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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



  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Thomas F. Wilson
As Coach Ben Fredricks
Recurring
Steve Bannos
As Frank Kowchevski
Recurring
Kevin Tighe
As Mr. Andopolis
Recurring
Shaun Weiss
As Sean
Recurring
Chauncey Leopardi
As Alan White
Recurring

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

Uncredited
Shawn Soong
As Stroker
Recurring
Gabe Sachs
As Drummer
Jeff Judah
As Sound Mixer
Mark Phinney
As Drummer #2
Paul Feig
As Alex the Guitarist
Main Cast
Linda Cardellini
As Lindsay Weir
James Franco
As Daniel Desario
Samm Levine
As Neil Schweiber
Seth Rogen
As Ken Miller
Jason Segel
As Nick Andopolis
Martin Starr
As Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann Baker
As Jean Weir
Joe Flaherty
As Harold Weir
Busy Philipps
As Kim Kelly

Recap

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.



Music
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


Warning: Freaks and Geeks season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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