Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 25

Bunkies

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Aired Unknown Feb 21, 2003 on Disney Channel
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Bunkies
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A water pipe bursts in a wall in Matt's room and to Lizzie's horror she'll have to share her room with her brother until the repairs are done. That doesn't look like it will be anytime soon, as the McGuires have hired a repairman who could have come straight out of the movie The Money Pit. Predictably, the pairing of Matt and Lizzie doesn't work at all. They fight about everything--he wants the window open, she wants it closed; she wants the shade down, he wants it up; he wants the door closed, she wants it open. All the bickering keeps Mr. McGuire, already frazzled by the repairman, awake all night. Lizzie's not doing too good at school, either. The spacey art teacher Ms. Dew has come up with an idea for a school "unity" project: all the students will dip their hands in paint and put their handprints on a blank wall, making a mural. But instead of promoting unity, the students break into cliques, and Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo don't fit into any of them, not Kate and the cheerleaders, not Ethan and the "perfect hair" people, not even Tudgeman and the sci-fi freaks. Mrs. McGuire has her own inspirational idea: she wants to paint the front door a color that represents the occupants--only she's not sure what color and what it should stand for, so she ends up going through the rainbow. Back at home, Mr. McGuire takes a drastic step to force Lizzie and Matt to get along. He takes all their possessions out of the room, leaving them only a couple of sleeping bags, so they will concentrate on getting along. Matt and Lizzie quickly realize that they must at least appear to be cooperating if life is going to get back to normal, so they start acting as if things couldn't be better between them. This makes their dad pround of his plan, but their mom sees right through their sweetness-and-light routine. Finally, after about a week, the repairman gets done fixing Matt's room and extorting money from the McGuires, by which time the siblings have learned to live together. At school, Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda search desperately for some group the can be a part of for the unity project, but everyone rejects them--the drama club, the jocks, even the chess club! Finally, they realize that they don't have to be part of another group, that the only group they truly care about are the three of them, so they don't worry about where their handprints go on the wall, except that they be together. It turns out that the unity project worked after all, as the three friends visit the wall again and can't tell which of the hundreds of handprints belong to themselves.moreless

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  • Bunkies? Or Just Plain Bunk?

    3.0
    Miranda’s back! It’s good to see her smiling face again. And oddly enough, she looks the best she ever has in this episode. Must be the hair. ;-) But this reviewer has to wonder: what is it with Miranda and the British flag? We’ve seen the Union Jack appear on everything from Miranda’s earrings, handbag, shirt, skirt, pants, backpack, necklace, etc, etc. Did the prop department get a really good deal on English Mod? Miranda practically wears the flag in every episode!



    It’s a little hard to tell which is the main plot and which is the subplot in this episode. In one, there is a school unity project at school. The student body is supposed to all make handprints out of paint and put them on a wall. A symbol of togetherness and unity (is one reading too much into the situation to feel that this may be a “Post September 11th 2001” idea?) All the various ‘cliques’ in school have staked out which part of the wall they plan to put their handprints on. Once more, Gordo is the designated the voice of cynicism in questioning the whole project while Lizzie corrals them into trying to find a ‘group’ in which they can add their handprints with. Cheerleaders, Basketball players, Star Wars geeks, even the Chess Club reject them (though in various other episodes we see them popular enough with the people).



    At the end our gang realizes that it doesn’t matter who put what print where. When you back up and look at the wall they all look the same. A metaphor for the fact that we, human beings, are all the same, no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves otherwise. Some of us may think ourselves better than others, or smarter, or what have you, but in the final analysis we are all the same.



    Unfortunately, this ‘profound moment’ isn’t given the time (or soundtrack) it deserves to really sink in. Oddly enough, this scene, of Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda placing their handprints on the wall and stepping back to reflect, has been shown for months in a montage of clips from Hilary Duff’s music video “I Can’t Wait”. In the video this scene is accompanied by the proper ‘mood’ music and the film play is slowed down in that ‘reflective/pensive’ way that accompanies an important philosophical event. But all of this atmospheric ‘impact’ is totally missing from the episode itself. Truly disappointing in that regard.



    The other plot of the episode is that a water pipe in Matt’s room busts, leaving him having to move into Lizzie’s bedroom temporarily. Finding that they can’t get along (Lizzie needs a ‘Sound Soother’ to get to sleep?), Sam hits upon the idea of putting all their stuff in the garage and making them sleep in sleeping bags on the floor until they learn to get along.



    They then pretend to get along with each other. Going so far as to call each other by their whole first names (a tip off for insincerity if ever there was one). Apparently in the week that ensues, Lizzie reaffirms her affinity for Matt. But we never actually see this (unlike in “Misadventures in Babysitting”, “Sibling Bonds”, and “The Longest Yard”). It all happens off screen in between scenes.



