Saved by the Bell: The College Years

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

4
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 22, 1993 on NBC
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Zack arrives at California University expecting to be sharing a room with Slater and a suite with three girls. He accidentally goes into the wrong room. Two girls come in as he is stretched out on the bed; another comes in as they are teasingly arguing about whose room it really is. They introduce themselves as Alex Tabor, Leslie Burke, and Danielle Marks. Alex thinks Zack is cute, but Leslie is not too impressed.

As Zack and Slater settle into their room, Screech arrives. He has arranged to be sharing their room as well. Later on Leslie walks into their room as they are all standing around in their underwear. Zack is visibly embarrassed, but pretends not to be as Leslie taunts him just a little. The suitemates all have a meeting about how to decorate their common room. Mike Rogers, the resident advisor, comes in with a list of rules and warns them not to break them. One rule is no parties during the week and another is no alcohol on the premises.

Wanting to impress Leslie, Zack throws her a birthday party which quickly gets out of hand as more people show up and some bring in alcohol. Just as Zack is taking a beer away from someone, Mike Rogers walks in and catches Zack with it in his hand. As a way to get out of trouble, Zack volunteers the gang to help the psychology department with a research project, which turns out to be getting every freshman to fill out a questionnaire. Leslie tells him off in no uncertain terms.

Meanwhile, Slater has been getting smoked at wrestling practice. He feels bad about it and is thinking of quitting. Zack is also thinking of quitting school, but when he finds out that Slater was thinking the same thing, he changes his mind. He comes up with a scheme to get every freshman to fill out the questionnaires: a "Win a Trip to Hawaii" contest. Mike Rogers finds out and threatens Zack, letting him know that there had better be a real prize.

Zack ends up working in the student union busing tables with Slater in order to pay for the Hawaii trip. He pays a girl to flirt with Slater to boost his ego. Slater finds out, but understands--though he keeps Zack's money. Leslie apologizes to Zack and he thinks they've made a date for later, but when he shows up, she's on her way out the door with another guy. He pretends he has another date as well, but he ends up staying home to study--NOT!

Meanwhile, Screech had been homesick during the entire episode, calling his parents frequently. By the end of the show, however, he's settled in and takes Alex and Danielle out to the movies, not even taking a call from his mother.moreless

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