Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 7

The Longest Yard

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Aired Unknown May 17, 2002 on Disney Channel
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The Longest Yard
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Jo McGuire gets roped into attending the Super Sports Expo with her husband, so she makes Lizzie cancel her plans for the day to stay home and watch Matt (and Lanny.) This infuriates Lizzie, but she tries to be responsible and stops the boys from playing with her dad's prize possession, a football autographed by the legendary Walter Payton. But Matt and Lanny managed to deflate the football anyway. Lizzie and Matt know they're in BIG trouble if they can't get the ball fixed, so Lizzie calls Miranda and Gordo over to help her come up with a solution to the problem. Soon Lizzie has an ever bigger problem. The two young boys have gone off by themselves to try and get the ball fixed. Mrs. McGuire calls to say they will be late arriving home, but she suspects something is wrong when she talks to Lizzie, so Sam asks a couple of his softball buddies to go by the house and check on things. Lizzie and Miranda go off to find Matt and Lanny while Gordo waits at the McGuire house. At first he is happy to be alone with the TV and the refrigerator full of food, but when Sam's friends Jeremy and David come by to check up on things, he has to try to convince them everything is OK. Lizzie and Miranda finally find the boys at the Collector's Corner trying to replace the football. By this time Lizzie is more relieved that Matt is alright rather than worried about the football. She trades in the deflated Walter Payton ball for one autographed by Dick Butkus and the group manages to sneak in just as the parents arrive back home. But of course Sam notice the difference in the footballs. Lizzie and Matt come clean and each try to take the blame themselves, but it turns out that the real Walter Payton ball was accidentally destroyed a few months before--by Jo!moreless

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  • THAT’S RIGHT GO FOOTBALL!!! WHOOPS!!! Matt and Lanny accidentally broke Sam's Wayne Paton signed football. They are all grounded and to add to that Lizzie was babysitting them. OHOH!!! Matt and Lanny try to help it survive. Watch Lizzie find bad boy.moreless

    9.2
    THAT’S RIGHT GO FOOTBALL!!! Jo and Sam are going to this football game. WHOOPS!!! Matt and Lanny accidentally broke Sam\'s Wayne Paton signed football. They are all grounded and to add to that Lizzie was babysitting them. OHOH!!! Matt and Lanny try to help it survive. Lizzie and Miranda are very worried about the annoying twosome. Matt and Lanny have to fix the football fast. They go to where people have bicycles and pumps. They go to a hospital where they get chased out of it. They go to a collector’s game corner where they sell everything. Matt looks around and vuola WAYNE PATON. Hooray! Matt and Lanny approach him and starts crying. They were very artful because Matt started to stammer that he broke his dad’s football. The cruel shopkeeper does not acquiesce unfortunately. Lizzie finds Matt in the game corner and tells him she was very worried about him. Lizzie takes the football thinking craftily. She suddenly comes up with an idea. She asks the shopkeeper to give her the Dep Buckus football for old Walter Peton. He acquiesces. They all sneak home through the window because Jo called some babysitters to find them. They manage to get home safely.



    At home Jo asks what they had been doing. Lizzie’s conscience says hanging out with everyone was fun. She says it was boring.moreless
  • 5.4
    Jo McGuire gets roped into attending the Super Sports Expo with her husband, so she makes Lizzie cancel her plans for the day to stay home and watch Matt (and Lanny.) This infuriates Lizzie, but she tries to be responsible and stops the boys from playing with her dad's prize possession, a football autographed by the legendary Walter Payton. But Matt and Lanny managed to deflate the football anyway. Lizzie and Matt know they're in BIG trouble if they can't get the ball fixed, so Lizzie calls Miranda and Gordo over to help her come up with a solution to the problem.



    Soon Lizzie has an ever bigger problem. The two young boys have gone off by themselves to try and get the ball fixed. Mrs. McGuire calls to say they will be late arriving home, but she suspects something is wrong when she talks to Lizzie, so Sam asks a couple of his softball buddies to go by the house and check on things. Lizzie and Miranda go off to find Matt and Lanny while Gordo waits at the McGuire house. At first he is happy to be alone with the TV and the refrigerator full of food, but when Sam's friends Jeremy and David come by to check up on things, he has to try to convince them everything is OK. Lizzie and Miranda finally find the boys at the Collector's Corner trying to replace the football. By this time Lizzie is more relieved that Matt is alright rather than worried about the football. She trades in the deflated Walter Payton ball for one autographed by Dick Butkus and the group manages to sneak in just as the parents arrive back home. But of course Sam notice the difference in the footballs. Lizzie and Matt come clean and each try to take the blame themselves, but it turns out that the real Walter Payton ball was accidentally destroyed a few months before--by Jo!moreless
  • This Episode Scores A Touchdown.

