Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 10

In Miranda Lizzie Does Not Trust

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Aired Unknown Jul 05, 2002 on Disney Channel
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In Miranda Lizzie Does Not Trust
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Mr. Dig is teaching dance in gym class, including the "trust" exercise, in which one partner (Miranda) falls blindly into the arms of the other (Lizzie). (Gordo has his hands full catching his partner, a ballet-dancing student named Beth, who's about eight inches taller than him!) Later the three friends go shopping. In a department store, Lizzie and Gordo are surprised to see Miranda shovel several handfuls of complimentary candy into her purse. This also draws the attention of the security guard. Later Miranda accidentally bumps into a lipstick display, upsetting the contents. She hurriedly puts things right, then tells Lizzie and Gordo she wants to leave. But the security guard stops her and wants to check her purse. Inside he finds a brand of lipstick from the display. Miranda protests that she bought it at the store last week and asks Lizzie to back her up. But Lizzie says she wasn't there when lipstick was purchased, and the guard takes Miranda away. Later from her house Miranda calls Lizzie. But during the conversation Miranda picks up on the fact that Lizzie isn't sure for a moment whether Miranda is guilty or innocent. Lizzie tries to plead her own case, but Miranda calls her a "lousy friend." Later at school, Miranda and Lizzie are paired together in gym class, where they are supposed to do a dance routine together. But the dance turns into a fight as the girls take out their frustrations on each other! Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny begin broadcasting their own internet talk show, "Matt After Dinner." But when their first guest turns out to be a dud, they're left with time to fill and an audience that is rapidly tuning out. Matt's dad Sam stumbles into the scene, and viewership goes up when he has an accident with some axle grease. After that, Matt and Sam start going for cheap laughs and it works, as more people tune into the show. This doesn't sit well with Lanny, though, and he makes his displeasure known by stalking off the show. Later on, Lanny calls Matt with an emergency and Matt tells him he will be right over. Lizzie hears this and asks Matt if he and Lanny didn't just have a big fight. Matt says they did, but Lanny is still his friend and they can depend on each other. Lizzie realizes she should be the same way with Miranda. So the next day at school, when Mrs. Stebel confronts Miranda about using the E-Z Read notes for a book report, Lizzie stands up for her and says if Miranda says she didn't do it, her word should be trusted--even though it turns out Miranda did use the notes! But the bond of trust between the two friends is once again back in place.moreless

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  • 8.4
    Mr. Dig is teaching dance in gym class, including the "trust" exercise, in which one partner (Miranda) falls blindly into the arms of the other (Lizzie). (Gordo has his hands full catching his partner, a ballet-dancing student named Beth, who's about eight inches taller than him!) Later the three friends go shopping. In a department store, Lizzie and Gordo are surprised to see Miranda shovel several handfuls of complimentary candy into her purse. This also draws the attention of the security guard. Later Miranda accidentally bumps into a lipstick display, upsetting the contents. She hurriedly puts things right, then tells Lizzie and Gordo she wants to leave. But the security guard stops her and wants to check her purse. Inside he finds a brand of lipstick from the display. Miranda protests that she bought it at the store last week and asks Lizzie to back her up. But Lizzie says she wasn't there when lipstick was purchased, and the guard takes Miranda away.



    Later from her house Miranda calls Lizzie. But during the conversation Miranda picks up on the fact that Lizzie isn't sure for a moment whether Miranda is guilty or innocent. Lizzie tries to plead her own case, but Miranda calls her a "lousy friend." Later at school, Miranda and Lizzie are paired together in gym class, where they are supposed to do a dance routine together. But the dance turns into a fight as the girls take out their frustrations on each other!



    Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny begin broadcasting their own internet talk show, "Matt After Dinner." But when their first guest turns out to be a dud, they're left with time to fill and an audience that is rapidly tuning out. Matt's dad Sam stumbles into the scene, and viewership goes up when he has an accident with some axle grease. After that, Matt and Sam start going for cheap laughs and it works, as more people tune into the show. This doesn't sit well with Lanny, though, and he makes his displeasure known by stalking off the show. Later on, Lanny calls Matt with an emergency and Matt tells him he will be right over. Lizzie hears this and asks Matt if he and Lany didn't just have a big fight. Matt says they did, but Lanny is still his friend and they can depend on each other. Lizzie realizes she should be the same way with Miranda. So the next day at school, when Mrs. Stebel confronts Miranda about using the E-Z Read notes for a book report, Lizzie stands up for her and says if Mirnada says she didn't do it, her word should be trusted--even though it turns out Miranda did use the notes! But the bond of trust between the two friends is once again back in place.moreless
  • Friendship. Friendship. Just The Perfect Blendship.

    5.4
    Miranda is accused of shoplifting and Lizzie is not totally convinced that she’s innocent. Such is the catalyst for this episode. As is common with this series, the girls have a tiff. Miranda is angry that Lizzie doubts her, Lizzie is angry that Miranda can’t see why she has doubts. They each call the other a ‘bad friend’.



    But unlike in previous episodes, the ‘bad blood’ turns violent! When the girls are forced to pair up for interpretive dance, emotions come out and the fur flies! The two engage in an upright Greco/Roman style wrestling match. Basically, a catfight ensues. On an interesting side note, notice how Gordo does absolutely nothing to stop the pair from fighting. He just laughs himself silly! Apparently he knows them well enough to have no fear for their safety.



    But the altercation is halted before that crucial question is answered: in a fight between Lizzie and Miranda, just who *would* win? Alas, it looks as if that quandary will have to go unanswered (while Miranda might have the ‘street toughs’, Lizzie has an athletic background to draw off of).



    While the expected rapprochement takes place by the end off the episode, a few interesting items are gleaned. For instance, notice where Gordo is while Lizzie and Miranda aren’t talking. He’s with Lizzie. This is a continuation of a trend. Whenever Lizzie and Miranda are apart from one another briefly, what does Gordo do? He sticks beside Lizzie. This is the same sort of thing Miranda does when Gordo and Lizzie are on the outs. And it serves to further underscore the hierarchy that each holds in mind in regards to the others.



    In Gordo’s mind Lizzie comes first, Miranda second, and everybody else third. And in Miranda’s mind Lizzie comes first, Gordo second, and everybody else third.



    We also see Lizzie learn a lesson from Matt of all people. To stick by your friends, even if you are currently fighting with them.



    Also on display in this episode is Miranda’s ‘wild side’. She openly discuses faking being sick in order to get out of P.E. class, Lizzie mentions how she’s “always bragging” about sneaking into movie theaters, and she is even caught having blatantly cheated on her English report! Miranda’s ‘baaaad’! This taken into account along with the amount of times she has advocated lying to their parents in the past, goes to show that Miranda does in fact have a ‘wild’ streak running through her.



    But there are other aspects to this episode as well. Such as Gordo’s display of intelligence when the class has to pick a dance partner. What does he do? He makes a beeline for the girl who has had to take dance lessons since she was 8! Pure genius! He knows that her long trained talent can make up for any shortcomings on his part in the routine. He could just stand still and her skills would make them *both* look good (which he does). He’s a smart one, that Gordo.



    And speaking of dance partners, Lizzie’s better off that Ethan got stun by bees and couldn’t partner with her after all. We see Ethan’s dancing ‘abilities’ in “A Gordo Story”. His and Lizzie’s routine would not have been a pretty sight! *LOL*



    As far as the subplot goes, it is one of those rare ones that reflect the main plot. In it Matt and Lanny get into a fight with one another over their web access show. Matt’s going for the ‘cheap laughs’ for ratings, whereas Lanny feels it’s ‘undignified’.



    In fact, it is Matt’s going to the aid of his friend (with whom he is currently mad at) that propels Lizzie’s inevitable reunion with Miranda. But unlike with the girls, we never actually see Lanny and matt make up on screen.



