"My magic meatball told me to."
Spencer explaining his behaviour to Freddie.

iMeet Fred is the 13th episode of the 2nd season of iCarly and the 38th episode overall. It guest stars Lucas Cruikshank as himself and Fred Figglehorn.

Plot

After Freddie offends international internet sensation Fred Figglehorn by stating on an iCarly webisode that he does not think that the Fred videos are funny, Fred is crushed and tells all of his fans that he will not make any more Fred videos. Carly, Sam and Freddie soon start to lose friends who are fans of Fred. It looks as if everybody at Ridgeway turns on the iCarly group. Freddie even unfairly gets banned from all of his clubs.

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They travel to meet Lucas, Fred's creator and portrayer, at his home in Idaho, so Freddie can apologize for his comments about the Fred videos. Lucas later apologizes, saying he wasn't really mad. He reveals that the so-called "feud" between Fred and iCarly was a plot he set up to get both the iCarly web show and his Fred videos bigger ratings. At the end of next iCarly webcast, they all make up on camera. They present a new Fred video where Carly, Sam, Freddie and Spencer guest star as themselves with squeaky, high-pitched voices (except for Carly) like Fred.

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Subplot

Meanwhile, Spencer puts a Magic Meatball (a parody of a Magic Eight-Ball) in control of his life (like he did in 7th grade), with disastrous results. It first predicts his phone won't ring for the next five seconds, which is true. He is told to drink ketchup when he was thirsty, to go surfing when he was tired and to buy an ostrich named Marvin. He eventually only gives it up when it tells him not to accept an offer to display his sculptures.

Guest Stars

Trivia

Sam, Freddie, Carly, and Spencer with his pet ostrich, Marvin.

Fred and the iCarly trio

  • Lucas Cruikshank is a real-life Internet star, and his character, Fred, could be considered an inspiration for iCarly.
  • Jennette McCurdy (Sam Puckett) and guest star Lucas Cruikshank later co-starred in the 2010 cable film, Fred: The Movie, a film based on the web series that aired on Nickelodeon.
  • The website mentioned in this episode, neverwatchicarly.com, redirected to iCarly.com when iCarly.com was still up.
  • For some odd reason, Carly's voice isn't turned squeaky like the other characters.
  • In a blooper seen in iBloop, Jerry Trainor attempts to say the line without the squeaky voice "This ostrich thinks I'm a lady!", but the ostrich makes a strange noise and ducks, ruining the take.
  • The Fred video, Fred Goes Swimming, had much of its content cut out, either for censorship issues or time limit problems before the opening sequence.
    • Also if you look closely while Fred is reading the letter, you can see the actual YouTube link was shown, which was uploaded in 2008.
  • The shot of Spencer and the ostrich screaming was added to the opening credits, and currently remains one of only 2 shots from earlier opening credits for Season 4, the other being the hat scene from iPilot.
  • After Fred invites the iCarly gang to his house, Carly says he lives in Shelby, Idaho. However, in real life, Cruikshank lived in Columbus, Nebraska at the time.
  • Because of the overall mean-spirited abuse of Freddie, this episode is considered very unpopular with the show's fans.
  • On July 21th, 2015, Lucas uploaded a video of himself reacting to this episode on his now main YouTube channel.
  • The scene where Spencer enters the loft with the ostrich, and Carly asks "Whatcha got there?" and he responds "a smoothie" became a popular meme.
  • Although the Fred videos are only in English in real life, the appearances of them in iCarly were dubbed into foreign languages so the international iCarly viewers could understand it.
  • During filming, Jerry Trainor (Spencer) drank yogurt with red food coloring instead of ketchup.[1]

