Easily the most memorable episode of Saved by the Bell to this day is “Jessie’s Song,” the after school special-like episode in which Jessie Spano gets hooked on over-the-counter caffeine pills amid pressure to do well on her midterms and perform in her singing group, resulting in the infamous scene, above, one for which Elizabeth Berkley should clearly have won an Emmy. But even those who watched this episode as a kid must have wondered, “Really? Caffeine pills?”
Yeah, about that. In the following excerpt from his memoir out today called I Was Saved by the Bell: Stories of Life, Love, and Dreams That Do Come True, the show’s executive producer Peter Engel reveals that Jessie’s addiction was supposed to have been much more serious, but the brass NBC shut down these plans.