David "Gordo" Gordon
Gordo's Grandma implies that Feng Shui is from Japan when actually (as mentioned in ep 207) it originated from China.
At the beginning we see Gordo sitting directly across from Miranda at the table (his tray is lined up with hers). In the next scene he's sitting it front of Lizzie and his tray is clearly in a different spot.
Goof or not? Several viewers have pointed out that Lizzie and Miranda, lifelong friends of Gordo, would surely have met his grandmother before this episode. Another opinion is that while that might be likely, it's not impossible that Grandma Ruth had never met the girls before. It's possible that Gordo was the one going to visit his grandma in the past, not the other way around. (Note that neither of Lizzie's two grandmothers, Gammy McGuire and Nana, have visited Lizzie at her house in the two years the show has been on.)
When Gordo arrives at Lizzie's house, he stands on the patio listening to Lizze and Ruth talk, apparently able to hear them, judging by his reactions. But would he really be able to understand them several feet away through a closed glass door? For an explanation of this see the Notes section for the episode "Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure."
As Matt leaves his parent's room with Sam's wallet, a wall can be seen opposite the door, but in past episodes the door to Sam and Jo's room is at the opposite end of the hall which leads to Lizzie's room. So instead of seeing the wall we should have seen the door to Lizzie's room.
A couple of grammatical errors: Lizzie asks Matt, "Where is Mom and Dad" rather than "Where are..." When Matt is up in his parents' bedroom, Jo says to him, "...without your father and I," rather than "...your father and me." (In Jo's defense, lots of people get that one wrong, even when they're not half out of their heads with a fever!)
Matt (to Lizzie): What's serious is the fact that you haven't brushed your teeth yet this morning. P... U!
Grandma Ruth: Now I see why you and David are so close.
Lizzie: You called him David. He likes that.
Ruth: How do you know that? Did you say something?
Lizzie: Let's just say, Gordo still needs his winnie-pooh-baba.
Grandma Ruth: Call me 'Gorgeous.' Lately everybody does.
Toon Lizzie: Just when you think you've gotten away with something--who am I kidding? I'll never get away with anything as long as I live!
Toon Lizzie: She [Grandma Ruth] may be out on a limb, but at least she knows when to climb back down.
Jo McGuire: Hello.
Grandma Ruth: Ohhh! You must be Lizzie's mother. Well, I'm very glad to meet you, but, oh I can see you're sick and you need your rest.
Jo: I do...Who are you?
Lizzie: Should I call the doctor?
Jo McGuire: No, no no, I'm sure we'll be just fine by the kids you time get school from home.
Toon Lizzie: Weird, I knew what she meant.
Sam McGuire: What she said.
Ruth: I've always wanted to make a meal out of appetizers.
Lizzie: Great! I love appetizers!
Miranda: Yeah, they're the best part of the meal.
Gordo: Actually, the, um, the meal is the best part of the meal.
Gordo: ...and she [Grandma Ruth] calls me David.
Miranda: Uh, hello, that's your name.
Gordo: Uh, hello, what do you call me?
We learn that when Lizzie was four years old she used to call her grandma "Winnie Pooh Ba-ba."
This episode is part of Vol. 3 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Star Struck" released on Mar. 16, 2004. It includes "Grand Ole Grandma," "Lizzie in the Middle," "Aaron Carter's Coming to Town," and "Xtreme Xmas."
For only the second time that we remember, Lizzie repeats something out loud after Toon Lizzie says it first. When Ruth asks Lizzie if her parents are OK with Matt using all the sofa cushions, T.L. says, "They don't know!" Lizzie then tells Ruth, "Actually, they don't know." What was the first time Lizzie repeated something Toon Lizzie said? It was in "Random Acts of Miranda." ("You're a stinkbag actress!")
