I wanted to start his year’s Christmas Challenge with a bang. So I went for an old classic: Saved by the Bell. Not only was there the usual — Jessie calling Slater a pig, Screech making dumb jokes, and of course, Zack’s humongous cell phone — but we had Christmas tidings and even a nice little message.
It’s Christmastime and the gang is out of school for the holidays. While most have jobs at the mall, Zack is entertaining himself running errands, visiting friends, and chasing girls. Well, one girl in particular: Laura, Kelly’s new coworker at Moody’s Store for Men. One little thing about Laura: She’s homeless, along with her father.
While the Morris family and gang have open hearts to Laura’s situation, others aren’t so sweet. Laura’s boss Moody doesn’t think it’s so grand; in fact, he thinks that homeless equals untrustworthy — even to the point where he accuses her of stealing! But in good ’90s fashion (pardon the pun), all ends ok with a strange rendition of “A Christmas Carol” and a “Silent Night” sing-along in the Morris living room.
It’s a sweet episode and one that reminds us of all the things we do have this Christmas. Considering all those struggling with unemployment or homelessness (especially in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in NY and NJ), it’s got a nice holiday message, and it’s a good episode to start the challenge with.
Recommendation: Watch it this year, definitely. And try to remember the message for years to come.
PS – As an added bonus, if you look closely at the credits, you’ll see a cute little cameo in there: “Santa…as Himself.”