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Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 9

Election

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Aired Unknown Apr 20, 2001 on Disney Channel
7.6
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Lizzie and friends are frustrated--the only candidates for school president are super-popular cheerleader Claire Miller and oddball Larry Tudgeman, who promises to eat a worm for every vote he gets. Gordo encourages Lizzie to run as a "normal" candidate and Miranda seconds the motion. Lizzie agrees to do it. Gordo is her gung-ho campaign manager as she runs on a "voice of the people" platform. Lizzie starts to gain confidence, even enough to tell off Claire and Kate. Gordo thinks she should schmooze the "second-tier" popular kids in the drama club, so Lizzie puts on her shades and black leather and tries to get in good with them. Miranda is annoyed that Lizzie is blowing off the less popular kids and groups to hang with the drama club. Lizzie starts to develop a prima donna attitude and now Gordo has to agree that he has helped create a monster in candidate Lizzie. The big surprise on election day is that underdog Larry wins. Lizzie must face Miranda and Gordo after the election but they are forgiving. Also, Matt begins talking about Jasper, his imaginary friend. Mr. and Mrs. McGuire are concerned that Matt is too old to be having such a playmate. They give him extra attention--and presents--but Jasper won't go away. Then Mom hears him on the phone telling his friend how his plan is working perfectly.moreless

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  • election

    7.0
    Another heartwarming episode from Lizzie Mcguire, it might not be as outstanding and memorable as other episodes, but regardless it still was a very good episode. The meaning of friendship, nice family moments, and make sure never to get caught up in things and lose yourself. A lot of life lessons learned here, it was annoying to see Lizzie act bossy and mean to her friends after one week, just goes to show how off the handle Lizzie is and although it did seem unrealistic that all of that could rush to Lizzie's head that fast, it was still a good ending.



    Matt trying to fool his parents by creating a fake imaginary friend so his parents can buy him stuff was entertaining and quite a surprise in the end, what I loved about this episode was that both plots tied together, and we got a very touching and heartwarming ending. Good installment of Lizzie Mcguire.moreless
  • Creating a monster out of an angel.

    10
    Lizzie wants to run for class president, and Gordo is going to be her campain manager. What ends up happening is he creates a monster. Lizzie starts blowing off her friends, bossing them around, and hurting people's feelings. Being class president doesn't mean you have to be power hungry at all. Being class president is a responsibility. You help the people around you who need help. When you become president for anything, you automatically become a role model, and you have to set a good example for everyone around you. I was class president back in high school, and I tried my best to set a good example for people. That's what Lizzie learns, especially when she loses the election. Poor thing!moreless
  • Vote me for President!

    5.5
    Lizzie and friends are frustrated--the only candidates for school president are super-popular cheerleader Claire Miller and oddball Larry Tudgeman, who promises to eat a worm for every vote he gets. Gordo encourages Lizzie to run as a "normal" candidate and Miranda seconds the motion. Lizzie agrees to do it. Gordo is her gung-ho campaign manager as she runs on a "voice of the people" platform. Lizzie starts to gain confidence, even enough to tell off Claire and Kate. Gordo thinks she should schmooze the "second-tier" popular kids in the drama club, so Lizzie puts on her shades and black leather and tries to get in good with them. Miranda is annoyed that Lizzie is blowing off the less popular kids and groups to hang with the drama club. Lizzie starts to develop a prima donna attitude and now Gordo has to agree that he has helped create a monster in candidate Lizzie. The big surprise on election day is that underdog Larry wins. Lizzie must face Miranda and Gordo after the election but they are forgiving.



    Also, Matt begins talking about Jasper, his imaginary friend. Mr. and Mrs. McGuire are concerned that Matt is too old to be having such a playmate. They give him extra attention--and presents--but Jasper won't go away. Then Mom hears him on the phone telling his friend how his plan is working perfectly.moreless
  • Politics Make Strange Bedfellows.

    5.1
    Lizzie running for class president? Tudgeman winning? Claire losing? You bet. Anything can happen in politics.



    Lizzie earns a few self-esteem points by deciding to run for class president. On the 'normal' ticket no less. But the bright lights and gilt of public office turns Lizzie from the path of public service to that of the special interest group (as it has countless politicos before her). Lizzie tunes out the 'little people' to focus on the support of one particular group. Here it is the Drama Club. But it could just as easily be a metaphor for Big Business or Hollywood Elite. Lizzie gets caught up in trying to appeal to one demographic over any other, confident that their votes (and 'clout') will be all that she needs to win. A strategy that has been utilized since the very founding of Democracy in ancient Greece.



    Why is it so popular of a strategy? Because it works! Not always (as this episode demonstrates), but frequently enough to justify its use.



    But instead of the usual 'falling into line', the student body rebel and vote for Tudgeman! But to be perfectly fair, we the audience, don't know what the vote count was. We don't know by how wide of a margin Lizzie lost by (or for that matter, Claire). We can't *really* know if the students 'rejected' Lizzie for her changed manner or if she only lost by a single vote. Same with Claire. Was it a three-way death match with a single vote separating the winner from the losers? Or was it a blow out landside in favor of the Tudge?



