Freaks and Geeks 1×17: The Little Things

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Jon Kasdan, Judd Apatow, Mike White | Director: Jake Kasdan | Aired: 07/08/2000]

At the time it first aired, of course, no one knew how much of an effect “The Little Things” would have on the cinematic landscape. It was just another Freaks and Geeks episode – a pretty good episode, mind you, but one that just merged into the greatness of the rest of them.

Thirteen years later, though, the little episode feels like a planted seed that, given time, would grow into a mighty oak tree. Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen – are there any two names in recent filmdom that go together as well as those? Following the double cancellation of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, the two collaborated on a total of seven films, earning millions where their TV ventures fizzled.

Seeing how effortlessly these two broke into the movies, how is it that their earlier small-screen attempts failed to connect with their audiences? The true answer may forever remain a mystery, but I can honestly tell you that it was not due to a change in their style or tone. And this episode is the proof to that little claim.

The story of Ken and his romantic hang-ups feels just like any of the later Apatow/Rogen productions. It features an uncomfortable premise, disarming humor, and it’s all wrapped up inside a heartfelt and emotional story. There’s all the elements that Apatow’s pen and Rogen’s comedic talent would later bring to the big screen in films like Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, compressed into a much shorter running time.

The story revolves around Ken, now in a relationship that grows more romantic with each day, as he discovers an unexpected fact about his girlfriend. Amy, though now assuredly a female, was originally born with both male and female paraphernalia.

The topic of hermaphroditism (yes, that’s a real word) is not one generally breached on the TV screen, which makes the revelation all the more shocking and discomforting. And the natural discomfort of the situation makes Ken’s reaction to it all the more interesting. Why? Because he barely has any reaction to it at all. Ken has always been the “other” freak in most of the show’s episodes. Very rarely is he the center of attention – and that’s just the way he likes it. Ken adopts a very passive attitude to pretty much every scenario, usually arming himself with a witty comment whenever a situation threatens to make him care.

So when he learns Amy’s secret, Ken’s first impulse is to suppress any thoughts of it, even though it clearly disturbs him a little. Amy doesn’t care for his seeming callousness – she’s just revealed a very personal detail to him, and wants him to help her work through her natural difficulties. But Ken isn’t used to showing empathy, and wants to just keep things between the two of them as they are.

Before long, though, Ken’s perception of the situation begins to change – and not in the way of empathy. After discussing the matter with Nick and Daniel, he begins to wonder if the fact that he’s in love with a once-androgynous girl means that maybe – just maybe – he’s gay.

Unlike Amy’s condition, homosexuality is a rather common topic on primetime TV, and the idea of a character trying to come to terms with his own personal preferences has definite dramatic potential. The trick is to approach the subject delicately, without a heavy-handed examination of the issue. “The Little Things” wisely keeps the dialogue over the issue to a minimum. Instead, it gives us a very effective dialogue-free scene in which Ken sits in his room and pits Jackson Browne against Linda Clifford, trying to figure out which is “his” music.

Ken tries to keep his own self-doubts, as well as his reservations about Amy, private, but there’s clearly trouble brewing beneath his seemingly calm surface. When Daniel greets the two of them with a seemingly innocent “Hey, guys,” Ken mistakes his comment as a tasteless joke and lashes out in anger. Amy is shocked and hurt at the realization that Ken let her secret out, and it seems their relationship has been irreparably damaged.

Ken decides, after all the troubles and inner conflicts the last few days have put him through, he has to officially break up with Amy. But then something happens to change his mind, and we instead get a tender little scene in which the two of them reconcile.

What happened, you ask? Why, Sam Weir, of course.

Let’s backtrack. In “Smooching and Mooching” [1×16], Sam finally accomplished his season-long goal of making Cindy his girlfriend. Any high school boy would be thrilled at the idea of going out with a pretty and popular cheerleader, and Sam enjoys their new relationship – at first.

In my review of “Girlfriends and Boyfriends” [1×08], I pointed out that Sam isn’t in love with Cindy – he merely has a hormonal crush on her, and nothing more. Cindy meanwhile, isn’t really in love with Sam – as stated in my take on “Smooching and Mooching” [1×16], she’s just in love with the type of guy she wants Sam to be. When both of the partners in a relationship are hiding behind an emotional façade, there’s not much chance of them getting too far together.

