"I'm so excited! I'm so scared!" Elizabeth Berkley's legendary moment of '90s nostalgia finally made it to the dance floor on Monday's Dancing With the Stars.
With the exception of Showgirls, Berkley is likely still best known for her role as Jessie Spano on '90s teen comedy Saved by the Bell, and by far her most notable moment on that show was this in-character breakdown as Jessie was in the throes of caffeine-pill addiction. For the '90s-obsessed generation currently owning pop culture, it's a seminal moment, and on last night's Dancing with the Stars, Berkley and her dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy set that moment to a jive.
Berkley's self-referencing routine actually fits quite well with the DWTS brand, which often tries to capitalize on its celebrities' remaining shreds of notoriety. Often, it's a music star dancing to one of their old hits (performed at an extreme easy-listening tenor by the in-house band). Other times, it's more of a conceptual homage to however their fame once manifested itself. Here's a small collection of the better moments of celebrity self-referencing on the show:
Jennifer Grey's Dirty Dancing tribute to Patrick Swayze in Season 11:
Ralph Macchio dancing to "Stay Gold" from The Outsiders in Season 12:
Donny Osmond sending up his fresh-faced classic "One Bad Apple" en route to victory in Season 9:
Former Spice Girl Mel B busting out a samba to "Spice Up Your Life" in Season 5: