Freaks and Geeks

Season 1 Episode 5

Tests and Breasts

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 1999 on NBC
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Tests and Breasts
Lindsay agrees to tutor Daniel in algebra, but he doubts her effectiveness. Daniel manages to steal a test from the teacher's office and then asks Lindsay to help him fill in the answers. Mr. Kowchevski, suspicious of Daniel's surprisingly high grade, accuses the duo of cheating. When Lindsay becomes unsure of what to do, Daniel tells her they should deny everything. Sam, Neal and Bill begin sex education class. Daniel loans Sam a porno flick in a misguided attempt to help educate them, but ends up confusing them.moreless

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  • Daniel struggles to study for an Algebra test.

    It definitely doesn't seem as if Freaks and Geeks will produce any truly bad episode, but this was definitely one of the lesser episodes the show produced. The show took two plots that were certainly interesting enough and ended up not living up to its promise. I actually liked the geeks plot a bit more than the freaks this episode, mostly because it had the perfect level of awkwardness and drama. Also because Bill (played great by Martin Starr) is the perfect deadpan actor.

    I thought that the plot where Daniel attempts to pass his algebra test was extremely under-developed and it wasted a lot of possible funny moments. The last two episodes haven't been as funny as the first three, although that's not exactly detrimental to the show. Instead, it gives an interesting tilt of drama to a show that was at first just comedy driven. I did like how James Franco told the same story about being a dumb kid in school to two different groups of people and makes Lindsey laugh hysterically.

    As I mentioned, I loved the way they used Tom Wilson in this episode.. the guy who played Biff in Back to the Future seems to have finally found another role that allows him to be irritating yet somewhat likable at times.. okay, perhaps Biff was never likable, but at least this was good. And watching Sam, Neil and Bill watch porn was hilarious.

    Overall, the episode definitely wasn't bad, but to me, I thought it was a bit heavy on the drama without making up for it with any substantial humor.moreless
  • This is a great episode! Lindsay tutors Daniel and Sam starts sex education.

    Sam, Neil, and Bill start their sex education class. Sam wants to learn more so Daniel gives Sam and his friends a porno. This ends up confusing them. Meanwhile Daniel isn't doing so well in his Algebra class so Lindsay agrees to tutor him. After trying and failing to understand what Lindsay is teaching him, he steals a copy to the test. Daniel does really well on his test. Daniels teacher, knowing that Lindsay had been tutoring Daniel, accused the pair of cheating. When Lindsay starts freaking out, Daniel says they should deny everything. This is an excellent episode with a hilarious ending!moreless
  • Lindsey tries to tutor Daniel in math; Sam gets a lesson in sexual education.

    This was yet another great episode. So far, all of the episodes have been absolutely fantastic. I'm wondering if I'll end up rating any of them below a 9 at this point. So far it looks like the show will only get better, and I hope I'm right.

    Lindsey discovers that Daniel can be very manipulative in this episode - when he faces failing his algebra class, she tries to help him study. He gives up and steals a test from the classroom, and after the teacher openly insults Daniel, she helps him fill out the test. The teacher is suspicious and accuses the duo of cheating. Daniel further manipulatives Lindsey in order to keep her from admitting the truth.

    Sam and his friends, meanwhile, are taking sex ed. They don't know much about the subject at all. They later hear a sexual joke but don't understand it, and set out to discover the meaning. Daniel loans Sam a pornographic movie and he and his friends watch it together - by the end of it they are sickened, and they all lose their appetites for a couple of days and even are nervous in the presence of girls. The coach teaching sex ed eventually talks to Sam and explains to him how sex is in real life, which makes Sam much more comfortable.

    With this episode, it becomes clearer than ever that this is not your standard high school drama. Lindsey will surely be uncomfortable around Daniel now that she knows his manipulative ways. Sam's akwardness is also well played and completely believable and realistic.

    Praise goes to James Franco. This guy is a great actor, he's better here even than in Spider-man (where his character's lines can be pretty corny). Although Franco has been good all four episodes, he stood out in this episode...he just played his character really well. He and Linda Cardellini have great chemistry together, even in a non-romantic way.moreless
Alan Simpson (II)

Alan Simpson (II)


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Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan


Guest Star

Mary-Margaret Lewis

Mary-Margaret Lewis

Miss Landis

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Michael Beardsley

Michael Beardsley


Recurring Role

Shaun Weiss

Shaun Weiss


Recurring Role

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Kim Kelly

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The ending to the joke told throughout the episode ("How do you think I rang the doorbell?") belongs to this:

      A woman, tired of living alone, decides to put an ad in the local paper. She asks for three things: 1. A man who will treat her nicely, 2. A man who won't leave her, and 3. A man who is good in bed. Several weeks go buy without a result, and the woman is resigned to life without a man who can embody those qualities. Then, the doorbell rings and she opens it to find an armless, legless man in a wheelchair. He says, "I'm here about the ad in the paper. As you can see, I have no arms, so I can't beat you, and I have no legs, so I can't run away from you." The woman is skeptical, and asks, "Yeah, but are you good in bed?" The man answers, "How do you think I rang the doorbell?"

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (5)

    • The cup that Kim kicks changes position on the bleachers between shots.

    • Plot Hole: In the cafeteria, Neil asks Bill and Sam if they had watched "The Dukes of Hazzard" the previous evening. This would be impossible because "The Dukes of Hazzard" aired on Friday Nights.

    • When Chauncey Leopardi reprised his role of Alan White for this episode he had already shaved his head. Sam's line about Alan having head lice was added to explain away any continuity problems.

    • Music: "Takin' Care of Business" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive; "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield; "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra; "Little Dreamer" by Van Halen

    • Seth Rogen does not appear in this episode.