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Gordo and the Magic Dwarves is the twenty seventh episode of Lizzie McGuire's first season.


Gordo becomes obsessed with a Dungeons & Dragons type board game which was gifted to Lizzie by her grandmother. His obsession causes his grades to drop and Lizzie and Miranda take the help of Matt to bring Gordo back to his senses. Meanwhile, Matt has to observe wildlife for a school project. However, Sam and Miranda's father eventually end up climbing a tree and watching a bird's nest.


Gammy McGuire sends Lizzie one of her frequent "birthday" gifts: a role-playing game called "Dwarflord: The Conquest". Jo insists that Lizzie play it at least once, so she recruits reluctant Miranda and Gordo for a game.

The girls can't understand the incredibly complex rules, but Gordo likes it. In fact, Gordo joins a "Dwarf Tribe" at school (led by Tudgeman, of course) and begins to spend all his time playing and thinking about the game. Gordo gets so obsessed with the game that he even quits studying and, unbelievably, gets an "F" on a test!

Lizzie and Miranda try to talk some sense back into Gordo, but he refuses to admit that he's addicted to the game. Matt agrees to help the girls capture Gordo and help to deprogram him. They stealthily invade a Dwarflord game, abduct Gordo and hold an intervention in which they finally convince him to go back to his old lifestyle.

Meanwhile, Matt has to observe wildlife for a school project and Sam helps him out by climbing up a tree with him to look at a bird's nest. Matt gets bored right away, but Sam and later Mr. Sanchez get fascinated with it and spend hours in the tree.


  • The filming dates for this episode took place from May 8-12, 2001; the clapboard shown on the blooper reel at the end of the episode is dated May 10, 2001.
  • The stunt doubles in the episode were Sean Graham (for Sam McGuire) and J.P. Romano (for Edward Sanchez).
  • The wolf picture on the wall of Lizzie's house in the final scene when Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda are eating cereal is a picture from the Encarta Encyclopedia.
  • Matt talks about the time when Gordo rescued him from the staircase (his head was stuck in it), but the posts that Matt's head was stuck in are much smaller than all the other posts.
  • Scenes from previous episodes of the series appear on the recording that they show to Gordo when he's tied.