People who grew up in the ’90s are sickly obsessed with their own childhood, and Jimmy Fallon appealed to in a sketch that reunited the original cast of Saved By the Bell that aired on The Tonight Show yesterday evening. Overindulgent? Sure, but Fallon was one sliming and a chorus of “Backstreet’s Back” away from giving an entire generation a heart attack.
Clocking in at eight minutes long, five of which were filled with the audience frantically applauding every time a cast member enters the scene, the segment brought Fallon into the world of Bayside High as he admitted to the gang that he was moving to New York to become a comedian. On what show, they ask?
Saturday Night Live, he answers with a knowing grin. Wink, nod, crowd goes wild and so on.
If nothing else, the sketch is evidence that the cast has aged well, bringing original members A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) and Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) back in original costumes that, in their own bizarre way, have made their way back into style in the past few years.
Tongue-in-cheek references were made to the cast’s career since, including Thiessen’s pregnancy, Lopez’s career on Dancing With the Stars (he does an impressive pirouette), and Berkley’s famous turn in Showgirls. The group has come a long way since their heydey from 1989 to 1993, and the audience couldn’t get enough.
Noticably absent? Ol’ Screech (Dustin Diamond), who was recently arrested for stabbing a man in a bar and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies). On the bright side, we do get to relive the “I’m so excited” moment.