Saved by the Bell

Season 3 Episode 17


Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Nov 16, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jessie's chances of getting into the college of heir choice are hurt when she scores 1200 on her SATs, while Zach scores 1502.

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  • The S.A.T.'s roll around and the gang prepare in their own ways to take the test. What they werent prepared for though is that when the scores are revealed, the word shocking would be an understatement. Zack gets the highest score to everyones shock.moreless

    The episode begins with the gang and their classmates taking the S.A.T.'s. Fast forward to a few weeks later and they all gather at The Max to reveal their scores. While at The Max they see James who went from failed actor to waiter. Zack shows that he can care less about his score and has Screech do the honor of opening his test score envelope. To everyones shock and amazement, Zack scored a 1502 (with 1600 being the highest possible score). Jessie scored a 1205 which is still good but didnt fulfill her expectations, especially with Zacks unexpected flash of brilliance. Belding sees this as an oppurtunity to challenge Zack and sets him up in all hard level classes feeling that he hadnt pushed Zack enough in the past to Zacks dismay.

    Because of the S.A.T.'s there are college representatives from different schools in the gym and this is when the real fun begins. Jessie is bent on getting into a school named Stansbury (IMO a Stanford ripoff). Just when shes about to sit down to talk to the representative named Helen, Belding has Zack cut the line and hypes him and his score up to Helen who pretty much says hes all but in based on his score. Belding also compliments Jessies accolades to Helen but once she discovers she "only" got a 1205 she owns her and basically brushes her off saying that theres plenty of other schools that would be perfect for her. Pure comedy IMO...LOL. The next ownage by Helen is when she visits The Max. Everyone thinks its for her to reconsider Jessie but in turn she wanted to talk about Slater joining the football team and even offers him a scholorship eventhough he only got a 1050 on his S.A.T.'s. Jessie at this point bugs out beyond belief and even gets detention for the first time in her life. This is when Zack thinks up a scheme which involes James playing a representative from Harvard and puts his booth right next to Stansburys. Anybody that apporached his booth would get thrown out with the quickness unless they were named Jessica Spano. The trick named Helen overhears the praise Spano is getting and reconsiders her offer and invites Jessie to Stansbury. Jessie seeing that Helen only now wants her cause Harvard did denies the offer along with Slater and the trick named Helen is left speechless. The last act James plays is the head of the S.A.T. board and basically convinces Belding to lighten up on the heavy workload he had been giving to Zack in which Belding obliges.

    All in all i enjoyed this episodes because it really showed that the gang will always look after each other in a time of crisis. Also the two part acting job done by James was priceless. My two favorite moments of the episode though would have to be Jessies reactions after getting owned two differnt times by Helen (The Stansbury representative), once at the booth and the other with Slater at The Max...Priceless.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 (4)

    • In addition to Mrs. Billingham offering Slater a football scholarship to go to Stansbury, he mentions he was going to be offered a car to go to Stansbury as well. Someone should tell Mrs. Billingham that bribes like a new car are in violation of NCAA rules.

    • Heather, then Kelly, then Heather's boyfriend Robert knock on Zack's bedroom door. It'd make more sense for Zack to greet them at the entrance to the house.

    • During the scene in Belding's office, watch Zack as he tries hard not to laugh at James.

    • Slater is offered an athletic scholarship to Stansbury for football. However, wouldn't it have made more sense for the scholarship to have been for wrestling? While it was mentioned once or twice that Slater played football, wrestling was the sport most commonly mentioned for Slater. In fact it was one of the rare consistencies on the show!

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jessie: Ms. Billingham, is the only reason you now want me is because Harvard wants me, too?
      Billingham: Well, Ms. Spano, we are the "Harvard of the West."
      Jessie: Well Ms. Billingham, thanks, but no thanks. If Stansbury is that hypocritical, then they'll just have to do without Jessica Spano.
      Slater: AND, without A.C. Slater.
      Kelly: AND, it's Stansbury's loss!
      Screech: Do you have any brochures I can look at, so I--- (Kelly yanks him by the collar)

    • (After Heather's boyfriend shows up at Zack's room)
      Zack: This is terrible! The S.A.Ts are ruining my life! She only wants me for my mind!

    • Jessie: James, is that you?
      James: No, Jessie, it's not.

    • Zack: Wow, Belding was right, this test is important for my future. Who is that great-looking girl over there?

    • Slater: (to himself) All right, concentrate Slater, CONCENTRATE! How can I concentrate? I'm starving! I only had four Twinkies and a box of Ding-Dongs for breakfast!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Here are everybody's SAT scores: Screech-1220. Kelly-1100. Lisa-1140. Slater-1050. Zack-1502. Jessie-1205.

    • On April 26th, 2005, this episode had a rerun on TBS. It is ironic that it occurred on this date because the day before, the results of testing with a modified SAT were released. Over 100 people had gotten perfect scores on the new test.

    • This marks the second and final appearance of James played by Mark Blankfield in Saved by the Bell. The star and his character would return for Saved by the Bell: The New Class, where, ironically, he was only in two episodes also.