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How ‘Saved by the Bell’ pays tribute to Dustin Diamond in the Season Two Premiere (Exclusive)

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How 'Saved by the Bell' pays tribute to Dustin Diamond in the Season Two Premiere (Exclusive)

Peacock’s resuscitation Saved by the bell returned for a second season before Thanksgiving. And the series began with an emotional tribute to Dustin Diamond, who played Screech in every iteration of the franchise’s original run from 1987 to 2000, before dying of cancer in February 2021 at the age of 44. “It was definitely heartbreaking,” longtime cast member Elizabeth Berkley tells Leanne Aguilera of ET.

In the start of the second season, Bayside High will finally reopen after most of the school year was closed due to the pandemic. And while the younger gang Daisy Jiménez (Haskiri Velazquez), Mac Morris (Mitchell Hoog), Lexi Haddad-DeFabrizio (Josie Totah), Aisha Garcia (Alycia Pascual-Peña), Jamie Spano (Belmont Cameli) and Devante Young (Dexter Darden) , are busy making up for lost time, and the original gang decides to reunite at The Max.

But only when Jessie Spano (Berkley), AC Slater (Mario Lopez), Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen) and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) are together again in their usual position, it becomes clear that they are screech to honor. And then Max (Ed Alonzo) shows up again to tell them they’ll be the first to try the diner’s newest menu item, Screech’s Spaghetti Burger, brought out by Screech’s robot Kevin.

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After trying it, Slater says the burger is “a little weird, but great”. Lisa replies: “A bit like Screech.”

The gang then begins to recall their favorite Screech memories, including the time he was struck by lightning and was psychic for a week or defeated the girls in the Miss Bayside pageant.

“He was so funny,” says Jessie, before Zack leads a toast by adding “To Screech”.

The episode then plays off a montage of Diamond’s best moments from Screech over his years Saved by the bell.

“We get together at the end of the episode and it was very moving. We were all sitting there at the same booth – obviously in a different time and era – but it was a meaningful, big, and powerful moment for all of us, ”says Berkley. “So, get back together and miss a piece, you know, such a huge, huge piece … it sure didn’t feel complete. But I feel good with the care and the heart with which we were all able to honor and celebrate him. ”

She adds, “Dustin was such a vital force and such an incredibly brilliant comedy actor.”

While the younger cast aren’t attending the on-screen tribute, Cameli says, “It was really sweet for us to hear some intimate stories from the original cast and let them share that relationship with us a little bit.” Reflecting the same sentiment, Hoog says it was fun to hear his father Gosselaar on screen remembering Diamond. “We had some great conversations about how to handle everything and what he and Dustin went through,” he recalls.

“He was such an iconic part of the original show and I think it wouldn’t be what it is today without him, so I’m proud that we were able to honor him and his legacy,” says Totah. “Of course his life was so much more than just that Saved by the bell, but getting that was really, really something special. ”

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“You can’t say Saved by the bell without saying Screech, ”confirms Darden.

“We wouldn’t be here to do the show if it wasn’t part of the original and tells a story that has made so many people laugh and delighted them over the years,” says Pascual-Peña. “So we’re grateful and really grateful to him that our writers are so talented and wanted to honor him in a way that we hope would make him and his family proud.”

She adds, “I loved Mondays and I hope other people enjoy them too.”

When it comes to fans watching at home, Velazquez hopes “it will bring them back to those happy memories of how they saw him on screen and how funny he was,” she says, concluding, “It’s simple warm and warm and I think it’s the perfect start for a second season. ”


Saved by the bell season 2 is now streaming on Peacock.

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