Gordo is seen wearing the same jacket that Matt (or was it Lizzie?) wore in "Those Freaky McGuires," as well as the episode "Lizzie's Eleven." Here is a website showing it. [ See More]
This is the sixth episode to date in which none of the regular recurring co-stars appear--no Kate, Ethan, Tudge, Lanny, etc. The first four were during season 1: "Jack of All Trades," "Aaron Carter's Coming to Town," "Bad Girl McGuire" and "The Courtship of Miranda Sanchez," with the fifth being "Grubby Longjohn's Olde Tyme Revue." Also, it's only the third episode to date featuring only one credited guest star. (The other two: "Jack of All Trades" and "The Courtship of Miranda Sanchez.")
Lizzie wears a t-shirt with a design from the movie Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, the original 1958 version, not the 1993 HBO remake with Darryl Hannah. Of the 1958 movie, film critic Leonard Maltin writes, "Hilariously awful sci-fi with some of the funniest special effects of all time."
Ruth calls Gordo her "favorite grandson," which would indicate that the only-child Gordo must have some cousins, unless she was joking.
The clapboard seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show gives the date of production as April 15, 2002, almost a year before its eventual premiere.
Doris Roberts, who guest-stars as Grandma Ruth, is best known for her role as Marie Barone, Raymond's mother on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The earlier drafts of the story are much different that the final version seen here. Originally, the episode was to have featured Lizzie's "Gammy McGuire" coming to stay for a while, and Lizzie was eventually supposed to tire of doing "old lady" things with her grandmother. Perhaps when Ms. Roberts was signed as a guest star, it was decided to take the episode in another direction.
Gordo is shown drinking from a Pepsi can with the logo altered.
This episode is on Vol. 3 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled Star Struck, released on Mar. 16, 2004.
Grandma Ruth: What, me worry?
"What, Me Worry?" is the signature line of Alfred E. Neuman, the "host" of Mad Magazine. This magazine has been dishing out irreverent humor since 1952, skewering all sorts of TV shows, movies, advertisements, politicians, and pop-cultural phenomena. As far as I know, they've never done a satire on Lizzie, however.
Miranda: Oh, not to mention her kugel.
A kugel is a baked pudding of noodles or potatoes, eggs, and seasonings, traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath and holidays. Other ingredients it can often contain include applesauce and cinnamon, cheese, and chopped liver.
Gordo: I can't wait until tomorrow when I will be feasting on leftover brisket.
A brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest especially of beef.
Grandma Ruth: Ever since I was a little bit older than you are I had a list of things I wanted to do. Like see the Sistine Chapel up close, climb mountains, and learn to dance like Ginger Rogers.
The Sistine Chapel is a famous chapel in Vatican City which is in Rome, built between 1475 and 1483 in the time of Pope Sixtus IV. It is used for various ceremonies, such as canonizations, as well as, the votes by the cardinals for a new pope. The architectural plans were made by Baccio Pontelli, but it's the art inside the chapel which makes it known throughout the world. Such artists as Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Rosselli, and Luca Signorelli from the early Renaissance contributed to the wall paintings, but it is Michelangelo Buonarroti who is probably most associated with its art works. He began work on the ceiling in 1508 under the commission of Pope Julius II and completed it in 1512. The ceiling contains nine scenes from the Old Testament with some of the better known being The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment .
Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) was born Virginia Katherine MacMath in Independence, Missouri. She picked up the nickname "Ginger" from a young cousin who couldn't say "Virginia." From her childhood Ginger wanted to become an actress, she got her start in vaudeville shows at the age of 14 and later moved onto Broadway, at age 17, where she met Fred Astaire. It was this pairing that brought her real fame with their first movie being Flying Down to Rio (1933). While the movies with Fred Astaire are what most people remember, Ginger had success in other movies without him like Kitty Foyle (1940) for which she won an Academy Award. She continued to make movies in the 1940's and 1950's, but they weren't quite the caliber as those she made before World War II. Ginger's final big screen appearance was in Harlow (1965).
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