Allusions

  • Spencer finds his "Magic Meatball," which is a parody of a "Magic Eight Ball." The differences are:
    • The magic meatball is brown and lumpy, while a Magic Eight Ball is black and white and smooth.
    • The magic meatball talks in a Mexican accent while a Magic Eight Ball doesn't talk, but displays a random message.
  • The similarities are:
    • They both give advice about yes or no questions.
    • They both answer after being shaken.
  • The "drinking ketchup" scene might be a reference to the Zoey 101 episode "Lola Likes Chase," where Dustin's date claims that she'd drink 5 bottles of ketchup instead of shaving her head.
  • Freddie and Sam watch a video titled, "Fred is Dead." This may be a reference to a viral YouTube video of the same name put out in 2008, in response to the immense popularity of the Fred videos, by rival YouTuber, Shane Dawson.
  • The cabbage video that ends the episode includes Sam uttering the phrase, "I buried Paul." One of the more obscure references in iCarly (for its target audience anyway), this is a reference to the infamous "Paul is dead" conspiracy / urban legend which began in 1969. According to the legend, Paul McCartney of the Beatles supposedly died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by a Canadian musician who looked and sounded just like McCartney. Proponents of the theory point to apparent clues on record album covers and within various Beatles recordings themselves. The actual phrase "I buried Paul" is said to be uttered by John Lennon if you listen closely to the end of the Beatles recording of "Strawberry Fields Forever", though Lennon claimed what he said was "cranberry sauce". McCartney has often commented "For the record, Paul is not dead."
  • Also, during the cabbage video, Fred asks "What's wrong with David Schwimmer?". Schwimmer is an actor best known for his role in the long-running sitcom, Friends. Exactly what Fred/Lucas means by the question, if anything, is unclear. This is David's second mention on the show.

Character Revelations

  • Spencer used to let his Magic Meatball control his life in seventh grade.
  • Freddie is in the Mathletes and the Junior Bow And Arrow Club

Goofs

  • After the scene where "iCarly Killed Fred" is scrawled on the school lockers, Carly, Sam and Freddie come home to the Shays' apartment - Sam and Freddie are wearing the same clothes they were wearing in school, but Carly is wearing a grey cardigan whereas in school she had on a pink jacket.
  • Sam apparently beat Freddie with a tennis racquet hard enough to cause it to break. In real life, striking a person that severely would have caused intense pain, definite physical trauma, and possibly broken bones, (if struck on any part of the body), and a concussion, loss of consciousness, and severe bleeding, (if the target was the head). Freddie, however, seemed more disgruntled by the beating than anything else. His hair was mussed, and his clothes disheveled, but he appeared no worse for the wear.
  • Freddie says "He's the one who overreacted and started this whole brouhaha" to which Carly replies "You can't say things like brouhaha and not expect people to hit you", which doesn't make sense - Carly should have replied "You can't say things like brouhaha and expect people not to hit you".
  • It wouldn't have been possible for Lucas to access iCarly's traffic report in his own computer without hacking.
  • The elevator in the apartment always closes automatically, but after Spencer comes out of the elevator with an ostrich the elevator stays open.
  • Sam throws a stuffed toy dog behind her back. It lands on the far side of the mat. Without anyone touching it, it moves position twice.

Running Gags

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Series Continuity

To be added

Quotes

Freddie: Why are you drinking ketchup?
Spencer: My magic meatball told me to.


Freddie: Who threw this low-fat Fat Cake at my head!? ... Well I'm keepin' it!


Freddie: I'm our best long divider!


Freddie: I've been kicked out of everything except the Junior Bow & Arrow Club! [a flaming arrow with a note is suddenly shot into the wall next to him]
Freddie: [reads the note] I'm out!


Carly: What'cha got there?
Spencer: A smoothie.
Sam: I think she meant the gigantic bird.
Spencer: Oh, this is Marvin. He's an ostrich, I just bought him.


Reporter: Sam, is it true that you have been arrested four times?
Sam: Three times! Get your facts straight!


Spencer: There's something huge down there trying to kill me! It's either a large dog or a small bear!
Lucas: That's my dog Tibbles.
Spencer: Tibbles has my foot! [falls down trap door]


Fred: Why can't it speak Spanish? MUCHACHO!


Carly: Have you seen my cabbage?
Fred: Oh my gosh a person!
Carly: Why did Fred flee?


Freddie: I wanna go to the cranberry parade!
Sam: I buried Paul!
Fred: More people ahhh!


Fred: I'm running, who invented marshmallows, what's wrong with David Schwimmer?!
Carly: I like to sniff cheese, cheese!
Freddie: My mother ate my turtle! Mmhaaalahaha!
Sam: My bathroom is purple! Ah ah ah! Earthquake!


Gallery

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References

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
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