Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 21

Lizzie Strikes Out

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Aired Unknown Aug 31, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Lizzie Strikes Out
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Ethan invites Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda to go bowling with friends on the weekend. Of course the girls are thrilled but Gordo isn't so happy--bowling is something he's not good at. In fact, he got so nervous doing it before that his fingers swelled up and the ball had to be cut off his hand! Miranda says she will be Gordo's "life coach" for bowling and tries to teach him a kind of mystical philosophy ("Be the ball!") Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny are trying to think of what they can do to stop the bully Heywood Biggs from picking on them. When Sam McGuire hears Lizzie talking about her sort-of date on the phone, he worries that he's not involved enough in his daughter's life. He asks her if she'd like for just the two of them to go out to dinner on Friday so they can spend some time together. Lizzie agrees, but later realizes that the bowling date is the same night! She decides she'll have to ask her father to reschedule. Lizzie explains to her dad about the bowling and he agrees to postpone their night out, but he seems disappointed. Matt and Lanny practice their revenge technique ("Operation Mummy") for Heywood on Lizzie. Later, Lizzie talks to her mom who says her dad understands about her wanting to go bowling with friends, but Lizzie feels a little guilty afterwards. At school, Gordo sees Mr. Dig wipe out badly on a scooter, but is surprised to see that he takes it as a positive, learning experience. Miranda tries to tell Gordo he's doesn't need to excel at everything. The advice seems to be working, because at the bowling alley, Gordo throws a gutter ball, but his fingers don't swell up. Lizzie bowls a strike, to the admiration of Ethan--and her dad, too, who she invited along.moreless

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  • Decisions, Decisions...

    5.7
    Feeling himself not sufficiently a part of Lizzie’s changing life, Sam decides that he and Lizzie need to have a ‘father/daughter night out’ in order to ‘bond’ more with one another. While Lizzie sees it as slightly weird, she agrees.



    But come to find out, it falls on the same day she’s to see Ethan Craft at bowling! Thus a choice must be made: a night out with her dad, or a night out with the ‘cool’ guy she has a crush on?



    This is a ‘growth’ episode for Lizzie. She has to make a mature decision. In the course of talking with her mom, she realizes what spending time together really means to her dad. That these opportunities won’t be around forever (this theme is also visited in “Grubby Longjohn’s Old Tyme Revue”). And they should be cherished when they transpire.



    But instead of making a hard decision, she ingeniously incorporates the two. She spends a night out with her dad bowling—where she also gets to ‘hang’ with Ethan. A stroke of brilliance.



    As far as a subplot goes, there seems to be two of them.



    Miranda’s ‘life coach’ course is funny to behold. She’s teaching Gordo how not to be stressed out over something he’s not good at—to accept it. Though the question arises, is that really a message we should be sending to children—to accept failure? ;-) Though this story does show us a side of Gordo we seldom see—his insecure side. Normally he’s the most ‘mature’ member of the trio. He’s the one who ‘knows all the answers’. But here he’s the one in need of reassurance. We see this less assured side again in “Gordo’s Bar Mitzvah” and “A Gordo Story” (not to mention “Clueless” and “Bye, Bye Hillridge Junior High”, to a lesser degree).



    Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny think up a plan to stop the school bully from picking on them. Honey and cellophane. Sounds like a plan to me. ;-)



    Everybody gains something in this episode. Lizzie gains a valuable lesson in family togetherness *and* time with her crush. Gordo gains acceptance with himself. Matt and Lanny gain relief from their bully. And said bully gains a body cast! *LOL*



    Pretty ‘typical’ stuff.moreless
  • Oh this episode brings back so many memories!

    10
    This reminds me of me and my mother. Lizzie's father wants to have a father-daughter dinner with her, because he really misses hanging out with her. Unfortunately, her dinner is scheduled on the same night at her bowling night with her two best friends and her big crush. At first, she asks to reschedule her dinner with her father. Then, she decides to just include him in her plans, which is a much better idea.



