Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 8

Just Friends

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Aired Unknown Jun 14, 2002 on Disney Channel
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Gordo encourages Lizzie to finally do something about her crush on Ethan Craft; that is, ask him to the Sadie Hawkins Day dance. But when Lizzie does this she's disappointed when Ethan tells her that he likes their relationship as friends and doesn't want to risk changing it by going out with her. Lizzie is determined to turn herself into a girl who is perfect for Ethan and with the help of Gordo, she begins a surveillance campaign to determine all of Ethan's likes and dislikes so she can make herself over for him. Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny are trying to whip up an "evil potion," but instead they come up with a great-tasting smoothie. It's so good that when they begin to sell it to neighboring kids, Matt's back yard becomes the newest hot spot in town, and soon everyone is flocking to the "Club Flamingo." Lizzie goes on her campaign for Ethan and it seems to be working: he's knocked out that all of a sudden they seem to have so much in common. She even knows how to dress like his fantasy woman! So since they're getting along so well, Lizzie once again asks Ethan to the dance. He tells her that nothing has changed: he still likes being friends with her and doesn't want to be boyfriend/girlfriend. Lizzie is dismayed and confused by what has happened. Her parents try to console her, but she's still down. She goes to Matt's Club Flamingo to drown her sorrows in smoothies. Matt has had his own troubles--a big scary kid named Sonny doesn't like the competition Matt's place has been giving him, so he has pressured Matt into shutting down. Gordo and Miranda drop by. They're dateless for the dance too. So while Lanny "plays it again," Gordo and Lizzie have a slow dance (and so do Miranda and Matt.)moreless

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  • I really like this episode!

    9.6
    Gordo tells Lizzie to do something about her crush on Ethan. She decides to ask him to the Sadie Hawkin's Dance. He tells her he likes being just friends with her and doesn't want to risk their friendship by going to the dance with her. Lizzie is crushed so she asks Gordo to help her find out what kind of girl Ethan likes so she can change for him. She tries everything she can possibly think of, but Ethan still turns her down. I felt sorry for her, but I wanted her like Gordo not Ethan anyway so it was ok. Matt makes some smoothie thing and opens up Club Flamingo in their backyard. Lizzie goes to the club after Ethan turns her down the second time. Matt is going to close his club because a mean kid is making him close it. Lanny plays a slow song and my favorite part of the episode happens...

    Gordo: And as expected poor old Gordo got no invites! The big goose egg, good morning, good afternoon and goodnight!

    Lizzie: So, uhh, dance with me.

    Awww so cute! Then Miranda makes Matt dance with her lol!moreless
  • Sadie Hawkins Day dance. A girl has to ask a boy to go to this dance. Lizzie is going to ask Ethan Craft obviously. When she asks him Ethan said she was more of a friend than a girlfriend. Lizzie and Gordo watch Ethan Craft to see his hobbies.moreless

    8.7
    Sadie Hawkins Day dance. A girl has to ask a boy to go to this dance. Lizzie is going to ask Ethan Craft obviously. When she asks him Ethan said she was more of a friend than a girlfriend. Lizzie and Gordo watch Ethan Craft to see his hobbies. They track him down and finds that he likes Rohl Dahl , hot dogs and all sorts of things. Gordo went to as far as asking what type of girls he likes. He replies mysterious girls that knows something you don't know. Gordo says thats basically everyone. LOL!!! Lizzie dresses as a spy girl with a black shirt and pants with sunglasses on. Boy I could not read her expressions even though I listen to tapes about reading people like a book. She hangs out with Ethan and they become stronger friends. Lizzie has finally mustered up the courage to ask again but he said nothing at all has changed. Lizzie is distraught about the whole thing at home.



