- List of Saved by the Bell characters
Below is a list of characters from the TV show Saved by the Bell.
Kelly Kapowski Morris, played by Tiffani Thiessen, was the most popular girl in school and was head cheerleader and captain of the volleyball, swim, and softball teams. Though a good student and role model, Kelly did find herself sentenced to detention on a couple of occasions. She is also a big fan of George Michael. She also was the love interest of lead Zack Morris.
At the start of her freshman year in Saved by the Bell, Zack had been trying to go out with Kelly ever since she can remember. For a while, a feud began between Zack and fellow student A.C. Slater over who would be her boyfriend, which caused her great stress, but a lot of fun at the same time. Kelly blushed numerous times when both Zack and Slater would hit on her, especially when it was done in front of other students. During her sophomore year, Slater conceded defeat to Zack and she and Zack began dating, whereas Slater thereupon pursued his interest in Jessica Spano.
The following school year marked the end of their relationship. Zack wanted to go steady with Kelly, but she wasn't sure at first. She thought it over but by the time she decided to accept Zack's offer, he had become infatuated with a young school nurse. That turned out to be a dead-end, but when he tried to apologize to Kelly and get her back, she brushed him off. However they were back together soon after as evidenced in the following episode ("Breaking Up is Hard to Undo"). Kelly began working at The Max as a waitress and fell for her boss, Jeffrey Hunter (Patrick Muldoon), much to Zack's disappointment. This caused her and Zack to break up. Kelly dated Jeff for a while, until he was caught at an 18-and-over club (The Attic) with another girl.
Subsequently, Kelly and Zack became closer friends, though they dated other people. While vacationing in Palm Springs for Jessie Spano's father's wedding, Zack and Kelly flirted with the possibility of getting together again but ended up remaining friends.
In her senior year, she was once again pursued by Zack to accompany him to the prom. They got back together. As graduation approached, Kelly stated she could not afford to go to an out-of-state university and instead would attend community college. She and her friends graduated from Bayside High in 1993 and went their separate ways.
In Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Kelly was accepted into California University, joining Zack, Slater, and Screech as suitemates. She also became the new roommate of Leslie Burke and Alex Taber. While at Cal U, Kelly engaged in an affair with her anthropology professor, Jeremiah Lasky. Zack makes a final attempt to win her over when she decides to go on a "Semester on the Sea" program through the Mediterranean for three months. Zack proposed to Kelly, and she accepted.
Without much support from their families, Zack and Kelly had planned to get married in Las Vegas in Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas. The couple managed to bring Slater, Screech, and Lisa Turtle with them for the event. Just prior to the exchange of vows at the ceremony at a cheap wedding chapel, Zack's parents showed up and stopped the wedding. They told Zack and Kelly that they would give them the wedding of their dreams. A few days later, Zack and Kelly had an elaborate outdoor wedding in the Las Vegas area. Lisa and Jessie stood as bridesmaids while Screech and Slater stood as groomsmen. The newlyweds then went on a honeymoon.
When Zack and Slater made a joint guest appearance on Saved by the Bell: The New Class a few years later, Slater asked Zack how "the Mrs." (meaning Kelly) was doing, Zack replied, "Good."
Samuel "Screech" Powers
Samuel "Screech" Powers, portrayed by Dustin Diamond, was one of only two characters to remain from the beginning of the franchise until the end. He appeared in Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Screech is seen as the geek of his peer group. Although he is often recognized for his academic abilities, his lack of common-sense and social skills provide frustration within the gang, but also a comic outlet for the show.
In Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Screech is much like he is in all of his other incarnations, only younger. He mentions he has a brother in one episode but as with most of Good Morning, Miss Bliss, this was written out of all subsequent continuity.
In Saved By The Bell, Screech is the only child of an unseen father and an Elvis-obsessed mother (guest star Ruth Buzzi). In addition, he has a hound dog named Hound dog, and a robot pal, named Kevin, whom he built and programmed himself. He often exhibits low self-esteem when it comes to girls, in contrast to his more popular friends.
During his years at Bayside High, Screech frequently pursues fellow classmate Lisa Turtle and is consistently turned down by her. However, she does agree to date him in one episode, only to spoil the date by talking through the movie.
It is revealed in one episode that Screech is of Italian ancestry.
Screech does eventually end up with a girlfriend, Violet Anne Bickerstaff (played by the then unknown Tori Spelling) and dates her for several episodes. Violet is then never seen again, without any explanation.
Screech is frequently roped into scams by his best friend, Zack. As a running gag, he often unwittingly sabotages them.
In spite of all his faults, Screech is well liked by his friends.
Upon graduating, Screech and his friends Zack, Slater and Kelly attend California University in Saved By The Bell: The College Years. Screech remains there until his sophomore year where he begins a work-study program at his alma mater, Bayside High, alongside Principal Richard Belding.
In Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, Screech attends Zack and Kelly's wedding. He served as Zack's best man. This is mentioned in an episode of the New Class, which aired around the time of the movie's release.
From Season 2 in Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Screech is initially in the role as Belding's administrative assistant for a year as part of a work-study program. Screech retains the same bumbling tendencies he did as a teenager, often irritating Belding. However, Screech remains at Bayside in this capacity until the end of the series.
Albert Clifford "A.C." Slater, played by Mario Lopez was a popular jock who excelled in most sports (particularly football and amateur wrestling). Slater is the sexy "jock" of the group. An army brat, he was an outsider, having transferred to Bayside in the first filmed episode (which aired later as a flashback). A.C. mentions that he has been to Bolivia, Italy, Iceland, and Berlin among other places. He becomes the school's star athlete, excelling as a wrestler and the quarterback of the football team, but doesn't excel in the class room.
His father (a Major) appears in two episodes and his mother in one episode, where Zack ruins Slater's date at the cinema by embarrassing him. He also has a younger sister named JB whom Zack briefly began dating, much to his chagrin. In the season 4 episode "Love Machine," his ex-girlfriend from Berlin visits and calls him by his real name, "Albert Clifford". Much like Voorhies, Lopez was able to captivate the show's producers into casting him into a role that was originally written to be Caucasian. This issue of Slater's ethnicity is addressed in an episode from The College Years, where it is revealed that 25 years earlier A.C.'s father changed his last name from Sanchez to Slater so he could get into the military academy. Although the episode reveals that A.C. does not fluently understand Spanish, A.C. is seen speaking broken Spanish to the kitchen staff of the Malibu Sands Beach club.
