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Zoey's Balloon
Season 3, Episode 9
Production Information

Steve Hoefer


George Doty IV

Prod code



March 11, 2007

Episode Chronology



Chase's Grandma

Zoey's Balloon is the ninth episode in Season 3 and the 35th overall episode in the Nickelodeon TV series, Zoey 101. It is the 11th episode of Season 3 in streaming and production order. The episode aired on March 11, 2007.


Zoey and her friends must write a secret and tie it to a balloon for psychology class. However, Zoey's balloon gets stuck in a tree, and someone finds and learns Zoey's secret. The mysterious person begins blackmailing her. First, Zoey is forced to wear a banana suit and walk around campus. Quinn tries reading fingerprints off the note from the blackmailer, but doesn't get anything. When Zoey checks the website where she's getting her messages, she learns she has to go to the cafe, stand on a table, and dance to a 1990's hit dance called the Macalana (which is, according to Quinn, a big zit on the face of the 90's). Quinn, realizing that she can track the source of the website, finds FireWire, who refuses to tell them who made him create the site. To make him talk, they destroy one of his collectibles from Galaxy Wars. FireWire reveals that Chase's ex-girlfriend, Rebecca, is blackmailing Zoey, as she found the balloon. Rebecca points out that Zoey can't tell anyone about this, because if she does, Rebecca will reveal to everyone her secret. When Zoey tells her roommates if Rebecca reveals her secret, she is going  to leave PCA, Quinn and Lola knew her reputation was in trouble, so they had to do something to help her. When Zoey goes to the cafe, she tells Rebecca she isn't going to do it; when Rebecca starts to reveal the secret, but Zoey's friends come along together and all jump in revealing their most embarrassing secrets to help her. Finally, Zoey reveals her secret: the little girl showing her butt on the Golden Tone suntan lotion bottles was her when she was 4 years old. Rebecca, now no longer having anything to blackmail Zoey with, walks out in a huff when Zoey starts to dance the Macalana with everyone else.


  • Paul Butcher (Dustin Brooks) did not appear in this episode.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Rebecca. (It is possible that she was expelled for what she did to Zoey).
  • The URL zoeysballoon.com redirects to iCarly.com.
  • Going by production order, this is the 11th episode of Season 3.
  • On the door to Firewire's room, it is revealed that they have a Pokemon Club.
  • Quinn's comment that she has six toes is a reference to an episode of Dan Schneider's show All That where Ed claims to Tia and Tamera Mowry that he has six toes.
  • The "Macalana" is a rather obvious spoof of the Macarena.
  • Dan Schneider provides the voice of the website zoeysballoon.com.
  • The sunscreen Zoey mentioned, Golden Tone, is a parody of a brand of sunscreen called Copper Tone.
  • The secrets revealed go as followed:
    • Lola Martinez: She's been afraid of people in costumes since a bad experience with a hot dog guy as a child. (not revealed during the secret revealing, she admitted it in class)
    • Chase Matthews: He was the flower girl at his uncle's wedding.
    • Lola Martinez: The first time she wore a bra, she couldn't figure out how to get it off, so her mom had to help her.
    • Michael Barret: Every year, when his parents drop him off at PCA, he cries for two hours.
    • Quinn Pensky: She has six toes on her right foot (this may or may not be a lie, as other episodes where her feet are shown don't seem to follow this evidence). She also mentioned having six toes on her right foot in Drippin' Episode and Quinn's Date.
    • Stacey Dillsen: Every dog she ever owned bit her and ran away.
    • Firewire: He wishes he was Ryan Seacrest.
    • Ms. Dangle: She never got her degree in teaching.
    • Zoey Brooks: Her butt was revealed like the girl on the Golden Tone suntan lotion bottles.
  • When Zoey is pressing the keys on her laptop, you can see the Apple key which is from the original iBook G4.
  • This is the only episode where Logan is present but has no lines.
  • The music that plays in the scene where Zoey tells Quinn and Lola that someone is blackmailing her is also heard in the montage of Zoey getting ready to leave in Goodbye Zoey.
  • In reality, Rebecca would be expelled and be charged with harassment for blackmailing Zoey. It can be speculated she was, considering this was her final appearance.


  • Ms. Dangle admits that she never got her degree in teaching. However, in Welcome to PCA, Zoey's dad says that PCA has some of the greatest teachers in the country.
    • It can be likely Ms. Dangle lied about this when applying for a teaching position at PCA.
  • Lola admits in this episode that she has been afraid of people in costumes ever since she was little. However, in Quinn's Alpaca, Mark wears an anteater suit and Lola is not scared. (The only reason why is because her fear was not established at that time.)
    • Also, if Lola is afraid of people in costumes, it may explain why she didn't appear in the Halloween special, Haunted House.
  • When Michael traded his pink balloon to Zoey, he got a blue balloon for it. However, in the scene before the balloons are released, his balloon is yellow.
  • When Zoey is apparently writing "I'm not telling you my secret", it is clear that she just scribbled on the page for a second.
  • After Quinn gives Firewire a nerve pinch, Lola and she drag him from his dorm room into theirs. Since all three don't live in the same dorm, someone from outside would have clearly noticed this while the girls were dragging Firewire, and they could gotten in trouble if anyone reported them.
  • Despite the consequences if Zoey revealed she was being blackmailed, she should have immediately reported the website to Dean Rivers or the disciplinary department of PCA, as any form of harassment would most likely not be accepted on campus.

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