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17th Apr '16 3:32:15 PM atomiccake
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* CelebrityParadox: In the sixth season episode "At the Movies", Dustin Diamond appears as himself when Kristie arranges a screening of "Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas" at the local movie theater. The problem here is that a couple of crossovers with ''The New Class'' have already established that the two shows exist in the same continuity. Screech previously appeared in the third season episode "The Hustlers" and Mary Beth and Amy met Screech when they appeared in ''The New Class'' episode "The Kiss".
9th Mar '16 10:08:03 AM Hossmeister
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** "Fighting Words" has Julie and Kristy (in separate scenes) imitating the signature laugh of BeavisAndButthead.

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** "Fighting Words" has Julie and Kristy (in separate scenes) imitating the signature laugh of BeavisAndButthead.WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead.
11th Jan '16 10:11:14 AM crazysamaritan
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* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Played with in "Trouble in Paradise," when Danny confronts Chris about "stealing" Julie (after pointing out that Danny can't say two words to her):

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* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Played with in TwoWordsICantCount: Episode "Trouble in Paradise," when Danny confronts Chris about "stealing" Julie (after pointing out that Danny can't say two words to her):her), Daddy responds that he has two words for ''him'', and says four instead.
9th Jan '16 6:13:51 PM atomiccake
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** In the fifth season episode "Tolerance", the writers used Mary Beth's speech about tolerance to acknowledge the existence of homosexuality. Something ''Saved by the Bell'' and ''California Dreams'' never had the guts to do.
2nd Dec '15 8:34:03 AM dreamofwritting
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* TwoWordsObviousTrope: Played with in "Trouble in Paradise," when Danny confronts Chris about "stealing" Julie (after pointing out that Danny can't say two words to her):

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* TwoWordsObviousTrope: TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Played with in "Trouble in Paradise," when Danny confronts Chris about "stealing" Julie (after pointing out that Danny can't say two words to her):
11th Nov '15 2:55:29 PM FF32
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* GothGirl: One-time character Syd in "Tolerance". Kristy is partnered with her on a biology project, and while working on it at a goth club called The Morgue (where Kristy comes dressed in a cheerleader uniform after coming from practice), learns that Syd became a grote (the episode's reference to goths) because it was the only group of people who didn't reject her. Kristy becomes friends with Syd, derides Mary Beth and Julie for demeaning them, and even starts briefly dressing like a grote[[note]]although the next scene shows that the black hair is a wig and the piercings are fake[[/note]]. Kristy and Syd both get beaten up by a couple of JerkJocks. The episode ends with AnAesop drop with Mary Beth acknowledging that being intolerant of goths is no different than discriminating any other class of people, with her and Julie apologizing to Kristy.

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* GothGirl: One-time character Syd in "Tolerance". Kristy is partnered with her on a biology project, and while working on it at a goth club called The Morgue (where Kristy comes dressed in a cheerleader uniform after coming from practice), learns that Syd became a grote (the episode's reference to goths) because it was the only group of people who didn't reject her. Kristy becomes friends with Syd, derides Mary Beth and Julie for demeaning them, and even starts briefly dressing like a grote[[note]]although the next scene shows that the black hair is a wig and the piercings are fake[[/note]]. Kristy and Syd both get beaten up by a couple of JerkJocks.JerkJock[=s=]. The episode ends with AnAesop drop with Mary Beth acknowledging that being intolerant of goths is no different than discriminating any other class of people, with her and Julie apologizing to Kristy.
8th Sep '15 9:45:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Season three's "Teen Mom" and season four's "My Family" involve characters who became mothers before graduating high school. In the former, Danny falls for a girl named Sarah, who keeps ditching him and backing out on dates, only to find out that she has a son; Danny even briefly considers marrying Sarah. In the latter, Coach Katowinski's 17-year-old daughter tells Mary Beth, Julie and Kristy that she had given birth to a child recently and hadn't told her dad about it, she eventually comes clean to him. In both cases, the main characters end up with the unwitting task of being the babysitters, with blunderous results.


