iMeet Fred (iCarly)
"iMeet Fred" is the 13th episode of the 2nd season of iCarly and the 38th episode overall. It guest stars Lucas Cruikshank as both himself and Fred Figglehorn. It was heavily panned by critics and fans alike and was regarded as the worst episode of the series.
While on the air, Freddie reveals that he is not a fan of Fred. Meanwhile, Spencer lets a magic meatball make his decisions for him.
Why It Sucks
- Despite the fact that Fred is already hated for being immature and having a very annoying high-pitched voice, this episode literally took the hatred on him way too far.
- But the problem is when Fred's popularity began to rise around 2008 and 2009 (this episode aired in early 2009) when both he and his character became Social Media stars (which is explained why most characters in the episode were loyally defending him), until his character became irrelevant a few years later.
- Freddie gets kicked out of every club in school and even tortured relentlessly online just for giving his honest and straightforward opinion on Fred.
- Freddie is right about Fred being unfunny, but he gets abused throughout the whole episode for saying that Fred isn't funny, causing Lucas Cruikshank to quit making videos (this proves that he can't handle criticism). Plus, Sam physically assaults Freddie with a tennis racket in order to force him to tell Lucas that he likes his videos.
- This episode gives a bad impression of Fred fans as people who can't handle criticism to the point of throwing an arrow on fire on Freddie's locker and make a website just to discourage people from watching iCarly.com.
- A laugh track plays at every moment of Freddie being physically and emotionally harmed, which shows that this episode relies on cruelty for comedy.
- Spencer is very stupid in this episode as he believes in his Magic Meatball (parody of Magic 8-Ball) and buys an ostrich because it told him to do it.
- Spencer's side plot with the magic meatball is a blatant rip-off of the Rocko's Modern Life episode, "Magic Meatball", which literally does the exact same thing, only it was executed better.
- The magic meatball had a stereotypical Mexican accent.
- It revolves around the already annoying Fred. What were you expecting?
- It encourages opinion disrespecting and forcing people to lose their hatred on a certain thing, like a TV show. No joke!
- Carly is very unlikable and out of character in this episode as she does not stand up or defend Freddie in contrast to previous episodes. Sam on the other hand is even more unlikable, abusive, and annoying than usual.
- Carly and Sam also do not care about how horribly treated Freddie gets. Worse, they even want him to stop hating Fred and start liking him in the end. They are disrespecting his opinion, which makes them horrible friends.
- It was revealed that Lucas started the fake feud in order to boost the ratings of both his channel and iCarly when it resulted in lower ratings and harassment (especially towards Freddie).
- Lucas apologizes to Carly near the end of the episode. While Carly did indeed deserve to be said "Sorry" to, it should have been Freddie that Lucas should have said "Sorry" to, since his reaction was the one that caused Freddie's torture in the first place. (Although, in fairness, Lucas had no way of knowing that Freddie would be tortured relentlessly for what he said.)
- The ending where almost the entire iCarly cast all talk and scream in high-pitched voices like those of Fred together with Fred himself is incredibly annoying and ear-piercing. Fred's high-pitched voice is already annoying enough, but to have Freddie, Sam and Carly also screaming their lines like him makes it even worse!
- Only when Lucas Cruikshank parts are actually okay or good is when they're without Fred's voice.
- The acting is still good at some parts.
- As mentioned about the end, it turns out that Lucas stopped making Fred videos so that both his web series and iCarly would get higher ratings, which is kinda nice. (Although, in fairness, it all turned out be one big, dirty lie, as Lucas never really did stop making Fred videos, as he only cared about the views. Yeah, Freddie being harassed and beat up by Sam is just all about the views. What a great character Lucas is portrayed as! (Even though Lucas never told his fans to violently harass and beat up Freddie))
As said above, “iMeet Fred” was heavily panned by fans and critics. It is often considered the worst episode of the series. It currently sits at a 4.8/10 on IMDb, making it the lowest rated episode.
- This episode spawned the "Whatcha got there?... a smoothie" meme.
- Despite the gang traveling to Idaho to meet with Lucas Cruikshank, he was living in Nebraska at the time.