Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 13

Come Fly with Me

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Aired Unknown Jun 01, 2001 on Disney Channel
8.2
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Come Fly with Me
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Gordo, always the nonconformist, has a new passion: 1950s & '60s Las Vegas lounge culture, as epitomized by Frank Sinatra and the "Rat Pack." Lizzie and Miranda don't care for it, but they buy Gordo a Rat Pack CD. Ethan Craft listens to it on the bus and, surprisingly, likes it, which makes the girls reconsider their opinion. Soon they are dressing in fashions of the time. Gordo thinks it's cool that they like it, but hopes that his new interest won't become the latest passing fad at school. But that looks like exactly what is happening as Ethan soon has all the guys wearing hats like Sinatra and listening to the music. Even Kate is admiring the girls for being in first on the new trend and actually asks for their advice on what to do! Gordo starts to sour on the Rat Pack and he comes up with a new interest--radio-controlled 1/64 scale World War II airplanes, only his enthusiasm doesn't seem genuine. Committee chairman Kate plans the theme for the next dance, "Lounging Around." She puts Miranda and Lizzie in charge of music and clothing. The girls are in over their heads now and must go to Gordo for help. He's mad at them for making his special interest so popular among the other students and won't help them. They can tell he doesn't care for his new hobby and urge him not to give up his interest in lounge culture just because everyone else likes it, but he won't listen to them. Lizzie and Miranda can't enjoy themselves at the dance without Gordo there even though they are largely responsible for its success. Just as they are about to leave, Gordo shows up dressed to the hilt and in full Sinatra mode. He thanks the girls for setting him straight. Meanwhile, Matt and his silent friend Lanny are trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. They attempt to set records for longest netball game, largest pancake, gaining weight, jumping rope, balancing teacups, holding a vocal note and running up and down stairs. When they come up several miles short on the longest rubber band chain, Matt gives up in discouragement. But his mom comes up with an idea: surely 38 failed attempts to break a world record is a world record itself!moreless

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  • come fly with me

    8.5
    A great episode that finally didn't focus so much on Lizzie and finally dealt with other characters on the show. I know this show is called Lizzie Mcguire, but it's always nice to see the other characters going through things and in ways there are almost more relatable. Like for guys it would be Gordo, for girls, Lizzie & Miranda. Then parents, Jo & Sam, and the younger ones, Matt & Lanny. This episode, life lessons are learned just like in every other episode but this time it's Gordo being the one getting taught. I actually understood Gordo for what he was saying about everyone following a certain trend considering that's very common in high schools. Hey, it's happening at mine right now.



    Matt's plot was very entertaining, and it was the introduction of Lanny. This episode taught us not to follow the trends, but don't give up something you love because it's a trend either, and it was a pretty great lesson with another heartwarming ending. The bloopers were pretty hilarious too. Adam Lamberg sure is a potty mouth, they would never show THAT on Disney today. Great installment to the series.moreless
  • Make it Work!

    9.5
    Gordo, always the nonconformist, has a new passion: 1950s & '60s Las Vegas lounge culture, as epitomized by Frank Sinatra and the "Rat Pack." Lizzie and Miranda don't care for it, but they buy Gordo a Rat Pack CD. Ethan Craft listens to it on the bus and, surprisingly, likes it, which makes the girls reconsider their opinion. Soon they are dressing in fashions of the time. Gordo thinks it's cool that they like it, but hopes that his new interest won't become the latest passing fad at school. But that looks like exactly what is happening as Ethan soon has all the guys wearing hats like Sinatra and listening to the music. Even Kate is admiring the girls for being in first on the new trend and actually asks for their advice on what to do!



    Gordo starts to sour on the Rat Pack and he comes up with a new interest--radio-controlled 1/64 scale World War II airplanes, only his enthusiasm doesn't seem genuine. Committee chairman Kate plans the theme for the next dance, "Lounging Around." She puts Miranda and Lizzie in charge of music and clothing. The girls are in over their heads now and must go to Gordo for help. He's mad at them for making his special interest so popular among the other students and won't help them. They can tell he doesn't care for his new hobby and urge him not to give up his interest in lounge culture just because everyone else likes it, but he won't listen to them.



    Lizzie and Miranda can't enjoy themselves at the dance without Gordo there even though they are largely responsible for its success. Just as they are about to leave, Gordo shows up dressed to the hilt and in full Sinatra mode. He thanks the girls for setting him straight.



