Sam replaces the previous school mascot, hoping to impress Cindy and getting her to be his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim, suddenly become the basketball team's most rabid fans, following a series of run-ins with the jocks clique from William McKinley High School's rival school, Lincoln High.
- When the cast reunited at PaleyFest 2011, Busy Philipps revealed that James Franco was told, unbeknown to her and the episode's director, Danny Leiner, that his character, Daniel, had been abused by his father, and therefore, had intimacy issues. The second it came to shooting a scene, where the characters get hit by water balloons, run after a car, and Philipps' character gives Daniel a smack on the arm and says 'dammit, Daniel, do something!', Franco, much to everyone's surprise, reacted much harder than anyone expected him to and responded back by saying 'don't you fucking ever touch me' and then grabbed Philipps' arms and threw her to the ground.
- There is a father using a hand held VHS camcorder during the basketball game, but the handheld video camcorder wouldn't be introduced until the mid-1980s.
- During the game, a 3-point line is shown on the court. The 3-point line was not introduced into high school basketball until 1987.
|Recurring roles||Guest stars|
|Dust in the Wind||Kansas||Point of Know Return||1977|
|How Funky Is Your Chicken?||performed by McKinley High Cheerleaders|
|Keep Yourself Alive||Queen||Queen||1973|
|Everybody Wants Some!!||Van Halen||Women and Children First||1980|
|Stranglehold||Ted Nugent||Ted Nugent||1975|
|Do Ya Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)||Joan Jett||Bad Reputation||1980|
|Hava Nagila||sung by Samm Levine|
|The Song Is Over||The Who||Who's Next||1971|
|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|