"Spencer needs to learn how to take care of himself before he can take care of a child."
Grandad Shay to Carly regarding their department.

iWanna Stay With Spencer (also known as iDon't Want to Move to Yakima) is the fifth episode of the first season of iCarly.


During an iCarly webcast, Spencer shows his newest sculpture, the "Fan of Hammers!" However, it malfunctions and a hammer gets loose, almost decapitating Carly.

Later, Grandad Shay comes to visit. After he gives Carly a thirty dollar gift card of Groovy Smoothie, the trio set off for their smoothies adventure. Grandpa Shay tells Spencer that he wants Carly to live with him in Yakima, as he thinks Spencer's too immature and irresponsible to take care of Carly after seeing the hammer incident online.

Carly and Spencer try to change Grandad's mind, but fail. Carly then dresses up as a punk to make Spencer mad so Grandad would be convinced that Spencer is in fact responsible enough to take care of her. Spencer believes she is going through a rebellious phase and even praises it. However, after he cooks dinner and his chicken bursts into flames, Spencer decides that it would be best if Carly goes to live with their Grandad.


As Carly and her grandfather are getting ready to leave for Yakima, Spencer gives Grandad lists of things about Carly--such as her favorite foods, drinks, soups, and chowders, what kind of vitamins she takes every day (Spencer gives her ones shaped like dinosaurs), and also the number for a good science tutor (due to Carly having some trouble in her science classes). His grandfather seems amazed by this—possibly an indication that he's realizing that Spencer's maybe not as immature and irresponsible as he thought. Sam and Freddie both share emotional goodbyes with Carly and Carly waves a final goodbye and the elevator closes. When Carly and their Grandad leave, Spencer realizes something and rushes to his sister and grandfather. Just before Carly and Grandad leave the lobby of the apartment complex, Spencer gives them something: Carly's asthma inhaler in the case she suffers from an asthma attack. Though Carly hasn't had an asthma attack since she was seven, Spencer kept the inhaler "just in case" she ever needed it. Carly's confident that she won't need it, and when it becomes obvious that she won't take it, Spencer gives the inhaler to their grandfather and tells him to keep it in the case Carly needs it.

This display of responsibility is what makes Granddad realize that Spencer's a good guardian and he decides to let Carly keep living with Spencer. This makes everyone, especially his grandkids, happy.


  • The hammer that almost hits Carly becomes a permanent part of the studio decoration. After everything returns to normal in iChristmas, Carly happily says "Hello hammer that almost killed me!"
  • Carly´s allergies or the fact that she has to take vitamins every day are never mentioned again, so they apparently don't affect her life very much.
  • Granddad mentions he will be staying at the Parker-Nichols Hotel. This is a reference to Drake & Josh.
  • The broom fire scene was cut from the UK airings because it would cause a fire hazard but was kept in the title sequence. In October 2010, the scene was finally aired.
  • Also, the scene where the hammer nearly hit Carly was cut from UK airings but has since been aired in 2010.
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  • Granddad states that he drove 90 minutes to come see Carly and Spencer. To drive from Yakima to Seattle in an hour and a half, he would have had to drive at an average of 73 miles per hour.
  • Yakima is mentioned again in "iWas a Pageant Girl", when it turns out one of the pageant contestants was from Yakima.
  • This is the first episode that the Groovy Smoothie was mentioned.
  • The Fan of Hammers reappears in "iSell Penny-Tees", when the iCarly gang sells it online. The spot where the hammer that nearly killed Carly once stood is replaced by a sign for
  • This is the first episode that Granddad appeared in.
  • This is the first episode that Mrs. Benson appeared in.
  • This is a major Sparly episode, showing that they really love each other, and that Spencer really cares about Carly (despite sometimes childish, immature, irresponsible and even destructive behavior).
  • This episode states that Carly has asthma, but that she hasn't an asthma attack since she was a little kid,
  • Spencer explains to Grandad that Carly recently started drinking coffee, but also reveals that he always gives her decaf without telling her (which Carly apparently doesn't realize).
  • Sam and Freddie argue a lot in this episode. 


