Episode One: Pilot _______ (Originally Aired 9/25/1999)
The show is set in a Michigan suburb, circa 1980.
In this first episode we are introduced to brother and sister Sam and
Lindsay Weir. Sam is a small, geeky freshman trying to cope with high
school, while Lindsay is a former mathlete trying to join in with the
outcast, freak crowd.
This episode basically outlines the usual high school life. Sam is being
pursued by a bully named Allan. Allan threatens Sam and his geeky friends
Neil and Bill throughout the episode. The geeks also have to endure a nasty
dodgeball game which ends up with Sam being the only geek left and getting
bombarded with balls by much larger bullies. Eventually, a fight gets
planned between Sam and Allan. At the same time, Sam has a crush on a
popular cheerleader named Cindy. He asks her to the homecoming dance and she
already has a date but she tells Sam she'll save a dance for him. While Sam
is busy chatting with Cindy, his geek pals, Neil and Bill meet up with Allan
and try to fight him. They tumble around with Allan and rip his shirt but no
one is really hurt. Sam, then shows up after Allan has gone and tells his
friends about his encounter with Cindy.
Meanwhile, Lindsay is trying to disassociate herself from her old mathlete
crowd and be accepted by the freaks. She starts hanging out with freaks
Daniel, Nick, Ken, and Daniel's on and off again girlfriend Kim. The guys
accept her but Kim hates her and is constantly making fun of her and trying
to humiliate her. Lindsay also tries to do a good deed by asking a mentally
retarded boy, Eli, to the homecoming dance but after she tries to defend him
in front of some cruel classmates on the bleachers, Eli gets upset and falls
off the bleachers, breaking his arm.
The episode come to a happy close, though, with Sam and Lindsay both
attending the homecoming dance, where Sam gets his dance with cheerleader
Cindy and Lindsay makes good with Eli.