A car accident results in Lindsay deciding to stop hanging out with her "freak" friends. She decides to rejoin the mathletes and start hanging out with Millie again. Sam adopts a new modern...
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A car accident results in Lindsay deciding to stop hanging out with her "freak" friends. She decides to rejoin the mathletes and start hanging out with Millie again. Sam adopts a new modern hair style in the hopes of impressing Cindy. When this fails, he seeks out a new wardrobeWritten by
The schools in the mathletics meet are named Lincoln and McKinley, two U.S. presidents who were assassinated. See more »
The year in the show is 1980, the first graphing calculator was made in 1985 by Casio. Yet some of the mathlete students are heard commenting about Texas Instruments and passing around a graphing calculator. Texas Instruments didn't start making graphing calculators until 1990. See more »
"Hey, don't make fun of him. That's a Parisian nightsuit!"
It's easy to identify with both Weir siblings in this one, and both learn valuable lessons about who they are. For Sam, it's knowing that allure comes from the inside, not some (questionable) European fashion. And it's here where most of the episode's humor lies, benefiting from a Joel Hodgson appearance.
But Lindsay's story is the harder-hitting of the two, and this is where the acting really comes in. Case in point, a dinner scene after Lindsay wrecks the family station wagon. It's a terrifying reprimand because Joe Flaherty strikes just the right menacing tone without ever raising his voice. Also, her scenes with Millie, which seem to be the episode's anchor. Lindsay doesn't have much time for Millie anymore, but she's always there for Lindsay to fall back on.
In the end, this is another episode about navigating the treacherous waters of high school and finding one's place. Which is typical of the show in general, but this really seems maximize the funny and scary aspects of being a teen.
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