Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)
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Cream for a Day 

When Screech accidentally invents a seemingly miraculous zit cream, Zack sells it at school. However, it soon becomes clear that the cream has an alarming side effect.



(creator), (as Scott Spencer Gorden)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelly Kapowski (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
Charlie 'Crater Face' Coburn


Kelly is nominated for Homecoming Queen, but she's devastated when she gets a pimple on her nose. Zack then sells Kelly a substance Screech accidentally concocts which cleans zits up in minutes. But the one side effect is that it turns people's faces maroon. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family | Romance


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7 October 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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After discovering that the zit cream turns skin maroon, Screech's entire face apart from the section where his goggles were placed is maroon. However, when the experiment hits his face earlier in the episode, it only lands around his nose, and not on his entire face. See more »


Screech: Zack, quick, you've gotta help me. My worst nightmare has come true.
Zack: You found out Alf was a puppet?
Screech: He is?
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References Love Connection (1983) See more »


Go Bayside Chant
Performed by Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar
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Kelly better "Kapow-SKI" that zit
10 February 2014 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Slater and Zack are fighting over Kelly, what else is new? Kelly is excited and nervous at the same time because she has been nominated for homecoming queen. When Zack and Slater fawn over the other contestants, Kelly begins to feel a bit insecure. Screech inadvertently comes up with a formula to get rid of zits fast, and just in time too. Kelly has a zit on the end of her nose and freaks out. Being the opportunist he is, Zack decides to make it into a cream called "Zit-Off" and make money off it. Things get a bit rough when they find out the cream has side effects that cause red burns. This is another underrated SBTB episode. It's a perfect half-hour episode for Zack's sneaky antics. I love how he always finds a way to scheme at the misfortune of others to make a profit. This episode has some good laughs, especially when the side effects from the cream commence. I don't care if Kelly's face was all red from a side effect, I'd still think she was drop dead gorgeous. Slater and Jesse don't have that much to do in this one, but Screech has a fair amount to do. He weirded me out by liking one of his own zits and calling it Murray. That's just begging for an ass kicking! Zack's comment to Kelly about how she can be imperfect and not the prettiest girl in school for a day or two was a pretty good whammy.


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