    I guess we'll never know. Though we do learn a couple of things. One, that the 'nerd vote' counts! And two, that theatrics win elections! After all, politics is ¾ acting.



    And while on the subject, Tudgeman's win is a win for the 'intellectually downtrodden' everywhere! His is a victory for every kid who has ever been labeled a 'weirdo' by his (or her) peers. His is a vote of confidence for every kid put down as being a 'nerd' or 'geek'. His is a resounding approval for all the 'dorks' everywhere. Via la 'dweeb'!



    And on a personal note for the character, this is a big confidence booster for the Tudge. He had enough confidence in himself to run for class president, a big step. But not only that, he actually won! His fellow students recognized him as the best candidate for the job.



    As for the subplot, Matt pretends to have an imaginary friend in order to get his parents to buy him things to help him 'forget' said friend. When he gets busted one can't bear to watch. It's just too much! *LOL*



    And then there's the bonding/water fight at the end, featuring the entire main cast we've grown to love all together in one place. It's touching.



    At the end of the day, Lizzie learns that being true to herself (and her friends) is more important than winning. Matt finds out that it's not nice to fool Mother (or Father). And the audience learns the rudiments of running for elected office. All in all a typical 'filler' episode, but not a bad one.moreless
  • This is a struggle with many young people now these days: They long for popularity and don\'t realize what they have right infront of them. This episode addresses that problem quite well.moreless

    5.5
    This is a struggle with many young people now these days: They long for popularity and don\'t realize what they have right infront of them.

    This episode addresses that problem quite well.



    Let's start out at the beginning of the episode, where Lizzie and her two best friends Miranda and Gordo are seated outside eating lunch with her. Going on with there normal day just to hear that election is coming up and there are only to choices to go with: the nerd of the school and the popular girl that Lizzie wishes pain to.



    Lizzie's friends then start up the ideal of Lizzie running for this position and her, being the clumsy and insecure character we love, has second thoughts before finally giving into her friends ideals. And when she does this she has the common goal of wanting to be the first 'normal' class president.



    Lizzie starts out with the help of her best friends and begins campaigning as the first normal student running. The other students, also tired of the popular crowd winning, begin to promise Lizzie votes this bringing Lizzie running around to different clubs to gain votes while running against a cheerleader and a worm eating geek.



    As this goes on the drama club (another popular group) notice her and invite her over to hangout at there lunch table. Lizzie quickly decides to except there offer at this chance to become popular.



    It doesn't stop there. Instead she starts ditching her friends for the drama groupies and bosses Gordo, her faithful friend, around to do everything for her. She begins to turn into someone with the attitude of Claire, the cheerleader she was trying to stop from winning the election, and ditches not only her friends but the other clubs and students that don\'t fit into the popularity scene.



    In the end she loses not only the election but her drama club friends. All alone and friendless Lizzie sits in the Digital Bean, a favorite hangout, and wonders why she let get greedy bug get to her. Just then her two friends come over and forgive her for being an ignorant snod.



    This episode is important because not only does it show how Lizzie turned her back to her friends just to gain power but also how forgiving they were in the end. I shows a good message and yet again the three amigos friendship is tested and aced. It shows that popularity and power aren't everything if your going to be lonely at the top.moreless
Sara Paxton

Sara Paxton

Holly

Guest Star

Bernard Kira

Bernard Kira

Thug

Guest Star

Cory Hodges

Cory Hodges

Protester

Guest Star

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

Davida Williams

Davida Williams

Claire Miller

Recurring Role

Rachel Snow

Rachel Snow

Veruca

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The writers of this episode used Lizzie drinking coffee to be in with the drama club as a metaphor for smoking. Miranda confirms this by saying that drinking coffee stains your teeth and makes your breath smell.

    • Gordo tells Lizzie not to smile since the Drama Club doesn't smile. Yet when she walks over to their table she smiles at them and the drama club members can be seen smiling at other points during the episode.

    • At the end, when Larry wins the election he says "...and Jar Jar Binks Rules!" after he says that the "Trekkie" club stands up and gives him a hug! Yet a true Trekkie probably wouldn't have done that since Star Trek and Star Wars have been long time box office rivals.

    • Gordo states that Claire did a kick and knocked over Larry's bowl of worms, but Larry was always seen carrying around a bucket.

  • QUOTES (9)

  • NOTES (11)

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book, Lizzie for President.

    • Unseen character: Doug, the boy who Matt is talking to on the phone.

    • This is the second time we see Lizzie do her rendition of Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again" video. (The first time was in "Picture Day.") She's shown in split-screen alongside a picture of Larry Tudgeman as Marilyn Manson.

    • This is the first episode where the characters are seen at their hangout, the Digital Bean.

