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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 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. 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.



  • 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). w:c:nickelodeon:Kenan Thompson played him.
  • The second disguise Megan and Drake showed Josh is a morphed photo of w:c: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.
  • 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 episodes are unknown but it is likely that 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 there.
  • 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.

Running Gags

  • Josh being mistaken for the Theater Thug and getting beat up/arrested.


  • 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.
  • 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 most likely asked Helen for permission first.
  • 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.
  • In reality, Josh would've been arrested for aiding and abetting.