Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 13

You're a Good Man, Lizzie McGuire

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Aired Unknown Jul 26, 2002 on Disney Channel
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You're a Good Man, Lizzie McGuire
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Lizzie is stuck on the Spring Fling dance committee with Kate. While they are checking out the site for the dance, Kate accidentally knocks over a bust of the school's first principal, cracking the stone head wide open. Kate shows little concern for what she did, though. She thinks if Lizzie keeps quiet, no one will ever know she did it. But Lizzie is concerned about the misdeed. She, Gordo and Miranda try but fail to put the statue back together again--using chewing gum! Principal Tweedy is angry about the "vandalism" and announces he will call off the dance if the culprit is not revealed. Gordo warns her not to be "a fink," but Miranda wants Lizzie to tell, because she has a real live date to the dance! Finally, Lizzie goes to see the principal, and at an assembly he announces that Lizzie has confessed to breaking the statue. The dance will be held, but Lizzie will not be allowed to attend. Gordo and Miranda realize what a sacrifice Lizzie just made. Kate is her usual self, telling friends, "I knew she did it, I just didn't want to tell on her!" Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny are drooling over a $105 BMX bike, but Sam and Jo McGuire tell them they'll have to earn the money themselves for it. After cleaning out the attic of their oddball neighbor Mrs. Carribino, the boys have enough money for a single bike, which they buy and intend to share. Lanny takes the first ride, leaving Matt alone with no bike and no friend. The night of the dance, both Lizzie and Matt are at home sitting around depressed. Their parents try to find out what's wrong. Matt tells his dad that since he and Lanny got the bike, they're never together anymore to enjoy each other's company. Matt calls Lanny and they decide their friendship is more important than the bike. When Jo asks Lizzie what's wrong, her daughter tearfully tells her the story of the statue and how she took the blame. But who should come to the door but Gordo...followed by Miranda...and Ethan...and Larry and a few dozen others who appreciate what Lizzie did. So while the party is on at Lizzie's house, Kate is stuck at school alone wondering where everyone else is!moreless

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  • Spring Fling.

    9.0
    This episode was really light in the beginning, seemed like any other episode, a dance is coming up, and Kate & Lizzie have to work together. I thought this was going to be predicatble, but the truth was, it wasn't. Kate breaks the school statue and Lizzie has to take the fall for it, when Miranda asks her too. Miranda was being selfish by telling Lizzie to tell a teacher, just so she can go out with Cody. The mom/Lizzie scene was really great. It was really emotional, when Lizzie was crying. It was so awesome in the end when the school brought the party to Lizzie. Truly unpredictable. Matt & Lannie's plot was average. Great episode.moreless
  • Kate broke the statue of their first principal. The principal said that if someone didn’t own up to it the dance would be cancelled. Lizzie decided to own up. But because of Gordo and Miranda Lizzie didn’t have to worry about her punishment.moreless

    7.4
    Lizzie and Kate are assigned to work together to decorate the hall for the Spring Fling dance, but Kate then changes it to a Spring time in Paris. She says that the head of their first principal must go so she pushes it and the head of the statue came off. Lizzie can not believe that Kate would do that. The next day Gordo says that the statue of the principal is missing and whoever the culprit is is in big trouble.

    Then Lizzie shows them the pieces of the principal in her backpack. Lizzie explains that Kate did it. Principal Tweedy announces at assembly that if the culprit does not own up then the Spring Fling dance cannot take place. Lizzie decides to own up instead of Kate. But principal Tweedy said that Lizzie couldn’t attend the dance but Gordo and Miranda make sure she doesn’t miss out.



    Meanwhile Matt and Laney have earned $150 for a new bike by cleaning the attic of their weird neighbour Mrs Carrabino which they both decide to share. But Laney isn’t letting Matt have a turn and Matt is worried that Laney is getting too carried away.moreless
  • Spring Fling Dance! It is sooo exciting. Lizzie is put in charge of the decorations with Kate. They go to the place outside the gym where the dance is been held. Kate knocks the statue of the first principal on purpose. Whose gonna take the blame.moreless

    8.6
    Spring Fling Dance! It is sooo exciting. Lizzie is put in charge of the decorations with Kate. They go to the place outside the gym where the dance is been held. Kate knocks the statue of the first principal on purpose. Miranda is going nuts about her date with Cody, a boy from three of their classes. Gordo comes up with a plan to send her to Canada and change her name and be a lumberman until they pick her up. Lizzie does not acquiesce to that horrific plan. Principal Tweedy called the school for an emergency meeting. He said if the person who broke the statue does not confess he is canceling the Spring Fling Dance. That is a crafty move. Everyone was very upset and aghast at that unfair move. At home Lizzie has a nightmare about Miranda saying tell Principal Tweedy that you did it. My date is ruined. Gordo says don't tell anyone. Then the head of the principal comes and says 'kids cut that out. Lizzie wakes up. AT school Lizzie is uncertain whether to tell or not to tell. Miranda won. She went to Principal Tweedy's office and she confessed. Gordo was so unhappy when she reported. the Principal called for another meeting. He announced that the dance was back on. He also said Lizzie Mcguire broke the statue therefore not coming to the dance.



