Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 6

Jack of All Trades

Aired Unknown Feb 23, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Jack of All Trades
Gordo is sure that Mr. Pettus is giving him "B"s instead of "A"s because Pettus doesn't like him. His state of mind isn't helped any when the teacher gives the class an aptitude test which shows that Gordo is best suited to be a blackjack dealer. To prove that Mr. Pettus has it in for him, Gordo convinces Lizzie to turn in his science project with her name on it and vice versa, which ends up having disastrous results. Also, Matt adopts a hip-hop attitude and insists that everyone call him "M-Dogg."moreless

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    A rather good episode of Lizzie Mcguire, yes it was a filler, but it was still good and it was definitely memorable just like all the other episodes of this show, that after 5 years, I still remember all the story lines. This episode had to do with Gordo not thinking he is getting the grade he deserves, Lizzie & Miranda agree. The end felt like a cop out because the teacher was still treating Gordo unfairly by giving him a lower grade so he can work harder, the fact that Gordo didn't get annoyed by that upset me but that's it.

    The definitely most memorable scene would have to be the brain exploding, this episode contained one of the best moments on Lizzie Mcguire. The subplot was okay I guess, it just goes to prove that Lizzie & Matt's parents are fun and probably the best parents on television. A good episode with some eventful scenes but other than that it was just your typical filler of Lizzie Mcguire.moreless
  • Wanna be a Gangsta Matt?

    Gordo is sure that Mr. Pettus is giving him "B"s instead of "A"s because Pettus doesn't like him. His state of mind isn't helped any when the teacher gives the class an aptitude test which shows that Gordo is best suited to be a blackjack dealer. To prove that Mr. Pettus has it in for him, Gordo convinces Lizzie to turn in his science project with her name on it and vice versa, which ends up having disasterous results. Also, Matt adopts a hip-hop attitude and insists that everyone call him "M-Dogg."moreless
  • It’s All About Recognition.

    Gordo’s being kept down by “The Man” (or so he thinks). While Matt wishes to distance himself from the “social heard” as it were.

    This is a typical “filler” episode. But filler is (as the name would indicate) filling. ;-)

    Gordo feels he’s being graded unfairly, so he schemes to have Lizzie turn in his project—the theory being that since it won’t be Gordo’s name on it that it will get the grade it deserves (an “A”). And thus Gordo will have at least achieved a pyrrhic victory. Only, Gordo’s deep seeded academic jealously gets in the way.

    When Gordo sees his rightful grade (an “A”) bestowed on another (Lizzie), his ego simply can’t take it—pyrrhic victory be darned! This intellectual vanity on Gordo’s party is a constant (though subtle) character trait he displays on occasion. In the back of his mind he subconsciously believes himself smarter than those around him (his friends included).

    And along these lines is a question: why did Gordo pick *Lizzie* to switch projects with instead of Miranda? He didn’t care what sort of grade his ‘switched’ project got—just the one he made (which would end up bestowed on someone other than himself).

    So why did he choose Lizzie instead of Miranda to switch with? They both get the same kind of grades. There are two theories.

    One: It is a known fact that Gordo *does* consider Lizzie his ‘bestest’ best friend. So that could very well be it.


    Two: Gordo feels that of the two, Lizzie is the more intelligent. While Miranda’s grades are just as good as Lizzie’s, her characterization has never shown her to really delve into her schoolwork with the same kind of “dedication” (for lack of a better work) that Lizzie does.

    As for Mr. Pettus’ grading system—Gordo would be best to learn that the best way to beat the “individual potential” method is to not set the teacher’s hopes too high. Make the teacher not expect much—thus one can never ‘underachieve’. :-)

    Cheat the curve baby, cheat the curve! ;-)

    On the subplot side of things, Matt decides to go with a new look/attitude to set him apart from all the other Matt’s in his class. He decides to emulate the rapper/ghetto set.

    There are few things quite as pathetic (not to mention funny) as a pasty faced white dude trying to be hip and “down with it”. The clothes (dew rag), the language (‘M Dogg’), everything. But the height of hilarity has to come when Lizzie (Hilary Duff) gives out the peace sign and kissing of the fingers. To see such “white bread” characters (and actors) do these things generally relegated to poor, urban, black people is funnier than I possess the ability to convey. It just has me in stitches every time.

    In the end, Sam and Jo bring him back around to his senses like any good parent would. Which again shows the true ability of the parents on this show. Jo and Sam aren’t merely clueless ciphers there for the “obviously smarter” kids to make wisecracks on, like with other sit-coms.

    No, Sam and Jo are portrayed as real living and breathing *parents*. Not just the “mom and dad units”, but as genuine parents. They *parent* in this series, which is one of the indefinable elements that make this show the gem it is. The characters on this show don’t just seem like characters on a show—they seem *real*, which is what makes the show so great.

    At the end of the day, this episode is quintessential “Lizzie McGuire”.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Matt tells his parents that there are four boys named Matt and seven boys named Dillon in his class at school. This is highly unlikely.

    • Goof: When Mr. McGuire passes Matt the bread, a slice of bread falls out of the basket. In the next shot, the basket appears to completely full again.

