Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 11

Over the Hill

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Aired Unknown Jul 12, 2002 on Disney Channel
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Lizzie starts feeling inferior when she realizes a lot of the other kids around her have special talents and skills that they've developed, including Gordo with his filmmaking and Miranda with her violin. [When did that happen?--Ed.] She worries that she's being left behind and imagines herself in the future working at a fast-food window while her old friends Gordo and Miranda have made successes of themselves and forgotten about her. Lizzie blames her parents at first for not making her pursue a special interest but Sam and Jo McGuire tell her that they've always supported her, whatever she did or didn't do. Finally Lizzie puts a number of "dream" occupations in a hat and picks them out one at a time, with Miranda and Gordo on hand. While doing this, Lizzie has fantasies about what her future might be like. The final fantasy is about Lizzie as a stay-home mom, but her husband in it is not Ethan Craft--it's Gordo! This jolts Lizzie back to reality, and she comes to feel OK about herself again. Also, Jo isn't sure that Matt should be watching a scary horror film, but Sam says it's OK. But the movie does a number on Matt's head, and he can't sleep at night for fear of a an evil "presence" in the house. Things get so bad that Sam has his two familiar softball buddies come over to perform a "housecleaning" just like in the movie Ghostbusters, but all the guys succeed in doing is wrecking the back porch. But that reveals what the "presence" is--it's a dog who just had puppies!moreless

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  • 8.3
    Lizzie starts feeling inferior when she realizes a lot of the other kids around her have special talents and skills that they've developed, including Gordo with his filmmaking and Miranda with her violin. [When did that happen?--Ed.] She worries that she's being left behind and imagines herself in the future working at a fast-food window while her old friends Gordo and Miranda have made successes of themselves and forgotten about her. Lizzie blames her parents at first for not making her pursue a special interest but Sam and Jo McGuire tell her that they've always supported her, whatever she did or didn't do. Finally Lizzie puts a number of "dream" occupations in a hat and picks them out one at a time, with Miranda and Gordo on hand. While doing this, Lizzie has fantasies about what her future might be like. The final fantasy is about Lizzie as a stay-home mom, but her husband in it is not Ethan Craft--it's Gordo! This jolts Lizzie back to reality, and she comes to feel OK about herself again.



    Also, Jo isn't sure that Matt should be watching a scary horror film, but Sam says it's OK. But the movie does a number on Matt's head, and he can't sleep at night for fear of a an evil "presence" in the house. Things get so bad that Sam has his two familiar softball buddied come over to perform a "housecleaning" just like in the movie Ghostbusters, but all the guys succeed in doing is wrecking the back porch. But that reveals what the "presence" is--it's a dog who just had puppies!moreless
  • Ghosts Of The Past, Present, And Future.

    5.1
    Fact: Adolescents feel insecure. Frequently. Such is the basis for this episode.



    Lizzie, once more, feels insecure about her place in the world. To her own mind she sees everyone around her passing her by. A consequence of this is a yearning to excel in some trait, as opposed to merely being ‘above average’ in many. This same desire, to excel at one particular talent, was the focus of “I’ve Got Rhythmic”. In that episode, as in this one, Lizzie wanted to be excellent at something. Only, in “Over the Hill”, Lizzie’s general anxieties at growing up are making the feeling worse.



    Everyone is scared of change, and as a teenager that’s the name of the game. And when one sees their friends seemingly changing, one begins to feel left behind. Gordo and Miranda have ‘callings’, and Lizzie’s perceived lack of one scares her. She feels like a boat lost to sea, with no beacon guiding her to a set destination. Her fear is understandable, as is her overreaction (which is very much in her character). This just goes to make Lizzie even more human. She has believable fears, and handles them accordingly.



    What is interesting about this episode is that unlike in other episodes Gordo doesn’t have to dispense advice. Lizzie herself realizes that she can’t choose her future out of a hat, that it’ll just happen on its own naturally.



    Not only does the episode have a good moral, but it slightly advances a long-standing plot thread as well. So it serves double duty in this manner. Note the subtle hinting that Lizzie thinks of Gordo as more than a friend (at least subconsciously). In her fantasy as a stay at home mother it is Gordo who fills the role as husband. Something that leads Animated Lizzie to declare an “emergency subject change”.