And at the start of this episode, Sam has begun to grow bored with Cindy. While seated at the jocks’ table – once a coveted throne for any high school geek – he can’t bring himself to invest himself in their conversation. He’s also surprised and hesitant when Cindy tells him to “defend” her against Todd’s comments. Todd means no harm, in fact, but Cindy is looking for an excuse to show off her new boyfriend – a position which Sam is beginning to feel increasingly uncomfortable in.

Sam’s friends offer him their own brands of advice. Bill responds to his complaints with a straightforward inquiry: “Then why are you going out with her?” Meanwhile, Neal is just incredulous that Sam could be dissatisfied having a “goddess” like Cindy Sanders for a girlfriend. (Neal’s constant declarations that Sam is making the wrong choices are among the episode’s more tiring moments, as they redundantly restate a sentiment that the episode didn’t need to explain to us in the first place.)

Sensing that the problem lies in the fact that Cindy has been controlling most of their relationship up to this point, Sam decides to plan a date of his own. Though Cindy finds the idea romantic, her feelings turn sour when the actual date arrives. Sam takes her to see The Jerk, a movie which he finds uproarious, but which she simply doesn’t get. Things get no better when Sam presents her with an heirloom necklace, which she simply tucks away into her pocket without intending to wear it. From the other angle, Cindy’s actions continue to discomfort Sam, as he finds himself repulsed when she gives him a hickey.

Sam finds himself in a tight spot – he wants to break up with Cindy, but is worried about other students labeling him a fool for doing so. He discusses the matter with Lindsay, who offers him a thought that stems from her own personal experience: “Not all good-looking people are cool.” In a sign that he’s maturing past the stage of teenage superficiality, Sam decides to end his relationship with Cindy.

It’s at this point in the episode where the two leading storylines cleverly intertwine. Sam and Ken meet each other in the restroom, both preparing to break up with their respective girlfriends. Ken looks pretty assured about his decision, while Sam is uneasy over its potential ramifications. He feels ashamed of himself for what he’s about to do.

But as Sam and Ken begin conversing with one another, the underlying issue in their respective relationships becomes progressively clearer. Sam, whose interest in Cindy is purely superficial, realizes to himself that he doesn’t have much in common with her as a person. At the same time, Ken, who is about to end things with Amy over superficial reasons, discovers that he and his girlfriend actually see a lot in each other. In the space of a few exchanged sentences, Sam becomes more certain that he should break up with Cindy, while Ken becomes confident that he should not.

To Sam’s credit, he breaks the news to Cindy gently, telling her that he just wants to be friends. (Does that ever work?) Cindy is crushed, though she tries not to show it. The fact that Sam is breaking up with her hurts not only herself, but her dignity as well. She’s quite angry with Sam, a fact not helped when she has to admit that she’s “not having fun”. However, rather than make a scene over the subject, she merely throws Sam’s heirloom gift at him and hurriedly walks off.

Despite the way Cindy’s treated Sam in this episode, I do feel a little sorry for her. Twice she’s tried to make a relationship work – first the obvious (Todd), and then the subversive (Sam) – and twice she’s failed. Once viewed as perfect and popular, Cindy is now revealed to have just as much problems in her life as the average freak or geek. This is another of high school’s various trappings – once you climb to the top of the ladder, it’s very difficult to stay there.

Ken’s meeting with Amy goes significantly better than Sam’s with Cindy. Following a nice moment where Ken searches the proceeding line of band members to find her, he apologizes to her in the simplest and most straightforward of fashions. There are no sarcastic comments this time around – Ken is expressing his genuine feelings to her. They kiss, and he hits his head on her tuba. (Ha!)

Yet despite all the great character and thematic work this episode supplies, I can’t say I’m completely satisfied. Why? Well, while the Sam/Cindy plotline was well-written, I kind of wish their relationship hadn’t started and ended so quickly. Obviously, the writers knew their days were probably numbered by this point, so I don’t hold them at fault. Nevertheless, their relationship feels kind of rushed, and it would have been nice to have a couple of episodes between “Smooching and Mooching” [1×16] and this one to deepen their connection before it suffered its inevitable downfall.