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* TeenPregnancy: Season three's "Teen Mom" and season four's "My Family" involve characters who became mothers before graduating high school. In the former, Danny falls for a girl named Sarah, who keeps ditching him and backing out on dates, only to find out that she has a son; Danny even briefly considers marrying Sarah. In the latter, Coach Katowinski's 17-year-old daughter tells Mary Beth, Julie and Kristy that she had given birth to a child recently and hadn't told her dad about it, she eventually comes clean to him. In both cases, the main characters end up with the unwitting task of being the babysitters, with blunderous results.
24th Aug '15 11:57:31 AM tmanokc
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''SavedByTheBell'' [[RecycledINSPACE WITH BASKETBALL!]]

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''SavedByTheBell'' -->''SavedByTheBell'' [[RecycledINSPACE WITH BASKETBALL!]]
23rd Aug '15 1:44:03 PM tmanokc
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* AscendedExtra: Antonio Lopez is first introduced in the season four episode "Texas Rose," and part-way through "Shoot Out" two episodes later, becomes Kristy's boyfriend (albeit fumbling at first by lying to her and when they get together, their relationship is a long-distance one). The following season in "Hello and Goodbye," he moves to Deering from San Antonio, and ends up renting a house owned by Coach Katowinski, and joins the basketball team for the remainder of the series.



* AscendedExtra: Antonio Lopez is first introduced in the season four episode "Texas Rose," and part-way through "Shoot Out" two episodes later, becomes Kristy's boyfriend (albeit fumbling at first by lying to her and when they get together, their relationship is a long-distance one). The following season in "Hello and Goodbye," he moves to Deering from San Antonio, and ends up renting a house owned by Coach Katowinski, and joins the basketball team for the remainder of the series.



* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: "Teen Mom" and "My Family" have gender

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* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: "Teen Mom" and "My Family" have genderinstances involving both genders. In the former, Michael, Teddy and Vince are . In the latter, Kristy, Mary Beth and Julie face this while looking after the baby daughter of Coach Katowinski's teenage daughter, with Mary Beth even getting her shirt spat upon.



* BlowingARaspberry: Not used much in the show, but is .

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* BlowingARaspberry: Not used much in the show, but is .show. It is invoked by Amy in "Superman Brodis," after she explains to Teddy (whose mother thinks the gang is doing the macarena, or as she calls it the "macaroni," while they're goofing around in his room) that she needs to practice her cheerleading for a county sports competition.



* The Bully: Really, only a handful of the show's incidental characters are this, and only when the plot calls for one to be included.

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* The Bully: TheBully: Really, only a handful of the show's incidental characters are this, and only when the plot calls for one to be included.



* CompressedVice:
** Vince's steroid addiction in "Short Cuts". Josh is the first to suspect that Vince has been taking steroids to improve himself on the court, and everyone finds out when Amy spots him a student film, where Vince is seen buying steroids from another student in the background. After having taken steroids for a few weeks, an incident where he punches Josh, and a talk with Coach Fuller and NBA player Muggsy Bogues convinces him to stop.
** Rico's marijuana use in "High Hoops," which causes him to bail on fixing Hammer's motorcycle the third time he smokes it due to a case of the munchies. When the brakes on Hammer's bike malfunction, injuring his arm in the resulting crash, the guilt over it and his friends confronting him about his drug use cause Rico to seek Coach Katowinski's help to quit.



* CompressedVice: Vince's steroid addiction in "Short Cuts," Teddy's cigarette addiction in "No Smoking" and Rico's marijuana addiction in "High Hoops".



* CureYourGays: "Not A D'Amata" featured a Saturday Morning-friendly version of this when Vince is ashamed of his younger brother for having become a sensitive poet. He tries to make him manlier by taking him camping but fails. Vince eventually accepts that his brother being different isn't a bad thing.

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* CureYourGays: "Not A D'Amata" featured a Saturday Morning-friendly morning-friendly version of this this, when Vince is ashamed of his younger brother for having become a sensitive poet. He tries to make him manlier by taking him camping but fails. Vince eventually accepts that his brother being different isn't a bad thing.



