Saved by the Bell

Season 1 Episode 9

Pinned to the Mat

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Oct 14, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Zack begins to worry after he makes a bet that Slater will win his wrestling match, as Slater has quit wrestling. Screech stands in for him but a man of Screech's stature isn't really built for wrestling and he doesn't do particularly well...

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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 (5)

    • After tasting Slater's cake, Mrs. Cummings comments that she's taking his cake home. But in the next scene at the Max, the gang is scene eating it.

    • There is no concievable reason why Nedick would come to the Max to pressure Slater into wrestling (especially at the behest of Zack) because--as Nedick himself points out a moment later--without Slater to wrestle him, Nedick automatically wins the bet he had against Zack, and Zack's dirt-bike.

    • The fake 'beer belly' that is sticking out of the older wrestler-Slater's shirt is obviously fake: when he turns to the side, you can see that it is clearly over the shirt, not coming out from under it; you can also see the straps to it.

    • In this episode, Kelly decides that she'd like to be either an actress or a housewife. It seems she changes her mind, though, as in a College Years episode a few years later, she tells Zack she is interested in medicine.

    • When Mrs. Cummings is judging the chocolate cakes the students made, she merely tap-dances past those made by most of the students, and only comments on those made by the main characters of the show.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Mrs. Cummings, the Home Economics teacher, sings her song to the tune of Peggy Lee's signature song, 'I'm a Woman'.

    • Mark-Paul Gosselaar was into dirt bikes while this series was being filmed. Zack's desire to ride dirt bikes is a reflection of the actor's.

    • The way that the cooking teacher sings her little song (da-da-da-da-da) sounds very much like the opening music that is heard throughout the series.

    • According to people who were there, this episode took quite a long time to film because Mario Lopez (Slater) insisted on baking the cake himself.


    • During the discussion about careers, the gang mentions Vanna White. She and Pat Sajak co-host the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune.