Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 15

Lizzie in the Middle

Aired Unknown Aug 23, 2002 on Disney Channel

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  • nice episode

    lizzie gets a visit from malcolm in the middle frankie muniz. it's a nice episode where a real actor plays himself. lizzie, miranda and gordo deal with the day's problem, things go to hell in school when frankie gets overwhelmed by his fans. it's a funny storyline. it's pretty good, the show is kept comical, that's what this show should be. i had a good time watching this episode, lizzie maguire is a really fun show to watch. it's well directed, the pacing is down well, it's not boring, i really had a good time. each episode really is an adventure.
  • Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous.

    A ‘growth’ episode for Lizzie.

    When at school, who should step into her Drama class to see his old friend Mr. Dig? Why, none other than Frankie Muniz, star of the television show “Malcolm in the Middle” on the FOX network. And it’s love at first sight. Not for Lizzie mind you, but Frankie! Lizzie then learns what it is like to date a famous person.

    The constant media presence. The alienation of one’s friendships. The lack of personal time. The rugged lifestyle one must endure in the name of fame (ironically, the actress who plays the part of Lizzie, Hilary Duff, must go through a very similar thing in real life). Lizzie finds out that fame is really just a gilded cage. Gilded yes, but still a cage.

    Lizzie shows a great deal of maturity in this episode. Originally, Lizzie thinks better of dating a ‘star’ (much to Gordo’s approval). But Miranda’s persuasion, added to Jo’s support, along with Frankie’s unexpected arrival at her home, makes her reconsider her initial reaction and starts dating him.

    But I have to wonder at Frankie’s unexpected arrival at Lizzie’s home. How did he find out where Lizzie lives? Here he is, a total stranger, going up to her home and practically wheedling his way into an audience with her august person. Can we say ‘stalker’? ;-)

    The life of a famous person is seldom their own. They have all sorts of commitments and obligations. Though that particular aspect isn’t gone into, the other problems, namely lack of privacy, are on display. Photographers follow her around constantly, just because she’s dating Frankie. Whenever they are out on a date fans mob them. And not even her own house is safe, what with Matt selling off Lizzie’s stuff as memorabilia! Everywhere she turns she’s an item of insatiable curiosity. And in the course of these events Lizzie finds out that she doesn’t want to be famous (something she already learned in “Last Year’s Model”).

    But whereas in “Last Year’s Model” Lizzie learns to forgo fame because of the phony way people treat/fawn all over one, in this episode it is the sheer inconvenience of such a life that makes her reaffirm her desire to have none of it.

    And because of that constant observation of her life, it alienates her from her friends. Gordo and Miranda make it clear that as long as she dates Frankie, and all the craziness that ensues, they won’t hang around with her. A harsh ‘ultimatum’ no doubt, putting even further strain on Lizzie’s conscious. Perhaps not even fair, especially since it was Miranda who originally urged Lizzie to give Frankie a chance. An ‘us or him’ decision is what they propose.

    Lizzie then makes a very mature decision, she decides that she must ‘break it off’ with Frankie. The life of a paramour to a famous person is not one she can/wants to live. The idea of a ‘boy crazy’ ‘teenybopper’ actively choosing *not* to date a famous teenage ‘heartthrob’ is astounding. That a 14-year-old middle schooler has the mental awareness and fortitude to see the situation for what it is and make the appropriate decision is remarkable and to be commended. Lizzie does a bit of ‘growing up’ as a consequence.

    As far as a subplot goes, there isn’t one. One of those rare episodes where that is the case.

    On a real world note, Hilary Duff and Frankie Muniz are rumored to have actually dated for some time during and after this episode was filmed.

    And on a musical note, notice the use of the ‘Lizzie Romance’ piece used here. It’s the same bit of music used between her and Ronny in “First Kiss”, her and Gordo in “Just Friends”, between her and Gordo again in “Clueless” and even again in “Bye, Bye Hillridge Junior High”. It’s used whenever Lizzie encounters a ‘romantic’ moment.

    At the end of the day, this is a ‘growing’ experience for Lizzie. She learns at bit more about life and love. And unlike in “First Kiss” or “Just Friends” it’s Lizzie doing the rejecting, as opposed to the other way around.

    The decision was a difficult one, but one she (and Frankie) knew she must make. A very ‘mature’ episode.