Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 16

Inner Beauty

Aired Unknown Aug 30, 2002 on Disney Channel
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Inner Beauty
Miranda and Lizzie are rehearsing dance steps for a music video Gordo is making. During a break he makes an offhand remark about how much snack food Miranda is putting away. The next day at school Gordo shows the girls some still photos he took the day before. Miranda, already putting pressure on herself to make better grades and improve herself, reacts unreasonably to one picture, saying that she looks terribly fat, even though Lizzie and Gordo assure she's not at all. Later at lunch Miranda, quite unlike herself, doesn't eat anything. At the McGuire house afterwards, the trio is rehearsing for the video again. Miranda grows faint and almost passes out in front of Mrs. McGuire. Miranda assures everyone that she's alright, but Lizzie is still concerned. When Lizzie tries to talk to her later, Miranda is very unresponsive and uncooperative. Lizzie talks to her mom about Miranda, saying that she's especially concerned about her new eating habits. Jo McGuire agrees to talk to Miranda and her mom in a few days if the situation continues. Gordo is concerned about Miranda too, and when she shows up for a video shoot in a sullen and depressed mood, he and Lizzie talk to her about what they think is wrong. Miranda admits that she has been feeling a lot of pressure lately with schoolwork, grades, planning her future, etc. She tells her friends that how much she ate was one area of her life that it seemed she had complete control over, but now she realizes that she went overboard. With things back on track, Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo complete their music video. Also, it seems that Matt has been encouraged at school to believe that he has great artistic potential. Mr. and Mrs. McGuire are surprised to hear this, but they try their best to support his artistic endeavors. But that gets hard to do when Matt, with Lanny's help, trashes the house with his "artistic" creations, ending up by using the family car as a canvas!moreless

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  • BIG YEAH!!! YEAH!!! YEAH!!!

    I belive they express the issues clearly for a youngsteer to understand i understood this at the age of 7 and I am fine till this day. Its fai to say that We all at one stage may have done what Miranda has done and I can honestly say I have. I like how they did this on a disney channel series its good that kids are aware of something like this from a young age.moreless
  • Poorly Done...

    I am very well-educated on the problems of eating disorders, and frankly I thought this episode did not provide good examples of what eating disorders are all about. Almost all the problems and aspects to an eating disorder were showed or expressed in this episode, but they all happened during a time period of less than a week. An eating disorder is a long process and what Miranda went through was would not have happened after a few days of dieting. Also, the way she overcame in just a few minutes after talking with her friends was not believable. An eating disorder is a long process both diagnosing and overcoming. Girls and boys who have to overcome this disease have to work hard and really fight. I don't think this episode provided an understanding of anorexia at all.moreless
  • ‘A Very Special Episode’

    I believe that is what these kinds of episodes are referred to as. You know, the ones that go beyond the normal ‘moral of the story’ type. Those that attempt to tackle some particularly ‘thorny’ real life problem. Be it drugs, alcohol, sex, or in this case eating disorders.

    It’s an interesting decision that Miranda was chosen to be the one with the problem in this episode, for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is Lizzie’s show, so the fact that one of the other characters get such a ‘meaty’ plot development is a bit of a surprise, though a welcome one. The other reason the choice of Miranda as the one with the problem is interesting is how confident she has shown herself in the past. In this episode that confidence gives way to uncertainty. Uncertainty at the changes that are going on in her life, the changing from a child to a young adult. The need for something controllable, something *she* can control. That being the consumption of food.

    But while these two reasons may make Miranda a surprising choice, that is not to say that the development is inconceivable. Not at all, the plot is very organic in its origins, and indeed, in the watching of the episode one *believes* that Miranda could be/is having this particular problem. So it’s very happening is believable, and in that the episode itself is believable.

    Miranda makes us care for her in this episode, feeling her pain when she reveals why she’s doing what she’s doing. Eating disorders are not things to laugh about, and Miranda and her problem are treated with a serious hand here. Now, it has been said that the problem of anorexia is dealt with in a far too ‘hurried’ manner here than it is in real life. That’s true. But anorexia is never actually mentioned in the episode. Whatever ‘trend’ she may have started is nipped early in the bud thanks to Lizzie and Gordo’s intervention.

