Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 5

I've Got Rhythmic

Aired Unknown Feb 09, 2001 on Disney Channel
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I've Got Rhythmic
Lizzie is dissatisfied with being an ordinary "B" student and is looking for something at which she can excel. Surprisingly, she finds out in gym class that she has a real talent for rhythmic gymnastics. But she thinks the sport is stupid and is ambivalent about competing. She trains hard and goes to the regional competition, where a jealous Kate tries to sabotage her performance. Miranda and Gordo help foil Kate's plan and Lizzie wins first place. Her parents are proud but Lizzie decides to give up the sport and go back to being her "ordinary" self.moreless

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  • Lizzie is good at gymnastics.

    Lizzie is so sick of not accomplishing anything. So when she does gymnastics, her P.E. teacher thinks she's a talent. And makes her join a competition. Kate gets jealous, and comes up with a plan to ruin Lizzie's competition with Larry's help.

    Miranda figures out whats going on. So she tells off Larry. and he doesn't go through with ruining Lizzie's competition. Lizzie wins and she can go to great places but decides she wants to be her old self considering she changed her life style. While Gordo is filming the whole thing. He films Kate's misery. With her broken ankle. Such a classic. A classic in many ways, another memorable episode of Lizzie Mcguire. I don't know if it's my nostalgia, but this episode was really good, and the first couple episodes have been great. The climax of this episode was exciting. Just a really great installment of Lizzie Mcguire. Without a doubt.moreless
  • Good Grades

    Lizzie is dissatisfied with being an ordinary "B" student and is looking for something at which she can excel. Surprisingly, she finds out in gym class that she has a real talent for rhythmic gymnastics. But she thinks the sport is stupid and is ambivalent about competing. She trains hard and goes to the regional competition, where a jealous Kate tries to sabotage her performance. Miranda and Gordo help foil Kate's plan and Lizzie wins first place. Her parents are proud but Lizzie decides to give up the sport and go back to being her "ordinary" self.moreless
  • Go For The Gold!

    Lizzie complains about not having a ‘special skill’ or ‘talent’ (something that will be revisited in “Over the Hill”). Come to find out, she does have one. Rhythmic Gymnastics. Unfortunately, her sense of social standing (Rhythmic Gymnastics is considered ‘dorky’), and just plain antipathy toward the sport, renders this revelation less than cheerful news to her.

    That’s a tough thing to be great at something one dislikes.

    And on the subject of disliking, why does everyone consider Rhythmic Gymnastics ‘dorky’ in the first place? Synchronized Swimming I can understand…

    On the plus side though, Lizzie got to see that she was better than Kate at something, which right there is a confidence booster. One of the small steps she takes throughout the course of Season One to become more confident of herself in Season Two.

    Also notice that this is the last of Kate’s “big time” schemes to get back at Lizzie and gang. First there was the conspiring of the ‘paint attack’ aimed at Miranda in “Picture Day”. Then there was the conspiring of the ‘Lizzie loser’ cheer at the pep rally in “Rumors”. And here it is the conspiring to ruin Lizzie’s gymnastic routine. After this defeat, Kate’s claws are retracted for the most part. It would seem the triple whammy of a broken foot, blown plan, and being upstaged by her former best friend (whom she herself left), took the wind out of her sails. After this episode Lizzie is much more able to ‘take on’ Kate. Another turning point of sorts.

    This episode also marks the first time we, the audience, get to see The Tudge. Larry makes his triumphant debut here—though not in the most stellar of ways. He’s used as Kate’s pawn, here he has his affections toyed with. Basically he comes off as a hapless patsy.

    Though there is an interesting angle in all this. The climax of the episode is when Miranda confronts Larry high above the gym floor. Interesting because it depicts the two strictly at odds. All the more so in so far as this is the first time we see these two characters together on the screen.

    And it is this antagonistic ‘first meeting’ that is so compelling when looked at in retrospect. Why? Because of the subsequent crush Larry displays towards Miranda periodically throughout the rest of Season One and Season Two. And not only that, but this adversarial pairing is practically 180 degrees from where it would stand by the end of “My Fair Larry”. We see these two go from nominal ‘enemies’ to each ‘liking’ the other! Love blooms among the strangest of places. ;-)

    We also get to see Gordo’s wish to be a filmmaker in his filming of a documentary following Lizzie’s training and competition. But one does come away feeling that part of the script was left out. Note at the end when Lizzie, Miranda, and Gordo are all on Lizzie’s bed. Lizzie specifically asks Gordo about his documentary, to which he responds that it “didn’t quite turn out the way I thought it would” or words to that affect.

