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Paging Dr. Drake
Season 3, Episode 8
Drake pretending to be a doctor
Air date October 1, 2005
Written by Anthony Del Broccolo
Directed by Steve Hoefer
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Paging Dr. Drake is the eighth episode of the third season of Drake & Josh.


Josh injures his foot and is forced to go to the hospital for foot surgery and Drake wants out until a bunch of bodacious student nurses catch his eye, leading him to pose as a doctor, but will he regret it?


In the opening comments, Drake and Josh talk about situations and the time when Drake enters Josh in a chicken wing eating contest.

Josh accidentally drops a barbell on his foot (after being accidentally shot with a potato by Drake) and injures his foot. However, he is afraid to go to a hospital for further treatment. The family finally forces him to get his foot checked out -- while it's not serious enough to the point of where Josh has to have his foot amputated, Josh will need to have some surgery done to regain mobility over his foot.

While at the hospital, Drake becomes infatuated with the many attractive college nurses, and tries to get their attention by pretending to be a doctor, scoring several dates in the process -- but when Josh learns of this, he points out to his brother that it's illegal to impersonate a doctor and, if he gets caught, he could potentially go to prison. Hearing this, Drake agrees to drop the act, and starts to change out of his doctor clothes.

Before he can do so though, Dr. Carlson, Josh's doctor, notices him and mistakes him for the famed Dr. Elliot Nussbaum, the youngest doctor ever to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nussbaum is scheduled to arrive at the hospital later that day, causing the misunderstanding. Doctor Carlson asks Drake to perform a surgery in front of the nurses and hospital staff to demonstrate his superior ability. Drake meekly admits that he doesn't know how to do surgery, but Dr. Carlson takes it as a joke, as Dr. Nussbaum is known for having a sense of humor. Drake, knowing he'll be arrested if he admits he's not a real doctor, is stuck with no options, other than stalling for as long as he can.

When it's apparent he can stall no longer, he almost goes through with the surgery until Josh interrupts, wearing full scrubs and mask, claiming to be Dr. Vichyssoise, a colleague of Dr. Nussbaum. Josh initiates an argument with Drake, allowing him to get out of performing surgery, and the two flee escape to Josh's room. A moment later, Dr. Carlson enters the room, and introduces Drake to the real Dr. Nussbaum. Dr. Carlson questions Drake if he is aware that he could be arrested for impersonating a doctor, as two policemen enter the room. Drake narrowly escapes by jumping out of a window (and breaking his arm, in the process).

In the meantime, Megan plots revenge on Drake and Josh for not letting her change the temperature upstairs and having her freeze, since the thermostat was in their room. She changes the location of the thermostat such that she is in control and adjusts it so that Drake and Josh must suffer when it begins to snow in their room.

During the end credits, Drake picks up Josh from the floor who got his foot injured and tries to take him to the hospital. Josh told Drake that he doesn't want to go to the hospital. Drake brings Josh to his chair, and he tried to explain what happened to his toy gun. Josh angrily throws his toy gun outside the window after Drake injured his foot.



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  • The voice from Josh's training video belongs to Dan Schneider.
  • This episode of Drake & Josh is similar to the episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Forever Plaid where London and Maddie impersonate 2 nuns (1. Sister Kim (Sister Hiskenunen's translator portrayed by Maddie Fitzpatrick and 2. Sister Hiskenunun portrayed by London Tipton on behalf of sneaking out of detention at Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow) until the real nun, Sister Hiskenunen appears standing next to Sister Dominick.
  • As clearly mentioned in this episode, it is illegal to impersonate a doctor. It is unknown why Dr. Nussbaum and the hospital didn't press charges against Drake, although it is possible they decided it wouldn't be worth the time and money to do so, as it was caused by a misunderstanding more than anything else.
  • The real name for "impersonating someone" is called "identity theft."
  • The hospital Josh was sent to was called St. Schneider's, which was named after Dan Schneider.
  • Then-current host of the game show Family Feud, John O’Hurley, appears as Dr. Carlson.
  • Drake had a blue cast on his right arm and Josh had a red cast on his left leg. These are the same bones that Freddie broke when he got hit by a taco truck in the iCarly episode, "iSaved Your Life" and his casts were respectively the same colors as well.
  • This is one of the few times Megan shows sisterly love to her brothers as opposed to being hostile towards them.
  • Josh names himself Dr. Vichyssoise; as Josh himself points out, vichyssoise is actually a type of soup.
    • Specifically, it's made from pureed leeks, potatoes, onions, cream and chicken stock, and while it's traditionally served cold, it can be served hot as well.
  • This episode is quite similar to an episode of Danny Phantom titled Doctor's Disorders when Tucker Foley was terrified of going to hospitals.
  • It is possible Josh is (or was until the end of the episode) nosocomephobic, which is the fear of hospitals.


  • At the end of the episode, Drake and Josh soon come to realize that they don't like what Megan's done to their thermostat. However, if Drake and Josh were to just tell their parents about this, then Megan could probably get in trouble this time, because Audrey even saw her in their room.
    • Although it wouldn’t work as Audrey always believes in Megan’s lies.
  • Megan spills the beans on Josh's foot when their parents notice his strange behavior. It is unknown how she found out if she wasn't in the room when it happened.
    • She may have been spying on them with her monitors that display all rooms of the house, and therefore found out. Otherwise, she could've been eavesdropping or heard the sound of the barbell hitting the floor.
  • If you look real closely at the beginning of the episode, when Josh drops the barbell, the barbell hits his foot really hard. He lifts his foot up just moments before the barbell hits his foot.
  • It is unknown how Josh was able to get to the living room with a broken foot as it was shown that Josh couldn't walk while his foot was broken.
    • It is possible Drake may have helped him get downstairs.
  • Josh's foot was broken and therefore he was unable to walk normally. However, Josh was able to do so while pretending to be a surgeon while trying to save Drake during the patient's foot surgery. Though it could be that Josh was given some form of treatment before his surgery was to begin.
  • In the scene where the entire Drake and Josh family are in the living room, the t.v. remote control in Drake’s hands constantly changes positions every single time the camera angle shot changes.
  • When Josh uses the cane to kill the bug on the wall, you can see closely that the bug looks like it's still alive. But when Josh falls on the floor and his parents help him to the living room chair, the bug disappears and vanishes.
  • It was very surprising to see that everyone in the operating room all thought that Drake was Dr. Nussbaum, considering that he and the real Dr. Nussbaum look nothing alike.
    • It is likely that most of them probably just heard of Dr. Nussbaum but have never seen him in person. Or he looked like Drake during his days at Harvard.
  • Drake was lucky the other doctors didn't press chargers against him. If they did, Drake would have likely served 12 to 18 years in prison if he was an adult.
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