Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 12

Between a Rock and a Bra Place

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Aired Unknown May 11, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Between a Rock and a Bra Place
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Lizzie and Miranda note that when a girl gets her first bra, her personality somehow seems to change. They decide they are ready for their first, and hatch a plan to get Lizzie's mom to take them to the mall where they will shop for "school supplies." Lizzie is a terrible liar, though, and blurts out the real reason for the trip. Mom is overjoyed to help the girls out, but she embarrasses them as they are shopping. Lizzie is very harsh with her mother, telling her that she and Miranda are old enough to do their own shopping and to leave them alone. The girls face further embarrassment when they run into Kate, Claire, and their English teacher Mr. Coppersmith. They also find that they don't know what to look for. They find Mrs. McGuire and apologize for being abrupt with her and ask for her help. Also, Matt is entering the Jet Li sidekick contest. He gets his dad and Gordo with his camcorder to help him make a martial arts movie as his contest entry, but it doesn't go well. Sam McGuire calls up a mysterious man named David, a kung fu expert, to help instruct them. After David finishes with them, he disappears quickly. Gordo asks, "Who was that guy?" Sam answers, "I've known him all my life. He's like a brother to me." Matt's entry wins the contest.moreless

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  • between a rock and a bra place

    8.0
    Bouncing back from the worst episode of the series, we have this really great and memorable episode, that got to delve in to more of the character's interactions with others, other than having the usual ensemble (Lizzie, Gordo, Miranda) we got to explore with more of the characters.



    The guys and girls are split up in this episode as Sam, Matt, Gordo, and a kung fu master helps Matt enter a contest to be Jet Li's sidekick. Meanwhile Lizzie, Miranda, and Jo go bra shopping resulting in a tantrum from Lizzie, but then she realizes she still needs help from her mom in the end.



    I surprisingly enjoyed the guys interactions way better than the girls, I found myself laughing out loud when they were filming the video and I loved the ending when Matt ended up winning the contest, something Sam did not want. I couldn't help but feel bad for Jo when Lizzie yelled at her for something that Jo didn't even know she was doing. I guess that was the point, had a pretty good ending with their plot, and a nice tie in, in the end with the main ensemble all together again talking on the phone. Great episode.moreless
  • Never try to grow up too fast.

    9.7
    Lizzie and Miranda want a bra, and they're trying their best to act like adults. When Lizzie's mother takes the girls shopping for one, she tends to embarrass them, especially poor Lizzie. Still, when it came time for Lizzie to tell her mother how she felt, she may have said it thr wrong way. She ended up really hurting her mother's feelings. I guess the girls learned that you should never try to grow up too fast. You should just take baby steps, or you'll end up wearing yourself down to the ground. You'll regret leaving everything behind you too early. You really will. Never try to grow up too fast. Take baby steps.moreless
  • Lizzie and Miranda want a bra and Lizzie tells her mom to get her and Miranda one.

    8.1
    This was a good episode but it is funny that Lizzie would mention bras in front of her dad,her brother and her guy friend Gordo.I am thinking its her mom`s problem and that reminds me of my mom when I mention girl clothing in front of guys.It a liitle bit embaressed me because she was talking about girl under garments.I t was funny when Matt won a contest but I know hoe Matt and Lizzie felt in this LLizzie McGuire episode.Still I think this is a great episode.moreless
  • Just Get The Bra!

    6.3
    Lizzie and Miranda note that when a girl gets her first bra, her personality somehow seems to change. They decide they are ready for their first, and hatch a plan to get Lizzie's mom to take them to the mall where they will shop for "school supplies." Lizzie is a terrible liar, though, and blurts out the real reason for the trip. Mom is overjoyed to help the girls out, but she embarrasses them as they are shopping. Lizzie is very harsh with her mother, telling her that she and Miranda are old enough to do their own shopping and to leave them alone. The girls face further embarrassment when they run into Kate, Claire, and their English teacher Mr. Coppersmith. They also find that they don't know what to look for. They find Mrs. McGuire and apologize for being abrupt with her and ask for her help. Also, Matt is entering the Jet Li sidekick contest. He gets his dad and Gordo with his camcorder to help him make a martial arts movie as his contest entry, but it doesn't go well. Sam McGuire calls up a mysterious man named David, a kung fu expert, to help instruct them. After David finishes with them, he disappears quickly. Gordo asks, "Who was that guy?" Sam answers, "I've known him all my life. He's like a brother to me." Matt's entry wins the contest.moreless
  • Enter The Bra.

