Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 5

Working Girl

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Aired Unknown Mar 29, 2002 on Disney Channel
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Lizzie is getting tired of running to her parents every time she wants something, but they won't raise her allowance like she asks. So she finds another solution to make her "free and independent"--she takes a job as a busboy at the Digital Bean. But the new job is more than she bargained for. Her boss is a tough taskmaster, and rude, obnoxious customers--including Kate and Claire--are running her ragged. Lizzie's dad tells her she doesn't have to keep the job if it is too much trouble, but Lizzie insists it's what she wants to do. But the pressures become too much one day and Lizzie goes ballistic, bawling out her rude customers and slave-driving boss. But her tirade gets her fired! Meanwhile, Matt laments to his friend Reggie that Melina doesn't care for him anymore--she's found another guy to get in trouble besides him! Reggie suggests he talk to another girl about it. Since Lizzie is too busy these days, Matt goes to Miranda for advice. But when she offers a sympathetic ear and tells him he's a great guy, Matt develops an instant crush on Miranda, to her horror and to Gordo's great amusement! Miranda doesn't know how she can "break up" with Matt, but the problem is taken care of when Melina arrives upon the scene and says that she's the only one who will be getting Matt into trouble!moreless

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  • Lizzie learns that working isn't as fun as it sounds. Matt learns that he has a serious crush on Miranda.

    9.7
    This episode was one of the finest of the series. Lizzie's huge rampagent lecture towards the end of the episode was hilarious. You go girl! The subplot with Matt developing a serious crush on Miranda was very comedic and I liked it how Gordo just wanted to keep the relationship going just for "his sick entertainment" as Miranda calls it. This episode was very entertaining, fun and exciting as well as it teaching the audience another valuable life lesson.moreless
  • Lizzie gets a job at busboy for the digital bean. But it is harder than it looks. Her boss is just too bossy and makes work for her too hard. Meanwhile Matt has developed a crush on Miranda.moreless

    9.9
    Lizzie wants to be independent and grown up so she gets a job at being busboy at the Digital bean. But her first day was terrifying, her boss is too bossy and expects everything to be chop chop. Without Kate and Claire to mess it up. They’ve been spilling things deliberately and smirking when she has to clean it up.

    So after two days of torture she absolutely screamed at all the people and her boss but in her ranting and raving her boss decided to fire her.





    Meanwhile Matt thinks that Melina has moved on because she isn’t picking on Matt anymore so he wants to talk to his sister but she is too busy with her busboy work so he decides to talk to Miranda. After Miranda says that Matt is a good kid Matt develops a crush on Miranda but Miranda thinks he has gone too far but she doesn’t know how to stop it.moreless
  • This is one of my favorite episodes. Matt does a great job. This wasn't Lizzie's best though.

    10
    I think it is so funny how Matt has a crush on Miranda. I don't really like the story part about Lizzie because it wasn't as funny as the other part of the story going on. My favorite quote is this:



    Miranda: "Guess we can't talk to the new workin' Lizzie."

    Gordo: "Probably not, (snickers) but you've got the next best thing, your boyfriend!"

    Miranda: "He is not my boyfriend!"

    Gordo: "But, he hearts you, MRNDA."



    I loved how Gordo played along with Matt liking Miranda for his own enjoyment instead of helping to get Matt to stop liking Miranda. I wish in the end Lizzie would have found out that her best friend went out with her brother while she was working.moreless
  • It was very funny when Matt developed a crush on Miranda.

