Season 4, Episode 19
Drake & Josh Helicopter
Air date August 5, 2007
Written by Dan Schneider
Directed by Virgil Fabian
Episode Guide
Really Big Shrimp
Dance Contest
Helicopter is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season of Drake & Josh. It aired on August 5, 2007.


Drake and Josh begin to talk about their different opinions about listening to their parents to their respective audience, until an apparently stupid guy named Dave comes out of nowhere with his new web-cam and ruins their chat. They try to keep talking, but when Dave begins brushing his teeth in front of his cam, they angrily bail. At the Premiere, after Josh tells the movie-goers that the 9 o'clock showing of a movie called Helicopper is opening, Drake asks Josh for two free tickets to see the movie. He wants two free tickets so that he can take a girl. Josh refuses, saying that Drake has to learn how life is not a free ride, so Drake reluctantly ends up having to buy tickets. A few girls let Drake cut in front of them and when Drake asks for 2 tickets, he inadvertently ends up becoming the 100th person to buy 2 tickets to see Helicopper. Drake wins two free tickets and a free trip aboard a real helicopter and a free skydiving lesson. Josh is angry and jealous about how Drake gets everything good, but when Leah tries to tell Josh that good things happen to him too, Josh refuses to believe her, and for good reason; he learns from police that his red 12-speed bike is on fire and faints in dismay.

At home, Walter and Audrey overhear Drake telling his date about the skydiving trip. Thinking that skydiving may be too dangerous for Drake, they refuse to let him do it, angering him so much that he throws the rib that Josh is eating down to the ground. Josh rinses it off. Next morning, Josh comes in the kitchen to drink some juice and finds Audrey boiling some underwear in a saucepan. Josh asks Audrey what she was doing, and Audrey tells him that Walter had wanted to save money, so he bought a bunch of secondhand underwear online and she thought it was gross and disgusting, so she was boiling them. Audrey then tells Josh that he thought he was at the water park with Drake. Josh realizes that Drake told Audrey that he was going to the water park when instead, he was sneaking off to the Heliport. Josh tells Audrey that he forgot about the trip to the water park, and runs away after Drake. Audrey leaves so that she can smash a bug in Megan's shower. Walter stumbles upon the boiling underwear. He doesn't know that the underwear is in there, so he starts drinking the water, but when he sees his underwear in it, he passes out in dismay.

Josh rushes to the Heliport and finds Drake, who has just finished his skydiving lesson. Josh scolds Drake for going skydiving despite Walter and Audrey telling him not to as well as lying to the latter about going to the waterpark, and says that he had to lie as well to cover for Drake. Drake still wants to skydive, but Josh begs him not to, saying that if he gets hurt then it'll be his fault. Drake reluctantly says that he won't jump, but refuses to leave the Heliport, explaining that while Walter and Audrey said that he couldn't skydive, they never said anything about riding in the helicopter. Josh still has doubts about this, but when the pilot, Vince, invites him to come along as well, he changes his mind and excitedly accepts. 

Onboard the helicopter, Drake asks how high up they are, and Vince says that they are 7,000 feet. While enjoying the view, Josh spots a bird that he claims is extremely intelligent, only for it to smash into the helicopter's windshield. Josh turns to Drake to tell him what happened, and finds him putting on a parachute and preparing to jump out, despite earlier saying that he wouldn't. Josh tries to stop him and the two scuffle over the parachute, forcing Vince to set the helicopter on auto-pilot so he can break them up. However, Vince ends up falling and hitting his head on the onboard fire extinguisher, knocking himself unconscious. The brothers panic as they are now stranded 7,000 feet in the air with no knowledge of how to fly or land the helicopter.

A hysterical Josh believes that they will die, but Drake assures him that as long as the auto-pilot remains on they will survive. They then successfully revive Vince by slapping him, but their relief is cut short when, while showing Vince the dent in the fire extinguisher from where he hit his head, Josh accidentally sprays him out of the helicopter. Thankfully, Vince had the parachute that Drake and Josh were fighting over, but the brothers realize their situation has gotten worse as they now have no pilot. Josh suggests they use the radio to call the control tower for help, but initially get nothing but static. As they wait for a response, Drake attempts to fly and land the helicopter himself, using his experience from a video game. But when Drake turns the auto-pilot off, the helicopter stalls and swerves sideways, prompting him to quickly turn it back on to stop the stall. 

At that moment, they get a response from the control tower. Drake explains their predicament, but as he attempts to figure out where they are located, the mic wire is stretched too far causing the radio to snap off the control panel and fly out of the helicopter to it's death. Josh then uses his phone to call Walter and Audrey (although Drake initially protests this knowing they will get grounded), but is only able to reach Megan, who is talking with her friend about stickers. Unsurprisingly, Megan is more concerned about the latter than her brothers' safety and coldly tells Josh to call her back in half an hour. 

Suddenly, the control panel begins beeping loudly, and Drake notices that it's coming from the fuel gauge: it's on E, meaning their fuel supply is critically low. Josh begins saying his final prayers, but Drake once again assures him that they will live. In a last ditch effort to save themselves, Drake searches the helicopter and finds the last remaining parachute, getting the idea to take it and bring back help. Incredulous, Josh asks what kind of help he could bring back, sarcastically suggesting a dive team to locate his corpse in the ocean, before suggesting that they should jump together. However, Drake refuses to jump after looking outside and seeing how high up they are, but Josh hooks himself to Drake and they jump out. 

Much later, Drake and Josh arrive home soaking wet, and find Megan playing with a domino set that Walter bought for her. Furious that she hung up on them during their out-of-control helicopter ride, the brothers explain that they had to skydive with one parachute, land in the ocean, swim for two miles, and were eventually rescued and brought back to land by a tuna boat. But Megan once again does not seem to care and asks if they brought back any tuna, to which Drake and Josh respond to by chasing her around the living room. At that moment, Audrey and Walter return home, and the brothers almost easily lie that they had fun at the waterpark. 

