Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 12

Between a Rock and a Bra Place

Aired Unknown May 11, 2001 on Disney Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

  • Notes

    • 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

    • 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."