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"[sarcastically] Good trick, Josh! You made a cheerleader disappear."
Season 2, Episode 4
Air date April 4, 2004
Written by Story by: Barry O'Brien

Teleplay by: Dan Schneider

Directed by Virgil Fabian
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Football is the fourth episode of the second season of Drake & Josh.


Drake convinces Josh to become cooler he must try out for the football team. Josh does, but to Drake's dismay, he is named the equipment manager.


In the opening comments, Drake loves music and Josh loves cheese.

Drake calls Josh uncool after Josh humiliates him in front of a girl and encourages him to try out for the school football team to become cool. Josh makes the team as the equipment manager, but Drake still thinks he is uncool. However, Josh finds himself having to play in a crucial game after the brownies he makes for the team makes the center ill (thanks to Megan who put dirt in the brownie mix).

Josh doesn't want to play against the toughest team in the state, so Drake sneaks the school janitor, a former pro player who lost his memory as a result of an accident, into the game in place of Josh. But the janitor gets injured, regaining his memory again, forcing Josh to go and play, where he scores the game-winning touchdown due to how Josh's fat body can tackle the other team, and Drake finally admits Josh is cool.

During the end credits, Josh talks to a football player who has a neck injury. He tries to massage the football player's neck, but he ends up twisting it hard which causes the football player to have pain in the neck.



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  • This is the first episode that Audrey and Walter do not appear on.
  • This marks the first episode since to feature just Drake, Josh, and Megan without Audrey and Walter.
  • Two bloopers from this episode, along with one blooper from Megan's First Kiss, were shown in the Sam & Cat episode, #BlooperEpisode.
  • This is the last episode and only episode in Season 2 to have Virgil Fabian's name Virgil L. Fabian.
  • This episode appears as a flashback on Dr. Phyllis Show.
  • Josh says he hated the fourth grade because it was his awkward stage, this would be foreshadowed in Blues Brothers.


  • When Josh does his failed magic trick on the cheerleader, the egg is seen to be completely splattered in her hand, however when Josh lifts the cloth from his hand, the eggshell is seen to be intact.
  • Josh replaces Witherspoon, but Witherspoon had the number 56 on his jersey, while Josh had the number 66 on his jersey.
  • When Drake and Josh were in conversation in the bedroom, two faces appeared behind the brothers' bunk.
  • When Josh says "Oh, yeah", the bottom of the "Wet Paint" sign is pink but when Josh looks up at the sign, the whole thing is black and white.
  • In the beginning of the episode, when Drake is seen walking down the hallway, another student (presumably on the team) comes out from the right side of the screen wearing a football jersey with the number 31 on it. In the scene before the game, on the left side, we see a different student wearing the same number 31 jersey.
  • In the locker room scene before the game, every player is seen wearing sneakers rather than cleats. We see that the sneakers are not cleats when the janitor (Zeke) is being pulled out on a stretcher and no studs are seen on the bottom.
  • Even if Josh’s brownies were not spiked by Megan using dirt, Witherspoon would still not be able to consume 17 brownies.
    • It’s possible Witherspoon was exaggerating.
  • When Josh questions Drake how his team won the game, Drake says the Lincoln player tackled Josh 20 yards into the endzone. It's completely illogical for Josh to score a touchdown like that.
  • After Josh loses in a football video game, the final score was 400-7. It is impossible for the other team to score that many touchdowns.
  • Josh was designated to play center as a substitute, so it's not possible for him to score a touchdown as a center so the coach would have had to put him in as either a running back, tight end, fullback or wide receiver.
    • In football, the role of the center is to snap the ball to the quarterback.
Drake and Josh Episodes
Season 1 PilotDune BuggyBelieve Me, BrotherTwo Idiots and a BabyFirst CrushGrammy
Season 2 The BetGuitarMovie JobFootballPool SharkSmart GirlLittle DivaBlues BrothersDriver's LicenseNumber 1 FanMean TeacherThe Gary GrillDrew & JerryHonor Council
Season 3 The Drake & Josh InnPeruvian Puff PepperWe're Married?Mindy's BackThe AffairPlaying the FieldHelen's SurgeryPaging Dr. DrakeFoam FingerGirl PowerSheep ThrillsMegan's New TeacherLittle SiblingTheater ThugThe DemonatorAlien InvasionDr. Phyllis Show
Season 4 Josh Runs Into OprahVicious TiberiusThe WeddingMindy Loves JoshWho's Got Game?The Great DohenyI Love SushiThe StormMy Dinner with BoboTree HouseJosh Is DoneEric Punches DrakeMegan's RevengeSteered StraightMegan's First KissBattle of PanthatarReally Big ShrimpHelicopterDance Contest