Lizzie McGuire

Obsession

Season 1, Ep 16, Aired 6/29/01
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  • Episode Description
  • The various obsessions of Lizzie, Matt and Gordo are driving friends, family, teachers and themselves to distraction. Gordo is intent on winning the Science Olympics at all costs against defending champion Larry Tudgeman. Matt becomes hall monitor at his school and gets carried away with his own power, giving out citations to schoolmates by the dozen and even trying to do the same to teachers and family members. Meanwhile, after she and Miranda work on a successful volunteer project at school, Lizzie becomes an environmental warrior, a fanatic for collecting clothing and food for the homeless, and even a vegetarian! All three learn that they must put limits on their fanaticism or else their original causes will suffer as a result.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Carradine

    Sam McGuire

  • Hallie Todd

    Jo McGuire

  • Hilary Duff

    Lizzie McGuire

  • Jake Thomas

    Matt McGuire

  • Lalaine

    Miranda Sanchez

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • 116

    By Canogaparkcindy, Oct 18, 2010

  • I believe in what Lizzie is doing for the environment, but.....

    By sweet_jane, Apr 05, 2007

  • Lizzie gets obsessed again

    By AquafireGal, Jan 01, 2007

  • Obsession

    By FABULUZPHILLY, Dec 16, 2005

  • Three Stories In One.

    By The_Match_Maker, Jul 04, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Teacher: Surely, you must be joking. Matt: I'm not joking, and don't call me Shirley.

    • Jo: What are you doing? Lizzie: Mom, water is a valuable resource and the earth doesn't have an infinite amount. Matt: Geekzilla's right mom. Can't waist water. I'm gonna have to write you up. Jo: Fine, no clean vegetables, no dinner. Matt: Delaying dinner, I believe that's another offense. Sam: Hey Matt, why don't you let your mother and sister work this out, help me take out the garbage.

    • Lizzie: It's leather. Leather is cow. Cow is meat. I - I don't eat meat. Miranda: Fine. So don't eat my jacket. Lizzie: Tell me that I'm overreacting when the garbage builds up so high that it blocks out all the sunlight and we freeze.

    • Toon Lizzie: Well! If my parents' generation wasn't so interested in bell bottoms and roller disco, the planet would be in a lot better shape.

    • Sam McGuire: You can't get anything done if you can't take care of yourself first.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 13 and the paperback novelization All Over it!.

    • The light blue leather jacket Miranda wears that upsets Lizzie so is the same jacket Lizzie wears in "Between a Rock and a Bra Place" and "I Do, I Don't."

    • Other music includes the song "Portrait of Authority" by the Los Angeles hardcore punk/alternative rock band Bad Religion. It's heard when Matt is giving out tickets for hall violations at school.

    • Filming dates: January 8-12, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated January 10, 2001.

    • During the "Showdown" scenes between Gordo and Tudgeman, Sam Winan's background music is a pretty good imitation of the film music of Ennio Morricone. Who is that? He's an Italian composer who wrote the familiar music for several of director Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" which starred Clint Eastwood. Among these are The Good, the Bad & the Ugly; A Fistful of Dollars, and For a Few Dollars More.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Nitpick: Lizzie donates her bed to charity and her parents don't notice?

    • Nitpick: During the Science Olympics, in the slow bicycle race, both Tudgeman and Gordo should know that at those slow speeds, aerodynamics play a very minor role. Balance and center of gravity play a much more important part when riding slowly.

    • Lizzie complains to her mum that there is a limited water source. However, that isn't true to the fact that water recycles itself. (I won't go to far into detail.)

    • Plastic six-pack rings aren't what dolphins get tangled up in, like Lizzie alleges!

    • Lizzie is supposedly wearing a dress made of burlap, but Miranda doesn't ask about it until the second time she sees Lizzie wearing it.

    Allusions (4)

    • Gordo: I'm the king, baby!
      Gordo responds this way to Tudge's question, "Who are you?" Gordo is dressed in his 1970's Elvis Presley stage outfit. Back in the mid-1950's when Presley first gained tremendous popularity, his fans and the media dubbed him "the King of Rock & Roll." The nickname "the King" stuck with him for the rest of his life. Gordo is later heard imitating Elvis when he says, "Thank ya, thank ya very much," a phrase often used by people doing Elvis impersonations.

    • Matt: Respect my authority!
      After hall monitor Matt abuses his power one last time by giving his teacher a ticket, his teacher picks Matt up to take his to his office. As this is happening, Matt says "Respect my authority!" This COULD be a reference to the South Park episode "Chicken Lover" when Cartman is a cop on the show Cops and continually says " "Respect my author–i-ty" as he arrest various people during the show.

    • Miranda: "Gordo has left the building."
      Miranda says this after Gordo, dressed like Elvis in his 1970's stage costume, falls off his bike and loses the Science Olympics. In the last years of Elvis Presley's live performing career, audiences clamoring for an encore were dispersed with the phrase, "Elvis has left the building."

    • Matt: I'm not joking and...don't call me Shirley.
      Matt responds to the statement "Surely you're joking," with the often-used gag from the movie Airplane! (1980).

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