Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 19

Gordo and the Girl

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Aired Unknown Aug 17, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Gordo and the Girl
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Gordo begs off going to the horror movie marathon with Lizzie and Miranda, saying that he'll be spending some time "bonding" with his father. But at the Digital Bean before the show, the girls see him with Brooke Baker. At first they don't think he's on a date because he didn't tell them about it, but then they see him kiss Brooke! The girls aren't sure what to think about this. The next day at school, Gordo tells Lizzie he was with his father the day before. When he skips lunch with Lizzie and Miranda to help a "friend" with homework, the girls are even more confused. They just can't picture their longtime friend as anyone's boyfriend. Later, when Gordo is about to tell the girls about Brooke, Lizzie tells him first that she thinks Brooke is using him and that she's hurt he didn't tell her about his girlfriend before now. Gordo, for his part, is upset with Lizzie and Miranda for reacting the way they do. Miranda becomes more accepting of the idea of Gordo having a girlfriend, but Lizzie is still troubled by it. When she overhears Claire Miller saying she has to help get Brooke ready for a "hot date" that night, Lizzie is sure she can't be talking about Gordo and thinks Brooke is two-timing him. She goes to spy on Brooke at an Italian restaurant and takes along Miranda, dressed as a boy! At one point, to make sure it's Gordo, Lizzie makes Miranda follow him into the men's bathroom, much to her displeasure. The girls are about to leave when the host, thinking they're a couple on a date, seats them. When they try to bolt out of the restaurant, they run right into a waiter and end up on the floor in front of Gordo and Brooke, covered head to toe in pasta and sauce. Gordo is very disappointed with the two of them. Lizzie and Miranda are lamenting the loss of friendship with Gordo when he comes by to talk with them. He's still not happy about the way they acted, but he realizes that they do care about him. He tells the girls he broke up with Brooke. It seems that he wasn't ready yet for a relationship like she wanted. Brooke was asking for too much of his time, including time he spent with his friends Lizzie and Miranda. The trio is back on good terms once again, but that doesn't stop the girls from pestering Gordo to describe his "lip-lock" with Brooke. Meanwhile, Dad helps Matt learn a math lesson about odds and percentages by using candy to illustrate the principles. Matt learns the lesson too well. He and Lanny begin making bets with classmates like a couple of bookies and start winning things from them. When Mom finds Matt's betting book in the laundry, she confronts him. He says people just gave him stuff because they were grateful that he helped them learn about odds and percentages, but Jo McGuire is no dummy and she tells him he must give all his winnings back.moreless

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  • Gordo has a girlfriend?!?

    8.5
    When Gordo blows Lizzie and Miranda off, they see him with a girl named Brooke. They're not sure whether it's a date, but they are sure when they see them kiss. Lizzie is upset that Gordo won't even mention Brooke to her or Miranda. They don't want Gordo to get hurt, so when they hear that Brooke has a "hot date," they spy on her to see who it is. Of course, it's Gordo. Miranda and Lizzie think that they have jeopardized their relationship with Gordo. Matt and Lanny are taking bets from others and then taking their stuff.



    This was a good episode. It was funny, but a little boring. I can't believe that Gordo got a girlfriend! This episode gets an 8.5!moreless
  • Awww, love can be a beautiful thing!

    9.8
    Gordo finally lands the beautiful girl and ends up going on a date with her. Unfortunately, Lizzie and Miranda get a little... worried that Gordo might get hurt. The girl he is dating is friends with Claire. Well, in the end, Gordo does get hurt when he finds out the two are spying on him. He understands that Lizzie and Miranda did it because they care about him, but it still hurt him.



    To be honest, I think Lizzie and Miranda should have just been happy for Gordo and just support him with his new girlfriend. Their worrying ended up hurting a very special friend.moreless
  • Movie??!?

    9.7
    Gordo begs off going to the horror movie marathon with Lizzie and Miranda, saying that he'll be spending some time "bonding" with his father. But at the Digital Bean before the show, the girls see him with Brooke Baker. At first they don't think he's on a date because he didn't tell them about it, but then they see him kiss Brooke! The girls aren't sure what to think about this. The next day at school, Gordo tells Lizzie he was with his father the day before. When he skips lunch with Lizzie and Miranda to help a "friend" with homework, the girls are even more confused. They just can't picture their longtime friend as anyone's boyfriend. Later, when Gordo is about to tell the girls about Brooke, Lizzie tells him first that she thinks Brooke is using him and that she's hurt he didn't tell her about his girlfriend before now. Gordo, for his part, is upset with Lizzie and Miranda for reacting the way they do.



