Ingesting. A new teacher draws Bill out: he admits to a peanut allergy, so Alan sneaks a few into Bill's sandwich to see if Bill's lying. Will he die? Bill's mother blames herself, Alan's father is furious, Sam and Neal find humor and romance beneath the tragedy. Meanwhile, Lindsay calls Nick out on his constant marijuana use, so he challenges her to get high. Experimentation, a babysitting job, and Millie's friendship teach a life lesson that Lindsay may or may not remember in the morning. And what about the weekend sci-fi convention?Written by
"I know what high people look like. I went to a Seals and Crofts concert last summer."
This episode and the next ('Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers') are two of my very favorites. And I know that I'm always talking about Bill on this show, but on the other hand, the writers seem to know that he's the heart and soul of "Freak and Geeks". That's the way I see it, at least. And what better way to hit home both his importance and vulnerability than very nearly killing him? Peanut allergies are nothing to take lightly, kids.
But more than just making you feel sorry for this kid, it goes a long way in sympathizing Alan, the show's hot-headed antagonist. You want to wring the guy's neck for pulling such an idiotic stunt, but in the end, you also realize that he's also just a kid. A very fallible, dumb kid. You end up feeling just as sorry for him as you do the endlessly unfortunate Bill.
Balancing things out humor-wise, is the subplot with Lindsay trying weed . . . and freaking right the hell out. It's another example of Millie being there when she needs support, and also a good vehicle for loads of pot humor. Along with Leslie Mann (at her sweetest) as guest star, it's an episode that balances the light and dark, and still hits you right in the chest while offering a ray of hope in the end.
It's why I think Judd Apatow did his best work on this show.
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