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Trivia: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

  • Actor Allusion:
    • The episode where they put on High School Musical might as well be called "Hey, Did You Know Ashley Tisdale Also Plays Sharpay?" Gets bonus points for Tisdale performing Lucas Grabeel's parts in "Bop To The Top".
    • It's lampshaded too, when Maddie asks "And I don't look like Ashley Tisdale? You people are all crazy!" It's funny because Maddie is played by Ashley Tisdale.
      • The episode also lampshades how London could be an Expy/Parody of Sharpay if it weren't for the fact that London came first (she gets the part of Sharpay in the play).
    • Maddie eventually gained a group of friends from school who would show up every once in a while. They were played by the same girls who played Gabriella, Taylor and Martha.
    • Also one of the twins says Max dances better than a girl in a Missy Elliot video. That girl was Alyson Stoner.
    • "The Suite Smell of Success" has a universe where London and Maddie switch lives. This is a reference to how the actresses originally auditioned for each other's roles.
  • Adored by the Network: Not saying much since just about every Disney Channel Tweencom is played 6 times a day.
    • Suite Life of Zack and Cody is still played on Disney XD - over six years after it aired its last episode. On Deck is played on both XD and the main network even over three years after its finale.
  • Dawson Casting: Not so noticeable in the beginning when 17-year old Brenda Song was playing 15-year old London Tipton, but by the end of Suite Life On Deck in 2011, London was a high school senior and Brenda was 23. Ashley Tisdale played 15-year old Maddie in 2005 when she was 20, but it's unclear if Maddie aged as slowly as London or if it just took London a few tries to make it through high school. (though On Deck makes it clear.) In any case, Ashley was 23 when "Suite Life of Zack and Cody" ended. It was worse for minor character Mary Margaret, who was the same age as London and Maddie, but played by Monique Coleman, who is five years older than Ashley and eight years older than Brenda.
    • It's pretty clear that London has been held back. In "On Deck", Tutweiller mentioned that London had been voted Prom Queen her last 3 senior years, confirming she had been held back. Plus the twins, who are three years younger, graduated with her. So in the final season of Zach and Cody, London and Maddie are seniors and Zach and Cody are freshmen. At the start of "On Deck", London is still a senior and Zach and Cody are sophomores. So London doesn't really fit this trope too much as London would be 21 while Brenda was 23.
  • Defictionalization: Yay Me! starring London Tipton became a series of webisode tie-ins on the Disney Channel website.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Phill Lewis directed a few episodes, and would later go on to become a regular director for nearly every subsequent Disney Channel series after On Deck.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Ashley Tisdale, a natural brunette, was asked to dye her hair blonde for the role of Maddie as a possible aversion of the Dumb Blonde.
    • However In the Alternate Universe of "The Suite Smell of Success", Maddie is one to hers and London's lives being switched.
    • In the episode "Romancing the Phone", in Maddie's day dream a guy asks her if she's a real blonde and she replies "I dye my roots brown."
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Both Cole and Dylan were Sonny's son, Julian, in Big Daddy.
    • You might recognize Mr. Moseby as Hooch (he isn't crazy though)
      • Oh, yes he is. He just doesn't threaten to run people over with speed-metal blaring SUVs.
    • Aunt Hilda as Ilsa Shickelgrubermeiger.
    • Nicole Sullivan as Miss Klotz, Moseby's predecessor as Cruise Director of the S.S. Tipton. Also a case of Hey, It's That Voice!, as long-time Disney Channel viewers will recognize her as the voice of Shego.
    • Freddie Benson was an Inspirationally Disabled kid who rediscovers his love of basketball in the episode Back in the Game.
    • Doc in the episode "Not So Suite 16".
    • Remember when Alex Russo was Cody's girlfriend (for a day) and when Zack was trying to charm Hayley Steele, only each girl falls for the other brother in the episode "A Midsummer's Nightmare"?
    • Rip Taylor and Cheryl Burke in the episode Loosely Ballroom.
    • Nicole Bristow was Tiffany, one of London's rich, snobby upper-class friends.
    • Tom Poston in "Ah, Wilderness!"(His final role).
    • Max, a friend of the twins from the first two seasons, is played by Disney Channel yeoman Alyson Stoner.
    • When Zack and Cody go to the movies in one episode, the employee Zack bribes with a dollar bill is Z.
    • Look closely at the credits; you'll notice veteran producer Kelly Sandefur, who also worked as one of the Voltron staffers.
    • Remember that one time Zac Efron played Maddie's political opposite and they ended up making out?
      • Well, I guess Sharpay finally got what she wanted...
    • Cole Sprouse played Ross Geller's son Ben on Friends.
    • Dante Basco appears as an actor who was going to play London (It Makes Sense in Context) in Suite Life Goes Hollywood.
    • In Poland and Hungary, London Tipton is Anne Maria.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dr. Chip Walters was played by David Blue, who would go on to be better known as Eli Wallace of Stargate Universe.
    • Trisha as Betsy in "Sleepover Suite".
    • Tori Vega/Lola Martinez was beauty pageant contestant Rebecca, who Cody had a crush on, in "The Fairest of Them All".
      • The same episode also features Chloe King/Gigi as another beauty pageant contestant named Brianna.
    • Trina Vega as mean head cheerleader Dana in "Benchwarmers".
    • Maddie is obviously Sharpay. This was lampshaded in the episode Lip Synchin' In The Rain, when they put on High School Musical as a play.
    • Emma Stone as the voice of London's dog.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally the twins were supposed be named Dylan and Cole.
    • "The Suite Smell of Success" shows what the show would be like if Ashley and Brenda had gotten the roles they originally auditioned for.

