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The Demonator
Season 3, Episode 15
Air date February 25, 2006
Written by Anthony Del Broccolo

Eric Friedman

Directed by Steve Hoefer
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The Demonator is the fifteenth episode of the third season of Drake & Josh.


There's a new roller coaster that promises to be the thrill of a lifetime - but what Drake and Josh discover is that the real adventure comes while waiting in the queue.


In the opening comments, Josh is playing with a yo-yo while Drake is too hyperactive because he has to drink brownie soup, which was unbaked since Josh was making those.

Drake and Josh plan on riding a roller coaster called the Demonator on the first day it's open. However, Audrey and Walter told the boys that they're not allowed to ride on the Demonator because they want them to stay home and watch over their great-grandfather, Papa Nichols (who is 81 years old and has had surgery). After Audrey and Walter go out to watch the awards, Drake calls Craig and Eric to baby-sit Papa Nichols and he lets them substitute for him and Josh while he, Josh, and Megan go off to ride The Demonator.

At home, Papa Nichols wakes up disoriented and he thinks he is back in World War II and pranks Craig and Eric, believing they are "German nerds". While at Mystic Mountain, Drake, Josh, and Megan are bumped to the back of the line after Josh got back in the middle of the line upsetting the other people when he had to use the restroom. Later, Drake and Josh get bumped back again for messing with Milford Mouse and Megan takes the opportunity to remain in line by pretending not to know them.

After Megan rode the Demonator, Drake and Josh finally rode the Demonator as they head back home before their parents arrive. When Drake, Josh, and Megan came home, Audrey and Walter told them about their night at the awards. After Megan leaves, Drake and Josh told their parents they watched Papa Nichols for the whole night as he slept. When Papa Nichols wakes up, he punches Walter knocking him out and pranks him as a German as he runs off.

During the end credits, Craig goes upstairs to Drake and Josh's room to look for Eric. He opens the closet and gets pranked by Papa Nichols which causes him to run downstairs. Papa Nichols uses his slipper that he found another one and he runs downstairs to get Craig.



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  • People leaving the Mystic Mountain ride groggy with messy hair and saying strange things, and Megan and Audrey say complimentary things about Bruce Winchill, a weatherman and a competitor to Walter's TV station are running gags in this episode.
  • This is the only appearance of Mystic Mountain.
  • This is the first episode with more than one writer. The second and third episodes would be Dr. Phyllis Show and Really Big Shrimp.
  • Mystic Mountain appears to be a parody of Six Flags: Magic Mountain. The exterior shots of the amusement park are actually of the park on Santa Monica Pier.
  • Roderick McCarthy, who plays the African American security guard in Mystic Mountain, would also play the music teacher in the Victorious episode "Beggin' on Your Knees".
  • Vernon Roberts, who played Papa Nichols, died on December 25, 2005, before the episode was released posthumously in 2006.
  • The phrase "oh my god" is used four times in this episode, the most of any episode in the show, not counting Drake & Josh Go Hollywood and Merry Christmas Drake & Josh.
  • The clothes Drake and Josh wore were the same as seen in various promotions, including the Drake & Josh Go Hollywood DVD cover.
  • Space Trek is a parody of Star Trek.
  • Milford Mouse is a parody of Disney's Mickey Mouse.
  • After Drake and Josh ride the Demonator and their hair gets messy, Drake's hair looks almost like his spiky hair from Season 1 and Josh's hair is just fluffy.
  • In the opening scene where Drake and Josh talk about Josh's fudgie boo brownies, Drake wears the same shirt as he did in the first half of the foam finger episode.
  • This is the only appearance of Papa Nichols. He's mentioned again in the Season 4 episode The Wedding when Josh mentions how he threw Eric's cellphone against the wall.
  • When Papa Nichols picks up his shoe and begins to talk into it like a real soldier does with a walkie talkie, he believes he is talking to General George S. Patton Jr., a real-life general from World War II.
  • Walter asks when Megan began calling him by his first name instead of "Dad".
  • This is the only appearance of Papa Nichols. He's mentioned again in The Wedding.
  • It is unknown who is behind the Milford Mouse disguise, but the voice is none other than Dan Schneider.


  • When Drake, Josh and Megan get sent to the back of the queue for the ride, a big scary man pushes in front of them. Moments later he has suddenly moved up in the line. Meanwhile, Drake and Josh are in the same spot that they were originally in.
  • At the beginning when Drake and Josh flip over the couch, wires are visible.
  • Drake said that it would take 13 minutes to find the car and 22 minutes to get home. But after Drake and Josh rode the Demonator Josh said that they only had 20 minutes until their parents got home. So, they should have been caught by then or they found the car so quickly and drove home faster. They got there at 10:57, 3 minutes before 11:00.
  • When Papa Nichols throws Eric out the window, it's real surprising how he was completely unharmed. He wasn't cut by the glass, or had any broken bones. Although he could've landed on something.
  • Given the fact that Papa Nichols is in his '80s and has just been given surgery, how did he climb to the ceiling and fall on top of Craig and Eric without getting hurt?
  • The credits list has Milford Mouse's name as "Mystic Mouse".
  • If Josh was actually fighting Milford Mouse, he'd likely have been kicked out of the entire park instead of just being sent to the back of the line.
  • Drake and Josh says they're going to ride the Demonator the first day it opens but find out it's opening at night when Megan comes in the room. Drake and Josh never told Megan when the first day the Demonator opens, they just tell her that they're going to ride it the first day it opens and then she says it is tomorrow, but she somehow knew.
    • It's possible that she watched the commercial on her TV.
  • Drake and Josh ask Craig and Eric to look after Papa Nichols while they're at Mystic Mountain Carnival riding the Demonator but when they get back home before 11:00, Drake and Josh push Craig and Eric out the back door as Audrey and Walter come in through the front door, wouldn't they have seen Craig and Eric's car out front when they were coming in?
  • When Papa Nichols asks Craig and Eric what they've done with the rest of his unit, Eric somehow knows that Papa Nichols thinks he's back in World War II, even though Drake and Josh never told Craig and Eric that their great-grandfather was a war veteran.
    • It is possible be that they told them while Megan was getting her jacket.
  • Drake could have just taken his Demonator shirt off instead of putting on the drapes as he still had the red shirt under it. Though Drake did that likely because he did not have enough time to take the shirt off or could have not wanted Audrey and Walter to see the shirt laying around.
  • Walter and Audrey tell Drake and Josh to watch Papa Nichols while they go out to the "News-ies". Walter and Audrey could've just stayed home to watch Papa Nichols themselves while Drake and Josh go out to ride the Demonator as Walter has lost 5 times for the Best Weatherman award to Bruce Winchill.