Freaks and Geeks

Season 1 Episode 12

The Garage Door

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The device Neal's dad puts into Sam's mouth in the scene at the dentist's office was a gag that producer Judd Apatow used to use in his old stand-up routine.

    • Dr. Schweiber's license plate reads "IFLOSSEM".

    • When Dr. Schweiber goes to put the scraper in his mouth when the camera angle changes, it is the mirror in his hand instead. And I believe this goof happens more than once.

    • In the diner, there is a Statue of Liberty New York license plate on the wall. These weren't introduced until 1986.

  • Quotes

    • Kim: Check out the pizza-face dork with the trombone! Why doesn't he just pop those things?
      Daniel: I think if he did, he'd die of blood loss.

    • Bill: Do you remember when we said we'd tell each other everything?
      Neal: Yeah.
      Bill: Did you mean it?
      Neal: Of course.
      Bill: Even if it's something really, really horrible? I mean, it might not be horrible, 'cause it might not be true, but if it is true, it could be pretty horrible.
      Neal: Okay, Bill, you're killing me, you gotta tell me now.

    • Neal: I'm just going to have my coffee now.
      Bill: Is that before or after you shave?

    • Sam: Hey, Neal, I gotta go home. My parents are going to be worried.
      Bill: Yeah, me too. My mom doesn't like to watch Dallas alone.

    • Neal: Tell you one thing, when I get married, I'm never going to cheat on my wife. Even if she gets old and fat.
      Bill: I'd be happy just to get a wife. I don't think I want the kind that's gonna get old and fat.
      Sam: I don't even know how you get one girl. How does anyone get two?

    • Neal: So I wake up this morning, and guess what's sitting at the foot of my bed?
      Bill: A turd?
      Neal: Yes Bill, a turd.
      Sam: Eew!
      Neal: An Atari!

  • Notes

    • The version of "Asteroids" the boys play is actually the Arcade version not the version that was used with the Atari console. The Atari version was a much more primitive rendition of the original Arcade game.

    • Anachronism Alert: When the Freaks go to the Pizza place there's a white New York State license plate hanging on the wall behind Kim. The New York state White "Statue of Liberty" license plate wasn't introduced until 1986.

    • The actor named "Ben Hecht" in this episode is not the same person as Ben Hecht, the famous novelist and screenwriter, although the latter's credits and the actor's are all mixed together in one entry. Ben Hecht the writer died in 1964, aged 70.

    • Music: "25 or 6 to 4" (Chicago), "When the Saints Go Marching In" and ["Go, Fight, Win"], performed by McKinley High Marching Band; "Beautiful Loser" by Bob Seger; "Let the Good Times Roll" by the Cars; "Karn Evil #9" by Emerson, Lake and Palmer; "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band; "Amie" by Pure Prairie League; "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

    • The game of Asteroids being played by Bill, Neal and Sam is different from the Atari 2600 version, which used filled shapes for the asteroids instead of the arcade version's vector outlines.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air 14 Feb 00.

  • Allusions

    • The geeks ride around town on their bikes, trying out the garage door opener to confirm Neil's suspicions about his father.

      A door opens when Neil clicks the opener at it, but it turns out someone is pulling in the driveway at that moment.

      A relieved Neil says "I almost had a heart attack." Bill responds by saying "I'm coming Elizabeth; it's the big one!"

      Bill's joking response is a reference to the 70's sitcom "Sanford and Son". Whenever Fred Sanford, played by Redd Foxx, would get really upset, he would exaggerate and claim he was having a heart attack, allowing him to join his late wife Elizabeth.

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