    Miranda’s fears of all the changes inherent to growing up manifest themselves in this manner, as opposed to her simply feeling self conscious about her body. This ‘deeper’ reasoning for her change of diet is a good detail. Instead of painting Miranda as suddenly feeling bad about her body, it is simply the result of deeper, more seeded problems.

    And the message here, that if one has problems one can turn to friends or adults is a good one to get across to the audience. Like Miranda, the primary audience watching the show may be going through the same fears and anxieties she is. And getting across the idea that there are always people you can turn to with your problems is good. It is far better to get things out into the open and deal with them than to bottle them up inside and possibly make them worse down the line.

    She responds as one would expect her to at first, that is to say not very cooperative. But she has the good sense to ‘spill’ to her friends later at Gordo’s shoot. So, all is well that ends well. A very good, heart warming, main plot. And one executed finely as well.

    As for the subplot, it too is good. Though, like most times when something ‘serious’ is being handled in the main plot, it tends to take one out of the ‘moment’. Matt’s tapping into his artistic side is a good subplot, but it would have been better suited to a non ‘message’ episode.

    But taken on its own merits, the story comes across quite well.

    Overall, this is a winning episode. The main plot is great. The subplot is great. And while the two may not cohabitate flawlessly, they are both individually great. Definitely one of the best episodes to date. Top 10 material easily.moreless
  • Music Videos and Anorexia.

    In this very special episode of Lizzie, they tackle a very serious issue actually quite well. The issue is eating disorders, specifically anorexia. While Miranda and Lizzie prepare for Gordo's new music video, Miranda stresses over school, exams and her future. She then sees a picture of herself and sees herself as fat and is determined to go on a diet. When lunch hits that same day, Lizzie notices that Miranda does not want anything to eat and Miranda just brushes it off with an "I ate a big breakfeast." I thoguht that line was perfect for the episode because that what truly people with eating disorders say and they start making excuses for not eating, so applause for that.

    Sometime after they all go to Lizzie's house to practice their moves. After lots and lots of practicing Miranda urrges Lizzie to try again and do it once more. So they do and shortly after they start dancing Miranda almost faints. Now the only thing that bothered me about this episode was that she fainted so quickly, i bet a lot of people have skipped a meal and never fainted but nonetheless it is Disney Channel. Soon Lizzie really starts worrying about her as Miranda lies to her mom, doesn't eat and almost fainted in her living room. Lizzie trys talking to Miranda but she just tells Lizzie to back off and that she's not her "big brother."

    The ending of the episode was the best and one of my top ten best dramatic moments. Lizzie and Gordo confront Miranda about what's happening to her and why she isn't eating. She explains that it because her parents are putting so much pressure one her that food is the only thing she can control. That's what I loved about the episode, eating disorders aren't always about losing wieght sometimes its about control. So the episode ends and Miranda is once again back to her normal self.

    Thumbs way up for this episode, and despite the whole fainting early thing, the fact that Miranda's parents were never notified of her eating disorder and the fact that they never once said anorexia, this is an excellent Lizzie episode, I'd have to say the best and stands out to be one of the best of the series. I reccomend this episode to anyone who wants to find out some things abput eating disorders and keeping the rating TV G.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In Gordo's video, they show the hall for the first time with flyers on the ground. Though, right before Lizzie and Miranda throw the flyers off of the lockers, there are no flyers on the ground.

    • When Jo walks in Lizzie's room to talk to her, Lizzie puts down her magazine twice.

    • When Miranda arrives to the video shoot, her hair is down while Lizzie's is back in a pony tail with a head band, but when we see the video Miranda's hair is up and Lizzie's is down. Although, they did go to breakfast, so they had time to change their hair before shooting began.

    • Just before Matt draws the picture of Lizzie that he calls "Girl That Makes Me Hurl," you can see that particular picture already drawn on the notebook under Lanny's arm before he hands it to Matt.