    Meanwhile Matt and Lanny have set their eyes on a new bike that costs 105 bucks. Matt and Lanny have to earn the money so they do a tap dance in front of Jo and Sam. Sam thinks it is brilliant so he gets some money . Jo said "No" no money. Tey make the money by cleaning the neighbors attic. When they get enough money they buy it. Matt and Lanny share it but Lanny never came back with the bike. At home Lizzie is so upset along with Matt. Lizzie is crying because of the events. Sam and Jo know there is a problem and Matt tells them about the good times Lanny and him had and he misses him. The cure was to call Lanny to hang out with him Jo asked Lizzie about it and she tells her about only wanting the best for everyone and the confession. Just then a doorbell rings and the whole school was on their doorstep. Lizzie asks them why they are there. Ethan says that she could not come to the party so the party came to her.moreless
  • 5.3
    Lizzie is stuck on the Spring Fling dance committee with Kate. While they are checking out the site for the dance, Kate accidentally knocks over a bust of the school's first principal, cracking the stone head wide open. Kate shows little concern for what she did, though. She thinks if Lizzie keeps quiet, no one will ever know she did it. But Lizzie is concerned about the misdeed. She, Gordo and Miranda try but fail to put the statue back together again--using chewing gum! Principal Tweedy is angry about the "vandalism" and announces he will call off the dance if the culprit is not revealed. Gordo warns her not to be "a fink," but Miranda wants Lizzie to tell, because she has a real live date to the dance! Finally, Lizzie goes to see the principal, and at an assembly he announces that Lizzie has confessed to breaking the statue. The dance will be held, but Lizzie will not be allowed to attend. Gordo and Miranda realize what a sacrifice Lizzie just made. Kate is her usual self, telling friends, "I knew she did it, I just didn't want to tell on her!"



    Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny are drooling over a $105 BMX bike, but Sam and Jo McGuire tell them they'll have to earn the money themselves for it. After cleaning out the attic of their oddball neighbor Mrs. Carribino, the boys have enough money for a single bike, which they buy and intend to share. Lanny takes the first ride, leaving Matt alone with no bike and no friend.



    The night of the dance, both Lizzie and Matt are at home sitting around depressed. Ther parents try to find out what's wrong. Matt tells his dad that since he and Lanny got the bike, they're never together anymore to enjoy each other's company. Matt calls Lanny and they decide their friendship is more important than the bike. When Jo asks Lizzie what's wrong, her daughter tearfully tells her the story of the statue and how she took the blame. But who should come to the door but Gordo...followed by Miranda...and Ethan...and Larry and a few dozen others who apreciate what Lizzie did. So while the party is on at Lizzie's house, Kate is stuck at school alone wondering where everyone else is!moreless
  • Gut Check Time.

    5.7
    In this episode Lizzie is faced with a difficult problem. The ‘Spring Fling’ dance will be called off if the culprit who broke the bust of the school’s first principal doesn’t come forward. Lizzie knows it is Kate who did it. So, does she ‘squeal’ on Kate, and thus earn the reputation of a ‘tattle tale’ (not to mention Kate’s enmity), or does she say nothing and allow the dance to be canceled?



    Lizzie chooses option ‘C’: she takes the blame upon herself. An interesting and brave decision. And ultimately it works out to her benefit. It was a gutsy thing to do. By taking the blame she not only allows the dance to continue, but there are ‘fringe’ benefits as well. By ‘confessing’ Lizzie heightened her stature among the student body (hence their coming to her house). Also, one can’t discount the psychological response from Kate in the matter. Once again Lizzie has shown how good of a friend she is, even if Kate isn’t one to her. That has to gnaw away at Kate’s subconscious somewhere. It just underscores what she threw away and wants back so much.



    And the situation gives rise to a further demonstration of Hilary Duff’s acting abilities. She gives her best ‘crying scene’ to date. Better even then one she gave in “First Kiss”, though oddly enough the character motivation would have seemed to be far greater there than in this current episode.



    Take note also of who shows up first at Lizzie’s house at the end. Gordo. Armed with refreshments no less. When the chips are down, who’s there ‘Johnny on the spot’? Gordo. Perhaps a subtle alluding to the Gordo/Lizzie romance thread?