    Miranda becomes more accepting of the idea of Gordo having a girlfriend, but Lizzie is still troubled by it. When she overhears Claire Miller saying she has to help get Brooke ready for a "hot date" that night, Lizzie is sure she can't be talking about Gordo and thinks Brooke is two-timing him. She goes to spy on Brooke at an Italian restaurant and takes along Miranda, dressed as a boy! At one point, to make sure it's Gordo, Lizzie makes Miranda follow him into the men's bathroom, much to her displeasure. The girls are about to leave when the host, thinking they're a couple on a date, seats them. When they try to bolt out of the restaurant, they run right into a waiter and end up on the floor in front of Gordo and Brooke, covered head to toe in pasta and sauce. Gordo is very disappointed with the two of them.



    Lizzie and Miranda are lamenting the loss of friendship with Gordo when he comes by to talk with them. He's still not happy about the way they acted, but he realizes that they do care about him. He tells the girls he broke up with Brooke. It seems that he wasn't ready yet for a relationship like she wanted. Brooke was asking for too much of his time, including time he spent with his friends Lizzie and Miranda. The trio is back on good terms once again, but that doesn't stop the girls from pestering Gordo to describe his "lip-lock" with Brooke.



    Meanwhile, Dad helps Matt learn a math lesson about odds and percentages by using candy to illustrate the principles. Matt learns the lesson too well. He and Lanny begin making bets with classmates like a couple of bookies and start winning things from them. When Mom finds Matt's betting book in the laundry, she confronts him. He says people just gave him stuff because they were grateful that he helped them learn about odds and percentages, but Jo McGuire is no dummy and she tells him he must give all his winnings back.moreless
  • Love Is In The Air...

    7.8
    This is a crucial episode in the show's run. It is here that the first (and most prominent) of two long-term plot threads are established. That being the potential for a Lizzie/Gordo romance.





    The 'jealousy episode' has long been a sit-com staple. So much so that it is now utilized as a 'tip off' to the audience. When one character feels conflicted feelings of jealously when another character dates, it is practically a guarantee that the two will 'hook up' at some point in the series' run. This episode is no exception, as it sets the stage for a possible romance down the road.



    This idea, of Gordo and Lizzie becoming an item, is visited again and again later on. And it is this episode that sets the stage for it.



    The key high point of this episode is Lizzie's ultimate 'unsure-ness' over whether she 'likes likes' Gordo or not. Very reminiscent of the way Gordo handles the same question in "First Kiss".



    By the time of "Gordo and the Girl" in the series' run, Lizzie has shown herself to be a worthy, attractive, character to the audience. The same can be said of Gordo. So by this point the audience is receptive to the beginnings of a Lizzie/Gordo romance. We like both the characters involved, we like them to be happy, and we like the idea of them becoming an item.



    It is clear from this episode that the producers have something planned in regards to Gordo and Lizzie on the romantic front. They have sown the seeds here.



    The main plot is all about setting up a long-term storyline. Heck, 'the' long term storyline!



    Now comes the subplot. While not bad per se, and certainly not discordant with the main plot, it just somehow comes off uninspired. Matt's turning into a 'bookie' is very 'Matt-like', and the plot itself is serviceable, but it tends to come away overshadowed by the enormity of the main plot. It's not a bad story, it certainly fits, but it just gets lost in the shuffle in regards to the main plot.



    Overall, this is an extremely important episode for "Lizzie McGuire". The main plot has humongous ramifications (Lizzie likes Gordo!), and the subplot is fun and sturdy if a bit 'drowned out'. Everything clicks on this one, making it highly recommended viewing.Oh, and one final note. A cultural observation actually. This episode really demonstrates how far we, as a society, have come in the past 30 odd years.



    Here we see a white male kissing a black female. More than that, here we have a white *teenager* kissing a black *teenager*. And even more than *that*, here we have a white teenager who's Jewish kissing a black teenager who's (most likely) not Jewish. It's progress on three different levels.



    As recently as 1969 whites and blacks weren't to kiss on television. When "Star Trek" broke this taboo, the episode in question was blacked out by affiliates in the South. That's how extreme views were on such matters little more than a mere three decades ago.



    In that scant amount of time we, as a society, have gone from being scandalized, horrified, and making a big deal at the sight/idea of two adults of different color kissing to not even thinking it worthy of note when children of different ethnic groups and religions to boot do it. It's now considered so normal and commonplace that no one thinks twice about it.



    That's progress. Progress on a societal level. Tolerance and acceptance. By virtue of the fact that this aspect of the episode is overlooked, it underscores just how profound it is.moreless
Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt

Brooke Baker

Guest Star

Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Host

Guest Star

Armando Molina

Armando Molina

Edward Sanchez

Guest Star

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Davida Williams

Davida Williams

Claire Miller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When talking about kicking over the Social Studies globe, Matt says "accent" instead of "accident."

