Freaks and Geeks

Season 1 Episode 5

Tests and Breasts

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 1999 on NBC

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  • 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.
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