    At the end of the day Lizzie (and Miranda) learn that the bond of friendship they share is stronger than any disagreement they may have. That when it all comes right down to it, they each have ‘each other’s backs’. That’s a beautiful message: that friendship means forgiveness. And this is even reflected in the subplot.



    And on top of all that, the plot revolves around Miranda, making this a ‘Miranda-centric’ episode. Not bad.moreless
Candy Brown Houston

Candy Brown Houston

Mrs. Stebel

Guest Star

Greg Baker

Greg Baker

Security Guard

Guest Star

Cassie Walker

Cassie Walker

Beth

Guest Star

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Arvie Lowe

Arvie Lowe

Mr. Dig

Recurring Role

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Back in 2001, most home Internet connections were dial-up, which meant 1) it would have been extremely costly (not to mention slow, and with poor quality) to stream live video over such low bandwidths 2) very few households would have been able to handle the video with their existing Internet connections (which might explain the low number of viewers) and 3) no one in the McGuire house would have been able to use the phone during the entire time. However, cable and DSL services had begun to appear by then, and the family could have had more than one phone line.

    • At the mall, when Gordo says he will put the glasses back, he has the glasses in hand and the camera switches to Miranda and the guard. When it switches back to Gordo the glasses have disappeared from his hands.

    • When Lizzie is down in the basement with the laundry, the phone rings and Lizzie answers it. She then says hello, and then says "No one's there!" in a confused way. You can hear a dial tone but Matt says that it must be Lanny, and he speaks to him on the phone.

    • Not a goof? Several viewers have pointed out that in "Between a Rock and a Bra Place," Gordo said he was in all of Lizzie and Miranda's classes but gym, yet in this episode he's in a co-ed gym class with them. But in the earlier episode, they were in grade seven, not eight, and they're likely in a different gym class now. It might be a goof for the episode "Scarlett Larry," which took place during season 1 (the seventh grade season).

    • Lizzie and Miranda talk about showering in gym class with two hundred other girls. That sounds like an awfully large (and unlikely) gym class!

    • At the mall, Lizzie tries to open a makeup compact from the wrong side and almost drops it.

    • Miranda identifies Gordo's dance partner as Beth Ludberg. Later Mr. Dig pronounces her last name "Lubderg."

    • When Beth dances to the "Waltz of the Flowers", the closed captioning shows "[music from Swan Lake playing]". Apparently the captioning producer from WGBH confused the music with the also famous Waltz from Act I of Swan Lake, another ballet masterpiece by Tchaikovsky.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ethan: Whoa. There's a hawk with a mouse out there.

    • Toon Lizzie: But when Matt is being a better friend to Lanny than I am to Miranda, I've totally hit bottom.

    • Matt: So Jackson, tell us, is your dad going to star in another Austin Powers sequel?
      Jackson: Why would he?
      Matt: Because he's Mike Myers the actor who plays Austin Powers?
      Jackson: Uh-uh. He's Mike Myers the dry cleaner. They have the same name.

    • Gordo: I decided not to get the leotard for dancing. I'm thin and I have a big head. If I put on a pair of white tights I'll look like a Tootsie Pop with hair.

    • Gordo: I'm sure it'll be fine.
      Lizzie: I wish I could say the same thing about Miranda. I mean she hasn't even spoken to me.
      Gordo: Well, Miranda can be unreasonable at times.
      Lizzie: How can you say that, Gordo! I practically accused her of stealing!
      Gordo: Well, yeah, you did kinda hang her out to dry.
      Lizzie: How can you say that, Gordo! Just because I doubted her for one single second? I mean, the lipstick was in her purse!
      Gordo: You're right, the evidence was there.
      Lizzie: How can you say that, Gordo! Miranda is my best friend and I should know she doesn't steal.
      Gordo: Who...whose side do you want me to be on here, yours or...yours?

    • Lizzie (answering phone): Hello? Hello? No one's there.
      Matt: It must be Lanny.

