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Helen's Surgery
Season 3, Episode 7
Air date June 11, 2005
Written by George Doty IV
Directed by Adam Weissman
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Playing the Field
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Helen's Surgery is the seventh episode of the third season of Drake & Josh.


Drake and Josh take advantage of Helen's temporary blindness following eye surgery to use all the cool stuff in her house.


In the opening comments, Josh talks about being responsible while Drake, and begins talking about Josh's history. Josh gets furious and tackles Drake.

Josh has the gold vest as Helen made him temporary assistant manager as she gets laser eye surgery; Josh tells Drake that if he does a good job when Helen gets back in a full recovery, she'll promote him the position permanently. Helen arrives back, still blind. Josh looks at her hamster, Nubby, and it bites him. Josh is forced to take care of her on her orders until she is recovered. When Josh asks Drake to drive him with Helen to Helen's apartment, Drake decides to kiss the girl he met, Josh takes him. They discover how amazing Helen's apartment is: a hot tub, a dance game with a disco ball attached. Josh goes to the pharmacy to replace Helen's eye drops after accidentally dumping them into the sink at Helen's apartment. When returning with Drake, who also left when he should be watching Helen. The latter has disappeared, Josh feels guilty.

Megan calls Josh at the Premiere that Helen was at their house, Josh returns Helen to her apartment, Drake has thrown a party at her place with many friends in her hot tub, unknown to Helen. They had interrupted Drake in the middle of the party. Unfortunately, Helen's eyes have recovered, and Helen takes off her bandages to find the party in her hot tub, which, she joins in. At the end, Megan's Cup-O-Stuff becomes successful at The Premiere and Helen pays her $700 for the idea.

During the end credits, Megan and Helen are at home watching Happy Times.



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  • Audrey and Walter do not appear in this episode, although Walter is mentioned by Josh.
  • It is revealed that Helen was a child actress who played Little Georgia on the show, "Happy Times" who had a catchphrase which was "That is not my job."
  • This episode is on the Drake & Josh Go Hollywood DVD along with Mindy's Back.
  • Helen reveals to Drake and Josh that she was on the show "Happy Times" (parody of Good Times and Happy Days). Josh asks her, "Wasn't that a TV show back in the '70s?" Helen responds with, "That's the one." Her character Little Georgia is a parody of Florida Evans from Good Times.
  • At the funeral, all the Premiere employees are wearing their usual vests, but colored black to represent grief.
  • Helen might have broken the fourth wall in the credits when she told Megan "You wouldn't want to be a little girl in a TV show," which she is.
  • Helen's apartment is seen for the first (and only) time.
  • The credits feature an extended version of Drake, Josh, and Helen dancing.
  • Helen references her Happy Times stint on the Victorious episode Helen Back Again.
  • Josh mentions when he and Drake fixed the Dune Buggy the Season 1 episode Dune Buggy.
  • Drake and Josh found out Helen is wealthy, when they saw her luxury apartment. She was a former child star in Happy Times and gets syndication money or royalty checks that paid for her luxury apartment. Helen is very lucky to be rich.
  • Groove Machine is a parody of Dance Revolution.
  • Many of the laugh tracks from Kenan & Kel are used during this episode, including the Happy Times scenes. It's possible that the reused "live audience" sound files from that show were reused here.
  • This is the only episode Gavin pulls a prank on Josh.
  • This is the first episode Drake steals Josh's story at the very beginning of the episode just because he didn't have one of his own causing Josh to run upstairs very quick after he called him on the phone for ideas to stop him and to jump on him as they fall on the ground.
  • This is the first episode Helen tells Josh to give her a hug, even though she hates him.
  • Moral(s): Always help people when they need help, and don't take advantage of them.

Helen blind from her laser eye surgery


  • When Josh imagines Helen's funeral, everyone was blaming him for letting her die. Drake should be the one responsible for Helen's death as he went home to get his bathing suit and left Helen alone.
    • Since the flashback wasn't real, It's likely that Gavin was either making the whole story up or exaggerating to make Josh feel bad.
  • When Helen and Drake are playing the Groove Machine, they do the same dance steps, but the steps shown on the screen are different.
    • Also in that same scene, there was two sections on the tv where two people were playing. But then when Josh steps up there and starts dancing, there were still two sections on the TV. Since Josh joined after they started, he was never actually playing.
    • You can also tell the dance machine is rigged because before we see everyone in the hot tub later on in the episode, it's playing by itself.
    • In addition, the pads are foam, where official pads would be metal.
  • If you look closely at Drake's right shoulder when he has his back to the camera while in Helen's apartment without his shirt, you can see where the makeup artists covered Drake's tattoo of John Lennon's glasses.
  • The kitchen phone with caller display is back, originally, they had a green one, but in The Drake & Josh Inn, they had this one, then the green one came back, and in the first scene, the new one is back.
  • When at the movie theater, Drake takes a cup and puts soda into the cup straight from the nozzle without any ice. When Josh sees Drake making out with the girl, they turn around and the girl shakes her cup when Drake says, "I got her a soda". When she shakes it, it makes a noise sounding like ice against the cup. Drake never got the girl any ice.
  • When Josh arrives at the theater after being in Helen's hot tub, he is bone dry instead of soaking wet, although he may have dried off at her place.
  • Drake comes back home to get his bathing suit for Helen's hot tub while Josh is getting his stuff, but Josh told Drake that he's supposed to be looking after Helen as Drake tells Josh that he came back home to get his bathing suit for the hot tub, but Drake left Helen alone, so he could've just asked Josh to get his bathing suit for him as Josh left.
  • Helen first comes into the movie theater with bandages on her eyes and can't see. She just had her laser eye surgery but shows up at The Premiere when she can't see but how'd she get to The Premiere from the hospital with bandages covering her eyes? She couldn't have drove because she can't see and if she did then how'd she avoid not getting into any car accidents or getting hurt? And how'd she find the movie theater without seeing and nobody helping her? She couldn't have walked either because if she did then she'd trip over something or bump into things and people or maybe accidentally walk on the road with cars driving by but when she shows up at the movie theater, she's completely okay and fine except her eyes.
  • Those who have laser eye surgery should not drive, so Helen could have asked Josh to give her a ride or taken a taxi instead.
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