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"Wow, you say, "Mitch" a lot!"
Mitch to Carly.

iChristmas is the ninth episode of the second season of iCarly and the 34th episode overall.


After a special Christmas webcast, Carly becomes annoyed when she sees that Spencer made a Electro-Magnetic Christmas Tree. When it burst into flames during the night, ruining all their presents, Carly angrily wishes Spencer was normal. To her surprise, she is visited by her guardian angel Mitch, who makes the wish come true (we can describe the alternate reality as 2008A). The next day at school, Sam is absent, Freddie was never friends with her, and to make matters worse -- Nevel Papperman is Carly's boyfriend and he even kissed her. Carly questions Mitch about Sam's disappearance, and she is then taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, Juvie, where Sam is being held.

Sam in 2008A

Carly also realizes that Sam was never friends with her either. When she returns home and is told that Mrs. Benson and Spencer are now engaged, she angrily rants about how she hates this world before breaking down crying in front of the iCarly studio (which is just an attic used for storage in 2008A). Mitch turns the world back to normal, making Spencer born the way he was (ending the world called 2008A, bringing the real 2008 back to existence). When Freddie asks Carly about the next iCarly show, Carly realizes the world is back to how it was and happily greets everyone and everything she has missed so much. Carly is now happy with the electromagnetic Christmas tree, and they all have a very happy Christmas together in the end, standing by the tree humming "Hark The Herald The Angels Sing".

Carly with her guardian angel in 2008A

The gang singing.

Tabitha playing Rona in iChristmas in 2008A

The tree in the real, unaltered 2008

Guest Stars



  • A way to describe this alternate reality where Spencer is normal can be defined as 2008A, because the show was aired that year & it is unknown what the actual year the show's setting is, The "A" in 2008A represents the alternate reality which was originally used in the 80's Back to the Future Trilogy.
  • The elevator door is not closed at the end when Carly is not in 2008A, although like in other episodes, the elevator door automatically closes.
  • Unlike most episodes of iCarly which take place in reality, this episode has a strong magical component as there is no indication that Carly actually dreamed up Mitch the Angel or the "alternate reality" in which she found herself.
  • When Carly is sitting in the hallway crying, and as everything returns to normal, watch for the impressive visual effect as her shirt changes color without any apparent edit or stop-tape.
  • This special aired five days after the Drake & Josh special aired, which also starred Miranda Cosgrove.
  • It is discovered that Sam's favorite color is brown, as it is the color of gravy. It is also discovered that Sam wants to be an invisible ninja when she grows up.
  • When Mitch says Carly's name, she asks how he knew. She probably forgot that she's a celebrity on the internet.
  • This episode was originally planned to have Lewbert make an appearance in Carly's alternate universe as her butler.[citation needed]
  • If Spencer had married Freddie's mother, Freddie would become Spencer's step-son, and Carly would become Mrs. Benson's sister-in-law. Carly would become Freddie's step-aunt, and Freddie would become Carly's step-nephew, but only by marriage and not blood. Mrs. Benson would also become Colonel Steven Shay's daughter-in-law and Granddad Shay's granddaughter-in-law and Freddie would become Colonel Steven Shay's step-grandson and Granddad Shay's step-great grandson.
  • In the US, this episode only airs around Christmas time and in marathons, because it is a Christmas episode.
  • During the web show, Carly and Sam are on a sleigh, with artificial snow falling down on them, and show Freddie in a flashlight costume that actually works! Carly responds that the audience doesn't want to know where the batteries go.
  • This is the last episode to air in 2008.
  • Sam's corrections officer in juvie is played by Dot Marie Jones, who is best known for her role as Coach Shannon Beiste (Football) on FOX's Glee. Sam's mother is played by Jane Lynch, who plays Coach Sue Sylvester (Cheerleading) in Glee.
  • This episode was skipped over in the Middle East and Israel (even though it has the official Hebrew subtitles just like in every other episode).[citation needed]
  • Because Gibby never appeared in this episode, it is unknown who Gibby is if Spencer was born normal.
  • It is unknown how Sam was in juvy just because she didn't know Carly.
  • It is never revealed why Freddie is in love with Rona.


  • The ending, with Carly saying that the tree needs a little love, saying that Spencer's not normal but he made a nice tree, and the cast gathering around "oo oo ooohing" to "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," is a take off of the ending to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • When Carly walks down the stairs after talking to Mitch, Spencer is talking on the phone about Schneider and Newman, who are the writers of the show.
  • This episode is an obvious parody of "It's a Wonderful Life" where the main character is shown what the world would be like if he wasn't born.
    • Mitch talks about how he has to earn his wings, so teaching Carly a lesson would be a perfect opportunity (a reference to "It's a Wonderful Life"). In the end, it turns out he was talking about chicken wings, not angel wings.
  • When Carly returns from school and into the iCarly studio or Storage room, there's a box at the front that reads 'Josh's Papers.', possibly referencing Josh Nichols from Drake & Josh.

Character Revelations

  • Sam is right-handed, but punches harder with her left.
  • Sam wears different colored socks for good luck.
  • Sam's favourite color is brown because it's the color of gravy.
  • The thing Sam hates most is people.
  • Sam wants to be an invisible ninja.
  • Sam's mom has a tattoo of a foot on her foot.