At the start of freshman year in Saved by the Bell, Slater arrives as a transfer student, immediately making an enemy of Zack Morris by attempting to make a move on Kelly Kapowski. Both boys end up in detention after schemes to be with Kelly backfire on both of them. While in detention, Slater reveals to Zack that he had transferred in and out of various schools throughout his life due to his father Martin being a Major in the army. Their mutual understanding of a father putting something else before his son would serve as the ice breaker between the two (Zack's own father was too busy with his job and never paid attention to him or his academics). By the end of the first season, Zack and Slater find themselves bonding over similar social standing, popularity among women, and athletic ability, each to the others (joking) annoyance. By the second season, their rivalry has all but been forgotten, the duo now the closest of friends. Slater grew into the habit of calling Zack "Preppie" which he at first intended as an ongoing insult. But once they became best friends, Slater used the term as an affectionate nickname for Zack.
The two begin a rivalry (albeit whilst remaining friends) competing for Kelly's love that ends in Sophomore year and Slater goes on to date feminist Jessie Spano on and off for the remainder of High School.
Throughout the course of the show, Slater and Zack compete for many other girls which often puts a strain on their friendship (One instance culminated in a brawl between the two early in Senior Year). In the end though, the friendship is more important to them than any girl that would possibly come between them.
In Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Slater is accepted into California University, along with Zack, Screech, and Kelly as suite mates and begins dating Alex Taber, one of Kelly's roommates. While there, Slater continues his passion for wrestling and works in the University's main restaurant. Along with Screech, Slater serves as Zack's best man at his wedding to Kelly in Las Vegas in Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas. Slater makes two return guest appearances in Saved by the Bell: The New Class, firstly in "Goodbye, Bayside" Part 2, along with Zack and Lisa when a millionaire alumnus J. Walter McMillan plans to buy the school and tear it down for the purpose of constructing a condo, and in "Fire at the Max: Part 2", where he reminisces on fond memories he had with his friends at the diner, after it was accidentally burned down by student Ryan Parker, who failed to turn off the Christmas lights.
Jessica Myrtle "Jessie" Spano, played by Elizabeth Berkley, is a lifelong friend of Zack, Screech, Lisa and Kelly. She and Zack live next door to each other, and Zack regularly visits Jessie by climbing through her window. Her parents are divorced. Presumably, she lives with her mother, who remarried, providing Jessie with a stepbrother (played by Joshua Hoffman, seen in only two episodes). Jessie's father is the owner and manager of the Marriott Desert Sands hotel. He is also remarried, to a much younger woman with whom Jessie did not initially get along. (Jessie's father is played by George McDaniel, and her new stepmother, Leslie, is played by Barbra Brighton).
Jessie is portrayed as a liberal (She critiqued then president George H W Bush), with strong feminist views. She is often the first to speak up when she feels something is unjust. Although seen as intelligent, Jessie has a somewhat neurotic streak. She sometimes has issues with her height due to being one of the taller girls.
Jessie is the class president. In a close election, she initially lost to Zack. However, Zack used underhanded techniques to win the election in order to get a free trip to Washington, D.C. But upon realizing that being class president would be a much better fit for his friend Jessie, Zack stepped down from office, naming Jessie the president. Jessie remains president for the remainder of her time at Bayside.
From sophomore year until the end of the series, Jessie dates athlete A.C. Slater in an apples to oranges relationship, which causes friction between the both of them. Jessie and Slater's relationship is put to the test several times over the course of the series. Jessie also has a brief romantic encounter with Zack when the two are forced to endure a kissing scene in a school play. Additionally, she is involved with one-time character Graham (played by David Kreigel), with whom she spends cut day. (This last encounter ultimately leads to her and Slater's break up).
Most notable is Jessie's struggle with addiction to over-the-counter caffeine pills, in the episode entitled "Jessie's Song." Pressure from school and social obligations, and her desire to be accepted into Stanford University, drive Jessie to take caffeine pills in order to stay awake. Eventually she gets hooked on the pills and has a breakdown as Zack comes to her rescue. This is recognized as one of the show's first "issue episodes."
Another ongoing issue is Jessie's height. She sometimes considers herself to be too tall, and has therefore developed a bit of an insecurity complex, especially when it comes to shorter boys. Additionally, she is known as Jessie "Legs" Spano to some.
In an early episode, Jessie reveals that she attended dance camp as a child. As such, she is an experienced dancer. Jessie is also on the swim team. In the final season of Saved by the Bell (the gang's senior year) Jessie joins Kelly and Lisa as cheerleaders (because, according to Jessie, it looks good to colleges).
Before graduation, Jessie has her hopes pinned on becoming valedictorian, but ultimately loses out to Screech. However, Screech realizes how important the honor is for her, and concedes the honor.
In Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, Jessie, with Lisa, returns as one of Kelly's bridesmaids at Zack and Kelly's wedding in Las Vegas.
In her first appearance in Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Lisa plays a more secondary role than she later would in the later incarnations of the series. She attends John F. Kennedy Junior High with Zack Morris and Samuel "Screech" Powers.
Throughout her high school years in Saved by the Bell, Lisa spends most of her time fighting off the affections of Screech who is relentless in pursuing her (and eventually wins at least one date with her) and has been doing so since they were in Kindergarten. Despite her irritation with Screech, she values him as a friend, and actually comes to admire Screech's nobility when he abdicates his position as the class valedictorian in favor of Jessie Spano, who had a slightly lower grade point average than he did but valued the position more. Lisa even went to the senior prom with Screech when she felt sorry for him that no one would go with him when he promised to respect her comfort zone and not ask her, but she decided that she wants him to be her prom date. Most of Lisa's time is spent in the company of schoolmates and fellow cheerleaders Kelly Kapowski and Jessie Spano.
Unlike the rest of her comrades, Lisa does not have a long-term relationship during high school (despite having a number of dates), although she shares a kiss with Zack in one episode, much to the chagrin of Screech. However, this is subsequently forgotten about in following episodes. Another episode had Screech on a date with a girl who was impressed by him, causing Lisa to be in a state of disbelief and possible envy, and the girl commented to Screech that Lisa might not be over him.
Upon graduating, Lisa is accepted into the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Lisa only makes one guest appearance in Saved by the Bell: The College Years and visits her former classmates Zack, Screech, Kelly, and A.C. Slater at California University in the episode "Wedding Plans", after hearing of Zack and Kelly's engagement. In Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, Lisa and Jessie were Kelly's bridesmaid for her wedding to Zack. Lisa returns to Bayside High along with Zack and Slater in Saved by the Bell: The New Class, where they are reunited with Screech (now working at Bayside on a work-study programme, but stays the remainder of series) and their principal Mr. Belding when the school is under threat of being torn down by a former alumnus, in the episode "Goodbye Bayside Part 2".
