Season 1, Episode 21
Date of airing: August 31, 2001 (Disney Channel)
Lizzie and Sam were spend some father/daughter time together. That’s cute, and it’s something I’m gonna have to remember doing as well, in case I will ever have children (the chances for that are pretty much zero). I loved that story, as it was realistic and honest and almost romantic in a parenting way. I like it when fictional parents try to make up with their kids and spend some quality time together, as it is something I have never done with my parents (or the parents with me?), which means I never got the parental love Lizzie was getting in this episode, and that could explain why I’m suffering from social anxiety these days. Okay, my parents and I tripped to the Hanover World Expo in 2000 and went to Europa Park at some point (it was one of the more popular amusement parks in Germany), which were memorable trips for me, but with the exception of that and a few trips to the movie theater, there isn’t really anything I would consider parent/kid time in my life, and looking at that premise through scripted television, I’m realizing how much I would have loved taking part in these activities more often. And not just because I would have loved realizing that my parents actually cared about me. But they never did, and now that I’m realizing all of this while watching LIZZIE MCGUIRE, I’m getting envious of the life of a fictional t(w)eenager having the best time of her life, even though she sees is as the worst time of her life.
I also liked the conflict Lizzie was in and how she resolved it, albeit in somewhat of a ridiculous way. Instead of bringing Sam along to Friday night bowling, so she can get close to Ethan, she simply could have rescheduled her date with her father for Saturday. She believed at the beginning that the bowling outing was on Saturday, right? I was kind of laughing why Lizzie didn’t just reschedule her father/daughter night out to the next day, as it would not have broken any hearts and Sam still would have had the opportunity to spend quality time with his daughter, even if the bowling outing happened to be more interesting in the long run, as he was in the background of Lizzie hanging with her friends, getting to know her a little in the process while Lizzie learns what it’s like to also spend some time with half of the parental units. Sam not only had quality time with Lizzie, but he also watched her interacting with her friends, which means he learned something about her life. Then again, isn’t it normally awkward to have a parent with you, when you are out with your friends? Was there no sense of shame for Lizzie to drag her father along, while she was putting all the effort into throwing herself into Ethan’s arms? Were Lizzie’s friends not “bothered” by that one parental unit’s presence, or was Ethan quite joyful and jolly with Lizzie’s father around?
Gordo’s side plot was okay, although his back story emergency sounded like it was a G rated version of the penis stuck in the zipper incident from THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, as getting your fingers stuck in a bowling ball is an equally ridiculous (and the least funny) premise. Still, it had Gordo and Miranda hang out for a few seconds and spending time together as friends, while Lizzie was too busy dreaming of her wedding with Ethan, and that makes me think Miranda and Gordon are gonna date first, before Gordo lands with Lizzie, which is still something I believe will happen. Besides that, it does not hurt the show when Gordo and Miranda are embroiled in their own little adventure every once in a while, because it would mea the show is not always about the titular character.
And finally, there was whatever Matt was doing. Yawn. Again. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna say that every time this boy has screentime, and I’m pretty sure I will mention again and again that Matt is so far the worst-ever Disney Channel character I have encountered (side note: Nevel from iCARLY is the worst-ever character in a kids show I have ever encountered). Seriously, this kid needs better stories, and I need an explanation why Lanny was naked and wrapped in a towel on the couch, when he planned to trick Lizzie into a scenario that could prove important for Matt and Lanny’s plan to go up against their bully. That was a weird moment for a second.