    But while Lizzie’s ‘copping a plea’ works out, one has to wonder *why* she had to do it in the first place. It’s made clear that Kate wasn’t hiding the fact that she was the one who broke the statue head. She was even bragging about it! Are we, the audience, to understand that this common knowledge didn’t filter down to Principal Tweedy or any of the faculty staff? None of them overheard their students talking about it?



    Also, notice how keen Miranda was for Lizzie to turn Kate in. She didn’t care about the consequences. So one has to wonder why *she* didn’t just go in and tell Principal Tweedy that Kate did it. She had no problem with Lizzie doing it, so why not her instead? After all, the whole school knew. Literally *anyone* could have turned Kate in. Yet the onerous of burden is placed on Lizzie. Why?



    As far as the subplot goes, it is nicely matched up with the main plot. Matt and Lanny clean out an old woman’s attic to get money for new bikes. But they only get enough cash to buy one, and they then learn after taking turns riding it that there is no ‘we’ in ‘bike’. When one person is riding the bike the other is alone.



    But one has to wonder just how much attic cleaning pays these days! They made $105 just for moving stuff out! I know there was quite a bit of stuff there, but come on! ;-)



    Overall, this is clearly a ‘filler’ episode. But it is a good one. Matt and Lanny learn that spending time together is more precious than any bike. Lizzie learns that one must sometimes ‘bite the bullet’ for the greater good. And Miranda learns that she is attractive to boys. ;-)



    All in all, not too shabby.moreless
Phill Lewis

Phill Lewis

Principal Tweedy

Guest Star

Kathryn Kates

Kathryn Kates

Mrs. Carrabino

Guest Star

Milana Vayntraub

Milana Vayntraub

Posse Member #1

Guest Star

Christian Copelin

Christian Copelin

Lanny

Recurring Role

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Kyle J. Downes

Kyle J. Downes

Larry Tudgeman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Nitpick: Wouldn't Kate have had enough common sense to realize that by not telling Principal Tweedy she broke the statue, her popularity level would go down because the school dance would be cancelled if she didn't tell?

    • When Prinipal Tweedy calls the second meeting in the auditorium, the day after the statue broke, and says that Lizzie confessed, the students are sitting in the exact same seats as they were the day before. That's very unlikely for a meeting with the whole school.

    • Nitpicks: Everyone in the school seems to know that Kate broke the statue, since they all look at her in the auditorium when the principal says Lizzie "confessed." Wouldn't they have enough common sense to tell him it was Kate? Does she really have that much power?
      Gordo, Lizzie, and Miranda are in the eighth grade. Yet they still are serious about fixing the statue with gum? And it's Gordo's idea, he's supposed to be the smart one.

    • In the scene where Lizzie, Miranda, and Gordo are at the lockers and Gordo is telling Lizzie that she could move to Canada and stuff, Lizzie's hair keeps moving from in front of her shoulder to behind each time the camera is back on her.

    • Principal Tweedy tells everyone at the assembly that Lizzie confessed and broke the statue, whereas in real life, the principal would keep that information private.

    • Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo chew up a mass of pink-colored gum to use to repair the statue head, so much of it that Lizzie complains, "My jaws hurt!" Even after they try to fix it, Lizzie's still chewing gum, and it's white in color. It's very unlikely that Lizzie would be chewing even more gum for her own pleasure after what she just went through!

    • Closed-captioning error: Gordo is briefly spelled "Gordon."

    • Why are Matt and Lanny not in school while Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda are?

    • Lizzie acts like she doesn't know what the word "fink" means, but Toon Lizzie used that very word to describe Gordo when he was sulking and ruining the dance for her and Miranda.

    • When Matt and Lanny are eating cold cereal for breakfast, there is no milk or any other liquid on it.

    • When Lizzie is talking to Kate about being so guiltless over breaking the statue, she's not wearing any earrings. But at the assembly that immediately follows, she has on silver hoop earrings--and they're different than the ones she was wearing earlier in the schol day.

    • In this episdode Lizzie is seen showing her stomach, but in "Jack of All Trades" she says her mom would never let her wear clothes that showed a bare midriff. [Well, it is a year later. Maybe Mom decided she could do it now that she's in the 8th grade--Ed.]

    • All the young teenagers in this show handle pieces of the broken stone statue as if it weighed only a few pounds. In reality it would be so heavy that any of them would have great difficulty even picking up a piece of it.

    • Matt and Lanny do a tap dance--complete with tap shoe sounds--while they're wearing tennis shoes.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Miranda: Ask me. Ask me, ask me, ask me!

    • Lizzie: You guys, I have two of the best friends in the whole entire world.

