Take an angry principal, a scheming student, a busy father and a crazy out-of-work actor and what do you have? A recipe for hilarity! Comedy ensues when Zack's failing grades put his big ski trip in danger! Never fear Zack - Bayside's resident actor, James, happens to be waiting tables at The Max! The only thing he'll be serving up is uproarious comedy when James has to play both Zack's father and Mr. Belding. Starring Jerry Van Dyke as Mr. Belding, Kurt Russell as Zack, Ernest Borgnine as the wacky James, and Introducing Mr. Robert Wagner as Derrick Morris!
Also in this episode, there is an amazing dream sequence where we see that the gang at Bayside will age into either Jewish or Southern Hick-style stereotypical old people! Dottering old people are funny - and young people playing dottering old people? Wooo-doggie!
Mr. Belding: Zack, you're not a matador, so take the bull outside.
Most Implausible Moment
A "Cat's in the Cradle" moment appears out of nowhere at the end of the episode, to remind us that a lying, scheming student's dishonesty and failing grades are not the fault of the student. No, the blame for his failure lies squarely on the shoulders of his overworked father.
The sins of the father, Derrick Morris...
Issues of Nerdness Watch
Today, we focus on issues of self-identification and respect. Consider the following two quotes:
Curly Haired Nerd: "We're not happy nerds."
Then, less than a minute later, a nerd takes umbrage at Mr. Beldings' slanderous use of the term "nerd", and says the following:
Non-Descript Nerd: "We're not nerds! We're chess jocks, OK?"
Looks like the nerd community might need a Bill Cosby.