The Nickelodeon series “Victorious” went back to the ’80s with a recent episode.
Dubbed “The Breakfast Bunch,” the show parodied the 1985 John Houston cult classic, “The Breakfast Club,” which starred Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Emilio Estevez. For children of the ’80s who now have children of their own, it was refreshing and reminiscent to watch. It premiered on Nick on Jan. 28, but my daughter’s been watching it, repeatedly, thanks to Xfinity on Demand.
“The Breakfast Club” tells the story of five high school students of different stereotypes — a brain, an athlete, a princess, a basket case and a criminal — who are brought together for Saturday morning detention as a result of myriad violations. As the day goes on, they open up to each other and find they have more in common than they realize.
Similarly, Tori and her friends, Andre, Beck, Cat, Jade and Robbie (and his puppet, Rex) learn more about themselves and mirror scenes from the movie. Tori’s the “pop princess,” whom Robbie says is “so conceited!” and sheds the tears to boot as he says it (much like Hall did to Ringwald in the movie). Andre’s the athlete, who goes on a dancing binge like Estevez’s Andy did, and also like Andy sheds shirts that finally reveal a tank top — only Andre’s sports the words “Final Shirt” on it! All the characters end up dancing at one point, imitating some of the same moves as “The Breakfast Club” characters.
And there are many more similarities that only “Breakfast Club” fans would understand. Amber found it hard to follow why I was laughing at some of the things in the episode and nodding as if to say, “Uh-huh. I remember that!” I was trying to explain to her that the scenes were similar to the movie.
Of course, she asked if she could watch the movie. Well … I pondered possibly the edited-for-TV version, but even still there might be some content she won’t quite comprehend — yet. We’ll see.
In the end, the group leaves a note written by Cat, spoken by Rex as the vice principal reads it and is signed, “The Breakfast Bunch” — even though they had no breakfast! Tori (Victoria Justice) is also heard singing a version of “Don’t You Forget About Me,” basically the anthem of the 1985 movie made popular by the British band Simple Minds.
It’s just another, dare I say, “blast from the past” that today’s young fans might not quite appreciate, but if their parents or relatives who relished that era of entertainment share the similarities with them, they just might like it.