Have my 17 (SEVENTEEN!) seasons of watching Dancing With the Stars just been validated? Don’t you dare answer that realistically. On tonight’s “Most Memorable Year of My Life” show (read our full recap), Elizabeth Berkley Lauren paid homage to the finest and fiercest caffeine pill dance party in television history: Jessie Spano’s “I’m so excited! I’m so… scared!” breakdown in a 1990 episode of Saved by the Bell.
Young Jessie and A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez, visiting from the Extra! set nearby) could never have predicted…that Zack Morris would be tweeting @ them, 23 years later, as they re-proclaimed their love in a televised ballroom! (Last part did not happen.)
Revel in the nostalgia/weep for humanity below. Don’t be scared! You need it to study. Here’s the video:
Tonight’s jive, “I’m So Excited!” — feat. Val Chmerkovskiy giving us his best Zack Attack
“No I NEED THEM, Val! I HAVE TO JIVE!”
The school bell just before she changes the script from “scared” to “READY!” is an incredible television achievement in itself.
And the original ‘caffeine pill freakout’ from Saved by the Bell
Elizabeth must’ve been feeling the heat from so many lunatic Saved by the Bell fans [awkwardly raises hand] to re-live this troubling time in Jessie’s life. I hope she enjoyed it. Because sorry, girl — now that you and Val have transported us so successfully to that cheesy happy place, we may demand a SBTB re-enactment each week! You’ve already got the bedroom!
For Week 5’s Dancing With the Stars results, click here.
JIVE PILLS. Be careful out there.
Update: Elizabeth and Val re-enacted the scene — singing, this time! — for EW after the show:
Stay tuned for my full episode recap later on… Update: Here it is!