Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 21

Lizzie's Eleven

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 2003 on Disney Channel
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Lizzie's Eleven
Lizzie is doing some awfully strange things to get her picture in the class yearbook as many times as possible. When Gordo puts her down for this, she reminds him he did the very same thing himself earlier. Lizzie figures she will be in eleven different pictures, but the yearbook editor Kate has different ideas. True to her usually-rotten self, Kate tells Lizzie she's only going to let a single picture of her run in the yearbook--one in which she's breaking out in a rash from a food allergy! Kate plans to get her picture taken with Ethan at the school's Monte Carlo Night that evening, then rush the yearbook off to the printer. To foil this plan, Lizzie comes up with an elaborate scheme worthy of the casino heist in the movie Ocean's Eleven. The whole McGuire clan gets involved, including Matt, who is persuaded along by a major wedgie given to him by Lizzie! Gordo and Melina also help out on the grand design.moreless

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  • Lizzie is trying to get her picture in the yearbook but Kate refuses to let her. Instead Kate puts the picture of Lizzie having an allergy to the oyster sauce. So everyone including Matt, who was forced by a wedgie helps get her pictures in the yearbook.moreless

    Lizzie turns up at school on her knees looking like a rat. But Gordo doesn’t say anything. Lizzie explains that it is for the pep club because she is trying to get her picture in the year book eleven times. Kate turns up but because she is year book editor and she decides what pictures should go in to the year book she only puts in one photo of Lizzie which was when she found out that she was allergic to the oyster sauce in the cafeteria. Lizzie is so upset so she asks Matt if he could help her but he says only if you do my demands but Lizzie refuses. So Matt says No done then no deal. So Lizzie gives him a huge wedgie so he agrees. He invites Melina and Gordo and Lizzie’s mum and dad, to join the case of Lizzie’s Eleven. They contribute to it by using one of their talents. Once they had finished, Melina says that there has been no music playing for about ten minutes so Lizzie runs off. She also says that people have been complaining about having no drinks so Mrs McGuire runs off and then Mr McGuire realises that there were no people greeting the guests. But Melina said that they were quite glad that there was nobody harassing the new guests. Matt giggled but Sam just swiped his head.moreless
  • Lizzie is so packed about the year book photos. Kate is in charge of it and as you guessed she is going to make Lizzie look like a dork. The Mcguire Clan go out and do a cool plan to put Kate's picture in the dust. Watch how criminal minds work! Kidding.moreless

    Lizzie is so packed about the year book photos. Kate is in charge of it and as you guessed she is going to make Lizzie look like a dork. The Mcguire Clan (even Matt) go out and do a cool plan to put Kate's picture in the dust. Matt only agreed because Lizzie gave him a big, big wedgie. Lizzie was the announcer of the Monte Carlo night. They all go and teach Kate a lesson by stealing her handbag and taking the key to get to the printer where you print the copy of the year book. It all worked outmoreless
  • It’s Only A Gamble If You Lose.

    The ‘ol “Bait and Switch”. A plot twist even I didn’t see coming. Just when it looked like the “heist” was going as sour as it could, it all turns out to be part of the “Master Plan”. Brilliant ploy, brilliantly pulled off. Bravo. One has to love the “film noir” quality of this episode.

    Kate is at her nastiest in this episode. She is determined to make Lizzie look bad in the yearbook, and even chortles in glee when she falls for Lizzie and Gordo’s fake fight (you know what they say, “misery loves company”).

    We see another hidden skill of Jo McGuire: Card Shark. And as for Sam, he doesn’t play too big a part in this episode, which is understandable considering the actor who portrays him (Robert Carradine) is also the director of this particular episode.

    We get lots of guest characters. Melina, Kate, Ethan, Larry, even Mr. Lang in a non-speaking role.

    As Lizzie mentioned near the end of the episode, it’s good to see all these characters working together on the plot. Though Lizzie’s methodology of ensuring Matt’s help (the wedgie) seemed unlike Lizzie’s demeanor.

    Another detail that seemed out of place was Lizzie’s reference to Gordo’s attempts at getting in a bunch of yearbook photos in “Best Dress for Much Less”. She kept referring to it as “last year”. While most likely technically true (school years usually start in one calendar year and end in another one), it seems to lend the impression that she means last *school* year, though we know that’s not the case. Chronologically, it could have been “last year”, but not as far as “school year” goes. Just heading that off before someone thinks it a goof. Calendar year people, calendar year.

