Saved by the Bell

Season 2 Episode 3

Save the Max

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 22, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Zack and Screech discover the room where Bayside High's radio station, KKTY, was housed. The gang begs to out the station back on air, which had been shut down due to the antics of Richard "The Big Bopper" Belding when he was a student. With Lisa as the local gossip, Screech telling creepy stories, Zach as the main DJ, Jessie reporting the latest news, Kelly hosting "desire hour", and A.C. giving sports, Slater becomes upset because everyone thinks that he's a bad sports announcer, so he quits, but returns when the gang needs him most.moreless

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  • A lot of plot development.

    I really like this episode, very different from the others, it hints that The Max is having money problems in like the middle of the episode when they are worrying about Slater & the radio station. I would of never imagined Belding as a rebel. That seemed unrealistic, it all starts with a radio station but it ends up to be about a fundraiser on saving The Max, and that is what I like to see, plot development. Which this episode had, and they ended up saving The Max with Slater's encouragement. But the weird part is, they never mention the radio station again after this episode.moreless
  • zack and the gang find the old radio station for the school and start it back up again; they use it to get ppl to save the max

    hence the title of the ep lol..but its just the easiest and best way i can think to describe it anyways..this ep was really good and this is the first time we actually hear bout beldings past..ok i wont make u wait here it is...spoiler..belding used to be the dj and apparently he had a thing for authority so he mooned the school boar when they tried to make him do something that he didnt want to do lol..and zack of course being zack uses this to his advantage and gets what he wants by making ppl see how much the max means and try to raise enough money to keep their hang out open..belding gets on board and its a successmoreless
  • Max to the Max!

    Zack and his friends discovered an old school radio station in their school that the principal once used, but they decides to bring it back. But, it doesn't go very well. They discover that Mr. Belding was kicked off the radio when he was the DJ and he responded with mooning the school board. He decides to change and bring the radio back.

    This episode was well written. I enjoyed having Slater actually being the part of an episode, instead of a co-part. These are one of those episodes where the whole team are part of an episode, trying to get something to go good. There wasn't much humor that I've enjoyed, but it still was funny. This episode is also one of those episodes where Screecher acts like a total idiot, unaware of what's going on. Haha, he's awesome. The actor who plays Screecher needs to stop doing stand-up if he didn't.

  • Too inaccurate for a highschool radio station. Broke too many FCC rules and regulations. I should know because I work with a highschool radio station. Most high school DJs actually sound like Slater does on the air, sadly. And no one listens.moreless

    Too inaccurate for a highschool radio station. I should know because I work with a highschool radio station. Broke too many FCC rules and regulations. First off you can't go off the air for like 20 years and come back on without the FCC going WTF. I'm sure their licensing had long sinced expired. I was gonna make a comment about the whole 98 FM thing but it was 1960s when they first started, back when few used FM. And they didn't allocate noncommerical channels. Though I'm surprised a frequency such as that would remain empty for 20 years, especially in CA. Funny how all the equipment was 100% intact.

    Lisa using full names was definately slander and invasion of privacy.

    Doing a remote broadcast isn't easy either. Either they used illegal equipment to sent their signal back to the transmitter or they installed a long wire, which isn't easy.

    Sadly most high school DJs actually sound like Slater does on the air. And no one listens to the radio, sadly not even the students do.

    Funny how they ditch their radio ambitions once they saved the max. No one shut them down...they just stopped. Sad. Colleges KILL for FM frequencies.moreless
  • This is a fine example of why businesses today are going belly up

    What really pissed me off about this episode is that the gang was at the Max and they find out that the max is going to shut down. At the beginning they found a hideout where they can make radio broadcasts from the school and thus the launch of KKTY bayside tiger radio begins. They use it to their advantage to help the max. In the end, they hold a telethon to raise 10,000 dollars to save the max.

    The part that really pisses me off is that if you notice, no one orders anything at the max. How the hell can the max survive if people just go there and hang out. The place is a freaking business. They need to blame themselves for any downfall of the max. The kids must be learned that businesses don't survive without customers. You'll see an occasional milk shake or burger at the max, but most people are not eating. So if the max does ever go belly up, the kids must be taught that it's their fault and if they want to drown in the pacific due to depression, be my guest.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 (3)

    • Mr. Belding agrees to bring back KKTY on the condition that he have the final say on what goes out on the air. That means he should've pulled the plug after Jessie went on and attacked the school board for threatening to close the Max, since her editorial flatly violated that agreement.

    • The photo of Mr. Belding in the old school newspaper is twice said to be on "pages 3 and 4," but pages 3 and 4 in any standard newspaper would appear back to back, not side by side.

    • Goof: Near the end when Zack introduces Screech as Al Bundy, the mic is visible above their heads.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode contains one of the clips for Lisa from the opening credits. The clip is Lisa deejaying a radio.

    • This episode was videotaped on April 01, 1990.

    • This episode contains one of the clips for Mr. Belding from the opening credits. The clip is Mr. Belding looking like a hippie in a flashback sequence hosting a radio show. It was shown because the gang discovered that Belding worked at the radio station at one time.


    • During the conversation in his office with Jessie and Zack, Mr. Belding calls Zack, 'Pinocchio Morse'. This is an allusion to a children's story character Pinocchio. He was a puppet carved from wood. When he lied, his nose grew. Mr. Belding was implying that Zack is a perpetual liar.

    • When Lisa introduces herself on the radio, she says that she is the 'Galloping Gossip.' This is an allusion to the 'Galloping Gourmet'. Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet, is a famous cooking personality who gained fame through his cooking show The Galloping Gourmet.

    • When Zack opens his radio show, he says that is he "Wolfman Zack". There really was a radio personality who used the name,"Wolfman." Robert Weston Smith (1938 - 1995) became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a disc jockey using the stage name of "Wolfman Jack." He was featured in the 1973 movie American Graffiti, directed by George Lucas.

    • Those three guys with Paul McCartney that Screech wonders about are the Beatles--John Lennon, Geroge Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Each had or has had a relatively successful solo career since the Beatles broke up (including, yes, Paul McCartney, both solo and along with his new band 'Wings').

    • 'The Big Bopper' (the name Belding often calls himself, but especially in this episode) is the stage name used by actual 50's rock star Jiles Perry Richardson--best known for his hit "Chantilly Lace"--who died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly.