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David "Gordo" Gordon
When Matt and Sam are talking about baseball cards, Sam mentions having Roberto Clemente's rookie card as well as Willie Mays' card from when he first started putting "chicken on the hill." In reality, this wasn't Mays, but Pittsburgh Pirates' great Wilver (Willie) Dornel Stargell (1940-2001), who played in the 1960s and 70s with Roberto Clemente. The saying "chicken on the hill" came from the fact that Stargell had a chicken restaurant in Pittsburgh's Hill District and one night the game announcer stated that if Willie hit a homerun everyone in the restaurant at the time would get a free meal. This was news to Willie, but it stuck and he kept doing it. (Thanks to ednamae19 for this information.)
This story takes place on Valentine's day yet one of the chores Matt has to do for Melina is raking leaves, a task done in the fall. Not to mention the fact that all the trees in the background have a ton of leaves, all of which are green.
While Matt is opening up packages of baseball cards, Jo and Sam can be seen in the background putting away dishes. At one point Jo hands Sam a light blue dish which changes in color to navy blue just a second later.
After Lizzie says to Miranda, "You never cared what was in my notebook before. You're just jealous because I have a boyfriend and you don't," Toon Lizzie is shown literally eating the words Lizzie just said. However, the "don't" that she eats is spelled "don,t" with a comma instead of an apostrophe.
When Lizzie's voice is electronically speeded up while she's talking about the "six degrees of separation" theory, it sounds as if she's repeating the same thing.
When Lizzie and Ronny are playing their game of "you hang up first!" on the phone, Miranda presses her finger down on the receiver cradle to cut off the call. But the dial tone is still audible even when she still has her finger pressed down.
A nitpick: Lizzie only names five people when she's talking about the "six degrees of separation" theory Ronny told her about. In the theory, people can be linked by less than six people, but Lizzie specifically mentioned six then goes on to use five as an example.
When Matt and Sam are talking about their baseball cards, Sam gets up to look for his card collection. Matt has the cards in his lap, and then the camera turns away and turns back and they're beside him. Then, it turns away again and its on his lap. There wasn't enough time for him to move them.
Many viewers think that the name of this episode is a misnomer because Lizzie got her "first kiss" from Aaron Carter in "Aaron Carter Is Coming to Town." But others think the name is appropriate because this is Lizzie's first kiss from a boyfriend.
Lizzie never gives back the ring, she just holds it in her hand. Although it is also possible that she throws it on the ground.
When Ronny first comes to the door, Lizzie turns and hollers "Paperboy!" The scene cuts to her mom Jo saying "Where's my purse?" but she appears to be in the middle of a fit of laughter. What's so funny about "paperboy?" Or was this a blown take they decided to use anyway?
Malina's name was spelled Melina in the credits for "The Untitled Stan Jansen Project," the first episode in which the character appeared.
Matt: Well, Melina has the baseball card I want but she'll only give it to me if I meet her demands.
Sam McGuire: That's extortion.
Jo McGuire: That's brilliant.
Ronny: (leaving Lizzie in the street): OK don't move. Well if a car comes...then you can move.
Gordo: (Lizzie ripping up paper) Is there a confetti shortage?
Gordo: (to Lizzie, about lunch) They made the chocolate chip cookies, I got ya one.
Lizzie: Look around, Gordo. Notice anything?
Gordo: Yeah. Everyone's paired off. It's like Noah's Ark, but with fluorescent lighting.
Miranda: She's possessed! She's wearing his dirty shoelaces!
Gordo: What do you think it is about him? Think he's a jock? I'll bet he's a jock.
Miranda: Now you're gonna talk about him incessantly too?
Gordo: No, it's just so strange, I mean, other than my parents, Lizzie's the only person I've known my entire life. I guess I just never really thought what it'd be like when she had a boyfriend.
Miranda: Wait a minute, are you jealous?
Gordo: Jealous? Oh no, nonononono! Wrong road, I was trying to identify another emotion. Not jealousy.
