Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 15

Lizzie's Nightmares

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Aired Unknown Jun 22, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Lizzie is in a frenzy because Ethan Craft has asked her to sit with him at lunch the next day. But at home she still has to put up with bratty brother Matt, who put honey on the phone receiver and messed up her hair. Lizzie is furious with him and this time his parents are also very upset, too. They ground him and Mom says there will be more severe punishment to come. Matt races to catch the bus, but he gets on the wrong one, the junior high bus. Ethan Craft tells him to get out of his seat, but Matt stands up to him, which Ethan likes. He tells him his name is "Bond...Matt Bond." By the time they reach school, Matt has created a legend for himself as a child prodigy, actor, etc. and his reputation has already spread all over school. At home, Jo McGuire is worried when she hears Matt isn't at school. She fears he may have run away because she and husband Sam were so harsh with him. They call the police and even try to get Lanny to talk. Meanwhile, Lizzie heads toward Ethan's lunch table to find that the new student is entertaining the crowd there. She looks and sees that it's...Matt! Lizzie and Matt both scream in horror. It's Lizzie's worst nightmare come true as Matt decides he loves it at Lizzie's school and is admired by Ethan, Kate--even the principal! Lizzie calls the police to come get Matt, but getting arrested makes him seem even cooler to the students. As the episode ends, Ethan calls Lizzie and asks her to to bring a pizza for him and Matt on Saturday!moreless

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  • Lizzie's Nightmares

    8.5
    Another great episode of Lizzie Mcguire, definitely not surprising considering how great this show is. One of my favorite things about this show is the interactions between Matt & Lizzie. Jake Thomas is great and he is definitely the king of subplots on this show but once he was shoved center stage, it was all the better, well not for Lizzie.



    Sure the plot was a bit ridiculous with Matt becoming popular by accidentally taking a ride to Lizzie's school and the principal not doing anything about it but it was still entertaining. Plus seeing Hilary Duff fall over six times was also something we could get a laugh at.



    Jo & Sam continue to be my favorite TV parents, they were great in this episode, especially Jo with her frantically trying to find Matt. A great installment, a memorable one too.moreless
  • Poor Lizzie!!!

    9.8
    Lizzie is very excited about having lunch with her crush, Ethan Craft. Unfortunately, her bratty little brother ends up ruining her hair and gets grounded for it. Then Lizzie's mother fixes her up again with an absolutely lovely hair do and a lovely outfit to match. When Lizzie finally gets to school, she hears about a new kid in school. Well, when it comes time for lunch, she finds out that the new kid is her BROTHER!!! It turns out that he got on the wrong bus. Awww, poor Lizzie. Matt ended up really hurting her and causing her a lot of humiliation. Still, he got what he deserved when he got home. Grounded for a month and he had to stay away from Lizzie.moreless
  • In this episode,Matt puts honey on Lizzie's phone,this let Lizzie really boring,but the episode was nice!

    8.4
    I really like this episode,but I don\'t know a music that plays in this episode,in the time that Lizzie saw Matt at her school.

    The notes of this episode doesn\'t say the music that plays in this episode,but the episode is really cool,Matt is a really boring brother,but he\'s cool,funny and very smart!
  • I LOVE Nightmares . . . SIKE!

    8.7
    Lizzie is in a frenzy because Ethan Craft has asked her to sit with him at lunch the next day. But at home she still has to put up with bratty brother Matt, who put honey on the phone receiver and messed up her hair. Lizzie is furious with him and this time his parents are also very upset, too. They ground him and Mom says there will be more severe punishment to come. Matt races to catch the bus, but he gets on the wrong one, the junior high bus. Ethan Craft tells him to get out of his seat, but Matt stands up to him, which Ethan likes. He tells him his name is "Bond...Matt Bond." By the time they reach school, Matt has created a legend for himself as a child prodigy, actor, etc. and his reputation has already spread all over school.



    At home, Jo McGuire is worried when she hears Matt isn't at school. She fears he may have run away because she and husband Sam were so harsh with him. They call the police and even try to get Lanny to talk. Meanwhile, Lizzie heads toward Ethan's lunch table to find that the new student is entertaining the crowd there. She looks and sees that it's...Matt! Lizzie and Matt both scream in horror. It's Lizzie's worst nightmare come true as Matt decides he loves it at Lizzie's school and is admired by Ethan, Kate--even the principal! Lizzie calls the police to come get Matt, but getting arrested makes him seem even cooler to the students. As the episode ends, Ethan calls Lizzie and asks her to to bring a pizza for him and Matt on Saturday!moreless
  • Sibling Jealousy On Display.