    Meanwhile Matt and Lanny made a lovely smoothie and make a business called 'Club Flamingo'. Matt and Lanny then make it larger until a nasty boy called Sonny comes up and says he does not like competition. He asks for the recipe and Matt purposely told him to put everything disgusting in it. At home he tries the recipe but it is gross.moreless
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    Gordo encourages Lizzie to finally do something about her crush on Ethan Craft; that is, ask him to the Sadie Hawkins Day dance. But when Lizzie does this she's disappointed when Ethan tells her that he likes their relationship as friends and doesn't want to risk changing it by going out with her. Lizzie is determined to turn herself into a girl who is perfect for Ethan and with the help of Gordo, she begins a surveillance campaign to determine all of Ethan's likes and dislikes so she can make herself over for him. Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny are trying to whip up an "evil potion," but instead they come up with a great-tasting smoothie. It's so good that when they begin to sell it to neighboring kids, Matt's back yard becomes the newest hot spot in town, and soon everyone is flocking to the "Club Flamingo."



    Lizzie goes on her campaign for Ethan and it seems to be working: he's knocked out that all of a sudden they seem to have so much in common. She even knows how to dress like his fantasy woman! So since they're getting along so well, Lizzie once again asks Ethan to the dance. He tells her that nothing has changed: he still likes being friends with her and doesn't want to be boyfriend/girlfriend.



    Lizzie is dismayed and confused by what has happened. Her parents try to console her, but she's still down. Shes goes to Matt's Club Flamingo to drown her sorrows in smoothies. Matt has had his own troubles--a big scary kid named Sonny doesn't like the competition Matt's place has been giving him, so he has pressured Matt into shutting down. Gordo and Miranda drop by. They're dateless for the dance too. So while Lanny "plays it again," Gordo and Lizzie have a slow dance (and so do Miranda and Matt.)moreless
  • This episode involves Lizzie's sense of wanting to impress her long time crush Ethan by changing her entire personality to impress him. To win him over for the Sadie Hawkins Dance, Gordo and Miranda help Lizzie find out everything about Ethan to transformmoreless

    9.5
    This is an unforgettable episode for the ultimate Lizzie McGuire fan--it's cute, funny, and portrays the obvious affection that Lizzie and her friend Gordo have for each other. The humor in this episode was more evident than in most. I always love how Ethan's lines can be (mostly) humorous but serious at times, too. Whether Ethan is telling Lizzie he's still "paddling his kayak alone" or honestly telling Lizzie he views her as more of a friend, the boy especially draws the audience in in this episode. Plus, this episode is a must-see for anyone who roots on Lizzie and Gordo's potential relationship. How adorable is it when the two dance together in the end? Hilary Duff and Adam Lamberg certainly have a chemistry on-screen. Mostly Lizzie and Gordo were shown together throughout the entire episode which shows that Gordo was intent on helping Lizzie to be happy. However, there was a moral to the story as there is with any Disney show: Be yourself. Lizzie learns that through getting her heart broken after trying extremely hard to impress the boy of her dreams. Her sense of sadness was portrayed extremely well by Hilary Duff. The young actress can show many different sides of a charater which is excellent for the overall development of one. I liked the Matt plot in this episode more so than in others. However, the only downside to it is that Jake Thomas's acting is not always top-notch. Sure he was probably only 11 at the time, but sometimes he can be a bit over the top.



    Again, "Just Friends" is a great episode for a huge Lizzie McGuire fan. I would have to say this is one of my favorite episodes and am never disappointed or bored when it is shown on t.v. Even if I have seen it close to a million times.moreless
Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny Onasis

Guest Star

Jake Blakey

Jake Blakey

Sonny

Guest Star

Jacob Price

Jacob Price

Drinking Kid

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When "All I Can Do" is played, the lyric "If you look at my heart" is closed-captioned as "If you're looking for fun."

    • Ethan runs into a pole when the birds are chasing him and Lizzie states that he's nearsighted. But the inability to see objects up close means a person is farsighted.

    • Somehow Lizzie, looking in the mirror of her compact from several feet away, manages to get a close-up reflection of Ethan, close enough to read the label on his soda can.

    • In the opening scene, one shot shows Miranda with folded arms, but the next quick shot shows her tucking her hair back. This goes on for about ten shot changes. She always has her arms folded in one shot and then up in the next, without time to change positions.

    • Lizzie drinks Matt's smoothie, which contains strawberries, even though in an earlier episode it was said that she was allergic to strawberry ice cream.

