"I think Freddie's cute and smart."
Shannon regarding Freddie.

iWin a Date is the 24th episode of the first season of iCarly.


In order to help Gibby get a date with his crush, Shannon, who is much more interested in Freddie, Carly decides to have a dating segment in iCarly. After Shannon and her friends, Selene and Julia, accept Sam's invitation to join them in iCarly, Sam and Carly give clues to Gibby to make sure he chooses Shannon instead of her friends. But when only Shannon appears without her friends (they went to see Girly Cow on Ice instead), Carly and Sam become their replacements. In the middle of the show, Sam gets bored and sneaks downstairs to eat a bowl of cold chili, leaving Carly and Shannon as the lone contestants.

However, Gibby accidentally chooses Carly instead of Shannon, and Carly has to date him, much to her dismay. At school, Carly sets Sam up with Reuben (a friend of Gibby's who speaks in terms that only Gibby seems to understand) and Freddie with Shannon for a triple-date with her and Gibby so that she won't be alone with him during the date. During the date they try to make Gibby be like Freddie to get Shannon interested in him but to no avail.

The date ends with a shirtless Gibby dancing on the table with another girl, while the trio leaves the restaurant.


After Spencer has a bad experience with a blind date, Carly suggests he should try using an online dating site. Spencer ends up posting several videos on it with humorous results. In the end, Spencer gets ten responses to his last video: four from women in prison, three from women who just got out of prison, two from psychologists who feel they can "help" Spencer, and one from a man (with a very feminine appearance).



Sam and Reuben.

  • Shown as part of an "iCarly Double-Date Night," followed by the episode iHave a Lovesick Teacher.
  • This is the first episode to seriously focus on Gibby.
  • It is noticeable in this episode, along with "iFence" and "iHave a Lovesick Teacher", Freddie's voice is starting to change. In the first episode of the second season, it has completely changed.
  • A running joke in this episode is that Reuben speaks in cryptic English, using phrases like, "You don't need bubble wrap to know when it's chowder time."
  • Gibby reveals in this episode that his middle name is Cornelius.
  • For one of his dating website videos, Spencer goes for a "natural" approach and records a 9-minute tape of himself eating cereal, with no dialog. This may be a reference to one-time Democratic Party presidential hopeful Mike Gravel who became an Internet sensation in 2007 for posting a campaign video to YouTube that consisted mostly of him staring at the camera without speaking for several minutes, throwing a rock into a pond, and then walking away.[1] (ironically, he didn't win).
  • The Cheesecake Warehouse is a parody of The Cheesecake Factory. It is mentioned in several other episodes, including iTwins.
  • redirects to, as do most fake websites mentioned on the show.
  • Spencer wears a t-shirt saying "Pump up the Fruit", a reference to iCarly Saves TV.
  • When Gibby throws himself on the beanbag you can see the special shoes Nathan Kress wore in the first season to appear taller.
  • The dating game show is a lot similar to the UK game show hosted by Cilla Black 'Blind Date' in which a girl ask's 3 different men questions then picks one, then they go on a date.
  • Gibby accidentally choosing Carly instead of Shannon despite her rebellious answers are hints to his true personality and also foreshadows Shannon bailing on him later on in the episode.


  • Gibby probably would have known that girl number 2 was Shannon because Shannon said "Hi, Freddie" while testing out her voice and it's common knowledge that Carly and Sam do not look to date Freddie (despite the fact that Sam and Freddie later begin dating).
  • In this episode, Sam asks if anyone wants some chicken wings, but in iFind Lewbert's Lost Love Carly says she's a vegetarian.


Carly: Ah, poor kid. It must be awful to love somebody who doesn't love you back.
Freddie: [glares at Carly]
Carly: [looking at Freddie] Sorry.

Shannon: I think Freddie's cute and smart.
Sam: Okay, what did you eat for breakfast? A big bowl of crazy flakes?
Reuben: [to Sam], There's my raspberry soccer ball!
Sam: [replying to Reuben], And speaking of crazy flakes, it's you!

Freddie: [holding up a bunch of love notes] These are love notes.
Carly: Uh-oh, from Shannon?
Freddie: Uh-huh! And try taking a test while she's staring at you like this! [makes flirty poses while smiling suggestively, imitating Shannon]
Carly: Please never make those faces again.
Freddie: What's it gonna take to make Shannon understand? I don't wanna go out with her!


One of Spencer's videos for ""

Carly: Why is it that whenever there's a popular show they just gotta go put it on ice?!

Spencer: [from his dating video] If you're looking for a fun creative guy, well, you just took a right turn down Lucky Street. Why don't you go ahead and put it in park? Send me an e-mail. Write it, click it, send it…
[throws a baseball, and we hear breaking glass]
Carly: 'You just took a right turn down lucky street?' That doesn't make a girl want to e-mail you. That makes a girl want to go…
[makes gagging noises and imitates someone throwing up]

Carly: Now, what did you break with the baseball?
Spencer: Nothing…
Carly: Did you kill our goldfish?
Spencer: Yes…[walking out the door] I think he wanted to die.
Carly: That fish had hopes and dreams.

Carly: [Talking about the cheesecake at the Cheesecake Warehouse] Shouldn't there be a law that says my dessert can't weigh more than me?


Shannon: [speaking to Freddie], I love cheesecake, it's like my favorite dessert…
Carly: Gibby invented cheesecake!
Gibby: No, I didn't!
Carly: Well, someone had to!

Carly: What did you put in your hair?
Spencer: Chicken fat.
Carly: Oh my God!

Spencer: And guess who's already got nine responses?
Carly: Nice! So you have nine dates coming up!
Spencer: Well…not exactly. See, these four are from women in prison. These three are from women who recently got out of prison.
Carly: Interesting.
Spencer: And these two are from psychologists who feel that they can…help me.
Carly: Nice…what about that one?
Spencer: Oh that one's new. Hey, she's kinda pretty!
Carly: That's a dude.
Spencer: Oh.

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