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TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 5, 2002

5

Remembering 'Saved by the Bell' and
the ten greatest episodes of all time

By Luke Smith
Daily Arts Editor
Undoubtedly, one of NBC's smartest
moves was purchasing the rights to
"Good Morning Miss Bliss" from Dis-
ney. The major network proceeded to
reform the show and enigmatically move
the majority of the cast to sunny Bayside
High School in California. From here,
viewers followed the cast of "Saved By
the Bell" through some tumultuous and
rocky times at Bayside High. Viewers
smiled together when Zack Morris called
his first "time out" in the "Aloha Slater"
episode. They cried when Zack and
Kelly crumbled because of an older man.
Audiences let out a collective groan
when Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber
Thiesen) was zipped away for a series of
episodes known simply as "The Tori
Episodes."
10. Stevie : 8th Grade - Original
air date: 03111/89
This episode was part of the Indiana
fiasco. We saw a young debonair Zack
Morris pursuing a fictitious starlet
named Stevie. Stevie (a former student
of Miss Bliss) is in town for an concert
she's performing. She stayed at Miss
Bliss' house incognito to avoid being
found and forced to sign what had to
be legions upon legions of scream-
ing middle-school children's lock-
ers. Zack ends up kissing the
Stevie-in-disguise and
doesn't realize it till she's
long gone, perhaps in a
town we can only assume
is somewhere in Iowa,
making nice with another
boy with sandy blonde
hair.
9. The Friendship
Business: 9th Grade -
Original air date:
11/04/89

shrewd economist beneath the surfer
facade. His overwhelmingly powerful
leadership eventually polarizes the gang
into two factions: Friendship Bracelets
and Buddy Bands. The game goes sour
when some feelings get hurt, but at the
end, the gang reunites peacefully, launch-
ing a product that
combined both pro-
jects with Love
Cuffs.
8. Screech's
Spaghetti Sauce:
12th Grade -
Original air date:f
09/19192
When the gang
discovers that
Screech's grandma
makes a mean
spaghetti sauce, Zack's capitalist urges
resurface. While working on a television
show in their communications class, the
gang decides to market "Screech's Secret
Sauce." Putting the Prego on the pasta,
however, is the appearance of one time
lolita Punky Brewster (Solei Moon Frye)
as Screech's materialistic girlfriend.
Robin is no sweetheart, and she proceeds
to jerk around the brillo-haired Samuel
Powers (Screech, to the fair-weather
fans). Eventually, Robin gets hers, and
the gang discovers that
Screech's "secret" sauce was
simply ripped from a cook-
book, but the gang again
slides by, just like the
bus in the morn-
ing, when the
'larm let's out a
warring.
"The sauce-a
you can have, but
the secret, she's-a
mine!"
7. The Fabulous
Belding Brothers:

tute for the class, the gang takes an
immediate liking to the free-wheeling
Belding. Rod's aspirations for the group
entail him taking the crew on a class trip.
Rod's youthful desires take precedent
over his concern for the kids, leading
him away from the "Saved By the Bell"
universe and off skirt-
chasing after a flight
attendant. The elder
Belding steps in, cov-
ers for his kid brother
and promises to take
the gang on the trip.
Only then do Zack and
company realize they
have the "better Beld-
6. Check Your
Mate: 11th Grade -
Original air date: 10105191
This episode puts Screech and his
beret on the cover of Chessboy maga-
zine. The beret was the gift of Screech's
heartthrob Violet (yes, that's Tori
Spelling). When the beret is stolen by the
Master twins, Screech loses his ability to
play chess. Russian exchange student
Peter Breznev poses a formidable oppo-
nent for the feathery Screech, but he
overcomes the Breznev block and
regains his beret.
5. The Wicked Step-
brother: 11th Grade -
Original air date
When Jessie's mother gets
married, the hell really
begins, in the form of
Eric, her East Coast step-
sibling. Eric terrorizes
the gang, and it appeared
that Zack had met his r
match. However, eventual-
ly the gang usurps Eric's
felonious attempt at
blackmail, and Eric Y
returns to New York r

