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.