    • In the scene where Jo finds Matt's book in the laundry, both Matt and Lanny walk in with arm full of stuff. A few seconds later in a wide shot, Lanny has already placed his stuff on the table, but in the next shot he can be seen placing the items on the table and quickly leaving.

    • Goof or not a goof. When Gordo was leaving the restaurant with Brooke, a viewer thinks Gordo was heard calling her "Parker" others however believe he did say Brooke. [Ed. After listening to this several times, I think it's safe to say Gordo did not say "Parker."

    • When Sam is teaching Matt percentages with gumballs, he says there are ten in each row when some rows actually have eleven.

    • When Lizzie and Miranda are at the restaurant, they bump into the waiter who is bringing the food for a party of two. But when they fall to the ground, they're covered in enough pasta to feed about a half-dozen people! (Or is it a goof? We've been informed that the restaurant where the scene was filmed--see the "Notes" section above--is famous for their gigantic platters of food.)
      Also, the amount of pasta and sauce on Lizzie's face changes from shot to shot.

    • Lizzie and Miranda were preparing a "scary movie marathon," despite Toon Lizzie saying in another episode that she didn't like horror movies ("People like me don't do very well at horror movies!")

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Miranda: And I'm having a really big problem, Lizzie. I have to go to the bathroom.
      Lizzie: So...go.
      Miranda: Yeah. Which one?
      Lizzie: Ooh! I see your problem.

    • Lizzie: (to Gordo) So one thing you haven't told us.
      Gordo: What's that?
      Lizzie: How was the lip lock?
      Gordo: Sorry, I don't kiss and tell!

    • Miranda: Why do I have the feeling that...Gordo just broke up with us?
      Lizzie: 'Cause he did.

    • Miranda (about the men's restrooms): I can't go in there! They have those weird fountain-thingies on the walls!

    • Miranda: People are talking!
      Lizzie: About Gordo?
      Toon Lizzie: I feel like I'm in a dream, where everyone wants to kiss my frog.

    • Toon Lizzie: Gordo's got a girlfriend? I thought the movie marathon was gonna be scary.

    • Lizzie: 'Hot date' and Gordo are never used in the same sentence.

    • Miranda: Does he [Gordo] honestly think we don't know? We saw them kissing!
      Lizzie: Maybe they were just talking really close.
      Miranda: That wasn't talking!
      Lizzie: Maybe she had a smudge on her mouth or something.
      Miranda: That he was trying to remove with his lips?

  • NOTES (13)

    • Guest Stars Carlos Alazaqui and Kyla Pratt both star together on the Disney Channel Original Series The Proud Family.

    • In one of the Toon Lizzie segments, Gordo is represented by a frog. This is also done in the episode "Movin' On Up."

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book Broken Hearts and the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 8.

    • This is the only episode to date (June 2003) that Claire (Davida Williams) appears without Kate (Ashlie Brillault).

    • Unseen characters: Joel and Binder, two guys Matt takes bets from over the phone. Their voices are heard, however.

    • Did Lizzie REALLY kiss Gordo in this episode? Near the end, she and Miranda tease him, asking for details about his time with Brooke, and they both pretend to kiss him repeatedly. At one point it looks like Lizzie may in fact have given Gordo a peck on the cheek, but our view is obstructed by his raised hand.

    • Music includes the song "Irresistible" by Jessica Simpson, heard near the episode's beginning. It's the title track from her second release.

    • Brooke calls Gordo by his real name David at one point, one of the few times this ever happens.

    • The restaurant scenes were filmed at Buca Di Bepo, located in Redondo Beach, California.

    • Filming dates: February 7-10, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated February 9, 2001.

    • Miranda's father is seen with her in this episode in a series of still photos. It's the first time we've seen any of the parents of Miranda or Gordo.

    • Carlos Alazraqui, who plays the host at the restaurant, supplied the voice for the chihuahua in the popular series of Taco Bell commercials.

    • Kyla Pratt, who plays Brooke, is the voice of Penny Proud in the Disney channel animated TV series The Proud Family. She played a recurring role on Disney's Smart Guy and also starred in the UPN series One on One. Her movie credits include The Baby-Sitters Club.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lizzie: "See, here's the part that gets me all Confucius."
      Instead of the word "confused," Lizzie uses the name of the great Chinese philosopher and theorist Confucius, who lived in the 5th and 6th centuries B.C. and who had an enormous influence on the nation which would become the most populous on earth.

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