    Meanwhile, Matt and his silent friend Lanny are trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. They attempt to set records for longest netball game, largest pancake, gaining weight, jumping rope, balancing teacups, holding a vocal note and running up and down stairs. When they come up several miles short on the longest rubber band chain, Matt gives up in discouragement. But his mom comes up with an idea: surely 38 failed attempts to break a world record is a world record itself!moreless
  • It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing!

    4.8
    First off, one thing needs to be made clear. The 1960’s were not that long ago! Lizzie’s referring to Frank and Dean as the music her “Great Grandmother” listened to is just downright dissentious! Contrary to what Ethan may think, the 60’s were not “a million years” ago. It just wasn’t.



    Now, with that out of the way, let’s get down to the episode at hand.



    Gordo sees his latest hobby become a ‘dopey fad’ that spreads to everyone else at school. An interesting thing about this episode is that it doesn’t revolve around Lizzie, but at the same time the main plot doesn’t revolve around any of the other characters either. It tangentially sprouts from, and involves, Gordo, but he isn’t the real focal point of it.



    We see for the first time Gordo’s ‘angry side’ when he faces off with Lizzie and Miranda after school in the parking lot. His usual measured manner has given way to genuine anger, and we see his and Lizzie’s first real ‘fight’. Gordo insinuates Lizzie and Miranda are mindless ‘trendoids’, and Lizzie calls him an idiot. The amount of actual ‘rage’ Gordo displays is expressive. Whereas Lizzie and Miranda can come off seeming ‘whiny’ when they vent their anger, Gordo comes off really feeling angry.



    The moral of this story is of course that people should be their own person, but at the same time not to just be contrary to the prevailing trends simply to be different. Think for yourself, don’t just react. Something Gordo is smart enough to know but needed to be reminded of.



    This is one of the few episodes where Gordo is the one being ‘taught’, as opposed to being the one dispensing the advice.



    Something of note is how Lizzie and Miranda are unable to enjoy themselves at the dance knowing that Gordo is upset. Miranda especially is disgusted at being unable to have a good time if Gordo isn’t. This just goes to show further how intertwined the three are as friends. If one feels bad they all feel bad.



    A ‘general’ episode, this one has a moral but it isn’t about furthering any outstanding story plots or the ‘growth’ of any of the characters. It is an all-purpose episode.



    As for the subplot, this is the first time we are introduced to Matt’s best friend Lanny. He and Matt make several attempts at breaking a world record, any world record. Their various attempts, and subsequent failures are funny. And Jo’s convincing them that they set a new record in the amount of record attempt failures is a very ‘parental’ scheme. Good stuff.



    Overall, a revealing main plot coupled with a good subplot. Not a bad episode.



    Oh, and one last thing of note. Hilary Duff’s got a pair of gams on her! Yowza!moreless
Bernard Kira

Bernard Kira

Vince

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Gordo has an aunt, but she's never seen or heard of after this episode.

    • Matt tells Lanny he "only" has to gain 674 pounds to become the world's heaviest person. But Guinness World Records 2000 lists the heaviest person of all time as 6'1" John Minnoch, who in March 1978 was admitted to a hospital with heart failure where his weight was calculated at over 1,400 lbs.! Minnoch was put on a diet and reduced his weight to 476 lbs., but when he died in 1983 he was back up to near 800 pounds.

    • As Gordo is showing Lizzie his model planes he makes the statement, "the Allies used this plane in World War II to deliver powdered eggs and rubber to American Samoa." While the plane can't be seen completely, it is clear that he is holding a single engine fighter, not a military transport aircraft. From the shark's mouth nose art on the model it was most likely a P-51 Mustang used by the American Volunteer Group (later the 23 Fighter Group) in Burma and China, or more commonly known as the Flying Tigers in the later part of the war. One other thing, considering the location of American Samoa, resupply by ship would make more sense than using aircraft.

    • When Matt and Lanny are trying to set a world record, Matt looks through the record book and says, "Ah, world's largest pancake," when the page he has the book open to is headed "Computer Technology."

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Matt: (talking about ice cream) Lanny likes pumpkin. ONLY pumpkin.

    • Miranda: (about Gordo's radio-controlled airplanes): This is like the dorkiest hobby ever!

    • Lizzie: Gordo, I think Kate might really like it.
      Gordo: Yeah, she thinks it's Ding-Dong. The phrase is 'Ring-a-ding-ding' it was a code for living life on your own terms. A Ding-Dong is a chocolate covered devil's food cake treat intended for mass consumption! I'm not into mass consumption!