* Disguised in Drag / AttractiveBentGender: The latter is averted in "The Curfew," but the former is invoked in both that episode (both ways with Julie and the guys) and in "Finals Fury" (in reverse with Mary Beth and Kristy). In the first of the two episodes, Julie, Michael, Teddy, Danny and Vince dress up in drag (with Julie being dressed as a man) in an attempt to get out of a fraternity party on the night before the state tournament without Coach Fuller seeing them, since they're supposed to be at their hotel room before curfew. Vince is a little embarrassed, pointing out he looks like his mom dressed up as a woman, leading to this hilarious exchange:

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* Disguised in Drag / AttractiveBentGender: Drag[=/=]AttractiveBentGender: The latter is averted in "The Curfew," but the former is invoked in both that episode (both ways with Julie and the guys) and in "Finals Fury" (in reverse with Mary Beth and Kristy). In the first of the two episodes, Julie, Michael, Teddy, Danny and Vince dress up in drag (with Julie being dressed as a man) in an attempt to get out of a fraternity party on the night before the state tournament without Coach Fuller seeing them, since they're supposed to be at their hotel room before curfew. Vince is a little embarrassed, pointing out he looks like his mom dressed up as a woman, leading to this hilarious exchange:



* DumbBlonde / GeniusDitz: Vince's date in "Harvest Moon," also a bit of a klutz considering she got her hair caught in the car door when they arrived at the dance. However, she does know what the area of a circle is, but confuses pi with pie.

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* DumbBlonde / GeniusDitz: DumbBlonde[=/=]GeniusDitz: Vince's date in "Harvest Moon," also a bit of a klutz considering she got her hair caught in the car door when they arrived at the dance. However, she does know what the area of a circle is, but confuses pi with pie.



* EndangeredSoufflé: Julie, Teddy and Michael make one (inadvertently... it was supposed to be a pineapple upside-down cake) in "The Perfect Girl," putting a new meaning to "stick a fork in it, it's done" when it pops upon that happening.



** In the fourth season episode "Assault and Pepper Spray", Mary Beth suggests that the best way to deal with an attacker is to "kick him in the Coco Puffs", later Julie gets flustered when she accidentally implies that she and Michael were going to be in the showers together, and finally Nick deep throats a corn dog at one point. Though that last one probably wasn't meant to be dirty, it no doubt caused a few chuckles for the wrong reasons.
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: In the episode "S.A.T. Blues", Julie buys Michael an expensive case for his beloved guitar...too bad Michael sold his guitar to buy Julie a ruby ring.

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** In the fourth season episode "Assault and Pepper Spray", Mary Beth suggests that the best way to deal with an attacker is to "kick him in the Coco Puffs", later Puffs". Later, Julie gets flustered when she accidentally implies that she and Michael were going to be in the showers together, and finally Nick deep throats a corn dog at one point. Though that last one probably wasn't meant to be dirty, it no doubt caused a few chuckles for the wrong reasons.
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: In the episode "S.A.T. Blues", Julie buys Michael an expensive case for his beloved guitar... too bad Michael sold his guitar to buy Julie a ruby ring.



* Green-EyedMonster: In a season two episode aptly titled "Green-Eyed Julie," Julie feels threatened by Nicole, a new employee at The Stadium, who has a crush on her boyfriend Josh the result of having been cheated on by her last boyfriend, Chris. Josh tries to set up Nicole with Danny, but she's not interested in him. When Josh tries to tell Nicole he doesn't like her that way, she kisses him and is caught by Julie, who breaks up with her at the school's '70s dance. She ends up regretting it when Danny informs her that Nicole kissed Josh, who pushed her off, and apologizes.

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* Green-EyedMonster: GreenEyedMonster: In a season two episode aptly titled "Green-Eyed Julie," Julie feels threatened by Nicole, a new employee at The Stadium, who has a crush on her boyfriend Josh the result of having been cheated on by her last boyfriend, Chris. Josh tries to set up Nicole with Danny, but she's not interested in him. When Josh tries to tell Nicole he doesn't like her that way, she kisses him and is caught by Julie, who breaks up with her at the school's '70s dance. She ends up regretting it when Danny informs her that Nicole kissed Josh, who pushed her off, and apologizes.



** There actually was an apropos season four episode titled "Love Triangle," in which TheMatchmaker Mary Beth takes up said role for Kristy, but things get screwed up when Hammer becomes interested in Mary Beth instead, causing a brief rift between the girls.

