Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 7

Aaron Carter's Coming to Town (a.k.a. Here Comes Aaron Carter)

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Aired Unknown Mar 23, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Aaron Carter's Coming to Town (a.k.a. Here Comes Aaron Carter)
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Lizzie and Miranda are excited about the news that singer Aaron Carter is coming to their town to do a video shoot. They enlist Gordo to help them figure out where the shoot will take place so they can crash the set and meet Aaron. Matt horns his way into the group also. When they arrive at the site Matt is mistaken for Aaron's stand-in and let on the set, but the other three are not. They try several ways to sneak in but are always chased off by a security guard. In all the confusion Mr. and Mrs. McGuire somehow manage to get detained by security. Aaron's manager catches the trio and Lizzie convinces her to at least let one of them meet Aaron. She agrees, and Lizzie tells Miranda that she can be the one. Lizzie goes back to get a tape recorder she left behind and runs in to Aaron, who gives her a kiss. The kids all get to be extras in the video.moreless

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Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter

Himself

Guest Star

Brad Grunberg

Brad Grunberg

Security Guard

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Angela Oh

Angela Oh

Aaron Carter's Manager

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Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel

 

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David Alex Rosen

David Alex Rosen

Video Director

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In the opening scene, Lizzie has food spilled on her. In the next shot, there is a glob of food on her right shoulder, but in the next one it's gone.

    • Clayton Snyder (Ethan Craft) is credited in this episode, but he doesn't appear in this episode.

    • When Jo pulls up at the video shoot she looks at the guard and goes "I'm Jo McGuire Lizzie's mom, I spoke to you on the phone" but she never did. She just listened to the machine then left. It is possible that she called them on her cell phone but she doesn't copy the phone number down so how would she had known?

    • When Lizzie is dressed like an elf, her hair is in pigtails. Later after she, Miranda and Gordo get rid of the costumes, her hair is styled differently.

    • Another continuity goof due to this episode being shown out of production order: Lizzie tells Miranda here that she's a great singer, but Lizzie didn't realize Miranda could sing until "Random Acts of Miranda," which didn't premiere until two-and-a-half months later.

    • The director lets Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo onto the set so they can appear in Aaron Carter's video as stunt or dancing elves, but Lizzie and Miranda wear regular clothes in the video and Gordo does not appear at all.

    • In a beginning scene, it is stated that it is springtime. But on the set of the video, the security guards says, "While it is Christmastime, so I guess its okay".

    • Miranda mentions that Matt managed to pass for a "super-genius" at their school for half a day. But the episode in which that happened ("Lizzie's Nightmares") wasn't broadcast until three months after this one.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (9)

    • Aaron Carter became a real-life friend of Hilary Duff as a result of their working together on this episode.

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book A Very Lizzie Christmas. Incidentally in the book, the person Lizzie's trying to meet is Zander Knight, not Aaron Carter and the song which is sung is "Special Girl." It is also on Vol. 3 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Star Struck" released on Mar. 16, 2004.

    • This episode won in the category "Lizzie McGuire's Best Adventure" in the viewer voting on the Disney Channel's broadcast of "A Raven New Year's Eve," December 31, 2002.

    • Unseen characters: Matt mentions his friend Lanny for the first time and Lizzie mentions Mr. Lang.

    • Aaron's manager is portrayed by an actress here, but in real life he's managed by his mother, Jane Carter.

    • Filming dates: January 20-23, 2001.

    • Although Aaron Carter is doing a Christmas video shoot, the story takes place in the spring.

    • Brad Grunberg, who plays the security guard, is the brother of Greg Grunberg, who plays Sean on Felicity. In every scene that he's in, he's eating something.

    • Going by the production numbers, this is the first episode of Lizzie... shown substantially out of the order in which it was filmed. No doubt Disney wanted it to air around the same time as their "Aaron Carter & Samantha Mumba in Concert" special, and perhaps they felt that if they waited too long to show it, Carter might not be as popular anymore.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Scene: Lizzie, Gordo, and Miranda outside the studio
      Sitting outside the studio in elf costumes, Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda assume the "three monkeys" pose--see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

    • Scene: Jo bouncing a ball against the wall.
      When Jo McGuire is put into a holding room, she's seen sitting on the floor repeatedly bouncing a rubber ball against the wall. This is a little tribute to the 1963 war film The Great Escape in which Steve McQueen's character does the same thing. The music playing in the background is an imitation of the movie's music.

    • Scene: Ren-Mar Warehouse
      The "Ren-Mar warehouse" where Aaron's music video is being shot shares its name with Ren-Mar studios in Los Angeles, where Lizzie is actually filmed.

    • Music: Aaron Carter's Songs
      Aaron Carter performs "I Want Candy," which was originally a hit for the Strangeloves in 1965 and redone by Bow Wow Wow in 1982. When Aaron kisses Lizzie a portion of his song "Girl You Shine" can be heard. Both songs are from his third album Aaron's Party (Come Get It) (2000).

    • Visual: Abbey Road
      After Miranda takes off her boots, she Lizzie, Matt and Gordo walk into the Ren-Mar Warehouse. There is a sly reference to the legendary Beatle's album Abbey Road with the four walking in line and Miranda barefoot, just like Paul McCartney on the album cover. Adding to the Abbey Road parody, Miranda is holding a lollypop, (like Paul's cigarette, and you can faintly hear something that sounds like "Come Together" from the Abbey Road album.

    • Cars: Sam and Jo's Cars
      The vehicle Sam was driving is a 2000 Volvo V40 Turbo Wagon, it can also be seen in the episode "Inner Beauty." The vehicle Jo was driving is a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Wagon.

    • Clothes: Toon Lizzie as Ethan Hunt
      Toon Lizzie appears dressed as Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in the film Mission: Impossible (1996) when he's breaking into the vault. She also appears this way in "Picture Day."

    • Title: "Aaron Carter's Coming To Town"
      "Aaron Carter's Coming to Town" is a pun of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."

    • Gordo: Maybe in our next plan, we can pretend that we're elves who live in trees and bake cookies.
      Gordo is referring to the animated elves that are the trademark of Keebler cookies and crackers.

    • Toon Lizzie: Just when I thought I was out, he pulls me back in!
      The animated version of Lizzie is talking about her brother's plan to come along with her and her friends on their search for Aaron Carter, but she paraphrases the most famous line of Al Pacino (Michael Corleone) from The Godfather Part III (1990).

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