"Dude, my mom's in Tijuana having laser hair removal!"
After the events of iOMG, Sam goes missing for three days, telling no one where she is. Since Carly and Freddie are worried about her, they track her Pear phone and figure out she's at Troubled Waters Mental Hospital. Carly, Freddie and Gibby go to the hospital and find that she is there. Sam explains she checked herself into the mental hospital because she thought she was insane for liking Freddie. She and Freddie have a discussion, and she realizes she isn't insane after all.
Sam tries to leave the hospital but the guards say that she is not allowed to leave without a parent signing a release paper. Her mother is in Tijuana having laser hair removal, and her father isn't around, so Spencer pretends to be Sam's mother. Their plan fails when a guy Spencer went to law school with recognizes him, alerting the hospital staff to the ruse.
As Sam still hasn't been released and the trio have iCarly to film that evening they decide to do the show from the hospital. The guards and nurses are against the idea, but the patients (one in particular with a very deep voice) influence them to allow the filming. When they do the web show, instead of Gibby playing Hey, What Am I Sitting On? and trying to figure out what type of fish it is (sushi), Carly asks viewers via video chat if they think Sam is insane for having a crush on Freddie. Most of the viewers say it's totally normal, but the last 'viewer' is Freddie himself, who uses his PearPad to tell Sam how he feels. At first, she thinks he's doing it to get back at her for all the mean things she's done to him, but he instead kisses her, showing that he returns her feelings.
Gibby meets a man called Caleb (guest starring The Big Bang Theory's own Jim Parsons), who insists that he is from the future and makes 'prophetic' statements like "California is going to fall into the ocean". When Carly doesn't believe that he's from the future he tells her she's the future vice-president of the United Sates.
Special Guest Star
- Monique Edwards as Flora
- Noah Jacob Geldberg as Multiple-Personality Patient
- Brian D. Johnson as Chief Security Guard
- Jason Weissbrod as Gary Bervin
- Zarii Arri as Little Girl
- Carol Lyn Black as Old Lady
- Peggy Clements as Natalie
- Tracy Dillon as Book Club Woman #1
- Jeremy Dozier as Goopy Gilbert
- Sally Elphick as Nancy
- Jaycee Levin as Becca
- Michelle Gunn
- Lisa Lillien as Hungry Girl
- Chris Erric Maddox as Orderly
- Treva Tegtmeier as Enthusiastic Patient
- Alfred Rubin Thompson as Huge Scary Patient
- This episode was advertised as the Season 5 premiere.
- iLost My Mind and Sam and Freddie trended on Twitter on its premiere night
- The episode was filmed from May 9–12, 2011.
- This episode continues after iOMG, despite the fact that iParty with Victorious aired in between the two.
- This episode was filmed out of order. iDate Sam & Freddie, the next episode in the four part storyline, was filmed before it.
- This episode is part one of the "Seddie arc" which consists of four episodes including this one, iDate Sam & Freddie, iCan't Take It, and iLove You.
- The iCarly webcast which shows Freddie and Sam kissing was uploaded on iCarly.com before it aired on TV. This accident may have affected the viewer count of this episode. The video got removed during the airing of the episode and got uploaded again after it was done.
- This episode provides a new opening sequence, with a number of significant changes:
- During the theme song when iCarly.com is being typed, the computer interface has been completely overhauled, with a brand new desktop background and internet browser, and the bookmarks are now seen in the respective website logo form rather than plain text. "DanWarp" and "TheSlap" can be seen in the toolbar being a reference to Victorious and the creator Dan Schneider.
- An explosion from Spencer's blowtorch segues into the iCarly logo, which appears from the flames and sparkles as they die down. The logo is now rendered in 3D and shines realistically, before dissolving into colourful sparkles which fly out into the next scene of Carly on screen. New, powerful sound effects of blasting accompany this transition.
- When the iCarly logo appears, the transition from the season 4 clips to the season 3 clips is done more smoothly, as the clips spin out, rather than a quick cut before the spin. While the season 3 clips are still present, some are edited out in various shots and replaced with the shots from the second half of season 4.
- Noah Munck's credit is now rendered in the same 3D font as the other members' credits.
- On the walls in the mental hospital, signs that read phrases such as "Friends don't kill friends!", "Do not eat game pieces!", "Please don't feed the patients!", "Urine is for restrooms!", "Please keep pants on!" and "Only bite food!" can be seen.
- Caleb said in the future West Virginia and Virginia will merge to form "one huge Virginia." West Virginia and Virginia were, in fact, "one huge Virginia" splits until the Civil War (1862).
- Miranda Cosgrove's birthday was celebrated 05/12 on the iLost My Mind set.
- Girly Cow can be viewed in the background on the TV in the first scene at the mental institution.
- Dan tweeted that he had Jennette sign the "finger painting" herself and sign her character Sam Puckett's name. He also mentions he now has that same painting in his own home.
- This is at least the fifth time Nathan and Jennette have had an on-screen kiss thus far for iCarly. The first as Sam and Freddie in iKiss, the second as Freddie and Melanie in iTwins. They've also had to kiss twice for iOMG as Sam and Freddie, where Dan revealed they shot the kiss two different ways. Then, the one after that in this episode and following twice in iDate Sam & Freddie and twice for iCan't Take It - not counting practice kisses or do-overs.
