Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 2

El Oro de Montezuma (aka El Oro del Diablo)

Aired Unknown Feb 22, 2002 on Disney Channel

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  • Learn Spanish!

    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.
  • Variety Is The Spice Of Life.

    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?
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