Hi, everyone and Happy Holidays! I am currently writing to you from Ft. Worth, Texas where the Bowman sisters have gathered to celebrate Christmas. That’s right, world! The Bowman girls are back together again!
Last night, after a long day of looking at presents and arguing about whether cats are better than dogs (and, by the way, they so are!), my sister Megan and I bonded over some old 90s sitcoms. And that is how we came to spend 21 minutes last night watching the “Dancing Isn’t Everything” episode of California Dreams.
Why Were We Watching This?
A few weeks ago, I was really excited because I discovered that there was a YouTube account that was solely devoted to posting old episodes of Saved By The Bell: The New Class. When I was a little girl, I loved SBTB: TNC (though I always hated Screech) so naturally, I was excited to have the chance to indulge in a little nostalgia. For two days straight, I watched SBTB: TNC on YouTube and then suddenly, all the episodes were gone and replaced with a message saying that the account had been suspended for “multiple reports of copyright violation.”
Oh my God! I was so devastated! And, to tell the truth, I’m still upset about it and I imagine I will be for the rest of my life. Seriously, who cares if the SBTB: TNC copyright was violated? Whoever was responsible for those “multiple reports” better hope that they never meet me because if they do, the claws will come out!
Now, I can hear you asking, “Lisa, what does this have to do with an old episode of California Dreams?” I’m getting there, dammit!
Last night, after everyone else had gone to bed, Megan and I were staying up late and talking about how different the world was now than when we were little. This, of course, led to me telling her the sad story of how SBTB: TNC no longer has a home on YouTube. That was when Megan revealed to me why she is the best big sister in the entire history of big sisters. Megan owns not only every episode of SBTB and SBTB: TNC on DVD, she also owns the first four seasons of the show that came on right after Saved By The Bell, California Dreams!
Now, I have to admit that I don’t remember much about California Dreams. I may have seen an episode or two when I first started watching SBTB: TNC
and later on, I remember that reruns of California Dreams used to show up in syndication along with episodes of the original Saved By The Bell. The show, however, never really made much of an impression on me. Megan, however, claims that California Dreams was “a thousand times” better than Saved By The Bell and since Megan is the best, I’ll give the show the benefit of the doubt.
Anyway, long story short: along with watching several episodes of SBTB: TNC, we also watched an episode of California Dreams. Megan allowed me to select the episode that we would watch and when I selected “Dancing Isn’t Everything,” Megan said, “Let me guess — because there’s dancing, right?”
What Was It About?
The California Dreams are a rock group who sings songs about “surf dudes with attitude.” Their groupie, Lorena (Diane Uribe), wants to win a dance contest at the local hangout. Their manager, Sly (Michael Cade), wants Lorena and enters the dance contest with her even though he’s a terrible dancer. Meanwhile, the California Dreams sing a song that features the keyboardist chanting, “He’s so funky!”
The show was all about dancing so it all worked!
Seriously though, watching this episode was like opening up a time capsule. Just check out the guy using a pay phone at the start of the episode!
Megan and I quickly agreed that Sly and Lorena made a cute couple and the scene where Sly continually breaks out into disco moves whenever the judge’s back is turned was comedic genius. We also enjoyed the look on Sly’s face as he read Lorena’s subtitles.
Finally, how can you not enjoy a show that features a song with a “He’s so funky!” chorus.
What Did Not Work?
Regardless of the episode’s title, dancing is everything.
“OMG! Just like me!” Moments
Needless to say, I totally and completely identified with Lorena during this entire episode.
Everything’s better when you do it with someone that you love.