    5.1
    This is one of those episodes where there is no subplot per se; everything comes out of the main plot.



    Matt catches the wrong bus and ends up at Lizzie’s school. Matt integrates himself with everyone immediately. The jocks, the cheerleaders, the faculty, everybody is taken with him. Much to Lizzie’s horror and consternation.



    It is immensely fun to see Matt turn on the ‘ol charm and have everyone eating out of his hands. And even his eventual getting caught only serves to make him even *more* popular.



    Here is Lizzie in the very same social currents for a much longer period of time, and she is a social ‘nobody’. Then here comes along Matt, who within the span of 30 seconds is in like Flynn. That cold fact alone is enough to understand Lizzie’s immense frustration. She’s so envious in fact that it overrides her own desire to be popular.



    As Miranda points out, Matt’s being popular can have a direct effect upon making them popular as well. Matt’s their golden ticket to the ‘top of the heap’ socially. But Lizzie is too galled to listen to reason, and thus turns aside common sense. Her brother’s mere presence is too much of an affront to her ego. He’s got to go, regardless of the benefits he can bestow.



    This is an excellent portrayal of sibling rivalry. Lizzie’s embarrassed by her brother’s social success, threatened even. So much so that she’s not willing to see the clear benefits to herself that the present situation affords.



    In this episode we get to see the difference between the two siblings. Lizzie’s somewhat shy, socially reserved. Matt’s outgoing, always the center of attention. Diametric opposites.



    On other notes, this episode also serves as the last time we’d see Ethan’s bully-like tendencies.



    And for the first and only time we see an adult able to ‘communicate’ with Lanny. The cop knows what Lanny is thinking and agrees with him. This is the only adult to do so.



    At the end of the day, this episode is all about Lizzie’s jealousy at how easy social acceptance comes to her little brother. With no effort at all, he’s suddenly at that place where Lizzie so much wants, and has spent so much time trying to reach, but with no success.



    It’s like Gordo, said, “nothing says cool like being arrested.” ;-)moreless
Phill Lewis

Phill Lewis

Principal

Guest Star

Tony Jones

Tony Jones

Police Officer #1

Guest Star

Randy McPherson

Randy McPherson

Police Officer

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • After Jo listens to the answering machine, she and Sam hug. But in a series of three shots Jo's head moves from Sam's right shoulder to the left and back to the right.

    • Another discrepancy involving the morning bus. Sam tells Matt "Hurry, you're going to miss your bus," and it's learned that Jo will be taking Lizzie to school. So, we see Matt rush to the bus and get on, despite it being the wrong one. Next shot is Lizzie, Gordo, and Miranda in the school hallway discussing lunch. Then the action cuts back to the bus where we see Ethan confronting Matt. How can this be? If Matt was running late for his bus (and assuming he rushed out the door after the scene in the kitchen), how did Lizzie make it to school so quickly (along with Gordo and Miranda), while Matt is still sitting on the bus?

    • Kate states that Matt couldn't be related to Lizzie because he's so cool. Yet if Kate and Lizzie where such close friends she should have recognized him.

    • Lizzie tells Miranda and Gordo that Matt has been grounded for his antics at her school. But at the episode's end, Ethan calls Lizzie and asks for her to pick up a pizza for him and Matt when they have lunch on Saturday, something a "grounded" kid certainly wouldn't be doing. Although, it is possible Ethan didn't know about Matt's grounding. Also, some people point out that in this (and other Lizzie episodes) Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo are still able to use the phone even when grounded. This may or may not be a goof, as different parents have different policies about grounding, with some letting their children still use the phone or reduce the time they can talk on it rather than strictly prohibit its use.

    • When they find out that Matt is missing from his school, Mr. and Mrs. McGuire question Lanny at their house about where Matt might be. But shouldn't Lanny be in school also? (In the 2003 Lizzie McGuire book New Kid in School, which contains the story from this episode, it explains that Lanny's school allowed the McGuires to take him out of school and question him about Matt. This is never mentioned on the TV show.)

    • In the episode "Pool Party," Miranda, Gordo and Lizzie all are seen riding the same school bus. But when Matt mistakenly gets on that bus, Miranda and Gordo were not on it. It's very unlikely that both Miranda and Gordo missed the bus that day and got to school some other way, while Lizzie was taken to school by Jo.