    • Goof: When Lizzie's marker runs out of ink she is trying to write the letter 'a' but in the wide shots, which come later, it isn't there.

    • Lizzie was using a black marker yet Matt throws her a marker with a blue cap. [Editor: While this is true, the cap for this marker was laying on the table and it was also blue.]

    • Nitpick: If Gordo is so smart how come he didn't know the real meaning behind the career aptitude test. He thought it was a type of job placement test until Mr. Pettus told him.

    • When Gordo, Miranda, and Lizzie are talking in the hall after Gordo says the Bill Gates remark, Miranda first has a 3-ringed binder and a book with the binder on the outside. The next scene it switches. Then the book switched all together.

    • When Lizzie and Miranda are trying to look through the transom over the door into Mr. Pettus' class, Miranda picks up Lizzie and boosts her up, holding Lizzie's feet in her hands. When that doesn't work, Lizzie suggests that she stand on Miranda's shoulders. This time it works, and Lizzie gets up to the window level, only she's not on Miranda's shoulders; once again, Miranda is holding Lizzie's feet in her hands just like before.

    • When Miranda reaches under her desk and says, "I feel gum," she's holding a pencil in her right hand. The next quick-cut shot shows a right hand (presumably hers!) under the table feeling some stuck-on gum--with no pencil. Then the shot immeditely switches back to Miranda with the pencil in hand again.

    • As Lizzie is about to leave the classroom after Gordo's brain explodes, her face is almost totally covered in slime. But when she enters the hallway her face has almost no slime on it.

    • Lizzie and Miranda are shown wearing the same clothes to school on two different days close together. Now, of course this is entirely possible, but the two girls are very clothes-conscious and never do this on any other episode! In the first scene at school, Lizzie wears a dark green print top with the number "2" on the chest and a lighter green print pair of hip-huggers while Miranda wears a yellow long-sleeved T with a purple sleeveless top over it. Later during the scene where the brain blows up in class, the girls are wearing those same outfits. Gordo, however, is in different clothes! To confuse things even further, Lizzie wears a lighter green printed top in a scene in between the other two (when she's making the brain poster.) Also, Lizzie wears the same outfit described above at dinner on the two different days--and so does her mom Jo, who wears a white top and a peach jacket. But in the dinner scenes, Matt and Mr. McGuire both have on different clothes in each!

    • In a scene at the McGuire house, Lizzie puts on her backpack, which is unzipped. A few seconds later a shot from behind her shows the backpack is zipped up.

    • When Gordo is talking with Mr. Pettus after his brain project explodes, he has a piece of green slime on his shoulder that keeps disappearing and reappearing from shot to shot. In one shot it can be seen rolling down his shirt sleeve. The same thing keeps happening after he leaves the classroom and is talking with Lizzie and Miranda in the hall. The goop keeps falling off of, then reappearing, on Mr. Pettus as well.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Miranda: Okay, there is no way I'm going to be a Navy SEAL.
      A) You have to get your hair wet.
      B) You have to get up early.
      And C) You have to get you hair wet!

    • (All of them looking at their results for the career aptitude test.)
      Miranda: Okay. I'm going to be a Navy SEAL!
      Lizzie: Cosmetologist!
      Gordo: Blackjack dealer!

    • Jo: Why do you want to be called 'M-Dogg'?
      Matt: Because there are four Matt's in my class.
      Sam: I knew we should have named him Dillon.
      Matt: There are seven Dillons.

    • Miranda: Did he [Mr. Pettus} ever find out that you put that dead frog in his pocket?
      Gordo: It was alive when I put it there.

    • Gordo: What a day. I flunked the unflukable test. My science teacher hates me. I'm gonna be a blackjack dealer.

    • Lizzie: (To Matt) How about an Indian name like Dances With Wolves? Or... Still Wets the Bed!

    • Lizzie: (about the career aptitude test) I think it's like when you go to the mall to try on bare midriff stuff that you know your mom will never let you get, but you have to try it on just to see how it looks; you know, just to get it out of your system.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Continuity: It's revealed that Lizzie wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 7. In "Over the Hill" she again lists veterinarian as a possible life work.
      Gordo mentions the "dead frog" that he put in Mr. Pettus' pocket in "When Moms Attack."

    • Character without lines: Shelly Grossbart, the one of the three little girl in the pool who had an "accident."
      Unseen character: Ms. Stokes, a kindergarten teacher Gordo mentions.

    • This is one of only three episodes with only one guest star. The other two are "The Courtship of Miranda Sanchez" and "Grand Ole Grandma."

    • Filming dates: October 8-12, 2000. The clapboard on the blooper reel shown at the end of the show is dated October 12, 2000.

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Mrs. McGuire: I was going to be a world-famous singer.
      The images of Mrs. McGuire as a pop star are spoofs of Gwen Stefani, lead singer of the band No Doubt.

    • Matt: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
      We don't know if it's where the phrase was originated, but it was popularized by its use as a lyric in "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow," the theme song for the TV cop show Baretta (1975-78) starring Robert Blake as Detective Tony Baretta. The song was written by Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames and performed by Sammy Davis, Jr.

