Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 14

Random Acts of Miranda

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Aired Unknown Jun 08, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Random Acts of Miranda
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Lizzie, who is writing for the school newspaper, asks for the assignment of covering the school's production of Mr. Escobar's play "Greasier." Miranda is overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets the lead in the play. When Lizzie and Gordo go to rehearsal, however, they are dismayed to find that Miranda is a terrible actress, and clumsy to boot. Miranda is confident before the opening of the play, but her performance is no better and she destroys most of the props and scenery. Lizzie can't bring herself to write the bad review Miranda deserves, but Gordo thinks she'll be able to take it. Lizzie writes a review that is honest, but goes easy on Miranda. Her friend doesn't see it that way, though, and thinks Lizzie has betrayed her. At lunch they get into a big fight. Gordo gives Miranda a tape of her performance and a copy of Lizzie's review and asks her to watch and read them both. Lizzie writes a retraction of her review but Miranda now realizes she was just being honest and tells her not to print it. One month later, Lizzie is in the audience preparing to cringe as Miranda makes her debut with the glee club. But she's pleasantly surprised to hear that Miranda is a fine singer. Also, Matt wants $90 for walkie-talkies for him and Lanny (who still isn't talking!) Mr. and Mrs. McGuire want him to work for the money himself. The boys have a yard sale with Matt's stuff. Matt gets the walkie-talkies, but when his parents enter his room, they find that he's sold everything that was there including his clothes and the furniture.moreless

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  • random acts of miranda

    7.5
    A pretty good episode even though I'm not a huge fan of episodes solely focused on Miranda, but it was a good plot that had to do with friendships. And you can't help but feel bad for Lizzie and the situation she's in. She is the journalist and has to tell the truth, that Miranda is not a good actress, but Miranda is her best friend. It's quite a predicament.



    Gordo comes in and save the day as usual, which is what usually happens when Lizzie & Miranda are fighting, I love the friendship dynamic, and this episode really shows how great it is here. Matt selling all of his stuff was hilarious because now it's going to cost his parents more than a walkie talkie would. Hysterical.



    Lanny was also pretty good here, I think this was the point where he was good on the show, not like next season when his character becomes exaggerated and got more screen time than Sam & Jo.



    A great epsiode and a nice ending, bloopers are always great, and I love how they're at the end of every episode.moreless
  • Lizzie learns a lot about friendship.

    9.5
    This episode was quite revealing on how well Lizzie treats and values her friends. It had very serious moments in the episode as well as funny ones, with Matt and Lanny (as always). I wouldn't class it as a "definate must-see" but it is still a good one, which if you can try to watch it would be great. Anyway, good episode, try and watch it if possible.
  • Definitely some great lessons to be learned.

    10
    Miranda tries out for the school play, and she ends up getting the lead role. Unfortunately, her acting is not very good, and Lizzie has to write a review on her acting. This is very hard on Lizzie, because she does not want to hurt her best friend, but she realises she has to be honest in her review. However, when Miranda finds out, she explodes and tries to end the friendship with Lizzie. Then, when she sees the tape of her acting, she realises that Lizzie was only being honest. Still, I think she finds her talent. She is an excellent singer, and when she sang, I cried so much. What a beautiful voice!moreless
  • Why'd you buy it?

    9.3
    Lizzie, who is writing for the school newspaper, asks for the assignment of covering the school's production of Mr. Escobar's play "Greasier." Miranda is overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets the lead in the play. When Lizzie and Gordo go to rehearsal, however, they are dismayed to find that Miranda is a terrible actress, and clumsy to boot. Miranda is confident before the opening of the play, but her performance is no better and she destroys most of the props and scenery. Lizzie can't bring herself to write the bad review Miranda deserves, but Gordo thinks she'll be able to take it. Lizzie writes a review that is honest, but goes easy on Miranda. Her friend doesn't see it that way, though, and thinks Lizzie has betrayed her. At lunch they get into a big fight. Gordo gives Miranda a tape of her performance and a copy of Lizzie's review and asks her to watch and read them both. Lizzie writes a retraction of her review but Miranda now realizes she was just being honest and tells her not to print it. One month later, Lizzie is in the audience preparing to cringe as Miranda makes her debut with the glee club. But she's pleasantly surprised to hear that Miranda is a fine singer.



    Also, Matt wants $90 for walkie-talkies for him and Lanny (who still isn't talking!) Mr. and Mrs. McGuire want him to work for the money himself. The boys have a yard sale with Matt's stuff. Matt gets the walkie-talkies, but when his parents enter his room, they find that he's sold everything that was there including his clothes and the furniture.moreless
  • Friendship Is Never Having To Say You’re Sorry.

    7.8
    Miranda lands leading role in the school play! Matt thinks up a way to get walkie-talkies! The audience gets to hear (to a degree) Lalaine’s singing prowess! All this and more transpires in this episode.



    First off, small continuity note: In this episode Lizzie is shown as being into journalism. She also exhibits this proclivity in “Aaron Carter’s Coming to Town”.



    Miranda gets cast in a lead role in the upcoming school play (none of the regular Drama kids wanted to have anything to do with it). She’s understandably excited, but so is Lizzie, because she is covering the play for the school paper.



    Unfortunately, Miranda is a horrible actress, and Lizzie is forced to say so in her article. Miranda is angry with Lizzie for the bad (but truthful) review. Lizzie is angry with Miranda for not understanding why the review was bad.



    Once again, the two have a tiff. An occurrence that is not unknown to viewers of the show. However, instead of one of the two coming to the other and ‘begging forgiveness’ as usual, the reconciliation is facilitated by Gordo himself. Normally, when the girls are fighting he steps back and takes the role of passive observer. Yet this time he actively involves himself as peacemaker.



    A fun aspect of this episode is seeing how bad of an actress Miranda is. She can’t remember her lines, she breaks character, she’s extremely clumsy (like Lizzie off the stage!), she misinterprets stage cues and dialogue, and when everything *is* going right she is stilted and choppy in her delivery. She is in short *bad* with a capital B!



    But on a real world note, this very performance allows the actress who portrays Miranda (Lalaine) to explore her own acting range. Few exercises are as good for an actor (or actress) than attempting to portray a character that can’t act. Acting as though one can’t act can be difficult in and of itself.



    But if Miranda is a failure at acting, it seems as though she has found her calling in singing. Miranda’s got a set of pipes on her! Which reflects Lalaine’s singing ability. If fact, Lalaine has since gone on to forge a music career for herself (as has Hilary Duff).



    In fact, it has been said that Lalaine was asked to *under perform* in the bit where Miranda sings. The girl’s got talent.



    But I would be doing less than my duty if I didn’t delve into a scene that raised at least this reviewer’s eyebrow. Now, in my defense, I didn’t notice this until after my 5th or 6th viewing of the episode.



    In the scene where Lizzie and Gordo are watching Miranda rehearse for the play, note the expression on Tudgeman’s face when Miranda (in character) is on her knees pulling at his pants. I think I can safely say that any red blooded 13-year-old male would have that same look on his face! *LOL* I mean, here is a comely young girl, on her knees, begging of you, while pulling at your pants… That’s got to be the fantasy of every hormone pumped male of that (or any other) age! Yowza! *ROTFLMBO*



    Aside from that ‘risqué’ moment, this episode is pure Disney. Right down to the very song Miranda sings (which is from the Disney animated movie “Mulan”).



    The subplot is suitably good as well. It fits the main plot perfectly. Neither ‘dragging’ the episode down nor outshining the main plot.



    Matt wants to get some walkie-talkies for him and Lanny so that they can stay in contact with one another at all times. Sam and Jo tell him to earn the money for them himself. So he does—by selling off all his stuff. *LOL*



    The amount of money lost on the sale (*everything* he owns and he only makes a hundred bucks?) and the amount of money that’ll be necessary for Sam and Jo to spend to replace all his stuff is enough to make the McGuire’s foreswear teaching Matt anything else in the near future. Smart choice! *LOL*



    At the end of the day, this is a great episode. The characters learn more about friendship. One discovers a hidden talent. Another circumvented a lesson. And we, the audience, learn how ancient Egyptians performed mummification (not only is the show fun, it’s educational).



    Good stuff.moreless
Orlando Brown

Orlando Brown

Travis Elliot

Guest Star

Ryan Shannon

Ryan Shannon

Kid

Guest Star

Daniel R. Escobar

Daniel R. Escobar

Mr. Escobar

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In the opening scene, Gordo states that cannibalism existed on Trinidad and Tobago until 1850. A review of several sources shows no evidence that the native Carib Indians continued this practice to the nineteenth century.

    • In the scene where Miranda tells Lizzie and Gordo about getting the lead in the play, there are a couple of loose strands of hair in front of Lizzie's face. A moment later, her hair is all neatly pinned back in her ponytail.

    • When Lizzie is in the family room with Gordo writing her review, it doesn't appear that her pen is actually touching the paper.

    • Goof or not a Goof: After Lanny drinks some of the orange drink he and Matt are having, he shivers, indicating something's wrong with it. Matt then apologizes for his mistake and adds some sugar. But there was already sugar visible in the bottom of Lanny's glass. (Or maybe he just likes a ton of sugar in his drinks?)

    • When Gordo is shown filming the play and the glee club, he's holding his camera at shoulder level, which would presumably get shots of the backs of the head of those sitting in front of him.

    • When Miranda says she'll try out for the Glee Club, Lizzie is worried that she'll be a bad singer. Yet in "Aaron Carter Is Coming to Town," Lizzie tells Miranda she's a wonderful singer and should perform for Aaron. (This is a prime example of confusion caused by showing episodes out of production order. "Random Acts" was shot before "Aaron..," but it wasn't broadcast until after it.)

    • Miranda and Lizzie talk as if neither had ever been in a play before, but in "Lizzie Strikes Out" Miranda says she was in a school "holiday pageant" as a "maid a'milkin'."

    • A boy with short red hair and a boy with sunglasses, who are sitting behind Matt and Lanny at the play, are seen in various other locations in different shots.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Gordo: Wow, they're showing The Mummy!
      Lizzie: Fine, Gordo. What did you need to tell me about The Mummy?
      Gordo: That I liked it?
      Lizzie: Is that all?
      Gordo: And that when they made mummies they used to pulled their organs out through their nose.

    • Gordo: When you become a famous reporter, I can come along and take all the pictures. Photographers get to wear stuff with a lot of pockets. I like that.
      Lizzie: I don't think you'll be my photographer, Gordo. I don't plan on doing any lingere fashion shows or swimsuit competitions.

    • (Lizzie can't finish her review, Gordo reads it)
      Gordo: My review on yesterday's play with Miranda Sanchez... Scranton. Well that really says it all. I would have picked Pittsburgh, but you know... I overstate things.

    • Miranda: You are such a lousy friend!
      Toon Lizzie: Well you're a lousy friend to, AND A STINKBAG ACTRESS!
      Lizzie: You're a lousy friend to, and a stinkbag actress!
      Toon Lizzie: Impressive.

    • Lizzie: I can't bring myself to say that Miranda...
      Gordo: ...stinks like a cab driver's armpit?

    • Gordo: ...That Lanny, he could sell ice to a polar bear.

  • NOTES (13)

    • The still photo of Lanny in a scene between Lizzie and Gordo is from earlier in the episode.

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book Head Over Heels and the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 12.

    • Troy Rowland makes his first appearance in a Lizzie episode, behind the camera he has also been Hilary's dialogue coach and bodyguard.

    • For the first time (that we ever noticed, anyway), Lizzie repeats something that Toon Lizzie says first. After a fight with Miranda, Toon Lizzie says, "...you're a stinkbag actress!" A moment later, Lizzie yells the same thing at Miranda.

    • Filming dates: December 6-10, 2000. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated December 8, 2000. For the first time, it gives the name of the show as Lizzie McGuire. Before that, the working title "What's Lizzie Thinking?" was used. The clapboard for the episode "I've Got Rhythmic" appears for a split second twice in the blooper reel.

    • Sam McGuire is shown in a photo standing in a batter's box, and he's positioned as a left-hander.

    • The title of Mr. Escobar's play "Greasier" is probably taken from Grease. (The popular 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started out as a play and is still produced onstage.) But the story and characters don't seem to have much to do with the real Grease. Miranda's character is named Rhonda Doppapopoulos.

    • Lizzie refers to being in the school soccer playoffs. This is one of the few times it's mentioned that Lizzie plays soccer. The mentions are so few, in fact, that this could almost be considered a goof, since the subject is so rarely brought up and Lizzie shows such little interest in it otherwise.

    • Lanny speaks! Well, not really, but he does make an audible noise. When he and Matt are in Matt's bedroom, they are drinking an orange drink, and after taking a swallow, Lanny makes a faint "aaah!" sound.

    • Orlando Brown appeared on ABC's Family Matters series, where he played 3J, the boy that the Winslows adopted. He also had roles on the series Two of a Kind with the Olsen twins and on Safe Harbor. His voice can also be heard on Disney's animated series The Proud Family and he can be seen on their series That's So Raven starring Raven-Symone and Anneliese van der Pol.

    • Aired on ABC on November 24, 2001.

    • Lalaine (Miranda) performs the song "Reflection" from the Disney movie Mulan.

    • David Alex Rosen and Jeremy Bargiel, the two "big guys" seen in several other episodes, are in this one, too. They appear in some still photos sitting with Jo McGuire in some stadium bleachers, but they're not listed in the credits.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Gordo: Did you know that motion pictures weren't invented by Edison like everybody thinks? They were really invented by William Friese-Greene....
      William Friese-Greene (1855-1921) (born William Edward Green) was a portrait photographer and an inventor with over 70 patents to his name. While in his twenties Friese-Greene met John Arthur Roebuck Rudge who had developed the 'Biophantic Lantern' which could display seven slides in rapid succession thus producing the illusion of movement. This devise used glass slides which weren't very practical, so Friese-Greene developed a celluloid film by 1887. In 1889, he received a patent for his 'chronophotographic' camera which could take up to ten photographs a second on his new film. Within two years he filed for bankruptcy due to mounting debts when his invention failed to impress the public and sold the patent rights to his camera for £500. Friese-Greene also worked in the area of color motion pictures with a system known as 'Biocolour' but he ran into legal problems when a rival claimed that any color film violated his patent. Things were finally settled by the House of Lords in 1914 in Friese-Greene's favor, but the system was still in its infancy when he died suddenly at a meeting on the film and cinema industry in 1921. At the time of his death he was a pauper, but at the hour of his funeral, all the cinemas in Britain halted their films and held a two minute silence in belated respect to 'The Father of the Motion Picture'. There was a claim by Friese-Greene that he had sent details of his camera designs to Thomas Edison in the hopes of forming a partnership. He received no reply from Edison and Edison claimed no knowledge of the offer.
      Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was one of the greatest inventors and businessmen the world has seen, inventing such items as the phonograph and electric light bulb. He held 1,093 patents in his name from work done by his employees and himself. Ironically it was one of his employees, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, who is given credit for inventing the motion picture camera, because Edison thought it had little value.

    • Lizzie: I'm sure the movie with the hockey-playing chimp wasn't brilliant the first time they ran through it.
      Lizzie is talking about the 2000 film MVP: Most Valuable Primate, starring Kevi Zegers. The film is about just what she says: A hockey-playing chimp.

    • Lizzie: Hello, Mariah Carey!
      Mariah Carey, like Celine Dion, is one of the most popular and best-selling female artists ever. She's had more number 1 records than almost anyone else in recording history. Even many of those who don't admire her records will admit she has an amazing voice.

    • Lizzie: I got you some flan...
      Flan is a custard-like dessert most popular in Mexico.

    • Matt: I got a Celine Dion snow globe.
      Celine Dion is a French-Canadian singer who gained tremendous popularity and sold tens of millions of records in the 1990's. She was proclaimed by many as the world's greatest singer. However, she was so often heard and seen (especially with the release of 1997's "My Heart Will Go On," a song from the movie Titanic) that a backlash set in against her. Matt seems to be joining in it when he says about the snow globe, "That's got to be worth at least five bucks to some yokel."

    • Gordo: "Wow, they're showing The Mummy!"
      Gordo is probably talking about the 1999 film starring Brendan Fraser, but he could also be referring to the 1932 "original" with Boris Karloff, or a 1959 version from the English company Hammer Films starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

    • Toon Lizzie: "Maybe when she's thirty years old she can play a teenager on Dawson's Creek.""
      The animated version of Lizzie is exaggerating somewhat here, but her point is well-taken. At the beginning of the 2000-2001 season of Dawson's Creek, James Van Der Beek (Dawson) was 23, Katie Holmes (Joey) was 21, Michelle Williams (Jen) was 20, Joshua Jackson (Pacey) was 22, Kerr Smith (Jack) was 28 (that's close!) and Meredith Monroe (Andie) was 22. In contrast, when Lizzie McGuire premiered in January 2001, Hilary Duff (Lizzie) was 13 (but filming started before her 13th birthday), Lalaine (Miranda) was 13, Adam Lamberg (Gordo) was the old man at 16, Jake Thomas (Matt) was 10 and Ashlie Brillault (Kate) was 13.

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