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Freaks and Geeks: I'm with the Band

After Nick's father threatens him that he will be enlisting in the Army if he doesn't maintain a C average, Lindsay suggests he try out for a well known band looking for a drummer. Sam feels mortified after finding out he will have to shower after gym class.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 105
Airdate: Saturday November 13th, 1999

Guest Stars
Thomas F. WilsonThomas F. Wilson
As Coach Ben Fredricks
Steve BannosSteve Bannos
As Frank Kowchevski
Kevin TigheKevin Tighe
As Mr. Andopolis
Shaun WeissShaun Weiss
As Sean
Chauncey LeopardiChauncey Leopardi
As Alan White

Co-Guest Stars
Natasha MelnickNatasha Melnick
As Cindy Sanders
Sarah HaganSarah Hagan
As Millie Kentner
Jerry MessingJerry Messing
As Gordon Crisp
Stephen Lea SheppardStephen Lea Sheppard
As Harris (Harris Trinsky)
Jarrett LennonJarrett Lennon
As Colin
Denise C. AskewDenise C. Askew
As Student Gym Teacher (Miss Ruth)
Mark Allan StaubachMark Allan Staubach
As Mark
Jason LansingJason Lansing
As Bully #1 (Ernie Hahuth)

Shawn SoongShawn Soong
As Stroker
Gabe SachsGabe Sachs
As Drummer
Jeff JudahJeff Judah
As Sound Mixer
Mark PhinneyMark Phinney
As Drummer #2
Paul FeigPaul Feig
As Alex the Guitarist
Main Cast
Linda CardelliniLinda Cardellini
As Lindsay Weir
James FrancoJames Franco
As Daniel Desario
Samm LevineSamm Levine
As Neil Schweiber
Seth RogenSeth Rogen
As Ken Miller
Jason SegelJason Segel
As Nick Andopolis
Martin StarrMartin Starr
As Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann BakerBecky Ann Baker
As Jean Weir
Joe FlahertyJoe Flaherty
As Harold Weir
Busy PhilippsBusy Philipps
As Kim Kelly


Nick's father threatens to force him to join the Army unless he can maintain a C+ grade average. Lindsay encourages him to pursue a music career, then discovers that the band he has organized with the other freaks is really, really horrible. She suggests that they spend more time rehearsing; Nick agrees, but Daniel feels that rock and roll should be spontaneous (probably because he is too lazy to make an effort at anything). The other band members accuse Nick of being a tyrant and decide to quit, and everyone blames Lindsay. Lindsay urges Nick to try out for drummer of a local band; but, as the audition proves, his enthusiasm for drumming does not necessarily mean he has any talent. As he laments his seemingly dreary future, Lindsay consoles him with a kiss. Nick is excited, while Lindsay seems ambivalent the next day. Bill, Neal and Sam are mortified when a new district policy requires them to shower after gym class. Bill and Neal decide to endure the taunts of the bullies and go through with it, while Sam goes to great lengths to avoid his fate. When he finally decides to shower, a confrontation with Alan leaves him in the hallway without clothes or a towel...as the end-of-class bell rings...

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Episode Notes
Nearly everything that happens to the characters happened to Paul Feig or other members of the crew, for example the showering in the locker room.

After the episode "I'm with the Band", the show was put on hiatus for nearly two months. It was then moved from Saturday nights to Monday.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CreamWhite RoomRight before Sam decides to shower
CreamSunshine Of Your LoveCovered by cast members (Creation)
CreamCrossroadsCovered by cast members (Dimension)
MadnessOne Step BeyondSam is naked in the halls
RushThe Spirit of the RadioStart of episode

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