Sam moves into Carly's apartment after having another argument with her mother, and her peculiar habits make her a terrible house guest. She quickly wears on Spencer and Carly’s patience after leaving a half-eaten tamale on Carly's bed, leaving her underwear on the stairs, and deleting Celebrities Underwater from Spencer's DVR.
Desperate to have her move out, Carly tricks Sam and Pam into meeting at a therapist’s office to reconcile their differences. The therapist puts both of them in a Therapy Box, a small confined space where they must talk through their issues before they can be let out. Carly later returns to the office only to find that the two have been arguing for several hours. Fed up, the therapist tells Carly to go inside the box with them and work it out, to no avail. Carly eventually has a freak-out due to claustrophobia from the Therapy Box, which encourages Sam and Pam to admit that they love each other and reconcile to get out of the Therapy Box.
While testing his new spy glasses, Freddie accidentally records Shadow Hammer robbing The Groovy Smoothie. When the news interview T-Bo because this robbery was the first time the criminal was caught on video since he always disables any security cameras before robbing a place, T-Bo reveals Freddie recorded the robbery, and both T-Bo and a girl that lives in the same building as Freddie reveal his name and address, while he attempts to cover himself so he doesn't get attacked by the Shadow Hammer. Mrs. Benson moves herself and Freddie into Carly and Spencer's apartment and hires an overenthusiastic bodyguard named Gunsmoke. When Gunsmoke keeps attacking Spencer for coming too close to Freddie, he kicks them out and switches their apartment number with apartment 8-H down the hall, even though he thinks the Shadow Hammer will not show up. However, to Freddie's shock, the Shadow Hammer does show up searching for apartment 8-D, but to Freddie's luck, does not question the fact that apartment 8-H is right across from apartment 8-C. The Shadow Hammer never shows up again, however, so it can be assumed that he was arrested not long afterward.
- Jane Lynch as Pam Puckett
- BooG!e as T-Bo
- Aaron Aguilera as The Shadow Hammer
- Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson
- Anthony Vitale as Gunsmoke
- Jane Lynch's daughter, Hayden, is a huge iCarly fan, and Lynch wanted to take her daughter to a live taping of the show. However, since iCarly did not do live audience tapings, the producers offered Lynch a role as Sam's mom, Pam Puckett. She agreed, since she was a huge fan of the show.
- Patrice, another resident of Bushwell Plaza, gives away Freddie's apartment number on the live news broadcast from the Groovy Smoothie.
- This was the seventh time a Glee star appeared on a Dan Schneider show and the fourth in iCarly. The first was Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) as Lexi in Drake & Josh, the second and third was Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang) in iCarly and Zoey 101, the fourth was Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams) in Zoey 101, the fifth was Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans) in iCarly, and the sixth was Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Shannon Beiste) in iCarly. Lynch is the only Glee star to appear on a Schneider show while Glee was airing, as the other appearances were prior to Glee.
- The building the therapist is in is called "Pschneider". This is an obvious reference to Dan Schneider, the creator of the series. Schneider often references his name in buildings featured on his shows.
- The other door in the therapy box leads to a bathroom set that was built for a scene that was removed from the script. It was intended to be used by Pam.
- The newscaster announcer is voiced by Dan Schneider, creator, executive producer, and writer of the show.
- This was the first episode to use the Season 4 opening credits. Only a few shots from the season 1, 2 and 3 openings remain: the one from iMeet Fred that had Spencer with his ostrich Marvin, the scene from iPilot that depicted the hat party with Carly throwing her blue cowboy hat into the air, Sam in iBeat the Heat, Spencer rubbing ointment on himself in iFight Shelby Marx, Carly and Sam in their dresses on iCarly Awards with Gibby throwing confetti, and Melanie and Freddie kissing in iTwins. Of these, iMeet Fred and iPilot were the only shots reused from previous opening credits.
- A slightly altered design for the web browser and a slightly different wallpaper appear in the first shot, as the "iCarly" URL is typed in. The bookmarks have been simplified to a selection of four websites: "Quisp", "Zaplook Search", "DanWarp" and "TheSlap".
- In the far-away shots, apart from the main clip focused on, the season 3 clips remain unaltered. In the shot of Spencer and Carly on the main video screen before the "iCarly" logo appears, the remainder of the video clips are the season 4 clips. However, the moment the "iCarly" logo appears (this time it slides in from the right of the entire screen as opposed to from the bottom of the main screen, with a star accompanying the effects), the clips then jarringly cut to the season 3 clips, alongside a shot of Sam spanking Freddie in iSell Penny-Tees, which is seen partly and briefly on the right side before it disappears off-screen as the camera pans forward. This is followed by an unused shot of Carly and Freddie peeking from behind the curtains at WebiCon from iStart a Fanwar, which cuts itself in from the ending shot of the gang dancing from the season 3 sequence for only a brief moment. The clip of Sam eating Carly's pickles from iGet Pranky remains for half a second as it pans out from its shot to a far-away shot before spinning out to the clip of Sam eating an orange from iGo Nuclear.
