In the pilot episode of the series, Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) is accused of photodocking Ms. Francine Briggs head onto the body of a rhinoceros even though her best friend, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy), did it. Because of this, they are forced to be the judges of the school talent show auditions. Freddie Benson (Nathan Kress), who has a crush on Carly but is enemies with Sam, brings his tech equipment to videotape the auditions. They eventually finish the auditions and pick which ones they want to be in it. Ms. Briggs rejects them all, inspiring them to make their own webshow titled iCarly.