    9.2
    This episode is all about Lizzie getting a job as a busboy. Meanwhile Matt develops a crush on Miranda. I didn't really care for the plot. This is one of the few times the subplot is more interesting than the plot in my opinion. I am a major fan of Miranda. I know that there have been suggestions of a Matt and Miranda pairing but it never crossed my mind that it could actually happen. I thought it was really funny but I felt sorry for Miranda. Also I am really, really, really sorry if I offended anyone but I don't like Matt that much.moreless
  • 8.5
    Lizzie is getting tired of running to her parents every time she wants something, but they won't raise her allowance like she asks. So she finds another solution to make her "free and independent"--she takes a job as a busboy at the Digital Bean. But the new job is more than she bargained for. Her boss is a tough taskmaster, and rude, obnoxious customers--including Kate and Claire--are running her ragged. Lizzie's dad tells her she doesn't have to keep the job if it is too much trouble, but Lizzie insists it's what she wants to do. But the pressures become too much one day and Lizzie goes ballistic, bawling out her rude customers and slave-driving boss. But her tirade gets her fired!



    Meanwhile, Matt laments to his friend Reggie that Melina doesn't care for him anymore--she's found another guy to get in trouble besides him! Reggie suggests he talk to another girl about it. Since Lizzie is too busy these days, Matt goes to Miranda for advice. But when she offers a sympathetic ear and tells him he's a great guy, Matt develops an instant crush on Miranda, to her horror and to Gordo's great amusement! Miranda doesn't know how she can "break up" with Matt, but the problem is taken care of when Melina arrives upon the scene and says that she's the only one who will be getting Matt into trouble!moreless
Keili Lefkovitz

Keili Lefkovitz

Manager

Guest Star

Nicholas E. Barb

Nicholas E. Barb

Reggie

Guest Star

Brian Kimmet

Brian Kimmet

Spoon Guy

Guest Star

Jeremy J. Bargiel

Jeremy J. Bargiel

 

Recurring Role

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate

Recurring Role

Carly Schroeder

Carly Schroeder

Melina

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Nitpick: Before Lizzie tells her parents that she got a job, Jo says that she has been good for two days and wonders what is going on. Yet it was only the afternoon before that she got the job, which would be less than two days.

    • After Lizzie tells Gordo and Miranda she got fired, Gordo states she was caught drinking straight from the shake machine, saying it was what he would have done. But if you think of the way you use a shake machine, that is really impossible. You have to put ice cream and other ingredients in a silver cup and use the shake machine to mix. A shake machine is really a standing blade you turn on. IT would be impossible to put your mouth over or under it, and if you could you wouldn't want to because the blade would hurt your mouth.

    • When Lizzie gets up from the floor at the Digital Bean from slipping on Claire's smoothie and has her rant, she turns to walk to the guy who has the bagel, and if you look closely at her back, you can see that there's no smoothie remains on her back. Actually, the first time she turns around after getting up there are some stains on her shirt, but they are fewer than should be. When Lizzie is first shown falling a wet spot can be seen on the upper left portion of her shirt even before she hits the floor. Also the various spots on her shirt change size and location from shot to shot.

    • Goof or not? At the beginning when Jo is making her beef Stroganoff, she sits it down on the counter on a pad or potholder, yet the dish still continues to boil even though it is around no heat source. But a boiling pot or dish will still continue to boil for a couple of seconds even after it's removed from a stove's burner. Should the Stroganoff be boiling or not?

    • Goof or not: It has been noted by some that Lizzie should have looked more closely at the cake and seen what was written on it, but it's also understandable that something would go unnoticed if the person was thinking about something else.

    • In the scene where Toon Lizzie shows her "sad eyes" look, we can see that her eyes are blue. Yet the real Lizzie has brown/hazel eyes.

    • After being fired, Lizzie returns home still wearing her stained uniform shirt. (When she came home after her first day on the job she was wearing her own clothes.)

    • When Lizzie slips on the spilt smoothie as she is falling she turns as if to fall on her face but after she falls it shows her on her back.

    • The card that Matt gives to Miranda is green in one shot, then yellow in the next, then green, then yellow, etc.

    • After being credited as Malina in the last episode she was in ("First Kiss"), Carly Schroeder's character's name is once again spelled Melina, like it was in the first appearance ("The Untitled Stan Jansen Project"). Also, Matt pronounces her name "Muh-LANE-uh" in this episode.

