Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 28

The Greatest Crush of All (aka My Love Is a Red Red Chimp)

Aired Unknown Mar 21, 2003 on Disney Channel
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The Greatest Crush of All (aka My Love Is a Red Red Chimp)
Lizzie and Miranda's new English teacher Mr. Keith is really from England--and really cute, too! All the girls are ga-ga from the minute they see him, and once he starts teaching them about the love poetry of Robert Burns, they're all under his spell. (Even Gordo and Tudge like him after he tells them how much girls go for this poetry stuff.) Lizzie decides she wants to be the one girl that Mr. Keith notices, so she begins talking with him and bringing him little presents. But this puts her in direct conflict with her best friend Miranda, who's doing the same thing, not to mention other girls too, like Kate and Veruca. Meanwhile at home, the McGuires get a surprise--Dad has neglected to tell the rest of the family that they'll be keeping Fredo the chimp for a week while his owners are out of town. When Fredo arrives, Matt is very wary--he remembers how much trouble the chimp got him in once before. But soon Matt starts taking kindly to Fredo, and he becomes almost like a brother! Lizzie has plans to go to a Scottish festival where Mr. Keith will read poetry, hoping she can impress him even further. But an emergency arises. The chimp has injured Sam McGuire, and Jo must take him to the hospital. She needs Lizzie to baby sit Fredo. No problem, she says, as she sets off for the festival wearing her plaid skirt and tam-o-shanter--carrying the chimp along with her! Gordo's at the festival too. He proudly proclaims he's one-eighth Scottish until he gets a load of the food like blood pudding and haggis, then all of a sudden he's more Jewish than he's ever been in his life! Lizzie's plan to catch Mr. Keith's attention hts a big snag--she's lost Fredo! Gordo helps her look and they find the chimp at the top of a long rope hanging from a ceiling. A desperate Lizzie goes to Miranda just as Mr. Keith is about to start reading and pleads for her help (she's a good rope-climber.) Miranda immediately agrees and soon they have Fredo in custody again. Lizzie tells Miranda what a great friend she is for coming to her aid so quickly even though they'd been fighting the past few days. The girls agree never to let a hopeless crush like the one they had on their teacher come between them again. Meanwhile back at the poetry reading, Kate and Veruca are vying for Mr. Keith's attention and end up starting a massively disgusting food fight.moreless

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  • Hot Monkey Love?

    Let’s get something out of the way at the outset. This is a very good episode. It’s light, it’s airy, it’s ‘filler’, and it’s good.

    The female populace of the school is swooning over the new substitute teacher. Meanwhile, Matt is forced to spend a couple of days with Fredo the Chimp.

    As has been said before, chimps sell. This undeniable fact is proven once again in this episode. We last saw Fredo in a cameo appearance in “Over the Hill”. Prior to that he played a major role in “Mom’s Best Friend”. A fact that is referred to in this episode.

    Once again, we see Sam’s softball buddies. This time they need to leave Fredo with Sam for a couple of days while they go to a lumberjack convention (!). The result is that Matt and Fredo must learn to get along. Something Matt is not too thrilled about at the start. But Jo and Sam suggest that they bond, which they end up doing. The bonding of “a boy and his animal” is a time-honored theme, and always warms the cockles of one’s heart. This time is no different.

    A funny little bit is when Sam and Jo tell Matt to treat Fredo like a little brother. Matt agrees, but asks to see if he’ll be getting a real one any time soon. The look on Sam and Jo’s face is priceless! Apparently two kids are *more* than enough of a handful for them! *LOL*

    As far as the main plot goes, Mr. Keith, the new substitute English teacher, is being drooled over by all the girls in his class, but the episode focuses on four in particular. Lizzie, Miranda, Kate, and Veruca. Veruca’s presence here is a bit of a surprise. Last season she was just another nameless extra who had a total of two lines in two episodes (widely spaced apart). But suddenly in this season she’s been in this episode, “Dear Lizzie” and “Clueless”. One wonders how Veruca’s part became to be increased to that of a reoccurring secondary character. She is the ‘latest’ ‘major’ secondary reoccurring character to be ‘introduced’. Her character is a good one, and is different in both attitude and body type from others. I would even go so far as to say that her addition is inspired.

    While all four girls fight and jostle amongst each other for Mr. Keith’s attention, there does seem to be a clear ‘pairing off’ of ‘combatants’ as it were. Veruca/Kate and Lizzie/Miranda.

    It’s a fact that there are few things as entertaining to a male as watching a fight. That entertainment factor is doubled when it is women fighting. And *that* goes up ten fold when said fight is over the affections of a male. Lovesick women fighting each other over a guy is practically every male’s fantasy. Pass the popcorn! ;-)

    And speaking of the fight between the girls, one has to question Animated Lizzie’s assertion that she was going to be the one to “win this catfight”. While one has to admire her spunk, realistically speaking, it would seem doubtful. If ever it actually *did* come down to fisticuffs one would have to think that Veruca would have the clear advantage. What with her ‘heft’ and all. Don’t mess with the big girls. :-)

    Also on display is the strength of Miranda and Lizzie’s friendship. Miranda gives up staying for Mr. Keith’s poetry reading, and thus her ‘chance’ at ‘landing’ him, in order to help Lizzie—whose story of need was so fantastic that anyone else wouldn’t have believed her.

