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"Well my arm doesn't have a spell check!"
Carly to Kyle.

iQ is the 18th episode of Season 4 of iCarly and the 88th episode overall. This is the first episode after the four-part storyline stemming off iOMG.


Carly falls for a super-smart cute boy named Kyle and tries to impress him by looking super-smart. When they go on a date to the movies, they watch a movie and Carly almost falls asleep during it. When they go back to her apartment, she wants to get away from him by having Spencer give himself a bloody nose. She then goes upstairs trying to study for her date. Sam tells Carly to place cheat notes everywhere to look at while on a date with Kyle to look smart. When Kyle figures this out, he breaks up with her — however, he explains that it is not because Carly's not as intelligent as she was trying to make herself out to be, but more because she lied to him.

Subplot I

Meanwhile, a health inspector forbids T-Bo to keep living in the Groovy Smoothie's upstairs area, and Mrs. Benson is frustrated because she spent $20,000 on two rare chickens who are reluctant to breed baby chicks for profit. To solve both problems, Spencer suggests that Mrs. Benson rent out her guest room to T-Bo so he has a place to stay and she can have extra money coming in every month, which the others acknowledge is actually a pretty good plan. Sam, Freddie, and Gibby give T-Bo a makeover to impress Mrs. Benson before she starts to question T-Bo to see if he can stay in the guest room. In the end, he gets to stay in the guest room for a year.

Subplot II

Spencer tries to open a safe he found at the junkyard. First, he tries to crack the safe open. Then, he tries using a chain saw, and he lastly blows up the safe, with an explosive given to him by Socko's cousin Boomer, only to find a smaller safe in it. On iCarly.com, it's revealed that Spencer eventually opened the safe, but the contents consisted of a quarter and a penny, which, according to Carly, is 26 cents more than what he made all summer.

Guest Stars


  • A movie theater set was used along with the Groovy Smoothie, the Benson's living room, and the Shay loft. We already saw Freddie's bedroom in iSaved Your Life, his fire escape in iKiss and a part behind the door with a lamp and tree in iStage An Intervention. In this episode, we get to see the Benson's living room. This now means that we have seen 4 parts of the Benson loft, all parts of the Shay loft and one part of the Puckett house.
  • The movie set used in this episode was also the theater set used in the Victorious episode "Tori Tortures Teacher."
  • This episode holds the record for shortest iCarly episode title (2 letters). Runner-ups are iDo (3 letters); iOMG and iPie (4 letters each); iCook and iKiss (5 letters); and iPilot, iNevel, iFence, iTwins, iBloop and iBalls (all tied with 6 letters each).

    T - Bo's new look

  • This is the first episode of iCarly with one of the subplots focused on T-Bo.
  • iCarly tweeted "Sam calls this her 'pork fork.' Pigs around the world are terrified... RT if you love Sam and or ham!"
  • This episode marks the first time that the interior of the Benson apartment is shown to the viewers (with the exception of Freddie's bedroom, which was shown in iSaved Your Life).
  • This episode marks the first time that Carly, Sam, Freddie and Spencer each have an own plot.
  • This is the first time in an episode that a foreign phrase has been said and translated (when Carly says "我不知道" (pronounced wo bu zhi dao) which means "I don't know" in Chinese).
  • In the first scene, Carly is wearing the same jacket she wore in iSaved Your Life.
  • As of this episode, all three iCarly members spoke a foreign language. Freddie speaks Spanish and spoke French once, Sam spoke Italian once and Carly spoke Chinese in this episode.
  • T-Bo was the only character who got a "happy" ending in the episode.
  • This is the second time in the iCarly series Sam notices a big fork. In iSpy a Mean Teacher, Sam noticed that the Pie Spy camera came with a "gigantic fork."


