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There’s An Actual Episode Of ’Saved By The Bell’ Where Slater Finds Out He’s Mexican

If you’re one of the (very) few people who watched “Saved By The Bell: The College Years” – it was canceled after one season – you may remember an episode where curly-haired jock A.C. Slater gets in touch with his Latino roots. In the episode, titled “Slater’s War,” we learn that A.C. Slater is Mexican, and his real name is actually A.C. Sanchez. It’s true.

It all kicks off when Theresa, one of Slater’s classmates, speaks to him in Spanish.

And she realizes Slater doesn’t understand a word.

BTW, this all happens during a class where students are discussing bias in media. California University was keeping shit waaaaaaay realer than Bayside High.

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Mr. Tuttle had nothing on Professor Hopkins.

K, back to Theresa and Slater. After a little bit of flirting…

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They meet at the Eagle’s Nest, where Theresa asks Slater if he’s down to join the university’s Chicano student organization. Slater isn’t quite sure:

It becomes clear it isn’t the first time Theresa has heard that response.

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“Knowing where you come from doesn’t make you less of an American.” ???

Then Theresa asks Slater a question that really gets the hamster in his head working:

Then she basically hits him with “Tienes el nopal en la frente.”

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Slater realizes he has lots of questions that need to be answered. So when he tells Zack he’s going to a Chicano student meeting, things get awkward.

Mic drop in 3… 2… 1…

And of course, Zack responds in the most Zack Morris way possible:

Apparently, Slater ends up reading “I Am Joaquin” way too many times because he becomes super defensive:

During a meeting with Theresa and other students, Slater suggests a sit-in after learning that the school’s chancellor doesn’t want to create a Chicano studies department.

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Admit it, that’s the most Latinos you’ve ever seen in an episode of “Saved By The Bell.”

Also, shout out to the extra in the back killing it with that vintage Selena “Amor Prohibido” look.

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Get it!

Eventually, Zack get pissed when Slater chooses the Chicano student sit-in instead of a ski trip to Lake Tahoe.

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And he thinks Slater is doing it just for Theresa…

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But Slater reveals the real reason he’s interested in Chicano studies: his last name is actually Sanchez.

And he tells Zack the reason his last name was changed to Slater.

But Zack still doesn’t get it.

We finally get to the sit-in, where Theresa, Slater and the rest of the students are told they’ll be arrested.

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When Leslie tries to give Theresa a few pointers on activism, Theresa makes it clear she knows what she’s doing.

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Bye. ???  BTW, did anyone think “Saved By The Bell” would be tackling Chicano identity and white privilege in the early ’90s?

And just when Zack arrives, thinking he’s going to save the day…

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After all, if they don’t listen to the tall blonde guy, who will they listen to?

A school administrator tells them the chancellor will meet with them to discuss a Chicano studies department.

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The celebration begins…

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Slater is now a proud Chicano…

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And Zack makes up with Slater.

BTW, if you’re wondering what happened to Araceli Valdez, the actor who played Theresa, she most recently played a TV reporter in the movie “Machete.”

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And Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater, remains a vampire who never ages.

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READ: How Do They Never Age? Latino Celebrities Who Are Probably Vampires

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Mario Lopez Publicly Supports Former Co-Star Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ After ‘Heartbreaking’ Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

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Mario Lopez Publicly Supports Former Co-Star Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ After ‘Heartbreaking’ Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

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Mario Lopez is living proof that true old friends stick by your side–no matter what. The “Access Hollywood” co-host took to Twitter recently to voice his support of his friend and former “Saved By the Bell” co-star, Dustin Diamond after the tragic revelation of Diamond’s stage four cancer diagnosis.

“I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he’ll overcome this,” wrote Lopez. “Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery.
God Bless”.

On Thursday, Dustin Diamond aka “Screech” was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer after he was admitted to the hospital for intense pain.

In addition to feeling pain all over his body, Diamond also allegedly discovered a “huge lump” on his throat. Although his representatives describe his condition as serious, he is reportedly undergoing chemotherapy and his friends and loved ones are hopeful for his recovery.

“We can confirm that Dustin does have cancer,” a representative for Diamond revealed to People. “It’s very serious, though we are still waiting for more details, which we will have shortly. He’s in a lot of pain.”

