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Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 23

Clue-Less

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Aired Unknown Jan 31, 2003 on Disney Channel
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What's this? Lizzie in a wedding dress, walking down the aisle? Gordo, Kate, Tudgeman, Cousin Amy and Veruca are all in the audience, but they're dressed strangely in old fashioned clothes. And now we see that Lizzie's about to marry Ethan!?!? Just before "I do," Jo McGuire comes rushing in wearing a maid's uniform, shouting in a near-incomprehensible Cockney accent about someone being murdered!! Whaaaa? Let's go back a few days... Ethan tells Lizzie that he can't use his own house for a party he had planned, so she volunteers her own house, hoping to get his attention, as always. It's going to be a 1920's murder-mystery party, where all the guests play a character and compete to solve the mystery. When everyone gathers to pick their parts, Lizzie can't believe her luck: she picked Ethan's wife-to-be! Gordo on the other hand is disappointed. He tells Lizzie that once again he'll be the "low-key" friend that no one notices. Lizzie assures him that people do notice him, and that one way to get her attention would be to solve the mystery at the party. She doesn't think he has much chance, though, since she's sure her "Nancy Drew training" will make her the winner. The aforementioned people all gather at Lizzie's house, all of them in costume and in character. Also there is Ethan's stepmom Tawny, who is so "clue-less" she makes Ethan look like a brain by comparison! Matt shows up uninvited in a Sherlock Holmes outfit, proclaiming he's going to solve the crime. And Mr. McGuire is there too, playing the murder victim, though this "corpse" is not too interested in laying on the ground for very long. Lizzie goes right to work on trying to solve the mystery, but every time she finds a clue, Gordo tries to steal it so he can solve it himself. Lizzie wonders out loud to Kate why Gordo is being so competitive about this. Kate has been playing a sweet character all evening, and some of it must have rubbed off on her, because she take Lizzie aside and flatly tells her that Gordo is trying to impress nobody but her. She says that everyone else has know for a long time that Gordo has had a big crush on Lizzie. Lizzie is flabbergasted by this news. Flustered, she says she has to go reveal the identity of the killer to the rest of the group. Lizzie is still reeling from this new information. She knows how important it is for Gordo to win, so should she let him? But if she lets him, does that mean she likes Gordo the same way he likes her? As Lizzie reveals to the group how she solved the mystery, she can see that Gordo is obviously disappointed that he won't win the game and impress her. So at the last minute, Lizzie deliberately names the wrong person, Tudgeman, as the killer. (Tudge has had a little romantic interlude of his own that night with Veruca.) Gordo immediately jumps up and correctly solves the mystery. He recieves congratulations from all. As the party breaks up, Gordo and Lizzie spend a few moments alone on the front porch, with a great deal of romantic tension hanging in the air. Lizzie tells Gordo she was very impressed with him. He's happy to hear this, but tries to hide just how happy he is. The two spend a few more awkward moments talking, then Gordo seems to be getting up the nerve to ask Lizzie out--like a girlfriend. But Sam McGuire makes an untimely appearance at the front door, and the moment is gone. Lizzie and Gordo part as "just friends," like always. Yet after Gordo leaves, Lizzie knows that her feelings are telling her that things aren't going to be the same after this night.moreless

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  • clue-less

    10
    One of the best episode of Lizzie Mcguire in the entire series, and probably the most memorable. This doesn't happen a lot on this show, but we've had a successful season arc this season, and it developed beautifully in this episode. Gordo likes Lizzie, we've known this since "First Kiss" so it's not a surprise to viewers, it's a surprise to Lizzie.



    The whole murder mystery plot was really great, and a great tie in with the plot lines in this episode. Murder mysteries are always fun, and they're apparently entertaining to watch too! I remember when I first watched this episode, I was at the edge of my seat at the very end when Gordo was going to ask out Lizzie.



    I cringed when Sam interrupted about the stupid eel cooking competition, but you can't help but to laugh at Sam's really bad timing. Great acting from Hallie Todd, way more than what I can say about everyone else. Even Hilary Duff's performance was lacking.



    Lizzie trying to find out what she feels about Gordo is left up in the air in the perfect way. Perfect setup for the series finale. Amazing episode, even though Miranda was absent.moreless
  • Awww my favorite episode!

