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Theater Thug
Season 3, Episode 14
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Air date February 18, 2006
Written by Dan Schneider
Directed by Roger Christiansen
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Theater Thug is the fourteenth episode of the third season of Drake & Josh.


Josh gets a part on a TV crime show where he plays the infamous `Theater Thug'. Following his TV debut, he becomes a public enemy, as a case of mistaken identity gets out of hand.


In the opening comments, Josh is playing poker downstairs and Drake is playing his guitar upstairs and talk about the time they were at the mall.

Josh reenacts a criminal called the Theater Thug on "FBI's Most Wanted" (a spoof of America's Most Wanted) at The Premiere, but ends up being mistaken for the real Theater Thug and gets arrested several times. Megan tries to help Josh disguise himself, but it ends in failure. Drake on the other end signs autographs for people who saw him on TV.

Later on, the real Theater Thug shows up at the Premiere near closing time and robs Josh. After a fight, Josh manages to pin him down, but the cops arrive and mistake Josh for the Theater Thug, arresting him while accidentally letting the Thug escape.

During the end credits, Drake and Josh sing "I Found a Way" with Drake using his guitar.



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  • The hippie disguise used by Josh, "Antoine" and his line "What it is?" was originally used in an episode of the Nickelodeon show All That (produced by Dan Schneider). Kenan Thompson played him.
  • The second disguise Megan and Drake showed Josh is a morphed photo of Zoey Brooks from Dan Schneider's other show, Zoey 101. You can see her dorm key on the necklace.
  • One of Josh's openings lines was heard on the Sam & Cat episode #FavoriteShow.
  • The Mr. T disguise was also seen in this episode of Drake & Josh. Megan says his catchphrase which is, "I pity the fool." He played the character Clubber Lang, who was Rocky Balboa's opponent from Rocky III.
  • During the reenactment at the cinema, Drake's shirt had the letters USSR on it, which is an abbreviation of The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which is more commonly known as the Soviet Union.
  • The real theater thug's whereabouts following the episode is unknown, but it’s likely he was eventually captured or is still at large.
  • Josh gets beat up/arrested on-camera 3 times.
  • This is the second time Josh gets tortured by other people after being on TV, the first time was in Blues Brothers.
  • It is completely illogical that the police arrested Josh at the end after entering the cinema, as they have previously spotted the real thug entering the place.
  • FBI's Most Wanted is a parody of America's Most Wanted.
  • Many fans of the show consider this the worst episode of the entire show due to the cruelty and stupidity of the townsfolk and police.
  • This is the only episode that's not seen or shown as a flashback in Dr. Phyllis Show unlike all the other Season 3 episodes.
  • This joins The Affair as the only two episodes where the end credits last for at least one minute, not counting the two t.v. movies.
  • This is the second episode that plays a clip of Drake Bell singing "I Found a Way" using his guitar with Josh Peck by his side during the credits but this time is the extended full version of him singing the song, the first was "The Gary Grill".

Running Gags[]

  • Josh being mistaken for the Theater Thug and getting beat up/arrested.
  • Drake signing autographs from other people.


  • In this episode, Josh says he watches FBI's Most Wanted every Saturday, but in previous episodes, Josh spends Saturdays doing something else. Maybe he records every episode and watches it in his spare time.
  • It seems odd that Helen did not install an alarm system which would have prevented the Theater Thug from robbing The Premiere.
    • However, in the episode, Josh is Done, security measures were taken as security guards were hired to remove unwanted individuals.
  • How did the cops know the Theater Thug was at The Premiere when the real one shows up to rob the place?
    • The police most likely noticed him and backtracked him to The Premiere without him noticing and called in for a backup chopper on the way since it was serious to not let him escape.
  • Josh probably is not old enough to lock up for The Premiere. If he were at least 18 years old and assistant manager (like how he's always wanted to be), this would be permitted.
    • He was told by Helen to lock up the store, but still she shouldn't have done that.
  • Helen tries to ask the producer about being in the reenactment, she says that she's going to fluff her hair, but when she gets back and the reenactment begins, her hair isn't fluffy.
  • Josh doesn't look anything like the Theatre Thug so in the real world the police officers would've been fired for falsely arresting Josh.
    • The officers would also be fired for aiding and abetting.
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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