'DWTS' cast reacts to 'Saved by the Bell' homage
On Week 5’s “Most Memorable Year of My Life” episode of Dancing With the Stars, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val “Zack Attack” Chmerkovskiy paid homage to Jessie Spano’s “I’m so excited! I’m so… scared!” caffeine pill breakdown from Saved by the Bell in a spirited jive straight out of 1990. (Compare the ballroom version to the original over on PopWatch.)
After the show, the pair provided EW with an audio rendition of the scene — once more, with feeling! — and explained that endless requests from nostalgic Saved by the Bell fans drove them to do it.
Watch the rest of the cast attempt “the Jessie Spano” and share their own Saved by the Bell memories below. (Spoiler alert: The Pretty Little Liars star nails it the hardest.)
Note: I love that Amber Riley called out the cassette tape/mind control episode, which surely taught tons of adolescents, including this blogger, what a “subliminal message” is.
For more Dancing With the Stars, check out my full episode recap.
Reporting by Michele Stueven.