- An editing goof concerning the last clip of Carly and Sam before zooming out to Carly's hat clip in the previous episode iGot a Hot Room has been fixed; in the previous episode, it jarringly cut showing a frame or two of Carly and Sam from iWas a Pageant Girl from the season 3 sequence before fading into the shot of Sam in her mother's car from iMust Have Locker 239. From this episode onwards, it fades smoothly into the car shot.
- Carly, Sam, and Freddie all live together in the same apartment for a brief time, albeit not at once. Sam stays for one night, and Carly takes her to the psychologist with her mother. On the same day, Freddie and his mother move into the Shay's apartment, but it seems that they leave before the day is over.
- The girl who talks about Freddie on the news and where he resides in Bushwell Plaza is portrayed by the same girl who played Maria in the Drake and Josh episode Battle of Panthatar, which is also the episode Dan Schneider considered casting Nathan Kress as a love interest for Megan Parker (played by Miranda Cosgrove), but that he wrote out in preparation for iCarly (see Creddie).
- When Pam says, "Those pants fit you real good," Dan Schneider asked Jane Lynch to look at the back of the therapist's pants, instead of the front because the show is targeted mostly to kids 9-15.
- The iCarly segment had most of it cut due to time constraints. In a deleted scene seen on iCarly.com, the webcast continues, with Gibby sneaking up behind Carly and Sam as "Dr. Lobster."
- This is the third time in a Dan Schneider show that the fake television show Celebrities Underwater was mentioned, first used in Drake and Josh, and first mentioned on iCarly in iBelieve in Bigfoot.
- During the 'therapy box' scene, Pam stuffs the lipstick she was putting on into her bra.
- This is the fourth time someone mentions a real-life TV show. The first time was in iCarly Saves TV, where Full House is also mentioned, and iReunite With Missy, where The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is mentioned. The third time was in iPsycho when Diff'rent Strokes was mentioned by Gibby.
- This is the first occasion where Sam is seen wearing high heels for no apparent reason, and the fourth occasion overall. Previously she wore high heels in iMake Sam Girlier, iCarly Awards, and iWas A Pageant Girl. Sam then starts wearing platform heels in iDate Sam & Freddie, iCan't Take It and iLove You, to make up the height difference between herself and Freddie (Nathan Kress).
- In the end credits, Spencer and Guppy are sitting together in front of the camera, and Guppy is eating spaghetti.
- The episode was originally going to be titled iAm Sam's Mom, but the title was changed at almost the last minute.
- Although Spencer switched the Benson's apartment sign with apartment 8-H, after this episode the Apartment 8-D sign is back near the Benson's door.
- The supplot involving Freddie, the Shadow Hammer, and his bodyguard, Gunsmoke, is similar to the SpongeBob episode, SpongeBob Meets the Strangler, another TV episode where the protagonist turns a vicious criminal into police custody, but the criminal escapes and intends to pursue the protagonist for revenge. As a result, a bodyguard has to be hired. The key difference is that while SpongeBob's bodyguard is really the Tattletale Strangler in disguise, Freddie's bodyguard, Gunsmoke, is genuine, though he takes his job too seriously.
- The sitcom Full House was mentioned twice in the episode:
- The first time is when Gunsmoke, Carly and Spencer are watching an intensely violent movie (that only Gunsmoke can tolerate) called The Killing War, and Spencer asks if he can change channels. Gunsmoke allows this, and demands that he change it to Full House.
- The second time is when Gunsmoke is watching TV by himself, and a girl on TV says, "You got it, dude!" which in Full House was Michelle Tanner's (portrayed by then-child actors Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) catchphrase. It is interesting to note that the girl who said the line sounded nothing like Michelle at any point in the series, but sounded extremely close to Miranda Cosgrove's. Gunsmoke seems to find the scene hilarious, although his facial expression does not change.
- This is also the second time the sitcom Full House has been mentioned in the series, the first being in iCarly Saves TV and twice in iLove You.
- Pam apparently likes Melanie better, perhaps because she's better-behaved and more responsible, although she admits that deep down, she truly loves Sam.
- Sam had a bunny named Fluffles when she was seven, but Pam sold him to foreigners.
- When Sam first comes into Carly's room, her clock goes from 3:57 to 3:58, but seconds later we see it changed to 3:59.