Mr. Richard Belding, portrayed by Dennis Haskins, is the principal of Bayside High School Saved By The Bell. In his first appearance in the pilot of Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Mr. Belding's first name was Gerald, and the character was played by Oliver Clark. Other than Miss Bliss, the character of "Mr. Belding" was the only one carried over when the show began production. The character also appeared in Saved by the Bell: The New Class and guested in an episode of Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He was one of only two characters to remain from the beginning of the franchise until the end (the other being Samuel "Screech" Powers). Mr. Belding's name is a pun referencing the onomatopoeia "ding" that comes from a bell, i.e., a "bell ding."
Mr. Belding's most frequent nemesis is Zack Morris; however, throughout the series, it is abundantly clear the two like and respect each other, arguably because in one episode it was revealed that when Belding was a student himself he was a disc jockey and one who would rebel against school authority, prompting the comment he was "the Zack Morris of the 1960s". On at least one occasion, Belding has even called Zack Morris "the son [he] never had". A small joke was also that Belding was open about his past failures with women prior to his marriage, such as when he was in the U.S. Army and in love with a North Vietnamese girl, where "even she was with the enemy"! Belding's family have appeared in the series at one point. The most frequent appearances were by his infant son, named in honor of Zack. When Belding's wife, Becky went into labor in an elevator, Zack Morris, along with classmate Tori Scott, helped deliver him.
Much of Belding's humour comes from his attempts to make jokes, sing or being generally tricked and scammed by Zack. Despite Zack's ideas that he knew Belding inside and out, occasionally Belding would reveal that he had other ideas to deal with issues, thus outfoxing Zack.
Belding also has a small rivalry with fellow teacher Mr. Tuttle, who was also in line for the position of Principal at Bayside. He also had a friendly rivalry with Brandon Tartikoff over courtship of Belding's wife, but Tartikoff accepted that he got the short end of the straw and had to accept the eventual presidency of NBC while Mr. Belding was "happily married and got to be headmaster of a school of great kids".
Belding remains the one constant between all the series and in the second season of The New Class, he is reunited with Bayside High alumnus Samuel "Screech" Powers, who is studying to become a teacher. Screech becomes Mr. Belding's administrative assistant until the end of the series, when Belding decides to take a job as dean of a College in Tennessee.
Tori Scott, played by Leanna Creel, arrives at Bayside during Senior Year, making an immediate enemy of Zack Morris by parking her motorcycle in his usual parking space on her first day. Eventually, things thaw between Tori and Zack and they later begin dating, but broke up in the episode "The Will" due to Zack's sexist behavior. After the episode "School Song", Tori is never seen or mentioned again.
Mrs. Culpepper was the school’s de facto art teacher (although she is seen teaching history during Cut Day) and made appearances in both junior year and the paradoxal Tori season during senior year. She was always involved in comical situations in which she bumped into lockers and mistook inanimate objects for living things due to her bad eyesight. At one point she even accidentally made Mr. Belding think she was in love with him, which completely flustered her.
Mr. Dewey was a math teacher who also oversaw detention. He represented the archetypal down-on-his-luck, more-bored-than-the-kids, depressed teacher. He spoke in a monotonous voice, was sarcastic and once auditioned for American Gladiators. He was also Bayside's vice-principal. Mr. Dewey also appeared in the New Class. He was portrayed by Patrick Thomas O'Brien.
Played by Raf Mauro, Dickerson was a history teacher known for his unfriendly demeanor and an impossible midterm that no student had passed in three years, something which he stupidly referred to with pride instead of noticing it meant he was a horrible teacher. In the episode known as "The Fabulous Belding Brothers," Dickerson has a nervous breakdown and is replaced by the very popular Rod Belding.
Mr. Heimlich appeared in one episode ("Earthquake!") as the physics teacher. Since the episode revolved primarily around the Mrs. Belding's baby and the earthquake, he did not have a very large part.
Nurse Jennifer (played by Nancy Valen) was a school nurse that showed up during sophomore year to replace Nurse “Blind-as-a-bat” Butcher. Zack decided to scrap his plans for a steady relationship with Kelly in order to pursue a romance with Jennifer. However, Jennifer was aware of the plot and managed to frighten Zack away by coming on to him and saying that she needed to escape her violent husband who is a professional wrestler (which may or may not have been true). Nurse Jennifer was never again seen in Bayside after this episode.
Coach Rizzo, one of the many coaches at Bayside, made his one appearance during the episode “Slater’s Friend” as a substitute for an English class; his teaching this class was supposed to be funny because he spoke with a heavy Italian accent. He stood up at Artie the Lizard’s funeral and said some kind words about the reptile.
Mrs. Simpson was the nearly-deaf, British-accented teacher who taught English class. She also appeared at the beginning of junior year and embarrassed Kelly and Zack by referring to them as “Bayside’s Most Beloved Couple” just a short while after they broke up. She said she didn't like Zack, and once wore a hearing aid that she discarded because the titular bell caused painful sound waves to assault her. She also made an appearance in the pilot episode of The New Class. She was played by Pamela Kosh.
Coach Sonski (played by comedian Monty Hoffman) was the wrestling coach at Bayside High. Slightly overweight and with a testosterone-laden personality, he was generally a good coach, if a bit sexist. He depended on Slater as his star wrestler.
"Coach" Sonski was also shown as Bayside's auto shop instructor in the episode where Jessie's new stepbrother comes to California. He retains his sense of humor as well as his macho attitude throughout the episodes, though he once confessed to watching Oprah.
Played by Jack Angeles, Tuttle was an enthusiastic, overweight teacher (perhaps a foil for the thin, dour Mr. Dewey). He also oversaw, among other things, Driver’s Ed and the Glee Club. His relationship with Mr. Belding was strained and confrontational—with Belding mainly on the receiving end of his barbs. It was revealed in the "Driver's Ed." episode that Mr. Tuttle was next in line to Mr. Belding for the principal job and even had "the colors for the office all picked out," thus creating tension between them. He once dubbed the principal "Mr. Balding".
He appeared sporadically throughout the seasons and was on the forefront of the teacher’s strike during senior year as head of the teachers' union. It's also worth noting that Mr. Tuttle was one of the few teachers who actually liked and admired Zack Morris, often delighting in Zack's clever schemes (e.g. "Wow! Good plan!").
According to Dustin Diamond's autobiography, "Behind The Bell", Angeles was actually an NBC accountant.
Mr. Testaverde taught a history class in the episode "The Gift". He was nicknamed "Terrible" Testaverde by the students because he was one of the hardest teachers at Bayside. Not only was he tough on grading and exams, but he gave lectures in "speed talk", causing Jessie to almost set fire to the papers she wrote on, and Screech to write with both hands. Both Jessie and Screech actually tried to keep up, but Zack totally ignored the lecture and listened to music instead. He was played by John Moschitta, better known as "The Micro Machines Man."
