Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 17

Sibling Bonds

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Aired Unknown Aug 03, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Sibling Bonds
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Matt is irritating Lizzie with his magic tricks while she's trying to do homework. Soon they are fighting like cats and dogs--or brother and sister--much to the annoyance of their parents. But as soon as Sam and Jo stop them, they go right back to fighting. At school Ethan Craft speaks to Lizzie and Miranda, but Lizzie is so tongue-tied she can barely utter a word. Mr. Escobar announces a charity drive and asks for volunteers. Lizzie thinks she'll be too busy until she hears that Ethan will be there. At home Lizzie is making some cookies for the event when Matt tries out another trick. This time he handcuffs himself to his sister, but he can't get the cuffs loose. Mom spies the key and hides it, thinking that if the kids are forced to spend a few hours chained together, they might learn to get along better. Now Lizzie is facing the horror of going to the charity drive with her little brother stuck on her arm! At the drive, Lizzie tries to hide Matt as best she can while Kate takes advantage of the situation and steals Ethan's attention. Meanwhile, with the family gone, Dad settles back at home alone to enjoy the football game, but he OD's on junk food and falls asleep before the kickoff. Lizzie is furious with Matt for the trouble he's causing her, but she notices that he's particularly avoiding a bully named Heywood. When Heywood trips Matt, Lizzie goes ballistic and scares him off. Now Matt and Lizzie are beginning to understand some of each other's problems. Kate comes by to laugh at Lizzie's situation and to rub it in that she's with Ethan. Matt, returning the favor for Lizzie, comes up with a good way to get back at Kate. Dad finally shows up with the key and the siblings are released from their bond. Ethan sees Lizzie and tells her he thinks it's cool that she spent the day with her little brother. He invites her out for pizza with some friends, but Lizzie declines when she sees Heywood menacing Matt again, and she goes to his rescue.moreless

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  • Sibling Bonds

    8.0
    A great episode of Lizzie Mcguire and probably will remain one of my favorites for quite a while. Now we've seen Matt & Lizzie act civil toward each other before but never like this. This epsiode showed that Lizzie genuinely cared for Matt regardless of his annoyances, and it was visa versa for Matt. We also got a lot of Ethan & Lizzie scenes which were okay, I think most of their scenes were too cliche.



    Something that definitely wasn't cliche was Kate falling in to the river. I enjoyed the humorous writing in this episode with Lizzie & Matt being tied up and Jo & Sam hiding the key. Which shows how they're not your ordinary TV parents. Gordo was shoved to the sidelines in this episode, but he was humorous as the announcer, I just wish we got more interactions between the famous trio.



    Overall a different kind of Lizzie Mcguire that really worked in some aspects. This episode was focused on family and Lizzie Mcguire managed to pull the story line off in flying colors. Great episode.moreless
  • I thought it was great!

    9.5
    Matt and Lizzie are always fighting. Matt puts handcuffs on them for a magic trick, but it doesn't work. Jo finds the key and decides to keep it until they learn to get along. Lizzie is going to a charity thing and Ethan Craft is going to be there. She and Matt must work together throughout the day. They learn to be friends in the end.



    This was a great episode! I don't know what I would do if my little sister was handcuffed to me! I think they handled it well! This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Matt and Lizzie are busy bickering as usual. Matt is pretending to be a magician which drives Lizzie nuts. Jo and Sam has had enough. Matt puts handcuffs on Lizzie for a magic trick.. Jo spies the key and steals it. Lizzie has to face embaressment.moreless

    9.8
    Lizzie has a charity fair coming up and her crush-boy (Ethan Craft) is also coming. When she comes home from school Lizzie starts making some choc chip cookies. Lizzie and Matt are fighting in this episode because of Matt and his silly magic tricks. Sam and Jo are sick of the constant bickering so when Matt handcuffs Lizzie for a magic trick Jo takes the key Matt left on the table. Lizzie goes to the charity fair with Matt still attached to her wrist. Lizzie then meets Miranda and she tells her Ethan has been asking about her. Lizzie goes to the golfing competition which Ethan entered. Matt then gets tripped by a bully by the name of Heywood. When she fell Lizzie belligerently steps up to Heywood and starts yelling in his stunned face. He then runs away. Lizzie soon understands how twisted her brother\'s life is. Then the Queen of mean comes and starts making Lizzie life miserable. Matt also finds out how twisted his sister\'s life is. He comes up with a brainwave and tells Kate that Ethan loves these nuts. This turned out to be a big mistake for Kate. When she opened the can all these things came popping out at her. She falls into the lake!!! Ethan then comes and invites Lizzie to come and have pizza with some friends. Lizzie declines the invitation when she sees Heywood up to no good.moreless
  • Magic