    10
    I love this episode! Lizzie has a murder mystery party at her house. She is getting married to Ethan and then they find out someone has been murdered and they all try to solve. Gordo is being really obnoxious about the whole game. Lizzie figures out the mystery first and she is trying to impress Ethan. Behore she reveals who murdered the guy, Kate talks to her. Kate tells Lizzie that Gordo is trying to impress her by figuring out the mystery. Lizzie purposely says the wrong person so that Gordo can win by solving it. Lizzie acts really impressed and Gordo is about ready to tell Lizzie that he likes her or something when he is interupted by her dad. He just says nevermind and he leaves without asking her out. I was upset but it all works out in the movie lol.moreless
  • Ethan is having a party but his house is being sprayed with something. Lizzie suggests having the party at her house. There is a lot of Lizzie/Gordo romance in this. Kate informs Lizzie that Gordo likes her. Lizzie and Gordo share some feelings(almost).moreless

    10
    I really enjoyed this episode because of the Lizzie/Gordo romance. I also liked the fact that Kate was nice for a change. I however, didn't like the Veruca/Larry romance thing. I thought it was really stupid. I also liked the fact that Gordo was really determined to get Lizzie to notive him. I thought that was really sweet. I think Kate kind of realized that she needs to be nicer to Lizzie even though she probably won't be. Last, I enjoyed the part when the maid (Mrs.McGuire) ranted on about Lord McGuffin(sp) being dead. I thought that was really funny. Anyways thats my review...moreless
  • By Jove, I Think She’s Got It!

    7.8
    Murder. Romance. Retribution. Sounds like a Mystery to me!



    There are so many things happening in this episode that one has a hard time knowing where to start.



    First you have a Murder Mystery Party, which in itself gives one reason to pause. Murder (even a fake one) as the basis of a plot? On a *Disney* show? Color me surprised. At least they used the ‘non violent’ expedient of Poison as being the murder weapon. ;-)



    Ethan has a Murder Mystery Party all set, but he can’t hold it at his house because it’s being fumigated for termites. So whom does he turn to with his problem? Lizzie. I think this goes a long way towards showing just how close Lizzie really is to the ‘cool people’ she seems to think herself not a part of. Of all the kids in school it’s *Lizzie* that Ethan unburdens himself to. Come on, if that isn’t a ‘vote of confidence’ I don’t know what is.



    Not only that, but look at who Ethan invites to the party. Larry, Kate (with cousin Amy), Gordo, Lizzie, Miranda (who couldn’t make it) and Veruca, who invited herself (Ethan’s afraid of her! *LOL*). Of all the people in school, these are the ones Ethan invites. That’s a pretty small circle to find yourself swimming in. The most popular boy in school hangs out with you, comes to you for help, and invites you to his parties, and you still don’t consider yourself one of the ‘in’ crowd? What more does one need, an engraved plaque proclaiming one’s ‘in-ness’?



    We learn a lot of stuff in this episode, some of the incidentals:



    Ethan’s step mom is even dumber than he is! Though I have to be honest, I didn’t like the (comical) inference that she’s only with Ethan’s dad for the money. “My father’s dead.” “Yes, I inherit everything!” And you mean to tell me that Ethan’s dad has a will that leaves everything to his wife, and nothing for Ethan? I think someone needs to get a mighty fine lawyer, in fast order! Where’s Perry Mason when you need him?



    Get a load of Tudgeman, he’s still wearing his shirt underneath the suit! The Tudge’s fashion sense will not be denied! *LOL*



    And while on Larry, we learn that he saved Ethan’s life once! So I guess Tudge really is the hero he sees himself as. Though, I have to wonder, just how fast can a parade float go? They sure don’t look all that fast on television…



    And as long as we’re talking about guest characters, what’s up with Kate’s cousin Amy? She has one line in the whole episode! Her interaction in the rest of the story is practically nil!



    Sam’s more interested in watching “Iron Chef” than playing a dead guy all night long. And really, who can blame him? I know *I* wouldn’t want to spend my evening cramped up into one position the whole night through. Anyway, it’s the “Iron Chef”! :-)



    As for Matt, we see very little (very little) of him in this episode. Not only is there no subplot featuring him (in fact, there’s no subplot at all), but we actually see more of *Veruca* than we do Matt. A real oddity for this series.



    Now, onto the major developments.



    This episode revisited the two great plot threads of the series. Those being the possibility of a romance between Gordo and Lizzie, and Kate’s inner goodness.