    • In "Jack of All Trades", Lizzie states that her mom would never let her wear anything with a bare midriff, but in this episode Lizzie and Miranda both were seen showing their bellies. [Just barely, though!--Ed.]

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lizzie: OK, so, ah...Tudgeman finally cracked.
      Miranda: It's his diet. He lives on fish sticks and cream soda.
      Gordo: He hasn't cracked. He's just excited about the Sadie Hawkins Day dance. Since the girls ask the guys, this is his big chance.
      Lizzie: OK, but does he actually think that Kate is gonna ask him?
      Gordo: OK, he's cracked.

    • Jo: Since when did you become an expert on teenaged girls?
      Sam: I was dumped by enough of them.

    • Jo: Matt, what are you doing?
      Matt: Making a potion that will usher in thousands of years of EVIL!
      Jo: OK, well, don't break anything.

    • Matt: Tudge! How's life been treatin' ya?
      Larry: Like a baby treats a diaper.

    • Gordo: And as expected poor old Gordo got no invites [to the Sadie Hawkins Dance]! The big goose egg, good morning, good afternoon and goodnight!
      Lizzie: So, uhh, dance with me.

    • Gordo (To Lizzie): I like you better as you. Although that 'mystery woman' thing was kinda grrrrr!

    • Larry (to himself in a mirror): Really, Kate, you're asking me out, but what made you wake up and smell the Tudge? Was it my charming smile, the fact that I've seen Lord of the Rings twelve times? OK, dollface, you can pick me up at seven. Till then, give me some sugar. (Kisses mirror) Was that good for you?

    • Lizzie: I bet Ethan's looking for some wild, crazy Drew Barrymore-type of girl.
      Gordo: Ah, no. Last year he liked Denise Palmer, and she's even duller than you. Not to say that you're dull, of course! You're just not Ethan's type!

    • Lizzie: Does this hat look like a mystery woman to you?
      Gordo: Are mystery woman and bag lady the same thing?

    • Gordo: You know what type of girls I like? I like European, you know, real sophisticated types.
      Ethan: Like Britney Spears!

    • Gordo: What do you even know about the guy [Ethan]?
      Lizzie: I know he's a total hottie.
      Grodo: Well, there's a rock-solid foundation!

    • Matt: Don't say another word, Lanny...

    • Lizzie: I'm decent looking.
      Gordo: You're very pretty.
      Lizzie: And I'm a nice person.
      Gordo: You're a great person!
      Lizzie: And I'm wild and unpredictable.
      Gordo: ...You're a great person.

    • Gordo (imitating Ethan): My cousin has a hamster named Joey!
      Yesterday I learned how to tie my shoes...now I forgot.

    • Lizzie: Mom, I really like golf! It's so fast-paced!

  • NOTES (9)

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book Lizzie Loves Ethan and the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 7. It is also on Vol. 4 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Totally Crushed" released on Mar. 16, 2004.

    • The makers of Lizzie seem to like classic gangster films. There have been several references to The Godfather (1972) (see above) over the course of the series, and this episode seems to contain a little tribute to Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas, which starred Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. In that movie, there's a long tracking shot with the camera moving through a nightclub, similar to the shot in which the camera follows Matt walking through his "Club Flamingo."

    • Further character identification: "Drinking Kid" (Jacob Price) in the credits is identified as Patterson in the show. Sonny's last name is given as Mazerowski.
      Unseen characters: Mr. Boudreaux, the school janitor that Matt does an imitation of; Denise Palmer, a girl Gordo mentions that Ethan liked. And of course Kate Sanders is mentioned also.
      Characters with no lines: One of Matt's customers, a girl he refers to as "Sunshine."

    • When Larry is having his conversation with "Kate" (really the mirror!), the music playing is from Peter Tchaikovsky's famous 1870 composition the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. In the 20th century it was given lyrics and turned into a popular song entitled "Our Love."

    • Music includes the song "All I Can Do" by Jump5 from the album All the Time in the World (2002), played during the montage when Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda have Ethan under surveillance. Although, for some reason this song is replaced on the DVD with "Stupid Cupid" from The Princess Diaries Soundtrack (2001). It is an updated version sung by Mandy Moore, it was written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield and first recorded by Connie Francis in 1958.