life anti-drug spot with superstar Johnny
Dakota, who claims that the stick girl is
Kelly, but with "more curves." It is
uncovered through the sleuthing of the
gang that Dakota himself uses drugs. In
the episode's climactic former NBC
CEO Brandon Tarticoff makes a guest
spot.
3. Jessie's Song: 10th Grade -
Original air date: 11/03/90
"I'm so excited, I'm so excited. I'm so
... scared."
2. Rockumentary: 11th Grade -
Original air date: 11/30191
Part two of the special hour of all-new
"Saved By the Bell" episodes features a
very special guest star in Casey Kasem.
Kasem gives us a pre-VHl's "Behind the
Music" look at Zack's band the Zack
Attack. When Zack nods off, he and the
gang are transported into a fantasyland
where the Zack Attack have the biggest
song in the land in "Friends Forever."
Like all great bands, they break up and
go their separate ways, only to reunite at
the show's conclusion. A major highlight
of this episode is Screech's marriage to a
cheerleader, which is unveiled as one of
the secrets to happiness by the high dork.
1. The Last Dance: 11th Grade -
Original air date 9/14191
When Zack and Kelly go to the
prom, it isn't for love. Instead, it is for
the show's loyalists to watch one of
the saddest moments in television
history. Zack and Kelly slow
dance to a painfully somber
rendition of "How am I sup-
posed to live without you,"
lip-synched by Slater and
Jessie. The episode was fol-
lowed by a series of post-
breakup episodes in which
we watched a defeated
Zack mope and whim-
per in solitude. We
remember seeing the cutout

Cast of HBO's version laughingly discuss Meg Ryan.
Margulies''Dinner

With Friends'

uses

convention to impress

. By Rachel Lewis
Daily Arts Writer

Basement Arts has earned its high
esteem with drama lovers on campus by
fearlessly promoting all kinds of theater,
no matter how experimental. Oftentimes
a safe haven for the out of bounds and

out of this world, the base-
ment of the Frieze build-
ing has nurtured student
theater endeavors.with an
open mind and out-
stretched hand. This week-
end, the legacy continues
with a production of Don-
ald Margulies' Pulitzer
Prize-winning drama,
"Dinner With Friends,"
but the only daring strides
this show makes will be in
the minds of the audience
members.

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anything like that before," said RC
sophomore and actress behind the role of
Beth, Tori Shulman. "Aging yourself is
always hard."
But the directors were sensitive to such
issues and organized rehearsals around
overcoming those obstacles. "We talked a
lot and used a lot of substitution," said
Henning. Substitution is
the technique used by
actors to transfer familiar
WITH feelings into the feelings
NDS they must display as a
character.
theatre The youth of the actors
is not the only challenge
at 7 p.m. of this script; the youth of
&z 7 p.m. the expected audience
,e also poses a problem, but
not one the actors and
it Arts directors are afraid to take
on. They have no fear that

When Mr. Tuttle pro- 10th Grade -Orig- with his tail between his of Kelly drop down in Zack's
poses a business project inal air date: legs. y room, and we remember
the gang launch itself 12/09190 4. No Hope With their first kiss. From the
into it full force. Zack's When principal Dope: 11th Grade - show's jump to NBC, we
capitalistic urges take Richard Belding Original air date: watched Zack fall head
over on this episode, allows his rogue 11/30191 over heels for Kelly and
where we get our first younger brother Rod Bayside gets cho- eventually make the perfect
glimpse of the Photos courtesy o c to step in an substi- sen to shoot a real couple, for the perfect show.
Communiety theater shines with Burs
Pak Payers new rendition of Annie

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In many ways a more conventional
show than most Basement Arts produc-
tions, "Dinner With Friends" is free from
any new or experimental approaches and
instead depends on witty dialogue and
well-developed characters for its emo-
tional punch. The story surrounds two
married couples struggling to come to
terms with the reality of middle age and
long-term relationships over lemon-
almond polenta cake. The infidelity that
shatters Tom and Beth's marriage also
shatters best friends Gabe and Karen's
ideal image of their own marital bliss.
Forced to reexamine their own lives and
values, the four characters lead the way
for an intellectual and emotional journey
the audience will never forget.
Directed by LSA junior Thhaura Hen-
ning and LSA freshman Jon Entis, the
four-person cast has had to tackle the
challenge of a script centered on divorce,
a topic very far from the student con-
sciousness. "At our age we've never felt

college students in the audience will find
it difficult to relate to the middle-aged
characters. "These are issues in any rela-
tionship, not just marriage," said LSA
freshman Joanna Fetter. Shulman agreed,
"Although it's middle-aged, it's very
exciting and entertaining."
LSA sophomore Ben Perry said of this
weekend's performances, "It would be
nice to hear people talking afterwards."
And following a show that poses such
personal and intriguing questions about
conventional love and monogamy, there
should be no shortage of conversation.
With all of this cerebral controversy, per-
haps "Dinner With Friends" does
indeed follow in the daring Basement
Arts footsteps after all.
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By Joshua Palay
Daily Arts Writer