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** There actually was an apropos season four episode In the appropriately titled "Love Triangle," in which TheMatchmaker Mary Beth takes up said role for Kristy, but Kristy. But, things get screwed up when Hammer becomes interested in Mary Beth instead, causing a brief rift between the girls.



** Season six's "At the Movies" has Kristy and Antonio both getting jobs at a movie theater, technically is part of a work study assignment, but it leads to problems when Kristy is promoted to assistant manager over Antonio.

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** Season six's "At the Movies" has Kristy and Antonio both getting jobs at a movie theater, technically is part of a work study assignment, but it leads to problems when Kristy is promoted to assistant manager over Antonio.



* OpposingSportsTeam: Several, none more feared than ''Remington!'' (aaah!) and Arlington High.



* RecycledINSPACE!: Quite clearly ''Saved by the Bell'' with basketball; in fact, almost all shows on the TNBC lineup were Recycled IN SPACE! versions of ''SBTB'' (for example, ''CaliforniaDreams'' is ''Saved By the Bell'' WITH A {{GARAGE BAND}}!)

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* RecycledINSPACE!: Quite clearly ''Saved by the Bell'' with basketball; in fact, almost all shows on the TNBC lineup were Recycled IN SPACE! versions of ''SBTB'' (for example, ''CaliforniaDreams'' ''Series/CaliforniaDreams'' is ''Saved By the Bell'' WITH A {{GARAGE BAND}}!)



-->'''Silk''' (to Hammer): "First, Rico quits to join the wrestling team. Then, you're moving. We're like the SpiceGirls! No one wants to stick it out!"

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-->'''Silk''' (to Hammer): "First, Rico quits to join the wrestling team. Then, you're moving. We're like the SpiceGirls! Music/SpiceGirls! No one wants to stick it out!"



* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Done from time to time with Mary Beth and Kristy, they develop into the LaverneAndShirley of the show.

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* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Done from time to time with Mary Beth and Kristy, they develop into the LaverneAndShirley Series/LaverneAndShirley of the show.



* SpitTake: Mr. and Mrs. Pepperton do this in unison in "Son-in-Law," when during a dinner with Mary Beth and her parents, Vince states that his family moved to Deering from Chicago after his mom went to the state prison... only for him to reveal it was because she got a job as a chef there.



* StatusCellPhone: Several episodes had Mary Beth as the only teenage character that had a cell phone.
* SummerCampy: Seasons three and four feature about three episodes that take at a basketball camp, originally started by Coach Fuller, that the kids volunteer at.