    And as a side effect, the two come out ‘smelling like a rose’ as a result. Due to Lizzie and Miranda’s going off to look for Fredo, they were absent from the food fight that ensued at Mr. Keith’s reading. As a result he views them as the only ‘mature’ students he has—they get noticed by the ‘cool guy’! What they were going for all along (even while they admit that they have no chance of getting him—as well they shouldn’t!)

    But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Gordo’s exploration of his ‘Inner Scott’ (not to mention his ‘Inner Jew’). His great grandfather was from Scotland (thus the last name ‘Gordon’). His Scottish accent! *LOL* It was ‘worth the price of admission’ alone. His attempt at a suave ‘Double 007’ type of lit to his voice to attract girls is hilarious. But even *more* hilarious is when he sees the food of his ‘homeland’. “I’m going back to being Jewish. The food’s better”. *ROTFLMBO*

    And really, who can blame him? Sheep innards? No wonder the Scots never won their war for independence. How can anyone keep up their fighting strength when eating garbage like that?!? *LOL* But apparently Miranda liked them well enough. She *heaped* her plate with sheep kidneys. Sheep kidneys! Ewww!

    Gordo then immediately taps into his Jewish heritage by affecting a stereotypical ‘Jewish’ accent! Adam Lamberg does a lot of accents in this series. We’ve heard his Scottish and Jewish accents in this episode, and his upper crust British accent in “Clueless”. He and Hallie Todd seem to get the lion share of ‘voices’.

    At the end of the day this is a very fun episode. We get ‘funny voices’. We get chimps. We get catfights. We get reoccurring secondary characters. All that plus a bag of chips (okay, not really). This is a great little episode. Great fun.moreless
Grant Thompson

Grant Thompson

Ewan Keith

Guest Star

Lee Everett

Lee Everett

Food Worker

Guest Star

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

Rachel Snow

Rachel Snow


Recurring Role

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy [as Jeremy Bargiel]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Nitpick: When Miranda first sees Mr. Keith she says he's a Greek god who came to earth to teach social studies at their school, but he was actually teaching English.

    • When Sam got pegged in the nose and Matt was explaining to his mom, he says, "And Fredo really pegged one in there," if you turn on closed captioning, it says, "And Fredo really ???? one in there."

    • Lizzie says, "All the girls like him and for once, I want to be the one to get noticed. Not Kate, not Claire, but me." But she was noticed by Aaron Carter, she was noticed by Ronnie, and she was noticed by Frankie Muniz!!!!!!
      Kate and Claire never even get noticed!!!!

    • Nitpick: As a Brit and knowing one or two Scottish people; Mr. Keith is obviously not a Scot. His accent sounds like an American trying to speak English and he keeps trailing off into American and weird English accents. Even when Gordo is trying to speak like a Scot, he sounds way better!

    • Veruca throws just a handful of hagus at Mr. Keith, but what ends up hitting him is a lot more than just a handful.

    • Possibly a goof: When Lizzie and everyone are in Mr. Keith's class, Toon Lizzie says "And he has blue eyes you can just drown in." Yet it appears his eyes are hazel.

    • In the gym when the chimp had jumped on Gordo's head, Gordo kept saying oww because the chimp kept pulling on his ear. As Gordo is walking out the door he is still saying oww, but you can clearly see that the chimp has both his arms around his neck, with its hands nowhere near Gordo's ear.

    • Lizzie implies that Gordo can't be Scottish because he's Jewish, which isn't the case at all, of course. Judaism is a religion, and Scots are an ethnic group.

    • Closed captioning error: Miranda is briefly identified as "Brenda."

    • When Mr. Keith introduces himself to the class, the line under his name on the blackboard disappears and reappears from shot to shot.

    • Mr. Keith states that Lizzie and Miranda have been the most mature students he had taught, however, Miranda seemed caught up in a middle school crush, as she made cupcakes for the teacher, and when asked what chapter the class was studying she babbled out "fractions."

    • Nitpick: Lizzie and Miranda occasionally refer to Fredo as a monkey instead of a chimp. Chimpanzees are members of the ape family. Monkeys have tails and more of a snout, where apes do not have tails and a short broad nose.

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (10)

    • This episode reveals that Gordo is one-eighth Scottish.

    • This episode is on Vol. 4 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Totally Crushed" released on Mar. 16, 2004.

    • When Gordo, Miranda, Lizzie and Fredo the chimp are standing in the door they assume the "three monkeys" pose--see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

    • This episode was part of a "premiere night" on the Disney Channel. It was shown just before the new TV-movie Right on Track starring Beverly Mitchell, and after that film Hilary Duff's new video for her song "Why Not?" (which will be featured in The Lizzie McGuire movie) was shown for the first time.

