wants to join a group of teenagers way too old to be hanging out with. They make him do stupid shit like jumping jacks on the stage, throw shit at Not-Jessie, and coming to class in nothing but a swimsuit. And, yes, the adults think nothing of one of their students attending class nearly naked.

The subplot about Miss Bliss and Mr. Belding trading jobs doesn’t help. It’s a stupid episode with a stupid plot and cements in my mind the idea that fraternity-like groups are idiotic, no matter how old you are. And I still find myself asking, nearly two years after I reviewed this episode: “What the fuck is a Rigma?”

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The entire episode is  Zack Morris’s dream. And you don’t find out until the last minute. That’s about all you need to know about this episode and how important it is to the series. Basically, Zack Morris imagines what it would be like if Zack Attack made it big. The result is a list of cliches that happen to famous bands, including Zack Attack’s own version of Yoko Ono.

Zack Morris’s Vanilla Ice-on -crack-like costume scores the episode a couple points, but they waste the second guest appearance by Casey Kasem, forget that Kelly can’t sing, and create a piece of shit filler episode that’s not needed at all for anything else in this series. I’ve never met anyone who believed this episode was good.

Number 3: Saved by the Bell Season 3, Episode 21: “No Hope With Dope”

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If there’s one thing this franchise proves time and time again, it’s that it has no fucking clue when it comes to drug abuse. They actually equate caffeine pills and marijuana with heroin. It’s like it was written by the same people who did the “this is your brain on drugs” commercials. They even throw in a short anti-tobacco message while they’re at it.

The shaming in this episode is just unbearable and Johnny Dakota’s hypocrisy doesn’t compare to the gang’s judgmental attitude and readiness to buy the “just say no” message hook, line, and sinker. I doubt any kid out there decided to not do drugs based on this episode. Unlike other ridiculous anti-drug episodes like “Jessie’s Song,” it’s not even unintentionally hilarious. It’s just preachy and annoying.

Number 2: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 17: “Breaking Up is Hard to Undo”

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A couple episodes after one that did a really good job at developing character for Mr. Belding, they throw it all away for a series of fights that lead Mr. Belding into Zack Morris’s bed, quite literally. Did Derek and Melanie not think it odd that their son’s principal was hanging out in his bedroom, or is this Mayberry, where no adult ever does anything negative?

As I said, I hate any episode that makes Mr. Belding look like a jack ass. This one utterly wastes any character development that came from “The Fabulous Belding Boys.” On top of that, Kelly and Jessie take back Zack Morris and Slater just to bring back the status quo, once again proving that girls are nothing without the men they’re defined by.

Number 1: Saved by the Bell Season 2, Episode 13: “Running Zack”

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I loathe this episode. I hate this episode with a passion for making light of Native American issues. A blonde hair boy is very unlikely to be a Native American, but they pull out every fucking stereotype in the book to keep pushing the whole “Zack Morris is a racist jack ass” motif. And we’re supposed to care about a guy we just met in this episode who dies and believe he made this much of a difference in Zack Morris’s life simply by spending a few hours together. This episode is the reason we can’t have nice things.

On top of that, the subplot about Jessie trying to make up slavery to Lisa is just idiotic. Yes, slavery was horrible, and there are debates about the legacy of this practice to this day. But no high school student today believes they’re personally responsible for their ancestors’ actions. Lisa should have slapped the shit out of Jessie and told her to go save a fucking tree or advocate t-shirts as being sexist or some shit and leave her the hell alone.

I find this episode personally painful to watch and I cringe just looking at that screenshot.


So those are my picks for the ten worst episodes of the original cast. Feel free to comment, agreeing or disagreeing with me. And tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the ten best.