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Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Girlfriends and Boyfriends” | Aired Jan 17, 2000

Our boys and girls on Freaks and Geeks are crossing paths, and heartbreak seems soon to follow.

We’ve all been there. Oh boy, have we all been there.

Who hasn’t been a Nick, desperately liking someone who’s completely indifferent to you? You rush into it with everything you’ve got, including a poorly planned serenade of “Lady,” and little do you know, everything was doomed from the start.

Let’s face it: Lindsay isn’t into Nick. Their first kiss originated from pity instead of romance, and the little interest that Lindsay has for Nick stems purely from the attention he gives her. After all, being a teenager in the midst of puberty and math class isn’t exactly a rollicking good time, so sometimes it’s nice to have someone feed you compliments and hugs throughout the day. Unfortunately, Nick wants to move their relationship at warp speed, and Lindsay realizes she is nowhere near his level of feelings.

She doesn’t know how to let him down easy, and it doesn’t help that everyone has already sorted them into the couple category. In between sex talks from various adults and Nick’s increasing PDA, Lindsay is at a loss for what to do, and no one seems to question that maybe she’s not 100 percent into this whole thing.

They at least need to go on a first date, right? Plans are arranged, and Lindsay agrees to come over to Nick’s house Friday night, while his parents are conveniently not around. When Nick takes her to his candlelit basement, we assume he’s going to try for some hanky-panky, but ah, how we are wrong. Nick turns on “Lady” by Styx and awkwardly talks/sings the song to Lindsay, who is absolutely mortified. His intensity completely unnerves her, and she would rather just make out if he’s up for that. But nope, Nick apparently would rather hold her.

Nick, I’m afraid there’s no coming back from this level of craziness.

Meanwhile, Sam could use a little dose of his sister’s magic in his own love life. He seems permanently trapped in the same routine with his crush: briefly saying hi each day in the hallway, then nothing. A possible opportunity appears in the form of new lab partners in biology class, but even that doesn’t go right. Bill ends up with Cindy, while Sam gets stuck with stinky Gordon Crisp.

Gordon gives Sam a bit of advice on how to win Cindy over, and it mostly involves joining all of her after-school activities, plus a bit of hair flattery on the side. Some of these ideas actually end up working, and despite Sam’s biggest fears, Cindy and Bill’s lab-partner ties don’t lead to romance (though they do give us a memorable scene involving a farting chair).

Cindy tells Bill that Sam is the nicest guy in school, and better yet, she wants to hang out with him after school and grab dinner. Then, at dinner, just as they start sharing fries, Cindy dishes that she has a crush on Todd Schellinger, a jock at school. Just like that, Sam is friendzoned, and he spends the rest of his meal hearing about the intricacies of Cindy and Todd’s non-relationship.

The episode ends in the Weirs’ kitchen as Lindsay comes home from her horrifying date with Nick. She and Sam swap snack cakes and commiserate over their new-love woes. It’s a nice moment, and one that we don’t get to see often between the two of them.


  • Adults couldn’t help with oversharing tonight. Some of the biggest tidbits? Mr. Rosso has herpes, and Papa Weir lost his virginity to a hooker in South Korea.
  • I love how confused Bill seemed with Cindy and her vegetable-eating and lack of TV-viewing. Our favorite Dallas fanboy just didn’t know where to go from there.
  • Nick, after Lindsay asks if he wants to make out: “No, all guys want to make out. I just want to hold you.” Dial it down, bud.
  • And finally, for your viewing pleasure, Nick singing his little heart out:

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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