    • There's been a lot of argument and discussion among Lizzie fans here at TV Tome about whether Miranda's fainting as a result of not eating was a "goof" or not. Many people point out that the ill effects of anorexia or other eating disorders are not felt after a single day of dieting. Others contend that it is possible to feel faint after missing only a couple of meals if one also does strenuous exercise.

    • NOT a goof? Mr. McGuire asks "Are you sure there aren't any other Matts in his class?" when in "Jack of All Trades," Matt said there were four other boys with that same name in his class. BUT! In "Jack...," Matt was in a different grade (and a different class) than in this episode.

    • When Matt is painting in the back yard he asks Lanny to slightly close his left eye. In fact he slightly closes his right one. From the audiences' point of view it looks as if he closes the "left" eye, but from Lanny's perspective it would have been his right.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Miranda: Oh, come on Lizzie we should go over it again.
      Lizzie: Miranda, we've gone over this dance like, a million times. Ever heard of taking five?
      Toon Lizzie: Or fifteen, I'm pooped.

    • Lizzie: Don't worry. We'll wear black, it's very slimming.

    • Toon Lizzie: Okay, something serious is going on with Miranda. She's not eating, practically fainted and just lied to my mom. It's times like these when I have to say... HEEEEEEEEELP!

    • Lizzie: Miranda... wait. Look... I'm sorry about what happened at the mall. You're right--it's, it's your body, it's, your life, and... it's your business. But I... I guess I just said that stuff because... I really care about you, and... y-you're scaring me.
      Miranda: I am?
      Gordo: You're scaring both of us. I mean what's going on?

    • Lizzie: Miranda we're best friends. You're obviously going through something. Why can't you just talk to me?
      Miranda: Is this the part where I'm supposed to thank you?

    • Gordo: I don't want to start panicking or anything but what's the deal with Miranda?
      Lizzie: OK, well I think sh--
      Gordo: She's obviously not herself, you know, with the whole diet thing--I, I mean you were there, she, she nearly fainted rehearsing for my video! I don't know, maybe, maybe I should shelf the project.
      Lizzie: Gordo, I think you really--
      Gordo: Or maybe--you should talk to her. I know that the three of us are best friends but it's just that you two have that girl thing.
      Lizzie: Well, you know--
      Gordo: Look, I, I know that magazines these days are telling girls that they have to be thinner, ah, they're telling me I have to be more muscular, and for whatever reason Miranda's buying into it and I'm not. Uh, not that saying you are, of course. It's just that I think you have a better handle on the situation than I would which is why I think you should talk to her.
      Lizzie: Gordo, wait!
      Gordo: What?
      Lizzie: OK. I wanna talk to her just as bad as you do, OK? In fact, we're going to the mall tomorrow, I'll talk to her then.
      Gordo: Wh...that's, that's great because I, I think she needs to know that we're her friends, and if she ever, ever needs anyone to talk to, that we're her go-to peeps, through thick, through thin, we'll always be there. And I gotta tell ya that the whole idea of you talking to her is a huge relief because frankly, I'd have no idea what to say.
      Lizzie (very softly): OK. (pats Gordo lightly on shoulder)

    • Lizzie (indicating her lunch): Miranda, are you sure you don't want some of my, uh, you know, whatever this is?

    • Sam (after seeing how Matt painted his car): Here's the deal Matt... (whimpers) That's my car!
      Jo: From now on, I think you better stick to paper and, in a room, with a smock.
      Matt: What! I can't contain myself to a mere piece of paper! Where's the challenge?
      Sam: That is the challenge. You know, containing yourself! Like I am right now!

    • Miranda: Have you ever seen the models in those videos? Not only are they gorgeous, they're tiny! Im not tiny, not gorgeous!
      Toon Lizzie: Hel-lo! It's called airbrushing! Nobody in the real world looks like that.

    • Jo McGuire: We'll have to encourage him. Artists are very sensitive.
      Sam McGuire: Sensitive? Matt eats mud!

    • Gordo: You guys think you could stop stuffing your faces long enough for us to finish rehearsal?
      Toon Lizzie: We're girls! We can multi-task!

