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This page provides the details into the layout and formatting used in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode transcripts. For the assessment, click here.

Naming scheme

Help Wanted
Help Wanted/transcript
Help Wanted/gallery
Help Wanted, Reef Blower, and Tea at the Treedome (credits)
Talk:Help Wanted


A list of all episode transcripts can be found here.


Stage direction lines


{{L|''[description of what is going on]''}}


  • [pan across Goo Lagoon]

Character lines


{{L|Character|What they say. ''[actions/description of what is going on]'' More words, etc.}}


  • SpongeBob: [running out of his house] I'm ready!

Musical lines


{{L|Character|What they say. ♪What they sing.♪ More words, etc.}}


  • Squidly: I'll show you. ♪I was the king's favorite fool. I made merry mirth and laughter. Then I told one bad joke and the king had a stroke and now I hang from ye ol' rafter.♪

Lines with yelling or screaming


{{L|Character|What they say. ''[screaming]'' What they screamed. ''[normal voice]'' More words, etc.}}


  • SpongeBob: Oh, I didn't have to be a fool to get Sandy's attention. [screaming] Am I the biggest loser on the beach? [Millie walks up to SpongeBob, shining red]


  • Lines should never be written in all caps. More than one exclamation point or question mark in a row should never be used.
  • Screams and other sounds needs to be replaced with an appropriate word. In the case of "AAAHHH!!!" with [screaming] only.

Simultaneous character dialogue

It is important that the entire transcript is transcribed accurately and in its entirety. This guideline outlines how to go about transcribing when two or more characters speak simultaneously.

Understandable dialogue

For cases in which two or more characters speak simultaneously, if the dialogue is understandable enough, format the dialogue as follows:

  • [both characters argue/speak at once]
  • Character 1: dialogue
  • Character 2: dialogue

Example 1 from the transcript of "Naughty Nautical Neighbors:"

  • [they start arguing]
  • Patrick: Oh, yeah?! Well, he was MY friend first!
  • SpongeBob: You're just a backbiting, backstabbing...
  • [Squidward runs away]

Example 2 from the transcript of "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve:"

  • [He jumps into Patrick's rock, and they both begin to argue intensely.]
  • Patrick: Yeah, overtime, pal!
  • SpongeBob: [overlapping Patrick] Oh, boy, yeah, you're working!
  • Patrick: You know what that means?
  • SpongeBob: And that's the kind of work you're doing?
  • Patrick: It means working when you're just too tired to work!
  • SpongeBob: Show me where I can sign up for this, because I've been working my fingers to the bone!
  • [Junior is heard beginning to chirp]
  • Patrick: You just keep going on working and working!!
  • SpongeBob: You never help! [screams] Never!

Only one character's dialogue can be deciphered

When two characters speak at once, but only one character's dialogue can be deciphered, add the following disclaimer:

[only <name of character's> dialogue can be deciphered]

  • [they begin to argue/talk at once, only Character 1's dialogue can clearly be deciphered]
  • Character 1: dialogue

Example from the transcript of "The Cent of Money:"

  • Mr. Krabs: [the two start arguing; only Mr. Krabs' dialogue can be clearly interpreted] What happened to the sweet boy I hired so long ago?! Who do you think you are!

When only partial dialogue can be deciphered

When two or more characters speak at once, and the entire dialogue cannot be deciphered, always include any dialogue that is diciphered, even it it's partial dialogue. Use "..." for dialogue that is indecipherable, as follows:

  • Character 1: ...dialogue...

Example from the transcript of "Sailor Mouth:"

  • SpongeBob and Patrick: He said that word you said we shouldn't say...!
  • SpongeBob: ...number thirteen...
  • [They babble on about the word, as Mr. Krabs stares on disapprovingly, until the two are just pointing at each other and yelling, "Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah!" Mr. Krabs eventually grabs their lips to quiet them.]

Explanations without transcription

Some transcripts include explanations without transcription. However, this is no longer allowed, and in these cases, the transcript is incomplete. All dialogue must be completely deciphered:

Example 1, from the transcript of "Jellyfishing:"

  • [the two yell out words of encouragement to Squidward and jump up and down, but Squidward isn't budging. The two eventually notice Squidward isn't going anywhere. They again encourage him, but nothing happens]

In the preceding example, the actual "words of encouragement" should be transcribed.

Example 2, from the transcript of "Sailor Mouth:"

  • [SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs all explain the situation at the same time, swearing numerous times as they do so!]

In the preceding example, the explaining of the situation should be transcribed, as well as the transcription of the "swearing," which is the sound effects.


Use following templates on transcript articles:


Use template {{EpisodeTr}} at the top of each transcript article.


|prev = previous episode
|title = name of the episode
|next = next episode
|titlecard = file name of the image that shows title card
|seasonnumber = season's number
|episodenumber = episode's number
|airdate = date it aired
|seasonname = name of the season's number

Empty template

|prev = 
|title = 
|next = 
|titlecard = 
|seasonnumber = 
|episodenumber = 
|airdate = 
|seasonname = 


Use the following on transcript articles that are incomplete:



Use the following on transcript articles that need cleanup: