Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 18

Rated Aargh

Aired Unknown Aug 10, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Rated Aargh
Lizzie's fantasy almost comes true when she is paired up with Ethan Craft in a CPR class at school, but he's so dense that the teacher chooses Tudgeman instead to give Lizzie mouth-to-mouth! Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda realize they are about the only three in school who haven't seen the latest blockbuster movie Vesuvius: The Eruption, which is rated R, and they're determined to get in to see it. When their parents all say "no" to their arguments, Gordo decides they should say they are going to play miniature golf, then go see the film. Lizzie is very nervous about lying to her parents, but she pulls it off with ease. The trio can't get past the ticket-taker, though, and can't slip in the back, so they mingle with the crowd as it is departing a showing and sneak in that way. While at the concession stand, they notice a man choking. Lizzie has had the training, so she goes and performs the Heimlich maneuver on the man, dislodging a sourball from his throat. A local news crew comes by and films a segment about Lizzie for the news that night. But then the trio realizes that their parents will watch the news and will find out where they've been unless they stop them. Back at home, Lizzie's parents get a phone call from the theatre telling them about their daughter's heroic actions. They are happy at first, but they soon realize that they've been deceived about the movie. When Lizzie and friends come home Mom and Dad make them squirm for a while by threatening to watch the news, then telling them the want to take them to see Vesuvius themselves. Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo all get grounded for a week or two. Also, Matt volunteers his parents to build a booth for his school's carnival, and they come up with the idea of a velcro wall people can leap onto while wearing a special velcro suit.moreless

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DeVaughn Nixon

DeVaughn Nixon

Snackbar Attendant

Guest Star

Yolanda Laverde

Yolanda Laverde


Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Dot Jones

Dot Jones

Coach Kelly [as Dot-Marie Jones]

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • In the scene where Sam and Jo are talking about how Lizzie is a "lying hero", Sam appears to have his head tilted to one side when the camera shot is from behind him, but in the next wide screen shot, his head is upright.

    • In the choking scene at the theater, when Jeremy's friend says his name, the closed captioning says "German."

    • When Lizzie, Gordo, and Miranda are at the movie theaters, a news reporter is talking about them. While the cameraman is recording, you can see the name of the theater and Channel 4 on the screen. The only problem is that those images shouldn't be visible while recording.

    • Why is it that Gordo and Miranda help Lizzie before her parents find out about seeing the movie, when their own parents could see the news as well, shouldn't they be at home distracting their parents?

    • In the scene when Lizzie saves Jeremy from choking, she does not have her purse in the wide shots, but in the close ups it can be seen on her right shoulder.

    • When Lizzie is talking to Gordo and Miranda, they were talking about how all 3 of their parents said no, so they might as well go play mini golf. But when the kids get back from the movie, Lizzie's parents say something like "Why don't we go see Vesuvius? We've talked it over and we've decided that you kids are old enough." Since when do Lizzie's parents get to decide what Miranda and Gordo get to watch?? They're not the McGuire's kids!

    • Here's something that happens frequently on the show: Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo all get grounded, yet afterward they're all talking on the phone together...about being grounded! Don't any of their parents ever consider taking away phone privileges as part of grounding?

    • Generally CPR classes use a life-size doll or dummy for students to learn and practice on, as it is not a good idea to do chest compressions on someone with a normally-beating heart. [But it wouldn't be very funny that way!--Ed.] The doll was later noticed laying on a table behind Lizzie.

    • Lizzie says something about "how to make mock apple pie out of salty crackers" instead of saying "saltine crackers."

    • When the moviegoer Lizzie saves is choking, the popcorn of the other guy keeps disappearing and reappearing from shot to shot. In addition, his friend's cap is almost knocked off his head in one shot, then in the next quick-cut wide shot, it's back on his head straight.

    • Gordo acts like he wasn't in Lizzie's health class when Lizzie had to do mouth-to-mouth with Tudgeman. But in the episode "Between a Rock and a Bra Place" he said that he was in all of the her classes.

