Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 2

El Oro de Montezuma (aka El Oro del Diablo)

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Aired Unknown Feb 22, 2002 on Disney Channel
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El Oro de Montezuma (aka <i>El Oro del Diablo</i>)
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Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo are vegged out in front of the TV watching a Spanish-language game show, "El Oro de Montezuma" ("The Gold of Montezuma"). Miranda's cousin Carlos from Mexico City is scheduled to come to town and compete on the show. At school, a new Indonesian student, Li, is introduced to Lizzie's class. She tries to talk to him but finds it difficult since his English is limited. Mr. Dig assigns the students a paper to write on a culture other than their own. Lizzie asks her parents about her heritage, but they aren't very specific. Miranda introduces Carlos to Lizzie and Gordo. When they find out that his teammates for the game show will be unable to appear, Lizzie suggests that the three of them team up with Carlos and go on the show. Lizzie is not very concerned about learning the language, but would rather practice the games and stunts. Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny are involved in an extreme version of hide-and-seek. The game show begins, and Carlos translates for his teammates. Surprisingly, the team does well, even with the language barrier. When they finally win a game by dressing Gordo as a bullfighter, the host Alejandro Guzman gives them a special challenge. Lizzie has to pick roles for them to play in the next stunt. Unknowingly, she gives Carlos a role which separates him from the group. Now Gordo, Miranda and Lizzie are stuck with a big vat of rice pudding, a bunch of boxes, and no idea of what they are supposed to do. The audience laughs at their bumbling around as they end up having a big food fight. The next day in Mr. Dig's class, Lizzie says that she was going to report on her game show experience, but the whole adventure made her realize what problems people of one culture can have in another one, like the problems Li, the boy from Indonesia, is having in the U.S. So she gives her report on Indonesia instead.moreless

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  • Learn Spanish!

    9.2
    Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo are vegged out in front of the TV watching a Spanish-language game show, "El Oro de Montezuma" ("The Gold of Montezuma"). Miranda's cousin Carlos from Mexico City is scheduled to come to town and compete on the show. At school, a new Indonesian student, Li, is introduced to Lizzie's class. She tries to talk to him but finds it difficult since his English is limited. Mr. Dig assigns the students a paper to write on a culture other than their own. Lizzie asks her parents about her heritage, but they aren't very specific. Miranda introduces Carlos to Lizzie and Gordo. When they find out that his teammates for the game show will be unable to appear, Lizzie suggests that the three of them team up with Carlos and go on the show. Lizzie is not very concerned about learning the language, but would rather practice the games and stunts. Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny are involved in an extreme version of hide-and-seek.



    The game show begins, and Carlos translates for his teammates. Surprisingly, the team does well, even with the language barrier. When they finally win a game by dressing Gordo as a bullfighter, the host Alejandro Guzman gives them a special challenge. Lizzie has to pick roles for them to play in the next stunt. Unknowingly, she gives Carlos a role which separates him from the group. Now Gordo, Miranda and Lizzie are stuck with a big vat of rice pudding, a bunch of boxes, and no idea of what they are supposed to do. The audience laughs at their bumbling around as they end up having a big food fight.



    The next day in Mr. Dig's class, Lizzie says that she was going to report on her game show experience, but the whole adventure made her realize what problems people of one culture can have in another one, like the problems Li, the boy from Indonesia, is having in the U.S. So she gives her report on Indonesia instead.moreless
  • Variety Is The Spice Of Life.

    9.0
    The quintessential ‘filler’ episode. No long-standing plot threads are advanced. No ‘life lesson’s’ are learned or experienced. This is just your typical, average, everyday fun episode. AKA: a normal episode.



    This is a great episode. Lizzie and gang have to write a report about a foreign culture. Finding her own roots too nebulous, she decides to co-opt an appearance on a Spanish language game show as ‘research’. At the end of the day Lizzie comes to realize how difficult it must be to be a “stranger in a strange land”.



    This is just a pure, fun, episode. There’s a food fight. There’s frantic competition. It’s just a joy to watch. But one does wonder at Miranda’s inability to understand Spanish to any appreciable degree. With a last name like “Sanchez”, and being of Hispanic ethnicity, one would assume that she’d know Spanish. A cultural conceit perhaps, but something one would expect all the same.



    As for the subplot, I am pleased to say that it is up to the level of the main plot. At times the subplot ‘drags’ an episode’s overall enjoyment down. But that is happily not the case here. It is every bit as good as the main plot. Matt and Lanny’s ‘Extreme Hide and go Seek’ is funny to the max. And that last scene… *LOL*



    As far as ‘filler’ (i.e. normal) episodes go, this one is perfect. As such it is little wonder that it is among my favorites.



