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Dance Contest
Season 4, Episode 20
Air date September 16, 2007
Written by George Doty IV
Directed by Steve Hoefer
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Dance Contest is the 57th and final episode of Drake & Josh, and 20th episode this season.


Eric is having a going-away party taking place at Drake and Josh's house, which is proven to be boring as usual. To please everyone, Josh shows off his super intense dancing moves, and he is suggested to join the Channel 7 dance contest on TV; Josh agrees to enter the dance contest to not only show off his dance skills, but to finally best his rival and on-and-off girlfriend Mindy into being #1. Meanwhile, Drake is being told that he is doing poorly in school and Josh tells him to start focusing more on his homework. Drake agrees but after about 5 seconds, gives up and starts clowning around in his room with a hula hoop. While Drake is playing with the hula hoop, his gym teacher visits their house and notifies Audrey that Drake is failing gym (due to being tardy and not dressing out when needed to), probably due his lack of education and will have to repeat his junior year as a result; Drake doesn't want this to happen and decides to enter the Channel 7 dance contest as well to receive extra credit. At The Premiere, Josh talks to Emily Henderson, who will be his dance partner and is the best dancer in San Diego, about the dance contest; Drake shows up and starts to talk to Emily himself while Josh is forced by his boss Helen to take care of some gangsters in a movie theater (despite it being Josh's day off). When Josh finds out that Drake stole his dance partner Emily (because Drake gave Emily Josh's digital camera), he partners up with the best dancer in Eastern Europe named Vilga, who insults Drake and Emily. Unfortunately, Emily and Vilga don't get along and end up fighting, but Drake and Josh break it up. At the Channel 7 Dance Studio, Emily and Vilga once again get in a fight and are disqualified from the competition as a result. Drake and Josh are upset and forfeit, until an idea comes to mind. Drake and Josh become dance partners and they put on an amazing and shocking show in front of the audience and judges, entertaining them all. After they finish, Drake and Josh are announced as the winners of the Channel 7 Dance Contest. At home, Audrey and Megan are shocked at Drake and Josh's dancing skills.



  • This is the final episode Walter does not appear in.
  • This (along with Helicopter) was supposed to take place before Really Big Shrimp, but they were aired out of order, according to Nickelodeon.
  • This episode premiered on the day during Dance Night on TeenNick.
  • Zoey 101 also shared this episode with the same title, which coincidentally premiered after this episode. 
  • Even though he skips gym, it is clear that Drake is getting exercise on his own time, seeing as he was playing with a hula hoop.
  • The last line of the series was said by both Drake and Josh: “Who is she?!”
  • The stage manager was played by Jeremy Rowley, who later played Lewbert in iCarly.


  • Josh is still a red vest and Helen is still working at The Premiere, but at the end of Really Big Shrimp, Josh became assistant because Helen had to hold off at her job, but this is because the episodes were aired in the wrong order.
  • Josh calls Mindy his "Ex-Girlfriend", despite getting back together with her in Really Big Shrimp.
    • This is because Really Big Shrimp was intended to air after this episode.
  • Eric goes away to sing in Puerto Rico in this episode. However, he appears in the chronologically last episode, "Really Big Shrimp" but it's because this episode was supposed to air before "Really Big Shrimp"
    • It is likely that his family changed their mind and decided not to move.
  • This is the last episode not to feature Walter, but his real last appearance is actually Really Big Shrimp so this episode does not count as no further appearance just because the episodes are mixed up.
  • It's unknown how the dance contest would have anything to do with school like Emily mentioned, Drake's nightmare is failing gym, and Josh's nightmare is wanting to be number 1 in his class instead of boring old number 2, what does winning the dance contest have anything to do with earning an extra credit?