Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team's most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks... See full summary »



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Coach Ben Fredricks (as Tom Wilson)
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Vicki Appleby (as Joanna Garcia)


Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team's most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks from the rival school, Lincoln High. Lindsay tries to figure out the best way to break up with Nick. Written by YazzyJ

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Comedy | Drama





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24 January 2000 (USA)  »

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| (17 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the cast reunited at PaleyFest 2011, Busy Philipps revealed that James Franco was told, unbeknown to her and the episode's director Danny Leiner, that his character, Daniel, had been abused by his father and therefore had intimacy issues. When it came to shooting a scene where the characters get hit by water balloons, run after a car and Philipps' character gives Daniel a smack on the arm and says 'Dammit, Daniel, do something', Franco, much to everyone's surprise, reacted much harder than anyone expected him to and responded back by saying 'Don't you fucking ever touch me' and then grabbed Philipps arms and threw her to the ground. See more »


After Daniel and Ken get jumped, they talk to Lindsay's father and Daniel touches him leaving a large, blood stained thumb print on his shirt. When they leave though, we see his shirt again and the stain is almost completely gone. See more »


Jean Weir: [to Lindsay, about Nick] What are you going to tell him?
Lindsay Weir: I don't know, Mom!
Harold Weir: I know what to tell him - tell him he's a grease bucket and you deserve better.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written by: Ted Nugent
Performed by: Ted Nugent
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Probably my least favorite episode of the series
14 February 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Yet another good episode. Probably my least favorite episode of the series, but it is still much better than the 'good' episodes of other shows.

The whole 'school-mascot' thing simply did not appeal to me. It was a lot of fun to watch, but I didn't care for it as much. Neither did I care for the Sam/Cindy/Todd triangle or the basketball game.

The Freaks storyline in this episode was pretty minor compared to the Geeks. Ken and Kim are always hilarious, though. Which makes me sad that they didn't have more screen time.

But what really worked for me was the Lindsay/Nick break up. It may not be an entertaining storyline, but it feels very real and I can relate to it. One of the reasons why I love this show so much is not only because of the humor but mostly because of the realistic character behaviors. I felt bad for Nick, he was a loser but his heart was in the right place. Same as for Lindsay.

THREE stars.

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