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"We're getting married!"
Walter and Audrey
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date January 11, 2004
Written by Dan Schneider
Directed by Virgil L. Fabian
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Dune Buggy

Pilot (also known as Pilot Episode[1] and Hug Me, Brother[2]) is the first episode of Season 1 of Drake & Josh and the first episode of the series overall.


In the opening comments, Drake and Josh introduce themselves. Drake is a cool and popular teenager while Josh is a geeky teenager whom Drake describes as unusual.

Drake's mom Audrey and Josh's dad Walter have been dating and announce to Drake, Josh, and Drake's devious little sister, Megan, that they are getting married. Josh is thrilled about having a new stepbrother, but Drake is not. Drake is even less excited when he finds out that Josh is Miss Nancy, the anonymous advice columnist for the school newspaper, and that Josh believes he must dress like a woman to adequately write his advice.

Drake then uses this to get a date with Tiffany, who wrote to Miss Nancy. But Josh gets in trouble when her angered boyfriend Buck thinks she is on a date with Josh instead and challenges him to a fight. Josh trains all day under a karate instructor but still ends up getting knocked out with one punch. Drake eventually apologizes and helps Josh realize that he can give good advice without wearing his Miss Nancy dress.

At the end, both make up and accept each other as brothers.


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  • This episode and Dune Buggy have been the only two season 1 episodes that aired on TeenNick from October 2012 to June 2021. However, the episode is not available on any streaming services due to licensing issues with material used in the episode.
  • Audrey and Walter are the first to share a kiss in the series.
  • Josh says "Hug me, brothah!" for the first time.
  • Walter seems relatively good at basketball (although he smashes a lamp). It's possible that Josh's grandmother taught him.
  • This episode marks the first time someone cross-dresses (in this case, Josh).
  • This is the first time a guy (Josh, in this case) puts something in his clothes to make it look like he has breasts. This occurs again in Steered Straight of season four.
  • This episode is mentioned in Really Big Shrimp.
  • Eric Blonowitz makes a cameo in this episode. However, he doesn't make any full appearances until Pool Shark.
  • Megan plays her first prank on Drake and Josh by putting hot sauce in their spaghetti and ice tea in this episode.
  • The martial arts teacher would later appear in First Crush with a new business.
  • This is the first episode where Belleview High School makes an appearance.
  • This is the first episode in which Josh is wearing an earring.
  • During the montage, Lenny Kravitz's "Dig In" can be heard playing.
  • This episode on DVD used Nickelodeon's "lightbulb" ending screen, only the noise it makes plays 3 times as opposed to the usual 6 times.
  • An alternate version of this episode has a different song replacing Lenny Kravitz's Dig In Song, because of copyright.
  • The hot sauce that Megan uses to put in Drake and Josh's spaghetti and drinks if you look closely is Frank's Red Hot Sauce.
  • There is an episode of "Friends" from season 2, The One With the Prom Video, that has Chandler (Matthew Perry) throw a basketball into a lamp breaking the lamp similar to this.
  • In the US the opening credits show Drake Bell first then Josh Peck but in other countries the opening credits reverse it.
  • Megan's Prank: Puts hot sauce on Drake and Josh's dinner plate and drink
  • An unaired pilot was produced in 2002 where Walter was portrayed by Stephen Furst, but the producers later decided to recast his role.


  • After the opening comment, the camera shows a closeup of the house and it is the afternoon. However, when Drake comes home, you see that it's nighttime right behind him.
  • Josh says that he can't sleep on the couch but in Smart Girl, he slept on the couch.
  • When Drake first walks in, we can see Josh's black hair coming out of the Miss Nancy wig, but when Drake is trying to keep the letter away from Josh, Josh's hair is completely in the wig. When Drake heads towards the window, we can see Josh's black hair again coming out of the wig.
  • Josh says he is vegetarian when Buck threatens him, but when the martial artist asks if he and Drake like chicken tenders, Josh nods. He is also seen eating meat in later episodes.
    • He likely quit being a vegetarian.
  • When Drake is talking to Tiffany, the back of her hair it is completely straight. When the camera flicks back to the back of her head, her hair is messed up, then when the camera flicks back to the back of her head, her hair is all together, straight again.
  • When Drake walks in on Josh as Miss Nancy, when he says, "you don't want to play any basketb-AAAHHHHH!!!", you can tell from the inflection in his voice that he is gearing up to scream before he sees Josh.