Lizzie McGuire

Season 1 Episode 3

When Moms Attack

Aired Unknown Jan 26, 2001 on Disney Channel
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When Moms Attack
Lizzie is looking forward to the science class field trip, but she is mortified when she finds out that her mother is a last-minute replacement as the girls' chaperone. Lizzie fears that her mother will embarrass her to death, and Mom does a pretty good job of doing just that while they are competing with the boys on a nature walk. But Mrs. McGuire proves how cool she can be when she helps the girls get back at the boys for a prank they pulled then takes all the blame herself. Back at home, Matt and Mr. McGuire are left on their own and try to cook for themselves.moreless

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Craig Anton

Craig Anton

Mr. Pettus

Guest Star

Byron Fox

Byron Fox

Danny Kessler

Guest Star

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder


Guest Star

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel


Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Mr. Pettus makes a joke about the losing team having to eat something, nobody laughs. But in the episode, "Jack of all Trades" Lizzie says she always makes it a point to laugh at a teacher's jokes.

    • When Sam and Matt take out the tuna noodle casserole and put it on the counter, Matt says "It says to heat for 20 minutes at 350 degrees," but there doesn't appear to be anything written on the foil.

    • Lizzie says she has pictures of Kate and her kiddie things, Kate reactes to it like it can destroy her life. In the episode "She Said, He Said, She Said", Lizzie says when Kate snores, "Finally, I have something on Kate, she snores!" Why would she say that when she has those pictures?

    • When the girls toilet paper the boys' tent, they use toilet paper because they had lots of it, but they also used mens shaving cream (we know it isn't girls' because it was white). Where did they get it, they wouldn't have brought it from home, why would they? [Ed. Unless they were secretly planning on doing that.]

    • When Mr. Pettus is speaking to the students before the field trip, it's supposed to be in the morning, but the clock behind him says 3:28.

    • 2 different video cameras were used during the sequence when Lizzie was filming the "mystery chaperone." She is shown holding a JVC miniDV camera, but the LCD display of a Sony D8 was used for the shot showing Lizzie's mom walking through the door.

    • Lizzie tells her mom, "High fives are always really dorky, though," but in later episodes she gives and receives high-fives on several occasions. Maybe they had a change in status?

    • It would have been difficult for the boys to sneak on the bus with all those super-soaker squirt guns that they attacked the girls with. Mr. Pettus doesn't seem like the kind of teacher who would have let them take them along.

    • Lizzie tells her mom the camping trip is "only overnight," but earlier in the episode's intro Toon Lizzie said it was 48 hours in the woods parentless.

    • Look very carefully at the long shot of the school bus taking the students on the field trip and you'll see that it is almost empty.

    • Lizzie accuses Miranda of saying to Kate that she wore "pink ducky" pajamas. Actually Miranda corrected Kate, who said Lizzie had pink puppy pajamas, by telling her they were ducks, but she didn't mention the color. When a picture of the pajamas was shown, the ducks were yellow.

  • QUOTES (14)

  • NOTES (11)

    • This episode can also be found in the paperback novelization book When Moms Attack and this episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 3.

    • Mr. Pettus was the name of the high school physics teacher of screenwriters Nina And Jeremy Bargiel.

    • Jo McGuire (Hallie Todd) is seen here without her glasses on for one of the few times in the series when she's caught the boys tent.

    • A possible clue to where Lizzie lives: When Toon Lizzie is talking about how her mom is banned from further field trips, in the background is a copy of the book West's Annotated California Codes, a reference book containing laws for the state of California.

    • Filming dates: September 26-29, 2000.

    • In "Picture Day" and "When Moms Attack," Ethan's character seems to be more thug like than he acts in later episodes beginning with "I Do, I Don't."

    • This is the only episode that Ethan Craft (Clayton Snyder) and Danny Kessler (Byron Fox) are both in.

    • Lizzie has a stuffed pig named Mr. Snuggles. Kate had a teddy bear named Mr. Stuart Wuggelsby.

    • Mrs. Stebbel, who was originally supposed to be the girls' chaperone, is not seen in this episode, but she does show up later in "I Do, I Don't." Other unseen characters mentioned: Coach Kelly, Mr. Booth the janitor, and Ms. Mangle.

    • Sam and Matt try to cook using a cookbook entitled Cooking for Complete Idiots.

    • Disney's Lizzie McGuire website listed "When Moms Attack" as episode #2. See also the notes for "Rumors" and "Picture Day."


    • Scene: Toon Lizzie on a Clock
      When Toon Lizzie hangs on a clock face, it resembles a famous scene that exists, in three films. The most famous of the three movies to use this scene, is Back to the Future (1985), when Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) hangs off a clock when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is trying to get back home to 1985. Doc Brown's "man hanging off a clock face" depicts the famous scene in Harold Lloyd's The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947), which itself is a remake of Lloyd's film, Safety Last (1923).

    • Kate: ...has she stopped shopping at Dorks R Us?
      A parody on the name of the chain of toy super-stores, Toys R Us.

    • Danny Kessler: Something Like 'When Wild Animals Attack!'
      A reference to a different kind of "reality" show, the documentary featuring videotapes of animal attacks, often on humans. The Fox Network led the way in this kind of programming in the late 1990's, with a series of specials such as When Animals Attack (from which this episode gets its name) and When Good Pets Go Bad.

    • Jo McGuire: It's really quiet. It is too quiet.
      This is an old movie cliche that supposedly is often said in Westerns before the Indians attack.

    • Mr. Pettus: The group who identifies the most plants and species will not have to eat a rat for dinner.
      Another reference to Survivor and a much talked-about instance where the contestants were required to eat a cooked rat.

    • Matt: This is gonna be like that movie where everybody starved, isn't it?
      We can't be sure what movie Matt is talking about, but our guess is Alive (1993), although in that movie the survivors of a plane crash in the Andes mountains kept from starvation by turning to cannibalism.

    • Gordo: I wonder if Spielberg started this way?
      Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful and admired film directors of all time. Some of his biggest hits include Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Schindler's List (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

    • Mr. Pettus: The girls will be...the Tagi. The boys will be...the Pagong.
      Tagi and Pagong tribes were the tribes on the first (U.S.) Survivor series.

    • Toon Lizzie: It's like Survivor but for school credit.
      One of many references to the so-called "reality" show which pitted contestants against each other on an uninhabited island in a compitition for a million-dollar cash prize.