Why Elizabeth Berkley Was 'So Excited' to Recreate Iconic 'Saved by the Bell' Pill-Popping Scene on 'DWTS'
It was the moment that "Saved by the Bell" fans were waiting for, and it satisfied to The Max! On Monday's "Dancing With the Stars," Elizabeth Berkley dusted off her legwarmers and took viewers back to the '90s to recreate an iconic TV moment as she paid tribute to her most memorable year.
Berkley's throwback moment was taken from the 1990 "Saved by the Bell" episode "Jessie's Song," which featured her character, Jessie Spano, freaking out after taking too many caffeine pills. Who can forget when Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) saved the day as Jessie broke down while singing the classic Pointer Sisters song, "I'm So Excited"? The scene has been named one of the most memorable moments from the show and has gone viral on YouTube, so it's no wonder the actress tied it in to her Most Memorable Year dance on "Dancing With the Stars."
See Berkley's full "DWTS" performance of "I'm So Excited":
Berkley explained that while her most memorable year was actually 2012 (the year her son, Sky, was born), everything before that — most notably, her life changing role on the '90s sitcom — led up to that moment.
"One of my wishes for Sky is that he knows he's allowed to dream big," she said. She described her breakthrough role on the teen comedy as "the beginning of the steps that changed the course of my life." But with so many "Saved by the Bell" episodes to choose from, why did she pick a scene from "Jessie's Song?"
"It is one of my favorite episodes," Berkley told Yahoo TV. "And because it's a fan favorite, it has a special place in my heart. It connects us all to our childhood."
She added, "Most episodes dealt a bit more with 'who asked who to the dance,' where as this one dealt with a heavier subject matter. Of all the moments from the show, that felt like the right one to do."
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The actress also revealed that fans have been asking for a tribute to the buzzy episode. "I loved knowing how happy it was going to make the fans since they've been asking us to do this," she said. "I know this scene holds a lot of childhood memories for people, so we wanted to make sure we nailed it. It was pretty surreal sitting there with a bow on my head in a letterman's jacket on a bed that was almost identical to the one on set. When Val popped through the window it was almost like I was transported in a time machine!"