Miranda (quietly): Right.
Gordo (after Miranda leaves): I think.
Lizzie: You know, I think it's really rude eavesdropping like that!
Ronny: Well, I think it's really rude ignoring someone in your doorway.
Lizzie: Well, it's not like you came to see me.
Ronny: How do you know?
Ronny: How do you know I wasn't there to see you?
Lizzie: (exasperated): Did you come to see me?
Ronny: (pause) No, I was just doin' my job.
Lizzie: See, now you're givin' me a hard time for absolutely no reason.
Ronny: No...there's a reason.
Lizzie: Were you listening to me?
Ronny: I'm sorry. I forgot to turn my ears off.
Miranda: Tell me!
Lizzie: I will only tell you if you will agree to the cone of silence. (moving hands over head)
Miranda: OK, we're in the cone of silence. (moving hands over head) Go!
Gordo: ...there's no one is prettier than you, or more fun to be with
Lizzie: You forgot smarter.
Gordo: Yeah, well, I was including myself in that one.
Miranda (to Lizzie on the phone with Ronny): Lizzie, the mall is closing in five hours!
Sam McGuire: I'm not prepared to use reverse psychology here. I don't even understand regular psychology!
Jo McGuire: Lizzie? You OK?
Lizzie: Oh, everything is absolutely, positively, completely and totally perfect!
Sam McGuire: I don't like the sound of that.
Miranda: Lizzie, everyone knows about your crush on Ethan Craft, except maybe Ethan Craft.
The large dog seen with Melina is the same one which appears in the episode "Mom's Best Friend" and in the blooper reel of "The Gordo Shuffle."
Continuity: While it wasn't specifically mentioned in the episode "Pool Party," Matt's baseball card collection can be seen in one of the early scenes.
This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book Broken Hearts. It is also on Vol. 4 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Totally Crushed" released on Mar. 16, 2004.
Continuity: Once again Miranda shows she can't keep a secret when she tells Gordo about Ronny, not unlike her telling Gordo about Lizzie's crush on him in the fourth grade in "The Untitled Stan Jansen Project."
In some Asian locations like Singapore, the kiss between Lizzie and Ronny was edited out of the broadcast. Some Asian nations have very strict censorship laws and practices.
In a March 2003 rebroadcast, it was noticed that the library scene has been edited. Originally, when Lizzie stands up from the table she looks as though she is about to start laughing. This split-second of footage has been removed, but it can still be seen in the flashback in the episode "Bye, Bye Hillridge Junior High."
Character mentioned but not seen: Ethan Craft.
Filming dates: September 25-29, 2001. The clapboard seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated September 27, 2001. On the clapboard, the director's name S. De Jarnatt is preceded by the word "Civilized," an apparent parody of the name of frequent Lizzie director Savage Steve Holland. (and thanks to Fox214 for pointing this one out!--Ed.)
Hilary Duff (Lizzie) has said in an interview that this was her favorite episode of the series.
Matt needs a Paul O'Neil baseball card to complete his collection. O'Neill is an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1985 to 1992 and with the New York Yankess from 1993 to 2001. He's been selected to the All-Star team five times, has been on five World Series championship teams and won the American League batting title in 1994.
When Toon Lizzie says, "I had the right to remain silent..." etc., she's repeating what are known, coincidentally, as the "Miranda rights!" The name comes from a court case, Miranda v. Arizona, the results of which require police to inform suspects of their constitutional rights. Miranda in this case was a man's last name. [ Read More]
After Miranda tells Gordo about her new crush, Lizzie tells her, "That's the last time I'll be telling you anything!" Let's see how long that lasts!
This is the first episode written by the show's creator Terri Minsky since the original pilot, "Pool Party."
Music includes the songs "Walk Me Home" from the album So Real (1999) by Mandy Moore, heard during the kiss scene and later when Lizzie is so happy at home. The song reached number 38 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. Also "Everywhere" from the album The Spirit Room (2001) by Michelle Branch, it is played during the montage scene of Ronny and Lizzie skating. The song reached number 3 on the Top 40 Adult Recurrents chart and number 5 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.
