|Season 1, Episode 1|
|Air date||January 11, 2004|
|Written by||Dan Schneider|
|Directed by||Virgil L. Fabian|
Pilot is the first episode of Drake & Josh. It aired on January 11, 2004.
Drake Parker (Drake Bell) is a cool and popular teenager while Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) is a geeky teenager whom Drake describes as unusual. Drake's mom Audrey Parker-Nichols (Nancy Sullivan) and Josh's dad Walter Nichols (Jonathan Goldstein) have been dating and announce to Drake, Josh, and Drake's devious little sister, Megan Parker (Miranda Cosgrove), 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 Margolis (Julie Gonzalo), who wrote to Miss Nancy. But Josh gets in trouble when her angered boyfriend Buck (Joey Mendicino) 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. Both make up and accept each other as brothers.
- Drake Bell as Drake Parker
- Josh Peck as Josh Nichols
- Nancy Sullivan as Audrey Parker-Nichols
- Jonathan Goldstein as Walter Nichols
- Miranda Cosgrove as Megan Parker
- Julie Gonzalo as Tiffany Margolis
- Joey Medicino as Buck
- Scott Halberstadt as Eric Blonowitz (cameo)
- Toshi Toda as Martial Arts Teacher
- 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.
- Also, the cold open of this episode is similar to Really Big Shrimp.
- 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, at least on DVD had the nickelodeon light bulb logo, but 3 deep hums instead of 6
- An Alternate Version of this episode has a different song replacing Lenny Kravitz's Dig In Song.
- 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.
- 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 probably 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 Miss Nancy.