    • A nice bit of continuity. It was established all the way back in "Sibling Bonds" that Ethan had a love for golf. The fact was picked up again in this episode.

    • The scene where Larry comes to Matt's club and everyone greets him by hollering "Tudge!" is an homage to the long-running television sitcom Cheers (1982-1993). That's how the regulars at the bar used to greet Norm (played by George Wendt) when he he entered Cheers. (Of course, they said "Norm!" instead of "Tudge!") There's even a joke stolen directly from a Cheers episode: when Matt asks Larry how the world's been treating him and he replies, "Like a baby treats a diaper."

    • The clapboard seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show gives the date of production as February 6, 2002. For the first time, an extra scene is included with the bloopers. It shows Sonny (Jake Blakey) mixing up the smoothie recipe Matt gave him, then screaming when he drinks the mixture. The last shot of a house with Sonny's voice heard screaming in the background is a parody of a scene in The Godfather (1972). In that film, actor John Marley wakes up to find a severed horse's head in bed with him! He screams, and then there's a shot of his mansion, with his voice still heard in the background screaming. One of the main characters in The Godfather is named Sonny also.

    • For the first time, Lanny's last name is listed in the credits as Onasis. It's never been used on the show, though. When he's playing "Igor" to Matt's "mad scientist," Lanny appears with a hump like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Ethan: Like Britney Spears!
      Britney Spears is the former Mouseketeer who became the biggest-selling female teenage singer ever in the late 1990's and 2000's. Ethan's a little off the mark if he thinks she's a "European...sophisticated" type. Britney was born in Louisiana and projected an All-American image, though she has been widely criticized for creating too sexy an image that is negatively affecting the way her younger fans dress and groom themselves in order to imitate her.

    • Gordo: He's just excited by the Sadie Hawkins Day dance.
      Sadie Hawkins Day originated in a satirical comic strip written by Al Capp called Lil' Abner, which ran from 1934 until 1977. It was about a bunch of hillbillies who lived in the fictional town of Dogpatch somewhere in the mountains. Sadie Hawkins was the mayor's daughter. She was so ugly that in order to marry her off, the mayor declared "Sadie Hawkins Day," when there was a big race with all the unmarried men getting a head start. If any woman pursuing the men caught one, she could marry him. Since then Sadie Hawkins dances, where the girls ask to boys to go, have been held at schools everywhere

    • Tudgeman: I'm gonna be late for my 4-H Club meeting.
      The 4-H Club is a program of the Cooperative Extension Department of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This organization is for young people interested in careers in agricuture or agriculture in general. Because of the decline in the number of farmers in the U.S. and the fact that not many kids in urban areas care much about farming or agriculture, the 4-H Club is sometimes looked on as a nerdy, square organization. The four "H"'s in the club's name stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health

    • Lizzie: I listen to Ja Rule when I practice.
      Ja Rule is a rap artist who has been very successful around the time this episode was first broadcast, especially on several duets with female partners.

    • Matt: "Table 3 wants to hear some P. Diddy."
      Rap artist and record executive Sean "Puffy" Combs, who was known as Puff Daddy on his recordings, changed his professional name to P. Diddy in 2001.

    • Miranda: "He loves Roald Dahl books, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
      Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was an English author who wrote many books for children as well as adults. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the basis for the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which Ethan mentions later. He also wrote James and the Giant Peach as well as, the screenplay for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967).

    • Lizzie: "I bet Ethan's looking for some wild, crazy Drew Barrymore type of girl."
      Drew Barrymore was born into a famous acting family and was a already a big star and household name at only seven years old after she starred in the number 1 movie of its time, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). But she developed alcohol and drug-dependency problems at a shockingly young age. Even after she cleaned up her chemical problems, she still often displayed a wild streak, like the time she gave talk-show host David Letterman a table dance on his show as a birthday present and flashed her breasts at him.

    • Larry: "...the fact that I've seen Lord of the Rings twelve times..."
      Larry is referring to the fantasy film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, one of the biggest blockbuster films of 2001.

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