    • Toon Lizzie: I'm just wondering what Miranda sees when she looks in the mirror, 'cause it can't be what I see when I look at her.

    • Lizzie (to Matt): Whatever you're doing, stop!

    • Miranda: How come no one has ever told me I have like, six chins?
      Lizzie: 'Cause you only have one.

    • Lizzie: Well, call me blonde, but what does all that have to do with losing weight?

  • NOTES (14)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 10.

    • In one scene where Sam and Jo are discussing Matt, Sam can be seen using a Gateway notebook computer. It can also be seen in the episode "A Gordo Story."

    • Sam's vehicle is a 2000 Volvo V40 Turbo Wagon although it's a little hard to tell from the side view and with all the paint Matt put on it. It is also seen in the episode "Aaron Carter's Coming to Town."

    • The choreography for the "Detention" video was done by southern California dancer Nicole Bastidas, who is only 16.

    • The outfit Lizzie wore for the video won in the "Lizzie McGuire's Most Fashion Forward" category on "A Raven New Year's Eve," hosted by the cast of That's So Raven.

    • Even though this episode is concerned with eating disorders, the word "anorexia" is never used.

    • In the "music video" footage near the end, Hilary Duff (as Lizzie) does two consecutive head-over-heels flips, apparently without a double!

    • Sam McGuire asks if Matt snuck into the kindergarten class to take a nap again. This is a reference to "Bad Girl McGuire," in which Matt had no bedtime and was staying up too late, then was taking naps at school.

    • Miranda wears a shirt with a "word search" puzzle design.

    • Music includes:
      *"Us Against The World" by Play, which is heard in the video and rehearsal scenes. The song is included on the Lizzie McGuire soundtrack album. It was also previously used in "The Courtship of Miranda Sanchez."
      *"A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy. It's playing when Matt and Lanny are going through the junkyard. This disco instrumental adaptation of the famous first movement of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Symphony Number 5 hit the top of the charts in 1976. It was the only hit for the arranger Murphy.
      *"Overture to The Barber of Seville", portions of which are heard when Matt is painting Lanny. It was written by Italian opera composer Gioaccino Rossinni, who is famous for his stirring opera overtures, in 1816. (He also wrote the William Tell Overture, familiar to millions as the Lone Ranger theme.)
      *The "Ode to Joy" section from the fourth movement of Beethoven's Symphony Number Nine, played when Matt is presenting his parents with his new works of art. Also one of the most famous of Beethoven's works and one of the best-known pieces of classical music. Unusual for a symphony because it uses solo vocalists and a chorus.
      *"Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, when Matt was making a mock drawing of Lizzie near the beginning of the episode.

    • Lanny's last name is listed in the credits as Onasis. If the Lizzie episodes had been shown in the order they were filmed, this would have been the first mention of Lanny's last name. But it had already appeared in the credits for "Just Friends" (ep. 39, production no. 218) and it was used in the dialog of "In Miranda Lizzie Does Not Trust" (ep. 41, prod. #212).

    • The music video Gordo directs and Lizzie and Miranda perform in is entitled "Detention." The video's ID tag says "Rosman Records." Mark Rosman is the director of this episode.

    • Filming dates: November 4-7, 2001.

    • Lizzie and Miranda both wear chokers with their first initial on them.


    • Miranda: Thank you, Big Brother.
      In George Orwell's classic novel 1984, people lived in a terrible world where there was constant war and a government that kept them under near-constant surveilance. There were posters hanging everywhere with the large face of a man and the words "Big Brother is watching you." The term has come to mean anyone who spies on someone or snoops around in others' business.

    • Jo McGuire: Apparently, he has the potential to be the Picasso of his generation.
      Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is generally regarded as the 20th century's greatest painter, even though his style(s) were puzzling to many people. He is famous for the many "periods" he went through during his career (his blue period, cubist period, collage, etc.) He left an enormous amount of work behind when he died at age 91 in 1973.

    • Lizzie: It's Britney, Britney, Janet, then J-Lo.
      Lizzie and Miranda are imitating dance moves made famous by three popular female singers at the time: Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez.

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