Saved by the Bell: Season 1, Episode 3

The Gift (8 Sep. 1989)

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After Screech gets struck by lightning, he gains the ability to see into the future, and Zack uses him to cheat on a mid term exam.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelly Kapowski (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
John Moschitta Jr. ...
Mr. Testaverde (as John Moschitta)


After Screech gets struck by lightning, he gains the ability to see into the future, and Zack uses him to cheat on a mid term exam.

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Lisa Turtle: I cannot run track today. You know, I have so much food inside of me, you could put a quarter in my mouth and a bag of Doritos would come poppin' out?
Kelly Kapowski: Lisa, you have got to stop doing this to yourself.
Lisa Turtle: That's easy for you to say, nothing bothers you.
Kelly Kapowski: Oh yeah? Lots of things bother me. I just don't let them drive me bananas.
Lisa Turtle: You have one?
Kelly Kapowski: Lisa, come on. If you keep obsessing about your grades, you know what you're gonna end up like?
Jessie Spano: [Jessie rushes in] You know, you guys, I just remembered there ...
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Uh-Oh! Midterms
17 January 2014 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Midterms are on at Bayside. Everyone is panicking because Mr. Testaverde speaks ludicrously fast, and nobody can understand a word of it. Lisa is eating too much junk food, Jesse is panicking over what grade she'll get, while Zack and Slater are betting over random things incessantly. Zack keeps getting beaten by Slater in bets, slowly but surely losing the prized possessions that he owns. Zack and Screech are at Zack's house like normal, until suddenly, Screech gets zapped with a bolt of lightening, giving him ESP in the process. Zack, like only he can takes advantage of Screech's newfound abilities to tell the future. He promises the gang that they will ace their midterms, and to trust him. He also bets Slater he will ace the midterm, telling Slater he will be his slave for a week if he loses. Screech's powers go awry during a mishap with Zack's cellular phone, forcing Zack to come up with one of his renowned, mischievous plans.This one is very entertaining, albeit a bit corny at times. There are a few plot holes that entered my mind during this one. Why hasn't the school done something about a teacher talking that fast, why would he in the first place? You want your students to pass and do well, why hire a teacher like that? I also didn't buy into how easily Slater accepted Zack's bets. You would think at this juncture, being the intellectual that Slater is to have the mental capacity to realize Zack is a con artist. All that aside, I can't deny how enjoyable this one is. Watching Screech predict everything was a lot of fun. It makes for some great gags. It also sends a good message about the pressures students face with grades. No story lines are really elevated here, except for Zack and Kelly's burgeoning romance. The ending is awesome as well. You gotta love Zack! he always wins.


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1. This was the first appearance for Zack's infamous cellular phone

2. Something I couldn't help but notice. Dustin Diamond said he wasn't very well liked by the cast in real life. I'm not sure about the rest, but Mario Lopez definitely doesn't seem to like him. It might mean nothing, but I noticed during one of Zack's bet scenes with Slater that Slater wins, Slater's cohort is Screech. He gives Screech 5$ by slapping his hand with his shirt. This might sound silly, but I wonder if Slater didn't wanna touch his hand? I'm probably reading way too much into it

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