    And it is here that the biggest flaw in the episode comes to light. The overall feeling of not getting the whole story. Each plot seems to have had some substance subtracted in order for the both of them to fit into the same episode. Either one could have been a main plot, and that is plainly evident in that neither one takes the subordinate role of ‘subplot’, as is usually the case.



    But the problem is that since neither plot gets front stage neither gets to live up to its potential. The end result is a disappointing episode due to the fact that it is patently obvious that it could have been much more. The producers tried doing too much and fit too much into this episode. The plot with Matt and Lizzie, the school unity plot, Jo’s trying to find the right shade of color for the door.



    If either of the dual main plots had their own episode devoted to them it would have been much better. As it is, the compromise of the two just doesn’t work out.



    But that’s not to say that the episode is all ‘washed up’.



    It is true, plumbers really *do* stick it to you! Talk about realism! *LOL*



    And it’s always a pleasure to see Jo and Sam flirt.



    At the end of the day this is a pure ‘puff’ piece. No substance. We get the motions. Kate is (slightly) mean. Larry is ‘weird’. Ethan is clueless. All the set pieces are there, but due to the underdeveloped main plot(s) competing with each other the episode is dragged down.



    Disappointing.moreless
  • A water pipe burst in matt’s room and now he has to sleep in Lizzie’s room. At school ms dew has returned as their art teacher and wants the children to make the wall covered in hand prints but Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda don’t know where to put theimoreless

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    A water pipe bursts in a wall in Matt's room and to Lizzie's horror she'll have to share her room with her brother until the repairs are done. That doesn't look like it will be anytime soon, as the McGuires have hired a repairman. The pairing of Matt and Lizzie doesn't work at all. They fight about everything he wants the window open, she wants it closed; she wants the shade down, he wants it up; he wants the door closed, she wants it open.



    Lizzie's not doing too well at school, either. The art teacher Ms. Dew has come up with an idea for a school "unity" project: all the students will dip their hands in paint and put their handprints on a blank wall, making a painting. But instead of giving unity, the students break into groups, and Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo don't fit into any of them, not Kate and the cheerleaders, not Ethan and the "perfect hair" people, not even Tudgeman and the sci-fi geeks. Mrs. McGuire has her own idea she wants to paint the front door a color that represents the occupants only she's not sure what colour and what it should stand for, so she ends up going through all the colours.



    Back at home, Mr. McGuire forces Lizzie and Matt to get along. He takes all their belongings out of the room, leaving them only a couple of sleeping bags, so they will concentrate on getting along. Matt and Lizzie quickly realize that they must at least look like things couldn't be better between them. This makes their dad proud of his plan, but their mom sees right through their sweetness plan. Finally, after about a week, the repairman gets done fixing Matt's room.moreless
  • A water pipe burst in Matt's bedroom and he has to stay in Lizzie's room! Lizzie hates the idea with every fibre of her body. They all have different comforts. Watch how they try to get along with each other if that is at all possible.moreless

    9.7
    A water pipe burst in Matt's bedroom and he has to stay in Lizzie's room! This is awry! Lizzie hates the idea with every fibre of her body. They all have different comforts. Like Lizzie she likes the door opened and the the curtain opened with relaxing, soothing ocean sounds.Matt on the other hand likes a night light and the door closed and the curtain closed. In my opinion I acquiesce to Lizzie's preferences though. Anyway they had a big fight over what they should do. When Lizzie opened the door once, Sam was outside. Lizzie was terrified and petrified. Sam said calmly go to bed. Lizzie was aghast. The next time Lizzie came home all her things were gone. Matt's too. She was very shocked. She asked Sam why all the things were gone. He replied that if they did not get along thats how it would stay. Lizzie thought he was artful. Hangin' out with Matt was not too bad she thought. At night they schemed all night. Lizzie suggested they had to be nice to each other to get their stuff back. The next day they were been very nice to each other.



    Anyway at Lizzie's school there was an art teacher who was very nervous. She told them they all had to put a hand print on a wall to symbolise school unity.moreless
Lamont Thompson

Lamont Thompson

Construction Guy

Guest Star

Deance Wyatt

Deance Wyatt

Drama King

Guest Star

Kimberly Aaberg

Kimberly Aaberg

Drama Queen

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Nitpick: When Lizzie says "Porky Pine Head is not sleeping in my room!" and Sam says "Well where else do you expect him to sleep?" Why didn't anyone think to have Matt sleep on the couch?

    • This one's a bit hard to tell, but if you look closely at the mural while Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda are trying to find their handprints, you can see that there isn't a (from left to right) red, pink and green set of handprints anywhere on the wall.

    • Lizzie and Matt supposedly hate sharing a room together, yet they put their sleeping bags very close to each other in the middle of Lizzie's big, empty room.

    • Lizzie says she always sleeps with her bedroom door open, but it's been seen shut at night several times before, for example in "Over the Hill" and "Those Freaky McGuires."

