Mark-Paul Gosselaar apologizes for Saved by the Bell episode, talks Pitch
The actor plays a little game we like to call 'Watch This/Sorry About That'
We allow Mark-Paul Gosselaar to pitch, um, Pitch — the Fox drama on which he stars as a San Diego Padres catcher who’s mentoring professional baseball’s first female pitcher — if he apologizes for a previous sin against pop culture.
Pitch (Airs Thursdays, 9 p.m., Fox)
“There’s not a show on air with the magnitude and scope of Pitch, with the partnership of MLB and access to the uniforms and stadiums. A woman pitching in the majors and shattering the glass ceiling has never been done before. Kylie Bunbury is unlike anything on TV. She’s an amazing talent as an actor and an athlete — you completely buy that she can pitch…. The show takes place in the world of baseball, but it’s not about baseball; it’s about the relationships between the players, and their day-in and day-out struggles. There’s comedy, drama, and everything in between. I don’t think I’ve gone through an episode where I haven’t teared up, but that could be because I probably need to go on hormone treatment or something. I’ll chalk it up less to the hormones, and more to the magnificent writing.”
SORRY ABOUT THAT
Saved by the Bell’s “Running Zack” episode (Aired Nov. 24, 1990, NBC)
“Zack finds out that he has Native American ancestry, a conclusion based entirely on a photo of a Native American that he finds at his parents’ house. The one part of the episode — well, there’s probably more parts — that I think specifically deserves an ‘I’m Sorry About That’: He gives a — I’m doing this in air quotes — ‘presentation’ that consists of putting war paint on Screech and giving him a toy tomahawk — and he has Screech stagger around and grunt at people. Zack doesn’t get in trouble for this completely racist presentation, and the only punishment is he’ll have to skip the big track meet if he doesn’t take the project seriously. His teacher introduces him to Chief Henry, who appears to live in someone’s garage and bestows wisdom onto Zack before he drops dead without explanation at the end of the episode. On the plus side, Zack takes his ancestry seriously and gives another ‘presentation.’ Of course, he gets into full Native American costume with face paint and a headdress.That’s another ‘I’m Sorry’ moment. … Actually there’s a picture of me online I found as well. So, uh, yeah… good stuff. I hope the kids don’t catch that episode.”