Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 27

Grubby Longjohn's Olde Tyme Revue

Aired Unknown Mar 14, 2003 on Disney Channel
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Grubby Longjohn's Olde Tyme Revue
The McGuire family members are all psyched about making their annual journey to Grubby Gulch, a "Wild West" theme park, after missing last year's trip. That is, all except Lizzie, who feels that she's too old for such a "lame" place. But at least she has Miranda and Gordo going with her--although neither of them realize how much they too will dislike the place or that they'll have to get up at 5:30AM for the six-hour trip there! Once they arrive at Grubby Gulch and are greeted by Grubby Longjohn himself, Mr. and Mrs. McGuire and Matt couldn't be happier, but the place is as lame and embarrassing as Lizzie had remembered it, and Gordo and Miranda agree with her. But there is one bright spot. At a concession stand, Lizzie strikes up an acquaintance with a cute boy, Cory, and Gordo meets a nice-looking girl, Clementine. They invite Lizzie and Gordo to go to the mall with them after work, and they even have a date for Miranda. But it turns out that Mr. McGuire has scored some hard-to-get tickets for Grubby Longjohn's Old Tyme Revue, a Western singalong stage show which takes place the same time they're supposed to go to the mall. So Lizzie comes up with a plan: the three of them will act like they're having the time of their lives at Grubby Gulch, then they'll all fake illness, saying they ate some bad "prospector's stew," so the can get out of going to the Revue and head to the mall. Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo follow the plan, even acting like they're enjoying a horseshoeing demonstration! While the McGuires are all in Old West costumes for a photograph, they see hanging on a wall an old photo of their family taken years ago at the park. Mom and Dad reminisce about the good times they had, and wistfully note that with Lizzie on the verge of going to high school and growing up, this may be the last family trip to Grubby Gulch. Lizzie suddenly realizes how much these family outings mean to her parents. But she, Gordo and Miranda still pull their fake sickness act, and her parents and Matt go to the Revue without them. Once there, Sam and Jo lament that the show won't be the same without the kids there singing along (Matt's in a "food coma" after loading up on eats all day!) But not to worry--Lizzie shows up after all, enjoying the time with her parents, even if it means singing "Oh, Susannah!"moreless

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  • Food, Folks, and Fun!

    It’s time for the annual trip to Grubby Gulch, an ‘Old West’ theme town that has seen better days. And boy has it! The place is practically falling apart in front of the visitors’ eyes. Lizzie feels that she’s outgrown the whole endeavor, whereas the rest of the family is ready and rearing to go.

    To help her survive the ‘exploration into lameness’ she enlists the aid of Gordo and Miranda. The two sleep over at Lizzie’s house to be ready to leave for the theme park bright and early the next morning. Which does leave askance to some degree. I mean, I know Lizzie and Gordo have been friends since they were literally in diapers, but Sam and Jo must have an *awful* lot of trust in he and Lizzie to allow them, teenagers, to sleep alone in the same room, unsupervised, overnight. It’s a good thing these kids are good kids! ;-)

    This episode is very linear, and the ‘moral’ very direct. In the process of growing up one also tends to grow apart from ones family. Sam and Jo realize that this is probably the last time the whole family will get to go to Grubby Gulch. That Lizzie is growing up, and in doing so certain ‘family moments’ will never transpire again. Soon she’ll be leaving the nest and things will never be the same. Lizzie comes to this realization too. These moments are going to be gone forever pretty soon, so she had better hold on to them as hard as she can, while she can, for these are the trips and experiences that make up the storehouse of memories later on in ones life.

    As far as a subplot goes—there isn’t one. Matt’s eating of copious amounts of food doesn’t really constitute a separate plot thread, especially considering most of the scenes he’s in are with Lizzie and gang. And speaking of eating, Matt proves once again the adage of “too much of a good thing”. He eats himself into a semi catatonic state! *LOL*

    But while this episode may primarily serve as a straightforward ‘growth’ episode for Lizzie, there are certain other items of interest.

