So I owe someone in middle school an apology, it turns out Bayside High is a real place, and Jimmy Fallon was a student there. For no other reason other than because he can, Fallon hosted an ad hoc class reunion of the gang from Saved by the Bell on NBC‘s The Tonight Show. I believe this has been a proverbial bee in Fallon’s bonnet for a while, dating back to his days hosting Late Night. So now, either because the stars alligned or because nobody could think of a good enough excuse to get out it, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley all joined Jimmy for a little reminiscing about the good old days at Bayside.
Behold, the horror of the early 1990s!
Wait a minute, that was only two-thirds of a Saved by the Bell reuinion (Dennis Haskins‘ Mr. Belding excluded). Where the hell was Lisa and Screetch. Funny story. You might recall that Dustin Diamond wrote a crappy tell-all about SBTB and then sold it to Lifetime to be turned into a crappy movie-of-the-week. And then he moved to Wisconsin when, last December, we has arrested for second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. He was in court a couple of weeks ago, pleading not guilty to the charges, be he also had his bail amount reduced to $5,000, which is nice. I’m guessing none of his former castmates wanted to risk the chance of being left alone with Screetch right now.
The current whereabouts of Lark Voorhies, who supposedly has mental health issues, is not known. I’m not sure what she’s so ashamed about, Mario Lopez has had to make a career in info-tainment and reality television.
Admittedly some of those gags are pretty good, especially the bit where Fallon ambitious (and prophetically) looks to the day he might be able to go out on a date with Nicole Kidman, and “Zack” jokes that such an incident would be akin to “Jessie” becomg a stripper. (The look on Berkley’s face is priceless, clearly she’s taking Repressall for those years after Showgirls.) While we are at it let’s salute the Tonight Show art department for it’s quite seamless recreation of Bayside, and the costume department for really nailing those lost 90s fashions. (Plus, a second kudos to costumes for finding acid wash stripper pants.)
It’s nice that Jimmy Fallon got to live out his bizarre and frankly messed up dream to be on Saved By the Bell, but what’s he going to do for an encore? Stage the Saved By the Bell: The College Years graduation we never got? Somehow re-unite everyone that was ever a cast member on Saved By the Bell: The New Class? Actually, that would be impressive. Anyhoo…
What did you Bastards think of the Saved By the Bell reunion: too awesome for words of much ado about nothing?