Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 28

Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure (aka Lizzie and Kate's Excellent Adventure)

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Aired Unknown Nov 30, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure (aka <i>Lizzie and Kate's Excellent Adventure</i>)
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Gordo and Miranda visit Lizzie after she was out sick and bring her some scary news--in social studies class she has to pair up on a project with---KATE!! Lizzie reacts hysterically. She tries to get out of going to class the next day but her parents make her go. Kate is mad about working with Lizzie also, but she comes by the McGuire house to work on their project, cooking a Latvian dish called an Alexander Tort (a raspberry pastry). At first the two are hostile to each other, but eventually they have a laugh or two and begin to recall the days when they were friends. Jo McGuire sees them enjoying themselves and tells the girls it seems like old times. Suddenly the girls stop being so friendly, then Kate excuses herself and leaves. At school Miranda and Gordo ask Lizzie how it went with Kate, expecting the worst. Lizzie says it wasn't so bad. In fact, the two are going to the Digital Bean to do work on a high-speed computer. When they get there, Kate and Lizzie are working fine, but Gordo and Miranda are there arguing with Kate's entourage, led by Claire. Back at home the girls have an accident with eggs and flour and laugh about it and the good times they used to share together. They wonder what happened to make them drift apart. Lizzie remembers that Kate came back from camp one summer and things were never the same. At school the next day the girls give an excellent oral presentation together and serve their food. After it's over, though, Miranda and Gordo get into a fight with Kate's posse again. They all expect Lizzie and Kate to join in. The two girls are quiet for a moment, but then they start taking verbal shots at each other. Things appear to have gone back to normal, but Kate and Lizzie share a glance and a smile that lets us know that there is still a bond between them. Meanwhile, a dream Matt had about a cancelled math test and a substitute teacher in red shoes comes true, so he immediately assumes he's a psychic. With the assistance of Oscar, he starts predicting the futures of other students, and surprisingly, things come true in one way or another. Matt's dad Sam is beginning to believe his son may actually be able to predict the future, but Jo will have none of it and seeks out ways to disprove Matt's psychic ability.moreless

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  • There's another side of Kate!

    9.7
    That's right. Lizzie misses school, because she's feelings sick. Kate was absent from school as well, because she too was sick. This means that the two were paired together for a history assignment. I think this was a great learning experience for the two girls. They eventually learn to get along and start to at least work together on the project. I actually had my hopes up, thinking that maybe the two would become friends again. I mean, they were laughing and talking as if they were tired of being angry with each other. Unfortunately, after the project ended, Kate went back to being the popular snob that she was before.



    I still always believed that Kate was a good person deep inside. She just didn't want to show it around her friends, because she didn't want to lose her popularity. I hope she eventually decides to leave behind her snob mask and just be friends with Lizzie again.moreless
  • Kate and Lizzie take a big step in maturing during this episode.

    9.5
    They begin to grow up. Although they end the episode with more name-calling, and the series continues to where Lizzie and Kate never become friends, you can tell that they both realize that their fights were stupid. They are pressured by their friends to continue to be enemies, which is inevitable, but you still see both of their true personalities come out.
  • Way to predicable!

    0.0
    This episode is the most predicable episode! The popular girl and the average girl work together, then they become friends. Lizzie and Kate use to be the best of friends, now because Kate thinks she's so cool, they're not friends. Then somehow the project brought them together, now the have a secert friendship. This episode is boring, stupid, and a wasted of space!
  • 6.2
    Gordo and Miranda visit Lizzie after she was out sick and bring her some scary news--in social studies class she has to pair up on a project with---KATE!! Lizzie reacts hysterically. She tries to get out of going to class the next day but her parents make her go. Kate is mad about working with Lizzie also, but she comes by the McGuire house to work on their project, cooking a Latvian dish called an Alexander Tort (a raspberry pastry ). At first the two are hostile to each other, but eventually they have a laugh or two and begin to recall the days when they were friends. Jo McGuire sees them enjoying themselves and tells the girls it seems like old times. Suddenly the girls stop being so friendly, then Kate excuses herself and leaves.



