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"Our fans don't like it when best friends fight. Neither do I."
Freddie about the fight.

iDon't Want to Fight is the seventeenth episode of the first season of iCarly.


Carly gives Sam an iCarly T-shirt to celebrate their anniversary since they met (a flashback scene shows both Carly and Sam as young children). Sam promises to get Carly tickets to the Cuttlefish concert, but the tickets has been sold out, so Sam trades the shirt to Rip-Off Rodney in exchange for the two tickets, as Rodney finds value in iCarly. This angers Carly and the two girls fight it out so much that iCarly is ruined.

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Freddie doesn't receive any advice from Spencer, who has been making a fish feeding device for his goldfish. He eventually takes control of iCarly by making the girls tie up their hair in ponytails and tying them to ropes. He then tells them to tell the story from their point of view to the iCarly viewers, who get to vote after the show. If either girl interrupts, their ponytail will be yanked, and according to Freddie, hard. However, when Carly interrupts Sam's testimony, Freddie allows it because he "loves her," thus resulting in both girls yanking each other ponytails by pulling the other rope.

After the show, Freddie counts the votes, but he has put up three options instead of two, (Carly or Sam being right), the third one being that they are both acting dumb and should just make up. The third option wins by a landslide, and after Sam starts to cry, both girls apologize to each other.

In the end, Spencer demonstrates his automatic fish feeder, which involves the setting of a ball at the top every day, but when Carly reminds him that he still has to reset it every day, he is depressed and goes to bed. Carly then brings the goldfish back to the pet store.

Guest Stars


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  • A brief audio clip of this episode can be heard in another Dan Schneider show, Zoey 101 in the episode "Vince is Back", which aired nearly 3 weeks after this episode did.
  • Episodes before this and this episode are available in Malay Language Audio In Southeast Asia and are shown on TV9 Malaysia.
  • 693 of the people who voted say Sam's right, meanwhile 705 of the people who voted agree that Carly is right.
  • When Carly and Sam are at their lockers arguing, there are pictures of Drake Bell from Drake and Josh in Sam's locker.


  • Spencer's fish-feeding device is based on the Rube Goldberg concept.

Character Revelations

  • It is revealed that Carly and Sam have been friends for five years at this point.


  • When Carly and Sam both have their hair in ponytails and Freddie has his hands on the ropes, three different camera angles are shown during the live webcast - one is a wide-angle shot that shows all three of them, one shows a close-up of Carly, and one shows a close-up of Sam. But as all three are together in front of the camera(s), and Sam has dropped the remote, there is no one in the iCarly studio to operate the controls that change the camera angles.
  • Spencer backs up into the kitchen counter and it shakes.

Running Gags

  • Spencer killing or nearly killing his goldfish.

Series Continuity

  • The dead fish running gag is mentioned in iPie.
  • This is Jeremy (Germy)'s final appearance in the series.
  • This is the first time Sam cries.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Rip-Off Rodney. He later reappeared in iGot Detention.
  • This episode marks the first time where Freddie saves Carly and Sam's friendship. Also, Freddie saves the friendship in iReunite with Missy and iQuit iCarly, with the help from Spencer.


Freddie: You know, they say when a girl constantly rips on a guy, it really just means she has a crush on him.
Sam: Yeah, but I wasn't ripping on a guy, I was ripping on you.

Sam: [to Carly] You know what else I got?
Freddie: Pimples on your butt?
[Sam turns and glares at him. Freddie runs out of the iCarly studio]
Sam: [to Carly] He was smart to run.

[Carly and Freddie listen to her stereo]
Freddie: I like this song. [putting his arm around Carly] Pretty romantic, huh? You feeling the mood?
[a toilet flushes in the background]
Carly: [sarcastically] Yeah, I'm feeling the mood.

Carly: Don't you give me ultimatums!
Sam: Don't use words I can't understand!

[Spencer just shattered his goldfish bowl]
Spencer: SWIMMY!
Freddie: I thought that was Brock?
Spencer: BROCK!

Freddie: We start the show how I say, or you guys can get yourself a new tech producer.
Sam: He's bluffing!
Freddie: I don't bluff. [Carly and Sam glare at him] Okay, I was bluffing when I said I don't bluff, but I'm serious about quitting!

Carly: I am right!
Sam: You am wrong!
Carly: You am obnoxious!

Carly: This is ridiculous.
Sam: I ain't doing this.
[Freddie yanks the ropes, pulling both girls' ponytails hard]
Carly and Sam: OWWWWW!

Carly: [to Freddie, the rope-keeper] She pressed the 'boo' button!
Freddie: [yanks Sam's ponytail] Drop the remote! [Sam obeys Freddie's command]

Sam: Uh, she interrupted me! Yank her ponytail!
Freddie: Nah, I'm gonna allow it.
Sam: Why?
Freddie: Because, I LOVE HER!

Carly: [to Sam] You're not the rope-keeper!
[each pulls the rope, yanking the other's hair back-and-forth repeatedly]

Carly: My hair feels like it was attacked by a vacuum cleaner.
Sam: Mine feels like it was yanked by a Freddie.

Freddie: Our fans don't like it when best friends fight. Neither do I.
[Sam wipes her eyes. A tear rolls down her cheek]
Carly: Aww Sam! You're crying.
Sam: No! Freddie's just ... such a dork ... it makes me emotional sometimes.
Carly: I'm sorry.
Sam: I'm sorry.
[Carly and Sam hug]

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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
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