To Entertainment Weekly, his reps said: “By next week, we’ll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he’s comfortable.” They also added that Diamond was “fading in and out” when he was first admitted to the hospital.

Dustin Diamond and Mario Lopez have long had a complicated relationship.

In Mario Lopez’s 2014 book “Just Between Us,” he revealed that Diamond wasn’t exactly beloved by the rest of the cast. “Not everyone got along with Screech AKA Dustin Diamond. I did, but maybe I was the exception,” he wrote. “He was one of those dorky kids who thought it was hilarious to take Polaroids of his genitals and leave the photos all over the set.”

In Dustin Diamond’s 2009 tell-all book “Behind the Bell”, he painted a picture of negative experience on set. The youngest of the cast, Diamond often felt ostracized by the “in crowd” Bay City High’s hotter, older cast members.

After “Saved By the Bell” stopped filming, Dustin Diamond had a hard time getting back on his feet.

Diamond seemed to be embroiled in endless controversy, from reality show fights, to sex tapes, to bar-room brawls. In 2015, he was sentenced to four months in jail after stabbing a man during a bar fight.

He sat down for an interview with Mario Lopez for Extra in 2016 to set the record straight about his alleged bad body behavior. At that point, Diamond told Lopez that he had started a new chapter in his life.

“I want to put the tom foolery and malarkey behind me, you know? It’s time for that clean slate. Time for the change.”

Well, we hope Diamond gets better so he can fulfill his dreams of having a new lease on life. We’re glad his old friends are standing by him.

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Mario Lopez Will Be Playing a Sexy Colonel Sanders In An Upcoming Lifetime ‘Mini-Movie’

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Mario Lopez Will Be Playing a Sexy Colonel Sanders In An Upcoming Lifetime ‘Mini-Movie’

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Lifetime may be known for its soapy melodramas and corny true crime thrillers, but it looks like the network is now expanding into previously uncharted territory.

On Monday, the network announced that it would be premiering a “mini-movie” on December 13th starring Mario Lopez. Nothing unusually there, right? Wrong. The catch is: Mario Lopez will be playing a sexy, Latino version of Colonel Sanders. Yes, as in the founder and spokesperson of KFC.

The Lifetime movie is called “A Recipe for Seduction” and will be presented in partnership with KFC.

Yes, this is real life. No, this not a drill.

According to the Lifetime website, the movie’s “plot” will go as follows: “As the holidays near, an heiress (played by Bosch alum Justene Alpert) contends with the affections of a suitor handpicked by her mother. When the handsome chef (Mario Lopez) arrives with his secret recipe and a dream, he sets in motion a series of events that unravel the mother’s plans.”

Sounds juicy (pun intended).

Oddly enough, this won’t be the first time that KFC has enlisted an unexpected person to play the illustrious Colonel Sanders.

The fast-food chain has a long-running gimmick of casting celebrities to play the coveted role of Colonel Sanders in advertisements and promotions. They have previously enlisted stars like Rob Lowe, Jim Gaffigan, and even Reba McEntire.

According to their respective press releases, both Lifetime and KFC seem pumped by this opportunity.

“Why not fill some of your time at home with a suspenseful drama and the comfort of our world-famous fried chicken? ‘A Recipe for Seduction’ is a perfect excuse to curl up at home and escape to your own happily ever after,” said KFC chief marketing officer Andrea Zahumensky.

Lifetime was similarly effusive. “Through a terrific cast, and with a wink to the unique sensibilities celebrated in Lifetime movies, this co-production spotlights each brand’s POV and marries them in a fun and authentic way,” (….whatever that means) said A+E Network’s EVP of Sales.

Naturally, the internet was equally intrigued and perplexed by this bizarre project.

The Twitterverse was abuzz with hot takes.

This person couldn’t tell if Lifetime was making fun of itself, or if we are making fun of Lifetime…

It’s official. We’ve moved into a post-satire era. Reality is now stranger than fiction.

This person chalked up this news to: 2020 gonna 2020.

Honestly, nothing can surprise us at this point.

This person was wondering if Lifetime had blackmail on Mario Lopez.

The most likely answer: a lot of money. Like, a yacht’s worth of money.

“A Recipe for Seduction” will air on Lifetime this Sunday, December 13th at noon EST. Get the popcorn ready! Or should we say…popcorn chicken?

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