Stars: Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor, Noah Munck
Writers: Dan Schneider, Matt Fleckenstein
Director: Steve Hoefer
Original Telecast: August 13, 2011
You have to hand it to iCARLY for continuing to be the strangest and most satisfying series on Tween television. As it enters the second half of its fourth season on Nickelodeon, it continues to push and prod the humorous boundaries with its likable characters, silly situations and broad physical comedy.
The new episode pays off the Season 4 cliffhanger where Sam (Jennette McCurdy) realized she had feelings for her object of hate Freddie (Nathan Kress) and finally kissed him.
It’s been a long wait to find out what the fall-out was, and as Season 5 begins, Sam has went missing with both Freddie and Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) worried sick about her.
They eventually track her down at a mental institution. She checked herself in because she figured she must be crazy for liking Freddie. When Freddie convinces her she’s always been crazy, they try to leave, but since Sam is a minor, she needs her mother to sign her out (and, as always, she’s not around). This results in Carly’s brother Spencer (Jerry Trainor) dressing up like Sam’s mom. This is actually one of the funnier bits on the show, since Trainor does a spot on impersonation of Jane Lynch who played Sam’s mom last season.
Ultimately, Sam and Freddie’s relationship is taken to the next level and the episode, true to recent iCARLY form never takes a truly linear route with its story structure.
Making a guest appearance is THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Jim Parsons as a fellow mental patient. While some of the stuff he spews is humorous (he claims he’s from the future), he’s more a distraction from the primary antics of our regular cast.
I have to say, unlike some shows where having two characters attracted to one another always proves to be a stretch, this budding Sam/Freddie romance could actually be quite interesting. After four seasons of a love/hate relationship between the two building, seeing them on the same team could actually be quite prosperous for the comedy (or detrimental – too early to tell).
iCARLY is Nickelodeon’s prized comedy show. While VICTORIOUS is good (also from iCARLY’s creator) and BIG TIME RUSH is barely tolerable, iCARLY always provides comedy that is satisfying to both Tweens and adults. That’s why it’s also a shame that Nickelodeon continually stretches its seasons with one and half months in between episodes at certain points. It’s smart to make fans want more, but it’s brutal to make them feel pain and frustration during those long dry spells.
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