    We get a moral. We get music. We get fun. Even the actors seemed to get into it from what we can see in the blooper reel. What more can one want out of an episode?moreless
Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

Alejandro

Guest Star

Peter Leal

Peter Leal

Montezuma

Guest Star

Raja Fenske

Raja Fenske

Li Tarak

Guest Star

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

Arvie Lowe

Arvie Lowe

Mr. Dig

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Goof: Lizzie mentions Jakarta as one of the many islands of Indonesia, however, Jakarta isn't an island; it's the capital city, and is on the island of Java.

    • It's possible that Erik Estrada's character Alejandro Guzman is a nod to Alejandra Guzman, who is a very popular Spanish international singer.

    • Mr. Dig mentions the Xingu River, but closed captioning spells it Zingoo.

    • After the kids start throwing pudding at each other, there is a shot of Montezuma where he appears to be hit for the first time, but there are already stains from the pudding on his shirt. Also in this scene, the booth Carlos is sitting in can be seen, but there is no pudding on it even though a few seconds earlier it was seen being splattered by some.

    • Jo asks the kids what they are watching and seems to have no idea about the show. But she then names a character from the show, how does she know his name after only a few seconds of watching?

    • Since "Just Like Lizzie" was filmed with the thought that it would be the first episode of season two, everything after that point on would have to be in the 8th Grade. Therefore, all of season two takes place in the 8th Grade. So why does Lizzie act as if she has never learned any form of Spanish here, if in "The Gordo Shuffle" she and Ethan are talking about their Spanish class. She must have been taking this Spanish class throughout the 8th Grade, and therefore during the time of "El Oro de Montezuma"!

    • When Gordo is making his presentation to the class, he's reading from an empty folder.

    • When Lizzie, Miranda and Carlos are dressing up Gordo in the costume. Gordo says, "Will you guys hurry up, my pants are itchy." Well, the costume pants were put on OVER his jeans!

    • Closed captioning errors: Mr. Dig is identified as "Digg" and Li's name as "Lee."

    • During the rice pudding fight on the game show, the host Alejandro throws his index cards up in the air. They go behind him, but somehow one of the cards immediately floats down right in front of the camera.

    • Possibly a minor goof. While Lizzie is having trouble communicating with Li, Miranda can be seen in one shot trying to hold back a laugh. That would be a natural reaction, except no one else seems to be having it.

    • Lizzie tells Li that Mr. Dig is substitute-teaching their class for a week. This guy gets more work than any substitute we've ever seen! Either Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda's teachers are all a bunch of layabouts, or there is some kind of epidemic disease among faculty members, because the substitute Mr. Dig is by far the teacher we see most often!

    • On the game show, Carlos is separated from the team and put into a soundproof box where they can't hear him. Yet somehow he seems to be able to hear the game instructions in Spanish and tries to shout them out to his team.

    • In this episode, Miranda says she was taught to swim by her cousin Carlos. But in "Jack of All Trades" she says she took swimming lessons with Lizzie.

    • In the episode "Night of the Day of the Dead" Miranda knew a lot of Spanish words, but in "...Montezuma" she acts like she knows practically nothing. For instance, she seems to not know what "bueno" means when it is one of the most commonly used words in the Spanish language, meaning "good" or "OK" or just an affirmative word in general.

    • Mr. Dig introduces himself to his class as Mr. Digs.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Alejando: CUIDADO!
      Toon Lizzie: I have a feeling 'cuidado' means 'Look out!' or 'Blondie's about to get squashed!'

    • Lizzie: ...where is our family from?
      Jo McGuire: Well, you know, I'm from Walla Walla Washington.
      Sam McGuire: And I'm from Kalamazoo.
      Toon Lizzie: OK, I'm convinced. My parents are really pod people from outer space.

    • Lizzie: Why does he [Carlos] always kiss people?
      Miranda: That's what some people do in Mexico City.
      Toon Lizzie: How come Ethan Craft can't be from Mexico City?

    • Gordo (when Carlos tries to greet him with a kiss): No no, I'm, I'm more of a shake-hands guy.

    • Matt (to Lanny): Well played, my friend, but there's one more round to go, and I promise you, you are so not going to find me!

    • Lizzie: Mom, dad, where did I come from?
      Sam McGuire: I thought we had that talk a while back.
      Jo McGuire: Was there something you didn't understand, honey? Something you want to talk about?
      Lizzie: EWWWWW! Eww! No, not like that! I mean like where did our family come from?

    • Mr. Dig: It may be weird to you, Mr. Tudgeman. But the women of East Africa would find you disturbingly pale and bizarrely dressed.
      Gordo: That's how the women here find him.

    • Lizzie (about Li): He's cute, but he understands even less than Ethan Craft.

