Freaks and Geeks: Season 1, Episode 13

Chokin' and Tokin' (20 Mar. 2000)

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When Bill talks about being allergic to peanuts in class, Alan tries to prove he's lying but Bill ends up in the hospital after an allergic reaction. Lindsay smokes weed for the first time.

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Ingesting. A new teacher draws Bill out: he admits to a peanut allergy, so Alan sneaks a few into Bill's sandwich to see if Bill's lying. Will he die? Bill's mother blames herself, Alan's father is furious, Sam and Neal find humor and romance beneath the tragedy. Meanwhile, Lindsay calls Nick out on his constant marijuana use, so he challenges her to get high. Experimentation, a babysitting job, and Millie's friendship teach a life lesson that Lindsay may or may not remember in the morning. And what about the weekend sci-fi convention? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This episode opened with the Weir family watching Charlie's Angels. Coincidentally, time-slot competitor That '70s Show aired a scene (at nearly the exact same time) with characters watching that program. Suffice it to say, Sam's choice of Bosley as the highlight of Charlie's Angels was not shared by the characters on the other show. See more »

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In the credits, Doug Spinuzza is credited with the character name of "Barney," yet, when he is seen in onscreen (in Jeff's office talking with him, Daniel, and Ken), Jeff calls him Frank several times. See more »

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Lindsay Weir: What if all of this is a dream, and it isn't even our dream, it's that dog's dream? Maybe we're just existing in his mind and all of a sudden he'll go drink out of the toilet and we'll be gone. What will happen to us if that dog wakes up? It will be over.
Millie Kentner: Life is not that dog's dream.
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Features Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

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Chokin and Tokin
18 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

In my opinion, this is the best episode of F&G. It may not be the funniest episode all around, and unfortunately it didn't have a lot of Franco, Philips, Rogen, or Segel. However, two great main stories following Lindsey's drug trip, and Bill's allergic reaction provided for some great television.

Lindsey's story was the funnier one, but it still had the perfect mix of serious and light moments. Linda Cardellini and Sarah Hagan had great on screen chemistry, it's a shame that Millie is a minor character, rather than main cast. The way that they can be hilarious at one moment, and then turn on a dime and be serious was great. Each actress was perfect in every scene. The best scene was when a very high Lindsey started freaking out about how she thought the whole world took place in a dog's dream, and Millie hilariously went along with it and then the entire scene turned when she woke up the dog, and the conversation turned into Millie preaching to Lindsey. This was a great scene because it totally empowered Millie, and showed that she actually wasn't as dumb as we thought, knowing that Lindsey had moved on from her. Overall, this story line had great dramatic elements, and was hilarious at the same time.

The geek's story was all about Bill this episode, which was great because who doesn't love Bill? Well, I guess Alan doesn't. After sending him to the hospital in what was the most despicable act by the most despicable character, hate for this guy was at an all-time high. However, his monologue did shed some light on this guy. It wasn't the best monologue, but it was pretty decent, and well acted. The end of the episode surprisingly made you feel for Alan's character, which is really saying something for someone who's only had about one minute of redeeming screen time. I also really loved the emotional back story of Bill's mother, and how Jean supported her with a story (or lie?) about how she once dropped Sam. I like to think that she was lying here, because it would just make her that much better of a person. While Bill easily could have ruined Alan's life by tearing him apart for, you know, almost killing him, Bill showed compassion by extending an invite to the scifi convention that the geeks were going to. I also loved how Sam and Neal handled the situation. After knowing that their best friend was okay, they instantly learned how to take advantage of the situation by using it to get girls. Also, about time we see Maureen again.

Overall, this was the best dramatic episode of the series, and no one could complain about a lack of humour, because the funny moments were higher quality, although lower quantity than usual. Also, Leslie Mann and Alex Gould (the kid who voiced Nemo) were in this episode, which is awesome


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