    And on an acting note, Hilary Duff’s performance as an “old loser truck stop waitress” was masterful. The girl can act!



    As for the subplot, it’s a good funny one. The house is seemingly ‘haunted’. And we have the added pleasure of not only Lanny but Melina as well. We’re seeing more of Melina this season. In this episode it appears that she’s gone from an antagonistic foil to an (rather domineering) ally. She’s seemingly ‘mellowed’ to some degree, which I like.



    As far as guest characters go, they always brighten up a given episode. And not only are we treated to Lanny and Melina, but we also get David and Jeremy, the two ‘big guys’ who are Sam’s softball buddies and frequently pop up throughout the series.



    As if that weren’t enough, we get a small scene featuring Fredo the chimp, last seen in “Mom’s Best Friend”. As I’ve said before, apes sell.



    So in the end we have a great subplot coupled with a solid main plot. Welcomed guest stars, spirited exploration, and continuing plot threads. A good sturdy episode.moreless
Anastasia Baranova

Anastasia Baranova

Cara Gunther

Guest Star

Grayce Wey

Grayce Wey

Assistant

Guest Star

Brad Grunberg

Brad Grunberg

Chauffeur

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Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Carly Schroeder

Carly Schroeder

Malina

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Lizzie gets up from bed to go to her parents, she was wearing make-up. Why would she wear make-up when she is sleeping

    • As Sam is seated on the couch watching the movie with Jo and Matt his position changes from shot to shot. In some shots he is reclining fully into the couch, but in the very next shot he is seated upright leaning forward a bit only to switch back in the next shot.

    • Nitpick: In this episode Lizzie says that the law is boring, yet in "I Do, I Don't" she's excited about having chosen lawyer as a career when she's "married" to Gordo. Although, it could be that the idea of playing a lawyer is less boring than actually being one.

    • When the McGuire's are watching the scary movie, the amount of popcorn in Sam's bowl changes from shot to shot.

    • When Lizzie falls in the trash can she falls in it upside down but then they cut to her right side up. It is impossible for her to get up that fast in that thin of a trash can.

      Also, when the janitor first wheels the trash can by, there is no garbage visible in it. But a second later when Lizzie falls in, trash can be seen sticking out over the top of the can.

    • During Lizzie's dream sequence, Gordo's limo driver orders five orders of curly fries for him. But when he gets them, they appear to be regular French fries.

    • For the second time in her five appearances on the show, Carly Schroeder's character is listed in the credits as "Malina." The other three times it's been spelled Melina.

    • As Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo walk out on to the porch you can see Gordo's hand go through what's supposed to be a glass window. For an explanation of this see the Notes section for the episode "Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure."

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Toon Lizzie: I have a need for speed.

    • Gordo: Hey I could write a dictionary that translates english into girlish. I could make millions!
      Miranda: Girlish?
      Gordo: Okay, maybe that's not so PC. How do you women feel about the word 'fembonics'?

    • Lizzie: And, sixth sense over here is seeing dead people!

    • Matt (sits up from bed): Aren't you a little old to be going to mom and dad for EVERYTHING?
      Lizzie: Ya'know you're right and by the way--hello Clarice!
      Matt: AHHHHHHH!!! DON'T DO THAT!

    • Jo: I'm stuck here with the insane playdate posse!

    • Matt: Are you okay, Mr. Ghostbuster?

    • Lizzie: You guys are set for the rest of your life.
      Miranda: The rest of our life? Lizzie, I may never be a professional musician.
      Gordo: Exactly, she may never be a professional musician.
      Miranda: Uh…no. You're supposed to say 'I may never be a professional director.'
      Gordo: Are we here to talk crazy, or are we here to help Lizzie?

    • Old Lizzie: Thanks for landing on Burger Planet.

    • Lizzie: You know, it just makes me nervous seeing you guys changing and me staying the same all the time.
      Miranda: Stay the same? Lizzie, you're not the same as last year.
      Toon Lizzie: Not according to my shoe size!