    • Toon Lizzie: Eating junk food with your friends. Watching TV while your brain turns to tapioca. This is what America is all about.

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode is on Vol. 3 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled Star Struck, released on Mar. 16, 2004.

    • The tune played during the rice pudding fight and during the bloopers reel is the same tune that Raven and Chelsea sing to in the episode "A Fight at the Opera" on the Disney Channel show, That's So Raven.

    • The clapboard for the episode "I've Got Rhythmic" appears several times in the blooper reel.

    • The episode title "El Oro de Montezuma" ("The Gold of Montezuma") uses the English spelling of the Spanish name "Moctezuma."

    • Mr. Dig is referred to as a substitute teacher in episodes like "Lizzie Strikes Out" and "Facts of Life", but he always seems to be teaching classes that Lizzie and the regular gang are in. Is he a regular teacher now?

    • Fashion note: Miranda is wearing a skirt in the scene in Mr. Dig's class near the beginning, something that she and Lizzie hadn't done very often at this point in the show's history.

    • Music heard includes the song "Hungry Like the Wolf," a million-seller for the British rock band Duran Duran. It reached #3 on the U.S. charts in February 1983. It's heard when Lanny and Matt are involved in their game of extreme hide-and-seek.

    • Filming dates: October1-4, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated October 1, 2001.

    • Actor Erik Estrada, who plays the game show host Alejandro, has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows in his career. He's best known for playing Ponch (Officer Frank Poncharello), a California Highway Patrol motorcycle cop, on the NBC TV series CHiPs (1977-83). Erik Estrada's website

    • Shalim, who plays Carlos, was born in Puerto Rico to parents who were entertainers. He is a successful model and singer who hosted his own TV show in the Dominican Republic. More about Shalim

    • The music in the background during some of the games on the TV show is an arrangement of Habanera, from the famous opera Carmen by Georges Bizet.

    • Jo McGuire says that she's from Walla Walla, Washington and Sam says he's from Kalamazoo (Michigan). Sam gives his ethnic heritage (of which he doesn't sound too sure) as Scots-Irish. Jo says her ancestry includes Swiss, German, Hungarian and Polish. Later Toon Lizzie adds Dutch to that list.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Jo & Sam: I'm from Walla Walla, Washington. I'm from Kalamazoo.
      The places that Jo and Sam are from happen to be the ones mentioned in the humorous Christmas carol "Deck us all with Boston Charlie", featured in the comic strip Pogo by Walt Kelly back in the 1950s:
      "Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
      Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
      Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
      Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!"

    • Mr. Dig: It's a lip stretcher. The Suya Indian men of the Xingu River in the Amazon Basin use this to pull their lower lips out to here.
      The Suya Indians are a native tribe living in the nation of Brazil. Specifically they live on the Xingu National Park in the state of Mato Grosso, which means thick forrest, in central Brazil. They live on this reservation with 13 other Indian tribes. Contact was first made by whites with the Suya in 1959. As for the "lip stretcher" it is also known as a lip plug and is traditionally a male adornment. The Suya are distinctive in their use of these wooden disks which are inserted in their pierced ears and lips, but it's a tradition largely abandoned by the younger generation.

    • Lizzie: Do you need anyone to show you around, you know, give you the 411?
      "411" was contemporary slang for useful information. It comes from the telephone number in America that is dialed to get directory assistance, also known as "information."

    • Miranda: Ooh! My parents took me to an exhibit of this guy! Diego Rivera!
      Diego Rivera (1886-1957) is regarded by most as Mexico's greatest artist. He is especially well-known for his murals, which often depicted Mexican history in the days before Columbus.

    • Li: Like Hollywood Squares? Whoopi Goldberg to block?
      Hollywood Squares is one of TV's best-known game shows. It's based on the game tic-tac-toe. Originated in 1966, it ran for many years and was hosted by Peter Marshall. When the show was revived in 1998, Whoopi Golberg was seated in the center square, a position of honor.

    • Toon Lizzie: "What am I, a clown? I'm here to amuse you?"
      This is another often-repeated piece of movie dialog. It's from Martin Scorsese's 1990 crime movie Goodfellas. In it, mobster Joe Pesci pretends he's upset when Ray Liotta tells him he's "a funny guy."

    • Toon Lizzie: "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
      Toon Lizzie repeats an often-quoted line from the movie Cool Hand Luke (1967) starring Paul Newman and directed by Stuart Rosenberg, which is about a born loser who refuses to be broken when he gets sent to a rural southern prison. Although she changes the quote slightly ("What we've got here is failure to communicate."), Toon Lizzie does a pretty good job of imitating the accent of the prison warden (played by Strother Martin) who speaks the line in the film.

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