Saved by the Bell: The College Years

Season 1 Episode 1

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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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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The first time this episode aired (May 22, 1993) the title of the show was Saved By the Bell Goes to College. The show was even called by that title when Lark Voorhies appeared on Mark-Paul's short lived NBC game show Brains and Brawn. Between that date and the repeat airing on September 7, 1993 the show was retitled and the opening re-shot.

      • Slater claims he's never been pinned before. But he got pinned in the episode of "Saved by the Bell: Slater's Sister."

      • According to the last episode of SBTB, the gang all seem to be going to different colleges. Like Zack, for one was going to Yale, not Cal U.

    • QUOTES (12)

      • Zack: Well, this sure is a week of firsts. My first week of college, first Saturday night alone, first time I didn't get the girl. Well, since there's nothing else to do, may as well add one more first to the list. First weekend night I'm ever...going to study. (starts to read) Naah, I don't think so! (throws the book over his shoulder)

      • Danielle: Hey Screech, we should go, the movie starts in ten minutes.
        Alex: Yeah, and we have to get there early because I can't see in the first ten rows, and I really can't hear in the last ten rows, you know where's good? The middle is good, on that right side, you just...
        Danielle: Alex! By the time you stop talking the movie will be in video stores!

      • Zack: How much does this job pay again?
        Slater: Four-fifty an hour.
        Zack: Ah, great. At this rate, I'll have it paid off by spring break...of my junior year.

      • Screech: Nothing. He made me promise I wouldn't tell you. Go ahead, torture me, I wouldn't tell you even if you poured molten lava down my pants!
        Zack: Screech, you're about two seconds away from a noogie.
        Screech: Okay, okay, I give!

      • Mike: Now, the way I see it, you've got three choices.
        Screech: Can I buy a vowel?

      • Alex: Of course I don't eat cake because it has sugar. You ever notice people that eat sugar? They just talk and talk and talk and talk, they never shut up. Me, I'm just a less...
        Zack: Alex! Are you related to that Energizer Bunny?

      • Zack: When can I buy you dinner?
        Leslie: Right now! (she hands him the check) Thanks! I had a great time. (she leaves)

      • Zack: Why, hello ladies! Did you miss me?
        Leslie: As much as I miss my acne.

      • Screech: So, you're kind of like our mom!
        Mike: Your mom? Did your mom play linebacker for the 49'ers?
        Screech: Well she tried to, but she was cut.

      • Mike: Hi, I'm Mr. Rogers.
        Screech: Oh, I watch you every morning. You're a lot bigger in person.

      • Screech: I know, I know, I was supposed to be in 318, but I pulled some strings. Aren't you proud of me, Zack?
        Zack: Uh-huh.
        Screech: The three musketeers, back together again!
        Slater: Well, at least we'll never run out of nasal spray.

      • Leslie: What are you doing on my bed?
        Zack: Your bed? Oh, this is one lucky piece of furniture.

    • NOTES (9)

      • This episode was videotaped on April 25, 1993.

      • This is the only episode of Saved by the Bell: The College Years that Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly) does not appear in.

      • During the end credits they play a blooper reel that included takes that didn't make the final cut. This trend started with this episode and continued throughout the series. It was different from the end credits of the original series.

      • Bob Golic was a professional football player. Although he did not play for the San Francisco 49ers (the team mentioned in this episode), he did play for The New England Patriots (1979-1981); The Cleveland Browns (1982-1988); and the Los Angeles Raiders (1989-1992).

      • At the end of the episode Zack claims that this was the first time he didn't get the girl. However, this is hardly true, as there were definitely times in the past in which Zack didn't get the girl, including but not limited to Heather in "S.A.T.'s" and Joanna in "The Fight".

      • When Mike walks into the dorm, Screech says, "It's Ohio, and it talks!" Bob Golic (Mike Rogers) is from Cleveland, Ohio.

      • This episode aired in America on the same night as the Saved by the Bell graduation episode.

      • This is the only episode that Essence Atkins appears in.

      • Zack has grown his hair longer. Also Kelly, when we see her, has cut her hair short.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • When Mike Rogers introduces himself to the suite-mates, Screech says that he looks bigger than on TV. This is an allusion to the Fred Rogers children's TV series titled, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. It was shown on PBS.

      • In response to Mr. Rogers, Screech asks to buy a vowel. This is an allusion to the long-running game show titled, Wheel of Fortune. Vanna White turns the letters and Pat Sajak 'sells' the vowels.

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