Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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The Garage Door 

Neal learns his father is cheating on his mother. Ken develops a crush on the tuba player in the school's marching band and Lindsay helps set them up.

Director:

Bryan Gordon

Writers:

Paul Feig (created by), Gabe Sachs | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Lindsay Weir
John Francis Daley ... Sam Weir
James Franco ... Daniel Desario
Samm Levine ... Neal Schweiber
Seth Rogen ... Ken Miller
Jason Segel ... Nick Andopolis
Martin Starr ... Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann Baker ... Jean Weir
Joe Flaherty ... Harold Weir
Busy Philipps ... Kim Kelly
Sam McMurray ... Dr. Vic Schweiber
Jessica Campbell ... Amy Andrews
Amy Aquino ... Mrs. Schweiber
David Bowe ... Salesman
Tava Smiley ... Carol, Dr. Schweiber's Mistress
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Storyline

Attractions between the sexes. At a mall, Sam sees Neal's father with another woman. Bill says they have to tell Neal - no secrets. Neal's father claims innocence. Sam begins to doubt all adult relationships, including his parents'. The freaks plan a night at Laserdome. Kim objects because that's where Daniel made out with another girl after one of their quarrels. Lindsay and Nick are sorting out the aftermath of their breakup, with Daniel advising Nick and Kim advising Lindsay. Ken trades insults with Amy, a tuba player in the band, and finds he's attracted to her. Daniel advises him, too, and Lindsay is willing to be the intermediary for Laserdome night. What about Neal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (17 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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. See more »

Goofs

Sam, Bill, and Neal are playing Asteroids on Neal's new Atari 2600. The Asteroids shown is not the 2600 version but rather the arcade version. The 2600 version had solid multi-colored asteroids. In the arcade version, the asteroids were made up of lines that outlined the asteroid. See more »

Quotes

Lindsay Weir: So who's Wendy Franklin?
Kim Kelly: Ugh, long story. Let's just say she's a cheap little slut that Daniel made out with while we were broken up.
Lindsay Weir: But it's over with her, right?
Kim Kelly: Lindsay, that's not the point. He did it with her at the Laser Dome. Now he wants to go there with me?
Lindsay Weir: So, are you going?
Kim Kelly: Well, yeah. I mean, what else am I gonna do?
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Connections

References Asteroids (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad Reputation
(Main Title Song)
Written by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell, and Marty Kupersmith
Performed by Joan Jett
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Trouble on the home front
28 November 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

If "Freaks and Geeks" has a flair for mixing humor and drama, 'The Garage Door' is Exhibit A. It's also a prime example of further fleshing out its supporting cast. Turns out Ken (the resident smartass) has a heart, and the band geek who steals it is his sarcastic equal. More Seth Rogen on this show is never a bad thing.

But it's primarily a somber episode that deals with the horrible toll of keeping a secret; like not telling anyone that Neal's dad is having an affair. It's hard to watch Neal spend his waking hours in search of his dad's secret love nest, and even more painful to see Sam getting a crash course in adult duplicity. Neal's real torment will come later, but for now, it's a harsh truth for Sam.

It's no mystery that life is hard, but it's far worse when the kids suffer. It'd be too simple to say the best episodes are the rough ones, but this certainly supports that argument. As touching as it is torturous.

9/10


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