18. 'Kim Kelly Is My Friend'
Air Date: September 5, 2000
Though it's officially the fourth episode in the series, this Kim-centric episode was part of the collateral damage of Freaks and Geeks' early cancellation, and didn't actually air until the fall of 2000, when Fox Family ran the series in its 18-episode entirety for the first time. Which is a shame, because while she doesn't even merit a snapshot in the opening title sequence, Kim Kelly is one of the series' most fully developed characters. And though she's shown nothing but disdain toward Lindsay's Pollyanna personality up until this point, she knows an ally when she sees one — or at least a pawn — and manages to embroil Lindsay in a game of dinner table subterfuge with her parents, which quickly spirals out of control. It isn't pretty, but it sets the two female "freaks" on a path toward genuine friendship. Plus, in her efforts to exact revenge on her friend-turned-hussy Karen Scarfolli (Rashida Jones), Kim manages to earn Sam's respect, too. She may not be the most "likable" member of the group, but this episode goes a long way toward showing us why Kim relishes the role of shit-stirrer (look for a quick cameo from Mike White, who wrote the episode, as Kim's brother).
Best Line: "That's Gary Moss' seat. But he's sick. He has impetigo."