- First Gibby and then Carly fall for Caleb's assertion that he is from the year 2077 and that he remembers meeting them on this very day. For that to be true Caleb would have to be at least 80 years old.
- Seddie became canon in this episode.
- This episode is sometimes called a lost episode since the only way to watch it is to buy it off digitally, and it isn't on Paramount+ and never airs on TV.
- As of June 14, 2022, this episode is available to stream on Paramount+, but only for US-region users.
- Spencer saying "...in ways you can't understand," is a very brief nod to Dan Schneider's show All That: the character Coach Kreeton (played by Kel Mitchell) was known to yell "Daagghh! Aw, you've upset me in ways you can't understand!"
- "DanWarp" can be seen on the monitor behind Spencer during one scene of the new opening sequence.
- In the background during a scene, Hungry Girl can be seen on the TV.
- The dialogue
Caleb: "I have to get back."
Gibby: "To where?"
Caleb: "The future."
may be a reference to Back to The Future
- At one point, Caleb says to Gibby: "Would you like to know more?" This is a quote from the B movie "Starship Troopers."
- "Troubled Waters" (The name of the mental hospital) is a little nod to a Simon and Garfunkel song.
- Sam and Freddie getting together after Sam checks into a mental hospital parallels how Josh and Mindy from Drake & Josh got together (Although Josh and Mindy only got together AFTER Mindy was released).
- The signs at the mental hospital were blurred out when this episode aired in the UK.
- Carly knows Sam's password to track her PearPhone, which only Dan Schneider truly knows, and it is described by Carly as an "icky" word.
- Sam doesn't know where her father is.
- When Carly and Freddie are trying to locate Sam's PearPhone, they enter the number [] into a web site. However, 503 is the area code for Portland, Oregon. The area code for Seattle is 206. You can also call this number and you will get a voicemail that Jennette McCurdy recorded in-character as Sam.
- If Sam is underage to sign out of the mental hospital, she would be underage to sign in in the first place.
- Some mental hospitals in real life allow underage teenagers to sign in if they are suicidal.
- At Troubled Waters, Sam is wearing what looks like pajamas with the pants tied with a black ribbon bow. But in the scene where Caleb tells Spencer he is wearing "neutronium cotton" pants, the black bow suddenly disappears, then reappears, then after Spencer kicks Caleb's thighs the black ribbon again disappears then reappears.
- How did Freddie get his tech equipment to Troubled Waters?
- He probably went home to get the equipment.
- It would be illegal to do a webshow in a mental hospital with patients visible in the background.
To be added
- Gibby's voice is much deeper starting from this episode (though it was already slightly deeper starting from iGot a Hot Room) because of Noah Munck going through puberty.
- This is the second episode Carly is physically subdued and gagged by Sam (the first being iSpeed Date).
- This is the third kiss for Sam and Freddie after iKiss and iOMG).
- Sam now owns a PearPhone, which was first seen in previous episode iParty with Victorious.
- Spencer's book club girls are seen for the second time in this episode. The first time was in iParty with Victorious.
- Goopy Gilbert (played by Jeremy Dozier), the fan who screamed "Seddie!" in iStart a Fanwar, is also in this episode. He had lost 80 pounds since the filming of that episode.
Carly: What's happening here?
Freddie: I'm really getting worried about Sam ... I mean, it's been three days since--
Carly: You should've told me! Do you like her? Is this ... is this a new chapter in our lives? What is goin' on?
Freddie: Do you know Sam's password?
Carly: We're going to a mental hospital.
Sam: [calmly] Hello, Carly. What do you want?
Sam: [to Carly] My head's jacked! I'm bonkers!
Sam: Do you know?
Sam: Accept it, Carls! I've lost my mind!
Carly: [after leaving Sam's hospital room and leaving Sam and Freddie alone] I don't hear talkin'!
Sam: Why'd you come here?
Caleb: And in the year 2041, the entire state of California ... kerplunk!
Carly: He's not from the future.
Carly: [as a group of police officers at the mental hospital forcibly escort her and Freddie out of the mental hospital] Hey, paws off! I'm the future Vice President of the United States!!!
Carly: [to Spencer] Hi, are those your book club ladies?
Spencer: No! I am not dressing up like Sam's mom!
Caleb: [chuckling crazily at the TV]
Spencer: [Walks in the hospital, disguised as Pam Puckett] Hello, Sam. Bleh.
Carly: [during iCarly from the mental hospital] If you have mental issues ...
Caleb: Warning! In the year 2029, aliens capture Ryan Seacrest!
Caleb: Four years from now, Virginia and West Virginia will merge to form one HUGE Virginia!
Sam: Okay look, I don't care how many iCarly fans say I'm not insane for liking Freddie. I know that I'm cra--
Goopy Gilbert: SEDDIE!
Related Cast Posts
Related iCarly.com Blog Posts
- Carly's Blog: The Future... According to Caleb
Related iCarly.com Games
- iEscape: Game to help Sam break out of the mental institution.
This episode received just over 5.5 million views on its premiere date. This episode hit the top five on iTunes in less than six hours after its release, hitting #1 later the same day and remained in the top 10 for quite some time.
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- Ending credits
- Pic of employment ad ("Caleb" and "Flora") from NICK
- (June 14, 2022) Webpage showing episode availability on Paramount+
- iLost My Mind Fun Facts
- Jeremy Dozier reprises his role as Gilbert, the screaming Seddie fan