    What happened to it? This lack of explanation puts the viewer in mind that some part of the script didn’t make it into the final cut. Some small bit that would have explained this enigmatic response on Gordo’s part.

    As for the subplot—what subplot? :-)

    I guess in truth this is a ‘growth’ episode. Lizzie grows a bit as a person by the end of this one. Though visually it’s abundantly apparent that the show is yet in its early days. But, any episode that gives Hilary Duff a chance to show off her real life gymnastic abilities can’t be all bad. :-)moreless
Brianna James

Brianna James

Super Smart Girl

Guest Star

Michael Barryte

Michael Barryte

Super Smart Boy

Guest Star

Dot Jones

Dot Jones

Coach Kelly

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault


Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Lizzie walks up to Miranda and Gordo in the courtyard at school, you see her walk over and sit down. When it cuts to Miranda, saying "We need to talk to you", Miranda is looking up, indicating that Lizzie is still standing, but then it cuts back to a wide shot, and Lizzie still seems to be settling herself on the ground.

    • To get to the regional, you need MONTHS of training, however, Lizzie only had a few weeks. Lizzie didn't salute the judges at the beginning and end of her performance. Also, the gymnastics competition carpet always has to have red tape to show where the dance boundries are, the carpet for the regional didn't (so technically, there shouldn't be a winner in the competition).

    • In rhythmic gymnastics we have to 'point' our toes out or 'flex' them. Also, whenever you do a performance you have to stand on relevez which is standing on flex or toes. Several times, Lizzie wasn't doing most of this at all and at the end of the performance her back foot was not pointed.
      In a routine, you need at least 3 balances and 3 turns, Lizzie only had one turn and 0 balances.
      It's also likely Lizzie should have been deducted at least 7-10 marks for these mistakes. [Ed. A check of several sets of rules shows a variety of requirements for a routine, so it's hard to say how many of these things may be goofs.]

    • According to the rules for rhythmic gymnastics an individual performance cannot exceed 90 seconds, but Lizzie's lasts for one minute and fifty-two seconds.

    • In the opening and closing hallway scenes, Miranda has on the same outfit.

    • In the scene where Lizzie throws the hoop and Tudgeman catches it, she does a tumble and comes out of it in a standing position. But, in the next shot when Gordo throws the ribbon to Lizzie, she catches it and comes out of a kneeling position.

    • Some of the Rhythmic Sportive Gymnasts (RSG) rules broken during Lizzie's routine:

      1) A gymnast is never to use music with words, in any language.

      2) A gymnast must have their hair tied in a bun or small ponytail.

      3) A gymnast is never, under any circumstances allowed to switch an apparatus (ribbon, hoop, ball, rope, clubs) in one routine, each apparatus is to have their own routine.

      4) A gymnast is never to stop their routine in the middle of the performance.

    • Toward the end of the episode, Lizzie pronounces Kate Sanders' last name as "Saunders" instead of with the short "a" sound. In future episodes the pronunciation of this name will go back and forth from one to the other.

    • When Lizzie first looks at the posted list of grades, it has all different names in alphabetical order, but when a close-up of her name on it is shown, the other visible names all end with "...ansen."

    • While Lizzie's gymnastics routine is still going on, the camera pans by the judges, who already have Lizzie's final scores in front of them ready to hold up.

    • In a scene in PE class, the number of clubs in Miranda's hands changes from one to two in several different shots.

    • The announcer at the gymnastics meet gives the name of Lizzie's school as North Hills Junior High. In later episodes, however, the school is called Hillridge Middle School (and also Hillridge Junior High).

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Gordo: Tell it to the camera, sunshine.

    • Coach Kelly: Lizzie McGuire! Something amusing you?
      Lizzie: No, n-not really.
      Coach Kelly: Then amuse me with your ribbon skills.

    • Jo: You could do whatever you want, but I have a feeling you're going to WIN!
      Matt: (walking into the kitchen) Of course she is, she's the dork champion of the world!

