Freaks and Geeks: Season 1, Episode 11

Looks and Books (7 Feb. 2000)

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A car accident results in Lindsay deciding to stop hanging out with her "freak" friends. She decides to rejoin the mathletes and start hanging out with Millie again. Sam adopts a new modern... See full summary »



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Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
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A car accident results in Lindsay deciding to stop hanging out with her "freak" friends. She decides to rejoin the mathletes and start hanging out with Millie again. Sam adopts a new modern hair style in the hopes of impressing Cindy. When this fails, he seeks out a new wardrobe Written by YazzyJ

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7 February 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The schools in the mathletics meet are named Lincoln and McKinley, two U.S. presidents who were assassinated. See more »


Sam is seen dancing in front of the mirror while the song "Flamethrower" by The J. Giels Band is playing. This is impossible since the episode is set in the spring of 1981 and the song "Flamethrower" from the album "Freeze Frame" wasn't released until October of 1981. See more »


Daniel Desario: What do you make of me?
Harris Trinsky: Excuse me?
Daniel Desario: [sigh] Well, if someone asked you, "What do you think of Daniel Desario?" What would you say? Would you say he's a loser?
Harris Trinsky: No. No, you're not a loser, 'cause you have sex. But, if you weren't having sex, we could definitely debate the issue.
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References 1941 (1979) See more »


Bad Reputation
(Main Title Song)
Written by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell, and Marty Kupersmith
Performed by Joan Jett
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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This is probably my favorite episode
7 July 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is probably my favorite episode for many reasons.

While it still maintains the wit and great dialog, it is also a more emotional episode. It deals with growing up, changing and trying to be who you are not.

Sam for example tried to be different, someone he is not and did not feel comfortable with just to impress a girl. and what happened? he was laughed at and Cindy remained unimpressed.

Lindsay on the other hand, had an accident and blamed her freaky friends. She tried to be the girl she used to be only to find out that she couldn't because it wasn't her anymore. I loved the last scene of the episode, not only does she care about her friends but they (especially Daniel and Kim) are also very fond of her.

One of my favorite scenes of the episode is when she insults them, it made them think about their future a little bit. Lindsay is a great influence, especially on Kim. And all of them showed up to support Linds during the mathlete thing.

I can relate to both Sam and Lindsay, heck, most people have tried to be someone else just to fit in. But it never works, not for me anyway.

Five stars. Very touching, very funny, very clever. I love this show.

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