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Freaks and Geeks Ep 1.14 ‘Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’ sees Millie and Bill staging rebellions

Freaks and Geeks Episode 14 ‘Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’

Written by Judd Apatow & Bob Nickman

Directed by Judd Apatow

Aired 10/10/2000 on Fox Family

When I think of the long-term potential missed out on Freaks and Geeks, episodes like ‘Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’ come to the forefront of my memory. It’s an episode about two non-main characters (Bill and Millie) giving unexpected depth to their characters, family situations, and teenage lives. They come in very different forms – one from the death of a family member, and the other from a family gaining one – but they tie back to this similar idea of teenage rebellion, of how forcing ourselves to not deal with something emotional only makes things worse in the long run.

Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’ is almost a what-if proposition; what if Millie were to play the role of Lindsay on the show? Being a much more stringent believer of faith,
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Freaks and Geeks Ep 1.05 ‘Tests and Breasts’ takes us inside the mind of Daniel Desario

Freaks and Geeks Episode 5 ‘Tests and Breasts’

Directed by Ken Kwapis

Written by Bob Nickman

Aired 11/6/1999 on NBC

If anyone needed proof that James Franco was going to be a great actor, all they had to watch was his show-stealing performance in ‘Tests and Breasts’. But the tale of Daniel Desario is a tragic comedy – and following on the heels of ‘Kim Kelly Is My Friend’, firmly establishes the streak of cynical realism underneath the touching character moments and hilarious conclusions. Last week it was Kim’s disturbing life, and next week it will be Nick’s reality check – but this week belongs to Daniel, who has a profound impact on nearly every character on the show in this episode.

Daniel’s goal in ‘Tests and Breasts’ is simple: recruit Lindsey to help him cheat his way through an algebra test (a class Lindsey took last year, she notes at
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Revived and Derived: "Freaks and Geeks" Ep. 14, "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers"

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Revived and Derived:
"Freaks and Geeks" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night's episode.

Episode 14

Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers

Written by Judd Apatow & Bob Nickman

Directed by Judd Apatow

"You couldn't see through my cloud of smoke / You held my heart, now it's bloody and broke / And is your green army jacket the only thing keeping you warm tonight? / Lady L!" -- Nick

Matt: There's one really important aspect of "Freaks and Geeks" that we haven't talked about enough in this column, and that's its use of music. "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers," a streamlined but very solid episode from Judd Apatow and co-writer Bob Nickman, is a good place to bring it into our discussion because features examples of all the
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Revived and Derived: "Freaks and Geeks" Ep. 5, "Tests and Breasts"

  • IFC
Revived and Derived:
"Freaks and Geeks" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night's episode.

Episode 5: Tests and Breasts

Directed by Ken Kwapis

Written by Bob Nickman

Originally aired November 6, 1999

"In movies like that, they sensationalize certain things. But in reality those things don't usually happen." -- Coach Fredericks

Matt: When Coach Fredericks (Thomas F. Wilson) says that line, he's calming Sam's fears about an alarming porno film. But he's also speaking to the "Freaks and Geeks" ethos of realism over sensationalism. Tonight's episode "Tests and Breasts," written by Bob Nickman and directed by Ken Kwapis, really embodies that style of storytelling. It's full of moments when the show could veer into melodrama or exaggeration but never does.

Take that storyline with Sam.
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