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“IPromise Not to Tell”
Season 1, Episode 12
Air Date

January 12, 2008


Dicky Murphy


Steve Hoefer

Episode Guide

iRue the Day


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iPromise Not to Tell is the twelfth episode of the first season of iCarly.


After Carly gets a B+ on her history paper because her teacher, Mr. Devlin, doesn't like "3-hole punched" paper, Carly is distraught because now she won't get straight A's on her report card. After overhearing Principal Franklin's username and password to the school's network, Sam hacks in and changes Carly's history paper grade to an A+ (which gives Carly straight A's for the semester as she deserves). Sam also changes two of her own grades and one of Freddie's grades (to avoid paying him $40 she owed him). Before she tells Carly about what she's done, Sam makes Carly 'ankle swear' not to tell anyone.

Carly is horrified that Sam has changed her grade, but refuses to break her promise to Sam. Carly does tell Freddie and makes him promise not to tell. Freddie (with Carly's help) hacks into the schools computer network with his laptop and tries to change all the grades back and I stead change the cafeteria menu to something that would be 'yummy' to eat but before they could catch up on what they really had to do, the Computer Security Agency (CSA) bursts into Carly's apartment and catches them hacking. The guilt eventually gets to Carly and she confesses to Spencer and then to Principal Franklin. Freddie also tries to take the blame.

Sam, feeling bad that she hurt her friends, shows up at Principal Franklin's office and confesses that she was actually the guilty party. Freddie and Carly are not punished, but Sam receives multiple detentions. As soon as Principal Franklin leaves the room, Sam gets right on his computer and tries to reduce her number of detentions, but Carly pulls her away by the hair before she can make the changes and this ends the episode, iPromise Not to Tell.


  • In a blooper seen in iBloop, Miranda Cosgrove fools around and eats one of the cereal pieces from Jennette McCurdy's bowl.
  • Principal Franklin's username, BigTeddy, and password, Corncake21, are revealed in this episode.
  • In this episode, Carly pins Freddie down twice, easily. There is a reference to this in iThink They Kissed, where she tries to pin him down again but Freddie easily reverses the pin, prompting Carly ask why he's so strong.
  • This episode reveals that Sam's last name is Puckett (it was shown on the computer when Sam was altering her detention).
  • This is the first episode to air in 2008.


  • Carly reads that she has to say "RAMPU" to turn on the lamp. But Japanese has its own letters, so it would be impossible for her to read it, unless Carly can speak Japanese in this episode, which she can't in iGo To Japan. Also, the "R" letter in Japan is pronounced as an "L," so it is pronounced "LAM-PU (ランプ)."
  • When Sam told the truth about changing Carly's grades, Principal Franklin gave her detention. In reality, she would be arrested for it. Though it is likely he went easy on her, because in iOwe You, Sam said that he goes easier on her when Carly is around.
  • Spencer assembles the Japanese lamp in this episode, but it was seen long before that in iPilot - it is therefore likely that Spencer is installing a new fitting in an old lamp.
  • When Carly comes downstairs to confess to Spencer about changing her grades, she turns in both directions and it is clear she has no letter A stuck to her butt. After that she did not sit down, go anywhere near Spencer's A sculpture or even touch anything until she leans over the back of the couch, so there is no way she could have gotten the A on her butt. It is most likely that before she went upstairs, she was near Spencer's A sculpture.
  • In this episode Carly gives away their microwave oven to Principal Franklin. However in subsequent episodes what appears to be the same oven is back in the Shays' kitchen. This means either (a) Spencer and/or Carly scoured all the stores in Seattle to purchase a new oven which is the identical make, model and colour as their old one, which seems improbable, (b) a member of the crew simply put the same oven back where it was before, or (c) Principal Franklin decided to give back the microwave oven before the next episode.
  • In this episode (also in "iThink They Kissed") Spencer brings out a "banjo" - but the instrument has six strings, so technically the instrument is a banjo guitar, not a banjo proper. In "iSell Penny Tees" he has a proper 5-string banjo.


Spencer: Lamp. Lamp. Lamp!
Carly: I think it knows it's a lamp.
Spencer: No, I want it to turn on...Lamp!
Carly: Let me see the instructions.
Spencer: Good luck, they're in Japanese!
Carly: On. Well, did you try saying lamp in Japanese?
Spencer: I did not! What's the Japanese word for lamp?
Carly: It looks like...Rampu.
Spencer: Rampu. Rampu. RAMPU!!!!!!!!!!
[Lamp turns on]
Spencer: It worked!
Carly: Yeah, you just gotta say it like a really angry Japanese man!
[Carly sits down next to Spencer and they take turns screaming at the lamp]
Carly & Spencer: RAMPU! RAMPU! [and so on]
[Freddie walks in and stares at them for a moment, then walks back out slowly]

Carly: Then let me reprint for you on paper that is completely hole-free!
Mr. Devlin: Reports can only be turned in once. Silly little truffle.

Sam: Tell you what. On the next iCarly, we tell everyone to go egg Mr. Devlin's house!
Carly: Nah, he'd probably like it, 'cause eggs don't have three holes!

Freddie: Mr. Devlin is, like, the strictest teacher in school.
Spencer: Yeah I know...he used to be the lunch monitor. He gave me detention.
Freddie: What for?
Spencer: Playing with my fruit.


[after Carly pinned him down]
Freddie: Oh, and for the record, the only reason you were able to do that is because I wasn't ready.
Carly: Are you ready now?
Freddie: Yeah, why you--
[Carly tackles him and pins him down easily]
Freddie: Could you please don't tell anyone about this..
[Carly smiles contentedly]

Principal Franklin: Hello, Sam.
Sam: Mornin', Ted.
Principal Franklin: Sam...
Sam: [falsely cheerful] Good morning Principal Franklin!
Principal Franklin: Thank you. Now, what trouble have gotten into the past week?
Sam: Uh let's see, I got yelled at by Ms. Briggs for failing a quiz.
Principal Franklin: Why did you fail the quiz...?
Sam: I didn't know the answers...
Principal Franklin: Right. Next?
Sam: Uhhh, OH! I got kicked out of the cafeteria for slapping Gibby with a piece of pizza...
Principle Franklin: Why did you slap Gibby with a piece of pizza?
Sam: I found it on the floor; I wasn't gonna eat it!

Principal Franklin: Sam, just sit quietly and try not to break anything.
Sam: No promises.

Mr. Wimley: Please complete exercises 7 and 9.
Carly: What about number 8?
Mr. Wimley: [whining] I'm in charge!

Security Officer: We need to speak to a legal parent or guardian.
Carly: Spencer!
Spencer: [from the bathroom] I AM IN THE BATHTUB!
Freddie: [to the security officers] Are we under arrest?
Carly: Are you going to take us to juvie?
Freddie: [crying] I don't want to go to juvie!
Carly: They're gonna take us to juvie!
Carly and Freddie: [cries]

Spencer: Hobos can't afford cable!

Related blog posts

Sam's blog: Things I've Changed in the School's Computer System

Photo Gallery

See photos for this episode here.

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Season One Episodes

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Season Two Episodes

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Season Three Episodes

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Season Four Episodes

iGot a Hot RoomiSam's MomiGet PrankyiSell Penny TeesiDoiStart a Fan WariHire an IdiotiPity the NeveliOMGiParty with VictoriousiLost My MindiDate Sam & FreddieiCan't Take ItiLove YouiQiBloop 2: Electric BloopalooiStill PsychoiBallsiMeet the First LadyiToe Fat Cakes

Season Five Episodes

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