- When Carly is yelling at Spencer for just bringing a Dustbuster for protecting her, her hair keeps changing from messy to brushed.
- After the Shadow Hammer robs the Groovy Smoothie and leaves, Freddie calls to Gibby to tell him he can come out of the washroom - in the background behind Freddie an employee can be seen bringing out a stepladder to check the surveillance camera. Then after Gibby and the bald-headed man leave the washroom there is a cut back to Freddie, but the employee with the stepladder has disappeared. Then after T-Bo says "Is everyone all right? the employee with the stepladder has reappeared.
- When the Channel 8 news crew interviews T-Bo and Freddie after the robbery, we see the interview broadcast live through the news camera, but they somehow manage to alternate seamlessly between two different camera angles, even though they only have one camera;
- When Sam's Mom first enters the apartment, she pushes the front door open so hard that it hits the wall then bounces back towards her and comes to rest close to her right elbow, but after Sam says "Why would I want worn out parts?" the front door is suddenly wide open;
- When Gunsmoke's about to push Carly onto the couch to attack Spencer, you can see that Carly starts to fall before Gunsmoke pushes her if you watch it in slow motion.
- When Carly expresses disgust at "The Killing War" and Gunsmoke suggests they put on "Full House", Spencer simply presses a button on the remote and a program that is presumably "Full House" comes on. In reality, Spencer would have to scroll through the program guide to determine whether or not "Full House" was actually on at that time and if so what channel it was on before selecting it.
- In iPsycho, Carly is trapped in Nora's basement for over a day and doesn't freak out at all.
- Sam and Pam have been inside the therapy box for almost 10 hours without food, but none of them complained about hunger and starvation. Any person can't possibly go 10 hours without feeling hungry or starving, although it is possible that the therapist did give them food; he just exaggerated the phrase "No food, just talk".
- In this episode, Sam tells the therapist that she and her mom are not Jewish. However, she is shown hanging a Magen David in her locker and she says in iBust a Thief that she got a laptop for her Bat Mitzvah.
To be added
- Sam's I ♥ Las Vegas underwear was previously mentioned in iGo to Japan. It is unknown if this is the same pair, as Sam has grown since then. Also, until iMake Sam Girlier, it was thought that Sam only wore boy's briefs and hated panties; she still appears to hate the word "panties" in this episode.
- Though this is the first full appearance of Sam's mother, the back of her head was shown in iMust Have Locker 239 as she drove a car.
- Melanie is mentioned again after appearing in iTwins and being mentioned in iThink They Kissed.
- This is the second time Carly and Sam are locked inside a room by a character. The first was iPsycho. Carly also has the same response: "Why'd you close the door?"
- This is the second time Carly is shown having a claustrophobic panic attack, the first time being in iSpace Out.
- Even though Sam makes up with her mom at the end of this episode, in iSell Penny-Tees, Sam mentions her in a negative way. The episode was filmed after iSell Penny-Tees, so this is probably a good reason why Sam is talking about her mother.
Freddie: In 5, 4, 3, 2... [starts rolling]
Blonde Girl: Do you sell smoothies?
Gibby: That guy runs fast.
Carly: Can you tell me why I found this half-eaten tamale in my bed?!
Carly: Look, if you wanna keep staying here, then no more eating ethnic food in my bed!
Freddie: [whispering to T-Bo] Would you quit saying my name?! I don't want that Hammer dude coming after me!! [to the camera] I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS! I'm not even Freddie Benson!
Sam: I don't want any part of her.
Carly: [looking at Freddie's chest with a smile] Why does your chest look all thick?
Pam: You married?
[Sam and Pam are fighting]
Psychologist: No, Pam. It's a new kind of therapy that's a bit unorthodox.
Carly: [frightened] What is this movie?
Pam: Why can't you be more like Melanie?
Carly: Why'd you close the door?
Carly: What difference does it make if you're wearing lipstick in here?
Pam: [when Carly freaks out] You got girl cramps?
Sam: I LOVE you. [break] Mother.
Carly: Nyeeh! Nyeeh! Nyeeh!
Shadow Hammer: 8-D, 8-D ... no ... 8-D ... no ... 8-D, 8-D, 8-D, 8-D ...
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- The episode garnered 5.911 million viewers, down from the 7.74 million for the season four opener, iGot A Hot Room.
- A review of this episode on Entertainment Weekly says, "But since no one's about to doubt the spectacularness of [Jane] Lynch, I'll instead take this opportunity to note something even more striking about her guest stint: The fact that her onscreen daughter, Jennette McCurdy, held her own against the towering talent of the recent Emmy winner. (Lynch even seemed to be basing her performance on, essentially, doing a great impression of McCurdy’s hilariously rancorous character--she knows her iCarly well)."
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