I Do, I Don't
|Air Date||April 27, 2001|
|Written by|| Jeremy J. Bargiel|
Nina G. Bargiel
|Directed by||Steve De Jarnatt|
|Next||Bad Girl McGuire|
Mrs. Stebel pairs up the students in her social studies class for a mock marriage assignment. Each set of partners must draw a job from a jar at random, work up a fictional lifestyle and report back at a pretend 20-year reunion. Always-snobby Kate is horrified to find herself matched up with Larry Tudgeman, but at least she likes her job, a television anchorwoman. Lizzie wants to be partnered with Ethan Craft, who's not so smart but is cute. But she gets familiar old Gordo, whose job is sanitation engineer (garbageman). Lizzie figures it's not so bad, though, since Gordo will probably ensure she gets a good grade. Her mind begins to change when Miranda gets picked to be Ethan's partner, and he's a surgeon to boot. Lizzie can't help but be jealous.
Kate tries to completely ignore her "husband" Larry, and Lizzie unconsciously does the same thing to Gordo, as she begins obsessing about Ethan and Miranda, who couldn't be happier. Gordo is disappointed that his friend Lizzie is taking him for granted. At the Digital Bean, Lizzie sees Kate and Ethan and overhears that Kate plans to leave Larry at the reunion and wants "Dr. Craft" to do the same to Miranda. Lizzie wants to tell Miranda but can't bring herself to do it until just before the reunion starts. Miranda is crushed, but when it comes time for her and Ethan to give their presentation, she turns the tables on him and leaves him first. Larry also finds a way to pay back Kate.
In the meantime, Jo McGuire is worried about what Matt is up to and asks her husband to find out what it is. Sam follows his son to where he's building a "Mattcave," a place all his own where he can escape to and hang out. Dad thinks that's a great idea and soon both the McGuire boys are spending time there. But Mom finds them and tells them to get out of the "mud hole."
- This episode was filmed from November 1 - 4, 2000.
- The clapboard for "I've Got Rhythmic" also appears for a split second twice in the blooper reel.
- According to the commentary on the Lizzie McGuire Vol. 1 DVD Box Set, this is Clayton Snyder (Ethan Craft)'s favorite episode.
- The name of this episode is very similar to that of the episode "I Do, I Don't, I Do" from the short lived 1982-83 “Happy Days” spin-off series, “Joanie Loves Chachi.”
- Lizzie wears the same light-blue leather jacket that Miranda later wears in "Obsession," the one that upsets Lizzie so much. Lizzie also wears it in "Between a Rock and a Bra Place".
- Gordo's real name, David, is used in this episode, one of the few times this has happened on the show.
- When Miranda and Ethan are paired as a "married" couple in class, the famous “ Wedding March” by Felix Mendelsohn from “A Mid-Summer Night's Dream” is played.
- Ethan Craft (Clayton Snyder) seems to have replaced Danny Kessler (Byron Fox) as the show's resident hunk. Also around this time, the pronunciation of Kate's name went from “SAN-ders” to “SAUN-ders”, even though the spelling remains "Sanders."
- Miranda says, "See you guys in gym," to Lizzie and Gordo. But earlier in "Pool Party" and "I've Got Rhythmic" Lizzie and Miranda's 3rd period gym class was all girls.
- When Larry pulls the paper with his career choice out of the fishbowl, nothing is written on it. This mistake occurs more than once.
- When Lizzie is getting a drink at the Digital Bean, a waitress walks behind her. In the next quick-cut shot, the waitress is seen at the cash register.
- Ashlie Brillault (Kate) can't help smiling during a scene when the contents of a punchbowl are poured over her head.
- In the 3-way phone conversation at the end, Lizzie makes the common mistake of saying "not taking people 'for granite' instead of 'for granted.'"
- Miranda's bra strap is visible in her homemaker's outfit at the reunion, but two episodes later in "Between a Rock and a Bra Place", she and Lizzie say that they don't have bras yet. One viewer did point out that she may have been wearing a singlet.
- The uncertainty over Kate's last name continues. Mrs. Stebel calls her her Kate SAN-ders while Toon Lizzie says “SAUN-ders.”
- Larry misspeaks and says to Kate, "Maybe if you just work me like I asked," instead of "worked with me."
- Gordo mispronounces "married" and says, "We've been larried less than a period..."
- Chelsea J. Wilson played Parker McKenzie in the "Picture Day" episode, but is identified only as "Cop Kid" here. Later she will appear as Parker again in "Obsession." Her "husband" in this episode, Mitchah Williams ("Farmer Kid"), has been on the show five times but has never been given a proper name.
- When Gordo is dressed as a garbageman, his jumpsuit has the name "Tom" embroidered on it.