Saved by the Bell: The College Years

Season 1 Episode 14

A Question of Ethics

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 21, 1993 on NBC
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An Ethics course with a tough Professor, drops a midterm paper which Zack picks up and reads. Lesley takes it off him and tears it up.

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  • A tough ethics professor tests the gangs willingness to cheat when they come into contact with a cheatsheet for the upcoming mid-term.

    I enjoyed this episode because it was a nice break from the whole Kelly/Professor Lasky storyline that had dominated the previous few episodes.

    The episode is about the gang and their tough ethics professor. He has a reputation for being really strict and failing students with ease. Everyone is on edge because of the upcoming mid-term for the class. Zack ends up lucking out though as he ends up finding a copy of the mid-term. He shows it to Slater who tells Alex but unfortunately for all of them, Leslie rips it up and throw it in the trash stating that it was wrong to do. Fast foward to a couple scenes later when Zack ends up sneaking into the dumpster to retrieve the ripped up mid-term. There he encounters both Slater and Alex also trying to find it. A nice twist has Leslie also go into the dumpster even though she was the one who had ripped it up. She stated that the professor was unfair as her reason to cheat. Zack has a moment of clarity though and in the end decides not to cheat. This is a smart decision as it turns out the professor purposely placed copies of the mid-term around the campus so that all of his students would find them. The mid-term test ended up being whether they decided to cheat or not.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: In the scene where Slater is trying to get someone to take his place working at the college restaurant, Kelly walks into the room and Slater runs to her and says "Tiffani, will you work for me?" Instead of calling her Kelly, he accidentally called her by her real life name.

    • When Slater asks Kelly to cover for him, she replies that "busting tables is such an icky job," although she did it herself by working as a waitress at "The Max" in high school.

    • Zacks ethics teacher quits after winning the lottery. This is the 2nd time a teacher of Zacks has quit after hearing they won the lottery. The 1st time was in "Cut Day" episode 3-23 of the original series where Slater made the teacher think she won the lottery.

    • When Slater, Zack, Leslie and Alex are in the dumpster, Zack finds questions 8 through 12 of the torn up mid-term. When they find the other half Slater puts the piece that Zack found (qu.8-12) on the top of the other piece (qu.1-7). This means that the way that they read it, it went from question 8 to 12 then 1 to 7; The wrong way around.

    • When Lesley tears the paper up, she tears it vertically, and when they find it in the dumpster it is ripped horizontally.

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