    • Lizzie is a busboy, right? Well if she was then why did she give those people the muffin in the beginning of the episode? Busboys clean, not serve.

    • Not a goof? You decide. More than one person has noted that Lizzie's parents are very uncertain about the wisdom of Lizzie getting a job, yet they both encouraged Matt and Lanny to earn their own money in other episodes. But some of us think there is a big difference between "getting a job" with a local business where one works set hours, gets a Social Security card, pays taxes, etc., and "earning some money" by doing tasks like cleaning up a neighbor's attic or yard. Parents might naturally be much more concerned about their child getting a "real" job, which carries with it more responsibility and could interfere more with schoolwork.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Toon Lizzie: I'm free! I'm independent! I just have Dragon Boss breathing down my neck.

    • Sam McGuire: Lizzie, the great thing about bein' a kid is that your only job is to get good grades, to hang out with your friends and be a good kid. You've got those covered.

    • Gordo: So, when you two [Miranda and Matt] get married, are you gonna move in here, get an apartment, what?

    • Miranda: Matt? I'm a girl.
      Matt: Hey! You are, aren't you?

    • Gordo: I hate being right all the time.

    • Lizzie's rant

      Lizzie: OK, listen up, that was not an accident, alright, and my job is hard enough without you two brats [Kate and Claire] making it worse!
      Manager: Lizzie...
      Lizzie: And you see this mess? I'm not cleaning it up! I'm not cleaning up after anybody in this whole room! And you, little muffin boy, you see this right here? You eat this muffin or you put it in the trash can, but keep it off of my clean floor! And Mr. Spoon Boy? You don't need a spoon to eat a bagel! You just don't!
      I came her to do my job so I don't have to ask my parents for money anymore. I wanna be free and I wanna be independent. But nooo, obviously that's not gonna happen!
      Manager: Uh, Lizzie?
      Lizzie: And you! You're always telling me what to do and always asking me for things and that's not being free or independent at all now, is it?
      Manager: You're absolutely right. You done?
      Lizzie: Yes. I feel a lot better now.
      Manager: I'm so glad. You're fired.

      (Ed. note--TV Tome guidelines prohibit the transcribing of whole scenes for the quotes section, but we thought this one deserved to go in.)

    • Reggie (to Matt): Dude, I know somethin's wrong. Even Lanny said you've been awful quiet lately.

    • Gordo: I can't believe you're gonna break Matt's heart.
      Miranda: You know what, you just want to keep this going for your own sick amusement.
      Gordo: Well...yeah!

    • Matt: I really needed to talk to her [Lizzie]!
      Jo McGuire: Oh well, you can talk to me, sweetie!
      Matt: Sorry mom, but I need to talk to a girl!

    • Reggie: Maybe you need to talk to a girl.
      Matt: But, I don't know any.
      Reggie: What about Lizzie?
      Matt: Ewwww! Lizzie's not a girl! She's my...sister!
      Reggie: But she's the closest thing you've got.
      Matt: So this is what rock bottom looks like.

    • Miranda: Guess we can't talk to the new workin' Lizzie.
      Gordo: Probably not, (snickers) but you've got the next best thing, your boyfriend!
      Miranda: He is not my boyfriend!
      Gordo: But, he hearts you, MRNDA.

    • Miranda: Well, that was really easy.
      Gordo: You do realize you just got dumped by Matt?
      Miranda: We're not talking about this ever again, especially to Lizzie!
      Gordo: Alright...rebound girl.
      Miranda: That was talking about it!

    • Melina: So, the rumor is true!
      Matt: Hello, Melina.
      Melina (to Miranda): Listen, just because you can't find a guy your own age doesn't mean you can steal mine. You're just a rebound girl, so keep your distance, 'cause if anyone is gonna get Matt in trouble, it's gonna be me. Got it?
      Matt: You really do like me!
      Melina: Let's go.
      Matt (to Miranda): Sorry things didn't work out.
      Melina: NOW!
      Matt: Coming, my angel!