    • Lizzie: How about an Indian name like Dances With Wolves?
      Dances With Wolves (1990) is an Academy Award-winning movie written and directed by Kevin Costner. It's about a Civil War soldier who befriend members of an American Indian tribe (Sioux), and eventually comes to adopt their ways and beliefs. The tribe then gives him the Indian name "Dances With Wolves."

    • Lizzie: Um ... Is it too late to take the Fifth?
      For those who don't watch too much cop shows like Lizzie (see "First Kiss"), here she is trying to take back her words ("But I didn't ... I didn't do it! I-I didn't mean it! I was-I was-I was just trying to help a friend...") and instead remain silent to avoid admitting to plagiarizing Gordo's work. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution provides several rights for a person, especially while under criminal investigation, including the right to a grand jury, the due process guarantee, and the protection against double jeopardy. But recently after a few highly publicized criminal trials, TV legal dramas, and Congressional hearings, "taking the Fifth" has become a popular phrase meaning "asserting the right against self-incrimination" guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment (which reads, "No person ... shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself ...") and, by extension, keeping silent and not admitting (nor denying) any wrongdoing or mischief.

    • Gordo: ...I was slaving away like Igor.
      "Igor" is a horror-movie cliche, often the name given to a slow-witted, deformed assistant to a mad scientist, especially Dr. Frankenstein. (In the original 1931 Frankenstein, however, the assistant was named Fritz.) Some movie "Igors" over the years have been Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein (1974), Billy Dee in Flesh for Frankenstein (1987), Charles Bronson in House of Wax (1953), Skip Martin in Son of Dracula (1974), Bruce Karlatin in Blood Legacy (1971), John Kassir in Monster Mash: The Movie (1995), Ninetto Davoli in Frankenstein Italian Style (1975) and Jack Mullaney in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965).

    • Lizzie: I don't think Snoop wears cranberry.
      Snoop Dogg (formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dog; birth name Calvin Broadus) is one of the best-known and biggest-selling of the "gangsta" rappers to emerge during the 1990s. Lizzie is referring to the color of the doo-rag that Matt is wearing.

    • Gordo: saw someone else's name on my project and gave away my "A+" to Madge the cosmetologist over there! Madge the manicurist was a character in commercials for Colgate-Palmolive from 1966 all the way until 1992! Played by Jan Miner (1917-2004), Madge worked in a beauty shop and extolled the virtues of Palmolive dishwashing liquid as being gentle on the hands. During the commercials she would always startle her customers by informing them, "You're soaking in it."

    • Toon Lizzie: What kind of Jedi mind tricks are my parents and teachers working on me?
      In the Star Wars movies, the Jedi were the race that was the guardian of the galaxy against the evil Empire and Darth Vader. Thanks to P. Riley who pointed out that we had it the other way around!

    • Gordo: While everyone else was at the water park trading Beanie Babies...
      For anyone with a short memory, Beanie Babies were small stuffed animals that became all the rage as a collectible in the last half of the 1990's.

    • Gordo: Do you guys feel a blast of arctic wind, from Sweden, where they hand out the Nobel Prize?
      The Alfred P. Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to those who are judged to have benefitted humankind most in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine-phisiology, literature, and peace. Besides the enormous prestige of the awards, they also reward the winner with a substantial amount of cash, over $900,000 in 2000.

    • Gordo: Hey Monica and Rachel, can we talk about something besides hair?
      Monica Geller and Rachel Green are of course two of the characters on NBC's long-running sitcom Friends. They are played by Courteney Cox Arquette and Jennifer Aniston, respectively.

    • Jo McGuire: Go upstairs and change into something a little less Barnum & Bailey.
      (Translation: You look like a clown!) P.T. Barnum started his circus in the 1800's and called it "The Greatest Show on Earth." He is the man most responsible for creating the image that most people have of the circus today. James A. Bailey became his partner later on, and after Barnum's death in 1891, he eventually merged with the other great circus in America run by the Ringling Brothers (1907). The Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus still tours the U.S. and the world today.

    • Miranda: Everyone knows that you're the Tiger Woods of term papers.
      Tiger Woods is the most spectacularly successful golfer to hit the sport in thirty years. Only the relative briefness of his career keeps him from being proclaimed the greatest golfer of all time. When he won his second Masters tournament in 2001 at age 25, he had won all four of professional golf's major championships in a row, a feat never accomplished before.

    • Gordo: Poor suckers, they all think they'll be the next Bill Gates.
      Bill Gates is the founder and chairman of Microsoft Industries. The success of his computer software company has made him one of, if not the, richest persons in the world.

    • Toon Lizzie: Mr. Pettus can slice and dice a frog in formaldehyde faster than you can say Benihana!
      Benihana is a chain of Japanese restaurants and steak houses which have been around for many years. Chefs prepare dishes on hibachis right at the diners' table and perform all sorts of skillful tricks with their sharp knives. Originally the restaurants in the U.S. were called Benihana of Tokyo, while those in Japan were called Benihana of New York.