Played by Carol Lawrence, Ms. Wentworth was the Social Studies teacher during sophomore year who piqued Zack’s interest in his family heritage by assigning a family research project. She also taught the class about subliminal advertising, which led to a predictably hair-brained scheme from Zack. Ms. Wentworth is one of Bayside's more enthusiastic and unorthodox teachers, climbing on desks and cracking playful jokes in class.
Like Mr. Tuttle, she is one of the few teachers who genuinely seems to like Zack—even as she teaches him a lesson.
Alan was one of a few recurring "nerd" characters that appeared throughout the series. His first appearance was in the first season as a test subject in which Zack and Screech brainwashed a pretty girl into going out with him as a test, and used its successful results to brainwash Kelly and Lisa into going out with them. Alan appeared in the second season where he was shown on the prom committee in charge of the food, listing a variety of cakes, pies and ice cream desserts he wanted served at the dance. Later in the episode when Zack gives Kelly a piece of cake from the dance he said he had to wrestle it away from Alan but couldn't save any of the frosting. Alan later joined the student ROTC when Zack lied and said the new U.S. Army served cake at every meal, but was an incompetent cadet.
Christy Barnes was a female wrestler who joined the team despite much protest from Coach Sonski. She and Zack dated, and Zack was embarrassed when Christy beat up a valley punk who was trying to fight with Zack. Although Christie and Slater’s relationship was purely wrestling-related, Jessie ended up getting jealous as the two spent time together in the gym in close physical contact. When Jessie insulted Christy but realized she was wrong about who the female wrestler liked, she joined forces with Zack to convince Christy to rejoin the team, and Zack resumed dating her. Christy did not appear in any future episodes. She was portrayed by Krystee Clark.
Violet Ann Bickerstaff
Violet (played by Tori Spelling) was a nerdy character who appeared in three episodes during the sophomore year. She was originally dating Maxwell Nerdstrom, but she dumped him in favor of Screech, as Maxwell had treated her poorly. In her first appearance, she knocked over Screech's mother's statue of Elvis Presley. This led to a moneymaking scheme by the gang to get $250 for a new statue. Violet also came from an upper class family who disapproved of her relationship with Screech mainly due to the fact he was from a lower class, despite the fact he and Violet shared many common interests. In another episode, Violet is shown to have a beautiful singing voice, but is too shy to sing solo for Bayside's abysmal school choir until Screech supports her. She then quits the choir after Screech embarrasses her at a disastrous dinner with her folks, but when he comes out and sings her opposite, saving the day for her it convinces the Bickerstaffs that he is a good guy, and they say they no longer object to him dating their daughter.
Heather was a brief love interest of Zack's in the "S.A.T." episode. Zack sat behind her while taking the test and invited her over to study when she showed interest in him after he scored 1502 on his S.A.T.'s, although things went downhill for Zack when she invited her boyfriend Bob over for some study help too. She was played by Christine Taylor.
Charlie "Craterface" Coburn
Charlie was nicknamed "Craterface" because his face apparently was covered with acne (but not shown that way in any episodes). He was used by Zack to demonstrate a miracle blemish cream that Screech had accidentally invented in Chemistry class. As he was famous around Bayside for his extraordinary acne, he was a shining endorsement for the cream when it completely cleared up his face; so much so, that the school didn't believe it was really him. So Charlie performed his trademark chuckle as proof it was really him.
Ollie was an African-American student with a deep, gravelly voice who was on the yearbook committee. He was a bit of an odd-ball and wore nerdy clothing. His appearance strongly resembled that of Steve Urkel on Family Matters. He was also one of the "nerds" who came down with the flu in the "Graduation" episode, forcing Zack to convince the gang to participate in the Swan Pond ballet performance so that he could get a grade for his dance class to get the one credit he still needed to graduate.
Darlene was a buoyant brunette and 11th grade classmate of the gang who took her SATs the same date as them. She spoke enthusiastically of her score of 1280, which was indeed so superior to Jessie's that Jessie was reluctant to talk about
Darren was a boy that Lisa invited to the Senior Kickoff Party, not realizing he was a freshman. While Lisa initially backed out of interaction with Darren, she eventually realized he was a good person and relented. One of the few African-Americans of note at Bayside, he is never seen again.
Ginger was an airheaded blonde who appeared in the later episodes, portrayed by a sometimes-credited Bridgette Wilson. She dated Zack a few times but annoyed him because she had little to say beyond asking him if she had lipstick on her teeth.
Graham (played by David Kriegel) was a student who appeared during junior year. While he was never seen before or after the "Cut Day" episode, both Jessie and Zack seemed to have at least basic knowledge of who he is. He has progressive views that dovetailed with Jessie's, earning her attention when he pointed out that the U.S. has never had a female President while other countries have (he mentions Indira Gandhi and Golda Meir). During the Junior Cut Day, Jessie and Graham stayed behind in school to protest the delivery of a package of Styrofoam cups. It was Graham’s presence, and the fact that Slater saw her having fun hanging out with him, that led Jessie and Slater to consider dating other people.
Jennifer (played by Stephanie Furst) appeared during senior year and revealed herself to be Slater’s ex-girlfriend from his days as an army brat. Zack first dated her at Slater's behest (Slater didn't want Jessie to know he was still attracted to Jennifer), but Jennifer found out Slater's ruse from Screech and danced closely with Zack at the Max, leading Slater to get angry and later to call Jennifer "his girlfriend." Jessie stormed away in a rage before Kelly told her she had to let Slater go and see if there was anything to hold onto. While Jessie sadly allowed Slater the chance to date his ex to see if the flame was still there, it turned out that the two (Slater and Jennifer) were now incompatible: time had changed them both. She then asked Zack out and he said he'd love to go out with her. She was never seen again.
Nardino was Mancuso's date in the episode "The Prom". She, along with Mancuso, was scolded by Mr. Belding for dancing too close. They complied by separating slightly.
In the episode entitled "The Fight" Joanna, a transfer student in senior year, became the object of affection for both Zack and Slater, resulting in a strife that culminated in a physical fight in which Zack and Slater duked it out for her affection. Joanna was so disgusted with the boys’ actions that she refused to have anything to do with either of them and was never seen again.
Rhonda was Bayside’s resident giant tomboy—a tall, lanky girl with disheveled blond hair. She and Zack had one date, during which she forcibly planted a kiss on his lips. Rhonda also tried to join the cheerleading squad in "Save That Tiger" and tried out for the team when one of the regulars was injured right before the big competition against Valley. Her audition was clumsy and the girls eventually talked Jessie into taking the spot. She was seen only in the first season. She was played by Kristin Holmquist.