    The second directly affects, brings to a head, the first. A twist I must say caught be totally flat footed. To think that it is *Kate* who reveals to Lizzie the fact that Gordo ‘likes-likes’ her! A masterstroke on the part of the show’s producers. Everybody (myself included) thought that it would be Gordo who eventually let his feelings be known to Lizzie. But to have Kate, the former “Fourth Musketeer” to be the bearer of tidings… I didn’t see that one coming. Not only is the Gordo/Lizzie thread brought to a new nadir, but Kate displays more of her good side, which is the second of the two major plot arcs. In revealing this information to Lizzie she not only contributes to the Gordo/Lizzie thread, but her own as well.



    While some may find the use of Kate as the one who ‘enlightens’ Lizzie as being anti-climatic (and I can’t find fault with that assessment), one has to admit that her use opened up a different story path, presenting different possibilities. With Kate (as opposed to Gordo) being the one to inform Lizzie of the facts, we are left with Lizzie knowing that Gordo likes her, Gordo not knowing that she knows, and Lizzie left still conflicted with her own feelings towards him.



    Her logical mind at first rejects the possibility of Gordo’s having feelings for her. But it doesn’t take much internal debate to convince herself that it’s a fact. That ready acceptance of this bombshell is telling of her own feelings.



    She is of two minds at this point. On one hand she tells herself that she’s always just thought of Gordo as a friend. But her own emotional side is belaying that. One half of her says Gordo is her best friend. The other half is the one that gets jealous when he dates another girl. That same other half is the one that desperately misses him when he goes off to High School. That is also the half that is making Lizzie feel all flushed and lightheaded at the idea that Gordo likes her. And that is the half that always ended the negative declaration of not ‘liking’ Gordo in the past with “I think”.



    The end of this episode finds the cat out of the bag. Now the ball is entirely in Lizzie’s court. What will she do with it? It is the most crucial decision she has had to make to date. And to complicate the matter even more, she’s on her own on this one. There’s no Miranda to talk it over with.



    Which leads to us to another thing. This week’s “Miranda Isn’t Here Because…” excuse is: She’s still out of town. What is she out of town for in the first place? Not mentioned. But at least her absence is covered. It’s good to see that the character hasn’t simply been ‘written out’ of the series, or just dropped off the face of the earth. But her being gone puts a lot of pressure on Lizzie at this, the most important crossroads in her young adolescent development.



    While the Lizzie/Gordo romance and the “Redemption of Kate” threads have been the two major ones throughout the series, there has been at least one minor one that has been long running too. That being Tudgeman’s search for love.



    We saw it in “Scarlet Larry” in his dating of Lizzie (and wondering at his chances with Miranda). “Gordo’s Video” (Miranda as his screensaver!). “And the Winner Is” (‘buttering up’ of Miranda). And presumably in “My Fair Larry”, which hasn’t aired yet. Which presents us with something of a foreknowledge. Judging by the events in tonight’s episode I’m guessing that his date with Miranda in the as of yet aired “My Fair Larry” doesn’t turn out that well. Too bad. But it looks like the Tudge isn’t a loser in love anymore.



    And that, Larry and Veruca exhibiting budding feelings for each other, is another plot twist I didn’t see coming! We get the ‘slow hair toss’ from Veruca, which is a trademark sit-com signal that love is in the air, and we get handholding! It takes a Murder Mystery Party for the Tudge to see what has been in front of him (and us) the entire time. When you think about it, Veruca really *has* been the only girl we’ve ever seen with Larry amongst his “group”. In “Gordo and the Dwarves” there she was, a member of Larry’s Role Playing group, showing she’s into the same stuff as him. They’re made for each other, and that’s really sweet. Especially considering that Veruca is not the typical ‘pretty’ girl type. She’s rather chunky and she wears glasses, but Larry really finds her beautiful in those vintage clothes, and sees her in a new light (just like Lizzie sees Gordo, who has been under *her* nose the entire time, in a new light). It’s nice to see the ‘unattractive’ girl get a guy! Have I mentioned it’s sweet to see the two of them together? Awww…



    And this episode, besides advancing long-standing plot threads, also serves to stretch the acting skills of the cast involved.