  • In the scene where the iCarly gang are cleaning out Carly's locker, Sam begins to pace. She walks down past her open locker, but when she comes back to Carly, her locker is closed. We never heard or saw her shut her locker.
  • On Spencer's fan of hammers, each hammer is attached to the fan with two screws. After the one hammer flies off, the two screws that were securing it are still in place on the fan. Thus the hammer that flew off should have two large holes in the handle where the screws pulled through it, or, more likely, the hammer handle would be split up the middle. However the hammer that gets stuck in the wall has no sign of damage to the handle, indicating that it was never actually attached to the fan. As well, all the hammers are facing forward, but the hammer that flies off goes in the wall backward.
  • In the scene where Carly is cleaning out her locker Carly puts a book into the box that Freddie is holding then says "I don't see how we are going to do iCarly any more" - then in the next shot Carly has a sheaf of papers in her right hand that has appeared out of nowhere.
  • After the fire, a fireman compliments Spencer on his chicken stir-fry. However Spencer never did cut up the chicken and put it into the wok, so the fireman shouldn't be able to know it was chicken stir-fry.
  • When Carly, Sam, Freddie and Granddad enter the elevator to leave for Yakima, Carly, Sam and Granddad each have a suitcase on wheels while Freddie is carrying a red bag with handles, however when they reach the lobby Freddie is no longer carrying the red bag.
  • Asthma inhalers generally have a shelf-life of about two years, so if Spencer had kept Carly's inhaler since she was seven, it would be long past the expiry date and should be discarded.
  • It is unknown how Carly's granddad knows that Carly almost got hit by a hammer, because in the shot before, Freddie with the camera went down to the floor, thus not putting the camera on Carly.


Sam: If it's Freddie's mom, don't answer the door.
Freddie: Hey, my mom happens to be...[thinks for a second] yeah, don't.

Fan of Hammers

Spencer's fan of hammers.

Sam: How comes my grandfather only sleeps and burps?
Freddie: Because he's related to you?
Sam: [Shoves a piece of popcorn in Freddie's nose]
Freddie: [Looks at the camera]

Carly: I think you met Sam the last time you were here.
Granddad: Yes. She borrowed ten dollars from me and then ate my sandwich.
Sam: Nice to see you again!

Carly: Doorbell.
Sam: Smells like your grandad. [to Freddie] You smell like garbage.
Freddie: Your butt's shaped like a ham.

Carly: I wanna stay here in Seattle with Spencer!
Granddad: Spencer needs to learn how to take care of himself before he can take care of a child.
Carly: I'm not a child! I'm just young and short.

Carly: Spencer is very responsible and very grown-up.
Spencer: [Running down the stairs] Hey guys, I was wondering [Slips and falls onto the floor]

Carly: Please don't make me move to Yakima.
Spencer: Please don't make her move to Yakima.
Grampa: Yakima is a great town.
Carly: No great town can be named "Yakima." It sounds like someone throwing up.
Spencer: It does. [Pretends to throw up while saying Yakima]

Sam: Can I have this? [Holding a Pearpod]
Carly: I'm moving. I'm not dying.
Sam: Don't you want me to have something to remember you by? Like, 9000 of your favorite songs?
Carly: Give it.
Sam: I'm just trying to cheer you up.
Carly: You can't cheer me up. I'm moving to Yakima. I'm gonna be a Yakimite. Or Yakimanitian.
Freddie: Yakimaniac.
Sam: [To Freddie] You're yakimannoying.

Lewbert: AAAHHH! Too many people in my lobby! Keep off my floor! I just mopped!

Mrs. Benson: I was in the middle of rubbing anti-tick lotion on Freddie!
Freddie: I don't have ticks!
Mrs. Benson: They hide in your leg hair.
Freddie: I don't have leg hair!
Mrs. Benson: Which worries me deeply!

Sam: Anti-tick lotion?
Freddie: It's precautionary!

Fireman: This is some good chicken stir-fry. [Eating the stir-fried chicken]

Spencer: Here. [hands Grandad a piece of paper]
Granddad: What's this?
Spencer: Everything you need to know about taking care of Carly. I've listed all her allergies, the number for poison control...
Granddad: She has allergies?
Spencer: Yes. These are Carly's favorite foods, drinks, soups and chowders...
Granddad: Aren't soups and chowders the same thing?
Spencer: No, there's a distinction. This is her homework schedule and a number for a good tutor because she's been having a little trouble with science. These are the vitamins that she needs to take every day. I only give her the ones shaped like dinosaurs.
Granddad: Why?
Spencer: Dinosaurs are cool. Oh, and she's really into drinking coffee, [whispers] but I always give her decaf without telling her.
Carly: [turns around] What?
Spencer: [in normal voice] Nothing.

Freddie : " Sorry, Lost my cool for a second there "

Sam : "Can't lose what you never had ! "

Freddie : ( Elbows Sam )

Spencer: [answers phone] Hello? No, Freddie's not here, Mrs. Benson. I don't know when I grew leg hair! I gotta go!

Related blog posts

Carly's blog:I Was Almost a Yakimite!!!
Spencer's blog:What a Strawberry Splat MIGHT Say to a Blueberry Banana!

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See photos for this episode here.

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