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"I've seen what you can do on stage. You're special. You're fantastic. You belong at this school."
— André to Tori

Pilot
Season 1, Episode 1
VictoriousPilot
Airdate March 27, 2010
Production Code 101
Written by Dan Schneider
Directed by Steve Hoefer
Viewership 5.7 million
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Pilot (also known as Make It Shine) is the first episode of the first season of Victorious. It aired on March 27, 2010.

Plot Edit

Tori Vega and Ian are examining a mold bush for science. Then, her older sister, Trina, comes in, upset because she got paired up with André Harris for The Big Showcase, a talent show for Trina's performing arts school she went to, Hollywood Arts. André then arrives and plays some piano. Tori then sees André talking to his grandmother, Charlotte, who was scared of everything, though she would be coming to the Big Showcase. Trina begins practicing a song André wrote, called, "Make It Shine," which she would sing for the Big Showcase. At the Big Showcase, a man named Lane Alexander, the guidance counselor for Hollywood Arts tells Tori and her parents to come backstage. They see that Trina's tongue was gigantic and throbbing. It had come from the Chinese Herb Gargle she ate to improve her singing and she had gotten an allergic reaction. André wants Tori to perform for her. Tori doesn't want to, but everyone forces her into it. Tori ends up performing beautifully. She gets a standing ovation and hugs André. Then, Principal Eikner (principal of Hollywood Arts) comes and offers Tori a place at Hollywood Arts due to how talented that was. Then, André opens the curtain and asks the audience if they think Tori's worthy of a place at Hollywood Arts. Everyone agrees and Tori accepts.

When Tori starts her first day at Hollywood Arts, she tries to ask a ditsy girl named Catarina "Cat" Valentine for instructions. However, she doesn't understand. She then asks a nerd named Robert "Robbie" Shapiro where Erwin Sikowitz's classroom is. However, Robbie's ventriloquist dummy, Rex Powers, answers instead. Then, when she goes to Sikowitz's classroom, she accidentally spills coffee on Beck Oliver. She tries to clean him, but then, Beck's girlfriend, Jade West, tells Tori to get away from him. Jade gets her revenge on Tori by casting her for her improv scene, but makes her a family dog and gets an excuse to pour coffee all over Tori. Tori leaves, embarrassed, but André follows her. He doesn't let her call her mom and tells her that she was extremely talented and she belonged at the school. At home, Trina tells Tori that she wasn't terrible and she was really good at the Big Showcase. Tori ends up deciding to come back to Hollywood Arts. Sikowitz tells his class to do alphabetical improv, which meant doing an improv scene where if one person says a sentence, the next sentence would have to start with the letter after the last sentence started with. Tori chooses Jade to be on her team. Cat and Andre get kicked out and then, Tori and Jade start arguing while staying in the scene. Then, Tori ends up getting Jade kicked out. Beck remains in the scene and Tori kisses Beck right in front of Jade. Tori now loves her school.