    What better way is there to stretch an actor’s (or actresses) skills than making them do an accent while playing a nationality different from their own? Sure, Kyle can do “Caucasian Nerd Larry”, but can he do “Suave South American Actor”? Sure Hilary can do “Typical American Teen”, but can she do “English Bride To Be”? Sure Ashlie can do “Mean American Teen”, but can she do “Cheery British Lady”? So on and so forth. And I am glad to say that on nearly every account they succeed. The jury is still out on Jake’s “British” accent though. I can’t tell whether it was deliberately bad as part of the character, or if he really couldn’t pull it off. He sounded like a cross between the “Sesame Street” character Sherlock Hemlock and Inspector Clouseau from the “Pink Panther” series.



    Though to be fair, Hilary’s ‘accent’ isn’t much better. She slips in and out of it the entire time.



    And speaking of accents, Hallie Todd does a few of them on this show. First the “Deep South” accent in “Working Girl”, now the Cockney British one here. And she really gets into the crying bit. Not to mention the “I killed ‘em!” bit. There’s such a thing as getting *too* deep into a part. ;-)



    And let’s not forget Ashlie. She sounded straight off the boat with that lit to her voice. I say, a bonny lass like ‘erself ought to be on the stage. I swear me affidavit to that I do! ;-)



    So while the magnitude of the fallout of the events transpiring in this episode can’t be overstated, there are still a few things left to be explained adequately.



    For instance, Gordo thinks winning at a Murder Mystery Party will really make Lizzie sit up and take notice him as boyfriend material? What the heck? Gordo may be smart, but I think we needs to consult a few more books on the subject of la amore…



    And as far as that goes, why did he let Lizzie address the crowd first after they had both figured out who did it? If he wanted to win, and thus impress Lizzie, shouldn’t he have taken the lead in the matter? If he was going to ‘up stage’ Lizzie, why not do it when it mattered?



    And on that note, why were Lizzie and Gordo the only ones trying to solve the mystery? Wasn’t the whole idea of the thing to have *everyone* try and figure it out? Nobody else even did anything.



    And as far as the mystery goes, if Sam’s character would never eat the type of sandwich that poisoned him, how the heck did he die? Not only that, but Jo’s character had been previously exonerated by Gordo earlier. And those clues, they made no sense, they were nonsensical. Where’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when you need him?



    And on a musical note, notice how when Gordo and Lizzie are talking at the end they recycle the music used in “First Kiss” when Lizzie and Ronny kiss. Subtle foreshadowing? Better be baby!



    And on a personal note, I for one never get tired of seeing Hilary Duff in a wedding dress. She wears it so well! ;-)



    Overall, this is a well-crafted episode. Miranda’s absence is not felt (except where her comforting of Lizzie would be concerned). Larry finds love. Kate displays more of her ‘inner self’. And Lizzie finally finds out that Gordo has feelings for her. The next episode, “Bye, Bye Hillridge Junior High” will be the crucial one. The situation has hit critical mass, things either explode or fissile at this point.



    “All hands brace for impact!”moreless
Haylie Duff

Haylie Duff

Cousin Amy

Guest Star

Catherine Chiarelli

Catherine Chiarelli

Ethan's Stepmom

Guest Star

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Tudgeman is seen wearing his "weekday" shirt at the murder mystery instead of his "weekend" shirt which we learned about in "Scarlett Larry."

    • Nitpick: When Lizzie is speaking to Gordo on the deck, her hair changes from being behind her ears to over her ears in several shots.

    • Kate's lipstick changes from one shade at the beginning to another at the end.

    • In the scene where Lizzie is supposed to reveal the killer, Gordo definitely has more gray in his hair than he does in previous scenes, where he only has a bit around his temples.

    • Closed-captioning error: Kate's character's first name is spelled "Esmay" instead of Esme. (How do we know they're wrong and we're right? Well, we don't for sure; we don't have a script. But we looked up the names on the Internet Movie Database, which has about 1,300,000 people listed in it. The were about two dozen people with the first name Esme, but none with Esmay.)

    • Ethan's stepmom says she's 5'10" in heels, but that appears to be an exaggeration unless she's in some mighty high heels, since she's not much taller than Lizzie.

    • When everyone rushes in to the room where the "corpse" (Sam McGuire) is laying and the camera pulls up into an overhead shot, Sam's left hand moves slightly, as if he might be afraid someone will step on it. (Of course, Sam doesn't play a particularly good corpse anyway, as he soon gets up off the floor to go watch television!)

