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Freaks and Geeks: Noshing and Moshing

The Weirs attend the Schweibers' annual dinner party where Neal rebels against his father and turns his attention to ventriloquism. Kim breaks up with Daniel, who tries to become a punk rocker.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x18
Airdate: Tuesday October 17th, 2000
Network: FOX Family

Guest Stars
Amy AquinoAmy Aquino
As Mrs. Schweiber
Dave AllenDave Allen
As Jeff Rosso
Sam McMurraySam McMurray
As Dr. Vic Schweiber
David KrumholtzDavid Krumholtz
As Barry Schweiber
Shawnee Free JonesShawnee Free Jones
As Jenna Zank
Bianca KajlichBianca Kajlich
As Piercing Girl

Co-Guest Stars
Steve BannosSteve Bannos
As Mr. Kowchevski (Frank)
Trace BeaulieuTrace Beaulieu
As Mr. Lacovara (Hector)
Ron LesterRon Lester
As Seidleman
Joel MadisonJoel Madison
As Mr. Botwinick
Joanna CantonJoanna Canton
As Cheerleader
John ApicellaJohn Apicella
As Mr. Latz
Andy MacKenzieAndy MacKenzie
As Big Punk
Sid HillmanSid Hillman
As Freshly Pierced Guy (as Sid Garza-Hillman)
Rowan ShifrinRowan Shifrin
As Guy (Mohawk Guy)

Michael BeardsleyMichael Beardsley
As Humphries
Alison MartinAlison Martin
As Katey Desario
Camille BennettCamille Bennett
As Cheerleader
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


Neal wrestles with the dilemma of whether to tell his mother about his father's affair. His grades slip, and he gets into trouble with his teachers. He devotes all of his time to a ventriloquism act. Sam is embarrassed to be seen with Neal, while Bill freaks out because he once saw a movie about a dummy that came to life. Neal's brother Barry comes home from college for the weekend. He is aware of his father's philandering, but warns Neal to keep quiet for the good of the family. During the Schweibers' annual dinner party, Dr. Schweiber goads Neal into performing his act. He makes many cutting remarks about his father, and then runs out. When his mother comes to see him, Neal tearfully tells her about the affair. She says that she already knew, and assures Neal that he doesn't have to bear the burden of his parents' marital woes. Lindsay is given detention after coming to the aid of a girl being attacked by a large, stupid boy. She receives further punishment for complaining about a school policy that forbids students from doing homework during detention. She is cheered by Barry's arrival, and goes to the Schweibers' party to see him. Barry raves about college, and assures her that she will be able to forget high school and reinvent herself. Neal is distraught when Lindsay and Barry share a kiss. Daniel deals with pressures at home, where he is expected to help care for his disabled father. Kim breaks up with Daniel because she considers him unreliable. He escapes from his problems through punk music. A girl who dropped out of McKinley invites him to a club, so he tries to impress her by adopting a punk persona (even using raw eggs on his hair). After being physically abused in the mosh pit and discovering that Jenna has a boyfriend, a defeated Daniel seeks comfort in Kim's arms...

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Episode Notes
In the original version of the episode (seen only in a few museum screenings during the spring), the song played during the final montage was "Only Love Will Break Your Heart" by Neil Young.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Black FlagRise AboveDaniel listening to album with his headphones on
Dean MartinYou're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves YouThe Weirs go home from the party.
Diesel BoyLime GreenAt the punk club
Diesel BoyHappy StreetDaniel in the bathroom at the punk club
Diesel BoyPunk Rock 101 
Paul FeigSpacefunkStart of episode
XYour Phone's Off the Hook, But You're NotDaniel prepares his clothes before going out.

Episode Quotes
Kim Hey Disario?
Daniel: What?
Kim I've been waiting for you, where the Hell have you been this morning? You have my notes.
Daniel: Uh, I was held up.
Kim Well thanks a lot , I failed a test because of you.
Daniel: What are you talking about?
Kim It was an open notes test . I left my bag in your car last night.
Daniel: Oh so it's my fault you left your bag in my car?
Kim No , it's your fault that your the most unreliable guy on the planet.
Daniel: Yeah well your certainly reliable, your always a bitch.
Kim Ya know Daniel, why don't you get used to being alone the rest of your life.

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