Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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The Garage Door 

Neal learns his father is cheating on his mother. Ken develops a crush on the tuba player in the school's marching band and Lindsay helps set them up.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lindsay Weir
... Sam Weir
... Daniel Desario
... Neal Schweiber
... Ken Miller
... Nick Andopolis
... Bill Haverchuck
... Jean Weir
... Harold Weir
... Kim Kelly
... Dr. Vic Schweiber
... Amy Andrews
... Mrs. Schweiber
... Salesman
... Carol, Dr. Schweiber's Mistress


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama





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13 March 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Lindsay Weir: So who's Wendy Franklin?
Kim Kelly: Ugh, long story. Let's just say she's a cheap little slut that Daniel made out with while we were broken up.
Lindsay Weir: But it's over with her, right?
Kim Kelly: Lindsay, that's not the point. He did it with her at the Laser Dome. Now he wants to go there with me?
Lindsay Weir: So, are you going?
Kim Kelly: Well, yeah. I mean, what else am I gonna do?
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »


The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Written by Tom Crain, Charlie Daniels, Taz Di Gregorio, Fred Edwards,
Charlie Hayward, and James W. Marshall
Performed by The Charlie Daniels Band
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Trouble on the home front
28 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

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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