"The Garage Door" is the twelfth episode of the Freaks and Geeks TV series. It was written by Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah and Patty Lin and directed by Bryan Gordon. The episode first aired on March 13, 2000.


Neal learns his father is cheating on his mother. Ken develops a crush on the tuba player in the school's marching band and Lindsay helps set them up. Ken, Amy, Lindsay, Nick, Daniel, and Kim go to the laser dome to see a Pink Floyd laser show.




  • Daniel slept with someone at the laser show, when he and Kim were broken up.


  • When Lindsay and her friends are eating at the diner, a wall decorated with U.S. license plates can be seen behind Nick. In one shot a New York license plate with the Statue of Liberty is visible. These plates were not issued until 1986, and the episode takes place in 1980. Also, many of the license plates on the walls in the diner would not exist until years later, some into the 1990s.
  • When Sam, Bill, and Neil are playing the game Asteroids on the Atari 2600 that Neil's dad bought for him, they are actually playing the arcade version of Asteroids. The Atari 2600 Asteroids home version (cartridge) looked and sounded different. The 2600 version had solid multi-colored asteroids, while the asteroids were made up of lines that outlined the asteroid in the arcade version.
  • Sam's parents give him an Atari 2600 at the end of the episode. In 1980 a new Atari 2600 would not have been a 6 switch version that was shown but a revised new 4 switch version. Also the game shown on the Atari 2600 for Sam was Adventure but it was never an included game pack for the Atari 2600. The original game pack in game was Combat for the 6 switch version and Space Invaders for the 4 switch version.


Further to the regular cast members appearing in all the episodes, the present episode also has the following recurring cast and guest stars:

Recurring roles Guest stars

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Episode Soundtrack

Song titleArtistAlbumYear
"25 or 6 to 4" McKinley High Marching Band
originally by Chicago


"When the Saints Go Marching In" McKinley High Marching Band
"Go, Fight, Win" McKinley High Marching Band
"Beautiful Loser" Bob Seger Beautiful Loser 1975
"Good Times Roll" The Cars The Cars 1978
"Karn Evil 9" Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery 1973
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" The Charlie Daniels Band Million Mile Reflections 1979
"Amie" Pure Prairie League Bustin' Out 1972
"Free Bird" Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced 'Leh-'nerd 'Skin-'nerd 1973
"Classical Gas" Mason Williams The Mason Williams Phonograph Record 1968

External links

1: Pilot - 2:  Beers and Weirs - 3: Tricks and Treats - 4: Kim Kelly Is My Friend - 5: Tests and Breasts - 6: I'm with the Band - 7: Carded and Discarded - 8: Girlfriends and Boyfriends - 9: We've Got Spirit - 10: The Diary - 11: Looks and Books - 12: The Garage Door - 13: Chokin' and Tokin' - 14: Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers - 15: Noshing and Moshing - 16: Smooching and Mooching - 17: The Little Things - 18: Discos and Dragons