The “second” season of Lizzie McGuire is an odd beast, because Disney essentially treated it as two separate seasons. Season 1 aired from January ’01 to January ’02, but the episodes shot as “season 2” aired from February ’02 to February ’04. Its “finale” aired smack in the middle, in February ’03, a few months ahead of the movie’s release in May.
Oh snap, y’all! We made it! It’s the actual, non-finale final episode! Like the Disney Channel’s airing order and life itself, this milestone is pretty meaningless. But we’re here, and we reached it together.
By a weird coincidence, we get the Christmas episode at just the right time! That hasn’t happened with any other holiday episodes, so I’m pretty delighted about this.
I’m not particularly delighted about reviewing this episode, though.
So this is the second episode I messed up. After this we’ll be back on track with the actual airing order. Not that any of it matters, as the show’s airing order was completely nonsensical. But I’m disappointed in myself, because I like to think I’m better than the Disney Channel, you know?
Well, shoot. I’ve had a ton of trouble writing the reviews the past couple of weeks because of computer problems, and in my rush to keep getting them out I apparently straight-up skipped a few episodes. Now the reviews are all out of order. I know my readers generally hold me to a higher standard than this, but you guys…if you believe that I’ve got a picture-perfect plan over here…then I’ve got you FOOLED, honestly. I only do the best I can.
This one surprised me. I thought for sure it was written by a guest writer, because it was one of those episodes where every line, character choice and plot point felt slightly off. But I was wrong – it was written by Melissa Gould, who wrote 15 episodes for the series.
Hello. How’s everyone doing? Not great? Well, let’s channel our anger constructively, with rants about what an asshole Gordo is and how MIRANDA IS GONE AGAIN.
So things have been looking up for me lately, except for how I had to watch this episode.
The official episode title, according to imdb, is “Grubby Longjohn’s Olde Tyme Revue,” which makes it sound like a whimsical Western episode about an old-fashioned show. In Disney’s online player, it’s just “Grubby Longjohn’s,” which makes it sound like a gross episode about dirty underwear. It is, in fact, a corny episode about family bonding.