    I remember when my mother wanted to spend time with me and have a mother-daughter night, but my friends wanted to be with me as well, and it was all happening on the same night. I didn't want to hurt my friends or my mother, so I decided to let my mother join us all at the movies. We all had a blast. I love my mum.moreless
  • 7.1
    Lizzie explains to her dad about the bowling and he agrees to postpone their night out, but he seems disappointed. Matt and Lanny practice their revenge technique ("Operation Mummy") for Heywood on Lizzie. Later, Lizzie talks to her mom who says her dad understands about her wanting to go bowling with friends, but Lizzie feels a little guilty afterwards. At school, Gordo sees Mr. Dig wipe out badly on a scooter, but is surprised to see that he takes it as a positive, learning experience. Miranda tries to tell Gordo he's doesn't need to excel at everything. The advice seems to be working, because at the bowling alley, Gordo throws a gutter ball, but his fingers don't swell up. Lizzie bowls a strike, to the admiration of Ethan--and her dad, too, who she invited along.moreless
Paul Robert Langdon

Paul Robert Langdon

Hollywood Biggs [sic]

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Arvie Lowe

Arvie Lowe

Mr. Dig

Recurring Role

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: The shots of the lane (facing the pins) and the rest of the bowling centers seem to be taken in different places. While the shots facing the pins appear to be in a real bowling center, with pinsetters, masking units, and real pins and lanes (with real brand logos), the shots of the other side (where all the characters are) may have been taken on a set. It's a very authentic-looking set, though; in fact, the only telltale signs that it's fake are the incorrect placements of lane markers as legally required by local and international bowling federations.

      Also, the masking unit above the pins indicate that Lizzie and crew are bowling on lane 1, but that cannot be because 1) there is at least one lane to the left of her, and 2) they are bowling on a left lane, which are always even-numbered.

    • Closed captioning goof: Ethan's last name is spelled as Kraft instead of Craft.

    • After Matt and Lanny 'mummify' Lizzie they fall to the floor and Matt's camouflage hat falls off his head. But in one shot after he stands up it's back on his head, while in all the others it's not.

    • Miranda recalls her embarrassment as a "maid a-milkin'" in a holiday pageant when she was younger. But in "Random Acts of Miranda," she and Lizzie talk as if neither of them had ever been in a play before.

    • After Mr. Dig crashes into the tree, Miranda calls him "Mr. Digs."

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Miranda: Mr.Dig, you're kinda freaky....

    • Miranda: The Dude Strikes Out by Jeffrey Lebowski? You're [Gordo] reading a book about bowling?

    • Sam: Hey Lizzie.
      Lizzie: Yo dad, what's up?
      Sam: What's the hap?
      Lizzie: The hap?
      Sam: Yeah, you know I'm just checkin' it with you.
      Lizzie: Checkin' what? What are you talking about? Oh...wait, you've been reading one of those "How to Talk to Your Kids" books again, haven't you?

    • Gordo: Bowling is good. Bowling is fun. Bowling will not make my fingers swell.

    • Sam McGuire: Sweetheart, they don't call me 'Striking Sam' because of my good looks--though it helps.

    • Sam McGuire: All I gotta do is show her how I can be down. I mean, I am right on with the kids, you know, and I am the real Sam Shady.
      Jo McGuire: Oh, now you're embarrassing me.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Continuity: Gordo mentions the Wilco Theater to Ethan. This is the same theater Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo went to in order to see Vesuvius in the episode "Rated Aargh."

    • Filming dates: March 18-22, 2001. The clapboard which opens the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated March 22, 2001. (The clapboard for "I've Got Rhythmic" shows up in the middle of the reel several times.)

    • When "Toon Lizzie" appears after Lizzie talks to Mr. Dig, the background behind her resembles that of the old TV science-fiction series The Twilight Zone, indicating that she thinks Mr. Dig is a little bit "out there."

    • Heywood Biggs (Paul Robert Langdon) is only seen in still photos. For some reason, the credits list the character as Hollywood Biggs.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Gordo: Friday night they're showing Psycho down at the Wilco.
      Psycho, a 1960 film by acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock, is considered one of the classic suspense movies of all time. Its famous scene in which actor Anthony Perkins (playing Norman Bates) rips open a shower curtain and stabs and kills actress Janet Leigh had movie audiences jumping out of their seats when the film played in theatres. However, younger audiences, used to seeing more graphically violent and bloody films, don't seem as impressed by it today.

    • Sam McGuire: All I gotta do is show her how I can be down. I mean, I am right on with the kids, you know, and I am the real Sam Shady.
      This is an obvious reference the 2000 hit song "The Real Slim Shady" by the controversial rapper Eminem. He became most popular after this song. Parents and many people alike have disagreed with his lyrics.

    • Miranda: "What are you reading? 'The Dude Strikes Out' by Jeffrey Lebowski?"
      The book Gordo is reading, "The Dude Strikes Out: by Jeffrey Lebowski," is a reference to the Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski, which is widely centered around bowling. Scenes from this film are also reenacted, such as when Miranda tells Gordo to "be the ball" and "be the pins."

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