Episode Information
Episode 9
Air Date April 20, 2001
Written by Melissa Gould
Directed by Brian K. Roberts
Production Code 108
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Election is the ninth episode of the first season of Lizzie McGuire.


Lizzie and friends are frustrated — the only candidates for school president are super-popular cheerleader Claire Miller and oddball Larry Tudgeman, who promises to eat a worm for every vote he gets. Gordo encourages Lizzie to run as a "normal" candidate and Miranda seconds the motion. Lizzie agrees to do it. Gordo is her gung-ho campaign manager as she runs on a "voice of the people" platform.

Lizzie starts to gain confidence, even enough to tell off Claire and Kate. Gordo thinks she should schmooze the "second-tier" popular kids in the drama club, so Lizzie puts on her shades and black leather and tries to get in good with them. Miranda is annoyed that Lizzie is blowing off the less popular kids and groups to hang with the drama club. Lizzie starts to develop a prima donna attitude and now Gordo has to agree that he has helped create a monster in candidate Lizzie. The big surprise on election day is that underdog Larry wins, much to the surprise of Claire and Lizzie. Lizzie must face Miranda and Gordo after the election, but they are forgiving.

Meanwhile, Matt begins talking about Jasper, his imaginary friend. Mr. and Mrs. McGuire are concerned that Matt is too old to be having such a playmate. They give him extra attention — and presents — but Jasper won't go away. Then Mom hears him on the phone telling his friend how his plan is working perfectly. As a result, Matt gets punished and has to wash an invisible donkey.


  • This episode was filmed from October 23 - 26, 2000.
  • The writers of this episode used Lizzie drinking coffee to be in with the drama club as a metaphor for smoking. Miranda confirms this by saying that drinking coffee stains your teeth and makes your breath smell.
  • This is the second time we see Lizzie do her rendition of Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again" video. (The first time was in "Picture Day.") She's shown in split-screen alongside a picture of Larry Tudgeman as Marilyn Manson.
  • Lizzie paraphrases President John F. Kennedy's famous quote from his 1960 inaugural address, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," replacing "country" with "student government."
  • Claire is identified as the yearbook editor as well as the cheerleader captain.
  • When Lizzie first decides to run for school president, "Hail to the Chief" is playing in the background.
  • When Mr. McGuire tells Lizzie that he was president of his school's audio-visual club, a still photo of Robert Carradine is shown in his character of Lewis from the “Revenge of the Nerds” movies.
  • An outtake from this episode featuring Kate (Ashlie Brillault) and Claire (Davida Williams) was used in a Disney promotional ad for the series. It featured the two girls in unison saying (to Lizzie, presumably) "Loser loser, double loser, as if, whatever, get the picture, duh!", complete with appropriate gestures.


  • Gordo tells Lizzie not to smile since the Drama Club doesn't smile. However, when she walks over to their table, she smiles at them, and the Drama Club members can be seen smiling at other points during the episode.
  • At the end, when Larry wins the election he says "...and Jar Jar Binks rules!" After he says that, the "Trekkie" club stands up and gives him a hug. However, a true Trekkie probably wouldn't have done that, since Star Trek and Star Wars have been long time box office rivals.
  • Gordo states that Claire did a kick and knocked over Larry's bowl of worms, but Larry was always seen carrying around a bucket.


(At the Digital Bean, Lizzie is sitting by herself and eating a gelato sundae when Miranda and Gordo walk up to her)
Miranda: (along with Gordo) Hey.
Lizzie: You guys are talking to me?
Miranda: You don't deserve it, but...
Gordo: Somebody has to.

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