Robin (played by Soleil Moon Frye, also known as TV's Punky Brewster) was a stuck-up girl from the episode “Screech’s Spaghetti Sauce.” She took advantage of Screech's affections toward her because of his rapidly growing spaghetti sauce business in order to con money and gifts from him. Although Screech showered her with expensive gifts, including several articles of jewelry, she informed him at the end that she believed him a geek and a loser. She received her comeuppance, however, in the form of a bogus buyback deal for Screech’s spaghetti sauce recipe after the gang learned from a lawyer that Screech's recipe was from the Betsy Crocker Cookbook.
Sandy was a female member of the yearbook committee. She was not much of a help however, as she was too busy listening to The Little Engine That Could on tape while moving her head back and forth rhythmically. This provoked an angry response from Belding, who questioned whether anyone actually read anymore. Sandy was later seen, hanging out with some archetypal greasers in the hallway.
Muffin Sangria was a finalist for homecoming queen in "Cream for a Day". She was mentioned, but not seen in other episodes, such as when Screech becomes the school's new hall monitor and he gets trampled on when the bell rings. Screech says she stepped on him with her high heels. Also, the episode where the students were teachers for a week, Jesse said during an assembly that the talent show would be cancelled because termites destroyed Muffin's ventriloquist dummy, which made everyone laugh.
"Big" Pete Stonebreaker
Pete Stonebreaker is one of the tallest nerds at Bayside. He made his first appearance in an episode during the Malibu Sands storyline as a volleyball player when Screech was trying to recruit some members to replace Gary, an injured volleyball player. Pete makes frequent appearances throughout Season 4.
Bryan Watkins was an African-American teenager who was one of Bayside’s more intellectual students and Student Council Vice President. Lisa won him at the date auction, but he was repulsed by her perceived shallowness and frivolous personality. Although Lisa put on an intelligent air in order to impress Bryan (e.g. discussing Anna Karenina and the nature of art), she eventually got fed up with his snobby behavior and habit of putting down her friends and told him off.
The role of Bryan Watkins was played by Patrick J. Dancy, who starred in his own Saturday morning NBC sitcom The Guys Next Door.
Louise was a nerdy Bayside student with blonde hair in pigtails and horn-rimmed glasses. She was sometimes shown as a friend of Screech's, and had enrolled in the Army JROTC program at Bayside after Zack convinced her that in the US Army men outnumber women. She is placed on Zack's "nerd team" in a physical competition to compete against Slater's better qualified team. Zack learns a lesson about leadership when he must encourage his team to realize their potential, which included telling Louise she could climb a rope.
Louise returned in another episode about the "Teen Line", where she confided she had feelings for the jock "Moose", whose feelings were mutual, but she worried about the mismatched relationship. She also emerged when Zack, wounded that everyone including his friends thought he was a screw-up whom the school would be ecstatic to be rid of after graduation, went out with her in order to influence the nerds to vote for his new school song.
Mancuso was an unfortunate teenager who angered Slater after he watched Zack changing the diaper of Kelly’s baby brother Billy. While Mancuso’s harmless observation was no more than simple curiosity, he was punished by having a dirty baby diaper thrown in his locker. The character is possibly named after producer Liz Mancuso.
Mancuso may also have appeared in "The Prom" episode. In it, Mr. Belding scolds a couple for dancing too close ("Alright, Nardino, we have rules around here. You and Mancuso show me some air..."). Based on traditional stereotypes, it seems Belding would be scolding the male for being too aggressive, in which case "Mancuso" is actually the female (possibly a sister to the Mancuso seen in the earlier episode).
Margo Mason was an extra seemingly throughout the entire series of the show, always appearing in the background and with no actress bill in the credits. She was a heavyset girl with black-frame glasses. The only time she was identified by name was at the end of the series, when she was greeted by Mr. Belding at graduation. In "The Wicked Stepbrother Part 1" it was revealed that she was Jewish.
Melissa was a girl Zack met in senior year through the school’s second incarnation of a "Teen Line", an idea proposed by Tori in which the students accepted calls and walk-ins from other teenagers in order to discuss and help solve problems with them. While the rules expressly forbid personal interaction between caller and callee, Zack managed to hook a date with Melissa, who turned out to be paralyzed from the waist down. After a series of awkward occurrences in which Zack continuously highlighted Melissa’s handicap (ending with an announcement to the entire student body that Melissa should be applauded for her paralysis), she harshly rebuffed him for his patronizing attitude. After Zack offered a sincere apology, they shared a dance. She was never seen again.
Milton was a big fat nerd who only appeared in a few episodes. For the class trip, he wanted to go to the Hershey's Chocolate Factory. When he suggested this, Zack reacted with disgust, poking Milton's belly which made it jiggle as he chortled.
Molly was an attractive blonde girl whom Screech had an interest in when he was trying to get over Lisa. She had mutual feelings for Screech, but also had a macho, possessive boyfriend named Butch, with whom she did not have the courage to break up. Screech takes Zack's advice to enroll in the Army JROTC program to give himself a more macho image. Later, he finds himself part of Zack's nerd team, and he wins the tie-breaking event, the "super obstacle course," when Molly shows up. She convinces Screech to give it his all in a head-to-head competition with Butch. Butch is humiliated when Screech beats him at his own game, prompting Molly to dump him and accept Screech's offer of a date. Despite appearing as an extra in previous episodes, she is never seen again.
Moose was a cartoonishly dumb and child-like jock, much like his fellow football teammate Ox (with whom he is sometimes confused). He was seen dating Louise in the episode "1-900-Crushed" and also had a minor speaking role in the episode "Student Teacher Week."
Melvin Nerdly was the boy that Zack ordered Screech to send over to Kelly’s to keep her busy while he pursued Nurse Jennifer. Screech assured Zack that Nerdly was “kind of a geek,” which was exactly what Zack had hoped for. However, upon showing up at Kelly’s house to try to win her back, he found that Nerdly was in fact a handsome, brown-haired hunk. When a flabbergasted Zack says that he thought Melvin was on the chess team (chess players typically being thought of as nerds), Melvin replies he is indeed a chess player, as well as a member of the football and hockey teams, and even modeled a little. Nerdly had taught Kelly chess and was slated to teach Kelly lambada, but he was not mentioned after his one appearance.
Nerdstrom (played by Jeffrey Asch) was a rich nerd who made a few appearances during sophomore year and once during senior year. He was Violet Bickerstaff’s boyfriend and treated her rather poorly, although he did buy her a gold-plated pocket protector. His poor treatment of her was one of the factors in her becoming Screech’s girlfriend. While most of the nerds comported themselves with a bumbling dignity at most, Nerdstrom went above and beyond, behaving a pompous, stuck-up geek. He defeated Zach in a game of poker, but perhaps his most noted accomplishment at Bayside was mistakenly kissing Screech’s dog, "Hound Dog", to everybody’s delight.
