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Freaks and Geeks: Discos and Dragons

Nick's friends are baffled after seeing him and his girlfriend in a disco dance contest. Daniel is banished to the audio/visual club with the geeks and finds out they are not so bad. Lindsay wins a two week stay at a University of Michigan academic seminar but would rather not go.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 113
Airdate: Saturday July 08th, 2000

Director: Paul Feig
Writer: Paul Feig

Guest Stars
Dave AllenDave Allen
As Jeff Rosso
Joel HodgsonJoel Hodgson
As Discotheque DJ
Steve HigginsSteve Higgins
As Mr. Fleck

Co-Guest Stars
Lizzy CaplanLizzy Caplan
As Sara
Stephen Lea SheppardStephen Lea Sheppard
As Harris (Harris Trinsky)
Jerry MessingJerry Messing
As Gordon Crisp
Steve BannosSteve Bannos
As Mr. Kowchevski (Frank)
Ron MarascoRon Marasco
As Mr. Caspar
Trace BeaulieuTrace Beaulieu
As Mr. Lacovara (Hector)
Samaire ArmstrongSamaire Armstrong
As Laurie
Ben ZiffBen Ziff
As Jock #1
Scott McAfeeScott McAfee
As Jock #2
Flynn WarnerFlynn Warner
As Freak
Teddy Lane, Jr.Teddy Lane, Jr.
As Bouncer
Joe MontiJoe Monti
As Eugene (The Disco Magician)
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


The freaks are baffled when Nick takes up disco dancing at the behest of his perky new girlfriend, Sara. Ken is certain that Nick is only dating Sara in an attempt to make Lindsay jealous. Nick continually dismisses this theory, and insists that he has never been happier. Lindsay seems heartbroken by this news, particularly when Nick declares that he has given up pot smoking for Sara. Nick tries to hide the fact that he is still obviously hung up on Lindsay. Daniel is sentenced to audio/visual squad duty as punishment for pulling a fire alarm in an attempt to postpone his math final. The other geeks are terrified by the prospect of having Daniel invade their territory, while Sam insists that he isn't a bad guy. Daniel agrees to join the guys for an evening game of Dungeons and Dragons. He really enjoys it, and asks to play again the next night. Sam, Neal and Bill decide that this doesn't make Daniel a geek, but rather signifies their evolution into "cool guys." Lindsay is accepted to a two-week academic summit at the University of Michigan as one of the top one percent of students in the state. She is not sure that she wants to spend her summer this way, while Kim expresses envy at the fact that Lindsay gets to leave town. Jeff loans Lindsay a copy of the Grateful Dead's American Beauty album to help ease her stress. Neal, Bill and the Weirs see Lindsay off as she leaves for the summit. She gets off the bus in Ann Arbor to find Kim waiting for her. They board a van with two Deadhead classmates and depart to follow the group on its tour...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
DynastyI Don't Want To Be A FreakNick and Sara practicing a dance
FoxyHot NumberStart of episode
Gloria GaynorI Will SurviveKen is escorted from the Discotheque by security
The Grateful DeadBox of RainLindsay listens to the Dead album in her room
The Grateful DeadRippleLindsay gets on the bus
HeatwaveThe Groove LineNick's dance in the competition
Paul FeigSpacefunk 

Cultural References
Lindsey drives off in a "Dead Head" van with a picture of the "Cosmic Cutie" from the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" painted on the side with the words "Stay calm", a play on the "Guide's" catchphrase: "Don't panic."

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