2x09 Jessie's Song
First Aired: Nov. 03, 1990 on NBC
Summary: With mid-terms swiftly approaching, Jessie starts stressing out due to her less than stellar understanding of Geometry. In an attempt to get her mind off the upcoming test, Kelly and Lisa talk her into joining the singing group Zack started. It is only after her hectic studying and singing…
Screech: Oh, I'm, uh, I'm- Sinead O'Connor.
Kelly: That's a very famous name. You have a hit song in the charts, you know...?
Screech: Oh, uh, that's the other O'Connor. She's my niece. She learned from me.
Lisa: You taught her everything she knows?
Screech: Oh, that I did. Now she can clean toilets with the best of 'em.
- Goof (miscellaneous): The Jukebox at The Max plays an instrumental version of "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters when most Jukeboxes would not be stocked with an instrumental version of a popular song.
- Goof (revealing mistake): Jessie puts a quarter in the jukebox at The Max but doesn't select a song. The jukebox plays just the song she wanted it to play anyway.
- The episode "Jessie's Song" in Season 2 had Jessie becoming addicted to speed. NBC said they would not allow that on the air unless any references to that hard drug were eliminated. The producers simply changed Jessie's addiction to caffeine pills but had all of her actions remain the same from the speed-addict script, and NBC green-lit the show immediately.
- Mr. Dewey's last appearance.
- For the episode "Jessie's Song", the story called for Jessie to become addicted to speed (amphetamines) due to the pressures of her life and to eventually have a mental and physical collapse before realizing she needed to get help. NBC liked the story idea but said they would never approve an episode that mentioned speed, so the SBTB staff simply wrote a script that showed all of the effects of speed but made Jessie addicted to No-Doz instead, and the network gave that one the green light for production and airing.
- In November 2016, Peter Engel confirmed a long-standing fan theory regarding the episode "Jessie's Song", where Jessie Spano became addicted to caffeine pills and suffered a breakdown. Engel said that the original script called for Jessie to become addicted to speed as she was overwhelmed with her schoolwork and singing, but NBC vetoed this idea because the network wasn't OK with having that subject presented explicitly on a Saturday morning show. However, besides subbing caffeine pills for speed, the script made no changes to Jessie's behavior or the reactions to it; fans of the show were bemused by the implausibility of No-Doz or its like being part of this situation, and the truth behind the story showed that their skepticism was warranted.