    • There is another reference to Gordo being Jewish. The other two were in "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah" and "Xtreme Xmas."

    • There is a clue as to when this episode falls in the school year. Mr. Keith states that the poetry reading is in honor of Robert Burns' birthday, and he was born on Jan. 25, 1759.

    • At Mr. Keith's poetry reading, Tudgeman appears with his face painted like a Scottish warrior, a la William "Braveheart" Wallace.

    • Fredo the chimp makes his third appearance. His first was when he ran away from his owners in "Mom's Best Friend" and there was a brief appearance in "Over the Hill." Continuity: Jo reminds Sam that Matt and Fredo didn't get along the first time they met. This is something Sam should have remembered since he ended up getting caught in Matt and Lanny's trap.

    • The clapboards on the blooper reel at the end of the show give the date of production as March 26, 2002, almost exactly a year before the episode finally aired. In the UK it first aired Mar. 8, 2004.

    • Character mentioned but not seen: Claire Miller.


    • Mr. Keith: Green grow the rashes, O
      This is a line from the Robert Burns poem "Green Grow the Rashes" (1783) from his work Poems and Songs.
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    • Toon Lizzie: Miranda must be destroyed!
      Although slightly altered, this line may have been taken the comedy/horror film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). In the film Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) are two package handlers who have the unfortunate task of delivering "monsters" to a wax museum. Little do they know that the crates contain the real monsters Frankenstein and Count Dracula. The "Monster Mashes" of the 1930s had made Universal Studios a great deal of money but by the late 1940s they were in decline. The studio decided it could squeeze a little more life out of the old characters, but it turned out to be Universal's second highest grossing movie of the year.
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    • Mr. Keith: "Are you finding time to read Ivanhoe?"
      Ivanhoe (1819) was an historical novel written by Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish romantic writer who popularized this type of literature. The book deals with the hatred and conflict that had existed since the Normans invaded England and defeated the Saxons in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. The book is set during the reign of Richard the Lion-Hearted who ruled England from 1189-1199. It takes place in 1194 as Richard returns to England from the Third Crusade (1189-1192) to reclaim his throne from his greedy brother Prince John. Helping Richard is the noble knight Ivanhoe, a Saxon, who becomes a model of how the Saxons can adapt to life in Norman England. But more outstanding than any metaphor in Ivanhoe is the book's role as an adventure story, which is by far its most important aspect. With its scenes of jousting knights, burning castles, and damsels in distress, Ivanhoe is one of the most popular historical romances of all time. Walter Scott was first and foremost a storyteller, and Ivanhoe is his greatest tale.

    • Gordo: You take the high road and I'll take the low road...
      These are lyrics from the song the traditional Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond," which dates back to the Jacobite Rebellion. In 1749, Bonnie Prince Charlie led his supporting clans against the British on the fields of Culloden. The British won the battle, and the clans were decimated. During the purges of the highlands, thousands were lost, families and clans were destroyed, lands were seized and the people plunged into poverty, and the Scots were stripped of their tartans, music and weapons. Clans from the Loch Lomond area had followed Bonnie Prince Charlie in the rebellion. This folk song reflects the despair of the time. In the song it says, "Oh ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low road, and I'll be in Scotland before ye." Among the many artists who have recorded the song is Judy Collins on her Both Sides Now album. It also appears on Disney 100 Favorite Children's Songs.

    • Gordo: This guy's cool, he's a cross between Hugh Grant and James Bond.
      Hugh Grant is a graduate of Oxford, with the classic good looks which make him a shoo-in for romantic lead roles. But his ability to portray a distinct brand of English embarrassment - has marked him as more of a comic performer than a serious leading man. His big break in films came in 1994's "Four Weddings and a Funeral" followed a year later by "Sense and Sensibility." In recent years the film "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts and "Bridget Jones Diary" with Rene Zellwegger have also been successful as Hugh has moved away form playing shy, stuttering nice guys to irresponsible but lovable cads.

      James Bond is the suave, sophisticated British Secret Service agent created by Ian Fleming who has all the answers, can handle any villain and get any girl. There have been 24 films with Bond having been portrayed by the likes of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig and even David Niven. Little known facts about James Bond, the name was taken from a well known American ornithologist (one who studies birds) and he is actually based on the real British double agent Dusko Popov and his handler for MI6 was none other than Ian Fleming.

    • Mr. Keith: "Do you know mine happens to be a Scotsman named Robert Burns?"
      Robert Burns (1759-1796) is the national poet of Scotland. He wrote brilliant narrative poems, clever satires as well as songs in both the Scots dialect and standard English. Some of his works include "A Red, Red Rose," "The Holy Fair," "Address to the Deil" and "Comin' Thro' the Rye." But he is probably best known to us for writing the song "Auld Lang Syne."

    • Lizzie: "I wonder if Carrot Top is his real name?"
      Actually his name is Scott Thompson and he's the comedian who has appeared in several commercials for 1-800-CALL-ATT in which he proves to be very inept at trying to get a date.