    6.5
    Matt is irritating Lizzie with his magic tricks while she's trying to do homework. Soon they are fighting like cats and dogs--or brother and sister--much to the annoyance of their parents. But as soon as Sam and Jo stop them, they go right back to fighting.



    At school Ethan Craft speaks to Lizzie and Miranda, but Lizzie is so tongue-tied she can barely utter a word. Mr. Escobar announces a charity drive and asks for volunteers. Lizzie thinks she'll be too busy until she hears that Ethan will be there. At home Lizzie is making some cookies for the event when Matt tries out another trick. This time he handcuffs himself to his sister, but he can't get the cuffs loose. Mom spies the key and hides it, thinking that if the kids are forced to spend a few hours chained together, they might learn to get along better. Now Lizzie is facing the horror of going to the charity drive with her little brother stuck on her arm!



    At the drive, Lizzie tries to hide Matt as best she can while Kate takes advantage of the situation and steals Ethan's attention. Meanwhile, with the family gone, Dad settles back at home alone to enjoy the football game, but he OD's on junk food and falls asleep before the kickoff. Lizzie is furious with Matt for the trouble he's causing her, but she notices that he's particularly avoiding a bully named Heywood. When Heywood trips Matt, Lizzie goes ballistic and scares him off. Now Matt and Lizzie are beginning to understand some of each other's problems. Kate comes by to laugh at Lizzie's situation and to rub it in that she's with Ethan. Matt, returning the favor for Lizzie, comes up with a good way to get back at Kate. Dad finally shows up with the key and the siblings are released from their bond. Ethan sees Lizzie and tells her he thinks it's cool that she spent the day with her little brother. He invites her out for pizza with some friends, but Lizzie declines when she sees Heywood menacing Matt again, and she goes to his rescue.moreless
  • The Ties That Bind.

    5.4
    Jo (and Sam) get fed up with Lizzie and Matt’s constant sibling bickering. The solution? When Matt’s magic trick goes awry they allow him and Lizzie to stay handcuffed together for an extended period of time. They’ll either learn to get along or eat each other. And as Sam points notes, he and Jo win either way. *LOL*



    This episode takes the time to show us Lizzie and Matt’s relationship beyond the quick one-liners we are usually treated to. Instead, we get to see each relate to, and understand, the problems of the other. We see what we already know: that Matt and Lizzie love each other. We saw this to a much lesser extent in “Misadventures in Babysitting” and we see it again in “The Longest Yard” (to a greater degree).



    Matt learns that Lizzie’s life is ‘complicated’. She has teachers whom she needs to impress. She has crushes that she can’t function around. She even has rivals for said crushes. Hers is a life “so full of drama” (to borrow a line from “Pool Party”).



    Lizzie learns in turn that Matt has his share of problems as well. Namely, being bullied around by a, well, bully. Whereas Lizzie’s problems are emotional for the most party, Matt’s are of a physical nature.



    This episode serves as a ‘bonding’ experience for the two. They each come away with a new appreciation for the other.



    As for the subplot—there is none. Very few episodes can say that. The various vinaigrettes featuring Sam and Jo, and even Gordo and Miranda, all derive from the main plot.



    Of special interest is the way Lizzie acts around Ethan. At this point in the show’s timeline she is unable to even think coherently in his presence. Over time she would not only become comfortable around him, but especially so. So much so that she asks him out (not once, but twice!) in “Just Friends”. The growth Lizzie displays between the time of these two episodes is astounding. She is, as the show takes pains to point out, growing up.



    And on a fashion note, this is one of the few episodes in which Lizzie wears a head covering. She doesn’t often go for the ‘Rhoda’ look.moreless
Paul Robert Langdon

Paul Robert Langdon

Heywood Biggs

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Daniel R. Escobar

Daniel R. Escobar

Mr. Escobar

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Near the end of the episode, Matt says about Kate, "I don't like her." However, in "Lizzie's Nightmares" Matt and Kate seem to get along just fine since they exchange waves in the hallway and Kate describes him as cool and charming.