Sam: I've got Roberto Clemente's rookie card. Willie Mays....
Roberto Clemente (1934-1972) broke into the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955 and spent his entire career with the team until he tragically died in an airplane crash. In his career, Roberto won four batting crowns, National League MVP honors in 1966 and 12 consecutive Gold Gloves Awards for his outstanding play in the outfield. But probably one of the greatest reasons for Roberto's fame was his batting .414 in the 1971 World Series. It was no wonder that even while he was still playing Roberto was known simply as "The Great One." In 1973 he was elected to the Hall of Fame as only the second (and last) major leaguer to have the five year waiting period waived by the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors.
Willie Mays, the "Say Hey Kid", was born in 1931 and is one of baseballs best known and loved players. His 23 year career began in 1951 with the NY Giants where he won Rookie of the Year honors. When the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 Willie moved west also staying there until 1972 when he was traded to the NY Mets. Over his career, Willie earned two MVP awards, 12 Gold Gloves Awards and played in 24 All-Star Games. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
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Gordo: Everyone's paired off, it's like Noah's Ark with florescent lighting.
This is a reference to the Biblical account found in Genesis 6-8. Noah, under God's direction, build an ark to save the lives of his family and numerous animals, which entered the ark in pairs, from the flood God sent as judgment on the wickedness which the world had fallen into.
Miranda: This is your brain ... (putting down a cookie) This is your brain on Ronnie! (smashing the cookie with her fist)
This appears to be a reference to a 1998 anti-drug TV commercial, starring actress Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That, Josie and the Pussycats). In the ad, Cook stands in a kitchen, shows an egg, "This is your brain", wields a frying pan, "This is heroin", and then puts the egg down on the counter, "This is what happens to your brain after snorting heroin", swings the pan and smashes the egg. She goes on to destroy pretty much everything in the kitchen to symbolize the devastating impact of drugs. The first of the "your brain on drugs" was aired in 1987.
Lizzie: And Ronnie was explaining to me how everyone in the world--everyone--is connected by six people.
This is a reference to the "six degrees of separation" theory. In 1967, a Harvard psychologist named Stanley Milgram conducted a social experiment in which he mailed letters to about 300 people, asking them to contact a certain person in Boston. But if you didn't know the person, you were supposed to send a letter to an acquaintance of yours who might have a better chance of knowing the Boston subject. Since the average number of letters it took to complete the experiment was six, Milgram theorized that all people were linked by only "six degrees of separation."
In 2002 Columbia University repeated the experiment on a global scale using e-mails. One early result had a person in Australia reaching the target in Siberia after only four e-mails.
In 1993 a movie, Six Degrees of Separation was released. it was based on a play by John Guare and starred Will Smith, Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing. It wasn't about the experiment. A game has developed from the concept in which people link actors and actresses through their movies to actor Kevin Bacon.
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Lizzie: I will only tell you if you will agree to the Cone of Silence.
The Cone of Silence was a Plexiglas device that was seen on the old TV show Get Smart, which was a spoof on spy movies of the James Bond type. On the show, Agent 86 Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) would insist that the Chief of CONTROL (Edward Platt) use the Cone of Silence whenever they talked about top secrets, much to the Chief's displeasure, because the Cone, which descended from the ceiling, would ALWAYS malfunction in some way. [ Read More]
Lizzie: "No, you hang up first! I'm not hanging up first! " (Miranda hangs the phone up, line goes dead) "Ronnie? Hello? MIRANDA!" Miranda: "I'm sorry, I thought you were talkin' to me!"
This is almost exactly like a scene in episode 201 of the famous sitcom "Friends." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ross: "Ok, no, no, you hang up. You, you, y..."
Rachel: (taking the phone and hanging it up) "Sorry, I thought you were talking to me."
Ross: "Rachel! I'll just call her back. "
But Rachel actually did let Ross call his girlfriend back.
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