The same can be said, to some extent, about the Ken/Amy story. While its well-paced within the episode, there would probably have been more of an impact to it had the show provided more of a lead-in. Ken was tragically underused throughout the series, so his development in this episode, while not too little, feels a bit too late.

Compensating for these flaws, though, “The Little Things” offers up a third story, one which contains no romantic material – apart from the moment when Lindsay remarks that Mr. Rosso is kind of good-looking. (…Ew?) The story centers on McKinley High preparing for a visit by Vice President George Bush. Lindsay herself isn’t excited about the event, and she’s rather vocal in her protests when Rosso selects her to ask the first question at the assembly.

From the start of the series, Mr. Rosso has always had more faith in Lindsay’s future than she herself did. Even though she’s been hanging out with the school freaks this year, he still makes several attempts to push her towards a greater good. This, we learn, is one such attempt. “It’s your destiny to be interacting with world leaders,” he emphatically tells her.

Yet there’s more than meets the eye in his encouragement this time around. Rosso has always had a “hippie” air around him, a rather outdated vibe that inspires him to try connecting with the students but prevents him from ever reaching them. (One of his rare shining moments as a counselor in the series occurs in this episode when Ken approaches him for advice, though even this is undone when Ken hastily leaves after realizing that Rosso isn’t gay.)

As we see from Jean, the past generation was very different than the show’s present one. People were generally better-behaved and more willing to conform to society’s terms. But even the swinging Sixties had its share of radicals. So there’s a humorous irony in realizing that Rosso, a perceived “square” by the McKinley High students, was in fact quite the rebel in his youth.

Rosso’s beef was with higher authority, and all his protests earned him were sixteen scars from a tear-gas bomb. So when the opportunity arises to talk face-to-face with one of the most powerful people in the country, he jumps at the occasion to help Lindsay succeed where he and his sign-wielding friends once failed. The man may have grown up, but his voice remains unchanged.

Unfortunately, his voice is once again silenced. Lindsay’s proposed question is rejected by Bush’s staffers in favor of something more “safe”. Rosso is frustrated, thinking that all his efforts at making a difference have been for nothing. He expresses his anger to Lindsay, who sympathizes with his plight and tells him that they shouldn’t give up.

It’s a great story for both characters, as Lindsay comes to view Rosso as more than just another clueless adult. He wanted to rebel, and to leave an impression, but ultimately failed to do either. Lindsay has never viewed her rebelliousness as having a grand scheme, but she immediately connects with Rosso’s issues and decides to do something about them.

What’s especially interesting about the way Lindsay develops in this episode is how she gets her priorities in order. When her father asks her to do a little product-placing for his store during the assembly, Lindsay first balks, but eventually agrees to don an A-1 Sporting Goods T-shirt. It’s a case of conforming to expectations – the exact opposite of the lifestyle Lindsay has been seeking out all season – but it shows us that while Lindsay may reject her school’s authority, she is more willing to step in line with what her family expects of her.

And at the assembly, following a quick reference to her father’s store, Lindsay poses her question to the VP: “Why did your staff reject my question?” It’s a terrific moment, rounding out the theme of the story that rebelliousness can be used for constructive purposes. We never see Bush’s response, but I’m guessing he probably wished he had followed the example of another Presidential figure, and called on someone else to ask the first question.

(That was a West Wing reference, for all you less cultured folks.)

Rosso is quite proud of Lindsay, even though he couldn’t witness the assembly himself – he’s busy helping a Secret Service agent take a career evaluation test. Leading off from the way this episode shines Rosso in a more intriguing light than we’ve seen earlier, it’s appropriate – and rather nice – to see him perform some genuine helpful counseling.

The agent, incidentally, is played by the hilarious Ben Stiller, another actor who worked with Judd Apatow before this series ever hit the air. So on top of all the character and story work, it seems like there’s some “circle of life” quality about this episode – at the same time that it calls back on one of Apatow’s movie stars, it swings the door open for another.


Minor Pros/Cons (+/-)

+ Daniel’s remark about plotting a coup against the President, and Kowchevski’s threatening reaction.
+ Lindsay teasing Sam about his hickey.
+ Pretty much anything involving Ben Stiller.

– Why is there so much George Bush ridicule in this episode? Oh, right – because it aired in the year 2000.


