Picture Day
Picture Day
Episode Information
Episode #: 2
Air Date: January 19, 2001
Writer(s): Tim Maile & Terri Minsky
Director: Neal Israel
Prod. #: 102
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

Clayton Snyder as Ethan Craft
Chelsea J. Wilson as Parker Mackenzie

Guest(s): ■ Aaron Fors as Ed

■ Sonya Eddy as Photographer

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Picture Day is the second episode of the first season of Lizzie McGuire.


Sam and Joe send Lizzie to school on Picture Day wearing a horrible sweater knitted by Gammy McGuire. Meanwhile, Matt tries to get out of going to school by faking an illness.


Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo all have big problems on the day their pictures are to be taken for the junior high yearbook.

Lizzie searches and searches for the right thing to wear, but Jo insists she wear a hideous sweater that her grandmother gave her.

Miranda runs afoul of Kate when they both show up wearing identical outfits.

At first, Gordo is amused by the girls' anxiety, but he feels the pressure to assume a tough-guy pose for his picture when Ethan leans on him. Gordo is determined to overcome the pressure and just be himself: he will smile for his photo, no matter the consequences. But just as the photographer's camera flashes, he drops the smile, and his school photo shows a stone-faced Gordo. Ethan, meanwhile, can't resist flashing a smile for his photo.

Feeling sorry for Lizzie, Gordo calls in a favor with a crew member from the drama department and finds Lizzie a different top. However, when Kate conspires with Ed to ruin Miranda's outfit with paint, Lizzie places herself in harm's way. She saves Miranda, but her replacement top is now splashed with green paint, and she's forced to get her picture taken with Gammy's infamous unicorn sweater.

Meanwhile, Matt hasn't studied for a quiz at school, so he fakes being sick to get out of it. But he finds out that his mom's cure can be worse than the disease.


  • This episode was filmed from September 7 - 10, 2000. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated September 7, 2000.
  • Ethan Craft and Parker McKenzie makes their first appearances in this episode.
  • Real-life photos of Hilary Duff are shown when Lizzie is describing her previous school pictures.
  • We learn that Sam's mother Gammy McGuire (Lizzie's grandmother) is 61 years old and teaches windsurfing.
  • Adam Lamberg's voice sounds significantly lower than in the previously filmed episode, "Pool Party," which leads us to believe that either his voice changed in the few days between filming or that there was something wrong with the recording of "Pool Party."
  • On the original broadcast, Matt tried to raise his temperature by putting a penny in his mouth. On subsequent showings, the scene was changed to one where Matt used a flashlight on the thermometer to increase his temperature. This change was probably made for safety reasons, as Disney would not want children imitating Matt by putting small objects in their mouths.
  • When Lizzie is walking towards the bus, the song "Absolutely (Story of a girl)" by Nine Days is playing.
  • Lizzie has a picture of Taylor Hanson in her locker.
  • This episode uses the narrative device in media res, which is when the story begins in the middle, then goes back to the beginning to explain how we got there.

Pop CultureEdit

While picking an outfit Lizzie considers a "denim thing," a "Sarah Michelle Gellar[1] powerful but still cute" look, a "Gwyneth at the Oscars" look, and an "Oops! I did it again!" look, and imagining herself as Shania Twain, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Britney Spears, respectively.

  • Shania Twain[2] is a country music singer; Buffy the Vampire Slayer[3] was portrayed by Gellar in the eponymously named TV series; Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for 1998's Shakespeare in Love[4]; and Britney Spears[5] is a pop singer and former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer.[6]

Lizzie thinks that Gammy McGuire's unicorn sweater makes her look like "a cookie elf."

  • Keebler cookies ran commercials with animated elves who baked Keebler products "in a hollow tree."[7]

Lizzie says that Parker McKenzie had a Titanic lunchbox in fifth grade.

  • Titanic,[8] a movie about the legendary "unsinkable" ocean liner that sunk after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912,[9] won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Matt talks on the phone to a classmate who could not do the homework because he was watching Angels in the Outfield.

  • Angels in the Outfield[10] was a 1994 Disney movie about a major league baseball team aided by angels.

Matt calls his friend a Muggle.

  • Muggles are the derisionary name that magic-wielders in the Harry Potter[11] book series use to refer to non-magic-wielders, i.e., regular humans.

Miranda says Lizzie’s white blouse is very "Kirsten Dunst meets South Beach.”

  • Kirsten Dunst[12] is an American actress, best known for her roles in Interview with a Vampire, Spider-Man, and Bring It On.

Gordo: You make pineapples look like skunks. Imagine what you’d do to Justin Timberlake.

  • Justin Timerberlake[13] is an American singer who rose to prominence as a member of the boy band NSYNC. He is also a former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer.[6]

Lizzie: Gordo looks all moody and troubled, like Freddie Prinze Jr.

  • Freddie Prinze Jr.[14] is an American actor.

When Lizzie jumps in front of the paint to save Miranda's outfit, the sound effect[15] is from The Six Million Dollar Man.

  • The Six Million Dollar Man[16] was a science fiction ABC TV series, starring Lee Majors as Steve Austin, a cybernetically enhanced former test pilot.


  • The can of jalapeño peppers in refrigerator has black marker drawn inside the name to hide it.
  • In the scene where Miranda and Kate see that they have the same outfit, the screen says same blouse, same skirt, uh-oh! But during that moment, Miranda's pom-pom is on her left side of her head, then when she goes to talk to Kate, it's on her right through the rest of the episode. This occurs because when the screen was split with the two images, a 'flipped image' of Miranda and Lizzie was used.
  • Jo asks Matt to go upstairs so that she can take his temperature; however, he is downstairs when she takes it.



Kate: You're not wearing that.

Miranda: Really? It feels like...I am.

Lizzie: It's a long story.

Gordo: I got time.

Lizzie: My grandmother... (She explains about the sweater and her morning)

Gordo: I didn't know your grandmother taught windsurfing.

Miranda (after seeing the sweater): That's not Oops, I did it again. That's just oops.

Ethan (to Gordo): You're weird.

External linksEdit


  1. Sarah Michelle Gellar on IMDB
  6. 6.0 6.1