    • When Lizzie, Gordo, and Miranda try sneaking in through the emergency fire escape it is locked and Gordo says, "The Fire Escape is locked, that can't be a good thing!", but a guy as smart as Gordo should know that fire escape doors ONLY open from the inside, by pushing the silver bar that is on the door. This unlocks the door and turns the fire alarm on.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (13)

    • According to the commentary on the Lizzie McGuire Vol. 1 DVD Box Set, this is Lalaine's favorite episode.

    • This episode is on Vol. 2 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD collection entitled "Growing Up Lizzie" released on Dec. 9, 2003.

    • Mitchah Williams is listed as the Kleenex Kid, but that designation actually fits his character in the episode "Rumors." Also, Jeremy Bargiel, who portrays the Chocking Man, is identified by the name Jeremy by his friend at the theater.

    • As Tudgeman is about perform mouth-to-mouth with Lizzie he gives another student a Vulcan hand sign made popular by Leonard Nimoy who portrayed Commander Spock from the original Star Trek series.

    • Stunt doubles: Nancy Thurston (for Lizzie) and Larry Nicholas (for Matt).

    • Continuity: Mount Rushmore Mini-Golf, where some of "Sibling Bonds" took place, is mentioned again here.

    • Further character identification: The reporter is identified as Cricket Johansen.
      Character mentioned but not seen: Jeff Thompson, a kid whose parents are making a booth for the carnival at Matt's school.

    • DeVaughn Nixon played Whitney Houston's son in The Bodyguard.

    • The poster for Vesuvius say that it's "A Stan Rogow Film." Stan Rogow is an executive producer of Lizzie McGuire.

    • Filming dates: February 12-16, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated February 13, 2001.

    • Miranda (Lalaine) says she can't stand another talking pig movie. In real life she was a voice in Babe (1995), a movie about a talking pig.

    • Some famous themes from classical music pieces are heard in this episode. At the very beginning when Ethan (Clayton Snyder) is about to go mouth-to-mouth with Lizzie (Hilary Duff), the soaring music that's playing is from Peter Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (1869). When Matt (Jake Thomas) and Sam (Robert Carradine) are talking about a carnival booth where someone will get an apple shot off of his head, you can hear the most familiar portion of Giaocchio Rossini's Overture to the opera William Tell (1829) playing in the background. And when Lizzie and friends are at the snack bar and the man is choking, that stirring music being played is the "Ride of the Valkyries" from Richard Wagner's opera Die Walkure (The Valkyrie) (1870). All of these pieces of music have been used many, many times in movies and television. Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet was given words in the 1930's and was turned into a popular song, "Our Love." Rossini's "William Tell Overture" is better known to millions of people as the theme music for the TV series (and radio show before that) The Lone Ranger. Richard Wagner's (pronounced Rick-ard VAHG-ner) "Ride of the Valkyries" has been in everything from the movie Apocalypse Now to a familiar audiotape commercial (remember the guy sitting in the chair with his hair blowing back?) to a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

    • Miranda's full name is given as Miranda Isabella Sanchez.


    • Rated Aargh is a spoof of the phrase "Rated R."

    • Larry Tudgeman: I can't believe I'm saying this, but "Vesuvius" is actually better than Star Wars.
      Tudge is referring to, of course, the 1977 mega-blockbuster science fiction-fantasy classic film Star Wars, which began an immensely popular six-moive series, four of which had been released when this episode aired. This is high praise indeed from Tudgeman, who has been pictured as the ultimate Star Wars/Star Trek/fantasy-game geek.

    • Sam McGuire: "Very William Tell...historical...I like it."
      William Tell is the national hero of Switzerland, but it's not certain that he actually existed. His story dates from the 13th or 14th century. According to the legend, the hated Austrian governor forced Tell to shoot an apple off his son's head at a distance of 80 paces with a crossbow. Tell did it successfully; then later he was supposed to have ambushed and killed the governor. This was supposed to have inspired Switzerland's revolt against Austria.