    At school Miranda and Gordo ask Lizzie how it went with Kate, expecting the worst. Lizzie says it wasn't so bad. In fact, the two are going to the Digital Bean to do work on a high-speed computer. When they get there, Kate and Lizzie are working fine, but Gordo and Miranda are there arguing with Kate's entourage, led by Claire. Back at home the girls have an accident with eggs and flour and laugh about it and the good times they used to share together. They wonder what happened to make them drift apart. Lizzie remembers that Kate came back from camp one summer and things were never the same. At school the next day the girls give an excellent oral presentation together and serve their food. After it's over, though, Miranda and Gordo get into a fight with Kate's posse again. They all expect Lizzie and Kate to join in. The two girls are quiet for a moment, but then they start taking verbal shots at each other. Things appear to have gone back to normal, but Kate and Lizzie share a glance and a smile that lets us know that there is still a bond between them.



    Meanwhile, a dream Matt had about a cancelled math test and a substitute teacher in red shoes comes true, so he immediately assumes he's a psychic. With the assistance of Oscar, he starts predicting the futures of other students, and surprisingly, things come true in one way or another. Matt's dad Sam is beginning to believe his son may actually be able to predict the future, but Jo will have none of it and seeks out ways to disprove Matt's psychic ability.moreless
  • The Redemption Of Kate Begins.

    5.4
    This episode sows the seeds for the second of the show’s long term plot threads. In “Pool Party” Lizzie mentions in passing that Kate was their (her, Miranda and Gordo’s) “other best friend”. Yet it isn’t until this episode that that former relationship is explored. For the first time since her introduction, we see what Lizzie and the rest must have seen in Kate prior to her turning to the “Dark Side”.



    This episode shows us the “Inner Kate”, the “Real Kate” if you will. We see that Kate isn’t as bad as she appears, that there is a softer side to her that she no longer shows. And we are made aware of one fact: that she misses Lizzie’s (and by extension Miranda’s and Gordo’s) friendship. This fact, that she misses her old life, sets up what is to become a long standing plot thread. In knowing that Kate misses her old life there now exists the possibility of her reclaiming that old life. We are left knowing that she isn’t ready to chuck her “popular” persona, but this episode serves to set her upon that path



    The idea of redemption is as old as mankind itself. And as a story idea it is nearly as old.



    The idea that Kate is the “Lost Friend” is intriguing. To think that our favorite trio was once upon a time a foursome. The “Lost Musketeer” if you will.



    This episode and “Gordo and the Girl” serve to set up the two great plot threads of the series. And as such, it is a seminal episode. And seeing how Kate’s character has more “depth” added to it here, it is easy to see why this is Ashlie Brillault’s favorite episode of the series. It gives her, as an actress, more to work with. And in doing so adds another layer to Kate’s persona.



    This episode is all about the start of a rapprochement between Kate and Lizzie. What more needs to be said? I like this idea, and I like how it’s been handled thus far in the series.



    As for the subplot, Matt thinks himself physic! This is the second appearance of Matt’s playmate Oscar. It would appear that he was the “back up” friend (in Lanny’s absence) until Melina came on the scene. As usual, Sam and Jo provide great comedic relief (Sam as the ‘goof’, Jo as the ‘heavy’).



    Overall, this is a ‘set up’ episode. It sets up the long-term plot thread of Kate’s reformation. And on that score it does a good job. The audience gets a feeling for how Kate used to, and the bond that she and Lizzie had. And further more one is set up to accept (nay, desire) a possible future reconciliation between the two of them. But we also get some comedy by way of the subplot.



    This is an important episode to the series’ run.moreless
Sebastian Jude

Sebastian Jude

Oscar

Guest Star

Craig Anton

Craig Anton

Mr. Pettus

Guest Star

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel

 

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

Mitchah Williams

Mitchah Williams

Chewing Gum Kid

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When the bookbag flies through the window of the patio door both doors are closed, but after the quick shots of Matt and Sam the left door is already slightly open before Sam reaches it.

