Five of Bayside's finest gathered for a photo shoot and interview

By Aili Nahas
February 05, 2015 05:00 PM
Gavin Bond

It’s been more than two decades since fans bid farewell to Saved by the Bell and TV’s beloved gang of teenagers, but before Jimmy Fallon brought together some of the cast for a skit on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, PEOPLE had a Bayside reunion of our own.

In 2009, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez and Lark Voorhies gathered for the first time since Saved by the Bell went off the air, where they reminisced about the fashions (nice mullet, Slater!) and the friendships that have stood the test of time.

“When you’re young, you don’t think, ‘This is something I’m going to cherish forever,'” Thiessen said at the time. “But I spent a lot of formative years on the show. We had a lot of firsts together.” Added Berkley: “It was like family. This feels like picking up where we left off.”

Now, with seven kids between them (Both Gosselaar and Thiessen also have one on the way!), the foursome appeared remarkably unchanged on the Fallon skit, playing homage to some of the show’s most popular moments, including that unforgettable black full-length leotard.

The cast of Saved by the Bell on the cover of PEOPLE in 2009

As far as the two noticeable no-shows from the late night reunion? Dustin Diamond (Screech Powers), has encountered legal trouble, recently pleading not guilty for allegedly stabbing a man in a 2014 bar fight.

And Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), who, according to her mother has been coping with bipolar disorder, has been largely absent from the public eye in recent years. Her rep told The Hollywood Reporter that Voorhies was not available “due to an intense work schedule.”

Until next time, Baysiders!

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