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Facts of Life is the twenty fifth episode of Lizzie McGuire's first season.


Hoping to win a trip to Miami, Florida, Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo team up to enter the school's "Fact-athlon" contest. Mr. Digg coaches them for the quiz in an unconventional way but they eventually end up losing. Matt and Lanny hire a drummer and start their own rock band, but in the end they call it quits.


Hoping to win a trip to Miami, Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo team up to enter the school's "Fact-athlon." Their rival team consists of Kate Sanders, Larry Tudgeman and Claire Miller. But things start to look a little bleak when the faculty advisor Lizzie and company chose is replaced by substitute teacher Mr. Dig. But to their surprise, Mr. Dig manages to turn studying into something fun and interesting with his unusual approaches. By the time the competition starts, Lizzie's team is confident while Kate, Larry and Claire are feeling the pressure. But Kate's team beats Lizzie's team badly when there are too many questions about dates and names rather than "how and why" problems. Kate and her teammates gloat over their win and Mr. Dig is ready to leave his job at the school because he thinks he let the team down. However, Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda convince him they they actually did learn a lot and that they had a good time while doing it too. Kate, Claire and Larry return from Miami limping, bugbit and sunburned.

Also, Matt and Lanny want to start a rock band. After they audition a bunch of kids playing everything from trombone to Jew's harp, they settle on drummer Rick Marotta and begin rehearsals, which sound pretty bad. Mom and Dad try to talk Matt out of holding a backyard concert, but Matt is determined to do it. When the concert date arrives and the band plays, they actually sound decent. Sam and Jo are proud of their son, but when they ask him what he's going to do next, Matt now has a "been there, done that" attitude and the band is already history.


  • The filming dates for this episode took place between April 9-13, 2001; this is one of the few Lizzie episodes that doesn't have a clapboard with a date on it at the beginning of the blooper reel.
  • Rick Marotta has been a professional studio musician since the 1970s, playing drums with dozens of well-known rock and jazz musicians including (as mentioned on the show) Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Steely Dan and John Lennon plus Jim Croce, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Diana Ross, Roxy Music and Carly Simon.
  • Gordo is thirteen years old in this episode.
  • Larry Tudgeman answers the question "What is the square root of Pi?" as 1.98324, but it is actually 1.772453.