    9.0
    Unlike the Burt Reynolds movie of the same name, this episode doesn’t feature an ex quarterback in prison. But like that movie, it does revolve around football. Or more explicitly, it revolves around Sam’s prized Walter Payton autographed football.



    Sam and Jo are off to the ‘Super Sports Expo’ (Sam happily, Jo reluctantly). In their absence Lizzie is delegated the task of watching Matt and Lanny and making sure they stay out of trouble.



    Events then transpire to the point where Sam’s prized football is (forcibly) deflated. It’s here where things start to ‘heat up’ plot-wise. Matt and Lanny sneak off to try and fix the situation while Lizzie and Miranda (with Gordo staying behind to ‘hold the fort’) go off to try and find the wayward duo.



    Obviously this is a ‘filler’ episode. But as with every episode, there is a moral at the heart of the story. This one is about the bonds of siblinghood. The same theme was visited in “Sibling Bonds” (and to a much lesser extent in “Misadventures in Babysitting”). The episode is also, to a lesser degree about responsibility (much like in the aforementioned “Misadventures in Babysitting").



    When Matt (and Lanny) take off on their own, Lizzie becomes frightened. Her maternal instincts kick in and she worries about their safety. So much so that she can’t even summon the will to recriminate them when they are found. Her relief at finding Matt (and Lanny) is such that she doesn’t even care about the severe punishment that is certain to come their way for destroying Sam’s collectable. This really shows how much she cares for her brother.



    And Matt himself reveals just how much he holds his big sister in esteem. When Lizzie asks him what he was thinking when he (and Lanny) took off, he responds that he thought to himself what she would do in the situation. After admitting that she wouldn’t be in the situation in the first place, he knew she would try and fix it, so that’s what he (and Lanny) attempted to do.



    The caring bond the two have (beneath their squabbling exterior) is nice to see. It never hurts to remind the audience that there’s depth beneath the surface.



    As for the subplot, unlike most episodes, there isn’t one here. Everything is tied to the main plot.



    Overall, this is a nice little episode. We get a show of affection, we get guest characters by way of Lanny and Sam’s softball buddies, and we get sports memorabilia. Though there are a couple of ‘ugly’ parts.



    Notably, Miranda’s labeling of people who visit the ‘Collector’s Corner’ as ‘geeks’. Just because someone has interests different than yours, that doesn’t make them mock worthy, which is essentially a proclaiming of one’s ‘superiority’. That’s the judgmental portion of Miranda rearing its ugly head again.



    And then there’s Jo’s grounding of Lizzie and Matt. Why? Because they inadvertently rooted out *her* own deception of replacing Sam’s real autographed football (which fell into the fireplace) with one signed by her. She was caught in her own lie, and what does she do? She punishes Lizzie and Matt for it! That’s not just. What kind of example is that to set for one’s kids? Shame on you Jo.



    Not to mention the fact that no one suggested taking back the football. After all, the football Lizzie traded for the autographed Dick Butkus wasn’t the original football signed by Walter Payton. It was a forgery signed by Jo. So Lizzie got an authentic collectors piece in exchange for a phony. The storeowner got ripped off! Yet no one, not Lizzie, not Matt, not even Jo or Sam suggest it go back to the store. Granted, I’d do the same thing, but I’m not supposed to be a paragon of virtue. ;-)



    But at the end of the day, this is a good episode. It has a very good ‘day in the life’ vibe to it. Among the top dozen or so to date.moreless
Sean Sweeney

Sean Sweeney

Shop Owner

Guest Star

Daniel Chodos

Daniel Chodos

Rabbi

Guest Star

Damien Leake

Damien Leake

Priest

Guest Star

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy [as Jeremy Bargiel]

Recurring Role

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

David Alex Rosen

David Alex Rosen

David

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Near the beginning of the episode, the closed captioning identifies Sam as Simon.

