Hey now! Are you ready for the craziest possible resolution to this bananas plot?
After watching 31 episodes of Lizzie McGuire, I’m halfway done with this project!
The first season was all over the place. As a first season of a TV show, it does a remarkably poor job of setting up the world. This must have been partially production-related, because the early episodes feel so different that they must’ve been shot before the show got picked up and then never reshot. The consequence of that is that we get weird, unfamiliar sets and characters like Danny Kessler who just disappear into the void after a few episodes.
We’ve reached the final episode of season 1!
Hey I remember this one! Didn’t remember it being this fucked up, though.
We’re almost done with season one, y’all! Two pretty memorable episodes are coming up, but first we gotta get through this one.
Hey, everyone! Don’t vote for this stupid show in the People’s Choice Awards poll of the greatest Disney Channel show of all time.
And we’re back to lame episodes I hate!
New week, new writers. “Scarlett Larry” was written by Amy and Wendy Engelberg, who have written for a lot of female-centered sitcoms as well as the DCOM Stuck in the Suburbs. They only wrote two Lizzie episodes, which is a bummer because this one is actually pretty good.
Man, I wish I knew more about how these episodes were written. When you watch all of them back to back, it’s pretty obvious that some had different writers in charge because they seem off somehow. This week’s episode is a good example. There’s a heightened, joke-a-minute style that’s not typical at all for this series. For instance, at one point Gordo makes a lame joke and Lizzie shrieks, “That’s not a joke! What does a cannibal call a phonebook? A menu! Haha! Now that is a joke! HA HA HA HA HA.” This entire episode is like that. The directing is also subpar, as lines are delivered really sloppily with diction problems everywhere.
It’s the Halloween episode! I definitely remember this one, at least the second half of it. I feel like Disney must have hyped it up a lot during October.
It begins with Matt and Lanny plotting out the best spots in the city for trick-or-treating while Lizzie and Matt exchange their usual cruel banter. The McGuire parents show up to tell Matt he’s not going trick-or-treating at all, by the way, he’s going to the Halloween festival at Lizzie’s school. Matt and Lizzie both hate this plan, but their parents offer no explanation at all.