Freaks & Geeks
The Garage Door

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Time in a Bottle

Neal is staying for dinner at the Weirs' because Dr. Schweiber is performing emergency surgery. They're all seated at the dining room table while Neal regales them with rather graphic details of other emergency dental operations that his father has performed. The Weirs are all grossed out by the story. Neal asks Lindsay if she has seen Ordinary People yet because he has, and he cried. Lindsay hasn't seen it, so Neal gallantly tells her that he'd be willing to see it again. Lindsay says that she hopes he and Sam have a good time. Sam says that he won't go to it because it isn't funny. You're right, it wasn't funny at the time, but when A&E decides to give The Four Seasons and its true-crime specials a rest, watching Ordinary People is pretty hilarious all these years later. Mom Weir offers Neal some more meatballs and he declines them because his father says, "Too much red meat isn't good for you." Sam changes the subject by asking his parents for an Atari for his birthday. Dad says, "An a-what-i?" Mom wonders if an Atari is "one of those expensive videogames." Sam assures her that it isn't that expensive. Dad declares them "a waste of time and money," and states, "the welfare rolls are full of videogame players." Lindsay scoffs but Dad quite accurately guesses it will be true eventually. ["I'm not so sure. I live with an avid gamer who's done pretty well parlaying his love of gaming into cash money." -- Wing Chun] Lindsay gets up to leave but Dad yells that she hasn't finished her dinner. Lindsay stuffs at least two huge meatballs into her mouth and then bolts for the door. Sam and Neal look like they're both going to attempt Lindsay's feat but Dad barks, "Don't even try it!" before they get their forks up to their mouths.

Lindsay was rushing off to meet the freaks at a diner. She apologizes for keeping them waiting and Ken mouths off about "cancelling their dinner reservations." Nick wonders if Ken can ever not be sarcastic. Nick and Daniel get up to get some food leaving Ken, Kim, and Lindsay at the table. Lindsay and Kim glare at Ken until he clues into the fact that they want to talk on their own. Kim asks Lindsay what is going on with her and Nick. Lindsay says she wants to be friends with him but Kim tells her that isn't possible because Nick's still in love with her. Kim advises her to be a bitch to Nick so she doesn't give him false hopes of their getting back together.

At the counter, Nick tells Daniel that he's still in love with Lindsay. Daniel tells him to quit being nice to Lindsay then he outlines his strategy to stop fighting with Kim which is basically not to argue with her and "let her run out of gas." He refers to it as his "tortoise and the hare" plan; Kim is the hare and Daniel is the tortoise. Daniel counsels Nick to give Lindsay the cold shoulder. Nick isn't sure that this is a good idea. Taking relationship advice from Daniel is like taking personal grooming advice from...well, Daniel.

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