    In this, the second Miranda-less episode aired since Lalaine’s departure from the series, missed by her absence is Miranda. Unlike “Xtreme Xmas”, her absence is not only noticed by the audience, but is even referred to in the story. While this episode goes down she’s busy visiting her Aunt. It’s good to get an explanation, but her presence is missed in this outing. Though to be fair, the amount of interactivity between the remaining cast members does tend to make one forget Miranda’s presence more than one would think possible, though again not as well as in “Xtreme Xmas”. Almost, but not quite.

    Everyone is in character here. Kate is nasty. Ethan is clueless. Larry is suffering. Gordo is deep. Lizzie is caught up in the inconsequential things. Jo has untapped skills. Sam is slightly bumbling. Melina is a little sadistic. Matt is sneaky.

    Another “real world” point of note besides Robert Carradine directing, is that Hilary Duff once more displays her gymnastic abilities. The girl’s got skills!

    Unlike most episodes this one has no subplot at all. Not even a hint of one. Everything is tied up with the main plot.

    Overall, this is an average episode. It is at its heart a “gimmick episode”, and as such I doubt it’ll make anyone’s top ten, but it’s certainly not bad.moreless
  • What a wedgie!

    This great episode of Lizzue Mcguire has one of the best wedgies ever seen on tv in it and thats what sticks in my mind from it as well as some other moments but the wedgie was great!Something that i wonder is (1) how many takes did it take and (2) how much did that hurt:D
Kenneth Schmidt

Kenneth Schmidt


Guest Star

Joey Zimmerman

Joey Zimmerman

Soda Kid

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Carly Schroeder

Carly Schroeder

Melina Bianco

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • When Lizzie and her crew are standing behind the sound system board, Matt and Melina are in the middle (between her and Gordo). When we come back from the cartoon insert, Matt and Melina are on the end.

    • As the episode opens, Lizzie is dressed in a weird costume for initiation into a club that she's trying to get into in order to be pictured in the yearbook. However, when Kate comes by she says that she's already put all the pictures into the yearbook except one last picture of herself and Ethan to be taken at the Monte Carlo night, and will be submitting it to the printer that evening. If this is true, then it's too late at this point to join organizations for the purpose of getting into yearbook pictures, so Lizzie is embarrassing herself for nothing.

    • As Mrs. McGuire and Kate enter the yearbook office, we see Gordo take the CD from the computer and place it in his shirt, in a following shot he appears to hide it in a book, but in the final shot, when Mrs. McGuire asks for it, the CD is once again in his right hand.

    • When Jo is explaining how she switched the CDs, it shows her switching them, but putting both in the CD-ROM drive. In some CD-ROM drives, putting more than one disc in there could cause the disc on top to fall out of the tray and damage the drive. Although, it has been pointed out by one viewer that it is possible to place two CDs in a CD-ROM drive without damaging the CDs or the drive.

    • When Lizzie says Kate's coming back for her purse, Gordo says Melina is on her way. In closed-caption, instead of Melina, it's Lina.

    • In the scene where Lizzie is riding the book cart, as she approaches the doors they are light blue in color with narrow windows. There are metal kick panels at the bottom of the doors, plus a red poster is on the left one and a green poster is on the right door. But when she bursts through the doors, the exterior of the left one can be seen. It is now light green in color, the metal kick panel is gone, the narrow window has become a full window and is covered by the green poster which had been on the right side door.

    • When Melina returns Kate's purse, she fails to put the notebook back in it.

    • As Matt pulls the dog out of Kate's handbag, you can see that it is attached to the stairs.

    • Since much of the action including the fight between Lizzie and Gordo was part of a deliberate plan to deceive Kate, Toon Lizzie had no reason to be worrying about how badly the evening was going (except that keeping the plan secret from the viewing audience made the episode much more enjoyable and entertaining!)

    • During Lizzie's argument with Gordo, she throws a CD at him, saying "Take your Celtic fusion...", but she mispronounces the word Celtic as SEL-tic instead of the correct way, KEL-tic. This is an common and understandable mistake, though, since most people are most familiar with the word as part of the name of the NBA basketball team the Boston Celtics, who pronounce it SEL-tics also.

    • In the scene where Sam is practicing his greetings at home, his left collar-button appears to be buttoned while the right one is undone. Then a little later, after Jo comes on the scene, he appears the opposite way, with the right one looking buttoned and the left one undone. This occurs because the camera image was flipped for some reason.