  • The large photo portraits of Freddie and Mrs. Benson in the front hallway of their apartment may be a reference to one of Dan Schneider's previous shows, What I Like About You. In one episode, Jeff was dating Gary's mother, but was creeped out by the huge picture of Gary in the apartment.
  • Carly tells her date to look at the door so that she can look at her PearPad and see what the fifth official language of the United Nations is. This is similar to how Josh told Mindy's parents to look at their door so that he could throw a piece of bread at a harpist he hired in order to wake her up and get her to continue playing in Drake and Josh, another Dan Schneider show.
  • This episode is similar to the Drake and Josh episode Smart Girl, where Drake tries to act intelligent for a girl he is dating.
  • The Russian film that Carly and Kyle saw was titled "Ick Glokmah." This is the same film from the Drake & Josh episode "We're Married," although in that episode it is a film from the nonexistent country "Yudonia".

Character Revelations

  • Socko has another cousin Boomer, who works with explosives.


  • When Freddie and T-Bo leave the iCarly studio for the interview with Mrs. Benson, there is no footage of them coming down the stairs intruding Carly's date with Kyle. Then they are seen coming around the hallway to Freddie's apartment, even though they should of just come from Carly's apartment. Note: the staircase they used also leads to a back staircase, which we could assume has the possibility to take them to another floor or another exit on the 8th floor in order to avoid Carly's date.
  • After Carly and Kyle return from the movie, Spencer appears to have worn his chainsaw down to a stub. This is impossible - if a chainsaw chain were to wear excessively the chain would break and fly off, leaving the chain bar intact.
  • At the end when Spencer gets the safe open, all the smoke would have set off the fire alarm, yet it did not go off.
    • Though it's possible they went off off-screen.
  • After Carly sends Spencer to his room and invites Kyle to hang out for a while, she sits down on the couch and crosses her right leg over her left, then instantaneously in the next shot she has her left leg crossed over her right, then instantaneously in the next shot she has her right leg crossed over her left again.
  • When Freddie takes T-Bo to his apartment to meet his mother, T-Bo kicks his right shoe off and it lands pointing towards the door of the Bensons' apartment. He then kicks his left shoe off and it lands right side up with the toe pointing towards the wall about half way between the door frame and the corner. However, in the next shot when both shoes have moved, the right shoe has moved at right angles to its former position and closer to the Shays' apartment, and the left shoe has moved several centimeters towards the door and is lying on its side.

Running Gags

  • Kyle using big or hard-to-understand words.
  • Spencer trying to open the safe in dangerous ways.
  • Sam loving a big fork that Carly and Spencer had in their kitchen is also another running gag in this episode.

Series Continuity

  • T-Bo is now living with Freddie and his mother in their loft, which makes him Carly and Spencer's neighbor.


T-Bo: Somebody should notify your wife that she's married to a jerk!
Health Inspector: I'm divorced.
T-Bo: Lucky her!

Sam: What'd he say?
Freddie: No idea.
Carly: Shut up, he's pretty.

Spencer: I'm at the junkyard bright 'n early this morning ...
Carly: You sure you didn't wake up at noon?
Spencer: ... So I'm at the junkyard, about 2:30.

Spencer: I'm not all about goofy antics and spontaneous fires.
Sam: But ... mostly, you are?
Spencer: Well, yeah.

Carly: So, I have to learn about boring Russian films and how to speak Mandarin Chinese.
Sam: He speaks Chinese?
Carly: Fluently, and all I've learned how to say so far is [in Mandarin Chinese] Wo bu zhidao!
Freddie: What's that mean?
Carly: I don't know.
Sam: How can you not know what it means?
Carly: I do know. It means "I don't know."

Carly: [taping cheat notes to various places] He's gonna be here any minute! You know, you could help me!
Sam: [polishing her big fork] I gotta keep my fork shiny and lubed in case a meal breaks out!

[Sam impales a piece of bread with her big fork]
Carly: Hey! Hey! Keep your giant fork out of my date-bread.
Sam: The big fork wants what the big fork wants.

Kyle: You misspelled "Russia"!
Carly: Well my arm doesn't have spell check!

Carly, Sam, T-Bo, and Freddie: [Dancing since T-Bo got accepted to stay in the Bensons' apartment for a year.]

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The episode received 3.835 million views during its premiere date.[2]


See photos of iQ here.

External links


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