    Not the least of which is a possible subtle alluding to the ongoing Gordo/Lizzie romance thread (which by the time of this episode had yet to reach its apex). When Lizzie is trying to think of ways in which she can make it up to Gordo and Miranda for coming with her she muses upon letting Miranda borrow her clothes any time, and as far as Gordo goes, she figures that she’ll probably have to marry him!

    And speaking of romance, this episode isn’t bereft of it. What should the gang stumble onto in the middle of the vast area of ‘dorkfullness’ they find themselves in? Why, none other than potential dates! The food stand boy comes onto Lizzie (notice Gordo’s very carefully neutral expression at the tableau)! And then what should happen? But the comely female help comes onto Gordo! His bumbling reactions to the concept of being hit upon are humorous indeed. Gordo is not good with small talk. ;-)

    This is the 4th time a boy has shown romantic interest in Lizzie thus far, and the 3rd time a girl has taken an active interest in Gordo. And Miranda? Never fear, she’s set up with the girl’s brother Heath. “The good looking one in the family.” Though we never get to see him date. What is it with Miranda’s dates? We either never hear them speak or even get to see them! *LOL*

    This really illustrates just how much of a ‘stand up gal’ Lizzie is. When faced with an escape from her ‘lame’ surroundings in the company of an attractive boy who has taken an interest in her, what does she do? She decides that family togetherness is more important than going out with a cute date. That’s a very mature and farsighted response. Though it doesn’t seem to be one Gordo and Miranda share. They seemingly go out on their dates anyway! But that makes sense, after all, the McGuire’s aren’t *their* families.

    And there is one other thing to note. This is only the third episode to date in which not a single reoccurring secondary character appears. No Kate. No Ethan. No one.

    At the end of the day this is a very simple and straightforward episode. Refreshing.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Nitpick: When Sam comes into the living room to wake the kids up for the trip to Grubby Gultch, he claps his hands once to turn on the lights. If he really had "The Clapper" to turn on the lights, then they should have turned off when he clapped his hands twice moments later.

    • During the Grubby Gulch buffet scene, there are no sneeze guards covering the food.

    • Nitpick: When Lizzie "kicks" Gordo her leg can be seen for a split second and it doesn't appear that she's trying to reach him even though he is some distance away.

    • Nitpick: Since Lizzie and Gordo have been best frineds since they were a day old, isn't it strange that the line; "His parents told me he's really cranky in the mornings." said by Lizzie about Gordo, leads us to believe they have never spent the night at each other's houses before. Though it is possible the sleepovers are left to Lizzie and Miranda as a girl thing.

    • We know they've been friends since they were in diapers, but Jo and Sam McGuire must REALLY trust Lizzie to allow Gordo to sleep in the same room with her and Miranda!

    • While in line for the buffet, Miranda knocks the serving fork out of one of the dishes.

    • The old photograph of the McGuires is a not-very-good fake job--it looks as if the faces of the McGuires were put on other bodies by older photographic methods rather than newer digital techniques. And Lizzie, who is supposed to be age 7, is smaller than 4-year-old Matt!

    • Goof or not? In one shot of the McGuire's car driving to Grubby Gulch, it looks like only a driver and front-seat passenger are in the vehicle, with no one in the back seat where we would expect Lizzie, Miranda, Gordo and Matt to be. But! If you examine the shot very closely, you might see what appears to be another head or two (or three) in the back seat directly behind and partially obscured by the heads of the front seat occupants. You'll have to look and decide for yourself.

    • Goof or not?: In the opening scene, right before Jake Thomas (Matt) comes running in saying "We're going to Grubby Gulch?!", you can see him walk up and them pause before running in the door, waiting for his cue. If he was really that excited, why would he have paused? Although another way to look at it is that Jake walks up as Sam is answering Lizzie's question about going to France or water skiing not knowing what is being discussed. But when he hears Sam mention the Grubby Longjohns' burgers Matt understands what is being discussed, then becomes excited and bursts into the room.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Sam: I spy with my little eye something that starts with S...
      Matt: Sky!
      Sam: I mean R!
      Matt: Road!