    • Claire says she's paired up with Ethan on the cooking project, but he's never seen in this episode. When Lizzie and Kate are making their presentation near the end, there's a shot of the students in the class, and Ethan is not shown among them.

    • The patio door which is broken by the bookbag is different from those seen in other episodes. Usually doors with full glass and grids are seen but the door that is broken has two separate panes of glass and no grids. Later, when Matt runs into Kate there is a wide shot of the kitchen which shows the doors, with grids, that are normally seen. (Actually, the doors with the grids had no glass in them, as we noticed in a goof in "Over the Hill" where Gordo stuck his hand through one of the "panes." But they needed a real glass door in this episode.)

      Also, when the bookbag goes through the door it's closed, but after quick shots of Matt and Sam, the left one is slightly open.

    • Toon Lizzie says at one point, "After all, this is junior high." Which is it, junior high or middle school? The school has been called both on the series, and there is a difference. Generally, a middle school contains grades 6,7, and 8, while a junior high contains grades 7, 8 and the freshman year of high school, grade 9.

    • When Lizzie and Kate slip on the eggs and fall, the flour bag that Lizzie's holding doesn't fly up in the air. But when the girls are on the ground, the flour comes cascading down from above them.

    • Goof or not a goof? Toon Lizzie says, "It's deja vu all over again," which is redundant, since deja vu is French for the feeling a person has that he or she has experienced a present moment at some time in the past. Actually, the phrase "deja vu all over again" has become sort of a standard joke. (It was supposedly uttered once by Yogi Berra, famous for his twisting of language.) But so many people use it seriously that we're not always sure who knows it's a joke and who doesn't.

    • When Lizzie opens her locker to scream into it, her hand is on the door. But when the shot cuts to the inside of the locker, her hands are at the bottom of it. Then she's shown once again with her hand on the door.

    • Is it SAND-ers or SAUN-ders? The pronunciation of Kate's name is back to the latter again.

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode can also be found in the paperback novelization book Totally Crushed.

    • Toon Lizzie is seen in a time machine just like the one used in the Back to the Future movies; that is, a DeLorean car.

    • According to a Disney Channel promo, this is Ashlie Brillault's (Kate) favorite episode of the series.

    • The original working title on the scripts was "Lizzie and Kate's Excellent Adventure." Its name was changed, probably to avoid confusion (and legal trouble) with the 1989 movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

    • Music includes "Who I Am," by Jessica Andrews, it's heard during the last scene with Lizzie and Kate. (Thanks to Billy_Gilman for this info.) The single is from the album with the same name and was released in February 2001. It reached the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks and No. 24 on the Adult Contemporary charts.

    • Craig Anton (Mr. Pettus), last seen in episode 6, is only shown here in still photos.
      Other characters mentioned but not seen: Mr. Dig, mentioned as a substitute English teacher; Mrs. McGee, Matt's math teacher who is out sick, and Ethan Craft.

    • Filming dates: May 24-29, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated May 25, 2001.

    • The was the last season one episode to be filmed.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Toon Lizzie: "He doesn't have to cook with Katezilla."
      A takeoff on the name Godzilla, the Japanese movie monster (a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex) that menaced Tokyo in many films, beginning with Godzilla (Japanese name: Gojira) in 1956. A big-budget remake of that movie starring Matthew Broderick was released in 1998.

    • Toon Lizzie: Give me the bad news, Doc. I can take it.
      This line, or variations of it, has been used so much in movies and TV shows over the years that it has become a cliche.

    • Lizzie: "You got that Baby Spice shirt you wanted so bad."
      "Baby Spice" was the nickname of Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls, who attained great worldwide popularity in the last half of the 1990's. She was nickname "Baby" because she was the youngest member of the group (born 1976) and often dressed like a (naughty) little girl.

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