Just as Drake and Josh think they might get away with their botched helicopter ride, an angry Vince arrives at their door and, in front of their parents, loudly scolds the brothers for what they did. Drake attempts to persuade Vince not to talk about the incident in front of Audrey and Walter, but the latter decides to take matters into his own hands and asks what the problem is. Vince gives him a bill, and upon reading it, a horrified Walter realizes he has to pay $400,000 for a new helicopter. Knowing that their cover is blown and what's about to come to them, Drake and Josh sadly ground themselves for two weeks and head to their room, leaving Walter to brood over the bill. 


Vince: (giving a lesson on skydiving) First you're gonna squat, pray, leap, ahhhh...
Drake: Ahhhh?
Vince: That's what you're gonna yell on the way down.
Drake: Ahh.
Vince: Ahhhh!
Drake: Ahhhh!
Vince: Then, touchdown.
Drake: Touchdown.
Vince: Yes, that's S, P, L, A, T.
Drake: That spells splat.
Vince: Oh, man!

Josh: (accidentally sprays Vince out of the helicopter)
Josh: I extinguished our pilot?
Drake: No; HE has a parachute! YOU'VE EXTINGUISHED US!

Drake: Well because if they know I'm up in this helicopter I'm going to get grounded!
Josh: Hey; if we don't get help we are going to become PART OF THE GROUND!
Drake: Can't you call the fire department?
Josh: Yeah; yeah I'm thinking they don't have a 7,000 FOOT LADDER!

Drake: It's the fuel gauge! We're on E.
Josh: Well, maybe E means extra fuel! TELL ME E MEANS EXTRA FUEL!
Drake: Dude, E means empty; we're out of fuel!
Josh: AUUGGGHHH! (gets in praying position) Dear, Savior. I'm sorry about the time I stole that piece of candy when I was eight, I'm sorry about the time I watched that pretty lady's laundry spin in the dryer. Dear, Savior--
Drake: Will you stop that? We're gonna get out of this!


  • The helicopter is called "Schneider's Helicopter" and Schneider is the last name of the creator of The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, iCarly, Zoey 101, Victorious, Sam & Cat, Henry Danger & Game Shakers. There were other content found in this series as well as other DanWarp shows that have Dan's last name.
  • The aircraft is a Bell UH1N Huey.
  • This is the 2nd time Drake and Josh are sent in upstairs by being grounded. The first was The Bet.
  • Like what Megan did in The Bet when she comes back angrily in the rain, Drake and Josh came back angrily after being in the helicopter running out of fuel, and Also Vince came back angrily after being blasted out of the helicopter.
  • This is the second time Drake was disappointed and didn't listen to his parents by doing something dangerous. The first was Dune Buggy.
  • Paramore Studios is a parody of Paramount Pictures, as well as a reference to the rock band Paramore.
  • DreamScope Productions is a reference to DreamWorks SKG.
  • Drake mentions his video game involves fighting giant red lobsters that shoot rockets. This is a reference to The Amanda Show, which commonly featured giant red lobsters.
  • Josh quotes the chorus from the Crowded House song "Don't Dream It's Over".
  • The helicopter only had 2 parachutes- it would've been standard to have one for each passenger. It may be that the helicopter crew weren't expecting Josh.
  • Drake and Josh briefly punish themselves for disobeying their parents about the helicopter and skydiving, they briefly steal Walter's lines exactly what he says sometimes whenever him and Audrey punish them for not listening, they wanted to do the honors of punishing themselves and sending themselves upstairs.
  • Drake and Josh also say that they're grounded for 2 weeks but probably don't even know if their parents are actually going to punish them for 2 weeks, they could ground them for more than that.
  • The point where the radio snaps off from the control panel is similar to the point in "Gary Grill",when Josh is talking to Megan on the phone,walking around and rips the phone's wire.


  • When Drake and Josh are in the helicopter, at certain points, you can clearly see the green screen reflected on their heads.
  • After Drake goes, "Shh, not in front of our parents," you see that Josh is about to put his towel on his neck. However, after Audrey goes, "Uh, who is it?", Josh is still holding the towel.
  • In the episode "Really Big Shrimp", The Premiere burns down, but in this episode, The Premiere is still standing and clearly unharmed. However Really Big Shrimp is set after this episode and Dance Contest. However many shows on nick are aired in production order & not by airdate. Therefore it is possible this is because of this.
  • When Walter attempts to drink the boiled water thinking it is soup, he uses a slotted spoon. But a slotted spoon has slits, so the water should've fallen out when Walter tried to eat/drink it out of the spoon.
  • After Drake and Josh jump out of the helicopter, it's afternoon but in the next scene where they get home and yell at Megan for hanging up on them, it's night, although they landed in water and they did say that they swam 2 miles so time could've passed since then.
  • When Drake looks down at the water where him and Josh are flying, they're not over the clouds but when Drake and Josh jump out of the helicopter, they're over the clouds when they're falling.
  • Drake and Josh blasted their pilot out of the helicopter with a fire extinguisher but when they get home, the pilot comes to their house telling them that they blasted him out of the helicopter, how'd the pilot know where Drake and Josh live and how'd he find their house, Drake and Josh didn't tell him where they live so it's unlikely how he just found them.
  • Audrey is boiling Walter's underwear because it's disgusting, if she's boiling it because of it disgusting, she could've just washed it in the laundry because that's how you wash your clothes, however, she's technically washing laundry in a new way instead of doing it the old way.