    • Kate: (to Lizzie) Well if it isn't Ms. Rhythmic Gymnastics.
      Lizzie: If it isn't Ms. Club Foot. (screen shows picture of Kate holding foot after twisting, refering to her cast)
      Kate: What's your e-mail
      Gordo: (holding camera) Could you say that again Kate? I'm trying to cast the part of the bitter talentless girl.

    • Miranda: (to Lizzie) Whoa. You look like Ned Cambell at the end of Scream.
      Lizzie: Well that's not anything compared to how I feel.

    • Lizzie: (to her dad) You always told me I could do anything if I set my mind to it.
      Matt: Really? You never told me that.
      Sam: You sure? (leaves room)
      Matt: (while scratching head thoughtfully) Hmmmmmmm.

    • Kate: (talking to Lizzie about rythmic gymnastics) I don't care if this is dorky, it's just one more thing I'm better at than you are!

    • Gordo: We can't push Lizzie into doing something shameful just because I want to make a documentary and you want to one-up Kate.
      Miranda: We can't?
      (Gordo gives her a disapproving look)
      Miranda: Okay. We can't. You're right.
      (They sit on the grass.)
      Gordo: Being humiliated during puberty can have deep and lasting psychological consequences.
      Miranda (smiles): You've been into your dad's shrink files again, haven't you?
      Gordo: His Tuesday at 3:30 is REALLY scary.

    • Lizzie: Don't you guys think rhythmic gymnastics is a bit lame?
      Matt: Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner!

    • Kate: You better watch your step, McGuire!
      Lizzie: I'm not the one with an ankle brace.

    • Lizzie: See? Even lamo [Matt] over here knows it's lame.
      Matt: Thanks. (pause) Hey, wait a minute!

    • Jo: What are you making?
      Lizzie: Choc-chip cookies.
      Jo: Is something bothering you?
      Lizzie: No, why?
      Jo: Well, the night before you started middle school you made brownies, when your parakeet flew away you made muffins and when Miranda went to summer camp you made banana bread. Something's bothering you what is it?

    • Miranda: Drop it, Tudgeman.
      Larry: But I can't. Kate won't love me anymore!

    • Toon Lizzie: (about the deal with coach Kelly) I'm good at burping (burps), but does that make it a sport?

    • Coach Kelly: Rhythmic gymnastics. A combination of gymnastics and ballet. Requiring supreme skill and coordination.
      Toon Lizzie: And floppy shoes and a red clown nose.
      Lizzie: You've got to be kidding me!
      Miranda: This is a pimple on the face of women's sports!

    • Coach Kelly: (to Lizzie) You're like a duck to water! You're like a bird to the sky! You're like a...
      Toon Lizzie: Lo- to a -ser!

    • Toon Lizzie: Well that's just perfect. I find the thing I'm great at and it's the stupidest thing in the world. What's next, Riverdancing?

    • Lizzie: I'm so sick of getting B's. I want an A in something.
      Gordo: You could be an actress. You look pretty good through the camera.

    • Lizzie: (about Coach Kelly) Yeah...queen of the gym-nausium.

  • NOTES (20)

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book, Lizzie McGuire High Five.

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 2.

    • It is revealed that Lizzie bakes when she's upset.

    • First appearance of Kyle J. Downes as Larry Tudgeman.

    • This is one of the few episodes which doesn't have a particular storyline or subplot for the character of Matt.

    • Stunt double: Larry Nicholas (for Larry).

    • Mrs. McGuire mentions a pet parakeet that flew away, one of the few times a pet is ever mentioned in this series.

    • Matt claims he has several special talents, which includes "that curly-cue thing I can do with my tongue," the ability to say names backwards and eating spoonfuls of wasabi. (The other ones are inaudible.)

    • The episode's title is taken from the old George Gershwin song "I Got Rhythm," which has been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists including Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman. Music & lyrics

    • Unusual for this series, there are a couple of mild profanities in the dialog. Miranda says, "Girls' PE totally sucks!" and Lizzie later tells Gordo and Miranda, "You guys really saved my butt." The only other time that "suck" was used in this way was in "Picture Day."

    • Sam McGuire calls his son Matthew at one point for the first (and only?) time in the series.

    • The gym class in this episode is all girls, though in later episodes the class contains boys too.