He is seen in a future episode buying fake gold rings from Zack Morris, which left a green mark on the wearer's finger.
Ox (Troy Fromin) was a member of the Bayside football team and an archetypal "dumb jock." He palled around with Slater when Slater was without his Core-6 friends. Despite being a jock, he dated a female nerd, and was often shown to be gentler and more sensitive than his size and oafish behavior would suggest. He was among the students who got drunk senior year at the toga party.
Troy Fromin, the actor who played Ox was recycled to play the character “Scud” in one episode, who seemed to be just as goofy as Ox but was more punked-out, with a leather jacket, spiked dog collar and a Slayer t-shirt. Ox's name is most likely a reference to the Archie comics character "Moose" with whom he shares many similarities. A similar character named "Moose" also appeared on the show, however.
Rodriguez was a member of Bayside's wrestling team most notably remembered as being pinned by Christy Barnes in season 3. It was said that he was the original candidate for the AC Slater character.
Wendy was an overweight girl who served as Student Council treasurer. She appeared in the “Date Auction” episode, bidding $100 on Zack to win a date with him to the dance. Zack’s superficial nature, however, caused him to craft a multitude of lies in order to avoid a date with the Rubenesque Wendy. When Wendy’s feelings were hurt, Zack realized his mistakes and ended up taking Wendy to the dance and later to the Max (though this was never shown). She is never seen or heard from again.
Rod Belding (played by Ed Blatchford) was Mr. Belding’s brother and stepped in as a substitute teacher during junior year (Screech: "A building with two Beldings one of whom is balding!"). He initially made a hip impression on the students because of his happy-go-lucky attitude, world-weary demeanor, and tales of defying authority and schoolwork. Mr. Belding was overshadowed by his brother’s connection with the students, which was evident in a minor confrontation they had when Mr. Belding tells his brother he is not to be teaching the kids whitewater rafting on official class time. However, Rod arranged to take the students on a whitewater rafting trip for their annual class trip (ruining Mr. Belding's plans to visit Yosemite Park) and then skipped out to meet a stewardess named Inga. Mr. Belding is furious that Rod would abandon his commitment to the students and orders him never to come back to Bayside, saying, "Get out of my school." Not wanting to upset his students, Mr. Belding claims that Rod is ill. However, when he offers to chaperone the trip instead, the students happily and gratefully accept. Zack, who had secretly overheard the incident, tells his principal that “we got the better Belding.”
Mrs. (Becky) Belding
Becky Belding, Mr. Belding’s wife (played by Louan Gideon), was featured in the episode “The Earthquake”, in which she, Zack and Tori get stuck in an elevator after a minor earthquake. During the time in the elevator she goes into labor and gives birth to the Beldings' son with the help of Zack, who becomes the baby's namesake.
Richard Belding’s niece. She was blonde and bubbly, but no one wanted to date her as she was related to the Principal.
During Zack’s sophomore year at Bayside, he earned himself a Saturday School detention. In order to be released from serving time and to be able to attend Kelly’s upcoming party, he signed a treaty with Mr. Belding agreeing to take Penny out on a date on Friday in lieu of serving his sentence. After making this agreement, Kelly informed Zack that her birthday party would also be that Friday, since the Max was booked on Saturday. In order to make Kelly’s party, Zack trained Screech to imitate him, so that he could take Penny out on the date instead; this worked out well because Penny was attracted to Screech, but she angered Kelly when she said that she was hot for “Zack,” thinking that was who Screech was.
She was played by actress Jodi Peterson, who also played Ben Seaver’s girlfriend, Laura Lynn, on Growing Pains.
Richard and Becky Belding’s son, born in episode #98 when Zack, Mrs. Belding, and Tori got stuck in an elevator. He also appears in an episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
Frank Kapowski (played by John Mansfield) is the father of Kelly and her six other siblings. Kind and loving, he worked at a defense plant, but was laid off in the Season 2 premiere "The Prom." He is also seen at Zack and Kelly's wedding in Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas giving Kelly away.
Billy Kapowski was Kelly’s baby brother, whom she placed in the care of her friends in the episode “The Babysitters” so that she could have her cheerleading picture taken for the school yearbook. Zack was often left alone with Billy as the others made excuses or had other commitments to attend to. Because of this, Billy and Zack bonded quickly to the point where Zack distrusted anyone but himself to care for the baby. He was forced however to allow Jessie and Lisa to look after him in their Home Economics/Parenthood class. They lost track of Billy when Screech went to fetch Billy for Zack but mistook a doll for the baby. The gang eventually found him in Mr. Belding’s office and at the end of the episode he spoke his first word: “Zack.”
Nicki Kapowski(played by Laura Mooney) was Kelly’s tomboyish little sister who developed a crush on Zack. She became convinced that Zack felt the same way after he mixed up her phone call with Kelly's (while running the "Teen Line"). Although she was only thirteen and in the seventh grade, she nonetheless showed up at Bayside High to visit Zack, sporting a more feminine look and demanding a kiss. After trying various ploys to turn her off (including dressing up like a geek and trying to gross her out with a pet spider), Zack finally had to tell her the truth—he wasn’t interested in her; he was in love with Kelly. More angry than hurt, she insults Zack for trying to scare her away instead of having the courage to tell a thirteen year old girl how he really felt.
Malibu Sands characters
Stacey Carosi (played by Leah Remini) appeared in 6 episodes of the third season. She remains familiar to many fans due to her identification with the show's classic "Malibu Sands Era". She worked for her father, Leon Carosi (played by Ernie Sabella), at the Malibu Sands beach resort as a staff manager, in charge of some of the other "SBTB Gang" members. Zack Morris was quickly smitten with her, and was disappointingly shocked to learn that she was the daughter of his boss. Throughout the run of her stint on the show she and Zack progressed from flirtation to hostility to eventually romance, marked by their kiss under the fireworks during the Fourth of July celebration.
Billy was an 11-year-old boy who hit on Kelly at the beach club. Although he seemed to possess a mature, if slightly sleazy demeanor (Kelly smilingly said he was "the next Zack Morris"), Kelly told him that she couldn’t date him because he was just a little boy. He was crushed at the rejection, but Kelly later apologized, telling Billy that he could call her when he was 17.
Cynthia, played by Denise Richards (who was not credited), was Slater's secret admirer while he worked at the Malibu Sands Beach Resort, eventually revealing herself by pretending to drown. Although she and Slater seemed to be a couple at the end of the Malibu Sands series, and Slater even informs the gang that Cynthia is coming to Bayside the following school year, she never again appears on the show past her first appearance.
