Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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The Little Things 

As McKinley High prepares for a visit from Vice President Bush, Ken and Sam must sort out conflicted feelings in their love lives.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Andopolis
Jean Weir
Amy Andrews
Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Vicki Appleby (as Joanna Garcia)


The course of love doesn't run straight. Ken's new girlfriend Amy, a tuba player in the school band, reveals something about herself that throws him for a loop. At the same time, Sam realizes that dating Cindy is different from imagining dating her. As Ken and Sam think about breaking up with their girlfriends and seek advice from family and friends, Mr. Rosso arranges for Lindsay to ask the first question during Vice President Bush's visit to the school. Her parents hope it's a way to get attention to the family sporting goods store, Lindsay wants to ask something interesting, and Bush's aides have something else in mind. Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama





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8 July 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A deleted scene for this episode reveals that Mr. Kowchevski, the math teacher, is gay. See more »


The scene in the computer room shows IBM PCs and the IBM PC portable. The Show is set between fall 1980 and spring 1981. The IBM PC was released August 12, 1981. The IBM PC portable was released Febuary 1984. See more »


Harold Weir: Everyone's a Democrat until they get a little money. Then they come to their senses!
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
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"It's just, we don't have anything in common. I mean, she thought The Jerk was stupid" . . .
3 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

. . . Seems like a pretty good reason to cut ties with someone. Really, how could one not like that movie? Shocking discoveries abound here; Sam sees how boring (and patently awful) his dream girl is, and personal secrets about Ken's girlfriend leave him deeply conflicted. As funny as this is (no question), both storylines are handled with an impressive level of sensitivity. Sam's worked for so long to get Cindy's attention, but they just don't mesh. And Seth Rogen does some of his best work channeling Ken's despair.

It's never a sad episode, but you end up rooting for both characters to move beyond this. There are plenty of funny moments, not the least of them Ben Stiller as a dissatisfied Secret Service agent. Pretty much all of the show's best qualities are right here, and the little things really do add up to something special.


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