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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  • 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.
  • Friendship. Friendship. Just The Perfect Blendship.

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    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.
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