    • When Sam is online auctioning off the record albums, Jo comes in and says the school just called about Matt. But later when the policeman is at the house, Sam says he disconnected the phone while he was online so the answering machine shouldn't have worked either!

    • Matt says he likes Lizzie's school better because it has a bigger playground than his. But it's unlikely a middle school or a junior high would have a "playground."

    • The principal says "B.E." one time instead of "P.E."

    • Lizzie complains that Gordo and Miranda didn't tell her she had spinach in her teeth, which clashed with her red outfit. Yet when they show a picture of her, she's wearing a yellow shirt.

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  • NOTES (12)

    • In a shot where the door to Lizzie's locker is open, the book West's Annotated California Codes is seen. It's a reference book containing laws for the state of California and is also seen in the episode "When Moms Attack."

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book New Kid in School and in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 5.

    • Minor change to set: Beginning in this episode, doors are seen covering the pantry.

    • In the scene where Matt is being scolded for putting honey on Lizzie's phone, he asks if one of his punishments might be no more chicken noodle casserole and a short montage from the episode "When Moms Attack" is seen. But in that episode the food Jo had left for Sam and Matt to eat was identified as a tuna noodle casserole.

    • Continuity: When Toon Lizzie calls Matt a "..lizard-killing, make-believe-friend-having weirdo," she's referring back to incidents in "Rumors" (the lizard) and "Election" (the make-believe friend).

    • Some viewers have told us Hilary Duff (Lizzie) sounds like she has a slight cold in this episode.

    • This is the first episode where none of the cast has a costume change, except during a couple of still photo montages, in which Lizzie, Matt and Jo are seen in different clothing.

    • When Matt is dancing to the music in the cafeteria, it is the same song that was playing during Lizzie's rhythmic gymnastics routine in "I've Got Rhythmic".

    • Matt says that he's worked with the director Steven Spielberg. In fact, Jake Thomas, who plays Matt, really did work with Spielberg in A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

    • Jo McGuire's mother's voice is heard on the McGuire's answering machine.

    • The principal at Lizzie's school is identified as Principal Tweedy.

    • Filming dates: December 11-14, 2000. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated December 11, 2000.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Lizzie: Mom's taking me to school, brother from another.
      Lizzie (talking to Matt) is referring to the 1984 film The Brother from Another Planet, directed by John Sayles and starring Joe Morton in the title role. It's about an outer space alien who is a slave in his own world and survives a spaceship crash on Earth. Unable to speak, he nonetheless blends in with the people in an African-American neighborhood in New York.

    • Matt: I'll be sharing more recipies on Oprah next month.
      A reference to the popular talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey. By the time this episode aired, however, Oprah concentrated more on self-help subjects and celebrity interviews and it wouldn't be likely to have a cooking segment.

    • Matt: And that's how Britney learned to dance.
      Matt is taking credit for teaching mega-popular teenage singer Britney Spears her onstage dance moves.

    • Matt: So I said to 'em, Harry Potter should be seen, not just read, and that's why they're making the movie.
      Lots of parents found out in 2000 and 2001 about the Harry Potter series of books written by J.K. Rowling, which are enormously popular with younger readers. They're the stories of a British schoolboy who discovers his destiny as a wizard. When this episode was first broadcast, the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was being made but had not yet been released.

    • Matt: Shaken, not stirred.
      This is how Matt responds when Ethan asks him on the bus, "How do you want it?," referring to the pounding he's planning to give him. "Shaken, not stirred" is the way the James Bond orders his favorite drink (a vodka martini) to be made in the books and the films. A little bit of Bond-type music plays in the background when Matt says it.

    • Miranda: Well, you know what they say, tomorrow is another day.
      Miranda quotes the famous line of Scarlett O'Hara's that ends both the book and the movie Gone with the Wind.

    • Toon Lizzie: This is really happening!
      The animated Lizzie quotes a line spoken by Mia Farrow during a nightmarish scene in the movie Rosemary's Baby ("This is no dream! This is really happening"!) Also, the bed jumping up and down and her head spinning around are obvious references to Linda Blair's character in The Exorcist.

    • Matt: "They call me Bond...Matt Bond."
      Matt is of course imitating the famous introductory phrase used by Sean Connery in various James Bond films.

    • Sam McGuire: "I'm making a killing on this on-line auction selling your old Leif Garrett records."
      Leif Garrett was a child actor who began making records at age 16 in the late 1970's and enjoyed a few years as an ultra-popular "teen idol." His biggest hit was a disco song, "I Was Made for Dancing," in 1978.

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