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Lizzie's Nightmares
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Episode Information
Episode #: 15
Air Date: June 22, 2001
Writer(s): Melissa Gould
Terri Minsky
Director: Jace Alexander
Prod. #: 114
Starring: Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire

Lalaine as Miranda Sanchez
Adam Lamberg as David Gordon
Jake Thomas as Matt McGuire
Hallie Todd as Jo McGuire
Robert Carradine as Sam McGuire

Recurring: Clayton Snyder as Ethan Craft

Ashlie Brillault as Kate Sanders
Christian Copelin as Lanny Onasis
Phill Lewis as Principal Tweedy

Guest(s): Randy McPherson as Police Officer

Tony Jones as Police Officer #1

Episode Guide
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Lizzie's Nightmares is the fifteenth episode of the first season of Lizzie McGuire.


Lizzie is delighted that Ethan is finally paying attention to her, but that delight turns to horror when she realizes that Matt has suddenly shown up at her school, and is a Big Man on Campus.


Lizzie is thrilled to learn that Ethan says that she can eat lunch with him, but her excitement is dampened when Matt booby-traps her phone to put honey in her hair. As punishment, Jo grounds Matt, threatening "more to come" after school.

Matt races to catch the school bus, but mistakenly climbs aboard the bus destined for Lizzie's school. Ethan tries to bully Matt, but Matt is unimpressed, leading Ethan to think that Matt is pretty cool.

Matt's legend continues to grow, so that by lunchtime, he has convinced all the students that he is a superstar, leaving Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo in awe of this mysterious, "new student."

At lunch, Lizzie is floored to learn that the new student is, in fact, Matt. Lizzie attempts to call home from the school office to alert her parents, but she is interrupted by Principal Tweedy, who has also fallen for Matt's charm. Principal Tweedy attempts to call the McGuire home to thank them for sending Matt to his school, but he gets the answering machine, and has to leave a message.

Meanwhile, at the McGuire home, Jo panics when Matt's school calls to report that he never arrived at school. Jo convinces herself that Matt has run away from home. Jo and Sam call the police, and together, they interrogate Lanny over Matt's whereabouts, but Lanny doesn't talk. When Jo discovers that Sam had unplugged the phone to get on the internet, she is furious, but when she checks for messages, she only finds one from Principal Tweedy. Jo isn't interested in hearing about Lizzie's school, so she hangs up on the message.

Back at school, near the end of the day, Lizzie reveals to Miranda and Gordo that she had secretly called the police to come pick up Matt, which they do, in front of the awed student body. That evening, Lizzie reports to Miranda and Gordo that not only is Matt grounded, but he must stay away from her. Their phone conversation is interrupted by a call from Ethan, who asks Lizzie if she can pick up a pizza for his next get-together with Matt.


  • Since Lizzie's story deals with her relationship with Matt, Matt does not have a separate subplot in this episode.
  • Among Matt's tall tales:
    • He is a spy
    • His parents are spies
    • He has a recording contract
    • He goes to Disney World at least twice a year
    • He's skipped three grades
    • He's made a feature film with Steven Spielberg
    • He transferred from a private school on a Fiji island
    • He convinced a film studio to adapt the Harry Potter novels
    • He taught Britney Spears how to dance


  • Sam and Jo interrogate Lanny at the McGuire house, even though it is shortly after lunch, on a school day.
  • Jo drives Lizzie to school, but Miranda should have been on the school bus to witness Matt's scheme.
  • In Between a Rock and a Bra Place, Gordo says that he and Miranda and Lizzie all have the same classes together, except for gym. Yet in this episode, Miranda and Lizzie are leaving a class where Miranda wrote on a chalkboard (therefore, not gym), and they meet Gordo in the hall, who's going in the opposite direction.


Animated Lizzie: Poor Dad. He tries so hard, but most of the time, he's clueless.

Ethan: You're funny!
Matt: You, too. But, uh, looks aren't everything.

Officer: Matt McGuire?
Matt (in a British accent): No. No Matt McGuire here.
Officer: Bond? Matt Bond?
Matt: I guess the jig is up.

Sam: Do you remember the time he snuck out so he could be the first in line at the toy store to meet Tarzan?
Jo: Yeah, he didn't sneak out. I went with him.
Sam: I knew you liked that guy! It was the way he was hanging from the rope, right? And the loincloth? He—
Jo: Okay! Okay! Okay!

Gordo: The fact that you care so much about sitting with Ethan is kind of pathetic. So he's popular, and maybe he's good looking. So what? Who you are is way more important than who you sit with, at lunch.
Lizzie: You done? Good! (Squeals and hugs Miranda) Here I go!

Principal Tweedy: Just a tip, Lizzie: Jealousy isn't pretty on a girl. Let's try and work through it.

Miranda: Well, you know what they say: "Tomorrow is another day."
Gordo: That may be so, but Matt's always going to be her brother.
Lizzie: Thanks! Way to spread the sunshine, Gordo!
Gordo: Nothing says "cool" like getting arrested, especially at school.

Pop Culture

Matt (after shaking his booty): And that's how Britney learned to dance.
(Also, Miranda has a poster of Britney Spears on her wall.)

  • Britney Spears[1] is a pop singer and former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer.[2]

Lizzie: Mom's taking me to school, brother from another.

  • Brother From Another Planet[3] is a 1984 science fiction comedy film, where a mute alien with the appearance of a human is chased through Harlem by outer-space bounty hunters.

Ethan: You're in my seat, little man. Move it.
Matt: I don't think so, unless I missed the sign that says, "Reserved for Franken-dork".

  • This is a reference to Frankenstein's monster,[4] the tall, lumbering creation of the mad scientist in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. Since it is unlikely that Matt has read the book, he is more likely referring to the character in the various film adaptations of the novel.

Ethan: Who are you?
Matt: They call me Bond. Matt Bond.

  • James Bond[5] is the fictional British super spy with a license to kill, in a series of novels by Ian Fleming. In many of the film adaptations, Bond introduces himself as "Bond. James Bond."

Ethan (cracking knuckles): All right. You leave me no choice. How do you want it?
Matt: Um...shaken, not stirred?

  • Continuing the allusion to James Bond, his cocktail of choice is a vodka martini, shaken, not stirred.[6] Ethan, coincidentally, is unwittingly playing the role of the typical Bond villain.

Matt: So I said to them, "Harry Potter should be seen, not just read," and that's why they're making the movie.

  • Harry Potter[7] is the fictional young sorcerer hero of the series of fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling.

Sam: Hold on a second, honey. I'm making a killing on this online auction, selling your old Leif Garrett records.

  • Leif Garrett[8] is an American singer, and was a teen idol in the 1970s.

Sam: Do you remember the time he snuck out so he could be the first in line at the toy store to meet Tarzan?

  • Tarzan[9] is the fictional character in a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. As an infant, he is orphaned in the jungles of Africa, where he is raised by apes.

Matt: I'll be sharing more recipes on Oprah next week.

  • Oprah[10] is a syndicated daytime talk show, hosted by its namesake, Oprah Winfrey.

Miranda: Well, you know what they say: "Tomorrow is another day."

  • This is the last line[11] of the 1939 Academy Award-winning film Gone With the Wind, spoken by Scarlett O'Hara.