The school year is ending. Over Ken's objections, Nick joins his new girlfriend, Sara, at the bowling alley's disco night. Lindsay receives an unexpected academic honor that puts her in a funk, so Mr. Rosso loans her the Dead's "American Beauty" to clear her head. Rosso punishes Daniel, who was about to break the law, by assigning him to the AV unit, where the geeks hang out; they resent the intrusion of someone cool, and Daniel is convinced he'll never do anything well. Sam wants to stop doing geek things, so he's crossing Dungeons and Dragons off his list. Where does friendship fit? Written by
In the summer of 1981, the Grateful Dead did play nine shows in a week and a half, starting at The Summit in Houston, Texas and finishing up at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado exactly as Laurie stated to Lindsay when describing her summer plans. See more »
When Daniel is setting up the movie in the English class, the poster of books behind him shows "The Color Purple". This book wasn't written until 1982. See more »
Aren't you one of those guys who's always running in here yelling 'disco sucks?' What's the matter, cat got your bong, man? Is that how you learned to communicate? Running in here and yelling stuff? Is that what your precious "rock and roll" teaches you?
No, it teaches me that DISCO SUCKS!
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I've never played Dungeons and Dragons, but part of me feels like I missed out on something - especially after seeing the Geeks' revelry. Maybe it's because there's some kind of catharsis in their joy (over *something*) after putting up with high school.
This is ultimately about finding one's own niche. Some of us take up a dying dance craze to forget an old flame (with the help of the enchanting Lizzy Caplan). Others opt for a different path when the burden of academia becomes too confining (or in this case, hop on a bus). And then there's Daniel, the wayward teenager who's found his way into a bit of D&D with the high school outcasts. Maybe there's no such a gulf between cultures after all.
Every time I watch "Freaks and Geeks", there's an unshakable sadness when I get to 'Discos and Dragons'. It marks the end of a series that was mercilessly cut short. And yet, there's a bright ray of sunshine at the end of this journey. Truth is, I don't think I could ask for a better finale. It's poignant, rewarding and serves as an ideal ellipsis for this show; it's over, but the doors are still open for these characters.
If it has to end, at least it's a blissful one.
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