    • Lizzie paraphrases President John F. Kennedy's famous quote from his 1960 inaugural address, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," replacing "country" with "student government."

    • Claire is identified as the yearbook editor as well as cheerleader captain.

    • When Lizzie first decides to run for school president, "Hail to the Chief" is playing in the background.

    • When Robert Carradine (Mr. McGuire) tells Lizzie he was president of his school's audio-visual club, a still photo of Carradine is shown in his character of Lewis from the Revenge of the Nerds movies.

    • An outtake from this episode featuring Kate (Ashlie Brillault) and Claire (Davida Williams) was used in a Disney promotional ad for the series. It featured the two girls in unison saying (to Lizzie, presumably) "Loser loser, double loser, as if, whatever, get the picture, duh!", complete with appropriate gestures.

    • Filming dates: October 23-26, 2000. The clapboard seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated October 26, 2000.

    • This episode was voted #3 in Disney's online poll of Sep. 21, 2001.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Toon Lizzie: In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, it was not easy being green.
      Kermit the Frog is one of the best known characters from Jim Henson's famous pack of marionettes known as the Muppets. He sang a song called "It's Not Easy Being Green," about how it is hard to stand out and be an individual.

    • Toon Lizzie: (appearing next to the statutes of the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore)
      With "Hail to the Chief" played in the background, Lizzie is dreaming of herself running for President of the United States, and becoming a great one. "Hail to the Chief" (see Notes above) is played in ceremonies to welcome the US President, and therefore symbolizes the US President or presidency. The busts of the four US Presidents on Mount Rushmore (Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota) were sculpted between 1927 and 1941 to commemorate the first 150-year history of the country. These Presidents, (from left to right) George Washington (tenure: 1789--1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801--1809), Theodore Roosevelt (1901--1909) and Abraham Lincoln (1861--1865) are considered among the greatest through the nation's sesquicentennial, and "going to (or being inducted to) Mount Rushmore" has become synonymous to being admired as a great President in the entire US history.

    • Lizzie: Foreign Exchange Club mystery meat...
      "Mystery meat" is an expression used by generations of kids to describe unappealing, barely-edible food, especially from the school cafeteria.

    • Toon Lizzie: I'm alive!
      Toon Lizzie hollers this as she's turning into a Frankenstein monster. In the 1931 film Frankenstein, the mad doctor cries "He's alive!" when his creature is coming to life.

    • Larry Tudgeman: One more thing: Jar Jar Binks RULES!
      Jar Jar Binks was a character in the movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Kyle J. Downes, who plays Larry, starred on the Fox Family TV series Higher Ground with Hayden Christensen, who later starred as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

    • Miranda: Way to go, Dr. Frankenstein. You've just created a monster.
      The novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley (published 1818) is about a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who gives life to a grotesque creature he has created from dead bodies. He soon loses control of the creature, who wreaks havoc on the rest of mankind. Many movies have been made about the story and dozens more have featured the monster character, which many people (and the films themselves) mistakenly refer to as Frankenstein. The monster had no name.

    • Toon Lizzie: They like me! They really, really like me!
      Toon Lizzie echoes the words of Sally Field when she won her second Academy Award for Best Actress in 1985 for the movie Places in the Heart. As she made her acceptance speech, she gushed, "You like me! You really like me!" (She won her first Oscar in 1980 for Norma Rae.)

    • Lizzie: Let me tell you something, Miss Claire Witch Project!
      Lizzie hits Claire with a pretty good insult combining her name with the 1999 suspense film The Blair Witch Project.

    • Gordo: Think of him as Marilyn Manson to your Britney Spears.
      Two very different entertainers who gained popularity in the 1990's. Marilyn Manson is a shock-rocker who wears ghoulish makeup and whose favorite song subjects are Satan, sex and drugs. Britney Spears is a more clean-cut singer who became a smash sensation as a teenager, though a lot of parents thought her dress and image were too sexy for a girl so young. (OK, maybe it seems unnecessary to explain who Britney Spears is, but there may be someone in Asia or Africa who hasn't heard of her.)

    • Lizzie: This is so West Wing!
      The West Wing is the political drama on NBC-TV starring Martin Sheen which is all about the White House, the President and his staff.

    • Jo McGuire: I'm gifted that way, just like I knew that Richard guy on Survivor was gonna win.
      She's referring to Richard Hatch, who won the million dollar prize on the first (and most watched) season of the so-called "reality" show that pitted contestants against each other on a remote, uninhabited island.

    • Veruca: I wanna let you know that you'll get the vote of the math-letes [sp?].
      The "Math-letes" (sp?) was an academic club on the series Freaks and Geeks that the show's main character Lindsey Weir (Linda Cardellini) belonged to in her "geek" days. We wonder if this reference was a little tribute to that show from the writers and producers of Lizzie McGuire.
      But!!!
      Kitygrl526 tells us that there is a nationwide math competition called Math Counts, and the student participants are called "Mathletes."

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