A very special article about very special episodes.
Because problems are resolved almost as quickly as they’re introduced in these episodes, and typically with some grand outpouring of emotion or over-the-top confrontation, these short stretches of seriousness can be unintentionally hilarious. The ultimate example of this is “Jessie’s Song,” the oft-quoted bit of Saved By the Bell melodrama that has straight-A student Jessie Spano struggling to balance her singing group, Hot Sundae, with her schoolwork. She turns to caffeine pills, has a meltdown, and cry-sings that infamous line: “I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so…scared.” If Saved by the Bell were screened in a concert setting, this would be the episode that everyone would wave their cell phones and lighters to. It’s like the sitcom equivalent of “Freebird.”