Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 11

Bad Girl McGuire

Aired Unknown May 04, 2001 on Disney Channel
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bad Girl McGuire
In math class, punked-out troublemaker Angel puts gums in Lizzie's hair, then tries to cheat off her test paper. The teacher is annoyed with the distractions and sends them both to detention. Lizzie is nervous about entering the detention hall for the first time and facing Angel again, but she actually finds that the experience is a different one for her--almost fun. When she gets home, Mom is mad at her for not calling about being late. Lizzie lies about where she's been. Mom is also mad at Matt for being late. When he complains about the freedoms his friends have, including no bedtimes, Mom makes a deal: if he comes home on time, he won't have a bedtime. Matt is overjoyed about this, but Jo seems to know what she's doing. At school Lizzie is now dressing like Angel and hanging with her. She's also forging notes and cutting classes. Angel invites her to a high-school party on Friday. When Lizzie later finds out there will be no parents at the party, she's secretly worried. Gordo and Miranda decide that Lizzie needs an intervention, so they sit her down and make her watch a video they've made, "Before They Were Bad Girls." Lizzie admits that being bad is a lot of hard work. She tells Gordo and Miranda that she'll spend next Friday with them and she puts Angel back in her place. Meanwhile, Matt has been staying up late at night and walking around like a zombie in the daytime. Soon he asks for his old bedtime back.moreless

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  • bad girl mcguire

    Wow, I never thought I'd say this about this show but this episode was Lizzie Mcguire's worst offering to the day. Don't get me wrong, I love this show, but this episode just had too much flaws to count, I felt as though someone submitted fan fiction and the writers decided to use it when they were having a writer's block.

    This episode did have the potential to be a good episode but it failed miserably in every aspect. Lizzie is a good girl one day, but then when she gets along with a bad girl in detention, she undergoes a complete metamorphosis in under 24 hours. She's speaking & acting differently and she ditches her friends.

    Maybe this episode would have been good if it wasn't solved in a day. Lizzie is good one minute, then bad the next, then good again all of a sudden, I didn't see much of a transition. And I highly doubt middle schoolers would be freaking out about "no adult supervision" like Gordo and Miranda.

    I know this is Disney Channel, but come on. The subplot was probably the only thing I liked about this episode. In homage to "Risky Business" Matt stays up all night, and gets consequences. I would have liked some resolution to Angel's character too. So Lizzie gets helped overnight, and no one helps Angel even though she's going down a bad path?

    Just the worst episode of Lizzie Mcguire... ever. Skip this installment, you might lose respect for the show, good thing I know this is about the only really bad episode there is in this show.moreless
  • Lizzie has to go to detention because she was caught cheating There she starts talking with the school bully Angel.Then after Lizzie joins forces with her,and gets into loads of trouble.In the ens she comes to her senses.Meanwhile Matt has no bedtime.moreless

    I liked this episode.It was very clever and fun to watch.I liked to see how good and how long Lizzie could stay acting that way.And I really liked the intervention Miranda and Gordo did.It was sweet to that they care so much about their friend.And even though this episode had some bad examples in it,it taught a great lesson at the end. To be a good person,just ignore the "Angels" of the world.It has helped me alot and I hope it helps alot of other people too.So In conclusion I have to say Great Job On this episode DISNEY CHANNEL!!You Rock!!moreless
  • Not all that bad. I liked it, unlike a few others.

    I noticed not many people found this episode good. Well, for those of you who liked this episode, this may be a bit of relief since there's actually another person around that actually liked this episode. Anyway, yeah, this episode was really good. It showed how teens just like to fit in and will do almost anything to do so. This episode was great, another fine example. There was a lot of emotion as far as I remember. It's been a while since I saw this episode, a few months, I'd say, since I only get one chance to watch the show (if it's even on anymore). On Saturday mornings, ABC kids usually shows repeats of Lizzie McGuire, but I don't know if that's going on anymore...moreless
  • Absolutely broke my heart into pieces!

    When Lizzie is caught cheating on a math quiz, she and Angel are sent to detention. At first, Lizzie is very nervous about detention, because she has never had it before. Then, she and Angel start talking, and Lizzie goes from a sweet angel to a devil. I hated watching her just go downhill like she did. She was such a sweet girl, and look what detention did to her. It turned her into a bad girl and almost a school bully. This brought tears to my eyes. Just watching her destroy her own life was not what I wanted to see. I wondered if that angel inside of her was ever coming back. Well, thanks to Gordo and Miranda's intervention, it did.moreless
  • WOW! Sucky, sucky, sucky!