    • Closed captioning errors: Lizzie is spelled "Lizzy" at one point. Also the last name McGuire is spelled "Maguire" several times, an error which pops up in other episodes, too.

      When Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever" song is playing, the lyrics "Thereover, hereunder" are displayed as "They're over, you're under."

      When Lizzie says the name of their big hit "MMMBop," it's spelled "Oom Bop."

    • Kate states that she is trying to find the perfect place to have one last picture taken with Ethan to be placed in the yearbook. Yet when she loads the picture onto the CD Kate is the only one in it. Also, when Larry shoots the final picture of Kate, they're shown in profile with the wheel of fortune behind Larry. But when we see the picture Larry took, the wheel is now in back of Kate in a straight-on view of her face.

    • Lizzie is said to have had only one picture in the last yearbook, but in "Best Dressed for Much Less," she said she was pictured in it three times.

    • There are several references to Gordo getting his picture in "last year's" yearbook so many times. But the episode in which Gordo did this was "Best Dressed for Much Less," which takes place in the eighth grade, just like this episode does. Therefore, the yearbook with all those pictures of Gordo would be the same one Lizzie is trying to get her eleven pictures in, that is, the one that has yet to be printed.

    • During Lizzie's "action" sequence at Monte Carlo Night, her shoes change from high-heels to flats when she does her flips.

    • Nitpick: I have never known a school cafeteria to serve anything with oyster sauce. Hillridge must be a pretty chic school to have such cuisine!

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lizzie: Go ahead Gordo, say it, just get it over with!
      Gordo: Fine, here it goes. I think that the Diamondbacks are overrated, I mean sure, they have the best pitching money can buy, but other than that they're a bunch of banjo-hitters and journeymen.

    • Matt: (after picking up Kate's eyelash curler) I think Kate tortures people.
      Melina: No, Matt. That's for her eyelashes.

    • Ethan: (to Gordo) I don't understand how 22 doesn't beat 21.

    • Melina: You know, there hasn't been any music playing for like what? 10 minutes.
      Lizzie: Whoa.
      Melina: And their starting to complain about not getting their drinks.
      Jo: Oops.
      Sam: Oh my gosh! There's nobody in there greeting them!
      Melina: Uh, hehe. They're glad you're not hassling them anymore.
      Matt: (after being hit on the head by Sam) Oow.

    • Matt (when Lizzie gives him a wedgie): OO AH WEDGIE!!!!!!!!!!

    • Gordo: Y'know, you should wear your hair like that every day!
      Jo McGuire: Put a sock in it, Gordo.
      Gordo: (very softly) You betcha.

    • Melina (about Kate): She's a freak! But she's got style.

    • Toon Lizzie: I can't tell if Gordo's putting me on, or if he's genuinely clueless. Either way, I'm gonna smack him!

    • Kate (to Ethan): You better hope you never lose your hair.

    • Sam McGuire: Heyyy! How ya doin'! Thanks for swingin' by! You're lookin' good!
      Matt: Are you trying to borrow money from me, Dad?

    • Kate: Hey, scram, these chips are mine!
      Melina: Oh! I would totally want you to get yours!

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book Best Dressed.

    • Carly Schroeder (Melina) said on her website that this was her favorite Lizzie McGuire episode.

    • We learn that Jo McGuire supported herself in graduate school by working as a blackjack dealer on a riverboat! The sleight-of-hand card tricks that she (Hallie Todd) displays were possibly done with a double and/or a trick deck.

    • Stunt double: Nancy Thurston (for Lizzie). This was her second time filling in for Hilary, the first was in the episode "Rated Aargh."

    • We find out here that Lizzie is allergic to oyster sauce. In the first season she was said to have an allergy to strawberries in the episode "Rumors."

    • Melina is listed in the credits by her last name, Bianco, for the first time, although Matt said Bianco was her last name in the very first episode she appeared in, "The Untitled Stan Jansen Project."

    • Filming dates: May 13-17, 2002. The clapboard seen at the beginning of the blooper reel which ends the show is dated 5-15-02.

    • There are several references to Gordo's efforts to get in as many yearbook pictures as possible, which took place in "Best Dressed for Much Less." A few of those photos that originally appeared in "Best Dressed..." are shown again here.

    • Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire) directed this episode. This is a first for any Lizzie cast member, and as far as we know it is the first directorial effort of any kind by Carradine.

