Saved by the Bell

Season 2 Episode 5

House Party

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Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Oct 06, 1990 on NBC
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  • Screech has the house to himself after his parents go on vacation. Unfortunately things go from bad to worse and the gang tries to find a way to make everything good again, in usual Saved By The Bell fashion, before his parents come back.

    9.1
    The episode starts off with Screechs parents going on vacation for their anniversary. His mom is a big Elvis fan so to no ones surprise she picks Graceland as her vacation destination. Her most prized possession is an Elvis statue who in her words "would die if anything were to ever happen to it." She then says goodbye to the family dog and gives Screech a looooong list of rules to oblige by while shes gone, including no parties. The second plot of this episode revolves around Screechs new love interest, Violet (played by Tori Spelling). Shes currently dating some rich nerdy douchebag named Maxwell who treats her like crap. Its obvious she wants out and wants to be with Screech. Later that night the girls, including Violet whos now a free woman after breaking up with Maxwell, decide to spy on the guys doing their "guy things" at Screechs house. They come upon the guys dancing in basically the most hideous neon colored bedtime attire like boxers and wife beaters...LOL. I mean it was laughable how disgusting the neon looked. The guys catch the girls spying on them and the girls proceed to make fun of the way they were dancing by imitating it. Unfortunately it gets too out of hand and Violet bumps into the prized Elvis statue and it breaks. Screech basically faints thinking that now his life is over and his mom will never trust him again. Luckily for him Lisa finds an exact replica of the statue to replace the broken one but it costs $250. The gang is clueless at first on how to raise the money but then they come across the rich nerdy prag named Maxwell. They set up a poker game with him in hopes of winning the $250 they need to get the statue. Maxwell plays them like suckers and collects all their dough. Down to his last hand Zack looks at the cards and believes they are unbeatable. Unfortunately he doesnt have enough money to keep on betting so he puts up Screechs dog for all of Maxwells chips. Zack did have a great hand but Maxwell had a better one, collects the dog and walks away. Screech almost looked like he had a mental breakdown afterwards and even tries to strangle Zack for losing his dog. Zacks last ditch effort to raise the $250 is to hold a party at Screechs house, charge 10 bucks a head and hopefully raise enough money to cop the statue before Screechs mom comes home.

    The next day Zack and Slater confront Nerdstrom (Maxwell) in hopes of convincing him to give the dog back. The only way he says he will is if he can get a date with Jessie, who is repulsed by him. Through some guilt trip and out of sympathy Jessie agrees to go to the party with him but wants out as soon as the dog is returned. Fast foward to the party. Midway through the party they raise the $250 and Slater hustles to the store to cop the statue. Meanwhile Jessie keeps getting more and more repulsed by being with Maxwell the entire night. Just as it finally looks like things are getting better, Screechs mom unexpectadly comes home early and is shocked when she sees all the people at her house. Zack pulls the slick move of the episode and drops a Happy Anniversary Banner down and plays it like it was a party for her anniversary which she believes. Just then Slater enters with the statue but trips over some luggage and the statue goes flying up into the air. Zack shows off some football skills and makes a nice diving catch just in time to save the day and put the statue back on its mantle. Mrs. Powers throws a little scare saying something was wrong with the statue but it ended up being some petty crap like it was facing the wrong way. After that edge of your seat crap, Screechs moms pumps up the music and the episode ends with everyone dancing and having a good time.

    The liked this episode cause it was the first and only time we see not only Screechs house but we also get to meet his mother too. I enjoy those little subtleties like when we meet some of the casts family members since it doesnt happen that often. Also this was the start of the whole Screech/Violet relationship with the turning point being when Screech kicks Maxwell out of his house and calls Violet "his girl." All in all it was one of those typical Saved By The Bell episodes where you have some comedy, romance, dramedy, etc. which is what makes this show my all-time favorite.
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