  • It is unlikely for the lights in the iCarly Studio to be on so late at night.
  • In the opening sequence in the iCarly studio, there are two plastic donkeys with moose antlers attached; in subsequent sequences that show the iCarly studio, there is only one.
  • When Carly's dream starts, she's wearing pajamas and it's the middle of the night, but when it ends she has her normal clothes on and Freddie and Sam are in her house as if it's the middle of the day.
    • All of the above issues could be nullified if the entire scenario was indeed a dream, as dreams often don't make logical sense.
    • Another theory amongst viewers is that Carly hallucinated throughout her day.
  • When Mitch is talking to Carly in the end on the computer, she can see Mitch but her laptop doesn't have a webcam so he can't see her but it makes it look like he can.
  • When Carly first enters the studio, the pear on Freddie's PearBook is red. When Carly leaves the room, the Pearbook is blue.
  • In the end, when they are decorating the tree and Carly is not in the alternate universe, you can see that the elevator door is not closed. As seen in other episodes, the elevator door automatically closes and there is no one in the elevator to press the button to keep the elevator open.
  • After the fire, Carly storms upstairs into her studio and closes the door. After her first encounter with Mitch, she goes to leave the studio - and the door is open.

Running Gags

To be added

Series Continuity

  • The hammer that nearly killed Carly in the episode iWanna Stay with Spencer is briefly referenced by Carly when everything is back to normal: "Hello hammer that almost killed me!"
  • This episode marks Reed Alexander (Nevel Papperman)'s season two debut. He then appears in iWant My Website Back and iGive Away a Car in the same season.
    • This is the first episode in which Nevel appears and does not use the term "rue."
    • Nevel's voice is notably deeper than it was in Season 1 due to the fact that Reed Alexander hit puberty between the production of IRue the Day, and this episode.
  • This episode is the first to demonstrate the importance of not only Sam, but Freddie and his unrequited love for Carly, to Carly and the show.
  • Sam wears the same red and white striped shirt that Carly wore in iHurt Lewbert.


Carly: Mitch! Mitch! Mitch!
Mitch: Wow, you say, "Mitch" a lot!

Carly: It's my fault you're in here.
Sam: YOU'RE the one who called the cops?!

Carly: And how would I know that your mom's foot has a tattoo on it?
Sam: A tattoo of what?
Carly: A foot!

Sam: What's my favorite color?
Carly: Brown.
Sam: Why?
Carly: It's the color of gravy!
Sam: What do I hate most?
Carly: People!
Sam: What do I wanna be when I grow up?
Carly: An invisible ninja!
Sam: Wow ...

Carly: [To Mrs. Benson, Nevel, Rona, Spencer and Freddie] And I want you to be single and lonely again! I want you to leave the country! And nobody even likes you! And I want Sam back! And I want you to be my friend and say in 5,4,3,2, but not the 1 which I never understood but I liked it. I just want my life back!


See photos of iChristmas here.


ved iCarly episodes
Season One
iPilotiWant More ViewersiDream of DanceiLike JakeiWanna Stay With SpenceriNeveliScream On HalloweeniSpy a Mean TeacheriWill Date FreddieiWant a World RecordiRue The DayiPromise Not to TelliAm Your Biggest FaniHeart ArtiHate Sam's BoyfriendiHatch ChicksiDon't Want to FightiPromote TechfootsiGot DetentioniStakeoutiMight Switch SchoolsiFenceiCarly Saves TViWin a DateiHave a Lovesick Teacher
Season Two
iSaw Him FirstiStage An InterventioniOwe YouiHurt LewbertiGo To JapaniPieiChristmasiKissiGive Away a CariRocked the VoteiMeet FrediLook AlikeiWant My Website BackiMake Sam GirlieriGo NucleariDate A Bad BoyiReunite With MissyiTake on DingoiMust Have Locker 239iTwinsiFight Shelby Marx
Season Three
iThink They KissediCookiSpeed DateiCarly AwardsiHave My PrincipalsiFind Lewbert's Lost LoveiMove OutiQuit iCarlyiSaved Your LifeiWas A Pageant GirliEnrage GibbyiSpace OutiFix a Pop StariBloopiWon't Cancel The ShowiBelieve In BigfootiPsychoiBeat the Heat
Season Four
iGot A Hot RoomiSam's MomiGet PrankyiSell Penny-TeesiDoiStart a FanwariHire An IdiotiPity The NeveliOMGiParty with VictoriousiLost My MindiDate Sam & FreddieiCan't Take ItiLove YouiQiBloop 2 - Electric BloopalooiStill PsychoiBallsiMeet The First LadyiToe Fat Cakes
Season Five
iApril FoolsiGo One DirectioniOpen A RestaurantiHalfoweeniPear StoreiBattle ChipiShock AmericaiGet BannediFind Spencer FriendsiRescue CarlyiLost My Head in VegasiBust a ThiefiGoodbye
Films & Specials
iGo To JapaniDate a Bad BoyiFight Shelby MarxiQuit iCarlyiPsychoiStart a FanwariParty with VictoriousiStill PsychoiShock AmericaiGoodbye