Flashback-A-Rooney is the eighteenth episode in season 1 of Liv and Maddie. It aired on May 4, 2014 and received 1.8 million total viewers.


Maddie is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a letter from the Junior Olympics that will tell her if she's been invited to try out for the basketball team.

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Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • Tate Chapman as 10-year-old Liv
  • Abby Chapman as 10-year-old Maddie
  • Gianni Decenzo as 9-year-old Joey
  • Timothy Granaderos as Mailman
  • Yonden Trainor as 5-year-old Parker


Liv: I am calm, I am relaxed, I am a happy tree.
Maddie: [playing with a basketball ball]
Joey: Maddie! This was on the porch. [hands letter].
Maddie: Oh, my letter! Ah I'm gonna throw up! Okay, okay. You open it, don't touch it! Ok, ready? [opens letter] Socks...? [reads] You have been pranked by Joey.
Joey: Booyah! [scared] Booyah? [runs upstairs].
Karen: Here is Aunt Dina's number in case you need to get a hold of us in LA. Keep it somewhere safe.
Pete: Got it. (gives address card to Maddie)


  • It's revealed Joey is in a drum circle.
  • This is the first episode to show young versions of the family.
  • Karen mentioned Liv's full name for the first time.
  • This is the first episode where confessionals also happen in flashbacks.
  • The actresses who play the younger versions of the main characters are real twins.
  • The actor playing younger Parker is Tenzing's actual little brother.
  • This episode revealed the origin of Maddie's "BAM! What?!" catchphrase, also why Liv always sings "Sing it Loud" and never simply says it.
  • There is an obscure reference to the short story the Tell-Tale Heart, where Maddie's aggressive bouncing of the basketball echoes like the beating of a heart when Liv is looking at the place where she hid the Junior Olympics letter.
  • Liv tells Maddie "I hope you break a leg" with regards to Maddie's tryouts for Junior Olympics. This is foreshadowing Maddie's knee injury that happens in the Season 1 finale; that prevents her from going into Junior Olympics.


  • In the flashback, set five years ago, eleven year old Maddie is clearly taller than ten year old Liv. Yet in Move-A-Rooney, Liv claimed she's always been taller than Maddie, even when they were children.


Liv & Maddie Season 4 Promotional Photo
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Video Gallery

Liv and Maddie - "Flashback-A-Rooney" Promo

Liv and Maddie - "Flashback-A-Rooney" Promo

Clip - Flashback-A-Rooney - Liv and Maddie - Disney Channel Official

Clip - Flashback-A-Rooney - Liv and Maddie - Disney Channel Official

Season 1
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Season 2
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Season 3
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Season 4
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