Saved by the Bell

Season 1 Episode 3

The Gift

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 08, 1989 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Mr. Belding shows Mr. Testeverde the questions that he had, Mr. Testeverde says "Those are not the questions to the exam," which would mean that none of the 3 questions mentioned were the test questions. Yet, when Mr. Testeverde reads his questions, one of the questions is one of the questions Mr. Belding stated earlier.

      The question is "Discuss the three steps taken by the Second Continental Congress."

    • In the scene where Slater bets his bomber jacket, the German voice on the radio sounds like it says, "Diese ist Hans. Wo bist du, Elvis?" (This is Hans. Where are you, Elvis?) A witty payoff to Zack's earlier signing off in his room.

    • Goof: Slater tells Zack that his grade on the midterm was a F-. In school grading systems the lowest you can get is a F. There is no F+ or F-.

      Edit: This is intentional. It's an exaggeration to show that an F wasn't low enough and Testeverte created a grade even lower to make a point.

  • Quotes

    • Lisa: Zack Morris, don't mention that man's name!
      Zack: You mean T--
      (Lisa covers Zack's mouth with her hand, and then removes it sighing)
      Lisa: Zack, I'm a nervous wreck. When I'm nervous I eat. Have a donut.
      (offers him the box, then pulls it back)
      Lisa: No, I need it!

    • Slater: Now we come to Zack Morris. (taps the Stick to the piece of paper to Zack's name) F MINUS, For scamming! We'll Zack, say you've lost the bet there Slave! You can give me back my jacket and you can use your cellular phone to order me a pizza. And then, you can start to get to work on this list.

    • Screech: Zack, I got an A.
      Zack: Hey, Screech, how'd you do that?
      Screech: Well, I was seeing so many pictures, I just stayed up all night and went over everything.
      Zack: Ohh, you cheated! You studied!

    • Jessie: Lisa, what is that funny looking letter next to my name?
      Lisa: It's a Q, Jessie.
      Jessie: No, really, really, I can take it. Whatever I got, I deserved. For the first time in my life, I took the easy way out. I'm prepared to face the consequences.
      Lisa: It's a B, Jessie.
      (Jessie faints)

    • Mr. Belding: But what kind of devious creature would make two fake phone calls?
      (Zack's cell phone rings and Belding picks it up)
      Mr. Belding: Zack can't come to the phone right now. He's on his way to pick up his season tickets to detention. If you'd like to leave a message, please wait for the beep.
      Zack: Beep.

    • Mr. Belding: Now, where was I?
      Screech: You were about to say no one has the power to see the future.
      Mr. Belding: Right, Screech, no one has the power to see the future!
      Screech: Oops, I'll pick them up!
      Mr. Belding: Pick what up? (knocks over pencil holder) Uh... Screech, I'm just curious. My mother-in-law is staying with us indefinitely. By any chance, can you tell me--
      Screech: She'll be gone by Tuesday.
      Mr. Belding: ALRIGHT!

    • Mr. Belding: Screech, your mother called and told me about lightning hitting you. Now, I just want to make sure you're doing alright. Tell me--
      Screech: 8:30 last night.
      Mr. Belding: ...when exactly were you struck by lightning? 8:30?
      Screech: Yeah.
      Mr. Belding: Are there any--
      Screech: One.
      Mr. Belding: ...side effects? Did you say one?
      Screech: Yeah, but it's a secret. I'm not supposed to tell anyone that I can see the future.
      Mr. Belding: See the future? Screech, that's--
      Screech: Preposterous?
      Mr. Belding: Right.

    • Jessie: You know, you guys, I just remembered, there was one time that I did not get an A. I was in the fourth grade, Mr. Simmons had a nervous breakdown and gave the entire class L's and Q's.
      Kelly: Why is getting an A so important to you?
      Jessie: It's not important. Alright, it is, I know it shouldn't be, but I just can't help myself. It's my whole identity.
      Kelly: What are you talking about?
      Jessie: Will you stop hollering at me? Everyone's gotta be something, right? She's the fashionable one, you're the popular one and, who am I?
      Kelly: The wacko one.

    • Nerd #1: It's my pocket protector!
      Nerd #2: No, it's mine!
      Nerd #1: You give it back or I'll tell!

    • Zack: The three worst things that can happen to a kid are measles, mumps, and midterms. I'd rather study measles and mumps.

  • Notes

    • Guest star John Moschitta who plays a fast-talking teacher in this episode, has held the Guiness record for the world's fastest talker. He's also done cartoon characters, as both fast and non-fast talkers, and helped create games for TV and toy companies.

    • This episode aired on primetime on a Friday night as a great way to welcome the series to its permanent Saturday morning timeslot.

    • This is Testevarde's first appearance in the show, he shows up sparingly throughout the series as a member of staff. Also, this is the first episode in which Jessie's smoking pen debuted. Apparently it was going to be in a lot more episodes, but due to the cost of minute smokepacks which the pencil needed, it was scrapped.

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