Last night on Dancing With the Stars, Elizabeth Berkley reenacted her most iconic Saved By The Bell scene: Jessie Spano breaking down in the arms of her best friend Zack Morris, admitting her crippling, week-long addiction to caffeine pills. Both the original and the recreation were a watershed moments for any SBTB fan, but Jessie taught us so much more than the perils of a strong cup of coffee.
How do you feel when you’re getting ready for a first date, or thinking about a burgeoning new relationship? Are you so excited, so excited, so… scared? Jessie Spano knows how you feel.
For many young women of the ’90s, Jessie was our first introduction to a certain brand of brainy feminism.
So, despite being A.C. Slater’s “Mama,” she always knew how to deal with macho pigism.
Jessie knew that some guys just need to be put in their place, and how to put them there.
But she wasn’t above a little fun, and she’s been dancing into our hearts for years. Jessie Spano taught us how to shake it (nice scrunchie).
And how to Vogue.
And how to let a someone know you like them through the power of dance.
Jessie knew all about the pleasures of male objectification.
She understood that in relationships, some things are better left unsaid.
And taught us how to succinctly express our feelings about a bad date.
She valued the introduction of a little mystery into a relationship, and was willing to dress the part.
And even Bayside’s most outspoken feminist supported the notion that a little threesome action between friends never hurt anyone.
Next up for Berkley and DWTS: the Goddess volcano dance from Showgirls we hope.