“It’s a little strange … but really great! Like Screech actually.”
As promised, the first episode of season 2 of the revival of Saved by Gong did not fail to pay tribute to Dustin Diamond, the actor of the soundtrack, who died at the beginning of the year at the age of 44, from the consequences of devastating lung cancer.
The series could not forget Screech and the end of the episode therefore allowed his old playmates to salute his memory as it should, in a truly touching scene, which is bound to bring tears to those who grew up with it. Bayside in the 1990s.
Reunited with Max, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Jessie Spano), Mario Lopez (AC Slater), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris), Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) all had a thought for Dustin Diamond, in tasting a spaghetti-burger that bears his name : “It’s a bit strange … but really great! Like Screech in fact”, they say then, without ever clearly stating the death of their boyfriend.
How Screech died on the show will not be known. We just understand that he will no longer be there.
“We obviously thought a lot about how to do that”, says producer Berkley Lauren, in EW. “We wrote a few different versions of how we could do it. He was someone who mattered in our lives, and his passing was so tragic (…) We really wanted to be emotional and find a righteous one. midway between the character’s death and the tribute we wanted to pay to Dustin himself. No one could have played this role except him – so incredibly well and with his comedic genius. Find a way to fit that into the script without being too heavy was delicate. We had to find the right balance to honor it and cry together … “