    • Filming dates: September 19-23, 2000. Usually the blooper reels shown before the end credits start off with a shot of a clapboard that has the name of the show, the director and cameraman's names, the production number and the date on it. This episode's blooper reel originally didn't have one. But! At the end of the blooper reel following the episode "The Rise and Fall of Kate," a second clapboard flashes on the screen at the very last split-second. That board is for this episode, production number 104. It gives the date of production as September 20, 2000. Curiously, the director was listed as Alan Myerson on the board, but in the opening credits of "Rhythmic," Savage Steve Holland was originally listed as the director. By the November 7, 2002 rebroadcast of this episode, the credits had ben changed and Myerson was listed as director (or at least that's when a sharp-eyed viewer first noticed it!) The "I've Got Rhythmic" blooper reel also now had an opening shot of a clapboard, but it wasn't the same one that showed up for a split-second in the blooper reel for "Rise & Fall...," "Those Freaky McGuires," "Movin' On Up," "I Do, I Don't," "Random Acts of Miranda," "Night of the Day of the Dead," "Gordo's Video," "Sibling Bonds," "Lizzie Strikes Out," "Gordo and the Dwarves," "Scarlett Larry," and "El Oro de Montezuma."

    • Lizzie's scores from the gymnastics judges are 9.4, 9.7 and 9.5.

    • The scene where Lizzie is cracking several eggs in the kitchen is a takeoff of a scene in the movie Rocky (1976). In that movie, Rocky (played by Sylvester Stallone) breaks several eggs, puts them in a glass and drinks them down raw as part of his training diet for the big boxing match. Lizzie puts her eggs in a frying pan instead. She weakly says "yo," one of Rocky's favorite words, before collapsing.

    • When Lizzie is doing her rhythmic gymnastics routines, the music in the background is an imitation of the theme from the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, which is about athletes competing in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. The movie won an Academy Award for best picture and also for composer Vangelis' music. In another scene, when Lizzie is dreaming of success, a fake version of the famous Olympic Games fanfare is played.

    • On the grade list that Lizzie is reading, her name is listed just after Robin Lippin and Polly Mattson and just before Rick Mercado. All three are part of the show's crew. Lippin is the casting director, Mattson is an assistant director and Mercado is a sound mixer.

    • When Toon Lizzie is going through a series of pictures of her classmates and predicting their futures, one of them is Cassie Walker, the girl who would later play Beth Ludberg in the episode "In Miranda Lizzie Does Not Trust."

    • Several TV Tome users have told us that Hilary Duff (Lizzie) does rhythmic gymnastics in real life. In this episode, she appears to do all her own gymnastic work without using a double. A lot of quick editing helps her to look good, however. But a careful viewing of the scene does show that a double was used because she has shorter hair than Lizzie.

    • Disney lists this episode as number 4 on their "Lizzie McGuire" website but TV Tome, and the Internet Movie Database all list it as number 5, which we think is correct.


    • Kate: Watch and learn.
      President George Bush didn't originate the phrase "watch and learn," but he made perhaps the best-known use of it. Three days after Iraq invaded Kuwait, Bush said on August 5, 1990, "This agression will not stand." When the press asked him how it would be countered, he told them, "Just and learn." The United States and a coalition of other countries attacked and defeated Iraqi troops in Kuwait and Iraq in January 1991 in what has become known as the Gulf War.

    • Miranda: Maybe this is empty. Do you feel lucky, Tudgeman?
      Miranda is echoing the words of Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in the movie Dirty Harry (1971). In the movie, Harry had a gun on a crime suspect and claimed he didn't know whether or not there were any bullets in it. In this episode of Lizzie, Miranda has a fire extinguisher trained on Larry Tudgeman!

    • Lizzie: I'm hurt, I'm tired, I'm hungry and I wish they'd vote me off this island.
      Lizzie is making a reference to the so-called "reality" TV show Survivor, where contestants competing for a cash prize were left stranded together on an uninhabited island, formed alliances and took a vote each week to determine which of them was out of the competition.

    • Miranda: Whoa! You look like Neve Campbell at the end of Scream!
      Scream (1996) was very successful teen horror flick that also spoofed teen horror flicks. Actress Neve Campbell, who formerly starred in the TV show Party of Five, was the object of assault during the flick.

    • Toon Lizzie: What's next, Riverdancing?
      She's referring to Riverdance, the very popular touring show of the 1990's and beyond featuring traditional Irish dancing. In this context, though, Lizzie seems to think it's pretty dumb.

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