Revived and Derived: "Freaks and Geeks" Ep. 5, "Tests and Breasts"

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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 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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