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 »
At the department store, Sam is shown standing in front of a display rack of Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 video game cartridges (the 5200 games are the ones with silver boxes and blue title backgrounds) when he spots Neal's dad hugging a woman with whom he is suspected of having an extramarital affair. The Atari 5200 game system was not released until 1982, and many of the game cartridges in the display, including "Dig Dug," "Pac-Man," "Pole Position" and "Berzerk" were not yet available in any home game format during the 1980-1981 school year time frame of "Freaks and Geeks." Most of those games became available in 1982 and/or 1983. In fact, "Dig Dug" and "Pole Position" weren't even out in arcades until 1982. See more »
So who's Wendy Franklin?
Ugh, long story. Let's just say she's a cheap little slut that Daniel made out with while we were broken up.
But it's over with her, right?
Lindsay, that's not the point. He did it with her at the Laser Dome. Now he wants to go there with me?
So, are you going?
Well, yeah. I mean, what else am I gonna do?
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If "Freaks and Geeks" has a flair for mixing humor and drama, 'The Garage Door' is Exhibit A. It's also a prime example of further fleshing out its supporting cast. Turns out Ken (the resident smartass) has a heart, and the band geek who steals it is his sarcastic equal. More Seth Rogen on this show is never a bad thing.
But it's primarily a somber episode that deals with the horrible toll of keeping a secret; like not telling anyone that Neal's dad is having an affair. It's hard to watch Neal spend his waking hours in search of his dad's secret love nest, and even more painful to see Sam getting a crash course in adult duplicity. Neal's real torment will come later, but for now, it's a harsh truth for Sam.
It's no mystery that life is hard, but it's far worse when the kids suffer. It'd be too simple to say the best episodes are the rough ones, but this certainly supports that argument. As touching as it is torturous.
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