Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 11

Over the Hill

Aired Unknown Jul 12, 2002 on Disney Channel

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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!
  • Ghosts Of The Past, Present, And Future.

    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.