A Closer Look at Humphries|
This is an investigation of the mysterious Humphries.
The first know siting was in the forth episode, "Kim Kelly is My
Friend;" he was nowhere before that... there wasn't the slightest
trace of him in the first three episodes. Here's what we
know so far:
KIM KELLY IS MY FRIEND|
This is the first episode in which we see the mysterious Humphries;
we catch our very first glimpse of him in the cafeteria.
There's nothing exciting or extraordinary about him at
first, but having seen later episodes, we know that there
is more to this student than meets the eye. In the cafeteria,
He appears to be allowing a tall athletic-looking student copy
his notes, or maybe his homework (we'll see Humphries
talking to this jock in future episodes). Later
in this same episodes, we see Humphries walking down the hall
with a geeky girl; about a minute later, we see them run
by again... I guess they were late for class of something.
There are a couple other sightings in the hallway, and even
one out by the bleachers, but nothing much is learned from
There are several Humphries sightings in this episode, he's first
seen eating in the cafeteria with a trio of jocks, including Kevin
Handleman and Tom (the jocks that first told the joke that so puzzled
the geeks). Later on during lunch, Humphries can be seen talking
to yet another jock outside, beyond "the patio" (this is very
hard to see). Humphries doesn't seem like a jock, yet he seems
to be hanging out with them an awful lot. We next see him
in the library, a place that he seems far more comfortable in.
His final and perhaps most telling sighting for this episode occurs
in the cafeteria; Cindy Sanders stops and talks to him briefly before
going over to talk to Sam Weir. Notice how Humphries looks over
his shoulder as she leaves, it looks like perhaps he also likes Ms.
Sanders. There are five additional sightings of Humphries that
yield no new information; they consist of nothing more of him
walking by in the background or standing off to the side.
There is not a
single sighting in this episode, this is an outrage!
CARDED AND DISCARDED|
After not so much as a single sighting in the previous episode, Humphries is back in this episode, and back with
a vengeance. Though he's all over in this episode, but we don't
actually learn much about him. We see him thrice in the cafeteria, and
once in the hallway talking to an unseen companion. We do discover
the location of Humphries' locker; when Lindsay
talks to Mr. Rosso about her future, Humphries can be seen
fiddling about with his locker in the background. His locker
is located near the main stairwell on the ground level of
GIRLFRIENDS AND BOYFRIENDS|
Humphries can only be seen a couple times in this episode,
and we learn nothing much about him, very frustrating indeed. We see
him walking down the hall in one scene, and in the cafeteria
in another. Later in the episode, we see Humphries running up
the stairs with an Asian girl as the bell rings; apparently
they are both late for a class that's on the second level of
the school. He's wearing a very ugly red jacket.
This is a major episode for Humphries; it's in this episode that
we hear his voice for the first time... sort of. Humphries auditions
to be the school's mascot; all seven applicants are made to do "The
Funky Chicken" in unison, Humphries' voice is part of the mix.
He doesn't appear to be particularly coordinated, and
he is not picked to be the mascot. It appears that Humphries really
wanted to be Mascot, he seems devastated when he's not chosen. Later
in the episode, right before the big game, we see Humphries and
an adult (maybe his father?) arriving for the event. The purchase
tickets and are eyeing the bake sale table when Daniel, Kim and
Ken bust through the doors, having just been in a fight, and
shove them out of the way. Humphries still seems interested in
the bake sale after this, but the adult ushers him down the hall.
Humphries can also be seen walking down the hall a couple other
times in this episode, and once in the cafeteria. He also
witnessed to the freaks being pelted by water balloons in the
In this episode, we discover that Humphries is in the same gym
class as Sam Weir; this is also the episode in which we actually
learn that "Humphries" is his name. As he wasn't in the class
in previous episodes, we must assume that he transferred in,
perhaps at the start of the second semester. The fact that he is
in a class that is mostly freshmen proves nothing, the students
that are chosen as team captains for softball are clearly not
freshmen so the class must be mixed grades. Humphries is picked
second; he's actually the first one picked by team captain Rick
Phillips! Could Humphries be a jock? I don't think so. Rumor has
it that Humphries was doing Rick's homework because he thought Rick
was his friend; in order to maintain the illusion of friendship,
Rick sacrificed his first pick and choose Humphries for his team
on more than one occasion. He also allowed him to play second
base. In Humphries' defense, he can't be that much worse then
many of the other people in the class, and he's taller than many
of them. He's clearly very thrilled to be picked first. Notice
that Humphries laughs at the other geeks; obviously he's trying
to separate himself from them by mocking them with his new "friend"
Rick. Notice how he especially laughs when Rick picks Gordon for
his team. Notice how Humphries shoves Sam Weir out of the way when
he's picked, could it be that he's harboring resentment because
Sam was picked as mascot in the previous episode? Later on in
the episode, Humphries ends up on the team captained by Bill
Haverchuck; strangely enough, he's still gets to play second base.