[Score]

89/100

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22 thoughts on “Freaks and Geeks 1×17: The Little Things”

  1. [Note: Marty posted this comment on June 10, 2013.]

    A slight correction to your history: The 60’s were actually when rebelliousness and anti-conformity really took off. Youth counterculture was bubbling during the 50’s (hence films like Rebel Without A Cause and books like Catcher In The Rye), but the 60’s were when it really came into the limelight and permanently impacted society. So to say the swinging 60’s “had its fair share of radicals” is a massive understatement: it’s the era where radicalism and rebellion really became prominent.

    Jean and Harold were both obviously born during the Depression, so they came of age in a time when enforced conformity was the norm. It’s also important to understand that, until things like the end of apartheid and television becoming more mainstream, the culture was a lot more segmented and less unified. So, with less cultural diversity, there was less variance in peer pressure to deal with. Hence, teenagers being better behaved in their time than in Lindsay’s time.

    By contrast, those of us who were teenagers at the turn of the millennium had Baby Boomer parents who came of age during either the 60’s or the 70’s. So they had a much easier time identifying and understanding what we were going through (hence, the significant decline in Teenage Rebellion this generation).

    Anyway, sorry for ranting a little. I just felt those issues needed to be brought up and addressed.

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  2. [Note: Marty posted this comment on June 10, 2013.]

    Just a small sidenote: the equally poignant (though slightly more mellodramatic) My So-Called Life actually gives a pretty accurate depiction of what it’s like to have baby boomer parents. Even though Angela doesn’t really realize it yet, the Chase parents are actually pretty in tune to what she’s going through. We see it in the discussions Graham has with Patti while they’re alone (and in how easily Patti eventually finds herself identifying with Rayanne).

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  3. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on June 10, 2013.]

    I kind of thought the Sixties were a rather benign decade at the outset, with only a small percentage of the country taking the more “radical” stance. (Then again, my impression of the Sixties is severely influenced by what I’ve seen on Mad Men.)

    As far as teen rebellion goes, I suppose there’s not a lot this generation. Although I’ve always been the kind of teen who tries to ignore society’s overarching influence rather than rebel against it. I suspect I’m in the minority, though.

    On the plus side, I’ll be turning 20 in a few months, so there’ll be no more worries about conforming to teen stereotypes.

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  4. [Note: StakeandCheese posted this comment on June 10, 2013.]

    I don’t get why the Bush ridicule is a con. The freaks and the geeks are both pretty liberal 14-16 year olds, of course they’re gonna be making fun of a stodgy, family values politician like George H.W. Bush.

    Also, I enjoyed Neal’s fixation on how hot Cindy is. It really accentuates his essential immaturity, even as he makes the most effort out of the three to appear “grown up.”

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  5. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on June 10, 2013.]

    It may not be out of character for them to mock George Bush. But I can’t help being bugged by the idea that the writers were singling Bush out for ridicule because his son was running for President at the time. Perhaps I’m just tired by all the times Bush was mocked on TV in the early ’00s.

    (That was another West Wing reference, for all you less cultured folks.)

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  6. [Note: Marty posted this comment on June 11, 2013.]

    To be fair, the cultural changes of the 60’s didn’t really begin until about 1964-ish. However, particularly once The Vietnam War took off, youth counterculture was all the rage. It was the theme of Woodstock, what spurred on the hippie movement, etc. And then there was Beatlemania, which was the ultimate rebellion against the conservatism of the World War II generation. This was the topic of songs like “My Generation” by The Who and “The Times, They Are A’Changin'” by Bob Dylan. It’s also why The Monkees TV series was created (basically to tell the WW2 generation “We, the younger generation, really aren’t all that bad”).

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  7. [Note: Marty posted this comment on June 11, 2013.]

    Not to mention that, in 1966, Time Magazine actually gave the boomer generation “Man Of The Year” for the cultural influence it was having at such a young age.

    There are a ton of documentaries on the 60’s and the enormous cultural change that happened during those ten years. I’d suggest renting one on Netflix, if you’re curious.

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  8. [Note: Zarnium posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    I’d say this is one of the weaker episodes. Freak and Geeks didn’t always have great episode-to-episode continuity. Normally, that’s only a minor annoyance, but here, it’s pretty glaring.