    • Not a goof? Several people pointed out that Lizzie says here she doesn't use an alarm clock, but she did use one in "Working Girl" and "I've Got Rhythmic." Actually, Lizzie says "I don't like alarm clocks," which doesn't necessarily mean that she doesn't use one.

    • When Ethan presses his fist against the wall to make the "thumbs up" sign, the wall moves slightly.

    • When Lizzie talks about sharing a room with Matt when they were both younger, a picture of a younger Lizzie is shown, and she has blue eyes. But the present-day Lizzie has green eyes.

    • When Larry Tudgeman makes his "Vulcan" handprint on the wall, there's very little paint in the palm area. But in a shot immediately afterward (after he says "Spock would be proud"), the handprint is much fuller looking.

  • QUOTES (12)

  • NOTES (13)

    • This episode was published in the Lizzie McGuire Cine Manga Volume 14.

    • Jake Thomas (Matt) has said that "Weird Al" Yankovic is his favorite singer.

    • The "Weird Al " Yankovic poster that Matt has is one of series of "Drive to Read at Your Library" posters sponsored by the American Library Association. These posters include such celebrities as Serena Williams, Coolio, Britney Spears, Yo-Yo Ma, Yoda and Sean Connery, among others, pictured with a book. They are widely seen in public and school libraries.

    • Lizzie wears the exact same outfit as in "Lizzie in the Middle" at the beginning of this episode. It's the blue and white top with skirt that she's wearing when Matt first walks into the kitchen.

    • Toon Lizzie's handprints have only four fingers--and so does she!

    • Character with no lines: Tiffany, a cheerleader Kate whom speaks to.

    • When Lizzie tells Matt, "OK, here are the real rules!", she's repeating her line from "The Longest Yard," when she was looking after Matt and Lanny.

    • Lizzie mentions that the semester break has just occurred, if that helps to straighten out the confused time line of this series any better.

    • In their effort to act like they're getting along, Lizzie and Matt call each other by their real names, Elizabeth and Matthew, for one of the few times on the show. (Other examples: Lizzie is called Elizabeth in "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah and "Party Over Here;" Matt's called Matthew in "I've Got Rhythmic" and "The Rise and Fall of Kate.")

    • The clapboard on the blooper reel seen at the end of the show gives the production date as February 28, 2002.

    • Music includes the song "Tossin' and Turnin'" by R&B singer Bobby Lewis. This was far and away the biggest hit of his career, reaching the #1 spot on the charts in 1961. it's played during a scene showing Lizzie and Matt fighting at bedtime.

    • Miranda (Lalaine) is back! Actually, she wan't "really" gone--she wasn't in the last five new episodes which were among the last Lizzies filmed and were shown out of production order. The is the first new episode with Miranda's character in it since "She Said He Said She Said" premiered in November 2002.

    • The colors that Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo use for their handprints are the same colors that their characters are represented by at Disney's official Lizzie McGuire website--pink for Lizzie, red for Miranda and green for Gordo.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Larry Tudgeman: Spock would be proud.
      Spock is one of the most familiar characters in TV and movie history. He's the pointy-eared science officer from the planet Vulcan who serves aboard the futuristic spaceship (or starship, to be more precise) "Enterprise" in the classic TV series Star Trek (1966-1969) and in the several movies that were made after the show left the air. When Larry puts a handprint on the wall, he does it in the form of a Vulcan salute, a V-shape made by putting the middle and index fingers together and separating them from the ring and little fingers, which are also held together.

    • Matt: Well, father does know best!
      In an effort to do a snow job on his dad, Matt invokes the name of the family sitcom Father Knows Best (1954-1960) starring Robert Young as Jim Anderson, Jane Wyatt as his wife, and Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray as Lauren Chapin as their children.

    • Toon Lizzie: Mom and Dad brought him [Matt] into this world. Why can't they take him outta mine?
      This echoes the line used by Bill Cosby in his stand-up comedy act and also on his TV series The Cosby Show (1984-1992) when he was arguing with his son: "I brought you into this world, I can take you out."

    • Matt: "But it's Weird Al! He's wayyy cool!"
      Matt says this when his sister refuses to let him hang a poster of "Weird Al" Yankovic in her room. Yankovic is rock music's premiere comedic performer and has spent over twenty years doing parodies of musicians and their songs, from Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" (redone by him in 1980 as "Another One Rides the Bus") to 1999's "Amish Paradise," a takeoff on Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise."

    • Larry: "You guys know Jar Jar Binks' middle name? Were you born on the planet Alderaan? Are you Jedi Knights?"
      A few more Star Wars references by ultra-fan Larry Tudgeman. Jedi Knights are the "good guys" in the Star Wars films, belonging to an order that is thousands of years old, dedicated to bringing peace and order to their galaxy. Jar Jar Binks is a character who appears in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. He was an exile from his own race who lived alone until he hooked up with the Jedi. The planet Alderaan was the birthplace of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) which was destroyed by the Death Star in the first Star Wars movie.

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