Saved by the Bell

Season 1 Episode 2

The Lisa Card

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Aug 28, 1989 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Lisa does well at school she is given the use of her dad's credit card which she goes overboard with, so her and her friends think up ways of making some money to help pay it off.

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  • Not as good as the last one

    This episode was good, but not as good as "Dancing to the Max."
  • Lisa is a shopaholic.

    This episode was pretty much unoriginal, every sitcom dealing with teenagers have used this plot, not very creative I don't think, but they took this episode pretty far, Lisa kissing nerd, selling her clothes, and getting a job which soon Kelly will be wearing that waitress outfit. I think everyone pretty much saw this episode coming, Lisa overdoes it. I do like how her friends stuck with her even things turned out wrong, they meant well. The dad was so understanding as well, that was so weird, if my dad caught me doing that, he would kill me, a great episode but unoriginal plot.moreless
  • Not so great. But good.

    Bad acting. Well, some good acting, but some bad acting. A lot of it I could just tell that they were didn't seem real. When they're telling Lisa what she should do...Zack seemed to be the only one to be believable. They all looked like they were faking it to me. I liked Zack's character in this a lot. He seems a lot more real to me than the others. And getting a job as fast a Lisa got a job...yeah, right. And keeping it when she's doing that horrible...not so likely. I did enjoy the ending with the "Lisa Card". The lockers opening similtaniously was cool.

    But overall not that great of an episode.moreless
  • The Lisa Card, don't leave home **WITH** it. Warning: Contains spoilers.

    Lisa, oh Lisa. A character you just love to love, especially Screech. She gets straight A's, she has lots of friends, and she's funny. This episode is all about her, and her friends. This is one of those episodes. This also contains Zack's hilarious schemes. Although, this episode isn't the best, it has been a funny episode and worth watching.

    Lisa's gift for getting A's is a credit card, and she used it to spend over $300. Now, she has to try many things to pay for it before her father finds out. She would take the stuff back to the store, but she couldn't. So, now it's up to Zack and her friends to take back the stuff before it's too late.

    This episode was great, and interesting to watch, but it didn't have the humor of Zack and others that I hoped to find. This episode was the first Saved By The Bell episode about getting in trouble, but in the end you learn a lesson. While the other Saved By The Bell episodes gives you humor and the characters having a lot of fun, there are these tearjerking episodes. This episode didn't make me cry, though. I'm not sure if any episode has made me cry, or anything on television. This episode didn't even make me about to cry like some things I see on television, but it did make me enjoy the episode.

    I recommend this episode. This episode is not good for a first impression episode, but it is quite good.moreless
  • Lisa like to buy she has to sell it

    Ok so this is another one of those old school classic episodes. Lisa get her dads credit card and goes crazy spending to much. Zack being the schemer that he is comes up with a plan to sell lisa's stuff to help her get the money. So he rigs up the lockers to open by remote and reveal her stuff. I'm sorry this is just classic saved by the bell though. I wonder how he rigged these lockers. i wondered how they got into other peoples lockers. anyways it was funny and a classic moment. And then the classic zack monolouge at the end with him saying...the Lisa card don't leave home WITH it...classicmoreless
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

Carol Lawrence

Carol Lawrence

Mrs. Wentworth

Guest Star

Bryan Dattilo

Bryan Dattilo

David Miller

Guest Star

Henry Brown

Henry Brown

Dr. Turttle

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Lisa's last name is Turtle throughout the series, but in the last scene of this episode, Zack addresses her father as "Dr. Turtlelay." 

    • When Slater tries to stop Mr. Belding from leaving his office during the clothing sale, Mr. Belding opens his office door but is then shown entering the hallway from the opposite end of the set.

    • It seems very unlikely that anyone would have tipped Lisa considering that she and the gang weren't allowing any of the customers to actually eat their food before clearing their tables.

    • Nitpick: When Lisa drops the tray, Max picks it up and says he velcroed the food to the tray. Everything is perfectly in place. Exactly how do you velcro burgers, fries, and drinks to a tray?

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Zack: This looks like a job for, Zack-man.

    • Lisa: You think I went overboard?
      Zack: Like the crew of the Titanic.

    • Zack: The moral of the story, gang. Well, it's simple; (Zack shows a credit card with the name Lisa on it) The Lisa Card, don't leave home WITH it.

    • Zack: Screech even sold his body to science.
      Jessie: Yeah, they gave him twenty dollars to take it back.

    • Kid: Miss, this isn't what I ordered. You were supposed to toast my buns!
      Lisa: You want toasted buns? Go sit on a microwave!

    • Lisa: I'm sorry, Max.
      Max: That's okay. It's only the third tray you've dropped. Don't worry about it.

    • Zack: How's she doing? Let me put it another way. If Lisa were a car, she'd be recalled.

    • Zack: We only made $53 selling Lisa's clothes. So, she had to do the most humiliating, insulting, degrading thing possible for her; get a job.

    • Slater: I'm confused, sir. You know, maybe I'm just trying too hard to get girls to like me.
      Mr. Belding: Hey, now I can identify with that. This may come as a surprise to you, but when I was your age, I wasn't... well, you know... the hunk I am now!
      Slater: I can't believe this, sir! No, I thought you were Stud City!
      Mr. Belding: Everybody thinks that!

    • Zack: ... Kelly got B's, and her parents got her ice cream... (looks at report card) I haven't figure out WHAT to buy my parents yet!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Zack: (Zack shows a credit card with the name Lisa on it) The Lisa Card, don't leave home WITH it!

      This is a play on the slogan of the American Express Card: Don't leave home without it! And the logo on the Lisa card is similar to that of the Visa card the real-life credit card company.

    • Zack: This looks like a job for, Zack-man!

      This is a play on Clark Kent's line from comic books and cartoons: This looks like a job for Superman!
      Zack even tears open his shirt to reveal a Z on his chest the same way Clark Kent tears open his shirt to show Superman's S.

    • During the scene that Lisa imagines sharing with her father that she abused the credit card, her father says, "Tell your father, he knows best." This is an allusion to the TV series, Father Knows Best. It was in production between 1954 and 1960. It was in re-runs in the 1960s.

    • The title refers to/puns off of Visa Card, the real-life credit card company.