Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 16

Obsession

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Aired Unknown Jun 29, 2001 on Disney Channel
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The various obsessions of Lizzie, Matt and Gordo are driving friends, family, teachers and themselves to distraction. Gordo is intent on winning the Science Olympics at all costs against defending champion Larry Tudgeman. Matt becomes hall monitor at his school and gets carried away with his own power, giving out citations to schoolmates by the dozen and even trying to do the same to teachers and family members. Meanwhile, after she and Miranda work on a successful volunteer project at school, Lizzie becomes an environmental warrior, a fanatic for collecting clothing and food for the homeless, and even a vegetarian! All three learn that they must put limits on their fanaticism or else their original causes will suffer as a result.moreless

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  • 116

    8.5
    A really great episode considering this was one of the first times in Lizzie Mcguire history that we have three plots in one episodes rather than two, there were some flaws in this episode, but overall, the episode was rather enjoyable. The thing that happens a lot on Lizzie Mcguire which I think is a huge flaw is the characters undergoing some huge metamorphosis over night. Like when Lizzie became a "bad girl", or when she started the gymnastics, she became a pro overnight as well. Many other character changes have happened, too many to mention.



    Now overnight, Lizzie has become an environmentalist that is a jerk to all her friends. Good to see Parker again after "Picture Day" Good recurring character. The Gordo & Larry was was entertaining, but I think Jo & Sam dealing with Matt & Lizzie were the best thing about this episode.



    Great resolution, great episode, looking forward to the next.moreless
  • I believe in what Lizzie is doing for the environment, but.....

    9.8
    Well, Lizzie tries to help the environment by recycling, wearing clothes not made from animals, and becoming a vegetarian. I support what she was doing for the environment. I care a lot about the environment. I recycle, look out for animals, and I am a vegetarian, but I still think Lizzie went too far and ended up losing her friends and hurting a lot of people, including herself. Matt ends up doing the same thing when he becomes a hall monitor. He takes his responsibility way too seriously, and he becomes power hungry.



    I think when taking on a responsibility, don't take it too seriously, and don't be bossy about it. You'll end up hurting a lot of people.moreless
  • Lizzie gets obsessed again

    6.2
    I do like Lizzie McGuire but this episode is just another tale about one of the characters becoming obsessed about something. It is something different but it's just this happens too many times, the only thing different about this episode from all the others is that not only one person get's obessed, this time it's three people. If I was correct didn't Lizzie get obsessed in "Election" and that was only about seven and eight episodes ago.



    Gordo often becomes obsessed as shown in a few episodes.



    It is only Matt's obsession that is something different (however he does become obsessed with acting in the episode "The Rise & Fall Of The Kate Empire").



    Overall this episode was good but did lack a good storyline.moreless
  • Obsession

    10




    The various obsessions of Lizzie, Matt and Gordo are driving friends, family, teachers and themselves to distraction. Gordo is intent on winning the Science Olympics at all costs against defending champion Larry Tudgeman. Matt becomes hall monitor at his school and gets carried away with his own power, giving out citations to schoolmates by the dozen and even trying to do the same to teachers and family members. Meanwhile, after she and Miranda work on a successful volunteer project at school, Lizzie becomes an environmental warrior, a fanatic for collecting clothing and food for the homeless, and even a vegetarian! All three learn that they must put limits on their fanaticism or else their original causes will suffer as a result.

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  • Three Stories In One.

    5.1
    This episode departs from the formula others have followed. Namely, a main plot and a subplot. Here we get not only a main plot, but TWO subplots. We see Lizzie go into ‘save the world overdrive’, Matt ‘power overdrive’ and Gordo in ‘winning overdrive’. This episode aptly lives up to its title. ‘Obsession’ is definitely the theme visited throughout all the plots. Everyone’s obsessed about something.



    This episode also proves a long-standing assertion of mine. That Hilary Duff looks good in ANYTHING!

    Here she makes burlap look chic!



    Lizzie learns that if one tries to do too much one accomplishes nothing. At some point in our lives most people ‘get’ the concept of civic involvement and want to do what they can to help. But there is a ‘dark side’ to this as well. One can easily fall into the idea that one must help as much as one can. The problem comes in that certain people always feel that they can help more, do more, than they already are. And since they feel that they CAN do more they do. But the feeling of always being able to do more, and more, and more, will never be sated. What one FEELS one can do and what one actually CAN do are two different things. One can always “feel” that they can do more, even when in reality they can’t. This is the trap Lizzie falls into. The world is just too big, and possesses too many problems, for any one person to “fix”. A point Lizzie’s behavior gets across to the audience.



    As far as “Subplot A” goes, Gordo is locked in an intellectual showdown with Tudgeman in the annual science Olympics. He’s obsessed with winning, a foreshadowing of his obsessive nature that shows up again in “Gordo and the Dwarves”. As a consequence of this ‘battle of wills’, Tudgeman is cast once more in his occasional role of antagonist. Not just that, but this particular episode portrays him in his most unflattering light of the entire series.



    Caught smack dab in the middle of all this craziness is Miranda. It’s interesting to see Miranda function essentially on her own. Lizzie’s new obsession has caused a rift between the two of them. And Gordo’s obsession leaves him unable to dispense advice and comfort. Miranda is left to her own devices, and when left to such is apologetic and unsure. Notice the way she almost pleads with Lizzie to talk to her. Normally it’s Lizzie who makes the rapprochement first—this is unfamiliar territory for Miranda. We saw this in “Pool Party” as well when Lizzie didn’t initiate the rapprochement. Miranda had to do so, and was apologetic and unsure. Her being in this situation does not happen often.



