Lizzie McGuire

The Longest Yard

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 5/17/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Jo McGuire gets roped into attending the Super Sports Expo with her husband, so she makes Lizzie cancel her plans for the day to stay home and watch Matt (and Lanny.) This infuriates Lizzie, but she tries to be responsible and stops the boys from playing with her dad's prize possession, a football autographed by the legendary Walter Payton. But Matt and Lanny managed to deflate the football anyway. Lizzie and Matt know they're in BIG trouble if they can't get the ball fixed, so Lizzie calls Miranda and Gordo over to help her come up with a solution to the problem. Soon Lizzie has an ever bigger problem. The two young boys have gone off by themselves to try and get the ball fixed. Mrs. McGuire calls to say they will be late arriving home, but she suspects something is wrong when she talks to Lizzie, so Sam asks a couple of his softball buddies to go by the house and check on things. Lizzie and Miranda go off to find Matt and Lanny while Gordo waits at the McGuire house. At first he is happy to be alone with the TV and the refrigerator full of food, but when Sam's friends Jeremy and David come by to check up on things, he has to try to convince them everything is OK. Lizzie and Miranda finally find the boys at the Collector's Corner trying to replace the football. By this time Lizzie is more relieved that Matt is alright rather than worried about the football. She trades in the deflated Walter Payton ball for one autographed by Dick Butkus and the group manages to sneak in just as the parents arrive back home. But of course Sam notice the difference in the footballs. Lizzie and Matt come clean and each try to take the blame themselves, but it turns out that the real Walter Payton ball was accidentally destroyed a few months before--by Jo!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Carradine

    Sam McGuire

  • Hallie Todd

    Jo McGuire

  • Hilary Duff

    Lizzie McGuire

  • Jake Thomas

    Matt McGuire

  • Lalaine

    Miranda Sanchez

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • THAT’S RIGHT GO FOOTBALL!!! WHOOPS!!! Matt and Lanny accidentally broke Sam's Wayne Paton signed football. They are all grounded and to add to that Lizzie was babysitting them. OHOH!!! Matt and Lanny try to help it survive. Watch Lizzie find bad boy.

    By TVrocks4uandme, Nov 18, 2006

  • By FABULUZPHILLY, Dec 21, 2005

  • This Episode Scores A Touchdown.

    By The_Match_Maker, Oct 30, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Lizzie: Once again Matt, you found a way to ruin my life. Thanks a lot.

    • Jo: I know I would feel better if we had somebody check on those kids. Sam: I could have my softball buddies swing by on their way home from practice. Jo: (pause) Well, it's better than nothing.

    • Lizzie (about the Collectors Corner): It's like the geek version of the mall.

    • Jeremy: How dumb do you think we are? Gordo: Ah, do you really want me to answer that?

    • Lizzie: (holding football) Okay, this is not a toy, this is one of Dad's most prized possesions, and if something happened to it, that would bug me. I'm gonna go put this some place safe.

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    Notes (12)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 11 and the paperback novelization All Over It!.

    • The other autographed footballs at the Collector's Corner were of Brett Favre, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, and Emmitt Smith.

    • Sam is wearing three sports related items. The first is a University of California cap, but the letters "C" and "A" have been blacked out. (This cap is later replaced with one that is yellow and has multiple autographs, most likely acquired at the sports expo.) Next is a Dallas Cowboys away jersey with the number 22 which was worn by Emmitt Smith. Lastly he is wearing a vest with a Denver Broncos helmet on it, although the logo has been altered considerably to disguise the horse and orange stripe which are normally seen.

    • According to an Internet Movie Database listing that was posted long before the episode aired, the shop owner's character (played by Sean Sweeney) is named Albert.

    • Ashlie Brillault (Kate) is listed in the episode's credits, but she does not appear. Oddly, we don't recall seeing her name in the first broadcasts, only in some subsequent repeats.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Near the beginning of the episode, the closed captioning identifies Sam as Simon.

    • At the beginning of the episode when Sam is talking to the football, there is a brown vase next to it. Later, when Matt steals the football, the vase is gone. Then when Lanny is replacing the football, the vase is back again.

    • Nitpick: How long is Gordo's King of Norway joke he tells Sam's softball buddies? He starts it when Lizzie, Miranda, Matt and Lanny are at Collector's Corner, but is still telling the same joke when they sneak back into the house. Either it's one long joke or Collector's Corner is really close to the McGuire's home.

    • If Sam is as fanatical about his autographed football as this episode suggests, than wouldn't he have known the difference between Jo's and Walter Payton's handwriting style?

    • The Dick Butkus football that Lanny replaces near the episode's end appears to have no autograph.

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    Allusions (9)

    • The title of this episode may be a reference to the 1974 film The Longest Yard starring Burt Reynolds and Eddie Albert. The film was remade in 2005 and starred Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.

    • Toon Lizzie: Where's a time machine when you need one?
      While the theme of time travel has been dealt with in numerous movies and programs, Toon Lizzie appears to be referencing the granddaddy of them all. She is seated in a time machine similar to the one used by Rod Taylor in the film The Time Machine (1960). The film was adapted from the book, of the same title, by H.G. Wells. It was Wells' first real success as a writer when it was published in 1895 and it was a parody of English class divisions, as well as, a satirical warning to the optimism that science would inevitably lead to greater human progress. Other works by Wells include: The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

    • Lizzie: Look, Tweedledum and Tweedledumber...
      This is a reference of to Tweedledee and Tweedledum, two of the strange characters in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll also took his inspiration from the poem "Tweedledee and Tweedledum, decided to have a battle. 'Cos Tweedledum said Tweedledee, had broke his brand new rattle." Another reference is to the Jim Carrey movie Dumb and Dumber (1994).

    • Toon Lizzie: "It's not over! Nothing is over until I decide it is!"
      These lines are very similar to ones spoken by John Belushi in the 1979 comedy Animal House: "Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is!"

    • Toon Lizzie: "That should be a penalty on Mom. Unnecessary grounding."
      There really is a penalty in football for "grounding." That's what it's called when the passer deliberately throws an incomplete, uncatchable pass to no one in particular to avoid being tackled and/or losing yardage. There's no such thing as "necessary" or "unnecessary" grounding, though.

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