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"Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?..."
Hannah Montana episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Written by Steven Peterman
Gary Dontzig
Michael Poryes
Directed by Lee Shallat Chemel
Production no. 101
Original airdate 24 March 2006
Guest stars

Corbin Bleu
Shanica Knowles
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle
Matt Winston

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Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret? is the pilot episode of the award-winning Disney Channel sitcom series Hannah Montana. It was written by Gary Dontzig, Steven Peterman, and Michael Poryes. It originally aired on March 24, 2006.[1] The episode title is a reference to The Beatles song Do You Want to Know a Secret.



Guest Starring


Having moved to Malibu, Miley Stewart, A.K.A. pop star Hannah Montana, is concerned how her best friend, Lilly Truscott, will react if she finds out that Miley is Hannah. The two share every secret except that, because Miley fears Lilly will treat her differently if she knows that she is Hannah Montana. Lilly, a huge Hannah Montana fan, offers Miley one of her tickets to an upcoming Hannah Montana concert, but Miley turns her down saying that she didn't like Hannah Montana much, so Lilly takes Oliver (their friend) instead.

That day at school, Miley's crush, Johnny Collins (Corbin Bleu), says hello to her, in the lunch room. Miley's too nervous to sit down with him, and Lilly gives Miley her lucky bracelet to inspire her. Before Miley and Lilly can join Johnny, the girls' rivals, Amber and Ashley (popular kids and mean ones), take the last available seats.When Oliver comes to join the girls he is surprised when he knows that Lilly has tickets for the concert and speaks a little "too loud" about it and everyone rushes over to try to grab a ticket thereby bathing Miley and friends in french fries and other edibles. Miley feels that she would never want to tell Lilly her secret as she now sees how she will be treated if people knew that she was Hannah Montana. The same day, Jackson asks her for tickets to the Hannah Montana concert and Miley accepts to give him the tickets.

After the Hannah Montana concert, Lilly and Oliver sneak into Hannah's dressing room, but Oliver falls back out the window, retrieving a used Hannah Montana towel. Miley, concerned that Lilly will recognize her, shoves a pie in her own face and keeps trying to send Lilly out. But Lilly insists she (Hannah) give her something and when Hannah sticks out her arm Lilly notices the lucky bracelet around her wrist. Recognizing the lucky bracelet, Lilly wipes away the remains of pie on Hannah's face and realizes that Hannah and Miley are the same person. Lilly becomes angry with Miley that she never told her this huge secret before. Miley makes it up to her by showing Lilly her Hannah Montana closet. Lilly slips up once calling Miley "Hannah" to her face and Miley regrets letting Lilly know. Afterwards Lilly apologizes and promises never to tell anyone that Miley is Hannah, the two make up and become friends again. The episode ends with Lilly giving Hannah Montana's scarf to Amber and Ashley, whilst yelling (with Miley) "Hey everybody, it's Hannah Montana's scarf!" and watching Amber and Ashley getting charged at (and subsequently crushed) by the stampede of students.

As a subplot, Miley's brother Jackson repeatedly asks his dad for money to impress his date at Hannah's concert, which Robby refuses to give him. Jackson then agrees to try on dresses for Hannah's wardrobe designer for $20.

Cultural references

Every episode of Hannah Montana episode title references a song; "Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?" is a play on the title of The Beatles song "Do You Want to Know a Secret?".[3] Jackson's line of "When you got it, flaunt it" references a song from the musical, The Producers.[3]Fermaine is based on Frank Eggelhoffer, Martin Short's character from the movies Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II.


Miley received the script for the pilot, before then auditioning for Hannah Montana for 6-7 months, totally changing Billy Ray's plans to cut an album, do a tour, and retire.[4] Creators Poryes, Rich Correll and Barry O'Brien looked in LA and New York for someone to play Hannah, but couldn't find anyone. Miley sent in an audition tape, but while the creators were impressed, they were not convinced. They didn't want to put the show in the hands of a 12-year old with no acting experience. As they looked fruitlessly for an actor to portray Hannah for one year, they decided to look at Miley again. The decision was between her and a 16-year old with lots of sitcom experience. The room was evenly split on who should play Hannah, and Marsh made the decision to go with Miley.[5]

Garry Marsh's exact quote was "We pride ourselves not just on creating great television, but on creating stars; not just on launching careers, but on launching franchises for the entire Walt Disney Company. So, after consulting with everyone involved, I'm ready to pull the trigger on Miley."[6] On the day the pilot was shot, the show was to star a girl named Chloe. According to Billy Ray Cyrus, when the writers heard him calling his daughter Miley, who at that time was still called Destiny, they changed their minds and said "Everything Chloe is Miley."[6]

Promotion and Reception

The Disney Channel used three Hannah Montana music videos to promote the series in the weeks leading up to its debut.[7]

David Cornelius of felt that "Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?" was awkward and that it overused musical interludes, due to it being the pilot episode.[8] An review felt that the pilot was "coincidence-riddled."[9] "Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?" had the highest-rated series premiere on a kids network in seven years.[10] It was also the highest ratings ever for a Disney Channel series.[7] Miley Cyrus was shocked when her dad told her that over 5 million people had watched the pilot episode of Hannah Montana.


  1. ^ "Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret? March 24, on Disney Channel". TV Guide. Retrieved 2006-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?". IMDB. Retrieved 2006-01-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?". TV.COM. Retrieved 2006-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Miley's moment". Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  5. ^ "'Hannah Montana' star a budding franchise".,0,4369200.story?coll=mmx-celebrity_heds. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Miley goes the distance".,0,5351098.story%3Fcoll%3Dny-television-headlines+%22hannah+montana%22+pilot&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=us&client=opera. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  7. ^ a b Abigail Azote, "The not so secret life of Miley Stewart", Media Life Magazine, March 31, 2006. Retrieved on July 31, 2007.
  8. ^ "Hannah Montana, Vol. 1 - Livin' the Rock Star Life". Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Hannah Montana: Livin' the Rock Star Life!". Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  10. ^ "Tween Queen Rules 'Hannah Montana'".,0,3032407.story. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 

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