Quotes Edit

Trivia Edit

  • This episode was shot months before The Bird Scene. As a result, there are many differences in this episode from other episodes:
    • Tori's hair is straightened (like Victoria's appearances when she was younger), unlike many other episodes. (Excluding the scenes that take place at the showcase, and after Jade pours coffee on her head.)
    • Tori wears showing toe shoes, skirts and dresses. Most other episodes show Tori wearing jeans, sneakers, and boots.
    • Robbie's afro is shorter than for the rest of the first season and he dresses geekier.
    • Rex's head and eyes are bigger in this episode than in any other episodes. His body is also big and his skin tone is darker. In the promo for the whole TV show, Rex's voice sounds very different from the way it normally sounds.
    • Jade has a slightly different appearance. This could be due to more eye makeup and different styling of hair. Her voice sounds different in some scenes of this episode. For instance: "That explains his pants." (talking to Sikowitz). Liz Gillies mentioned in an interview that the reason for this was that in this episode, she portrayed Jade, similarly to how she portrayed Lucy from the Broadway musical, 13. This included the way she spoke for the role.
    • Cat's hair is curly in this episode, as opposed to straight in later episodes. Ariana Grande's natural hair is curly and brown, and her hair was dyed red (so the entire cast would not be brunette) for the series.
    • Beck's hair is shorter.
    • Trina has darker hair and is skinnier in this episode unlike other episodes.
    • Mr. Vega's hair is much longer than it appears in other episodes.
    • The Vegas' House has a different backyard porch area than in later episodes.
    • Tori's PearPhone 2G looks more like the original iPhone during the cutaways, as it has a round home button.
    • The locker prop that eventually became Tori's locker appears to be occupied in this episode. In later episodes, the locker shifts to the right and the locker that was first next to it is gone. In The Bird Scene, when Tori flirts with Robbie, you can see the locker that disappeared.
  • The original broadcast of this episode was an extended version. Some scenes were removed to fill its time slot in subsequent airings. Scenes in the extended version that are not in other airings: Trina attempting to rehearse saying her song needs to be a power ballad, the staff dressing Tori up for the big showcase, Sikowitz coming in through the window on Tori's second day, and a few other quotes (i.e. Beck saying "Little weird..." before he says "Let's do it" at the very end). The extended version can be found on the iCarly DVD iSpace Out.
  • When Tori enters Hollywood Arts for the first time with Trina, you can hear the same music that was played in the iCarly episode "iSaved Your Life" when Carly was playing Violin Hero.
  • For some reason, Jade didn't get detention, even though she poured coffee all over Tori, unless Sikowitz gave Jade detention off-screen.
    • It could also probably be because of how eccentric Sikowitz is. 
  • Twitter is only shown during the first half of this episode. For the remainder of this episode, TheSlap is shown.
  • When André asks Tori for aspirin, she gives him a handful. But after André claims his pills, if you look closely, Tori's hand is empty. This infers that André may have taken all the pills from Tori. (Note: Some of the pills fall onto the piano when Tori shakes the bottle; this may have happened to the remaining pills in her hand.) It could also be a simple continuity error.
  • The scenes showing the showcase may have been filmed after the original pilot was done and just prior to The Bird Scene. This is obvious as Tori and Trina have their season 1 hairstyles in those scenes, and Matt Bennett is shown wearing his outfit and hairstyle as Robbie in this season, though it is unclear as to whether he is portraying Robbie in those scenes or a different character before the scene that takes place the next day, where Tori meets Robbie and Rex. It is possible that a full second pilot was filmed after the first pilot, yet the aired pilot contains a mix of scenes from both pilots, and elements from both pilots were carried over to the actual series.
  • An alternate name for this episode, used in some listings, is Series Premiere.
  • Even though this was the series premiere, promos say that "The Bird Scene" was.
  • Pilots for TV series usually have a card of the title before going directly into the episode, with no theme song (like the pilot for Psych or Supah Ninjas). As such, the Victorious title card is the only indication of what series this is.
    • This is the only Dan Schneider show to do that so far.
  • The black boots Beck wears in the episode actually belong to the actor who portrays him, Avan Jogia, as the costuming department didn't have shoes for him to wear by the time filming began.
  • When Tori tweets that she's ditching school for the big showcase, below her post is a post from JaxieCat that says, "More cat food please...NOW." JaxieCat is the name of the Twitter account of Jackson, Dan Schneider's real life cat.
  • Ending Tagline: "You're a demon!" - Robbie

Goofs Edit

  • In this episode, Rex reminds Cat that she didn't have a date to the prom last year. But later in Prom Wrecker, we learn that Tori hopes to host the first ever Hollywood Arts prom. Also, they were in 9th grade the previous year, and prom is usually for mainly 11th and 12th graders.
  • In Tori's picture on TheSlap mobile, you can see the locker that says "Tori's Locker" on it in the background. However, this was not even in existence until The Bird Scene.
  • When "Jade" is picking her partners for improv, Ariana (Cat) starts to stand up before Liz (Jade) can say her line (choosing her to participate), meaning that Ariana did hers blocking while anticipating the line instead of waiting for motivation.
  • When André asks Tori for aspirin, she gives him a handful. But after André claims his pills, if you look closely, Tori's hand is empty. This infers that André may have taken all the pills from Tori. (Note: Some of the pills fall onto the piano when Tori shakes the bottle; this may have happened to the remaining pills in her hand.) It could also be a simple continuity error.

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