    • Why is 18-year-old cousin Amy at Lizzie's school? Just to pick the role she's going to play at a party that weekend? It doesn't seem likely. (When Lizzie and Gordo are about to leave at the end of the scene, though, a clock visible on the wall shows that it's about 3:30, which would likely be after school hours.)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lizzie: And there's one other person that I would have never suspected. And I didn't know until I found this thousand pound note.
      Ethan: That little piece of paper weighs a thousand pounds?
      Larry: No, it's British money. A pound is like a dollar it... why am I even bothering to explain this?

    • Ethan: (talking in English accent) My father's dead!
      Tawny: Great! I inherit everything!
      Ethan: No Tawny, not my real dad.

    • Ethan: (reading his card) .... Married to Penelope Featherstone.
      Gordo: (Gordo draws his card) And I'm Penelope.

    • Ethan: Wow Gordo! You're like one giant brain, but with arms and legs. So you can walk, and you're not in a jar...

    • Gordo: Lizzie maybe sometime we can.... (is interrupted by Sam).
      Lizzie: Maybe sometime we can what?
      Gordo: Nothing, maybe we can do this again sometime, it's your turn to win.

    • Kate: Ok, why do you wanna win? So Ethan will notice you right? Why do you think Gordo's trying to win?
      Lizzie: He wants to be noticed?
      Kate: Well, that's partly it!
      Lizzie: Gordo doesn't have to be obnoxious to be noticed.
      Kate: Wake up Lizzie! Gordo doesn't want just anyone to notice him, he wants you to notice him!
      Lizzie: What?
      Kate: Everyone at school knows he's had a crush on you for like, ever.
      Lizzie (stunned): I gotta go reveal, the murder, person, guy.

    • Gordo: (about Tawny) Must be something in the water at Ethan's house.

    • Kate: I just helped Lizzie. This niceness stuff better wear off soon.

    • Tawny: Ooooh! I found a clue, I found a clue! I found a shoe!
      Ethan: Um, Tawny, that's your shoe.
      Toon Lizzie: Oh, no! Ethan's the smart one in this family.

    • Toon Lizzie: So, it looks like Gordo likes me. But he's just my friend! I mean, that's how I've always thought of him.
      Lizzie: So why do I feel all flustered and, and light-headed?

    • Toon Lizzie: OK, it doesn't take a detective to figure this one out. Kate was right. Gordo likes me.

    • Toon Lizzie: If I name the wrong suspect, I could let Gordo win...But if I do that, does that mean I like Gordo?...Well, I guess we're gonna find out!

    • Lizzie: Matt, if you don't go put those [pajama bottoms] in my room right now, I'm going to give you a wedgie that is so bad you're gonna have to unzip your pants to see!

    • Jo McGuire: Shrimp?
      Tawny (Ethan's Stepmom): Uh-uh. I'm 5'10" in heels.

    • Lizzie: Oh! And Veruca's invited?
      Ethan: Eh, she kinda invited herself. I was a little afraid to say no to her.

    • Toon Lizzie: Ethan's brain may have melted already. But the rest of him still looks mighty solid.

  • NOTES (10)

    • Veruca (as Fiona) is dressed a little like Mrs. Peacock from Clue, and Tudgeman (as Guy Gaviotta) is dressed a little like Col. Mustard from Clue. In many Clue stories, Peacock and Col. Mustard are in love, and Veruca and Tudgeman seem to like each other when they're together.

    • Murder-mystery character note: Sam McGuire's character has his own initials "S.M." - Lord Spencer McGuffin.

    • Continuity: Lizzie's pajama bottoms that Matt exposes to the clue hunters appear to be the "Ducky" pajamas mentioned in the episode "When Mom's Attack."

    • This is one of only two Lizzie episodes to date that uses foreshadowing i.e. opening with a scene that reoccurs later in the story. The other one: "Picture Day."

    • Characters played at the murder-mystery party: Lizzie--Penelope Featherstone. Gordo--Aubrey Carstairs. Ethan--Clyde McGuffin. Kate--Esme Upshaw. Amy--Desiree Fireberry. Veruca--Fiona St. John. Larry--Guy Gaviotta. Jo McGuire--The Maid. Sam McGuire--Lord McGuffin.
      Further character identification: Ethan's stepmom is named Tawny.

    • Filming dates: June 3rd-June 7th, 2002. The clapboard seen on the bloper reel at the end of the show gives the date of production as June 3, 2002.

