Ingesting. A new teacher draws Bill out: he admits to a peanut allergy, so Alan sneaks a few into Bill's sandwich to see if Bill's lying. Will he die? Bill's mother blames herself, Alan's father is furious, Sam and Neal find humor and romance beneath the tragedy. Meanwhile, Lindsay calls Nick out on his constant marijuana use, so he challenges her to get high. Experimentation, a babysitting job, and Millie's friendship teach a life lesson that Lindsay may or may not remember in the morning. And what about the weekend sci-fi convention?Written by
When you see Sam in the shot when it's revealed Alan put the peanuts in the sandwich, you can see his face is red and he is a little out of breath from the laugh mentioned in the item above, See more »
Kate Jackson left Charlie's Angles in 1979 yet we see the Weirs watch a prime time episode with her in it in the spring of 1981. See more »
What if all of this is a dream, and it isn't even our dream, it's that dog's dream? Maybe we're just existing in his mind and all of a sudden he'll go drink out of the toilet and we'll be gone. What will happen to us if that dog wakes up? It will be over.
Life is not that dog's dream.
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"I know what high people look like. I went to a Seals and Crofts concert last summer."
This episode and the next ('Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers') are two of my very favorites. And I know that I'm always talking about Bill on this show, but on the other hand, the writers seem to know that he's the heart and soul of "Freak and Geeks". That's the way I see it, at least. And what better way to hit home both his importance and vulnerability than very nearly killing him? Peanut allergies are nothing to take lightly, kids.
But more than just making you feel sorry for this kid, it goes a long way in sympathizing Alan, the show's hot-headed antagonist. You want to wring the guy's neck for pulling such an idiotic stunt, but in the end, you also realize that he's also just a kid. A very fallible, dumb kid. You end up feeling just as sorry for him as you do the endlessly unfortunate Bill.
Balancing things out humor-wise, is the subplot with Lindsay trying weed . . . and freaking right the hell out. It's another example of Millie being there when she needs support, and also a good vehicle for loads of pot humor. Along with Leslie Mann (at her sweetest) as guest star, it's an episode that balances the light and dark, and still hits you right in the chest while offering a ray of hope in the end.
It's why I think Judd Apatow did his best work on this show.
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