|Come Fly with Me|
|Air Date:||June 1, 2001|
|Starring:||■ Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire|
|Recurring:||■ Ashlie Brillault as Kate Sanders|
|Guest(s):||■ Bernard Kira as Vince|
|Previous:||Between a Rock and a Bra Place|
|Next:||Random Acts of Miranda|
|Previous:||Between a Rock and a Bra Place|
|Next:||Random Acts of Miranda|
In order to stand out from the crowd, Gordo sports a 1960s wardrobe and starts listening to Rat Pack music. But he is disappointed when the trend catches on with the entire school, including Lizzie and Miranda. Meanwhile, Matt and Lanny try to set a new world record, in order to get their names featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Gordo, ever the nonconformist, has a new passion: 1950s & '60s Las Vegas lounge culture, as epitomized by Frank Sinatra and the "Rat Pack." Lizzie and Miranda don't care for it, but they buy Gordo a Rat Pack CD. Ethan listens to it on the bus and, surprisingly, likes it, which makes the girls reconsider their opinion. Soon they are dressing in fashions of the time. Gordo thinks it's cool that they like it, but hopes that his new interest won't become the latest passing fad at school. But that's exactly what happens, as Ethan soon has all the guys wearing hats like Sinatra and listening to the music. Even Kate admires the girls for being first in the new trend, and actually asks for their advice.
Gordo sours on the Rat Pack and finds a new interest—radio-controlled 1/64 scale World War II airplanes—only his enthusiasm doesn't seem genuine. Committee chairman Kate plans the theme for the next dance, "Lounging Around." She puts Miranda and Lizzie in charge of music and clothing. The girls are in over their heads and must go to Gordo for help. He's mad at them for making his special interest so popular among the other students and won't help them. They can tell he doesn't care for his new hobby and urge him not to give up his interest in lounge culture just because everyone else likes it, but he doesn't listen.
Lizzie and Miranda can't enjoy themselves at the dance without Gordo, even though they are largely responsible for its success. Just as they are about to leave, Gordo shows up, dressed to the hilt and in full Sinatra mode. He thanks the girls for setting him straight.
Meanwhile, with Matt
Matt and Lanny are trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. They attempt to set records for longest netball game, largest pancake, gaining weight, jumping rope, balancing teacups, holding a vocal note and running up and down stairs. When they come up several miles short on the longest rubber band chain, Matt gives up in discouragement. But Jo "discovers" that 38 failed attempts to break a world record is a world record, in itself.
- This episode was filmed between November 25th through November 28, 2000. This was the last episode to use the working title: "What's Lizzie Thinking?" on the clapboard.
- The title of the episode "Come Fly with Me" is also the name of a Frank Sinatra album recorded in 1957.
- The CD Lizzie and Miranda picked up for Gordo appears to be Sinatra's "Swingin' Session," which was released in early 1961. This was one of the last albums Sinatra recorded for Capitol, before leaving for Reprise. Six of the songs were taken from his first album, "Sing and Dance With Frank Sinatra," but performed twice as fast, so it's one of his jazziest swing sets. This album also includes songs written by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
- The school nickname of "Wildcats" is seen on a banner in the hall.
- The blooper reel seen at the episode's end is notorious among fans because it contains footage of Adam Lamberg saying, "Son of a..." in frustration after a mishap. But contrary to what some people claim, he did not add anything extra under his breath to that outburst.
- Gordo's middle name is revealed to be Zephyr (pronounced "zeh-fur").
- First appearance of Lanny.
- This is the first episode where Lizzie does not talk to her parents.
- The music played during the montage is "Survivor" by Destiny's Child.
- Timothy Busfield, who directed this episode, is also an actor, best known for his roles in Trapper John, M.D., Thirtysomething and The West Wing.
- Among the items on the "Lounge" list on the chalkboard behind Kate:
- Sammy Davis
- Trilby Hats
- "Coo coo, baby!"
- Porterhouse Steaks
- Among the items on the "Not Lounge" list on the chalkboard behind Kate:
- Anything "Star Trek"
- Sammy Sosa
- "You go, girlfriend!"
