"Broken Alarm" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season twelve. In this episode, SpongeBob breaks his precious alarm clock, and nothing else is loud enough to wake him up on time.



In Krusty Krab, all customers are suffering from hunger because SpongeBob is not at work. Mr. Krabs suggests that SpongeBob is dead, so he, Squidward and customer decide to go into his house and check it out. It turns out that SpongeBob was sleeping because his alarm clock was not plugged in causing him to sleep in late. When SpongeBob tried to turn it on, then after a series of unsuccessful events, his alarm clock broke.

At first, SpongeBob tried to fix it, but Patrick, helping a friend, broke it completely, which is why Sponge Bob had to go to the alarm clock store. In the store, the seller tells SpongeBob that his alarms are no longer being produced, so SpongeBob decides to buy the whole store in order to choose a suitable alarm clock from the set.

But not one of the alarms can wake SpongeBob, which is why he is late for work. And so Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that if he is late again, he will have to hire another chef. At home, SpongeBob invents and creates a mechanism thanks to which he will not be late for work, and a plus, he will be able to sleep while this mechanism will make crabsburgers. Soon, the mechanism breaks, but Mr. Krabs does not expel SpongeBob, and Patrick brings SpongeBob his old alarm clock, which he repaired.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on March 23, 2019.[1]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Skyscraper City - Ronald Hanmer [Title card]

  Flight in Panic 1 - Gregor Narholz [Customers going crazy in the Krusty Krab]
  Battle March Link (a) - Keith Mansfield ["But he's never been late to work in his life!"]
  Funeral March - Otto Sieben [Customers crying/Customers crying again]
  The Krusty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs tells Squidward they have to check on SpongeBob's possible remains]
  Tabu - Daryl Griffith [Krabs, Squidward and customers outside SpongeBob's bedroom]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["...for the horror!"]
  Minitake 126 F-J - Gerhard Narholz ["Or the joy, let's not be downers about this."]
  ? ["The horror!"]
  Death Clock C - Dick De Benedictis [SpongeBob laying on his bed with Gary licking his face]
  Straight from Hell - Gregor Narholz [Krabs pulls Gary off SpongeBob's face]
  Death Clock C - Dick De Benedictis [SpongeBob wakes up]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs tells SpongeBob he's been late for work]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob's alarm clock was unplugged]
  Panic Patrol - Kenny Graham [SpongeBob's alarm clock bounces around the bedroom and gets destroyed]
  Powerhouse - Raymond Scott [arrangement by Ego Plum] [SpongeBob's alarm clock bounces around the bedroom and gets destroyed]
  Clumsy A - Bernd Gesell ["Looks like you need a new clock, boy-o."]
  ? ["I can fix it."]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["...or else!"]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob's alarm clock mark on Squidward's head]
  The Great White (g) - Gregor Narholz [SpongeBob's alarm clock mark on Squidward's head]
  Powerhouse - Raymond Scott [arrangement by Ego Plum] [SpongeBob trying to fix his alarm clock]
  Say it with a Smile (e) - Dick Walter ["Hey SpongeBob, what are you doing?"]
  Powerhouse - Raymond Scott [arrangement by Ego Plum] [Patrick offers to fix SpongeBob's alarm clock]
  Say it with a Smile (d) - Dick Walter ["Absolutely, don't you worry, I promise to be super careful."]
  Straight from Hell - Gregor Narholz [Patrick destroys the remains of SpongeBob's alarm clock]
  Far Away from Home - Rudolf Angerer ["Sorry, SpongeBob, I couldn't fix it."]
  Domestic Fun (c) - Ernest Tomlinson [Patrick continues destroying SpongeBob's alarm clock remains]
  Yodel of Joy - Renato Bui, Martha Wild [SpongeBob enters at Clock World]
  Screw on the Loose - Tony Lowry [Clock World's owner receives SpongeBob in the store]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob's alarm clock's remains on the sack]
  Screw on the Loose - Tony Lowry [Clock World's owner tells SpongeBob they don't make that model of alarm clock anymore]
  ? [SpongeBob buys every clock in Clock World]
  Fight for Ol' Schaefer U. - Will Schaefer [Clock World's owner leaves the store and buys a yacht]
  Box Melody - Leo Nissim [SpongeBob puts an alarm clock of a fire hydrant]
  Thoughts of Summer - Philippe Pares [The next morning...]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [A little firefighter sprays water at SpongeBob with a fire hose, not waking him up]
  ? [SpongeBob arrives late at the Krusty Krab]
  Latin Nights - Sam Spence [SpongeBob puts an alarm clock of a punching bag]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [Boxing glove comes from the punching bag and punches SpongeBob out of bed, not waking him up]
  ? [SpongeBob arrives late again at the Krusty Krab]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [Jellyfishes come from a honeycom form alarm clock and stung SpongeBob, not waking him up]
  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Montage of SpongeBob arriving late at the Krusty Krab]
  ? ["Late again."]
  In Pursuit - Alan Wynn [Krabs' furrowed brow]
  Tales from the Swamp (d) - Ron Goodwin ["I don't know how many more 'or elses' I can take."]
  Hide and Seek - Arthur Wilkinson [Feeding time for Gary]
  Powerhouse - Raymond Scott [arrangement by Ego Plum] [Rube Goldberg device gets SpongeBob out of bed, getting him on time to the Krusty Krab and serving Krabby Patties]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob wakes up in the Krusty Krab kitchen]
  ? [Krusty Krab kitchen destroyed]
  Approaching Danger - Ronald Hanmer ["Looks like it's..."]
  Tabu - Daryl Griffith ["NO!!!"]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick enters at the Krusty Krab kitchen]
  ? [Choir]
  ? ["Yes! Oh, Patrick, you fixed it!"]
  Say it with a Smile (d) - Dick Walter [Transition to next scene]
  Domestic Fun (c) - Ernest Tomlinson [Ending]



  • SpongeBob's alarm clock also broke in "Gary's New Toy," but SpongeBob was able to fix it in that episode.
  • Mr. Krabs says that SpongeBob has never been late for work in his life, but he has been late to work on various occasions, the biggest example being the episode "New Digs."
  • When this episode first aired, it was temporarily paired up with "Senior Discount."[citation needed]
  • In the Russian dub, the line "Why won't you fix?!" was not dubbed.
  • This episode, along with "Senior Discount," revived the series from a streak of premieres that got less than one-million viewers.
  • The storyboard of this episode had a lava alarm clock instead of a jellyfish alarm clock.
  • This is the first episode to focus on SpongeBob's alarm clock.

Cultural references


"Broken Alarm" ⏰ Animatic SpongeBob SquarePants

"Broken Alarm" ⏰ Animatic SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants Late Nickelodeon UK

SpongeBob SquarePants Late Nickelodeon UK


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