Jenny Richter was a spoiled girl who attended the Malibu Sands Beach Club with her wealthy father. Zack uses his charm and con skills to convince her to have a beach party for her Sweet Sixteen when it turns out that the club's dining room is double-booked.
Craig Strand was Stacy Carosi’s preppy boyfriend from back east in Boston, a sophomore at Yale, who showed up at the beach club and interrupted Zack and Stacy’s fling, even giving Stacy his fraternity pin. Craig defeated Zack in an ATV race after bumping Zack's ATV on the last turn. Ultimately, Stacy sent Craig back home and confided her love for Zack.
The Max's employees and patrons
Max was the owner of The Max, and was only featured during the first 2 seasons of Saved By The Bell. He was replaced by James the Actor, and later, Jeff Hunter. Max often advised the students of Bayside on their choices and dilemmas, and re-inforced his points with magic tricks. Max was played by magician/comedian Ed Alonzo, and used the show as a way to display some of his talents and tricks.
Danielle was a girl that Zack dated for one episode ("Fake I.D.'s"). Zack met Danielle at the Max after she got a flat tire. She was attempting to use the occupied pay phone, so Zack allowed her to use his cell phone. He then changed the flat tire after the tow truck company said it would take an hour. Danielle was a student at USC, so Zack lied and told her he was also a Trojan. He continued to lie telling her that he was a Photojournalism major, and the reason that she never saw him on campus was because he was always in the dark room working on a project.
Zack and Danielle went on a few dates to The Attic, and 18+ dance club. Being only 16, Screech made the three guys fake I.D.'s (hence the episode title) and they went there a few times (catching Kelly's new boyfriend Jeff kissing another girl in the process), before Zack's mom found out about it and brought them all home.
Jeff Hunter (played by Patrick Muldoon) had a brief tenure as the Max’s manager who liked Kelly Kapowski. As a result, Zack and Kelly broke up, allowing Jeff and Kelly to begin a relationship. Unfortunately, very soon afterwards Jeff’s infidelity was revealed when he was seen dancing with and kissing a girl at an over-18 club known as The Attic. Kelly broke up with him as a result. He most likely quit his job afterwards, as he is never seen again.
James the Actor
James (played by Mark Blankfield) was an out-of-work actor who took a job as a waiter at the Max. He claimed that he was a student at acting school. Most of the work he seems to get as an actor on the show is in the employ of Zack. In one episode Zack hires James to do a double role as Stanley Alan Taylor (S.A.T.), who orders Mr. Belding to lighten up Zack's workload after his good performance on the SATs, then to play an admissions officer for Harvard who acts snooty and elitist to everyone. In another episode Zack hired James to impersonate his father after Belding demanded he meet with him as a condition to go on a ski trip in order to report on Zack's failing grades; to which Zack was convinced his real father would not let him go if he knew the truth. Zack then has to hire James again to play Mr. Belding after his real father accepts a letter to meet Belding once more, where James falsifies Zack's grades as spectacular.
Whereas Max served as more of an adult figure, James was more of a kid-at-heart who joined in on the gang's adventures, rather than advising them. Accordingly, Zack often treated him like Screech. James the Actor also made appearances on Saved By the Bell: The New Class.
Johnny Dakota was an actor who chose Bayside as the site for filming his anti-drug commercial in a 1991 episode. He was played by Eddie Garcia, who was one of the stars of another NBC comedy series called Guys Next Door and was dating Tiffani-Amber Thiessen at the time (Interestingly, he fell for her character Kelly in the episode). Zack thinks this is a great idea. He sees this as a chance for stylish parties and to get close to Hollywood babes. However the gang soon found that Johnny himself was a pot user. After being shunned by the gang as a result of his dirty habit, Johnny left Bayside without filming his commercial. The gang then filmed an anti-drug PSA with the help of Brandon Tartikoff.
Brian Fate was a British record producer who picked up Zack Attack and made them famous in the episode “Rockumentary.” Although he had confidence in the band and took them to the top, he could not stop the inevitable breakup that occurred as a result of Mindy, the band’s publicist. Since the entire episode was just a dream he probably never existed in the "real world" of the show.
Linda plays a very brief (less than 45 seconds) role in the "Rockumentary" episode. After the band splits up and each member goes their separate way, Slater has a race car accident leading to the band meeting again. Screech shows up (after seeking wisdom from the high geek) to the hospital with a cheerleader, Linda. She takes regular sentences and makes cheers from them, leading eventually to Lisa threatening her, "if ya don't get ridda Linda, I'ma throw her out the winda" "B-Y-E BYE!" after which she leaves the room. Like to Brian Fate, she was part of the entire fantasy of the episode, and thus probably did not exist in the real world.
Mindy was the publicist for Zack Attack. She created a division in the band and eventually convinced Zack to leave the group. Although she made Zack more famous than he had ever been within the confines of Zack Attack, he was unhappy with the new “Mr. Madonna” image that she had placed upon him, and he left both Mindy and his new career to be with his old friends. Like Brian Fate and Linda, this was all a dream, so she may have never existed in reality.
Brandon Tartikoff, a television executive for NBC, appeared as himself in the episode "No Hope With Dope". After Johnny Dakota was revealed to be a pot-smoker and subsequently left Bayside without finishing the anti-drug commercial being filmed there, Mr. Belding phoned Tartikoff, whom he had been childhood friends with, at NBC to see if he could help them. Tartikoff ended up assisting the teens in finishing the commercial. Afterwards, impressed with the rapport Belding had with his students, he suggested the idea of a TV show about "a group of kids and their principal" before shaking his head and saying that it "would never work" (an obvious meta-joke on SBTB itself).
Dean Yablonsky was Johnny Dakota's director. When he spoke, all he said was "Yo!" After Johnny stormed off the set of the anti-drug commercial, Dean stayed on the set to film the new commercial with Brandon Tartikoff.
Maj. Martin Slater
Major Martin Slater was A.C.’s strict but loving father, who was frequently transferred due to Army obligations. Although he wanted his son to attend West Point and enter the military as he himself had done, he eventually changed his views when he saw that Slater wanted to attend college on a wrestling scholarship and figure things out from there. He was more frequent in the first season than any of the others. It is later revealed in "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" that Martin's last name was actually "Sanchez," causing an embarrassed A.C. Slater to realize his father concealed his Latino heritage (presumably simple due to his decidedly non-Latino appearance) to avoid rampant bigotry as he entered the military.
