The quartet also reconnects with the aforementioned Parisian fashionista, who is on FaceTime just long enough to make her selfish friends feel bad for forgetting that they all attended Bayside with principal “Ron Ron” Toddman (who is screened in green in several flashbacks from the original series, including scenes from the Season 3 classic “No Hope with Dope”).
As for Screech, his distant whereabouts are revealed during a conversation between Slater and Jessie. At one point, Slater mentions that Screech and his robot Kevin (remember Kevin?) Currently reside on the International Space Station, which currently revolves 248 miles above Earth. So yes, he couldn’t do it.
You had to expect to ditch Screech from the franchise. In 2009, portrait painter Dustin Diamond published a book titled Behind the bell, which included sordid details about her co-stars taking drugs and using drugs while filming the NBC sitcom. It would ultimately serve as the source material for Lifetime’s 2014 made-for-television film, The unauthorized saved by Bell history. (In 2016, Diamond appeared on Dr Oz and apologized for Behind the Bell, alleging that a ghostwriter wrote the tell-all on his behalf.)
There’s also the fact that in 2015, Diamond was sentenced to four months in prison for stabbing a man in a Wisconsin bar. He served a three-month sentence, walked out in good behavior, then broke his parole and served two more days in prison.
And who can forget that in 2006 Diamond released the infamous sex tape Screeched: saved by the smell? («Zoinks!»)In addition to the Screech benchmark, the big reunion blesses us with an impromptu performance by Zack Attack from “Friends Forever”. After the band is cut off by Toddman, who isn’t quite sure what’s going on, Zack realizes the band has only ever been famous in a rock argument he imagined. And for all Jessie / Slater senders, Kelly is making Jessie understand that her high school sweetheart is still very much in love with her, which she hasn’t realized until now.
What did you think about Saved by the Bellgreat homecoming episode? Were you happy with their choice to write around Screech, or are you still hoping for a Dustin Diamond appearance in a potential Season 2?