Freaks and Geeks: Season 1, Episode 14

Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers (10 Oct. 2000)

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Lindsay tries to convince Harold to let her join her friends at a Who concert. Kim and Lindsay accidentally run over Millie's dog. Kim starts hanging out with Millie. Lindsay wants to tell ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Coach Ben Fredricks (as Tom Wilson)
Gloria Haverchuck
Mrs. Kentner


Lindsay tries to convince Harold to let her join her friends at a Who concert. Kim and Lindsay accidentally run over Millie's dog. Kim starts hanging out with Millie. Lindsay wants to tell Millie the truth about her dog, but Kim does not. Meanwhile, Nick teaches himself to play guitar and writes a love ballad for Lindsay. Ms. Haverchuck stuns Bill with the news that she has been dating Coach Fredricks. Written by YazzyJ

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Did You Know?


The Dallas episode that Bill and Ben are watching is entitled "The Gathering Storm" and aired on March 27, 1981. Unless this is a repeat (something the show rarely did), this episode is set in that date. See more »


When Coach Fredricks takes the boys to the go-kart track, large palm trees can clearly be seen on the horizon. However, the show takes place in Michigan where the climate is unsuitable for these tropical plants. See more »


Kim Kelly: You guys, I killed Millie's dog.
Ken Miller: Like, with your bare hands?
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Features The Dinah Shore Show (1951) See more »


Michael Row the Boat Ashore
Performed by Jason Segel, James Franco and Seth Rogen
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Martin Starr did a fantastic job
11 July 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Just like the previous episode, this one handles more deeper and emotional issues.

The geeks storyline stars the amazing Martin Starr as Bill, having his mother dating yet 'another' man. From what we understand is that she used to be quite the lady back in the day, she was most likely an erotic dancer and drug/alcohol addict. In this episode she reveals to Bill that she is dating Coach Fredricks. Bill is unhappy with this and tries to scare him away, but Coach aka Ben reveals to Ben that he loves his mother. I love the ending of the episode where Bill gives him a chance while watching the telly. Martin Starr did a fantastic job, he showed that he doesn't only excel at comedy but also at drama.

The freaks storyline features Lidnsay and Kim running over Millie's dog. This results into Millie wanting to be one of the freaks and wanting to go to a 'The Who' concert. Millie got to finally shine in this episode, but she changed her mind after being told by Kim who was responsible for Goliath's aka Millie's dog's death. One of my favorite parts of the episode was Nick and his song 'Lady L'. I tend to hate his character, but that song was pure brilliance.

overall, this episode deserves four and a half stars. Or five.

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