    • Lizzie (narrating fantasy sequence): ...And then my gorgeous husband [Gordo] would come home from work.
      Gordo: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!!
      Lizzie (back to reality): Why are you yelling!?
      Gordo: I am sick of all your girl talk! Enough about your future husband, OK?
      Lizzie: Well, you don't exactly see me doing cartwheels either!
      Gordo: Whaa...?
      Toon Lizzie: Emergency subject change! Eject! Eject!

    • Matt: I told you! Our house IS a portal to the dark dimension!

    • Friend #1: Looks like we're gonna have to go old school on these ghosts.
      Melina: Old school? With leaf blowers?
      Friend #1: Back off kid. I'm a scientist.

    • Matt: ...there's no arguing with Lanny.
      Jo McGuire: I wouldn't dare.

    • Matt: ...that room is alive with the howling of the undead!

  • NOTES (22)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 7.

    • This is the first episode which uses the shortened version of the show's theme song with the closing credits.

    • This is one of only two episodes featuring both Lanny (Christian Copelin) and Melina (Carly Schroeder). The other? "Those Freaky McGuires."

    • Ethan and Kate show up dressed in the same clothes and apparently playing the same characters in another fantasy segment in "Dear Lizzie." Only in that episode, they are identified as the President of the United States and the First Lady!

    • In one of her daydreams, middle-aged Lizzie says that she went to middle school with Gordo, not high school. Could this be a hint that the cast would change if there were a new series? Or is this just because she'd only gone to middle school with him when she had the dream?

    • In the scene where everyone is gathered on the back porch, Miranda can be heard to softly say, "Hey, Gordo," to one of the puppies that was found under the porch.

    • Fredo the chimp, first seen in "Mom's Best Friend," makes another appearance here, this time dressed as a member of Sam's softball team!

    • Stunt double: Ken Clark (for Friend #1).

    • On Thursday, October 24, 2002, Disney ran a promo for this episode identifying it as a "new" one. This would indicate they originally planned it to air for the first time that month. But since it won in the viewer voting mentioned above, "Over the Hill" premiered earlier. (Also noted above: a scene in the episode has the date of October 2002 displayed.)

    • The date that appears at the beginning of Lizzie's nightmare sequence places the events of this episode as occurring in October 2002. Her dream where she works at Burger Planet occurs in 2036.

    • This was the third weekly winner in the "Summer of Lizzie McGuire viewer voting. It beat out "A Gordo Story" in a competition between episodes that supposedly featured Gordo's character, though it's obvious that this episode is mostly concerned with Lizzie.

    • During Lizzie's dream sequence, she calls Gordo by his real name, David. First time?

    • When Sam mentions Lizzie's earlier experience with rhythmic gymnastics, he's referring to what happened in the episode "I've Got Rhythmic."

    • The back-and-forth pronunciation of Kate's last name is "Saunders" in this episode.

    • Lizzie's "dream" jobs include research scientist, NASCAR driver, stay-at-home mom, and later dog groomer, inventor of "nail polish for dogs" and veterinarian.

    • When one of Sam's softball buddies (Friend #1: Jeremy Bargiel) comments that they'll have to go "old school" on the ghosts, Melina dismissively replies, "With leaf blowers?"

      The same guy then responds, "Back off kid, I'm a scientist." That's an almost direct quote from the movie Ghostbusters (1984), the film of which this segment is a spoof of.

      In the movie, the character of Peter Venkman is interviewing a woman who saw a ghost at the New York Public Library. In the course of the interview he asks her if she is currently menstruating. Her superior asks Venkman, "What's that got to do with it?"

      Venkman responds by saying, "Back off man, I'm a scientist."

    • In what might be a sly reference to Adam Lamberg's short stature, when Lizzie and Gordo embrace during one of Lizzie's fantasies, she picks him up off the ground and whirls him around!

    • The movie that Matt and his parents watch is called "Bonelicker 2: Chew the Marrow." It's NOT a real film, by the way!

    • Brad Grunberg, who played the security guard in the episode "Aaron Carter Is Coming to Town," returns here as the limo driver. Just like in the previous episode, he's shown eating something.