    • Sam McGuire: Oh, hey! Special guest, Lizzie, my daughter. Honey, why don't you come over here and say hi to the audience?
      Matt: Come on over, Lizzie!
      Lizzie: I'd love to, except for, you know, I have to go sit in the kitchen and watch the chicken defrost.

    • Mr. Dig: Ethan Craft spotted a cloud he thought looked like a donkey and ran face-first into a beehive. He shan't be joining us today.

    • Gordo: Maybe I should change my look.
      Miranda: I didn't know you had a look, Gordo.

    • Miranda (to Gordo): You know, for a smart guy, you're wrong like 90% of the time.

    • Lizzie: We just have to take a shower in front of two hundred girls who do nothing but judge.
      Miranda: Yeah, and that's just plain fun.

  • NOTES (10)

    • Matt and Lanny's Internet program is taken from the film Wayne's World (1992) starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar. The film deals with two slacker friends who have a public access cable show where they discuss the things which interest them, typically female movie stars and heavy metal bands.

    • In the blooper reel, Lizzie (Hilary Duff) messes up a line when she's talking to Miranda about Gordo picking a partner in PE class, something about "He must not care what kind of grade he gets..." That line did not make the final cut of the episode.

    • The music that Lizzie and Miranda do their dance/fight to is a familiar tune called "Zorba's Dance," written by Mikis Theodorakis for the movie Zorba the Greek (1964) starring Anthony Quinn. It's played on a Greek instrument called a bouzouki, which resembles a long-necked mandolin.

    • Lanny's last name, Onasis, is used for the first time, though it did appear in the credits of a previously broadcast episode, "Just Friends."

    • Gordo mentions a vice-principal, Mr. Kaplan (seen in still photos), for the first time.

    • Jo McGuire mentions that she and Sam have been married for fifteen years.

    • Filming dates: December 9-13, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated December 10, 2001.

    • Arvie Lowe Jr. (Mr. Dig), a real-life dancer, does all of his own dance steps here.

    • This was the second weekly winner in the viewer voting during the "Summer of Lizzie McGuire" promotion. In a choice of episodes featuring Miranda, it beat out "The Greatest Crush of All."

    • When Beth performs the ballet with Gordo faking around, the music she dances to is "Waltz of the Flowers" from Act II of the ballet The Nutcracker (1892) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Mr. Dig: Return to neutral corners, dancers.
      Mr. Dig says this when trying to break up Miranda and Lizzie's fight. It's an instruction that a referee gives to boxers when the fight gets out of control and needs to be stopped.

    • Matt: Is your dad gonna star in another Austin Powers sequel?
      Matt mistakes his talk-show guest Jackson Myers' dad Mike for the Mike Myers who is an actor/comedian. That Myers first came to prominence as a cast member of the TV show Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995. His movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), a comedy in which he played a British secret agent from the 1960's who had been frozen and brought back to life in the present, was a huge box office hit. A successful sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, was released in 1999, followed in 2002 by the sequal Austin Powers in Goldmember.

    • Gordo: Yo! My name is P-Diddy.
      For the few who may not know who Gordo is talking about, check the Cultural References section of "Just Friends."

    • Gordo: "Ciao! I am Aldo! Come on and ride on my Vespa! We will eat gelati in the moonlight!"
      Gordo is trying on sunglasses and pretending to be an Italian. A Vespa is a popular brand of motor scooter developed in Italy beginning in 1946. "Ciao" (pronounced "chow") is a greeting in Italian. "Gelati" is the plural of gelato, which is a kind of Italian ice cream.

    • Miranda: "We have to write five pages on The Red Pony."
      The Red Pony is a novella first published in 1938 by the great Nobel Prize-winning American author John Steinbeck. It's about a boy growing up on a ranch in rural California. Interestingly, The Red Pony often appears on the top ten list of books banned by school systems. Why? Probably because of two scenes, one where the main character, Jody, kills a buzzard with his bare hands, and another in which a mare has a difficult delivery of her colt.

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