    • Gordo: How about we smuggle you into Canada in the hold of a fishing boat? And then we change your name so that you can get a job as a lumberjack? Wait for the heat to die off, the we come back and get you. Until then, you'll be known as Frere Jacques.
      Lizzie: But...
      Gordo: What? It's a workable plan!

    • Kate (about the statue): Whatever! It's a bird toilet and it's interfering with my romance vibe!

    • Kate: Think 'Paris in the spring,' Lizzie!
      Lizzie: Think 'let's stay on the budget,' Kate!

    • Larry: Hail, my fair maiden, we come bearing libations!
      Ethan: Yeah, what he said.

    • Lizzie: Weren't you going to the dance?
      Gordo: Well, my best friend wasn't going to be there, so why should I go? Plus I brought mini-doughnuts.

    • Jo: Well, I can't speak for Lanny.
      Sam: Somebody's got to.

    • Toon Lizzie: Apparently looks [from Kate] can't kill, because I'm still alive.

    • Lizzie: Mom, what do you think about this table decoration?
      Jo: I think they'd better not be from my garden.
      Lizzie: But Mom, the Spring Fling decorations are really, really important. I mean, if I bomb this I'm gonna be known as the girl who messed up the whole entire dance. And then I'll end up a Mathlete.
      Sam: Hey, I was a Mathlete!
      Jo (after a pause): Take all the flowers you need, honey.

  • NOTES (11)


    • This episode can be found in the Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga Volume 8.

    • During the second scene in the gym, the gray headed man standing behind Miranda appears to be the same man who appears in still photos of vice principal Kaplan in "In Miranda Lizzie Does Not Trust."

    • This episode bears some resemblances to The Simpsons' "The Tell-Tale Head" (ep. #8), in which a statue's head gets cut off. It also features a scene in which the severed head speaks.

    • More than you wanted to know: The musical flourish that is heard when Matt talks about the BMX bike is from the famous symphonic suite Scheherazade, written by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888. This same little flourish showed up earlier in "Best Dressed for Much Less," when Miranda was walking around looking "most poised."

    • After Sam McGuire (Robert Carradine) says, "Hey, I was a Mathlete," a geeky-looking still photo of him is shown. The still comes from Carradine's 1984 movie Revenge of the Nerds and was also used in the episode "Election".

    • The clapboard seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show gives the date of production as January 23, 2002.

    • This episode premiered at the end of the 7-hour "Lizzie McGuire Dance Party Marathon," a promotion apparently designed to tie in with the premiere of the Disney Channel original TV-movie Gotta Kick It Up which premiered afterwards. Four of the Lizzie episodes in the Marathon were allegedly selected by viewers in online voting. The episodes shown before this one were, in order, "The Rise & Fall of Kate," "El Oro de Diablo," "First Kiss," "Just Friends," "The Untitled Stan Jansen Project," "Over the Hill," "Working Girl," "And the Winner Is," "In Miranda Lizzie Does Not Trust," "Sibling Bonds," "Those Freaky McGuires," "Last Year's Model" and "Best Dressed for Much Less." This was the culmination of Disney's "Summer of Lizzie McGuire" campaign.

    • When Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda are talking three-way, the music in the background is the same as in "Just Friends" when Lizzie is talking to Gordo in her room.

    • The title is a spoof of the Peanuts cartoon You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Originally it was a paperback book collection of Peanuts cartoons. Later the title was used for a stage musical, starring Anthony Rapp as Charlie Brown and Kristin Chenoweth as Sally won a Tony!

    • Character with no lines: Cody Pearson, Miranda's date, seen near the end of the show.
      Unseen character: Josh Hartnett, the handsome young actor who has been in Halloween H20 (1998), The Faculty (1999), Pearl Harbor (2001) and

    • Gordo (Adam Lamberg) sings a line--or just the title, really--of the Canadian national anthem "O, Canada."

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Gordo: O, Canada!
      Gordo sings the first two words of the Canadian national anthem, "O, Canada."

    • Gordo: Until then you will be known as Frere Jacques.
      "Frere Jacques" means "brother John" in French. It's also the name of a French children's song that is known to millions of children in its English translation ("Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, brother John, brother John?")

    • Lizzie: And then I'll end up a Mathlete.
      Other schools may have a club called the Mathletes, but where we first heard of them was on the short-lived cult classic TV series Freaks and Geeks. On that show, the Matletes was the club that the main character Lindsay Weir (played by Linda Cardellini) belonged to when she was a so-called "geek."

    • Lizzie: Because middle school doesn't have a Witness Protection Program!
      The Witness Security Program, more often called the Witness Protection Program, is a service of the United States Marshals which started in 1970. It relocates and gives new identities to witnesses, along with their immediate families, who testify against organized crime figures, terrorists, drug dealers, etc. who might try to harm or kill them for testifying against them.

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