    • When Miranda hands Lizzie the cup while she's standing outside the photo booth, there is obviously nothing in it.

    • When Matt handcuffs himself to Lizzie, he's wearing a magician's top hat and cape. Then when he and Lizzie are searching for the key, the hat and cape are gone in the first shots, then reappear later in the scene.

    • The closed-captioning for this episode identified Sam McGuire as "Simon." (This has happened in at least one other episode as well.)

    • When Sam says, "Hey kids, I've got the key" he actually throws two keys...it says "nitpicks," doesn't it?

    • When Sam orders a pizza he takes a piece out of it, but it's later shown with no pieces missing.

    • Lizzie is standing outside the men's bathroom while handcuffed to Matt. Seeing that the handcuffs' chains was maybe 6 inches long, there's no chance Matt would be going to the bathroom (or doing anything), since the toilets are not that close to the door.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jo: Potatoes or stuffing?
      Sam: Stuffing.

    • Jo: I think they should stay handcuffed together. They will learn they have to stop bickering, get along with each other, or eat each other alive.
      Sam: Either way we win.

    • Matt: (to Lizzie) Don't worry. I rather chew my own hand off than spend the whole day with you.
      (Later...)
      Miranda: (referring to Matt) Lizzie, you got a little kid on your arm.
      Lizzie: (sarcastically) Why, thank you! (to Matt) Start chewing!

    • Matt: I learned a great new trick today, take both ends of the rope.
      Lizzie: I don't want the rope.
      Matt: Take the rope!
      Lizzie: I don't want the rope!
      Matt: Take the rope!
      Lizzie: I don't want the rope now get lost!!!

    • Lizzie (to Heywood): I am NOT in the mood! I've got a teacher who thinks I'm lazy! I've got Kate Sanders sniffing around a guy I like! I've got a stress pimple on my neck the size of a hockey puck! AND I've got 70 pounds of useless fat chained to my wrist! So unless you want me to force-feed you a set of golf clubs, I suggest you get out of my face! And I mean now, you rat-head, weasel-eyed PUNK!

    • Gordo: Ethan Craft draws back his flat stick and rolls his rock. It's on line but what's this. King Tut's mummy has suddenly come alive and is stalking the gallery. Tearing the heads off innocent spectators. And now, the MIR Space Station is falling out of the sky. Aw the humanity. Mercy, a piece of debris is heading right at me...Agh. (slight pause) I'm going to get me some nachos.

    • Lizzie: So, how did the clothing drive go?
      Jo: It went well, and if there are any kids who weigh 400 pounds who are needy, then they will be extremely well dressed.

    • Lizzie: No, I can't. I just told Ethan that I had to stay in here for awhile. If I go out there, he'll think I'm a complete baboon.
      Matt: Trust me. There are a million other reasons for him to think you're a complete baboon.

    • Sam: Lizzie, put Matt down and step away from your brother.

    • Matt: (while struggling with Lizzie for the card) I need the card to do the trick.
      Lizzie: I can do a better one with it. (She tears the card apart) Ta-da! I turned it into confetti.

    • Miranda: You should lock him [Matt] in the basement until he goes away to college.
      Lizzie: He'll just ooze out through the pipes!

    • Lizzie (to Matt): Get out of my face, cactus head!

  • NOTES (16)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 5.

    • When Lizzie realizes some kid is giving Matt a hard time she says "Oh my Gosh", instead of "Oh my God." One of the Notes for The Lizzie McGuire Movie shows that Disney has a different standard for its TV shows compared to its films.

    • Continuity: Ethan makes the comment to Lizzie about Matt that, "he loves that little guy." This is a reference to the episode "Lizzie's Nightmares" when Matt went to Lizzie's school by mistake and made a great impression on her friends.

    • Continuity: Mr. Escobar is seen wearing the blue scarf which Gordo says he "always" wears in another episode.

    • Stunt double: Cinda-Lin James (for Kate).

    • An enterprising Lizzie viewer may have located the Los Angeles location where the exterior for Lizzie's school is shot. In this episode he noticed the street number 11800 on one of the buildings. The only school in Los Angeles with that number is University High School on Texas Avenue.