We also see Humphries at his locker in this episode... and it's not
the same locker that we saw him at in a previous episode! Rumor has
it that his other locker was broken into and he had to relocate...
poor Humphries. His new locker is just around the corner from his
old one, even closer to the main stairwell and still on the ground floor.
We also see him in the cafeteria once and walking in the hallway
a couple times; nothing significant can be learned from these sightings.
In this episode, we learn that Humphries is a Mathlete, but not on
first block. We once get to here his voice again... sort of; he
and the other nine Mathletes say "Yeah" after Mr.
Kowchevski gives them a pep talk. We also see that Humphries
dresses better when he's in academic competition, check out
that sweater vest and tie! Also in this episode, we discover that
Humphries is musically inclined; he's seen entering the band room
with a large instrument case (maybe a tuba?). Evidence from later
episodes suggests that's it's a beginning instrument class as Humphries
is not in the marching band or the band that plays in honor
Vice-President George Bush's visit to McKinley High. He's also seen in the
hallway a couple times and in the cafeteria once. Humphries
seems to be with different people most every time we see him,
and he seems to be the one doing all the talking... perhaps he's
desperately trying to make friends. Humphries seems quite
amused when he sees Sam Weir in his Peresian Night Suit; could
he still be harboring anger from the mascot incident?
Very little is learned about Humphries in this episode; we only see him
a few times. We see him walking down the hall between classes with a
huge load of books... which he almost drops; why he isn't in class
we don't know. We see him at yet another locker! Rumor has it that
Humphries' locker was broken into yet again. His new locker is still located
on the ground floor of McKinley High, just down from the display cases.
A couple minutes after we see Humphries at his locker, we see him
in the cafeteria eating a bag lunch; obviously he was getting his lunch
out of his locker.
We don't have to wait long to see Humphries in this episode, he makes an
appearance within first couple seconds. We see in the lunch line behind
Daniel Desario; he doesn't seem to be to pleased about the fact
that Nick Andopolis is holding the line up. This tells us that Humphries
sometimes buys lunch at school rather than bring food from home, as he
did in the previous episode. As Daniel pays for his food, notice
Humphries that reaches into his pocket and taking out a handful of bills...
why is he flashing his money around like that! There is no way his lunch
costs more then a dollar or two. Later in the episode, we see Humphries
at his locker, and it's the same locker he had in the last episode!
Perhaps his locker vandalism problem has been resolved. There are a
few other sighting in this episode, one in the hallway and another in
the cafeteria. Humphries is actually in the cafeteria when Bill Haverchuck
almost dies from eating a peanut.
GYM TEACHERS AND DEAD DOGS|
There are a few Humphries sightings in this episode and we learn a couple
new things about him. We discover that Humphries is in the same history
class as Millie Kentner and Kim Kelly; he enters the room and sits down
as the two girls reflect upon dead dogs. This is presumably an all
sophomore class; this evidence suggests that Humphries is a sophomore,
a fact we previously didn't know. We also see Humphries in the
cafeteria right before Nick starts singing "Michael Row Your Boat Ashore;"
Mr. Kowchevski appears to be talking to Humphries before he's forced to
put a stop to Nick sing-along. Humphries leaves the table as soon as
his conversation with Kowchevski is cut short; I'm sure their
conversation was about an upcoming Mathlete event or something of that
nature. We also see Humphries in Sam's gym class, though we don't
actually get to see him play basketball; he just watches while others play.
There was also a couple additional sighting in the hallway, but nothing
to get too excited about.
