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"We've Got Spirit" is the ninth episode of the Freaks and Geeks TV series. It was written by Mike White and directed by Danny Leiner. The episode first aired on January 24, 2000.


Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team's most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks from the 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. When 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 three-point line is shown on the court. The three-point line was not introduced into high school basketball until 1987.


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

opening credits:

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end credits:

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opening credits:

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end credits:

  • tba

Episode Soundtrack

Song titleArtistAlbumYear
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

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

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