    Cindy was never portrayed as being nearly this much of a jerk before, despite the fact that Sam had spent quite a bit of time with her. Why are we only just now seeing her dark side? It would’ve been more believable if some hints were planted earlier on that she wasn’t all that she appeared to be so that her evil cheerleader persona doesn’t just come out of nowhere. It’s also pretty cheap that this episode makes darn well sure that we know she’s a Republican, just so we can know to hate her even more for it. I’m probably the most liberal American here, but even I think that’s a pretty low blow.

    On the Freaky side, we’ve got the Freaks bashing Bush every chance they get, and explicitly labeling themselves as “Democrats.” I don’t object to this in principle, but it’s not terribly consistent; when have the Freaks ever shown an interest in politics before? Why do they have entrenched political views and allegiances all of a sudden? With a little build-up, this behavior could’ve been perfectly fine. As it is, it just looks the writers wanted to take some cheap shots.

    Everything else about the episode is great, and these problems aren’t big enough that I want to toss their stories out the window. I just think that this is the moment where the series’ biggest flaws really show their teeth and do some noticeable damage for once.

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  9. [Note: Boscalyn posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    Why is there so much George Bush ridicule in this episode? Oh, right – because it aired in the year 2000.

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  10. [Note: Keith posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    I think the whole point of the Cindy storyline is to highlight how little we really know about someone when we start dating them, particularly in high school. It’s actually a point of broad applicability, how people tend to build a crush up in their mind, only to find that the reality doesn’t match their idealized view. It also points out how easily people can put up a façade and hide their true selves. So the seemingly nice, pretty girl about whom you actually know very little might turn out to be an awful person. And sometimes, you just don’t have any chemistry with someone and you realize right away that the only emotion brought on by being together is boredom.

    As for the political stuff, at least as far as the Freaks are concerned, I think this is totally fine. They don’t really need to go any further than the fact that they like to smoke pot and George HW Bush doesn’t seem on board with people smoking weed. That’s how I took it, and where I figured their half-assed political leanings come from. Also, they would have certainly been aware of the Vietnam war, which was going on for most of their lives. Even 6 years later, I’d expect even the least informed high schooler to be aware of the war and which political party was for or against it. So in the context of the times, it makes sense that they’d have at least a rudimentary understanding of politics and political parties. Nick especially, as being a Democrat and anti-war is an excellent way to rebel against his dad.

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  11. [Note: Zarnium posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    I can totally buy that Sam would be oblivious to any dark sides of Cindy’s personality, but I don’t buy that the viewers should have been kept so completely in the dark, especially considering how awful she turns out to be in this episode. It stretches believability that we only see or hear about her being a perfect angel, even when Sam’s not around. Like, there couldn’t be even one time when an ex says something bad about her? Or some comment between her and her cheerleader friends that’s at least vaguely insulting or judgemental toward someone else?

    In the case of the Freak’s political views, I can totally buy that they’d say things like that. I just find it awkward that we never hear about it before now.

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  12. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    I’ll grant you the Bush-bashing, which feels too much like the writers taking potshots at one George Bush while another was (in present day) running for President. Republican ridicule is an unfortunate side effect of many TV shows during national election years, and it’s only gotten worse in recent times.

    As for Cindy – keep in mind that everything we’ve watched Sam experience has been shown exclusively from Sam’s perspective. He sees Cindy as an all-perfect goddess, to the point that he’s blinded himself to any flaws in her character. When Bill told him that Cindy “cut the cheese”, Sam simply refused to believe that she could do such a thing.

    Sam is a victim of adolescent naivete – hence why he labels Todd a “jerk” at first glance, before he finally has a face-to-face conversation with Todd in “We’ve Got Spirit” and discovers that he’s actually an all-around decent guy. The reason we don’t see Cindy as rude or mean-spirited at any point before “The Little Things” is that she’s never been given much room for actual depth, and we’ve hardly ever seen her outside of Sam’s perspective (apart from the cheese-cutting scene in “Girlfriends and Boyfriends”, which is about as non-idealized as she is portrayed before “The Little Things”).

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  13. [Note: StakeAndCheese posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    Not to get political one way or the other, but the American History major in me has to say something:

    I’m not sure what you’re on about, Keith.