- Matt tells Lanny he "only" has to gain 674 pounds to become the world's heaviest person. But Guinness World Records 2000 lists the heaviest person of all time as 6'1" John Minnoch, who in March 1978 was admitted to a hospital with heart failure where his weight was calculated at over 1,400 pounds. Minnoch was put on a diet and reduced his weight to 476 pounds, but when he died in 1983 he was back up to nearly 800 pounds.
- As Gordo is showing Lizzie his model planes he makes the statement, "the Allies used this plane in World War II to deliver powdered eggs and rubber to American Samoa." While the plane can't be seen completely, it is clear that he is holding a single engine fighter, not a military transport aircraft. From the shark's mouth nose art on the model it was most likely a P-51 Mustang used by the American Volunteer Group (later the 23 Fighter Group) in Burma and China, more commonly known as the Flying Tigers in the latter part of the war. Furthermore, considering the location of American Samoa, resupply by ship would make more sense than using aircraft.
- When Matt and Lanny are trying to set a world record, Matt looks through the record book and says, "Ah, world's largest pancake," but the book is opened to a page headed "Computer Technology."
Gordo: That's how everybody talks. I'm not everybody.
Kate: Lizzie! Miranda! People are talking about you two.
Miranda: Yeah, well, it's all lies.
Miranda: We can't help it if you refuse to like something, just because other people like it.
Gordo: It's called being your own person.
Lizzie: It's called being an idiot, okay? It's ridiculous to do some airplane thing that you hate, instead of doing some Rat Pack thing you love.
Miranda: Is it okay to have fun now?
Gordo: Fun's what it's all about, baby!
Animated Lizzie: His latest thing is this whole Rat Pack lounge culture stuff. It's a little weird for my tastes, but who am I, to tell Gordo what to do?
- The Rat Pack was the name commonly given to an informal group of entertainers, who eventually appeared together in movies, and performed in live acts in Las Vegas. Primary members of the Rat Pack were Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
Gordo: I don't want it to turn into some dopey fad that every idiot does because he thinks it's trendy—like Ricky Martin and digital pets.
- Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer known as the "King of Latin Pop."
- Digital Pets are a type of artificial companion for humans. They were a fad in the 1990s.
Lizzie: Gordo, shouldn't you be listening to Britney Spears?
Gordo: She thinks it's "ding dong." The phrase is "ring a ding ding." It was a code for living life on your own terms. Ding Dong is a chocolate covered devil's food cake treat intended for mass consumption. I'm not into mass consumption.
- Gordo explained it pretty well.
Trilby Hats, on the chalkboard behind Kate.
- Popularized by Frank Sinatra, trilby hats are often confused with fedoras.
Sammy Davis Jr., on the chalkboard behind Kate.
- Sammy Davis Jr. was an American singer, dancer and actor.
"Coo Coo Baby," on the chalkboard behind Kate.
- "Coo Coo Baby" was a track on the 1992 album "High and Lonesome," by blues artist J.B. Hutto.
Porterhouse Steak, on the chalkboard behind Kate.
- The porterhouse steak is a composite steak that combines the filet mignon with the New York strip.
"Star Trek," on the chalkboard behind Kate.
- Star Trek is a science fiction television and film series about a starship that explores strange new worlds and civilizations.
Sammy Sosa, on the chalkboard behind Kate.
- Sammy Sosa is a major league baseball player from the Dominican Republic, from 1989-2007. Most of his career was played with the Chicago Cubs.
Tofu, on the chalkboard behind Kate.
- Tofu is a bean curd made from mashed soybeans, used chiefly in Asian and vegetarian cooking.
Matt and Lanny use the Guinness Book of World Records.
- "The Guinness World Records" book, commonly known as The Guinness Book of World Records, is the widely recognized authority in the field of world records.
Sam: I'm telling ya... (hums the theme to The Twilight Zone).
- The Twilight Zone is a horror/science fiction anthology television series from the 1950's and 1960's, created and hosted by Rod Serling, with a haunting and iconic instrumental theme song.
- The Rat Pack
- Ricky Martin on Biography
- Digital Pets on Wikipedia
- Britney Spears
- Mousekeer roster
- Ding Dong page at Hostess
- Trilby or Fedora?
- Sammy Davis Jr. on IMDB
- High and Lonesome Track List
- How to Buy and Cook Porterhouse Steak
- Star Trek at Fandom
- Sammy Sosa Statistics
- Benefits and Detriments of Tofu
- Guinness World Records
- The Twilight Zone at Fandom