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.]
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!
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.
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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