When Moms Attack

When Moms Attack

Episode Information
Episode 3
Air Date January 26, 2001
Written by Jeremy J. Bargiel
Nina G. Bargiel
Directed by Mark Rosman
Production Code 105
Episode Guide
Previous Picture Day
Next Pool Party

When Moms Attack is the third episode of the first season of Lizzie McGuire.


Lizzie is looking forward to the science class field trip, but she is mortified when she finds out that her mother is a last-minute replacement as the girls' chaperone. Lizzie fears that her mother will embarrass her to death, and Mom does a pretty good job of doing just that while they are competing with the boys on a nature walk.

But Mrs. McGuire proves how cool she can be when she helps the girls get back at the boys for a prank they pulled then takes all the blame herself. Back at home, Matt and Mr. McGuire are left on their own and try to cook for themselves.

Trivia Edit

  • The episode was filmed from September 26 - 29, 2000.
  • 2 different video cameras were used during the sequence when Lizzie was filming the "mystery chaperone." She is shown holding a JVC miniDV camera, but the LCD display of a Sony D8 was used for the shot showing Lizzie's mom walking through the door.
  • Mr. Pettus was the name of the high school physics teacher of screenwriters Nina and Jeremy Bargiel.
  • Jo is seen here without her glasses on for one of the few times in the series when she's caught the boys tent.
  • A possible clue to where Lizzie lives: When Toon Lizzie is talking about how her mom is banned from further field trips, in the background is a copy of the book West's Annotated California Codes, a reference book containing laws for the state of California.
  • This is the only episode that Ethan Craft and Danny Kessler are both in.
  • Lizzie has a stuffed pig named Mr. Snuggles and Kate had a teddy bear named Mr. Stuart Wuggelsby.
  • Sam and Matt try to cook using a cookbook entitled "Cooking for Complete Idiots."


  • When Mr. Pettus makes a joke about the losing team having to eat something, nobody laughs. But in the episode, Jack of All Trades Lizzie says she always makes it a point to laugh at a teacher's jokes.
  • When Sam and Matt take out the tuna noodle casserole and put it on the counter, Matt says "It says to heat for 20 minutes at 350 degrees," but there doesn't appear to be anything written on the foil.
  • Lizzie says she has pictures of Kate and her kiddie things, Kate reactes to it like it can destroy her life. In the episode She Said, He Said, She Said, Lizzie says when Kate snores, "Finally, I have something on Kate, she snores!" Why would she say that when she has those pictures?
  • When the girls toilet paper the boys' tent, they use toilet paper because they had lots of it, but they also used mens shaving cream (we know it isn't girls' because it was white). Where did they get it, they wouldn't have brought it from home, why would they?
  • When Mr. Pettus is speaking to the students before the field trip, it's supposed to be in the morning, but the clock behind him says 3:28.
  • Lizzie tells her mom, "High fives are always really dorky, though," but in later episodes she gives and receives high-fives on several occasions. Maybe they had a change in status?
  • Look very carefully at the long shot of the school bus taking the students on the field trip and you'll see that it is almost empty.
  • It would have been difficult for the boys to sneak on the bus with all those super-soaker squirt guns that they attacked the girls with. Mr. Pettus doesn't seem like the kind of teacher who would have let them take them along.
  • Lizzie tells her mom the camping trip is "only overnight," but earlier in the episode's intro, Toon Lizzie said it was 48 hours in the woods parentless.
  • Lizzie accuses Miranda of saying to Kate that she wore "pink ducky" pajamas. Actually Miranda corrected Kate, who said Lizzie had pink puppy pajamas, by telling her they were ducks, but she didn't mention the color. When a picture of the pajamas was shown, the ducks were yellow.

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