Saved by the Bell: The New Class

Season 3 Episode 4

What's the Problem

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 16, 1995 on NBC
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What's the Problem
Lindsay is nominated for Homecoming Queen, and so is Maria, even though she really doesn't want it, but she soon becomes competitive. Mr. B asks Rachel to help tutor star football player Todd Green to keep him eligible. She finds that Todd can grasp things she tells him very well, but he has great difficulty reading. An attraction develops between Todd and Rachel. Meanwhile, the Homecoming Queen campaign has gotten heated with Ryan and Tommy working for Lindsay and R.J. becoming Maria's manager. The campaign gets dirty when Maria is accused of being a Valley High "traitor." Todd fails to complete the test he's been studying for. Rachel tells Mr. B. about Todd's problems. The principal suspects Todd might have a form of dyslexia. Todd is mad at Rachel at first but things get straightened out and Todd passes a verbal makeup test. Lindsay and Maria stop the dirty campaigning and vow that whoever wins will give the crown to the other girl. Who wins? Rachel, as a write-in!moreless

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  • Rachel tutors the star football player so that he can pass and play in the game against rival Valley. Lindsey and Maria battle it out for Homecoming Queen. And Screech loses the crown and goes through great measures trying to find it.moreless

    The episode opens up with Belding asking Rachel to help out a Bayside football star named Todd. He needs to pass his upcoming test or he wont be able to play in the upcoming rival game versus Valley. At first he seems like he has everything down pat when they go over the work at The Max but when it comes to reading and writing (test taking for example) he fails miserably. Rachel notices this and goes to Belding who comes to the conclusion that Todd has dyslexia which is a learning disorder in which he reads words and letters differently then the average person. He fails his first attempt at the test but is given a second chance once his dyslexia is learned of. He passes in flying colors and is able to play in the Valley game. The second plot has to do with Lindsey and Maria competing for homecoming queen. Maria at first bullys students into voting for her until RJ tells her to go for a more subtle approach. She starts handing out mini hot dogs to garner more votes. Lindsey on the other hand has Tommy D.U.M.B. and Ryan on her side. Tommy dumb ass does nothing but mess up trying to get votes for Lindsey. Ryan on the other hand starts rumors about Maria being a Valley spy and even goes as far as to taint her mini hot dogs in an attempt to make it seem like she did it on purpose. It works and Maria unknowingly starts to catch flack from her fellow students...LOL. In the end Rachel wins Homecoming Queen as a write-in candidate as the students recognized what a great job she did in helping out Todd. She ends up sharing the Queen's dance with Todd.

    The third and final plot was Scratch losing the Homecoming Queens crown. He keeps on hiding it in different spots until he actually forgets where he hid it. He finally spots in on the janitors head during the dance and plays it off like it was planned that way. Once again another stupid ass plot involving Scratch.

    All in all it was an above average episode that highlighted the realistic facts about dyslexia and that there are people out there with it and that they shouldnt be treated any differently. I thought Rachel winning the Homecoming Queen was a fitting end and the best person to win it as Lindsey and Maria were nothing but bickering beotch's the entire episode.moreless
Bianca Lawson

Bianca Lawson

Megan Jones (seasons 1-2)

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond

Samuel "Screech" Powers (seasons 2-7)

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Rachel Meyers (seasons 2-4)

Samantha Becker

Samantha Becker

Maria Lopez (seasons 3-7)

Richard Lee Jackson

Richard Lee Jackson

Ryan Parker (Seasons 3-5)

Dennis Haskins

Dennis Haskins

Principal Richard Belding

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    • Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that manifests primarily as a difficulty with written language, particularly with reading and spelling. It is separate and distinct from reading difficulties resulting from other causes, such as a non-neurological deficiency with vision or hearing, or from poor or inadequate reading instruction.