Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 5

I've Got Rhythmic

Aired Unknown Feb 09, 2001 on Disney Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.