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Freaks and Geeks: Kim Kelly Is My Friend

Sam has a new bully to worry about, and this ones a female. Kim invites Lindsay to dinner to prove to her mom that her friends are smart and nice.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Airdate: Tuesday September 05th, 2000
Network: FOX Family

Guest Stars
Ann DowdAnn Dowd
As Cookie Kelly
Tom VirtueTom Virtue
As Teacher
Jack ConleyJack Conley
As Kim Kelly's Stepfather
Mike White (3)Mike White (3)
As Chip (Chip Kelly)

Co-Guest Stars
Sarah HaganSarah Hagan
As Millie Kentner
Steve BannosSteve Bannos
As Mr. Kowchevski (Frank)
Jerry MessingJerry Messing
As Gordon Crisp
Brianna BrownBrianna Brown
As Perky Blonde
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
As Karen (Karen Scarfolli)
Shane JohnsonShane Johnson
As Good-Looking Guy

Michael BeardsleyMichael Beardsley
As Humphries
Shawn SoongShawn Soong
As Stroker
Main Cast
Linda CardelliniLinda Cardellini
As Lindsay Weir
James FrancoJames Franco
As Daniel Desario
Samm LevineSamm Levine
As Neil Schweiber
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


Sam inadvertently runs afoul of Kim's bitchy friend Karen, who writes "geek" on his locker with lipstick. After he removes the message, she writes "pygmy geek" in permanent marker. Mr. Kowchevski sees Sam trying to cover the graffiti and orders him to complete an anti-vandalism essay. Neal finds Sam's plight very amusing. They argue over which of them is the bigger geek, and Sam ends up pounding Neal. Nick tries to convince Kim to be nicer to Lindsay. Kim suddenly acts very friendly toward Lindsay, reasoning that they should make an effort to get along if they are going to hang out with the same group. Sam is disgusted by Lindsay's friendship with Kim, whom he considers a "psycho." Kim invites Lindsay to dinner, explaining that she needs to introduce a nice friend to her parents so they will stop hassling her to sell her car. She reveals that she has been using sleepovers at Lindsay's house and weekend trips to the Weirs' fictional cabin as her alibi when she stays out with Daniel. Kim's mother quickly exposes her lies and starts screaming at her. She concludes that Kim should not have a car because she uses it to "whore around town." Kim's mother and stepfather physically attack her and try to take her car keys. Lindsay and Kim flee for the car, which Kim's parents attempt to flip over while the girls are inside of it. They escape, only to find Daniel fooling around with Karen in the park. Kim tries to run them over, and then breaks down in tears. She explains that she acts tough to keep other girls away from Daniel because she fears losing him. Although her demeanor frightens them, the Weirs allow Kim to stay over for dinner. Daniel shows up and insists that he did not sleep with Karen, as he only cares about Kim. Lindsay's parents are pleased to see the couple make up, until they start a make-out session in the middle of the kitchen. The next day, Karen arrives at school to find that Kim has painted "slut" on her locker in giant letters. Kim threatens to beat up Karen, thereby becoming Sam's new hero...

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Episode Notes
It was scheduled to air 6 Nov 99, but was replaced by another episode because of concerns over its "violent content."

This episode was the most edited of all the episodes when shown on the Fox Family Channel.

Seth Rogen does not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Little River BandReminiscingSam and Neal argue about being geeks
Steve MartinKing TutSam writes an essay while Neal & Bill distract him
Van HalenIce Cream ManKim sees Daniel flirting with Karen in the park
Van HalenJamie's Cryin'Kim brings Lindsay home for dinner

Episode Quotes
Harold: She's hanging with a bad crowd. She's lying and cheating and next thing you know, she's Patty Hearst with a gun to our heads.

Sam:What am I supposed to do with a porno?
Neal: You watch it. Over and over.
Sam: Ew, only perverts watch pornos, right?
Neal: Well, then every guy in America's a pervert.

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