    6.6
    Feminine undergarments. Not many shows go into the subject. Oh, you’ll see the ‘clueless dad buys daughter’s first bra’ plot, but that is mainly a ploy for laughs. But this series (and episode) actually goes into details. We see Lizzie and Miranda wanting bras. We see them shopping for bras. We see bras themselves. Heck, the word ‘bra’ itself is used a dozen times!



    This is an episode that makes it clear that the main character is a girl. Shopping for one’s first bra is not a ‘gender neutral’ story idea. It will definitely have more resonance with one demographic of the audience (girls) than it will with the other (boys).



    As a male watching the main plot, you either A: find a new appreciation for the trails and tribulations (and thus sympathy and understanding) of the opposite sex, or B: are ‘grossed out’ by the ‘girlie’ material.



    The producers, knowing that not all males would fall into category A, set about to offset the ‘girlie’ main plot with a ‘macho’ subplot. Each is at the opposite extreme. If the main plot is all about girls’ love of frilly clothing, then the subplot is about boys’ love of beating each other up. ;-)



    With that clear-cut division in mind, the producers do a nice job of balancing the episode.



    Lizzie is embarrassed by her mother relishing in this ‘life moment’, the choosing of one’s first bra. Like most adolescents Lizzie wants to do things for herself now, without the fawning of a parent. And like most teenagers she doesn’t adequately express this feeling. Instead she throws a tantrum, very ‘unadult’ (though more than a few adults throw tantrums themselves. But that’s another story…).



    Then, the reality of the situation (that she and Miranda have no idea of what to do), and her true nature, assert themselves and she apologizes. An odd thing there. Miranda is included in the apology, but *she* wasn’t the one who yelled at Jo. True, Lizzie was speaking for the both of them, but still…



    And this episode also shows Miranda’s ‘wild side’. It is she who comes up with the plan of lying to Jo at the beginning.



    While the main plot may have been geared for girls, the subplot is ‘all boy’. ;-)



    Matt wants to enter a contest to become martial artist movie action star Jet Li’s sidekick in his next film. While Sam endorses a well-written essay, Matt and Gordo favor a more ‘active’ approach. An entry video framed as a low budget martial arts flick.



    Sam can’t act. Matt doesn’t know the moves. And Gordo is only one man. ;-)



    So while Gordo and Matt struggle to put together something decent, who comes to the rescue? Why, none other than David Carradine! That star of the screen who is most well known for his television series “Kung-Fu”.



    It was quite a coo to get such a ‘martial arts legend’ as him to do the show. Okay, so the fact that he is Robert Carradine’s (half) brother makes it understandable. But it’s still cool.



    Seeing David Carradine dressed as Kwai Chang Caine, the character he made famous in “Kung-Fu”, is fantastic. It really takes one down memory lane. In short, his whole presence in this episode rocks. :-)



    And the fact that he’s starring as *himself* makes it doubly great.



    Though that *does* lead to an interesting question. As said, David Carradine stars as himself. Which is to say David Carradine stars as David Carradine. Yet, Gordo doesn’t know who he is. He even asks Sam.



    How can it be that Gordo, an aspiring film director, doesn’t recognize one of the most prominent pop culture icons in the past 40 years?



    In addition to a ‘Very Special Guest Star’ we are treated to one of the best songs to come out of the latter half of the 20th century: “Kung-Fu Fighting”. That is one, to use the modern vernacular, “kick’n” song. I know it makes me want to get up and do some Karate chops.



    And we learn something about the McGuire’s (or at least Sam). They have connections to Hollywood. How many dads do *you* know that have David Carradine’s home phone number? And can get him to come over for the express purpose of teaching their son martial arts? *And* get him to consent to be in a video entry in a contest?



    I wonder, was this subplot written as a vehicle to get David Carradine on the show, or was his presence simply applied to an already established story?



    Overall, this is a pretty balanced episode. We have comedic bits. We have important goings on with Lizzie. We have a highly recognizable guest star. And we have Kung Fu. Who doesn’t love Kung Fu?



    Though one would like to know what happened with Matt and the movie he was to make with Jet Li. After all, Matt *did* win the contest.moreless
David Carradine

David Carradine

Himself

Guest Star

Ty Upshaw

Ty Upshaw

Mr. Coppersmith

Guest Star

Amelia Marshall

Amelia Marshall

Mrs. Miller

Guest Star

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel

 

Recurring Role

Davida Williams

Davida Williams

Claire Miller

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Even though Gordo seems to know about Kung Fu, he does not know who David Carradine is. This is especially surprising considering that he is an aspiring film director and Carradine has been a pop culture icon for over thirty years.

