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"A Day Without Tears" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, Squidward bets that SpongeBob cannot go 24 hours without crying.



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SpongeBob wakes up, stubs his toe, and starts crying. He rips his favorite shirt and starts crying again. He goes downstairs and hears a sad song on the radio, and he cries some more.

At work, he flips a Krabby Patty, which lands on the ground when Mr. Krabs startles him. SpongeBob then cries once again. Squidward gets irritated of SpongeBob's crying, and he yells at him. SpongeBob then cries, wailing, "You yelled at me!"

Squidward tells SpongeBob that he cries too much; SpongeBob denies it, but Squidward pulls up a TV and plays a video of a trillion tears and millions of places where SpongeBob has cried over those years. Watching the video, SpongeBob realises he does cry a lot and promises to stop, but Squidward rebukes his words as he makes a bet with SpongeBob that he couldn't last until midnight without crying.

After the bet is made, Squidward follows SpongeBob home to make sure he cries and tries to make SpongeBob cry over things like a beautiful sunset, sad news stories with funerals, a sad song on the clarinet, and a saddening bedtime story.
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Squidward tries to get SpongeBob to cry.

Amazingly, SpongeBob manages to hold in his tears until midnight, despite all of Squidward's best attempts, and after midnight, SpongeBob cries all over Bikini Bottom like crazy. Squidward comes over for a slumber party the next night, and the episode ends with Squidward crying and SpongeBob consoling him while watching television.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Aloha Bikini Bottom - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]

  Coconut Cream Pie - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob wakes up]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob cries]
  Coconut Cream Pie - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes into his closet]
  Lionel Fishy Sad Song - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sad song on radio]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["That SpongeBob is such a crybaby."]
  Salty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob, guess what!"]
  Dirgey - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["He was a good little Krabby Patty."]
  Drama Link (e) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward annoyed by SpongeBob's crying]
  Short Rising Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, will you stop crying?!"/"Krabby Patty nothing!"]
  Steel Sting (j) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You yelled at me!"]
  Boring Morning - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["All right, look."]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini [montage of SpongeBob crying]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [thousands of tears later...]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini ["Wow, guess I do cry a lot."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Excuse me a minute."]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob calls Patrick]
  Silly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob makes a bet with Squidward/Squidward laughs]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward laughs]
  Hawaiian Flower - Jon Jelmer [sunset]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Choir drives by]
  Hawaiian Flower - Jon Jelmer [SpongeBob is about to cry]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, well, sunset's over."]
  O Makalapua (b) - Kapono Beamer [Gary sleeping]
  Unknown Track 34 - Nicolas Carr [mail arrives]
  Maui Beach - Hans Haider [postcard from SpongeBob's parents]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["No problem."]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  International Law - Peter Yorke [snail caught in tree]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr ["Coming up: an interview with a manatee who didn't get what he wanted for his birthday."]
  Drama Link (o) - Hubert Clifford ["Sad news for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy fans."]
  Alpine Holiday [#60] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward changes the channel]
  Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob throws the TV out the window]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm gonna watch it all night!"]
  Down in Davy Jones' Locker - Nicolas Carr ["It's getting late."]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["What would you say to a little music?"]
  Hearts and Flowers - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward gets angry]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Time really does fly when you're having fun!"]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [bedtime story]
  Danger Sign - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob trying not to cry]
  Frightmare - Magnum Opus [it's almost midnight]
  Steel Sting (l) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward sighs]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob bursts out crying]
  ? [Nicolas Carr]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob finishes crying]
  Friends and Family - Phil Green, Geoffrey Love, Ken Thorne [ending]




  • Although this episode premiered in 2010, it was made in 2009 according to the credits.
  • This episode marks the second appearance of the Bikini Bottom Men's Choir, the first being "Choir Boys." The choir makes two brief cameo appearances in this episode; first half-way in the episode when Squidward gets SpongeBob to cry over the sight of the sunset, and then later at the end when Bikini Bottom is flooded with SpongeBob's tears.
  • The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy playing seven times a day instead of eight might be a reference to SpongeBob SquarePants being aired on Nickelodeon nine to eleven times a day.
  • In this episode, SpongeBob has curtains on his window, but in most episodes he does not.
  • This episode premiered ten years after "Texas" and "Walking Small" and eight years after "The Algae's Always Greener" and "SpongeGuard on Duty."
  • Patrick is correct after he answers SpongeBob's question: it is possible for somebody to not cry/sob for at least a day or two.
    • However, because of SpongeBob's great sensitivity over something dramatic or emotional, it is impossible for him to overcome a day without crying.
  • This episode is similar in concept to "Funny Pants," as in both episodes, Squidward gets annoyed by SpongeBob's emotions (in this case, Squidward gets annoyed at SpongeBob's excessive crying, while in "Funny Pants," he gets annoyed at his excessive laughter).
  • This episode is also similar to the Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends episode "Cry Buggie," when Dragon tells Squirt that big bugs don't cry. Just like SpongeBob, Squirt eventually cries in that episode, and, ironically enough, Dragon cries at the end of the episode, and Squirt comforts him, just like SpongeBob comforts Squidward when he begins crying.
  • This is the first episode to use the APM tracks "Coconut Cream Pie" and "Aloha Bikini Bottom."
  • It is revealed that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy airs eight times a day, but it is brought down to seven in this episode, according to the news anchor.
  • Apparently, until this episode, SpongeBob was unaware that he cried so much.
  • Irony: Squidward challenges SpongeBob to resist crying until midnight, yet he tries to get SpongeBob to cry himself.
  • Irony: SpongeBob says that the shirt he ripped was his favorite shirt, yet all of his shirts were the same.
  • The videos of SpongeBob crying show he:
    • Dropped a Krabby Patty on the floor
    • Didn't find what he needed at the Barg'N-Mart
    • Failed his boating test (as usual)
    • Broke his jellyfishing net
    • Couldn't find an unoccupied bathroom stall
    • Missed the bus
  • Squidward's attempts to get SpongeBob to cry:
    • Watch the sunset
    • Watch Gary sleeping
    • Get a letter from his parents
    • Watch sad stories on TV and hear bad news reports
    • Play a sad song
    • Read a made-up sad story

Cultural references

  • The title of the episode may be a reference to the song "A Day Without Love" by Love Affair.
  • On the radio, the announcer said the song was by Eely Dan. This is an obvious reference to the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Also, the next song was by Lionel Fishy. This is also a reference to Lionel Richie.
    • The radio announcer also states that the song's name before "Sad Songs" was Aja, a song by Steely Dan on the album of the same name and a song called "Sad Song" by Paul Williams


  • In the subtitles on TV, SpongeBob says "Stop. It burns," when he would normally say "Sob. Whimper."

Squidward's mouth is missing

  • After Squidward says “Clean out my rain gutters”, his mouth disappears for one frame.
  • SpongeBob can be seen shedding a tear during the news story about the snail, which means Squidward won the bet all along.
  • When SpongeBob cries at "Sad Song," his tears come out his upstairs bedroom's window, but he is in the kitchen, completely opposite, and downstairs, from his bedroom.
SpongeBob wearing his hat when some of them, he isn't at the Krusty Krab

SpongeBob wearing his hat when some of them aren't at the Krusty Krab

  • During the slideshow Squidward made of SpongeBob's breakdowns over the years that were seen, SpongeBob wears his Krusty Krab employee hat in all of the clips that were seen even though some are not set at the Krusty Krab.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob crying repeatedly.
  • Squidward tries to get SpongeBob to cry, but he resists it.
  • The Bikini Bottom Choir showing up.


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