Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 10

I Do, I Don't

Aired Unknown Apr 27, 2001 on Disney Channel
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I Do, I Don't
Mrs. Stebel pairs up the students in her social studies class for a mock marriage assignment. Each set of partners must draw a job from a jar at random, work up a fictional lifestyle and report back at a pretend 20-year reunion. Always-snobby Kate is horrified to find herself matched up with Larry Tudgeman, but at least she likes her job, a television anchorwoman. Lizzie wants to be partnered with Ethan Craft, who's not so smart but is cute. But she gets familiar old Gordo, whose job is sanitation engineer (garbageman). Lizzie figures it's not so bad, though, since Gordo will probably ensure she gets a good grade. Her mind begins to change when Miranda gets picked to be Ethan's partner, and he's a surgeon to boot. Lizzie can't help but be jealous. Kate tries to completely ignore her "husband" Larry, and Lizzie unconsciously does the same thing to Gordo, as she begins obsessing about Ethan and Miranda, who couldn't be happier. Gordo is disappointed that his friend Lizzie is taking him for granted. At the Digital Bean, Lizzie sees Kate and Ethan and overhears that Kate plans to leave Larry at the reunion and wants "Dr. Craft" to do the same to Miranda. Lizzie wants to tell Miranda but can't bring herself to do it until just before the reunion starts. Miranda is crushed, but when it comes time for her and Ethan to give their presentation, she turns the tables on him and leaves him first. Larry also finds a way to pay back Kate. In the meantime, Jo McGuire is worried about what Matt is up to and asks her husband to find out what it is. Sam follows his son to where he's building a "Mattcave," a place all his own where he can escape to and hang out. Dad thinks that's a great idea and soon both the McGuire boys are spending time there. But Mom finds them and tells them to get out of the "mud hole."moreless

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Candy Brown Houston

Candy Brown Houston

Mrs. Stebel

Guest Star

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel


Recurring Role

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

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Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Miranda says, "See you guys in gym," to Lizzie and Gordo. But earlier in "Pool Party" and "I've Got Rhythmic" Lizzie and Miranda's 3rd period gym class was all female.

    • When Larry pulls the paper with his career choice out of the fishbowl, nothing is written on it. This mistake occurs more than once.

    • When Lizzie is getting a drink at the Digital Bean, a waitress walks behind her. In the next quick-cut shot, the waitress is seen at the cash register.

    • Ashlie Brillault (Kate) can't help smiling during a scene when the contents of a punchbowl are poured over her head.

    • In the 3-way phone conversation at the end, Lizzie makes the common mistake of saying "not taking people 'for granite' instead of 'for granted.'"

    • Miranda's bra strap is visible in her homemaker's outfit at the reunion, but two episodes later in "Between a Rock and a Bra Place", she and Lizzie say that they don't have bras yet. One viewer did point out that she may have been wearing a singlet.

    • The uncertainty over Kate's last name continues. Mrs. Stebel calls her her Kate SAN-ders while Toon Lizzie says SAUN-ders.

    • Larry misspeaks and says to Kate, "Maybe if you just work me like I asked," instead of "worked with me."

    • Gordo mispronounces "married" and says, "We've been larried less than a period..."

    • Chelsea J. Wilson played Parker McKenzie in the "Picture Day" episode, but is identified only as "Cop Kid" here. Later she will appear as Parker again in "Obsession." Her "husband" in this episode, Mitchah Williams ("Farmer Kid"), has been on the show five times but has never been given a proper name.

  • QUOTES (18)

  • NOTES (10)

    • According to the commentary on the Lizzie McGuire Vol. 1 DVD Box Set, this is Clayton Snyder's favorite episode.

    • This is one of the few episodes in which Sam and Jo are shown kissing.

    • This episode can also be found in the paperback novelization book New Kid In School. It can also be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 4.

    • The name of this episode is very similar to that of the episode "I Do, I Don't, I Do" from the short lived 1982-83 Happy Days spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi.

    • Lizzie wears the same light-blue leather jacket that Miranda later wears in "Obsession," the one that upsets Lizzie so much. She (Lizzie) also wears it in "Between a Rock and a Bra Place".

    • When Gordo is dressed as a garbageman, his jumpsuit has the name "Tom" embroidered on it.

    • Gordo's real name, David, is used in this episode, one of the few times this has happened on the show.

    • When Miranda and Ethan are paired as a "married" couple in class, the famous Wedding March by Felix Mendelsohn from A Mid-Summer Night's Dream is played.

    • Filming dates: November 1-4, 2000. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated November 3, 2000. The clapboard for "I've Got Rhythmic" also appears for a split second twice in the blooper reel.

    • Ethan Craft (Clayton Snyder) seems to have replaced Danny Kessler (Byron Fox) as the show's resident hunk. Also around this time, the pronunciation of Kate's name went from SAN-ders to SAUN-ders, even though the spelling remains "Sanders."


    • Matt: Welcome to the Mattcave.
      Matts comment is a play on words to the Batcave. The Batcave is the hide out of the DC comic book hero Batman and his sidekick Robin.

    • Gordo: I guess that's the risk you take when you marry a postal worker. Gordo says this after Larry (a mailman in the social studies project) dumps a bowl of punch on Kate's head. He's referring to the reputation gained by postal employees after several shootings of multiple victims by employees took place at various postal facilities during the 1980's and '90's. There have been studies, however, that show that postal workers are not more violent as a group than any other occupation. Besides, Kate could drive anybody to dump a bowl of punch on her!

    • Ethan: Me and Miranda had, er, uh, issues, you know, like on Ricki Lake.
      Ricki Lake is an actress who became the host of a TV talk show, Ricki Lake in 1993. It was a typical '90's brand of talk show, often featuring intimate and embarrassing revelations about people and their relationships, revealed in front of a raucous audience in the studio, not to mention millions of TV viewers.

    • Kate: I replaced Katie Couric on the Today show...
      Today is NBC-TV's morning news and entertainment program which first went on the air in 1952! It was the pioneer show of its type. Katie Couric became one of the hosts in 1991.

    • Lizzie: Lawyer? Kool Mo Dee!
      When Lizzie finds out she's drawn the occupation of a lawyer in the social studies project, she uses the name of the New York rapper as another way of saying "cool."

    • Toon Lizzie: Where's my bachelor #1?
      Toon Lizie imagines herself on The Dating Game, a (cheesy, we think) game show which first came on the air in 1965 and has come back in several "new" versions since then. On the show, a "bachelorette" asked questions of three bachelors who were hidden from her view, then made her choice of which one she wanted to go out with based on the answers they gave. Occasionally a guy would ask the questions of three girls.

    • Lizzie: Face it Miranda. It doesn't matter which X-Men you are. You could be Mystique, that hot blue chick...which is why I'd be Rogue...
      The X-Men are a group of comic-book super-heroes who first appeared in Marvel Comics in the mid-1960's. Over the years they have proved to be some of the most popular characters around. In 2000 the live-action movie X-Men was released. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos played Mystique and Anna Paquin played Rogue. Incidentally, the group has always been called X-Men even though they've always had female members.