    • The miniature golf course seen in this episode is located at Sherman Oaks Castle Park in Sherman Oaks, California. It is about 15 minutes away from Ren Mar Studios where Lizzie was filmed. More info

    • Another possible clue as to where Lizzie lives: Sam tells the kids that he has to go to the nearby city of Stanton to get a spare handcuff key. Stanton is a real city in southern California, not far from where the series is filmed.

    • Character with no lines: Sam's often-mentioned cousin ReeRee is seen here, but only in a still-photo montage, where he stains Sam's shirt while giving him a high-five.

    • When Lizzie mocks Matt, imitating the way he says "Lizzie!", that word is dubbed in on the soundtrack.

    • The ever-changing pronunciation of Kate's last name is "Saunders" in this episode.

    • A stunt double was used for Kate's fall into the lake near the episode's end. But as seen in the blooper reel, Ashlie Brillault (Kate) waded out into the lake, then had water poured over her head for the following shot.

    • Filming dates: January 27-31, 2001. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated January 30, 2001. (For a split-second the clapboard from "I've Got Rhythmic" appears in the middle of the bloopers.)

    • Lizzie (Hilary Duff) appears with red streaks in her hair in this episode. Is this the first time?

    • The scene where Sam McGuire throws the key to the handcuffs across the water to Lizzie is a take-off on a scene in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey where early man first learns to use weapons and tools (you'll have to see it; it's too hard to explain briefly). The music playing is an arrangement of the opening of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" ("Thus Spake Zarathustra"), often called the "Theme from 2001," by German composer Richard (pronounced Rick-ard) Strauss.

    • Music includes:
      *"Searchin'" by the Coasters, who had a big hit with it wayyy back in 1957! They were one of the most popular R&B or "doo wop" groups of their time. It's played during the scene when Lizzie and Matt are searching for the keys to the handcuffs.
      *"1+1=2" by Lou Bega, a virtual soundalike to his 1999 hit "Mambo No. 5," played during a scene at the miniature golf arcade.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Gordo: And now, the MIR Space Station is falling out of the sky.
      The Mir Space Station was launched by the former Soviet Union officially to "conduct studies and experiments of interest to science and the Russian economy" beginning in February 1986. It's name meant "peace" and "community." The various modules which composed the station were launched over the next ten years, including the docking module, in November 1995, by the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This module allowed future shuttle missions to dock with the station. From February 1994 to June 1998 the Space Shuttle made eleven flights to Mir and during that time American astronauts lived on the station seven different times. But by the late 1990s rising costs for operation and concerns over safety on the aging station were being voiced and the last crew left in August 1999. In October 2000, Russia decided to bring the station down in 2001. On March 23, 2001 its rockets were fired causing it to descend safely into the Pacific Ocean between Australia and Chile near the island of Fiji.

    • Gordo: Oh, the humanity!
      Gordo gets bored broadcasting the miniature golf game, so he spices it up by pretending the Mir space station is falling to earth. When he says "Oh, the humanity," he's quoting a famous eyewitness account of the Hindenburg zeppelin disaster as broadcast by radio announcer Herbert Morrison. The Hindenburg was a luxurious zeppelin used for trans-Atlantic travel. While docking in Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937, the hydrogen-filled zeppelin exploded in an enormous ball of flame, killing 36 people.

    • Sam McGuire: The drive! John Elway marched his team 98 yards in two minutes to tie the game...
      Sam is recounting one of the most memorable series of plays in professional (NFL) football in the last twenty or thirty years. It occurred near the end of the 1987 AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns and culminated with Broncos quarterback John Elway throwing a five-yard touchdown pass to receiver Mark Jackson to tie the score at 20-20 with 37 seconds left. The Broncos won the game 23-20 in overtime when Rich Karlis kicked a field goal.

    • Toon Lizzie: "...like Albert Einstein without the Three Stooges hair."
      Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is one of the most renowned scientists of the 20th century. His theory of relativity replaced Sir Isaac Newton's 17th century theories of time, space and gravity. He was rather haphazard about his personal appearance, and his head was crowned by an unruly mop of hair which resembled that of Larry (Fine) of the famous comedy group the Three Stooges.

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