** In season two's "Short Cuts," Vince takes steroids to give him an edge on the court. Josh is the first to find out after noticing pimples on his neck (and noticing Vince's sudden playing improvement and agressiveness during games and practice). Everyone else finds out after Amy notices Vince is in a student film (the tape of which he destroys when they threaten to show it to Coach Fuller) buying steroids from Jimbo, the student who dealt him them. Vince later regrets hitting Josh after Coach Fuller informs him that Josh had spilled, and explains to Fuller and NBA player Muggsy Bogues that the reason he took them was because he felt insecure that his size was a disadvantage as an athlete.
*** "Breaks of the Game," from two seasons later, has a subverted RecycledPlot in which Hammer fails a drug test when he tests positive for steroids, only for it to have been a false positive caused by his allergy medication.
** "Superman Brodis" from season two focuses on the topic of ParentalAbandonment, when Teddy meets the father who left him and his mother as a little kid to pursue his basketball career. Teddy is disappointed to find that Theodore, Sr. is strict and critical, and even evokes YouAreNotMyFather in one scene ("you may be my father, but you are not my dad!"). Theodore, Sr. later attends a free-throw competition his son is participating in to make amends and forge a relationship with Teddy, who decides to give it a shot.
** In season three's "No Smoking," Danny discovers that Teddy had started smoking cigarettes over the summer. Coach Fuller catches him smoking while they are both at the mall, and gives Teddy an ultimatum that either he quit smoking or he'll be kicked off the team. This leads Danny, Vince and Michael to try methods that end up failing hilariously at getting him to quit from meditation to hypnosis (which only proceeds to put Vince and Danny in a trance, causing them to fall off the stands). It is only after he discovers that a kid he's mentoring smokes as well, that Teddy makes a deal with him to kick the habit.
** A similar plot occurs in season four's "High Hoops," in which Rico starts smoking marijuana in order to get closer to a girl who smokes it. Rico ends up shirking his responsibility of fixing Hammer's motorcycle, causing him to be injured when his brakes malfunction. Rico then goes to Coach Katowinski for help quitting.
** In season three's "Mary Beth's Parents," Mary Beth finds out that her parents are getting divorced after overhearing Teddy discussing about how to break the news to her, after Vince overheard her parents talking about it. This causes an attempt to recreate her parents' first date in the hopes of rekindling their romance.
** Another season three episode, "The Perfect Girl," has Mary Beth considering having plastic surgery after she is passed over for a modeling opportunity. She later decides against having work done on her after she and Kristy meet a woman at the cosmetic surgeon's office who became a basic mummy after having multiple surgeries done.
** Played a little lighter than the other VSEs, in season three's "Goodnight, Vince," Vince suffers from sleep deprivation after missing a foul shot that their competitors, Edgecliff High, intercept to beat Deering by one point.
** Season four's "Lend a Helping Hammer" has Hammer and his friends try to help out a GirlOfTheWeek named Taylor, whose family is homeless. He blabs it to everyone at the school dance when trying to clarify the reason why the funds raised for new team uniforms are being donated to her family. They pitch in and help her dad look for a job to get Taylor's family out of the situation, although the job he does get is in the next state over, Michigan.
** In season four's "Let Them Play," the Tornados become hesitant to play against Lennox High after they find out that one of the players on that team has HIV; Julie ends up being the only one who backs out even after meeting said player and being informed that the chances of contracting HIV or AIDS while playing basketball is very low worrying that she might get infected due to blood contact while defending the ball. The players don't chastize her for it, though. The rest of the team then decides to hold a non-sanctioned game against Lennox when the school board cancels the game out of concerns from the parents of ''that'' school's students.
** Season four's "Assault and Pepper Spray" has a bit of a BreakTheCutie situation with Kristy when she is mugged in a parking garage while leaving from her job at a mall hot dog cart. Afraid to be alone in public, her friends make the unintentional blunder of giving her a surprise birthday party at the gym, turning the lights on and running out of their hiding places. Julie and Mary Beth decide to take Kristy to a self-defense class. Kristy then asks Mary Beth to sub in for her at the cart. Kristy gets Hammer to buy her some pepper spray, believing that she would be safer with it; this backfires when she accidentally sprays herself and Michael when leaving from work, when she mistakes the latter for a mugger. Kristy later admits she should have had Julie, Mary Beth and Michael walk her to her car to avoid such a situation, and decides to retake the self-defense class.
** Season five's "Tolerance" focuses on Kristy befriending a GothGirl; while showing support for Syd after Mary Beth and Julie make fun of those kind of people, she starts donning goth gear herself, but ends up the victim of a hate crime when two jocks beat her and Syd up. The episode ends with Mary Beth and Julie learning a lesson about treating those who may be outcasts (like goths) with respect, and that discrimination against them is no different than discrimination against people based on skin color, sexual orientation, etc.
** Season five's "Beer Pressure" deals with drunk driving. Julie dates an older guy named Brian, who Michael is jealous of. When the takes her to a school dance, Kristy and Mary Beth catch Brian drinking a bottle of beer, but they are unsure whether they should step in and stop her from going with him when Julie doesn't do it. Brian drives Julie home and gets them both injured in a car accident, benching her from the team's next game. With a dislocated shoulder, Julie realizes that she shouldn't try to fit in with older people and decides against seeing him again, and ends up rekindling her relationship with Michael. The Tornados manage to win the game, even without her on the court.
** In season five's "Big Brother Blues," Michael and Silk volunteer for a Big Brothers/Big Sisters-style program, in which they are paired with a young boy named Daniel. While spending time at the mall with him, Michael meets Daniel's mom just after Silk leaves, and tells Michael that she's glad her son's Big Brother is white, inferring that she doesn't want her son to be influenced by a black male. Silk later finds out the truth from Michael, and after Daniel's mom finds out that Silk is also Daniel's Big Brother, she decides not to let Daniel see him again. After he's caught having run off to game at Deering, where Michael and Silk had said Daniel the honorary ball boy, Silk and Coach Katowinski reprimand Daniel's mother for trying to influence her prejudice on him. Daniel, however, doesn't care that Silk is black, and sees him just as his friend. Te episode ends with Daniel running back into the locker room to give Silk a hug as the rest of the team looks on.
** In the season five episode "Revolver? Problem Solver?," Silk decides to get a gun in an attempt to protect himself from a bully. He narrowly avoids accidentally shooting Mary Beth, who tries to step in to break up the two guys' fight, when the gun inadvertently fires at a window.
** The season six episode "Secrets and Lies" dealt with Mary Beth being forced upon by a guy she meets during the team's tournament. See AttemptedRape and DateRapeAverted.