NOSHING AND MOSHING|
We don't see Humphries in this episode very much, and we don't really
learn anything new about him. We see him walking down the hall,
following a jock that we've seen him with on more than one occasion,
but we can't really tell what's going on. The jock doesn't look too
interested in what Humphries is saying. We also briefly see him in the
cafeteria; nothing important happens there. I'll take this opportunity
to mention that Humphries really needs a haircut, his hair is getting
SMOOCHING AND MOOCHING|
This was a terrible episode for Humphries! There was only one sighting,
and if you blink, you'll miss it! We see his in the hallway before
Sam asks Cindy Sanders to go to the party with him. It's very quick...
and it's almost impossible to identify him!
He may not have been in the last couple episodes very much, but he's
back in this one. We see Humphries in the opening moments of this episode;
I think he wants to be a Secret Service agent. Notice how he seems to
be following behind the procession of Secret Service agents as they
patrol the school. We later see him in the cafeteria eating lunch
with a girl, and then another girl comes by and talks to him! What is
going on? Maybe it's time to start studying for finals; perhaps those
who take poor notes get Humphries to help them... it's a possibility.
He appears to be offering the girls cookies. There's another Humphries
sighting later in the episode; we see him entering the cafeteria before
Vice-President George Bush arrives. There's an elderly man with
him... maybe his grandfather? Humphries is clearly very excited about
the event; he's walking in front of the old man and appears to be
urging him to walk faster. There's one puzzling sighting in this episode,
Humphries appears to be playing soccer after school! Look in the
background during Ken and Amy's conversation; upon very close examination,
one of those soccer players is Humphries! None of the players seen to
skilled at soccer, but from what I can tell, Humphries seems to be the
worst. There is no way Humphries is in any way affiliated with the
McKinley High soccer team; maybe he missed a day of gym class and had
to stay after school to make it up.
And finally we come to the end of the series, and it's a good Humphries
episode! We discover that Humphries is in the same literature class
as Lindsay Weir, Kim Kelly and Nick Andopolis. The fact that Humphries is
in another presumably all sophomore class pretty much proves once and for
all that he is indeed a sophomore. When Mr. Casper announces that
Lindsay is going to attend the academic summit, Humphries doesn't seen
to find it as amusing as the others in the class... could he be envious?
I think he is. Later in the episode, we discover that Humphries is a
film projector expert! When Daniel can't figure out how to set up the
projector, Humphries comes to his rescue; then when Daniel can't figure
out how to "make the loop bigger," Humphries once again comes to the
rescue. He really is a helpful guy. There are also a couple other
brief sighting, but nothing next to Humphries' projector assistance.
That's all we know...
too bad we never even learned his first name.
Imagine the wonderful things we might have learned about the mysterious
Humphries had the show gone another season, I guess the world will never
learn the complete truth about Humphries.
Just when we though it was over, someone bearing a striking resemblance to Humphries is spotted
in the fourth episode television show "Undeclared," which is titles “Sick in the Head.” He's seen hanging out
in the dorms of a California University; he is co-mingling
with a young woman in the common area after having been kicked-out of his room by his dormmate... perhaps this
Humphries is better with the ladies. As this show
takes place many years after "Freaks and Geeks," this is very perplexing indeed. Could this be the son of
Humphries. Strangely enough, one of the other students bears a striking resemblance to Ken Miller, and over
the course of the series, a astouding number of the characters resemble characters from “Freaks and Geeks.”
This mysterious "Second Humphries" is seen again in a exclusive DVD only version of the ninth episode,
"So You Have a Boyfriend." He is among the throngs of students assembled to hear rocker Ted Nugent speak.
It seems the more we look for answers about the mysterios Humphries, the more questions we uncover.But many years have past since this
investigation was started, and the case has gone cold. It is unlikly our questions will ever be answered.
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." OSCAR WILDE
What's in a Name?
Some might wonder where the name "Humphries" came from. It did not come from a writer, a
even the actor who played the character, and the name name never apeared in any script.
The name acttually came from actor Blake Shields, who played Rick Philipps in the episode "The Diary."
When the softball teams were being chosen, the names were not scripted and the two team captains were making them up as they went.
The name "Humphries" was in reference to a guy Blake new in high school named Devin Humphries.