Pool Party

Pool Party

Episode Information
Episode 4
Air Date February 2, 2001
Written by Terri Minsky
Directed by Larry Shaw
Production Code 101
Episode Guide
Previous When Moms Attack
Next I've Got Rhythmic

Pool Party is the fourth episode of the first season of Lizzie McGuire.


Lizzie and Miranda are ecstatic about being invited to a pool party given by their heartthrob, Danny Kessler.

The next day at school Miranda temporarily gets on the good side of Kate, the girl's former best friend who has literally and figuratively outgrown them. Kate invites Miranda to hang out with her crowd, causing a conflict between Miranda and Lizzie. Gordo helps Lizzie to smooth over her differences with Miranda. Mom tells Lizzie she can go to the party after all, but she decides not to and spends the day with Gordo.


  • When "Pool Party" was originally broadcast, many TV listings identified the episode name as "Pilot," and it does appear that this was supposed to be the first show of the series, as all the characters are identified by name and description in the first few minutes. This is the only episode of Lizzie... on which the show creator Terri Minsky is also listed as executive producer.
  • The episode was filmed from March 20 to March 24, 2000. Hilary Duff (Lizzie) and Lalaine (Miranda) are 12 years old during this episode. Adam Lamberg (Gordo) is fifteen years old.
  • We learn that Kate, Lizzie, and Miranda used to be friends, but when Kate went through puberty, she became popular and outgrew them.
  • This episode is mentioned in My Fair Larry, when Lizzie reminds Gordo how devastated he was when Danny didn't invite him to the huge pool party.
  • Terri Minsky was nominated for the 2002 WGA Award (TV) for "Children's Script" for this episode.
  • In this episode, Gordo's voice is higher. It wasn't developed like in all the other episodes. It's likely this one was shot a few months before the others, so his voice deepened during those months.
  • Toon Lizzie is based on Greek Chorus, whereby she informs the audience as to what is going on in the show.
  • Stan Rogow based the editing style used in Lizzie McGuire on the German film, "Run Lola Run."
  • The stock footage of the exterior of Lizzie's school has also been used in "7th Heaven" and "Even Stevens".
  • This is the last episode featuring Danny Kessler (Byron Fox) and one of only three he appeared in. Actually, it was filmed before the other two, "Rumors" and "When Moms Attack," but it wasn't shown until they had already aired. After this, Ethan Craft moved into the role of the girls' heartthrob.
  • This episode, the first Lizzie McGuire ever made, is only one of two episodes that doesn't contain a "blooper reel" of outtakes at the end of the show, the other being "Between a Rock and a Bra Place."
  • Gordo mentions that both his parents are psychiatrists.
  • Lizzie says she's known Gordo since she was one day old, indicating that his birthday comes before hers.


  • After Danny Kessler invites Lizzie and Miranda to his pool party, Miranda looks directly at the camera.
  • When Kate walks toward Miranda in the school hallway, the shoulder strap on her bag is in across her chest, in the next shot it is beside her chest and in the following shots it's once again across her chest.
  • Lizzie is shown in a camera shot from the inside of her locker, where she takes off a bracelet and hangs it up. In the next shot from a camera angle outside the locker, the pictures and other contents of the locker are different. Then when the camera goes back to the inside shot, the bracelet is no longer hanging there.
  • In this episode, the girls' gym uniforms are grey, but in other episodes, they are blue.

External linksEdit

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.