    • Gordo: Clementine? That's even worse than Hezikiah.
      Clementine: Clementine's my real name.

    • Lizzie: Aw, I thought we weren't going to Grubby Gulch anymore.
      Sam McGuire: What?
      Jo McGuire: What do you mean? We go every year.
      Sam: Yeah.
      Lizzie: No, we didn't go last year.
      Jo: Well, that's because your dad hurt himself playing chess.

    • Gordo: Not show? Heh, I always show. I'm Mr. Show Up. You know, reliable Gordo. That's...that's what they call me! But... not too reliable, not so reliable that I'm BORING or anything, you know, just the right amount of reliability....

    • Clementine: He's [Heath] meeting us there. He has to finish working out.
      Miranda: Did you hear that, guys? Mine has to finish working out!

    • Toon Lizzie: My brother's in a food coma, my parents are wearing stupid hats, and I'm acting like a goon. You know what, I having a blast!

    • Jo McGuire: Why would you go to the mall?
      Toon Lizzie: Well, because this is dorkful! It's massively lame, it's the definition of cheesemaster, and every minute I spend here makes me more lame, cheesy and dorkful!

    • Lizzie: Hit me with a rock, Gordo. Just put me out of my misery.

    • Lizzie: My parents just don't understand that I'm too old for this cheesy stuff.
      Gordo: I find it interesting that you didn't describe it that way when you asked us along.
      Lizzie: I promise that when we check into the motel we can ditch my parents, jet over to the mall, I'll buy you guys smoothies and you can play as many video games as you want...And I'll give you guys a thousand cash.

    • Lizzie: Uhh, did I mention how much I owe you guys for coming to keep me company on the annual dork trek to lameland?
      Miranda: Mention it again.
      Toon Lizzie: I have no idea how I'm gonna repay these guys. I guess I can let Miranda borrow my clothes anytime she wants and...I don't know, I'll probably have to marry Gordo.

    • Sam McGuire: Come on, Gordo, it's 5:30, rise and shine!
      Gordo: 5:30? You rise. You shine.
      Lizzie: His parents told me he's really cranky in the mornings.
      Gordo: I love the mornings! This is the middle of the night.

    • Jo McGuire: Guess where we're goin' this weekend?
      Sam McGuire: Grubby Gulch! Isn't that great?
      Toon Lizzie: Great? Grubby Gulch is great the way a rattlesnake is cuddly. It's the lamest Old West tourist town ever!

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 9.

    • The emblem on the McGuire's 2001 Ford Excursion Limited was altered to hide the vehicle's manufacturer. This was also done with a Mercedes-Benz in "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah." The license plate number for the McGuire's vehicle is 2ZGY710.

    • Music includes:
      *"Rock This Country!" by mega-selling country/pop singer Shania Twain, from her 1997 album Come On Over. It's heard during the montage scene where Lizzie, Miranda, Gordo and the rest of the McGuires are "enjoying" themselves at Grubby Gulch.
      *"Oh! Susanna" by Stephen C. Foster, who was one of the best-known writers of American folk songs in the mid-1800s. It's sung by the McGuire family and various other cast members. Another Stephen Foster classic, "Camptown Races," was sung in the "Facts of Life" episode.

    • This is only the fourth episode to date in which none of the regular recurring co-stars appear--no Kate, Ethan, Tudge, Lanny, etc. The other three were all during season 1: "Jack of All Trades," "Aaron Carter's Coming to Town" and "Bad Girl McGuire."

    • The clapboards seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show give the dates of production as February 11 and 14, 2002, thirteen months before the episode finally aired. For once, the adults are the focus of the bloopers, as Robert Carradine (Sam) and Hallie Todd (Jo) have a major crack-up over his difficulties with some dialog. Once again, director Steve De Jarnatt's name on the clapboards is preceded by the word "Civilized," an apparent joking reference to another Lizzie director, Savage Steve Holland.


    • Gordo: 5:30? You rise. You shine.
      This comment was previously made in the all-star comedy/action film The Great Race (1965) starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk. (Max: "Rise and shine, Professor!" Professor Fate: "You rise. You shine.")