Saved by the Bell

Season 4 Episode 27

Graduation

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Aired Saturday 11:00 AM May 22, 1993 on NBC
9.0
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It's the final days of school, and Zack needs to get a few more credit points in order to attend graduation so he has to take part in the ballet to get those last few points while Jessie longs to be valedictorian but it's actually Screech who gets the honor.moreless

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  • saved by the bell

    10
    Great show
  • Drama at Bayside.

    9.0
    The series finale of the classic, Saved By The Bell. Which is really sad but still this was the perfect way to end the series not like other shows where there's no closure, but this episode definitely is worth a series finale. The only thing I didn't like is that they caked it with drama. Like Lisa being upset with Jessie, Screech walking out on Belding. Zack may not graduate. They should of ended it happy. Oh well, still good. Where's Tori? She deserved to be in this episode. Anyways I liked how it all worked out in the end. A great way to end a series.moreless
  • The end is near for The Bayside Class of '93. As usual there are some unexpected circumstances that occur that might not let one of the original members of the gang graduate.moreless

    9.7
    The episode starts off with the gang gathering at The Max after taking their last final to reminisce about all of the times theyve had together at Bayside. The jubilation soon turns to grief however as Belding calls Zack into his office and tells him that he is one credit short of graduating. With all the other classes already over the only way for him to earn that credit is to participate and peform in the schools ballet recital. After pulling a few strings he gains entry into the class even though he knows absolutely nothing when it comes to ballet. Just when it seems like hes getting the hang of it, all the other nerds in the play get sick and drop out, thus ending any hopes of the play going on and killing any hope Zack had for that extra credit he needed to graduate. Zack convinces his reluctant male friends (Slater and Screech) to fill in the vacated roles which they oblige. The play goes on and although it had its ups and downs, in the end it was a success thus giving Zack the one credit he needed to graduate. After the play all the gang (minus Zack) are sad that these are their last moments at Bayside. Zack on the other hand tries the tough guy approach on some "cant wait to bust out of this joint for good."



    Fast foward to the graduation ceromony. Jessie was all hyped up about being Validictorian. Although she thinks she won it fair and square she was wrong. It turned out that Screech had a higher GPA but knew how much it meant to Jessie so he turned it down so Jessie could have it. Jessie finds this out and during her speech hands the reigns over to Screech, the real Validictorian. As we all know he sucks with speeches so he gives the microphone to Zack. Zack gives props to all his friends and in the end realizes that he is going to miss Bayside more then anyone and that he was putting up a front with his earlier tough guy approach.



    The diploma giveaway ceremony was emotional as Belding handed each student their diplomas one by one. Zack got his last and after exchanging a few heartfelt words the two of them share a hug which was an awesome gesture IMO. The episode ends with Zack saying that he finally finished high school and he tosses his graduation cap up in the air as do the other students which concludes this chapter in Saved By The Bell history.moreless
  • The end of the classic Saved by the bell...the spin off didn't hold a candel to the original

    8.8
    This is the final episode of the original series. It end great. kinda funny how zack couldn't graduate and had to take a ballet class, or at least participate in a ballet. Schreech was the valivictorian but gave it jessie and eventually Zack gave a speaches. It was a sad episode but the one great thing was that it was the original cast. The whole torri replacing kelly and jessie was kinda dumb so i'm glad they brought it back to the orignal people. Overall a good way to end it. its funny to think how it started as good morning miss bliss and changed to one of the best shows out there.moreless
  • True to form...Samual gives Jessie a chance to graduate on top. Zack cannot earn a diploma without cheating. Lisa is still gabbing. Kelly was always too pretty to think. AC just had to flex.moreless

    7.0
    The series ended the way the series lasted...silly, but fun. That is why we are still whatching it now. The six main characters give us something to relate to. Whether we were the "brains" the "jocks", the "nerds", the "fashion "plates"...there is one of each. It was nice for the main cast to perform one more group gag...the ballet. It was also nice ti give the back ground nerds names. It was too bad that the teachers were not given a final farewell. There were certainly some funny characters. The seating arrangement during the graduation ceremony was odd, though. Jessie sat separately from everyone else...even after she admitted that she was not the best.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

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: There's no applause coming from the audience as Mr. Belding is calling off the names of the graduates.

    • We learn that Screech was the only one who actually intended to go to Cal/"California U" as per the College Years ("I'll be at Cal without a pal!"). Zack and Slater apparently change their minds, and Kelly transfers last minute.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Zack: How about that? I actually graduated high school! (jumps off the stage) Right here guys! (graduation caps go flying into the air)

    • (After Lisa kisses Screech)
      Screech: I'm so happy. I'm so sad. I don't know what I am.
      Slater: That's too tough to figure out now.

    • Jessie: Lisa, I thought you didn't like him. Why did you kiss him?
      Lisa: I'm gonna miss him, he's a decent guy.
      Jessie: Lisa, he once got dressed, and THEN took a shower. He may be decent, but he's still a dorky guy.
      Lisa: Well, if it wasn't for that "dorky guy," you wouldn't be valedictorian! Ohhhh......
      Jessie: Valedictorian? What do you mean?
      Lisa: Forget it. I promised not to tell.
      Jessie: Lisa! I have to know! How did he make me valedictorian?
      Lisa: Alright. Screech's average was higher than yours, but he told Mr. Belding to let you be valedictorian because it meant so much to you. This sure would be a much better world if there were more dorky guys, don't you think?

    • Slater: Okay, here's the letterman's jacket we promised you, and thanks again Pete for dropping out of the play.
      Pete: No problem, I got extra credit from my Spanish cooking class.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mark Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, and Dustin Diamond are the only three cast members to appear in all 87 episodes and TV specials throughout the series. This also marks the 100th regular episode in which Dustin and Mark-Paul appear as Zack and Screech. Both originally played the parts on Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which airs in sydication under the Saved by the Bell title.

    • Actually the original and first-run airdate of this episode was 12-05-92 on Saturday morning. Then instead of repeating on Saturday morning, it repeated on primetime prior to the series premiere of Saved by the Bell: The College Years where Zack, Slater, and Screech starred as college students.

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