2. 'Looks and Books'
Air Date: February 7, 2000
Two words: Parisian nightsuit. Looking to up his style game, Sam takes his first mom-less shopping trip and ends up with what the sales clerk assures him is all the rage in Europe. It also happens to be the most embarrassing thing a high school freshman in Michigan could possibly wear. "The whole thing about dressing nice and the Parisian nightsuit...that really happened to me," Feig says with a laugh. "That [outfit] was designed to the exact specifications. It was this soft denim with the giant collar and everything. It was that thing where you think you're going to be so cool and the minute you broke through those doors, you were like, 'Oh my god. I've made the biggest mistake of my life.'"
Lindsay, too, is in the midst of an identity crisis. After getting into an accident with her mom's stolen station wagon, she begins to question who her real friends are and returns to her former life as a homework-loving Mathlete. Which was yet another storyline — at least the first part — that was pulled from Feig's own history. "I got into a car accident a week after I had my driver's license," he says. "I was in a car with a friend of mine and we were goofing around. He distracted me at one point and was like, 'Turn here!' I turned right into oncoming traffic and wiped out this car. So it was kind of fun to make somebody else go through that. It was like the greatest therapy ever."
"Looks and Books" marked a key turning point in the narrative of the show. Up until this point (episode 11), Lindsay has remained a bit of an outsider who has always had a sense of not belonging. But when she finally finds the courage to put the rest of the Freaks in their place, they realize that the group is not the same without her. "I just think everything about that episode rings true to me," says Feig. You'll never listen to Joe Jackson the same way again.
Best Line: "It's a jumpsuit. My grandpa in Fort Lauderdale wears them all the time because he's too lazy to put on pants."