    • The wedding march used in this episode is the famous Bridal Chorus from the beginning of Act III of the opera Lohengrin by 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner. This is one of the two most popular wedding marches. The other, by Felix Mendelssohn, is used in episodes "I Do, I Don't" and "Scarlett Larry".
      The background music played at the pre-wedding party scene is the minuet (3rd) movement of Serenade No. 13 in G, K. 525 (better known as Kleine Nachtmusik, or "A Little Night Music"), by the great 18th-century Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    • The title of this episode was taken from the popular board game "Clue," in which players compete to find out who killed a victim in what room of a mansion with what weapon. (A movie based on the game was released in 1985.) But the story and action here really owe more to the type of murder-mysteries written by Agatha Christie than they do to the board game. The title also refers to the 1995 Alicia Silverstone film Clueless.

    • Lalaine (Miranda) does not appear in this episode. This is the fourth (and fourth consecutive) episode in which the character does not appear. Her absence is explained by a brief mention of her still being "out of town."

    • The names of Ethan and Mr. McGuire's characters, Clive and Spencer McGuffin, may be a reference to the mystery/comedy movie The Double McGuffin (1979), starring Ernest Borgnine. In it, four school kids try to foil a man's assassination plot on a prime minister and his daughter.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Lizzie: This £1,000 was loot from The Great Train Robbery....
      The Great Train Robbery was one of the most daring crimes of the Twentieth Century. Early on the morning of Aug. 8, 1963 a group of almost 20 men and women embarked on a meticulous plan to rob the Glasgow to London Royal Mail train just outside Cheddington in rural Buckinghamshire, which is west of London. The thieves succeeded in stopping the train and unloading 120 sacks of money and quickly transported them to a farm in Oxfordshire. They made off with £2.3 million, which in 2004 would be equal to £40 million ($73 million), but it didn't take long for the police to track them down. Within five days police had found their hideout from a tip, but the gang members were already in the process of fleeing the country. Unfortunately, they left behind a great deal of incriminating evidence making it easy for the police to identify them. In the end, all were recaptured and received sentences ranging from 20 to 30 years each, for a total of 307 years. The movie Buster (1988) was based on the life of one of the robbers, Buster Edwards and deals with his life in Mexico after fleeing England. [ Read More]

    • Mrs. McGuire: You all had motive, and you all had opportunity.
      Here, Jo is paraphrasing Wadsworth from the movie "Clue", when he says, "We all had motive. We all had opportunity." And interestingly enough, both Jo and Wadsworth ended up being the murderers. Coincidence? I think not.

    • Larry Tudgeman: I always thought I should have lived in the Third Age in Middle Earth.
      The Third Age and Middle Earth are the time and location in which the very popular fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings takes place. Written by British author J.R.R. Tolkien and first published in 1954-55, there was a tremendous amount of new interest in them around the time of this episode due to the hugely successful recent movies Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), with ...the Return of the King slated for release in 2003.

    • Toon Lizzie: "Bam! Inspector Lizzie already on the case!"
      Toon Lizzie says this after Lizzie is seen examining a liverwurst sandwich for clues. "BAM!" is the favorite expression of chef Emeril Lagasse, usually known by his first name alone, who has hosted several popular cooking shows on TV over the last few years. He often hollers out this exclamation when he's adding an ingredient to the dish he's preparing.

    • Sam McGuire: "There's no reason a corpse can't watch Iron Chef."
      Iron Chef is a Japanese cooking show that pits great chefs against each other in a culinary competition. After a featured secret ingredient is revealed to the competitors (Sam mentions eels, one of the favorites on the show), they have one hour to prepare a gourmet meal which is then sampled by a panel of judges who determine the winner. Two broadcasters follow the often-frantic action as if it were a sports event. Iron Chef is seen in America on the Food TV channel.
      [ Read More]

    • Lizzie: "...I've been reading reading Nancy Drew books since I was like, eight."
      The Nancy Drew books have been entertaining readers for over seventy years. Aimed mainly at an audience of young girls, the title character is a mystery-solving teenage sleuth who first appeared in print in 1930. She was the brainchild of publisher Edward Stratemeyer, but most of the original books were written by Mildred Wirt Benson under the name Carolyn Keene. Over the years there have been many other authors who have written Nancy Drew books, but all of the are still credited under the Keene name. The original series of 56 books was updated by Harriet Adams beginning in 1959 and continuing all the way through 1977 in an effort to keep Nancy more contemporary and interesting to each new generation of readers. New Nancy Drew titles still come out to this day, and there are at least 165 of them in the series. [ Read More]

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