Saved by the Bell‘s Kelly Kapowski gave up on becoming a doctor when she agreed to marry Zack Morris all over The College Years — a determination Tiffani Thiessen’s alter ego reevaluates all over Season 2 of the Peacock revival.
Midway via SBTB‘s sophomore run, Kelly confides in Jessie and Lisa that she’s been seeing a man — a tutor, that is, to prepare her for the MCAT examination. However true a few episodes later, she tells Jessie that she’s having doubts. The universe clearly doesn’t need her to turn out to be a doctor — and it became once fate, she says, that led Zack to shock her on that boat in the spring of 1994 and recede her away to accumulate married, thus leaving in the support of her would-be semester at sea.
“Kelly, that wasn’t fate,” Jessie argues. “That became once your boyfriend going to a local he knew you’d be and continuing a conversation from earlier…. You comprise talked to him on the phone each and on every day foundation and married him at the same time as you happen to got support.”
However if fate hadn’t made the determination to marry Zack, “then who did?” Kelly asks. “My dreary ass??”
At the same time as a ‘tween, Kelly accepting Zack’s marriage proposal rubbed revival boss Tracey Wigfield the irascible manner.
“I take into account at the same time as a 12-year-feeble being flabbergasted that that became once how they determined to total that season,” the EP tells TVLine in the video above. She became once also horrified that Kelly’s determination became once framed as a romantic one. “Zack requested her to marry him, so she true picked that as a substitute, and we were purported to feel true about it for her? At the same time as a baby, I became once like, ‘What? Why? She’s never going to be a doctor now!’”
After Kelly reevaluates her life desire in Season 2 — one which doubtlessly told each and every a whole lot of indispensable desire she’s revamped the final three decades — she decides to transfer to med college as a minimal. Within the finale, Zack tells his partner how proud he is of her and apologizes if he became once ever a distraction.
“It felt like in this show masks, where a whole lot of what we construct and what we mine comedy from is taking a compare on the feeble show masks and reevaluating it via a 2021 lens, it felt in finding it irresistible became once time to give Kelly her due, and let her comprise a few of that ambition that I non-public other folks were excited [to see] in The College Years,” Wigfield says, which “kept getting waylaid by Zack and Professor Lasky.”
The Season 2 finale also revisits The College Years by manner of a brand unique “flashback.” Within the scene, Jessie, who did not appear in the one-and-finished spinoff all over its usual run, visits Slater at his Cal U dormitory. There’s even a crack about Mario Lopez’s personality dating “one other anxious girl with curly hair,” referring to Kiersten Warren’s Alex Tabor.
“I non-public it became once ideally suited,” fellow EP Franco Bario — who has been with the SBTB franchise since its inception as Disney Channel’s Staunch Morning, Miss Bliss — tells TVLine. “That became once the purpose of the clip, that she true shows up at The College Years for a random motive. I imply, a whole lot of these clips [in the Slater/Jessie montage] were form of, like, ‘Hey, these were issues that never basically came about, however we’re performing like they did,’ which became once stress-free.”
Did you accumulate a kick out of revisiting The College Years? And what did you assume of Kelly’s expanded storyline in Saved by the Bell Season 2?