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** In season two's "Short Cuts," Vince takes steroids to give him an edge on the court. Josh is the first to find out after noticing pimples on his neck (and noticing Vince's sudden playing improvement and agressiveness during games and practice). Everyone else finds out after Amy notices Vince is in a student film (the tape of which he destroys when they threaten to show it to Coach Fuller) buying steroids from Jimbo, the student who dealt him them. Vince later regrets hitting Josh after Coach Fuller informs him that Josh had spilled, and explains to Fuller and NBA player Muggsy Bogues that the reason he took them was because he felt insecure that his size was a disadvantage as an athlete.
*** "Breaks of the Game," from two seasons later, later (in season four), has a subverted RecycledPlot in which Hammer fails a drug test when he tests positive for steroids, only for it to have been a false positive caused by his allergy medication.
** "Superman Brodis" from season two focuses on the topic of ParentalAbandonment, when Teddy meets the father who left him and his mother as a little kid to pursue his basketball career. Teddy is disappointed to find that Theodore, Sr. is strict and critical, and even evokes YouAreNotMyFather in one scene ("you may be my father, but you are not my dad!"). Theodore, Sr. later attends a free-throw competition his son is participating in to make amends and forge a relationship with Teddy, who decides to give it a shot.
** In season three's "No Smoking," Danny discovers that Teddy had started smoking cigarettes over the summer. Coach Fuller catches him smoking while they are both at the mall, and gives Teddy an ultimatum that either he quit smoking or he'll be kicked off the team. This leads Danny, Vince and Michael to try methods that end up failing hilariously at getting him to quit from meditation to hypnosis (which only proceeds to put Vince and Danny in a trance, causing them to fall off the stands). It is only after he discovers that a kid he's mentoring smokes as well, that Teddy makes a deal with him to kick the habit.
** A similar plot occurs in season four's "High Hoops," Hoops" (which aired the season after "No Smoking" aired) in which Rico starts smoking marijuana in order to get closer to a girl who smokes it. Rico ends up shirking his responsibility of fixing Hammer's motorcycle, causing him to be injured when his brakes malfunction. Rico then goes to Coach Katowinski for help quitting.
** In season three's "Mary Beth's Parents," Mary Beth finds out that her parents are getting divorced after overhearing Teddy discussing about how to break the news to her, after Vince overheard her parents talking about it. This causes an attempt to recreate her parents' first date in the hopes of rekindling their romance.
** Another season three episode, "The Perfect Girl," Girl" has Mary Beth considering having plastic surgery after she is passed over for a modeling opportunity. She later decides against having work done on her after she and Kristy meet a woman at the cosmetic surgeon's office who became a basic mummy after having multiple surgeries done.
** Played a little lighter than the other VSEs, in season three's "Goodnight, Vince," Vince suffers from sleep deprivation after missing a foul shot that their competitors, Edgecliff High, intercept to beat Deering by one point.
** Season four's "Lend a Helping Hammer" has Hammer and his friends try to help out a GirlOfTheWeek named Taylor, whose family is homeless. He blabs it to everyone at the school dance when trying to clarify the reason why the funds raised for new team uniforms are being donated to her family. They pitch in and help her dad look for a job to get Taylor's family out of the situation, although the job he does get is in the next state over, Michigan.
** In season four's "Let Them Play," the Tornados become hesitant to play against Lennox High after they find out that one of the players on that team has HIV; Julie ends up being the only one who backs out even after meeting said player and being informed that the chances of contracting HIV or AIDS while playing basketball is very low worrying that she might get infected due to blood contact while defending the ball. The players don't chastize her for it, though. The rest of the team then decides to hold a non-sanctioned game against Lennox when the school board cancels the game out of concerns from the parents of ''that'' school's students.
