From Our Readers August 04, 1: And the perfect boyfriend. Zack set the bar so high for my teenage romantic expectations, I sometimes wonder even now, so many years later, if anyone will ever be able to live up to them. Yes, he was a schemer, a smart ass, and cocky as hell sometimes. But, man oh man, he was dreamy and had a good heart, so my starry-eyed younger self adored him.
Those high-top sneakers with the jeans tucked in and the tongues pulled out! Zack was willing to do anything for the girl he loved. Once Zack realized the truth behind Kelly backing out on being his date, he showed up at her house and surprised her with a romantic makeshift prom just for the two of them. As someone whose father balked at the price of formal gowns, leading me to borrow a dress from a friend for my own senior prom, I empathize with Kelly and adore Zack for this episode.
He just wanted his girl by his side. He was a philanthropic activist. In one episode, it was discovered that Bayside was sitting on giant deposits of oil. An excavation company was about to offer the school tons of money to allow drilling, which of course would lead to tons of amazingly cool renovations and improvements that Zack initially supported.
Then a poor, injured, oil-slicked duck was found as a result of the test drilling and Zack realized there were more important things than money. In a typical Zack Morris grand gesture, he stormed the board meeting concerning approval for the drilling and made everyone see the environmental harm it would cause.
When Kelly takes a job waitressing at The Max, the Bayside after-school hangout , she ends up falling for her new boss, Jeff. He kisses her one night and Kelly ends up breaking up with Zack at a school dance. Zack looks like a wounded puppy. I blew through two boxes of tissues in twenty-three minutes. His heart was broken! He tells Kelly he wants her to be happy and he shakes hands with the shady, girlfriend-stealing Jeff.
Many episodes later, when the Bayside gang discovers that Jeff is stepping out on Kelly I told you he was no good! Maturity is so attractive. He always picked the right girl When Kelly was hemming and hawing over whether to partner in a dance contest with Zack or Slater, Zack was secretly learning how to dance with Jessie. Although he had bragged to Kelly that he had moves that would guarantee them first place, he actually had two left feet. But when it came time for Kelly to make her decision over which guy to pick, Zack realized how superficial Kelly was behaving and what a great friend Jessie had been to him.
He told Kelly to go with Slater and instead, asked Jessie to be his partner. A man with his priorities in order!
He was a truly good friend. The character of Zack Morris proved that the most popular and handsome guy in school could also be the nicest. So what did Zack do? In the same episode, he helped organize a fundraiser to save The Max, which was having serious financial trouble. Such a caring, thoughtful guy. He got into just the right amount of trouble.
Yes, he made fake IDs. And yes, he tried to set Kelly up with a nerdy guy to distract her so he could make a pass at the new school nurse. And of course, he stole the mascot from a rival school. But he did it all with such boyish charm! Belding always forgave him: I still find reasons to bring this up in casual conversation. Danielle Sepulveres lives in New York and has written for dirtyandthirty. She is still on a never-ending quest to find a real life Zack Morris.