Halloween is coming: Lindsay wants to hang out with her new friends, her mom wants her to help pass out treats to kids. Sam at first thinks he's too old to go trick or treating, then convinces Neal and Bill to dress up and go with him. Halloween itself is a nightmare: Lindsay's going out dampens Jean's spirit, kids and their parents reject her homemade cookies, the geeks draw stares for being too old and then are humiliated by bullies and worse, and Lindsay gets in the spirit of destructive tricks only to find herself guilty of going way too far. Is there any redemption?Written by
This episode takes place from October 29 to October 31, 1980. See more »
When Sam is arguing with Neal just before Sam get egged, in one of the frames Sam has the egg makeup on. See more »
I just hope I get candy I can eat. I'm allergic to peanuts,licorice and nougat
How can you possibly be allergic to nougat?
I don't know. My doctor says I'm allergic to more things than anyone he's ever seen
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It all starts off well enough with a silly gross-out cold open, but 'Tricks and Treats' is bittersweet to its core. This Halloween is no fun for the Weir family, with Lindsay going all-in with her rebellious side, souring Sam's evening in the process. Even Mom's fun goes down the drain.
It's got its fair share of humor (Bill, primarily, in the worst Bionic Woman costume) and that mix helps balance things out. It's heartbreaking to see Sam lash out at his sister ("Nobody thinks you're cool, you know!" . . . "Trust me, I know") but then, the payoff is a tonic all its own.
The mix is what counts; it's a funny, painful and satisfying witch's brew.
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