Saved by the Bell

Season 2 Episode 12

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Nov 23, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Looking for a way to make a quick buck, Slater and Zack have Screech dress up as an alien from outer space to trick a tabloid.

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  • Predictable.

    This episode you could say was funny at some points but still could never happen in real life. It all starts with a brokien camera, I loved the intro skit by the way, with the aline sucking out Jessie's brains, anyways they trick a tabloid, making them think Screech is an alien. You must be stupid to think that Screeech were to be an alien, especially a government agent from the CIA. The only really funny part is when the gvernment agent is in Belding's office and messes everything up. Oh well, I guess a mediocre plot, with okay punchlines. Okay episode.moreless
  • Warning: Contains spoilers.

    This episode was one of the first episodes I've seen for the series Saved By the Bell, and this is one of those episodes that got me hooked on the series like it was something terrible. This episode was hilarious, and it can teach you a lesson in the end like some episodes of the series can, too. This lesson might be, don't lie for money. But, I don't really know what the lesson is.

    Zack finds out he can make money by sending a picture of an extra terrestrial to a tabloid, so he makes Screech dress up as an extra terrestrial. When the man in the tabloid who is actually a government worker of some sort wants to see Screech, or the alien in person, Zack is forced to have Screech dress up so the lie won't be much a lie anymore. But, things go wrong when he figures things out. This will end up having Mr. Belding help.

    This episode was hilarious, and this can be a great episode to leave a first impression of the series if this is your first time watching the series.moreless
Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen

Kelly Kapowski

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Zachary "Zack" Morris

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond

Samuel 'Screech' Powers

Elizabeth Berkley

Elizabeth Berkley

Jessica 'Jessie' Murtle Spano

Lark Voorhies

Lark Voorhies

Lisa Turtle

Dennis Haskins

Dennis Haskins

Mr. Richard Belding

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Jessie's hair is much darker than normal. Probably because it was dyed earlier when she was in disguise as "Maria Tortilla."

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Max mentions the Mork and Mindy. Mork and Mindy was a show that ran between 1978 and 1982. It was a spin off from the series, Happy Days. Mork and Mindy starred Robin Williams and Pam Dawber.

    • Max mentions that his uncle was his favorite Martian. This is an allusion to the TV series, My Favorite Martian. My Favorite Martian aired on CBS from September 29, 1963 to September 4, 1966 for 107 episodes. The show starred Ray Walston as Uncle Martin (the Martian) and Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara.

    • When Lt. Thompson meets Screech, the alien, he raises his hand and separates his middle fingers. This is an allusion to a greeting used by Mr. Spock in the TV series, Star Trek. When he used this hand greeting, Mr. Spock would say, "Live long and prosper."

    • 'Pee-Wee Herman' was the character portrayed by comedian Paul Reubens, best known for the children's television show 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse' and two big screen features, 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' and 'Big Top Pee-Wee'. The laugh Jessie does immediately following mentioning him is Pee-Wee's trademark laugh.

    • Title pun: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which refers both to the classic movie and the actual term for a face-to-face encounter with an extraterrestrial.

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