The only thing worse than the series of Tori episodes is knowing that the Miss Bliss ones are right behind them. Ok, so aside from Jenna, I can pretty much assure you that she is the only one on the planet that likes them so she’ll be a happy camper when starting on Monday we travel to Indiana and stop off at JFK Junior High. I’ll have to find something to fill my time on the Daily Bell next week as I can assure you that there will only be ONE entry on the Stevie episode due to air next Wednesday.
Since I missed the episode about Tori’s arrival (and I’m sure my faithful readers know her story) I won’t spend too much time filling you in on her. Basically, Jessie and Kelly mysteriously disappear and Tori, a Harley riding, leather jacked wearing, Jessie hair wannabe, shows up in their place. Long story short, her and Zack don’t hit it off right away until they are forced to work on a school project together. They eventually start to like each other and bada bing bada boom new romance.
On to today’s episode “Class Rings”, which is one of my favorites. The episode starts off at the senior committee meeting and two members are missing. By now Tori and Zack are quite hot and heavy and both show up late to the meeting claiming they were at the library studying – ya right! The subject of senior class rings is brought up and Zack volunteers to take on the project as the “ring leader”, promising that “deal” is his middle name.
Later on the gang gathers in the hallway and as usual Lisa finds herself ragging on poor Screech. Feeling bad for the little guy Tori asks why Lisa can just be nice to him for once. Lisa bets Tori that she couldn’t go on one date with Screech without being mean to him, but if she could survive Lisa would have to be nice to Screech for the rest of the year. Tori takes the bet and tears Zack away from his nerd swindling to ask his permission to go out with Screech. Of course Zack isn’t threatened by Screech so he says no problem. With Zack’s approval Tori asks Screech to the movies, and although Zack is his best friend he’s accepts. Tori and Screech take their seats at the local cinemaplex and Screech takes out his menagerie of odd snacks including Brazilian horseradish popcorn. A few rows back Slater, Lisa, and Zack spy on the couple – Lisa’s already celebrating her victory. A few moments go by and despite Screech ruining the ending to the movie before it began, Tori survives. Lisa’s life is over as she knows it!
The next day at the Max, Zack meets his class ring contact – Gem Diamond, Jeweler, Gemologist, GGTK (Good Guy to Know). Gem presents his collection – including the Grekow Roman 5000 which he warned his Mom to take out of his inventory. Apparently he loses money every time he sells them and he promised his dead father he’d never sell them again. Zack threatens to take his business elsewhere and it’s enough to twist Gem’s arm into making the sale. Zack signs on the dotted line and Gem scoots out of the Max checking the payphone for spare change on his way out. Zack returns to the booth where Lisa’s about to be nice to Screech to the first time. But before she can extend a friendly greeting, Screech announces that he and Tori are in love! What?! Oh boy looks like their innocent “date-bet” meant a little more than it was supposed to.
Later on Tori tries to let Screech down gently, but he doesn’t catch on. He even offers to take a can of Raid to his beloved insect collection to make her happy. Zack enters and amazingly produces the hundreds of rings that Gem’s managed to deliver only 24 hours later. Hey – Gem’s the best! When Tori’s attempts to ditch Screech fail, she asks Zack for help. In the boys restroom Zack mopes, and Slater tells Screech how heartbroken Zack is over Tori but he just isn’t willing to let her go. To solidify their love Screech offers Tori his class ring and he clasps it around her neck before she can even make a move.
What happens next is a total shocker – Lisa arrives sporting a green ring finger and before too long the entire senior class has surrounded them, all with green fingers. Who would have thought – Gem Diamond a scam artist? When Zack calls Gem and asks for his money back he learns that all sales are final. Zack thinks up a great plan that will solve both his green finger dilemma and win his woman back. Tori finds Screech, who is busy training his flea circus, and shows him the green mark on her neck. With fake tears-a-flowing Tori sobs that the first symbol of their love is … gasp… tarnished!
Screech takes off to the Max to give Gem a piece of his mind. As the second part of the plan, Zack places another call to Gem and gets him to meet him at the Max. Gem arrives and Zack delivers his scheme. He tells Gem that he wants to team up and swindle other schools into buying the phony rings. Screech finally shows up in a full ninja suit to give Gem the beating of his life! Even AC “Abnormally Cruel” Slater can’t tame the almighty Zondo. Out of fear for his safety Gem gives in to Screech’s demands and promises to give all the students new rings.
Screech is a hero and as a result gains quite the reputation with the ladies of Bayside. Realizing there just isn’t enough Screech to go around he cuts Tori loose. Now that Tori is back on the market Zack swoops back in and offers his class ring to Tori – who gratefully accepts.