Watch the ‘Saved by the Bell’ cast honor Dustin ‘Screech’ Diamond’s greatest hits

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“Saved by the Bell” characters Screech Powers and Dustin Diamond, the late actor who played them, are getting a gentle and kind send-off as the second series of the rebooted series launches on NBC’s Peacock streaming service .

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Diamond died in February of lung cancer that had metastasized from elsewhere in his body. He was 44 years old.

“The whole thing is obviously sad, and it was necessary that we treat it delicately,” actor Elizabeth Berkeley, who plays Jesse Spano, told yahoo entertainment About tribute.

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“I hope fans really like it. It was gentle and really moving to be in Max, just the five of us. You could feel that something was clearly missing in this whole puzzle.” , but it was certainly a way of honoring Dustin and the legacy of his craft to create such an iconic character that no one else could.”

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Diamond, who was often caught in scandal off-camera, was not cast in the first season of the revived teen sitcom, which originally ran on Saturday Mornings on NBC from 1989 to 1993. The revival, which began in 2020 on the peacock, watching the high school gang grow up and run things like fictional Bayside High and beyond.

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In Season 2, the cast returns to a world where the COVID-19 pandemic is firmly in the rearview mirror and Bayside has done a wonderful job of managing it. But the show is haunted by melancholy among adults — and spoiler alert: any reader who wants to be surprised by a tribute to Diamond should stop reading here.

Jack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and AC (Mario Lopez) have signaled Screech’s demise, without adding any details, talking about going “that thing on Max tonight”.

And those details never come; The show, aimed at younger audiences, leaves things open for interpretation. the fact that screech Died Not clear either. After reportedly spending the reboot’s first season living on the International Space Station with his robot, Kevin, he’s just gone.

Before heading to the old gang’s gathering place, Max tells AC to Jesse that he has realized that “the only way through hard things is together.”

The gang then dines on the latest addition to the diner’s menu, Screech’s Spaghetti Burger, served by Kevin, who has returned from space and “did some work.”

AC cuts a burger and says, “It’s a little weird, but great.”

“Like Screech,” says Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhees).

The gang then shares memories of their old friend, whom Jessica said aloud, “he was so funny.”

“To screech,” says Jack, and they all raise their spaghetti burgers to toast to their late friend.

The episode then cuts to a montage of Screech’s funniest moments from the original series, set to a song remembering him as the first “Mr. Miss Bayside. Diamond mugs for the camera and engages in physical comedy which was his lonesome on the show.

The actor revealed his cancer diagnosis in mid-January and did not die three weeks later. “Dustin was not a victim. He didn’t have to lie in pain,” his agent, Roger Paul, said in a statement at the time. “For that we are grateful.”

Before Diamond’s death his team told that’s a deal They were negotiating with him if he comes back for a second season again.

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