Attractions between the sexes. At a mall, Sam sees Neal's father with another woman. Bill says they have to tell Neal - no secrets. Neal's father claims innocence. Sam begins to doubt all adult relationships, including his parents'. The freaks plan a night at Laserdome. Kim objects because that's where Daniel made out with another girl after one of their quarrels. Lindsay and Nick are sorting out the aftermath of their breakup, with Daniel advising Nick and Kim advising Lindsay. Ken trades insults with Amy, a tuba player in the band, and finds he's attracted to her. Daniel advises him, too, and Lindsay is willing to be the intermediary for Laserdome night. What about Neal? Written by
The license plate on Neil's father's Corvette reads, "I FLOSSEM" (Neil's father is a dentist). See more »
When Sam goes into the videogame section of Sears (I'm guessing), he checks out a rack of cartridges that include the games Dig Dug and Pole Position for the Atari 5200. Neither the games nor the console appeared until 1982. Later at Neal's house, the "geeks" are playing the Atari VCS version of Asteroids on a lovely 19" cathode ray tube, but the game has vector graphics just like the arcade version. See more »
[after Ken mocks Tuba Girl]
Hey, at least she knows how to play an instrument.
That's not playing an instrument. It's like blowing into a toilet!
It sounds better than your singing.
Lindsay, here's an idea. How about you break up our band so you can go make out with Nick? Oh, wait, you already did that, that's right.
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I have always loved this episode, but I did not remember loving it this much. Quite frankly, I was never a fan of Neal or his story lines. And this episode is partly about Sam finding that Neal's dad is cheating. I liked this storyline much better this time around. Especially from Sam's point of view and how he cries in Harold's arms after getting an Atari. He doesn't cry about the game, but because he is happy to have a father like him.
The Freaks storyline, as always, appeals much more to me. Ken -- who is pretty much a sarcastic bastard has a crush on a meanie band geek chick. Their scenes were a little awkward, but realistic. And it was nice when they finally made out. I absolutely loved the soundtrack for this episode, so many great songs -- especially 'Free Bird' during the final scene. Just perfect.
PS: Nick is still pathetic. I really dislike him.
This episode gets five stars. One of the best.
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