9. 'Chokin' and Tokin''
Air Date: March 20, 2000
In its earliest incarnation, Feig wrote Freaks and Geeks to "be like an HBO show, because I wanted it to be honest. I wanted to have swearing and pot smoking and cigarette smoking and all this stuff that I saw happening around me when I was in school." And while he admits that the original pilot was "much more in an HBO world," he did manage to get away a lot, especially as far as network television is concerned. In this episode, directed by Chuck and Buck's Miguel Arteta, Lindsay decides to smoke pot for the first time after being called out on her good girl rep by Nick. There's just one problem: She's supposed to be babysitting for her neighbors. So while she deals with the effects of her first-ever joint, she's also got a playful kid to contend with; thank god she's got Millie to help — both with the kid and to talk her down from her high. On the other side of town, the Geeks are gathered at the hospital with Bill, who is unconscious after eating a peanut that was secretly slipped to him by their nemesis/bully Alan White. When Alan pays a visit to Bill's bedside he admits that the reason he's so mean to the guys: "I like comic books and science fiction too, but you guys never ask me to hang out." It's a harbinger for the series' conclusion that we're all the same.
Best Line: "I know what high people look like. I went to a Seals and Croft concert last summer."