    • At the beginning of the episode when Sam is talking to the football, there is a brown vase next to it. Later, when Matt steals the football, the vase is gone. Then when Lanny is replacing the football, the vase is back again.

    • Nitpick:
      How long is Gordo's King of Norway joke he tells Sam's softball buddies? He starts it when Lizzie, Miranda, Matt and Lanny are at Collector's Corner, but is still telling the same joke when they sneak back into the house. Either it's one long joke or Collector's Corner is really close to the McGuire's home.

    • If Sam is as fanatical about his autographed football as this episode suggests, than wouldn't he have known the difference between Jo's and Walter Payton's handwriting style?

    • The Dick Butkus football that Lanny replaces near the episode's end appears to have no autograph.

    • Even though the "official" 1986 Super Bowl football signed by Walter Payton has some gold lettering on it that says "1986 Super Bowl," it has no Super Bowl logo which an official souvenir ball would have.

    • Sam says that the highlight of his trip to the Sports Expo was having his picture taken with "last year's Super Bowl mascot." But they show a picture of the mascot of the St. Louis Rams, who were in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and XXXVI in 2002, rather than in 2001. (Even though this episode was not broadcast until May 2002, it was filmed in December 2001. Confused? We hope so!)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lizzie: Once again Matt, you found a way to ruin my life. Thanks a lot.

    • Jo: I know I would feel better if we had somebody check on those kids.
      Sam: I could have my softball buddies swing by on their way home from practice.
      Jo: (pause) Well, it's better than nothing.

    • Lizzie (about the Collectors Corner): It's like the geek version of the mall.

    • Jeremy: How dumb do you think we are?
      Gordo: Ah, do you really want me to answer that?

    • Lizzie: (holding football) Okay, this is not a toy, this is one of Dad's most prized possesions, and if something happened to it, that would bug me. I'm gonna go put this some place safe.

    • Lizzie: Uh, Mr. Comic Book Guy?
      Shop Owner: You're wasting your time. I already told the little hobbit no.
      Lizzie: Uh, excuse me sir. I have here an autographed Walter Payton football.
      Shop Owner: Yeah, yeah, in less then mint condition. (dorky laugh)
      Lizzie: (imitates shopowner's laugh) I realize that, but I was just wondering if maybe you would do a trade--you know give me another football.

    • Lizzie: ...And if you get your little head stuck in the toilet, don't bug me. Got it!
      Matt: Don't worry Lanny, I mean what are the odds of you getting your head stuck in the toilet...again.

    • Gordo: For a smart guy, I can be kinda dumb sometimes.

    • Lizzie (to Matt and Lanny): Listen, Tweedledum and Tweedledumber..

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 11 and the paperback novelization All Over It!.

    • The other autographed footballs at the Collector's Corner were of Brett Favre, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, and Emmitt Smith.

    • Sam is wearing three sports related items. The first is a University of California cap, but the letters "C" and "A" have been blacked out. (This cap is later replaced with one that is yellow and has multiple autographs, most likely acquired at the sports expo.) Next is a Dallas Cowboys away jersey with the number 22 which was worn by Emmitt Smith. Lastly he is wearing a vest with a Denver Broncos helmet on it, although the logo has been altered considerably to disguise the horse and orange stripe which are normally seen.

    • According to an Internet Movie Database listing that was posted long before the episode aired, the shop owner's character (played by Sean Sweeney) is named Albert.

    • Ashlie Brillault (Kate) is listed in the episode's credits, but she does not appear. Oddly, we don't recall seeing her name in the first broadcasts, only in some subsequent repeats.

    • Hilary Duff (Lizzie) wears green contact lenses in this episode.

    • Both Lizzie and Miranda wear the same outfits through out this episode, without a single costume change. This is a rarity for the show.

    • Miranda refers to Matt and Lanny as "two 11-year-olds."

    • The "exciting" music playing when Matt and Lanny find a Walter Payton football at the Collector's Corner is (an adaptation of) the opening moments of the fourth movement of Peter Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 (1877-1878). The same theme (but only a few notes) also appears in "First Kiss," when Melina shows off her Paul O'Neill card. A complete phrase is played here.