    JFK entered Vietnam. LBJ drastically escalated it. Nixon got out (by committing war crimes, but still).

    Vietnam pretty much destroyed Liberalism as a force in American politics for at least a full generation (I’d say multiple, but some people consider Bill Clinton a liberal).

    So, yeah. The Freaks definitely would have been anti-Reagan (the War on Drugs, the War on the Poor, etc. etc.), but it could not possibly have had anything to do with Vietnam.

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  14. [Note: Keith posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    In 1972, McGovern ran and was nominated on an anti-war platform. Nixon had decided to end the war, but it’s not at all clear that he was so inclined in the first couple years of his presidency. I’m quite aware that Democrats are responsible for the start and escalation of the war (though our military involvement goes back to well before JFK, if not our actual use of ground troops). Nixon specifically ran against anti-war demonstrators in 1968, and the previous entry and escalation of the war was not exactly unsupported by Republicans. Fighting Communism was their cause celebre in the 50s and 60s.

    The most prominent (and probably only) anti-war voices were in the Democratic party. That’s a major reason why Johnson decided to pull out from his bid for re-election in 1968. I would think any kid that grew up in the U.S. in the 60s and 70s in towns that sent kids off to war against their will, would probably identify with the Democratic party as a result. I don’t see how identifying with Democrats could not have to do with Vietnam, though that’s not nearly as good a reason to be specifically anti-Bush as weed.

    Liberals lost their verve after the war ended, but liberalism didn’t die until Reagan killed it by making Carter a one term president. After all, the Republicans weren’t in very good shape themselves after Nixon resigned and Ford pardoned him, himself then becoming a one term president.

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  15. [Note: Boscalyn posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    I think you are severely overestimating how much sixteen-year-olds care about partisan politics and severely underestimating how much sixteen-year-olds care about weed.

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  16. [Note: StakeAndCheese posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    Nixon’s entire foreign platform in his campaign was “winning the peace” (i.e. let’s make it look like we’re leaving on our own terms). It was part of his perfectly calibrated plan to appeal perfectly to people like Lindsay’s parents, along with founding the EPA, proposing universal healthcare and minimum income bills.

    Anyway, Nixon got us out of Vietnam before Lindsay and the rest (except Daniel, obviously) would have turned 10. The only characters who fought in and against the Vietnam War are Mr. Kowchevski and Mr. Rosso respectively, marking a pretty clear generational divide.

    For most of the Freaks, it would have been about the price of weed going up.

    For Lindsay and Sam, it would have been that old Churchill quote about a heart and a brain.

    For Cindy, it would be what her dad thinks.

    I just can’t see Vietnam as a factor.

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  17. [Note: Zarnium posted this comment on October 26, 2015.]

    I dunno, I imagine that something like the Vietnam War would leave quite a mark on any kids coming of age immediately after it, especially if they were alive during part of it. Kids as young as seventeen could be drafted and sent to Apocalypse Now without any choice in the matter. The war had been over for awhile by 1981, but the Cold War was still on and there was no guarantee that a similar conflict wouldn’t come along and start the draft again. I can totally buy that the Freaks would be spooked by the shadow of the Vietnam War.

    That said, none of the political talk coming from any of the kids is based around war that I recall. Or even weed. Most of it is about welfare.

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  18. [Note: Keith posted this comment on October 27, 2015.]

    I would think so as well. I doubt any of them besides Lindsay knew anything about Nixon’s 1968 campaign platform, but I have a feeling that they were aware that the Democratic party was the home of anti-war sentiment. When you grew up having your friends’ older brothers and uncles being drafted to go possibly die in Vietnam, it leaves an impression on you. That’s not to say any of the Freaks was consciously proclaiming themselves Democrats as a result of the war, but it no doubt affects the political sympathies of kids who, were they 10 years older, would have themselves have probably been drafted.

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  19. [Note: StakeAndCheese posted this comment on October 27, 2015.]

    I just reject the idea that it was the Democratic establishment who were anti-war.

    The New Left destroyed the Democratic Party, setting welfare and civil rights back decades, because of Vietnam.

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  20. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on October 27, 2015.]

    Um… wow. I was sure that other series I review would at some point lead to a heavy political discussion in the comments section, but not this show.

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