One of the greatest lessons I learned at a young age from Saved by the Bell is to embrace the diverse personalities in a friend group, even if you have to stuff one of them in a locker or betray one by courting his girlfriend. Bayside Tigers need to stick together if they have any chance in hell at beating Valley in the world’s smallest wrestling gym.
Unfortunately, that’s not how real life’s played out.
The hit show is gearing up for a reboot on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock but only Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar will return to the roles that made them famous two decades ago.
One of the glaring omissions to the show is Lark Voohries aka Lisa Turtle aka Screech’s Stalking Victim, who claims to feel “slighted and hurt” by being snubbed from a show that Mark-Paul Gosselaar, her real life boyfriend during the duration of the show, has a producer credit on.
“I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt when I was not invited to be part of the Saved By The Bell reunion, as well as other cast members events,” Voorhies said. “Yet, of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision. With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful.”
Ms. Turtle was likely passed on because Hollywood has no interest in dealing with the mental health issues that have plagued the actress over the years. Voohries has admitted to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder after giving a string of confusing interviews and a 2006 lawsuit against the National Enquirer for claiming she had a drug problem.
It’s a damn shame Belding didn’t step in with a “hey, hey, hey!” to ensure Lisa was included in the reboot. At least a damn cameo or something. Can we just forgive her for friend-zoning Screech into violence?
I swear if Miss Bliss is involved in this reboot I’ll break my television.