    “Subplot B” revolves around Matt’s obsession with power. Yet another common malaise. Power corrupts. Matt allows his Hall Monitor powers to go to his head.



    All in all this is a ‘filler’ episode, AKA: a normal episode. And that’s okay. We have a theme that dominates all aspects of the episode (obsession) and we get a rare ‘twofer’ in regards to subplots. An okay episode.moreless
Sybyl Walker

Sybyl Walker

Miss Moran

Guest Star

Lawrence Mandley

Lawrence Mandley

Teacher

Guest Star

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel

 

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

Chelsea J. Wilson

Chelsea J. Wilson

Parker McKenzie

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: Lizzie donates her bed to charity and her parents don't notice?

    • Nitpick: During the Science Olympics, in the slow bicycle race, both Tudgeman and Gordo should know that at those slow speeds, aerodynamics play a very minor role. Balance and center of gravity play a much more important part when riding slowly.

    • Lizzie complains to her mum that there is a limited water source. However, that isn't true to the fact that water recycles itself. (I won't go to far into detail.)

    • Plastic six-pack rings aren't what dolphins get tangled up in, like Lizzie alleges!

    • Lizzie is supposedly wearing a dress made of burlap, but Miranda doesn't ask about it until the second time she sees Lizzie wearing it.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Teacher: Surely, you must be joking.
      Matt: I'm not joking, and don't call me Shirley.

    • Jo: What are you doing?
      Lizzie: Mom, water is a valuable resource and the earth doesn't have an infinite amount.
      Matt: Geekzilla's right mom. Can't waist water. I'm gonna have to write you up.
      Jo: Fine, no clean vegetables, no dinner.
      Matt: Delaying dinner, I believe that's another offense.
      Sam: Hey Matt, why don't you let your mother and sister work this out, help me take out the garbage.

    • Lizzie: It's leather. Leather is cow. Cow is meat. I - I don't eat meat.
      Miranda: Fine. So don't eat my jacket.
      Lizzie: Tell me that I'm overreacting when the garbage builds up so high that it blocks out all the sunlight and we freeze.

    • Toon Lizzie: Well! If my parents' generation wasn't so interested in bell bottoms and roller disco, the planet would be in a lot better shape.

    • Sam McGuire: You can't get anything done if you can't take care of yourself first.

    • Jo: Matt, get out of your sandwich!

    • Miranda: ...the rain forest isn't going to hang out with me and rent movies on Friday nights!

    • Lizzie: 99% of all paper products are recyclable and yet only 15% of people recycle!
      Gordo: That makes no sense.
      Lizzie: Exactly!

    • Larry (to Gordo): Or have you forgotten last year? Last year when your egg cracked like...an egg.

    • Matt: You're a troublemaker, Lizzie; I'll be watching you. I've seen your kind all...my...life!
      Lizzie: Of course you have, Officer Wacko! I...live...here!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 13 and the paperback novelization All Over it!.

    • The light blue leather jacket Miranda wears that upsets Lizzie so is the same jacket Lizzie wears in "Between a Rock and a Bra Place" and "I Do, I Don't."

    • Other music includes the song "Portrait of Authority" by the Los Angeles hardcore punk/alternative rock band Bad Religion. It's heard when Matt is giving out tickets for hall violations at school.

    • Filming dates: January 8-12, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated January 10, 2001.

    • During the "Showdown" scenes between Gordo and Tudgeman, Sam Winan's background music is a pretty good imitation of the film music of Ennio Morricone. Who is that? He's an Italian composer who wrote the familiar music for several of director Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" which starred Clint Eastwood. Among these are The Good, the Bad & the Ugly; A Fistful of Dollars, and For a Few Dollars More.

    • The school that Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo attend is identified in this episode as Hillridge Middle School.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Gordo: I'm the king, baby!
      Gordo responds this way to Tudge's question, "Who are you?" Gordo is dressed in his 1970's Elvis Presley stage outfit. Back in the mid-1950's when Presley first gained tremendous popularity, his fans and the media dubbed him "the King of Rock & Roll." The nickname "the King" stuck with him for the rest of his life. Gordo is later heard imitating Elvis when he says, "Thank ya, thank ya very much," a phrase often used by people doing Elvis impersonations.

    • Matt: Respect my authority!
      After hall monitor Matt abuses his power one last time by giving his teacher a ticket, his teacher picks Matt up to take his to his office. As this is happening, Matt says "Respect my authority!" This COULD be a reference to the South Park episode "Chicken Lover" when Cartman is a cop on the show Cops and continually says " "Respect my author–i-ty" as he arrest various people during the show.

    • Miranda: "Gordo has left the building."
      Miranda says this after Gordo, dressed like Elvis in his 1970's stage costume, falls off his bike and loses the Science Olympics. In the last years of Elvis Presley's live performing career, audiences clamoring for an encore were dispersed with the phrase, "Elvis has left the building."

    • Matt: I'm not joking and...don't call me Shirley.
      Matt responds to the statement "Surely you're joking," with the often-used gag from the movie Airplane! (1980).

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