** Season four's "Assault and Pepper Spray" has a bit of a BreakTheCutie situation with Kristy when she is mugged in a parking garage while leaving from her job at a mall hot dog cart. Afraid to be alone in public, her friends make the unintentional blunder of giving her a surprise birthday party at the gym, turning the lights on and running out of their hiding places. Julie and Mary Beth decide to take Kristy to a self-defense class. Kristy then asks Mary Beth to sub in for her at the cart. Kristy gets Hammer to buy her some pepper spray, believing that she would be safer with it; this backfires when she accidentally sprays herself and Michael when leaving from work, when she mistakes the latter for a mugger. Kristy later admits she should have had Julie, Mary Beth and Michael walk her to her car to avoid such a situation, and decides to retake the self-defense class.
** Season five's "Tolerance" focuses on Kristy befriending a GothGirl; while showing support for Syd after Mary Beth and Julie make fun of those kind of people, she starts donning goth gear herself, but ends up the victim of a hate crime when two jocks beat her and Syd up. The episode ends with Mary Beth and Julie learning a lesson about treating those who may be outcasts (like goths) with respect, and that discrimination against them is no different than discrimination against people based on skin color, sexual orientation, etc.
** Season five's "Beer Pressure" deals with drunk driving. Julie dates an older guy named Brian, who Michael is jealous of. When the takes her to a school dance, Kristy and Mary Beth catch Brian drinking a bottle of beer, but they are unsure whether they should step in and stop her from going with him when Julie doesn't do it. Brian drives Julie home and gets them both injured in a car accident, benching her from the team's next game. With a dislocated shoulder, Julie realizes that she shouldn't try to fit in with older people and decides against seeing him again, and ends up rekindling her relationship with Michael. The Tornados manage to win the game, even without her on the court.
** In season five's "Big Brother Blues," Michael and Silk volunteer for a Big Brothers/Big Sisters-style program, in which they are paired with a young boy named Daniel. While spending time at the mall with him, Michael meets Daniel's mom just after Silk leaves, and tells Michael that she's glad her son's Big Brother is white, inferring that she doesn't want her son to be influenced by a black male. Silk later finds out the truth from Michael, and after Daniel's mom finds out that Silk is also Daniel's Big Brother, she decides not to let Daniel see him again. After he's caught having run off to game at Deering, where Michael and Silk had said Daniel the honorary ball boy, Silk and Coach Katowinski reprimand Daniel's mother for trying to influence her prejudice on him. Daniel, however, doesn't care that Silk is black, and sees him just as his friend. Te episode ends with Daniel running back into the locker room to give Silk a hug as the rest of the team looks on.
** In the season five episode "Revolver? Problem Solver?," Silk decides to get a gun in an attempt to protect himself from a bully. He narrowly avoids accidentally shooting Mary Beth, who tries to step in to break up the two guys' fight, when the gun inadvertently fires at a window.
** The season six episode "Secrets and Lies" dealt with Mary Beth being forced upon by a guy she meets during the team's tournament. See AttemptedRape and DateRapeAverted.
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* BillingDisplacement: Gradually happened over the course of the series, as the new additions to the cast were added to the roster usually in the order they joined the show.[[note]]Except for Kevin Bell, who was billed before Megan Parlen in season two, despite the fact that he did not join the show until that season.[[/note]] By Season 6, this meant that Daniella Deutscher (who kept top billing throughout the series), Megan Parlen, Adam Frost and Amber Baretto in that order were billed prior to everyone else in the main cast (whereas Frost and Baretto were billed sixth and seventh before Reggie Theus when they first joined in season three, and Parlen was billed fourth in season one).



* TheCastShowoff: Practically every episode shows off the cast's basketball playing ability, which definitely took quite a bit of practice. Whenever they make a shot, the studio audience definitely was impressed. Reggie Theus shows off his ability in a couple of episodes, though he had to intentionally miss free throws and a dunk for a storyline in which Coach Fuller gets into a shooting slump in "Not a D'Amata".
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