Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind'
Season 2, Episode 12
2.12 - Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind
Air date November 23, 1990
Written by Jeffrey J. Sachs
Directed by Don Barnhart
Episode Guide


Running Zack

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind is the twelfth episode of season two of Saved by the Bell.


Zack and Slater break the school's professional camera and hatch a plan to make quick money to pay for a replacement before Belding finds out. A tabloid is offering money for photos of real aliens, so they dress Screech up as an alien in order to fool the tabloid. A special agent with the government is more than convinced that Screech is an alien. Can Zack and the gang save Screech before he's taken away to Washington?

Main Cast

Guest Cast


Lisa: Aliens, whether from outer space or from Mexico, are a plague on this country and we need to do something about it!


It is believed this episode helped galvanize the anti-immigrant movement in California that led to the passage of Proposition 187.

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