    • Music includes:
      *"MMMBop," written and performed by the pop/rock band Hanson, a trio of brothers from from Tulsa, Oklahoma who were only 16 (Isaac), 13 (Taylor) and 11 (Zac) when the recording was made. It was one of 1997's biggest hits, going to number 1 in the USA, the UK and Australia. It's from their album Middle of Nowhere. Lizzie plays it during Monte Carlo Night at the school. (Coincidentally, there is a song on the Middle of Nowhere CD called "Yearbook," which is about a classmate whose picture is left out of the school yearbook!)
      *"Whenever, Wherever," a 2001 song by Latin pop/rock singer Shakira, who has lately become the biggest crossover success among Latin singers since Jennifer Lopez. The song originally appeared on her album Laundry Service. It's heard when Matt is foiling Kate's attempts to get her picture taken with Ethan.
      *Also, the last song that Lizzie plays on Monte Carlo Night is the same one that Matt and Lanny used for their cheerleading audition in "Movin' On Up."

    • Lalaine (Miranda) does not appear in this episode. This is the second (and second consecutive) episode in which she is not seen. Her absence is explained by saying that she's visiting an aunt.

    • This episode won the viewer voting at Disney's website for the first show to broadcast in 2003. It's the second year in a row Lizzie has done this; last year it was "Gordo's Video" that got the same honor. The competition for "Lizzie's Eleven" was new episodes of Kim Possible and The Proud Family.


    • Larry Tudgeman: I used a faster shutter speed to get that whole Avedonesque look.
      Refers to Richard Avedon (born 1923), one of the most famous and influential modern photographers, who became well-known for his work in magazines like Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and The New Yorker. He's done a wide variety of work in his career, but he's most associated with his fashion and celebrity photography.

    • Melina: High on a hill there is a lonely goatherd.
      This is a line from a song in The Sound of Music a smash hit as a Broadway musical by Rogers & Hammerstein about the singing von Tapp family of Austria. In 1965 it was made into a movie directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. After its release it became the second-highest grossing movie to date behind only Gone with the Wind. In this episode, the lyric is used as a code word during "Operation Lizzie's Eleven." Melina and Matt insist that Gordo give the countersign, which is to yodel the next line, "Yo-de-lay-de, yo-de-lay-de, yo-de-lay-de-hoo!"

    • Matt: What's your play, short grift or long con?
      "Grift" means to obtain money from another person fraudulently and/or deceptively. It's pretty much a synonym for "con," which comes from the term "confidence game," which is a scheme in which one or more persons gains the trust of others in order to swindle them out of their money or valuables.

    • Matt: "Operation Lizzie's Eleven is underway!"
      A reference to the film(s) Ocean's Eleven, from which this episode borrows heavily. The original movie directed by Lewis Milestone was released in 1961 and featured an all-star cast including "Ratpack" members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford plus Angie Dickinson. In 2001 a big-budget remake of the film hit the theatres, this time with Steven Soderburgh directing top names like George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts. Both films are about a gang of criminals who plan and execute a high-risk, high-tech robbery of several Las Vegas casinos.

    • Kate: "It's called Wheel of Fortune."
      Kate is talking to a rather clueless Ethan about the number one syndicated television program for the last twenty years or so, the game show Wheel of Fortune.

    • Gordo: Karl Malone Reads Carl Sandburg...
      Gordo comes across this unlikely CD when looking through the music Lizzie has available for her Monte Carlo Night deejay gig. Karl Malone of the Utah has been one of the National Basketball Association's best players for the last fifteen years. Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) is one of America's greatest poets, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1951. He also wrote a massive six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln.

    • Gordo: Oh, you mean like you looking like a total goober?
      "Goober" is a slang synonym for peanut. It's also the name of a not-so-bright character played by George Lindsey on the old Andy Griffith Show from 1965 to 1968. (He was the brother of Gomer Pyle.) When a person is called a goober, it usually means they are looking or acting foolish, like Lizzie was when she was crawling down the hall at school wearing a fake mouse nose and ears for her pep club initiation!

    • Gordo: "I think the Diamondbacks are overrated...a bunch of banjo hitters and journeymen."
      Gordo is talking about the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They entered the National League as a new team in 1998 and won the World Series in only their fourth season, defeating the New York Yankees in 2001, the same year the September 11 terrorist attacks hit New York. A banjo hitter is a baseball player who hits mostly singles. A journeyman is a veteran player who does a workmanlike job without being particularly outstanding. We didn't know Gordo was such a sports fan!