Monday, January 7, 2008
The Top 9: Saved By the Bell All Time Episodes
If you are true SBTB aficionado, you were already tipped off that we here at SYHD in addition to being poor writers and lazy professionals hold a special place in our heart for the greatest Saturday morning show of all time. So without further ado, I present to you the definitive top 9 list, in ascending order, of the greatest Saved by The Bell episodes of all time. Note: Because the Torii episodes never happened, and because Mike Golic's mullet ate the last known recordings of the College Years-both timeframes have been ruled ineligible from this list.
#9-Aloha Slater: This episode truly defined and featured the Zack/Slater war at its pinnacle. At stake-Kelly's affection and a possible one way ticket to Hawaii for Albert Clifford. Memorable Quote: "Mona Lala Lahi means go sit on a volcano!"
#8-Zack Joins the Rigmas: I'm including this on the list because I, unlike most purists, thoroughly enjoy the Miss Bliss years. They harken back to a simpler time where students could depend on their teachers and wacky janitors for sound advice and moral support. In this particular episode Zack learns a valuable lesson about turning on old friends for new ones, when he is completely stabbed in the back by the Rigmas and forced to come crawling back to Mikey, Nikki and the gang. Memorable quote" Rigmas. Together. Forever. Trevor".
#7-Screech's Secret Sauce: A highly underrated episode. Clever premise, the zany "I Love Lucy" inspired sauce bottling sequence and solid acting (if the Screech double shoulder slouch didn't tear your heart out when he found out Robin only liked him for the money , you are a soulless sociopath) make this episode an all time great. Bonus points for a very rare Soleil Moon-Frye post-Punky tour de force performance. On an unrelated note: I am adamant that Screech's critically lambasted debut in the D list celebrity porn arena would have been a rousing success had he simply changed the name of the film to the title of this particular episode. Memorable quote "heres 40 bucks, I'll have the lobster thermometer too!".
#6-The Wicked Stepbrother: So many twists and turns in this one that it couldn't fit into one half-hour broadcast. Jessie's evil stepbrother is down from New York and is about to show Zack how a true prank/artist blackmailer operates. This uber-dramatic two parter hits its crescendo when Lisa (who eventually falls for the abrasive yet charming Eric) crashes Mrs. Beldings wife's car on the way back from an MC Hammer concert. Note: after viewing this episode, I refused to talk to any kids from New York, as I was too worried they were always carrying a tape recorder).
#'s 5 through 1 to follow.....