    • At one point Mr. McGuire says "I've known him all my life, he's like a brother to me.", when referring to guest star David Carradine. In real life, David Carradine is half-brother to series star Robert Carradine (Mr. McGuire).

    • At one point there is an error in the closed captioning when Sam is identified as Simon.

    • At the end of the episode when we see Gordo's final video we see a black square behind the fence to reflect light for the show.

    • Nitpick: How exactly were they able to film Gordo and Sam filming during the credits of the movie that they made?

    • While Lizzie is telling Jo about how she and Miranda aren't children anymore in the dressing room, there is a shot of Jo and behind her is the cashier. This makes it seem like the 'dressing rooms' are dressing cubicles, which would be very unlikely in a bra store or any kind of clothing store for that matter, because Lizzie states "I could've been changing!" when Jo opens the curtain of her dressing cubicle without asking if she was "decent."

    • Gordo says that he's in all of Lizzie and Miranda's classes "except for gym," but in a later episode in the season, "Scarlett Larry" (which also takes place in the seventh grade), Gordo is shown in a "co-ed gym" class with the girls.

    • In the scene where Jo is in the food court, she is shown in several alternating shots to be holding a drink at mouth level, then holding it while it's on the table.

    • Matt supposedly wins the Jet Li sidekick contest, which is a very big deal, but it's never mentioned again for the rest of the series.

    • When Gordo comes over to the McGuire's house he is wearing a long sleeve dark blue pull-over shirt under a pastel white short sleeve shirt. When he returns with his camera the white shirt is no longer white, it has no pastel design and it now has long sleeves. Yet in one of the final scenes where Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo are speaking on the phone he is again wearing the short sleeve shirt over the blue shirt.

    • As Lizzie and Miranda are standing at their lockers discussing how to get to the mall, both close their doors. Seconds later Lizzie's locker door can be seen open but in the following shot it is again closed.

    • When Gordo and Matt are filming the pebble scene for Matt's audition tape, the camera tripod falls down which makes them stop filming (obviously). But seconds later, when they go to get Sam, we see the camera is standing up.

    • Matt says that Jet Li is looking for a sidekick for his "newish" movie instead of "newest."

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (19)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 12.

    • When they show Kate and Claire in the beginning, in the background we can hear that little cheer from the episode "Rumors" when Lizzie confesses to Kate about having spread the rumor and not Miranda.

    • Adam Lamberg (Gordo) only shares two scenes with Hilary Duff (Lizzie) and Lalaine (Miranda) in this episode. The first is in Lizzie's house when she blurts out to Jo that she wants a bra and the second is the three-way phone conversation near the end of the episode.

    • Close to the end of the episode, Sam picks up the cordless phone, which is lying atop a hardcover book. The title of the book is MYST: The Book Of Ti'ana. It is the second book in a series of three science fiction stories which go along with the very popular PC game MYST. The three books were co-written by Rand Miller, who is co-creator of the game, and CEO of Cyan, Inc., the design company of MYST. These books are not very well-known outside the MYST enthusiast community, so someone in the Lizzie McGuire staff must be a big fan of the game and/or stories!

    • The clip of Kate and Claire being "worshipped" by the other students is also seen in the episode "Gordo's Video."

    • This episode title comes from the expression "caught between a rock and a hard place" which refers to two mythical beasts in Greek mythology. Scylla was a monstrous multi-headed spider who would eat hapless sailors passing near her cave. However, in order to steer clear of this catastrophe one would have to sail near Charybdis who was supposedly able to swallow a large portion of the ocean (including ships) and spit it back out (without the ships, of course). The same expression was also a popular phrase used during the 1920's in America. The rock in this Lizzie episode refers to the stone Matt tries to grab from David Carradine in his movie, and the bra part obviously refers to Lizzie's first shopping trip for one.

    • While Gordo is filming Matt's video he is wearing a baseball hat. He is obviously copying the movie director Steven Spielberg, who also wears a baseball hat while filming. Gordo also makes a reference to Spielberg and his hat in the episode "Gordo's Video."

    • This episode can also be found in the paperback novelization book When Moms Attack. It is also on Vol. 2 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD collection entitled "Growing Up Lizzie" released on Dec. 9, 2003.

