Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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Smooching and Mooching 

Nick stays with the Weirs after a fight with his father and the geeks go to a make-out party.


Jake Kasdan


Paul Feig (created by), Steve Bannos




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Lindsay Weir
John Francis Daley ... Sam Weir
James Franco ... Daniel Desario
Samm Levine ... Neal Schweiber
Seth Rogen ... Ken Miller
Jason Segel ... Nick Andopolis
Martin Starr ... Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann Baker ... Jean Weir
Joe Flaherty ... Harold Weir
Busy Philipps ... Kim Kelly
Natasha Melnick ... Cindy Sanders
Kevin Tighe ... Mr. Andopolis
Shaun Weiss ... Sean
JoAnna Garcia Swisher ... Vicki Appleby (as Joanna Garcia)
Kayla Ewell ... Maureen Sampson


Nick leaves home when his father sells his drums, and Lindsey is dismayed when her parents let him stay at her house. Her dad seems to treat Nick better than he treats his own daughter. What's going on? Sam gets his chance with Cindy when she breaks up with Todd and suggests that Sam meet her at Mona's party. Neal hears it's a make-out party, so he practices his bottle spinning, and Bill is revolted by the notion of French kissing. Will any of the geeks end up with a first kiss? Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama


Did You Know?


Harold Weir tells Nick that Neil Peart couldn't drum his way out of a paper bag, and plays him some Buddy Rich to show him real drumming. In real life, Neil Peart has played on several Buddy Rich tribute albums and has used Buddy as an influence for reinventing his drumming style. See more »


Sam's eyeline changes between shots when he is sitting on the bed next to Cindy. See more »


Nick Andopolis: Wow, that dinner smells good. Let me guess... meat?
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References Caddyshack (1980) See more »


You'll Accomp'ny Me
Written and Performed by Bob Seger
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All of the show's virtues summed up in one episode
3 January 2018 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Smooching and Mooching' gets the benefit of following a run of rough episodes, and it feels like things have settled back down. More than that, something good actually happens for these characters. Nick finds a supportive environment outside the home, and Bill tastes victory in the least likely venue: a make-out party. Nick having problems at home means another guest shot by Kevin Tighe - who, along with Seth Rogen, really makes the most of his short time on this show - and the guy is terrifying. One of the episode's highlights is the dichotomy between Mr. Andopolis and Harold Weir, and Joe Flaherty sums it up nicely:

"Nick's father's a hard man. My old man was the same way." "Yeah, I know the feeling." "Lindsay, trust me. You don't"

That tiny exchange between father and daughter shows just how important Flaherty is to this series, and how just a few seconds' screen time can say so much about a character. The guy's a treasure.

You could easily cite this episode as classic "Freaks and Geeks". The songs, the angst, the banter between Freaks (or ball-busting, if you will), the Lindsay/Sam dynamic . . . this is the show operating at its peak. Touching, hilarious and full to bursting with great character moments. The joy you feel when the end credits hit is the kind you wish you can bottle up for later.


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8 July 2000 (USA) See more »

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