munity theater can shine in ways that profes-
sional theater simply cannot. These are not pro-

fessionals

on stage but our comrades and
colleagues. It is this communal

In the American professional
musical theater pantheon, is there
no place over which Broadway
does not cast a looming shadow? A
show opening in Chicago or Los
Angeles. is immediately scruti-
nized to see if it could "make it" in
a successful Broadway run. Even
on Broadway itself, one might dis-
sect a musical and place it under a
battery of criteria to see if it is,
indeed, up to snuff. The standard is
very high and, for better or for
worse, professional musical theatre

ANNIE
Tappan Middle
Fri., Sat. Feb. 8
7:30 p.m
Feb. 16th 41
$8
Burns Park Pla

feeling that draws us into the
work. Here there is no obstruction
to enjoyment that can accompany
E the Broadway scrutiny and study.
These are our friends, children,
School doctors and professors. We want
th-15th them to hit that high A; we feel
n. proud when they succeed; and we
p.m. are hardly disappointed if they
only get close. Community theater
reaches levels of honesty and
ayers integrity that we don't expect in
professional theater.
With this in mind, I whole-heartedly recom-

"real" parents arrive? Only the fun-filled
adventure unique to musical theater.
Directed by Mike Mosallam with musical
direction by Garrett Miller, "Annie" stars Lizzie
Bourque as Annie and Emily Doering, Carly
Herman, Hannah Swanson and Ari Tolman as
her fellow orphans. Also staring Steve Clay as
Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Kristi Bishop as
Grace Farrell, Janet Taylor as Ms. Hannigan,
Joel Swanson as Rooster and Julie Halpert as
Lily St. Regis. In addition, the show will fea-
ture many Burns Park Elementary School stu-
dents from grades 1-5. Choreography is by
Mike Mosallam, Garrett Miller and Amanda
Stanger-Read.
"Annie" plays on Friday and Saturday, Febru-
ary 8-9, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
February 14-16, at the Tappan Middle School
Auditorium, located at 2251 E. Stadium Blvd.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the Feb.
16 show, which begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8
each and are available at the door one hour
before the show or in advance through Food
and Drug Mart, located at 1423 E. Stadium
Blvd. at Packard. All tickets are general admis-
sion.

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cannot be watched without it. Often, this pro-
vides a distinct hindrance to the enjoyment of
the work.
But there is a neighbor to this temple that
seems to defy its rules and criteria: community
theater. Despite the exact match of music and
book, it would be ludicrous to apply the same
criteria to both community theater and profes-
sional shows. This is the very reason that com-

mend the Burns Park Players production of
"Annie."
"Annie" is the familiar rags-to-riches tale of a
poor orphan, who through luck and her wits,
eludes the clutches of the evil orphanage man-
ager Miss Hannigan and finds a new family
with the billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks.
But what can happen when orphan Annie's

Folk singer Seth Bernard visits the Ark

By Gina Pensiero
Daily Arts Writer

on the "individuality" of people and
snowflakes. He played everything
from original waltzes with a cham-

worthy were Seth's "Yeah Yeah,
Baby Baby" and "Talking Blues,"
Robbie's "Jerusalem" and the joint
finale versions of "This Land is
Your Land" and "Here Comes The
Sun."

Maybe it's the magic of The Ark
that provides joy and contentment.
Maybe it's something about the
crowd. I happen to think that on the
first though, it was all about Seth.
Yeah yeah, baby baby.

Seth Bernard stole the s
songs about chicken-
killing children and
Mother Jones.
He wasn't even try-
ing, it was all natural
charisma.
And Bernard had
plenty. He seemed to an
opener for two other
acts, Katie Geddes and
Edie From Ohio's Rob-
bie Schaefer, even though
sets were each 30 minutes.

show with

pion fiddle

SETH BERNARD,
KATIE GEDDES,
ROBBIE SCHAEFER
The Ark
Feb 1st, 2002

r friend to energetic folk
and a beautiful cover
of "Let It Be."
Although Geddes'
show was not
extremely noteworthy,
Robbie Schaefer was
also a stand out per-
former. His guitar
skills were a high-
light and his interac-
tion with Seth during
jam session was quite

the three

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