  • NOTES (19)

    • The title of the episode "Come Fly with Me" is also the name of a Frank Sinatra album recorded in 1957.

    • The CD Lizzie and Miranda picked up for Gordo appears to be Sinatra's Swingin' Session which was released in early 1961. This was one of the last albums Frank recorded for Capitol before leaving for Reprise. It's also an example of when Sinatra was at his best belting out swing songs in a fast, uptempo, and driving manner. Six of the songs were taken from his first album Sing and Dance With Frank Sinatra (1950) but performed twice as fast so it's one of his jazziest swing sets. This album also includes songs written by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

    • This episode can also be found in the paperback novelization book Lizzie Goes Wild and in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 4.

    • Sam and Jo McGuire are seen for one of the few times without their glasses during the scene in their bed.

    • The school nickname of "Wildcats" is seen on a banner in the hall.

    • Character with no lines: Adam, a boy Lizzie speaks to in the lunch line.
      Unseen character: Savannah, who Kate assigns a duty for the dance.

    • Kate Sanders' last name is pronounced with a short "a" sound in this episode, rather than "Saunders."

    • The blooper reel seen at the episode's end is notorious among Lizzie fans because it contains footage of Adam Lamberg (Gordo) saying, "Son of a..." in frustration after a mishap. But contrary to what some people claim, he didn't add an extra word under his breath to that little outburst.

    • First appearance of Lanny (Christian Copelin).

    • Lanny will only eat pumpkin ice cream!

    • Matt only refers to "The Book of World Records," but he is using a copy of Guinness World Records.

    • Music heard includes the song "Survivor" by Destiny's Child (we think!), played during a scene where Matt and Lanny are making repeated attempts to set a world record.

    • Miranda says that Gordo's middle name is Zephyr (pronounced ZEH-fur) and adds, "What's up with that?"

    • A quote by Christian Copelin on Lanny-"I'm not sure, but I think Lanny can talk but he just doesn't want to! I think he has some kind of emotional thing where he just doesn't want to talk to anybody!"

    • Filming dates: November 25-28, 2000. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated November 28, 2000. This was the last episode to use the working title "What's Lizzie Thinking?"

    • Sam hums a little of the Twilight Zone theme after trying to talk to Lanny.

    • Even though Frank Sinatra is a critical element in this episode, none of his music is heard here.

    • The "Rat Pack" was the name given to a group of high-living friends and entertainers who were led by Frank Sinatra and included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. The often performed together, separately, or in various combinations at the big Las Vegas hotel/casinos in the 1950s and '60s.

    • Timothy Busfield, who directed this episode, has a connection with series star Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire). Both of them starred as fraternity brothers in the movies Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987). Busfield is probably best known for his role as Elliot on the TV series Thirtysomething (1987-91). He also played reporter Danny Concannon on The West Wing.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Sam McGuire: I'm telling you, dededede.
      Sam, talking about Lanny, hums a little bit of the famous theme from The Twilight Zone, a famous, award-winning TV science-fiction series which was created by Rod Serling and originally ran from 1959-64. After Serling's death in 1975, a Twilight Zone feature film was made in 1983, then another version of the TV show aired from 1985-89. Finally, a third new version of the show preimiered just this year (2002). Reruns of the original series are showing on the Sci-Fi Channel. When Mr. McGuire says this, it indicates that he thinks Lanny is just a little bit "out there."

    • Gordo: Sure, I can teach ya--Rat Pack, Louie Prima, Nat King Cole...
      See the above "Notes" section about the "Rat Pack." Louis Prima was a singer-trumpeter who was most popular in the 1950s. With his wife Keely Smith on vocals also and sax player Sam Butera, his band played a good-time mixture of jazz, rhythm & blues and early rock & roll. Nat King Cole started out as a jazz pianist, but his smooth-voiced interpretations of ballads turned him into one of the most popular singers of the 1950s and '60s. He died prematurely at the age of 47 in 1965. He is the father of singer Natalie Cole.

    • Lizzie: Shouldn't you be listening to Britney Spears?
      Yes, we all know who she is, but just in case someone reads this way in the future, Britney Spears was the most popular young female pop singer of the time.

    • Toon Lizzie: Get that out of my face, you punk!
      The animated version of Lizzie, wearing a hat like Frank Sinatra, fights with an unseen photographer. This is an obvious reference to Sinatra's many real-life battles with reporters and photographers.

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