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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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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Did You Know?


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


The year in the show is 1980, the first graphing calculator was made in 1985 by Casio. Yet some of the mathlete students are heard commenting about Texas Instruments and passing around a graphing calculator. Texas Instruments didn't start making graphing calculators until 1990. See more »


Neal Schweiber: [seeing Sam in the Parisian nightsuit] Oh, my God. I guess Elvis hasn't left the building.
Bill Haverchuck: Hey, don't make fun of him. That's a Parisian nightsuit, in case you didn't know.
Sam Weir: Hey, you guys...
Gordon Crisp: [interrupting] A Parisian? Ooh la la!
Neal Schweiber: No, no. It's a jumpsuit. My grandpa in Fort Lauderdale wears them all the time because he's too lazy to put on pants.
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References Dance Fever (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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