Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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The Garage Door 

Neal learns his father is cheating on his mother. Ken develops a crush on the tuba player in the school's marching band and Lindsay helps set them up.


Bryan Gordon


Paul Feig (created by), Gabe Sachs | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Lindsay Weir
John Francis Daley ... Sam Weir
James Franco ... Daniel Desario
Samm Levine ... Neal Schweiber
Seth Rogen ... Ken Miller
Jason Segel ... Nick Andopolis
Martin Starr ... Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann Baker ... Jean Weir
Joe Flaherty ... Harold Weir
Busy Philipps ... Kim Kelly
Sam McMurray ... Dr. Vic Schweiber
Jessica Campbell ... Amy Andrews
Amy Aquino ... Mrs. Schweiber
David Bowe ... Salesman
Tava Smiley ... Carol, Dr. Schweiber's Mistress


Attractions between the sexes. At a mall, Sam sees Neal's father with another woman. Bill says they have to tell Neal - no secrets. Neal's father claims innocence. Sam begins to doubt all adult relationships, including his parents'. The freaks plan a night at Laserdome. Kim objects because that's where Daniel made out with another girl after one of their quarrels. Lindsay and Nick are sorting out the aftermath of their breakup, with Daniel advising Nick and Kim advising Lindsay. Ken trades insults with Amy, a tuba player in the band, and finds he's attracted to her. Daniel advises him, too, and Lindsay is willing to be the intermediary for Laserdome night. What about Neal? Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

13 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill tells Sam and Neal that his mother does not like to watch Dallas (1978) alone. Claudia Christian (Gloria Haverchuck) appeared in Dallas: Some Do... Some Don't (1984) as Peter Richards' friend. See more »


Sam's parents give him an Atari 2600 at the end of the episode. In 1980 a new Atari 2600 would not have been a 6 switch version that was shown but a revised new 4 switch version. Also the game shown on the Atari 2600 for Sam was Adventure but it was never an included game pack for the Atari 2600. The original game pack in game was Combat for the 6 switch version and Space Invaders for the 4 switch version. See more »


Daniel Desario: [to Ken] You're in love with Tuba Girl?
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References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


Free Bird
Written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
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Trouble on the home front
28 November 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

If "Freaks and Geeks" has a flair for mixing humor and drama, 'The Garage Door' is Exhibit A. It's also a prime example of further fleshing out its supporting cast. Turns out Ken (the resident smartass) has a heart, and the band geek who steals it is his sarcastic equal. More Seth Rogen on this show is never a bad thing.

But it's primarily a somber episode that deals with the horrible toll of keeping a secret; like not telling anyone that Neal's dad is having an affair. It's hard to watch Neal spend his waking hours in search of his dad's secret love nest, and even more painful to see Sam getting a crash course in adult duplicity. Neal's real torment will come later, but for now, it's a harsh truth for Sam.

It's no mystery that life is hard, but it's far worse when the kids suffer. It'd be too simple to say the best episodes are the rough ones, but this certainly supports that argument. As touching as it is torturous.


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