The Suite Life on Deck

  • Directed by Cast Member: Several episodes are directed by Phill Lewis.
  • Fake Mixed Race: London Tipton's mother is revealed to be Thai and father is revealed to be white. London is played by Brenda Song, who is both Hmong and Thai.
  • Fake Nationality: Foreigners are generally played by American actors. This was also once Double Subverted — they visit England, and the guest star of the week is Charles Shaughnessy, who actually is British — but by the end of the episode, the character has been revealed to be Belgian. Go figure.
    • In one episode, it's revealed that London is at least part Thai. Her actress, Brenda Song, is of Laos descent.
  • Fake Russian: The episode "Das Boots" had Sasha Matryoshka, a Russian junior chess champion played by Cody Kennedy, who's of Russian ancestry, but otherwise American as apple pie.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Windell Middlebrooks (The Miller High Life guy) as security guard Kirby.
    • Ed Begley, Jr. as the mayor of the Martin family's ancestral hometown in Sweden.
    • Charles Shaughnessy as the Scotland Yard detective charged with finding a stolen Sherlock Holmes manuscript who was, in fact, the thief, a Belgian collector posing as a detective.
    • Captain Steubing from The Love Boat in the episode "The Wrong Stuff" IMDb also claims that he appeared in "Mom and Dad on Deck", but that may be an error.
    • Charo as Esteban's mother in the episode "Mother of the Groom".
    • Kathy Lee Gifford as a has-been model turned modeling agent from hell in the episode "Model Behavior".
    • Erin Cardillo who plays Emma Tutweiller, played Esme on the soap opera Passions.
    • The one, the only George Takei as London's great-great....great-grandson and future Expy Rome Tipton.
    • Andy Richter as Brother Theodore, leader of the non-religious monastery Cody joins.
    • Harold the Herald from "Maddie on Deck" was played by Scott Dreier, who Sonic the Hedgehog fans will recognize as the voice of Knuckles in Sonic Heroes and Sonic Adventure 2.
    • No, Laurel Mercer is not a mermaid
    • Charlotte Grayson is the girl Zack dates in "Kidney of the Sea"
    • Bailey dated Zeke back in Kettlecorn.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Debby Ryan had a few acting credits but was otherwise just a normal teenager and huge fan of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody before becoming Bailey.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The magician from the episode "Alaka-scram!" is Justin "Kredible" Willman, a real magician who has appeared in several TV specials and currently hosts Disney Channel's revival of Win Lose Or Draw
    • Arguably a borderline example since she did have her name on the opening credits every episode, but Debby Ryan has since become a major star for Disney Channel in JESSIE.
      • And Doc Shaw would go on to be one-half of Pair Of Kings (hence his Season 3 departure).
  • What Could Have Been: Dylan Sprouse says he and his brother wanted to have creative control of the show for a 4th season, as well as a pay increase, but Disney vetoed their idea, instead giving their own idea, and according to Sprouse, basically repeated their idea but with a few twists (and did not increase their pay). The potential show would have involved Zack going to work in Miami with Cody and would've had Selena Gomez attached.

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