    • Walter Payton and Dick Butkus are both Hall-of-Fame professional football players who spent their careers with the Chicago Bears. Payton, a running back and one of the game's greatest players, became the NFL's all-time leading rusher during his career which lasted from 1975 to 1987. He died in 1999 at age 45 from bile duct cancer. Butkus, who played from 1965 to 1973, was a linebacker who was famous for his ferocious style of play. He's considered one of the greatest defensive players ever. After his football days, Butkus did some acting, including the role of Coach K on the sitcom Hang Time.
      In the episode "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah," Payton is also mentioned when the two "big guys" (Jeremy J. Bargiel and David Alex Rosen, also in this episode) are interviewed. They are also big Bears fans, as must be some of the writers and producers of Lizzie. Some see this as a clue that Lizzie might take place in Chicago or Illinois, although there are other clues in episodes like "Aaron Carter's Coming to Town" that the show is set in California.

    • The clapboards on the blooper reel shown at the end of the episode give the dates of production as December 18-20, 2001.

    • The music playing during Gordo's sandwich-making scene is an adaptation of a famous classical melody, "In the Hall of the Mountain King," by 19th-century Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, from his musical suite Peer Gynt.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • The title of this episode may be a reference to the 1974 film The Longest Yard starring Burt Reynolds and Eddie Albert. The film was remade in 2005 and starred Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.

    • Toon Lizzie: Where's a time machine when you need one?
      While the theme of time travel has been dealt with in numerous movies and programs, Toon Lizzie appears to be referencing the granddaddy of them all. She is seated in a time machine similar to the one used by Rod Taylor in the film The Time Machine (1960). The film was adapted from the book, of the same title, by H.G. Wells. It was Wells' first real success as a writer when it was published in 1895 and it was a parody of English class divisions, as well as, a satirical warning to the optimism that science would inevitably lead to greater human progress. Other works by Wells include: The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

    • Lizzie: Look, Tweedledum and Tweedledumber...
      This is a reference of to Tweedledee and Tweedledum, two of the strange characters in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll also took his inspiration from the poem "Tweedledee and Tweedledum, decided to have a battle. 'Cos Tweedledum said Tweedledee, had broke his brand new rattle." Another reference is to the Jim Carrey movie Dumb and Dumber (1994).

    • Toon Lizzie: "It's not over! Nothing is over until I decide it is!"
      These lines are very similar to ones spoken by John Belushi in the 1979 comedy Animal House: "Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is!"

    • Toon Lizzie: "That should be a penalty on Mom. Unnecessary grounding."
      There really is a penalty in football for "grounding." That's what it's called when the passer deliberately throws an incomplete, uncatchable pass to no one in particular to avoid being tackled and/or losing yardage. There's no such thing as "necessary" or "unnecessary" grounding, though.

    • Shop Owner: I already told the little Hobbit no.
      Hobbits are a fictional race of people who inhabit Middle Earth in author J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien also wrote an introductory volume to the trilogy called The Hobbit. The creatures themselves are short (about 3'6") gentle people with furry feet who live quiet lives, but who on rare occasions like to go on a big adventure. In 2001, the first part of a movie version of Lord of the Rings was released (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) and it became one of the year's top grossing and most critically-acclaimed films.

    • Miranda: "You know, I hate to interrupt this little Hallmark moment.."
      Hallmark is a company famous for its greeting cards which has been in business since 1925. They advertise their cards as being the very best and their commercials illustrate "Hallmark moments," depictions of people giving their cards to others on various important (and usually emotional) occasions.

    • Toon Lizzie: "It really depends on your definition of 'OK.'"
      This is a sly paraphrasing of an answer President Bill Clinton gave to special prosecutors who were questioning him about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. In response to a question, he answered, "That depends on what your definition of 'is' is." This is what some people consider a perfect example of trying to get around telling the truth by using legalities and technicalities.

    • Sam McGuire: "...last year they even had a pair of Shaq's old shoes."
      Shaq is the nickname of Shaquille O'Neal, the 7'1" center for the Los Angeles Lakers pro basketball team. Since entering the NBA in 1992, Shaq has been the game's most dominant player, with the possible exception of Michael Jordan, who didn't play all of those years. He has been named the league's Most Valuable Player, MVP in the playoffs (twice), has led the league in scoring and field goal percentage several times, and has made the NBA All-Star Team many times also. He began his career with the Orlando Magic and came to Los Angeles in a big trade. Since then, the Lakers have won back-to-back NBA championships.

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