    • Jennie Woods, the non-speaking character who's a terror at dodge ball, is the name of a former classmate of Nina Bargiel, who co-wrote the script. The real Jennie embarrassed Nina once in the sixth grade by unhooking her bra in front of a large group of students. "I always told her I'd get back at her, and I did in front of millions of people," Bargiel said. Also, Nina and her brother Jeremy (who is her writing partner) had an English teacher named Mr. Coppersmith, whose name they also use here.

    • Sam McGuire recalls that he won an essay contest in 1976. According to what he says in "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah," he would have been fifteen years old then.

    • The light blue leather jacket Lizzie wears is the same one she wore in "I Do, I Don't" and that Miranda wore in "Obsession."

    • Lizzie has had her favorite stuffed animal Mr. Snuggles since she was two. There are several quick still-photo shots of Lizzie and Mr. Snuggles from "When Moms Attack" that are used here.

    • There is no blooper reel at the end of this episode. It's replaced by the "credits" for Matt and Gordo's kung-fu movie. This is only the second time to date that an episode did not include a blooper reel. (The first time: "Pool Party.")

    • Filming dates: November 15-19, 2000.

    • Adam Lamberg named this as his favorite Lizzie episode in an interview in the Long Island, New York newspaper Newsday.

    • Many female viewers pointed out that in reality, Lizzie and Miranda would certainly have already gotten their first bras.

    • Kate and Claire do their high-five/hair-flip combination for the first time.

    • The soundtrack for this episode includes the song "Kung Fu Fighting," the 1974 hit by Jamaican singer Carl Douglas. Yes, it's the same song all those bad karaoke singers are doing in the recent Levis commercial.

    • Guest star David Carradine is the older brother (actually half-brother) of Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire). He was the star of Kung Fu (1972-75), one of the most unlikely hit TV series of all time. He appears here dressed the same as he did on that show, although his character is more like Master Kan's and Matt assumes the role of Caine, David's old part.

      The Carradines are one of the best-known acting families in Hollywood history. Robert and David have another famous acting brother, Keith; and their father John had a motion picture career that lasted well over fifty years. Robert is the father of actress Ever Carradine, Keith is the father of actress Martha Plimpton, and David is the father of a son with actress Barbara Hershey.

      The Carradine brothers have worked together in different combinations in many films and TV shows during their careers. One of the most notable was the 1980 western The Long Riders, about the James-Younger gang of the 1800's. David, Keith and Robert played outlaws Cole, Jim and Bob Younger, respectively; and the movie also features three other sets of real-life brothers playing siblings: James and Stacey Keach (Jesse and Frank James), Dennis and Randy Quaid (Ed and Clell Miller), and Christopher and Nicholas Guest (Charlie and Bob Ford).

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Title: "Between A Rock and a Bra Place"
      This is a spoof of the phrase "Between a rock a hard place."

    • Matt: Jet Li is looking for a new sidekick for his newest movie, 'The Untitled Jet Li Project'.
      Jet Li, born in China on April 26, 1963, is a champion martial artist who has made a number of movies in China and the United States.

    • Lizzie: If I had one [a bra] I'd be Lizzie: Warrior Princess.
      This is a take off of the title (and name of the main character) of the popular television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
      Debuting in the mid-1990's, this "sword and sandal" program focused on the adventures of Xena, an ancient Greek warrior woman who, trying to atone for her past misdeeds, roams the countryside righting wrongs and bringing justice to the helpless.

    • Lizzie: Jennie gets one [a bra] and becomes Brandi Chastain.
      Brandi Chastain was the member of the U.S. women's soccer team whose penalty kick won the World Cup final in 1999. She was the center of a rather silly controversy when she tore off her jersey in celebration of the victory, revealing her sports bra.

    • Miranda: She's like the Mike Tyson of dodge ball.
      Mike Tyson, the youngest boxer ever to win the heavyweight title (age 20), was one of the hardest hitters the sport ever knew. His boxing career has been overshadowed by several serious run-ins with the law (some resulting in jail time) and out-of-control behavior in and out of the ring.

    • Claire: They don't sell Underoos here.
      Underoos were two-piece underwear sets for children that were designed to look like the outfits of kids' favorite comic book or cartoon characters. They were first marketed in the 1970s.

    • David Carradine: Hello, young grasshopper.
      David Carradine is referring to Matt by the same nickname that his teacher gave to him on his old TV series "Kung Fu."

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