    Lizzie tries to be a bad girl in this episode, it doesn't work in the end, because Hilary can't play a bad girl! She meets this girl in detention, that makes her a bad girl. Lizzie fears the girl to dealth and pretends to like her so she wont beat her up! She tries cutting classes, getting fake nose rings, gets frizzier, and wearing tackier clothes then usual! Episodes like this is the reason why I don't watch the show anymore! And I can't believe I remembered this episode! It sucked so much!moreless
Jackie Angelescu

Jackie Angelescu

Angel Lieberman

Guest Star

Page Leong

Page Leong

Mrs. Wortman

Guest Star

Daniel R. Escobar

Daniel R. Escobar

Mr. Escobar

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In this episode, Lizzie lies to her mom, and has no trouble or difficulty doing it. But in the next episode, "Between a Rock and a Bra Place ", she says she can't lie to her mom, and then cracks under the pressure.

    • Nitpick: When Angel is putting gum in Lizzie's hair, Lizzie looks to the side at Miranda, but when the close up shot is shown of Angel pulling the gum back, Lizzie is looking straight ahead.

    • In the opening scene in the math class, it looks like the prop person opened up a box of pencils and gave every kid in the class a new one, they're all the same length, color, etc.

    • Lizzie serves her detention the same day it's assigned, though most if not all schools have to give at least 24 hours notice before after-school detention can be served. Another nitpick is that Jo complains she didn't know where Lizzie was after her detention, but some schools notify parents of a student's detention. As for how she got home since the bus had already run, it's likely she walked or got a ride from someone.

    • In the opening shots, Miranda's hair is held up in pigtails by several different-colored elastic bands. Later, near the detention room, the bands have been switched around. Each shot was most likely done on different days.

    • At the start of the episode where the teacher is handing out the quiz, Gordo is wearing a light gray long-sleeved shirt underneath his button-down short-sleeved shirt. But in the hallway when Gordo and Miranda are walking Lizzie to detention, Gordo is wearing a short-sleeved t-shirt underneath his usual short-sleeved button-down shirt. Later when Gordo is talking to Lizzie and Miranda on the phone, he's in the long-sleeved shirt again.

    • Gordo tells Lizzie he has the answers for algebra. But few, if any, 7th graders take a math class as advanced as algebra. [Ed. note--There has been a lot of disagreement about this one. Many people have told us they either took algebra in the 7th grade or that other kids do or that 7th graders sometimes take introductory lessons to the subject in math class.]

    • When Lizzie first enters the detention room, there is a pink sticker with "Lizzie" printed on it stuck on her binder--but it's only visible in the shots with Mr. Escobar in them. When the camera goes back to Lizzie, the sticker is gone. The sticker disappears and reappears like this throughout the conversation.

    • When the teacher hands out the test, Angel is saying "Let me see your paper" and trying to cheat off Lizzie before she's even had a chance to write anything down.

  • QUOTES (16)

  • NOTES (10)


    • Lizzie: Hang up, Beastie Boy!
      The Beastie Boys are an unlikely rap trio (white and Jewish) from New York who first gained fame in 1986 with their smash album Licensed to Ill and its hit single "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party)." The way Lizzie says it here to Matt, it's not a compliment.

    • Miranda: She used to live up there. Now she lives out there--on the street! The horror!
      That last line is another one lifted from the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando. In it, the madman Col. Kurtz (Brando) utters his last, dying, unexplained words: "The horror! The horror!"

    • Matt: I'm going to be tall enough to play in the NBA?
      The NBA is of course the National Basketball Association, the USA's premiere professional baketball league. Actually, even though the vast majority of players are much taller than average, there have been many short players in league history, all the way down to 5'3" Tyrone "Mugsy" Bogues. In 2001, 6'0" Alan Iverson was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

    • Angel: I was supposed to be the first one in line to buy the new Eminem CD...
      Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, is one of the most popular and controversial rap stars of the late 1990's and on into 2000+. His records have been immensely popular, but his lyrics, often about graphic violence and explicit sex, have been condemned by many also.

    • Gordo: I love the smell of pop quizzes in the morning.
      When the class gets a pop quiz (the one in which Lizzie and the bad girl cheat on), Gordo utters this line, a reference to Robert Duvall's quote in Apocalypse Now: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." In the background is heard a bit of Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, music which was used in the movie.