Jessie Spano's stepfamily
Leslie was the aerobics instructor as well as Jessie's future step-mom in the Palm Springs episodes. Although Zack makes a pass at her in the beginning of the episode, the gang later finds out Leslie is marrying Jessie's dad. Jessie refers to her future step-mom as an "aerobics bimbo", insults and lies to her, and asks her dad flat-out to not marry her. Her father firmly says he loves Leslie and is marrying her, period. Jessie then refuses to attend the wedding. At the end of the episode, however, Zack convinces Jessie to do the right thing and they arrive (though slightly late) to the wedding on a golf cart, where Jessie apologizes and Leslie forgives her. In the commentary on the DVD, it is mentioned that the actress who plays "Leslie" also plays "Mindy" in the dream world episode "Rockumentary".
Eric Tramer (likely named after co-executive producer Bennett Tramer) was Jessie’s stepbrother from New York in the episode, "The Wicked Step-Brother". At first excited to have a new stepbrother, Jessie quickly grew to dislike his rough, confrontational and offensive personality. Eric caused trouble and conflict at Bayside, particularly with Zack who felt threatened by the new prankster bad-boy, even going so far as to offer up Mr. Belding’s car for auto shop class dissection to get Zack into trouble. However, after a punch and a speech from Jessie, he reformed his ways, entirely reassembled Belding’s car, and apologized to all. He was planning to return to NYC, but the gang, particularly Lisa, who had developed feelings for him, convinced him to remain at Bayside. He was never seen again.
Dan and Stan Clegg
Cousins and Valley students responsible for the Bayside-Valley prank war in the episode "Save That Tiger." Stan Clegg was played by Mark Clayman, who also played Bayside student, "Moose."
Allison Fox, portrayed by Hilary Hayes, posed as a reporter from "Chessboy" Magazine. After rejecting Zack's advances, she claimed to be profiling Screech for the state chess championship against Valley. She was later revealed to be the girlfriend of Guy Guy, a student at Valley High with whom Zack had met a $300 bet on the match. After flirting with Screech she steals the lucky beret given to him by Violet without which he thinks he cannot win the match.
Marvin Nedick was Valley's star wrestler and a major threat to AC Slater's undefeated wrestling record. After career day, Slater took up cooking and quit the wrestling team, leaving Screech to wrestle Nedick. As Screech prepared to wrestle Nedick, Slater appeared. When asked why he changed his mind, Slater said he burned his quiche. Slater quickly defeated Nedick in the wrestling match. Nedick would be mentioned on two occasions in the Saved by the Bell spoof 28 Day Slater.
Lieutenant Chet Adams
Played by Cylk Cozart, Lieutenant Chet Adams appeared in season two during the episode "Zack's War" as the head of Bayside's California Cadet Corps program. Lisa shows an infatuation towards Lt. Adams and joins the program in an attempt to gain his favor. At the beginning of their training, Adams tells Zack he can divide the cadets into teams, which prompts Zack to clump together all the "nerds" into one team and all the "jocks" onto another team, thinking all the jocks will be on his team. Adams replies by saying, "You get to pick the teams, but I get to pick the captains" and puts the nerds on Zack's team and the jocks on Slater's team. Jessie's feminist attitude clashes with Adams' military style, as she asks him to revise his motto "separating the men from the boys" to "separating the persons from the persons."
Becky the Duck
Becky the Duck, was named after Mr. Belding's wife, was a duck that Zack adopted after she had been hurt by a baseball which sailed into her pond behind the school. Having bonded with her over the weekend, Zack returned her to her natural habitat in the pond, only to have her die as a result after being submerged in an oil spill from the reserves found under the school. Zack then opposed the oil-drilling project and convinced the school to turn down an oil company's plans to continue it.
Frank and Laura Benton
Frank and Laura Benton were a homeless father and daughter, respectively, who caught the eye of Zack and the gang around Christmas time. Laura, who worked in a department store with Kelly, seemed to be a tentative love interest for Zack during the two-part episode; she was very shy around Zack about her poverty stricken life. Zack, Slater and Screech got Frank to a hospital when he passed out at the mall from hunger, and then found out he was Laura's father. Laura's boss accused her of stealing a suit jacket that Kelly set aside to buy so Frank would have an outfit he could wear to job interviews. Later the boss apologized. Eventually the Morris family took the Bentons in until they could “get back on their feet”. They were never seen again following the end of the episode.
Their story arc marked one of the few explicitly two-part episodes of Saved by the Bell. ("The Wicked Stepbrother" and "Palm Springs Weekend" being the other two. "The Last Dance", "The Aftermath" and "Fake I.D.'s", while not listed in official "parts" and not shown side by side, were essentially the same story arc and can be loosely treated as the show's fourth multiple-episode.)
Helen Billingham was a representative of Stansbury University who came to Bayside searching for potential students. When she found out about Jessie’s merely moderate score on the SATs, Helen politely advised her to look for another college. However, after Zack hires James the Actor to portray a Harvard rep and court Jessie in front of Billingham, Helen re-considers accepting Jessie. Jessie declines, salvaging her dignity and saying it's the college's loss; her friends then add they won't attend Stansbury either. All except for Screech, who asks if she has any brochures.
Gem Diamond (Gary Beach) was a con artist who, in senior year, sold Zack fake class rings which turned the wearer's finger green. Desperate to replace the bunk rings with the genuine article, Zack and Slater made a plan in which Screech threatened Gem with karate unless he replaced the rings. Gem conceded, and the student body was satisfied with their new jewelry. He was last seen running out of the Max, being driven away by his mother in an attempt to escape from Screech's moves.
Diamond later appeared on California Dreams as a used car salesman who tricked Samantha Woo into buying a lemon.
Chief Henry was a California Indian with whom Zack bonded during his family history project. Zack initially tried to skip the project because he had a big track meet coming up, and later gave an insulting presentation that led the teacher to refer him to the Chief. While they quickly became good friends, Henry died suddenly, with Zack lamenting that they had hardly had time to get to know each other. Later, Henry's ghost appeared to Zack, giving him a gift and encouraging him to run at the school track meet. He was portrayed by Dehl Berti, in what turned out to be his final acting role. He died of a heart attack at the age of 70 on November 26, 1991.
Kevin the Robot
Kevin the Robot was a creation of Screech’s with artificial intelligence. He lived in Screech’s room and was usually dishing out advice and witty remarks.
His appearances included him as Screech's assistant when Screech was doing a magic show; and as Assistant hall monitor when Screech was nominated for the post by his fellow classmates, to make up for forgetting Screech's birthday.
The robot only appeared during Season 1 and 2.
Kevin was operated and voiced by Mike Lavelle.
Main charactersZack Morris · Kelly Kapowski Morris · A.C. Slater · Jessie Spano · Samuel "Screech" Powers · Lisa Turtle · Richard Belding Other charactersTori Scott · Stacey Carosi · Minor characters FilmsHawaiian Style · Wedding in Las Vegas Related seriesGood Morning, Miss Bliss · The College Years · The New Class (episodes)
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