Misadventures in Babysitting
Misadventures in Babysitting
Episode Information
Episode #: 8
Air Date: April 6, 2001
Writer(s): David Blum

Stacey Kramer

Director: Mark Rosman
Prod. #: 107
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: Ashlie Brillault as Kate Sanders

Guest(s): ■ Diana C. Weng as Mrs. Shin

■ Randy McPherson as Policeman

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Misadventures in Babysitting is the eighth episode of the first season of Lizzie McGuire.


Lizzie finally convinces her parents to let her babysit Matt, but the evening proves more challenging than Lizzie expected. When Sam gets nervous and sneaks back home to check in on Lizzie, things get...wacky.


When a babysitter cancels on the McGuires, Lizzie suggests that she's old enough to do the job watching Matt, but Jo and Sam say no. After much persuasion from Lizzie they relent, and Miranda and Gordo come over to help. After Sam and Jo leave, Matt generally causes havoc, spilling grape juice on the rug, acting bratty and taking advantage of Lizzie, who badly wants to impress her parents with her responsibility.

Miranda and Gordo aren't much help, as they won't follow Lizzie's instructions either. At the restaurant, Sam wants to sneak home and check on Lizzie and Matt; Jo doesn't like the idea, but relents, warning Sam not to let the kids see him. Meanwhile at the house, Matt has knocked out the power. Sam tries to peer in the window and injures himself on a lawn gnome. The kids think he's a burglar and call the police. Sam tries to get in the locked house and the kids wage a battle against him reminiscent of the movie Home Alone. The police arrive to arrest Sam. After all is straightened out, Lizzie's parents apologize for not trusting her. They reward her by assigning her to babysit Matt the next week.


  • This episode was filmed from October 15 - 19, 2000.
  • Lizzie is 13 in this episode, and Sam mentions that Matt is 10 years old.
  • Mike McGaugthy portrayed the stunt double for Sam McGuire.
  • Kate wears her hair straight and down in this episode.
  • This episode was based on the 1990 smash hit film Home Alone.
  • When trying to find a babysitter for Matt and Lizzie, Sam remarks, "Where's Mrs. Doubtfire when you need her?", which references the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire (where Robin Williams plays a divorced father who disguises himself as a nanny in order to be with his children).
  • Lizzie mispronounces Kate's last name as "Saunders" rather than "Sanders" for the first time here. She consistently mispronounces the name throughout the series.
  • The restaurant hostess remarks to Sam and Jo that they "haven't been in since the Year of the Tiger." The most recent Year of the Tiger was 1998, more than two years ago. For the hostess to seat them at their "regular table," they must have been big customers, at one time.
  • This episode has no musical montage. Neither is there a Matt-centric subplot, both rarities.


  • When Gordo enters the room saying raccoons wouldn't stay for Miranda's singing, you can see an X on the floor where he stops.
  • Miranda sings a terrible off-key version of "My Country 'Tis of Thee", even though it's shown in Random Acts of Miranda that she's actually a good singer. Perhaps she was just trying to raise a ruckus to help scare off whoever was outside, but good singers would usually balk at purposely singing badly, no matter what the reason.
  • Matt holds up a book on the end of a vacuum cleaner nozzle, but when the power goes out, the book doesn't fall to the floor like it should, but instead stays on the nozzle, even when Matt drops it.
  • When Matt spills grape juice on himself, Gordo agrees to take him upstairs for a clean shirt. But when he comes back, the juice is still on Matt's shirt.
  • After the opening credits when Miranda and Lizzie are in the lunch line, Miranda delivers her first line and starts to grin, then looks at the camera for a moment as if she expects the director to say, "Cut!”, but he doesn't and the scene continues.
  • In the flashback scene where Miranda is changing her infant sister's diaper, it's actually a doll.


Sam: Matt came very close to actually kicking the ball, didn’t you, Champ?
Matt: Oh, yeah....
Sam (mouths): No way.

Lizzie: When will I be old enough to trust? When I'm fifty?
Sam: Maybe...we'll see...

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