"We're about to watch two nerds compete by slapping themselves. I think we'll be okay."
Jade to Cat.

The Hambone King
Season 4, Episode 2
First Aired September 29, 2012
Production Code 314
Writer(s) Dan Schneider & Warren Bell
Director(s) Russ Reinsel
Viewed By: 2.391 million [1]
Episode Guide
"Wanko's Warehouse"
"Opposite Date"

The Hambone King is the 2nd episode of Season 4 of Victorious and the 49th episode overall.[2] This episode got 2.391 million views on the premiere night. This is the lowest documented audience of an episode in the series.


Robbie posts a video online spotlighting his rhythmic talent of hamboning, and then he must face off against Gerald Arnpeg, a challenger who claims Robbie to be a fake and wants to prove that he is better than him. Robbie and Gerald have a hamboning competition behind Nozu, but Robbie loses when he hurts himself. The gang then brings him to Tori's house to try and comfort him, and this is when they find out Tori's secret; she used to hambone seven years ago on a hamboning team with Gerald. Then, Tori agrees to help Robbie beat Gerald after venting about how she caught Gerald hamboning with another girl. They both do a lot of training, and, with the help of the others, Robbie eventually gets better at hamboning. When Robbie hambones against Gerald a second time, his friend Merl throws a piece of sushi at him, causing him to lose.

Tori calls them out and says they cheated, and then proceeds to hambone against Gerald. Meryl tries to cheat again and throws a piece of sushi at Tori, but she eats it and completes her sequence. When it is Gerald's turn, he messes up and Tori becomes the "Hambone Queen."


Cat tap dances everywhere to practice for a role in a musical. Cat tap dances so much to the point where André and Jade put slippers on her feet so it doesn't make so much noise. Cat's tap dancing helps Robbie with his hamboning, however.


  • Victoria Justice said she was "hamboning" the week they filmed this episode. [3][4] [5]
  • Matt Bennett said in an interview that The Hambone King will be a tribute to "Rocky."
  • There are many references to Rocky III that are seen throughout the episode:
    • When André and Robbie are running in the corridor, their outfits match the ones worn by Apollo and Rocky during training.
    • The scene where Robbie is whacking the balloon being held by Tori, is a parody of the exercise that is seen throughout the Rocky series.
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      When Tori and Robbie are talking on the Vega's patio, the line "I'm afraid! Alright?! Do you want me to hear me say it? Do you want to break me down?", is a reference to when Rocky is talking to his wife Adrian on the beach.
  • In this episode, 'hamboning' is another term for 'clap dancing.'
  • This is the second time that the plot is on Tori and Robbie alone. First being Tori Gets Stuck.
  • This episode was filmed around the beginning of March 2012.
  • Cat's tap dancing talent, along with Robbie's and Tori's hamboning talent, is revealed in this episode.
  • Only Cat from the beginning was in the Opening Sequence.
  • Nozu returns in this episode for the first time in season 4.
  • When Robbie and Tori talk to each other on the Vega's patio, Robbie comments about the bad script writing, breaking the fourth wall.
  • This is the third time that Trina is flirting with Beck, the first two being The Worst Couple and Car, Rain & Fire.
  • This is the second time that Jade's highlights are blue in Season 3/4. First being Tori & Jade's Play Date
  • This episode marks the second time Cat has kissed Robbie on the cheek, the first being in A Christmas Tori.
  • There may be a reference to a Victoria Justice movie, Spectactular, when Cat say's "Ta-Do!" and Tori responds "It's Ta-Da" one of her lines in the movie.
  • Mrs. Lee and Kwakoo appear after a 5-episode disappearance.
  • This episode marks the first time to show Kwakoo's soft side.
  • Tori reveals that she used to hambone 7 years ago.
  • This is the third episode since The Blonde Squad that Rex hasn't made an appearance.
  • "Yellow Kitty," also the type of purse Tori mentioned, is a parody of Hello Kitty.
  • Cat wore her tap dancing shoes throughout the whole episode.
  • Ending Tagline: "How bad do you want this?" - Tori
  • The brand of Sunflower seeds Andre was eating is Schneider. Like Dan Schneider, the creator of this show.
  • The episode premiered to a surprisingly and shockingly low 2.39 million viewers, by far the series' lowest audience yet, even lower than The Great Ping Pong Scam.
  • After this episode aired, a great majority of fans were outraged that the episode ends with Tori winning and Robbie losing. It was the infamous theory, "Tori gets everything."
  • Trina has a minor role in this episode. 

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