Lizzie McGuire

Xtreme Xmas

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 12/6/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Lizzie and Gordo are at a Christmas charity drive where they bring presents to an unlikely-looking Santa Claus. Lizzie fervently hopes to win the grand prize in the Christmas parade with her idea for a "Rock & Roll Christmas" float, but she'll have competition from Tudgeman, who is building a "Christmas Deathstar" float and also Kate and her cousin Amy, who have hired professionals to build theirs. The rest of the McGuire family are there, and they are charmed by an eccentric old man in an elf suit who calls himself Nobby Frostybump and seems to really believe he's one of Santa's elves! Lizzie is disappointed that her family is going off to dinner with Nobby instead of working on the float, but Gordo stays to help. Hours later, Lizzie comes home and is surprised by Nobby. His senior-citizens home is having plumbing problems and he will stay with the McGuires fro a few days. The next day Lizzie and Gordo are busy working on the float. Nobby gets the bad news that the plumbing in his building won't be fixed until after Christmas. The McGuire family volunteers to help fix the plumbing themselves so the old man and his friends can spend Christmas at home. That is, all except Lizzie, who is now obsessed with working on her float. To her dismay, Gordo goes along with the others to help, leaving her to work alone. After many hours, an exhausted Lizzie falls asleep. She has a dream right out of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol in which various characters remind her what the true meaning of Christmas is. In the bargain she also realizes the solutions to the plumbing problems that her family has been unable to fix. Though it costs her a chance to enter a float in the parade, Lizzie is happy with the way things turn out. But as if by magic, her float does appear, ridden by a singing Santa Claus, who looks and sounds suspiciously like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Carradine

    Sam McGuire

  • Hallie Todd

    Jo McGuire

  • Hilary Duff

    Lizzie McGuire

  • Jake Thomas

    Matt McGuire

  • Lalaine

    Miranda Sanchez

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • This is a very special Lizzie McGuire holiday episode in which Lizzie learns the true meaning of Christmas.

    By markdoublea84, Dec 26, 2009

  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

    By The_Match_Maker, Dec 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Lizzie: The plumbing got fixed and Nobby and his friends have a place to stay. I'd say 'best Christmas ever' definitely applies!

    • Larry: Ho-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Oh wait, that's pirates. But pirates have beards and so does Santa so I'm sticking with it!

    • Santa Claus: I heard what you did for Nobby. Righteous. Gordo: Santa just said 'righteous.'

    • 9 Year Old: Are you really Santa Claus? Santa Claus: Well, I ain't the Easter Bunny. Bystander #2: You're too skinny to be Santa. Santa Hey! I'm workin' on it. Bystander #1: Well, you may be too skinny but you sure look old enough. Santa: Hey! 13 Year Old: If you're Santa, prove it! Kid: Yeah, prove it! Santa: Take a hike, you little... Nobby: Naah, Santa, Santa... Santa: All right, I'll prove it, but only because I like showin' off.

    • Amy: We dropped by the warehouse last night. Saw your float. Why is it out by the trash cans? Lizzie: Merry Christmas to you too, Amy.

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    Notes (16)

    • This episode deals with religion (namely, Christianity and the Bible, though the passage taken from Luke 2:8-14 recited by Matt is abridged, not directly quoted), something rarely seen in children's programming. Matt even says "God" and "Lord". Probably the closest episode that comes to this in terms of explicit religion is "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah", but whereas Gordo's Jewish traditions are put clearly in a religious context, no such distinction is made in this episode, blurring the line between religion and life in a secular society.

    • A Christmas episode of Kim Possible, aired a year later, featured a TV program named "Xtreme Xmas."

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book A Very Lizzie Christmas. It is also on Vol. 3 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Star Struck" released on Mar. 16, 2004.

    • Continuity: Matt mentions to Nobby how he wants his "own private island," something he wanted way back in "And The Winner Is," too.

    • The scene in which Matt wears a head cloth and talks about the meaning of Christmas, was inspired by a scene in the 1965 holiday classic television show A Charlie Brown Christmas, which features Charles Schulz' animated Peanuts cartoon characters. In it, Linus, with his "security blanket," delivers a similar soliloquy about the true meaning of Christmas.

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    Trivia (6)

    • When Steven Tyler is shown singing on the float, there are some quick-cut shots in which he goes from using a microphone on a stand to a hand-held one without sufficient time to make the switch.

    • After Mr. McGuire is introduced to Nobby, he says to him, "Hi, Notty."

    • When Lizzie comes home and unexpectedly finds Nobby in the house, he starts screaming before she does, even though he has his back to her!

    • The McGuires are helpless at fixing the plumbing in the retirement home-this despite Jo's being shown at being a fix-it wiz in "Movin' On Up".

    • Matt's head cloth changes configuration from one shot to the next in the dream sequence where he's describing the true meaning of Christmas.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Lizzie: No wonder they make no plum progress at all, because the pipes that they're plumbing are two sizes to small. This is a play on the line "May have been that his heart was two sizes too small" from the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

    • Lizzie: I just close my eyes and click my heels three times.
      Lizzie gets mixed up with the book and movie The Wizard of Oz here! She says she's going to do this to transport herself to Nobby's building and help her family fix the plumbing, but Nobby responds by saying "Why would you do that?" and mentions that he has a car outside waiting.

    • Lizzie: You're the pepperoni pizza I ate for dinner.
      Lizzie's dream is based on Charles Dicken's famous short novel A Christmas Carol (1836), and so is this piece of dialog, in which Lizzie explains away the "spirit" she's seeing as a bad dream brought on by something she ate. In Dickens' book, Ebenezer Scrooge does the same thing when confronted by the first spirit he sees, that of his former business partner Jacob Marley. He tells Marley's ghost, "You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!"

    • Toon Lizzie: "Hey, I don't care if you have the Dallas Cheerleaders living here."
      Actually, they're called the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and they are almost certainly the most famous cheerleaders in the world. Although professional football and the Dallas Cowboys have always had cheerleaders, it wasn't until 1972 that the Dallas organization developed a new concept of a cheerleading outfit that went beyond the traditional roles, becoming more of a dance team and also acting as good-will ambassadors for the club.

    • Matt: "She's a grinch."
      The Grinch is one of those weird creatures from the imagination of popular children's author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel 1904-1991). He was introduced in the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, published in 1957. In it, the Grinch is a miserable solitary creature who resents the Christmas celebrations in neighboring Whoville. One Christmas Eve, like Santa Claus in reverse, he sneaks into every house in town and steals all the presents, decorations--anything to do with Christmas. But later he is stunned to see that the residents of Whoville haven't lost the spirit of Christmas, and it changes him from a bad soul to a good one. The term "grinch" has become a synonym for a person who doesn't get into the prevailing Christmas spirit. An animated version of the story was made in 1966 with Boris Karloff providing the voice of both the narrator and the Grinch. It has been one of the most popular Christmas shows of all-time, animated or otherwise. In 2000, a live action movie was made starring Jim Carrey in the title role.

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