    • Music includes the song "Turn the Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson, heard when Matt, Lanny and Melina are moving the furniture around. The song was a top ten hit in 1976 for Robinson, one of the decade's premiere "disco divas." She died in 2000 at the age of 46. Among the other artists who recorded the song is Gloria Estefan, whose version is heard in the movie The Specialist (1994). It reached #13 on the charts in November 1994.

    • Filming dates: October 26-30, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated October 30, 2001.

    • The song that is playing when Sam's friends are walking to the backyard, is the same song that played when the cheerleaders walk into the school doing a cheer in "Rumors."

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • TV announcer: We are listening tonight to the world-famous concert violinist, Miranda Sanchez, perform for the Lincoln Center audience.
      Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City is the most prestigious center of performing arts venues and institutions in the United States. Its resident companies include such world-renowned organizations as New York Philharmonic (Avery Fisher Hall), the Metropolitan Opera (Metropolitan Opera House), New York City Opera and New York City Ballet (New York State Theater) and the Julliard School. The writers certainly think its prestige will remain in 2036, and we have no reason to believe otherwise.

    • Toon Lizzie: I have a need for speed!
      She says this while sitting in a racing car. It's a variation of a familiar line from Top Gun (1986), a movie about fighter pilots at the Naval Flying School. In it, Tom Cruise says "I feel the need..." and Anthony Edwards answers him in unison, "...the need for speed!"

    • Matt: Are you OK, Mr. Ghostbuster?
      A reference to the 1984 fantasy/comedy film hit Ghostbusters, about a group of parapsychologists who start a ghost-removal service in New York City.

    • Lizzie: "You like me! You really really...uh, what's the next line? Oh yeah, you really really like me!"
      A parody of Sally's Fields' famous Academy Award acceptance speech. See the Cultural References section of the episode "Election" for more details.

    • Miranda: "NASCAR driver?"
      NASCAR is the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, which was formed in 1947. Its races are extremely popular, with an average attendance of 190,000!

    • Lizzie: That year I can win the Nobel Prize and the Gold Glove.
      For more information on the Nobel Prize, see the Cultural References section for the episode "Jack of All Trades." The Gold Glove is an award given out by Major League Baseball to the players in the National and American League who are the best fielders at their positions.

    • Jo McGuire: "I'm stuck here with the insane playday posse."
      A variation of Insane Clown Posse, a Detroit rap/metal act with strong cartoonish overtones who gained fame in the 1990's.

    • Lizzie: "While I've been singing 'Oops! I Did It Again' into a hairbrush..."
      Oops!...I Did It Again was the second album by teenage dance/pop singer Britney Spears, released in 2000. It sold in excess of 6 million copies and produced a hit single of the same name.

    • Lizzie: "Oh, by the way--'Hello, Clarice!'"
      In order to scare Matt, Lizzie is imitating the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins in the movies The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002). In those films, Lecter was a one-time respected psychiatrist who committed some horrific murders involving cannibalism. Yech!

    • Lizzie: "Sixth Sense here is seeing dead people again."
      A reference to the 1999 horror/suspense film The Sixth Sense which featured the young actor Haley Joel Osment as a boy who could communicate with spirits. His most famous line in the film is "I see dead people!" Osment, about the same age as Matt McGuire/Jake Thomas, received an Oscar nomination at age 11 for his role in the film!

    • Gordo: "How do you women feel about the word 'fembonics?'"
      Gordo is talking about making a "girl language" dictionary and calling the language "fembonics," which is a play on the word "ebonics." In 1996 in a controversial decision, the Oakland, California School Board decided to recognize the speech patterns and slang used by urban African-Americans as a distinct dialect, giving it the name Ebonics.

    • Toon Lizzie: "But first I will have to answer that age-old question: who let the dogs out?"
      It's not exactly age-old. "Who Let the Dogs Out" was a smash hit and Grammy-winning single in 2000 for the Baha Men, a Bahamian group who mixed hip-hop with Caribbean musical influences. The album of the same name sold 5 million copies and the song title quickly became a catch-phrase.

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