Freaks and Geeks

Season 1 Episode 14

Dead Dogs And Gym Teachers

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Millie says she is fifteen, however, in a previous episode, "Beers and Weirs" she offers someone who thinks they are drunk a ride home, which would mean she had to be at least sixteen. It's highly unlikely Millie would drive without a license.

    • The Dallas episode that Bill and Ben are watching is entitled "The Gathering Storm" and aired on March 27, 1981. Unless this is a repeat (something the show rarely did), this episode is set in that date.

    • When Bill wipes out at the Go-Kart track, you can see several palm trees in the background, which aren't indigenous to Michigan.

    • "Stripes" wasn't released until June 1981, so they couldn't be discussing the movie during the '80-'81 school year.

  • Quotes

    • Ken: Lots of whackos use their real emotions.

    • Mr. Weir: OK, I'll tell you what Lindsay. I'll listen to this album and you can go to the concert if I don't find anything objectionable.
      Lindsay: Thanks Dad. I'm sure it'll be fine.
      Mr. Weir: Oh don't be so sure of yourself; I'll be listening to it backwards too!

    • Nick: Actually, I wrote a song for you... If you wanna hear it.
      Lindsay: Nah-ah.
      Nick: Yeah. (Starts playing)
      Ken: (Walks over and takes the guitar) Check it out. Eh... Hey, look at me, I'm Pete Townsend!
      Daniel: All right Townsend! Whooo!
      Ken: Yeah! (Smashes the guitar into the ground)
      Nick: (to Lindsay) He's a crack-up, right? (Walks over to Ken and pushes him)
      Ken: This is the biggest favor I ever did for you.

    • Mr. Weir: Sure Lindsay. You can see The Who. And you can go see The Stones at Altamont.

    • Ken: I always say, girl plus car equals dead animal.

    • Lindsay: Are you copying Ken's homework?
      Kim: Trying to. He writes like a mental patient.

    • Mr. Weir: Alright, fine. Just keep those boys away from your accordion.

    • Neal: He's a gym teacher. There's no upward mobility.

  • Notes

    • Plot Hole: It seems implausible that "Millie the Honor Student" would have any classes with Kim Kelly.

    • Plot Hole: Much of the "Freaks" storyline involves them going to see "The Who" in concert. This would be impossible because "The Who" did not perform any concerts in The United States in 1981.

    • Music: "I'm Free," "I'm One," "Boris the Spider," "Love Reign O'er Me," "Squeeze Box," "Goin' Mobile" and "Drowned" by The Who; "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," performed by Jason Segel, James Franco and Seth Rogen; "Lady L," written and performed by Jason Segel; "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Crofts

    • Claudia Christian, who played Gloria Haverchuck in this episode and "Chokin' and Tokin'," choose the show title as part of her 2007 autobiography title, "My Life With Geeks & Freaks."

    • This episode was scheduled to air 27 Mar 00. It had its first broadcast 10 Oct 00 on Fox Family Channel (where use of words such as "ass" is usually forbidden).

  • Allusions

    • Mr. Kowchevski: "Hey, hey, hey Coco, this isn't the cafeteria from Fame. Uncle..." This is a reference to Coco Hernandez one of the main characters in the movie "Fame". (I believe that she, like many of the characters tended to play music over lunch.) The reference by Danny to explain Mr. Kowchevski's reference "she was the hot chick in the movie who took her shirt off", refers to the final year at the school (in the movie) when Coco is manipulated into undressing for a "screen test" by a sleazy "producer" she met in a diner.