    • Lizzie: Oh look, you're making your famous Stroganoff! It's my favorite!
      Jo McGuire: Are you in trouble or do you want something?
      Toon Lizzie: I knew the Stroganoff was going too far. Last time I tried to feed it to the dog, and...we don't even have a dog.

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book On the Job.

    • A clip from this episode was shown when Hilary Duff was a guest on Live with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on May 27, 2002. The clip was of the opening scene when Lizzie is asking her parents for a raise in her allowance.

    • Character mentioned but not seen: Jared Ferguson, the boy Matt says Melina is now getting into trouble instead of himself.

    • Lizzie mentions that she's fourteen years old. Since the episodes were broadcast out of order, many viewers were confused, wondering if she had changed grades from the seventh to the eighth, since this was not made explicit until "Just Like Lizzie," which was the first episode filmed for the second season but the 14th shown, confirmed that Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo were all 14-year old eighth graders.

    • Filming dates: November 27-30, 2001. The clapboard seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated November 29, 2001.

    • This episode's title may have been inspired by the 1988 movie Working Girl, directed by Mike Nichols with a cast that included Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Alec Baldwin.

    • The writers of this episode showed no hesitation in using the traditional term "busboy" to describe Lizzie's job, rather than "busgirl" or a gender-neutral term like "bus person."

    • The "romantic" musical theme representing Matt's crush on Miranda is the "Spring Song" (op. 62, No. 6) from the famous piano works Lieder ohne Worte (Songs Without Words) by 19th-century German composer Felix Mendelssohn.

    • The screeching violin sounds heard when Matt is giving Miranda cards and presents is an imitation of the film music written by Bernard Herrmann for the 1960 suspense classic Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This is one of the most often imitated pieces of film music there is. It's often used to emphasize something shocking or terrifying.

    • When Matt is downing OJ's at the Digital Bean, the music playing is the same that was used during the showdown between Gordo and Tudgeman at the Science Olympics in "Obsession." It's an imitation of the music used in the "spaghetti Westerns" like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    • Kate and Claire do their hand-slap/hair-flip combination in this episode after getting Lizzie in trouble at work.

    • Music heard includes the song "Workin' for a Livin'" by Huey Lewis & the News from the album Picture This. Unlike most of their hits of the 1980's, this one was not a top ten record, peaking at number 41 in September 1982 on the Pop Singles chart, but it did reach number 20 on the Mainstream Rock chart. It's played during one of the scenes where Lizzie is working at the Digital Bean.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Title: Allusion to the 1988 movie, Working Girl.

    • Lizzie: Oh look, you're making your famous Stroganoff!
      Beef Stroganoff is a beef dish made with mushrooms, onions, sour cream and paprika among its ingredients. It was invented by a Russian chef in the 19th century, but it was named for the man he worked for, a Russian diplomat named Count Stroganov.

    • Sam: Welcome to the rat race.
      "Rat race" is a common term used in America to describe the work world. It's intended to describe the busy and competitive nature of working life.

    • Toon Lizzie: I've had all I can stand, and I can't stand no more!
      Toon Lizzie quotes one of the most famous lines of Popeye, the cartoon sailor who first appeared way back in 1929. She even grows tremendous forearms and a "pop eye" like he has. The "real" Popeye, with his distinctive way of "pronunskiatin'" words, would say "stands" instead of "stand," though.

    • Toon Lizzie: "McGuire's batting 1.000 on the job front!"
      She's obviously comparing herself to a baseball superstar with a homophonic name, Mark McGwire, who set a major league record for home runs in a season with 70 in 1998 while playing with the St. Louis Cardinals. (The record has since been broken by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, who hit 73 in 2001.) When a player gets a hit every time he's at bat, his batting average is 1.000. The expression "batting 1.000" (said as "batting a thousand") means someone is doing everything right.

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