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This is the page about the episode. For other uses, see House Fancy (disambiguation).

"House Fancy" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from Season 6. In this episode, Squidward prepares his house for a TV show.



In the beginning of the episode, Squidward is at home, about to watch House Fancy, a program showcasing fancy homes. As the host, Nicholas Withers introduces the episode's first guest, Squidward gets a phone call from Squilliam Fancyson. He reveals that the guest is none other than himself.

Squidward watches in anger as Squilliam shows off the various features of his house, which is several stories high, and includes an elevator with a built-in hot tub, decorative toilets with golden toilet paper holders, a garden on the rooftop, as well as a 130-foot sculpture of Squilliam's unibrow that consists solely of gilded doorknobs.

In a fit of blind jealousy, Squidward calls Nicholas and tells him that he has a much fancier home than Squilliam. Squidward realizes what he has done and desperately tries to make his house fancier, but with no success. He spots SpongeBob outside his window, who admits he has been spying on Squidward for days.

Squidward's house destroyed.

He offers to help him, with disastrous results (one of them involving Squidward's toenail being ripped out from moving a sofa). Soon, Squidward hears the doorbell ring, and assuming that it is Nicholas, he tells SpongeBob to clean up the mess with a vacuum while he heads to the other room to dress his wound. It turns out that it is Patrick, who needs to use Squidward's restroom. Once Patrick leaves, Squidward's toilet crawls out of the bathroom and jumps into Squidward's arms, then immediately dies. SpongeBob ends up sucking up everything in the house, causing the vacuum bag to increase in size and explode destroying the house. However, when Nicholas Withers comes over and sees Squidward's destroyed house, he views it as a work of abstract art and proclaims that his house is even better than Squilliam's.

The ending of the episode leads to Squilliam crying since he has lost, and Squidward is happy with the help of SpongeBob.

Running gags

  • Someone trying to practice saying "hello" while on the phone.




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  House Fancy - Eban Schletter [Opening of "House Fancy"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's phone rings]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squilliam is on the phone]
  Drama Link (B) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward sees Squilliam on TV]
  House Fancy - Eban Schletter [Transition to next scene]
  Sport Gallop - Gerhard Trede [Pan up Squilliam's house]
  House Fancy - Eban Schletter [Transition to next scene]
  Royal King - Jean-Pierre Fouquey [Squilliam's foyer is shown]
  House Fancy - Eban Schletter [Transition to next scene]
  Happiness Castle - Maurice De Courpalay [Gilded doorknob is shown]
  Entry Into Parliament - Gerhard Trede [Squilliam's bathroom is shown]
  House Fancy - Eban Schletter [Transition to next scene]
  Tiki Lounge - Lionel Wendling, Gregory Ott [The whirlpool bath elevator is shown]
  Undertow - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squilliam's rooftop garden is shown]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Squidward claims his house is fancier than Squilliam's]
  Wild Eyes - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward screams]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["SpongeBob, how long have you been spying on me?"]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob absorbs paint]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward's living room is covered in paint]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["What have you done to my living room?!"]
  Footsteps of Horror - William Farran [Squidward hisses]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Sofa gets broken]
  Tales From The Swamp (C) - Ron Goodwin ["Oh, no, they're already here!"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob vacuums around Squidward's house]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The vacuum goes out of control]
  Outrage - Peter Yorke [SpongeBob gets sucked into the vacuum]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick runs to Squidward's toilet]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick leaves Squidward's toilet]
  Funeral March - Otto Sieben [The toilet coughs]
  Seaweed 2 - Steve Belfer [Patrick returns SpongeBob's brain to him]
  Entrapped - Nicolas Carr [Explosion]
  House Fancy - Eban Schletter [Transition to next scene]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward's house gets destroyed]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Well... I'm not quite sure how to say this."]
  Brass Moment [#77] - Harry Bluestone ["Huh?!"]
  Pizzicato Polka - Clive Harrison [Nicholas Withers praises Squidward's house]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]


  • "House Fancy" was ranked #18 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.




  • The font on the title card is Curlz MT instead of the regular SpongeBob font.
  • Squilliam's phone rings twice while Nicholas Withers is talking. This action resembles the act of censorship on television.
  • Squidward says there is a stain on the rug, but it is actually on the wooden floor. Given that Squidward is panicking, it is likely that he only said it by accident.
  • Alton Brown guest starred as the House Fancy host Nicholas Withers.
  • This is the first season 6 episode in production order. However, on Season 6 Volume 1, The Complete Sixth Season, and The Next 100 Episodes DVDs, the episode "Spongicus" comes first instead.
  • This is the first appearance of Squilliam's tower.
  • This is the second episode in the series where Squidward wins against Squilliam at the end. The first was "Band Geeks."
  • This is the third episode in the series to feature Squilliam. The first was "Band Geeks," and the second was "Squilliam Returns."
  • This is the last episode to premiere during the SpongeBob Premiere Factor 5 event.
  • This is the only episode from the first four season 6 episodes to not premiere in March 2008.
  • This episode's production code was 101a, so this made SpongeBob SquarePants the second longest-running Nickelodeon animated series, surpassing the former holder, Hey Arnold!, which consisted of 100 episodes.
    • This episode also made SpongeBob SquarePants surpass the amount of years Hey Arnold! was on the air. Hey Arnold! ran for 8 years from 1996 to 2004, while this episode premiered in the United States on June 6, 2008, 1 month after the series' 9th anniversary on May 1, 2008.

Cultural references

  • The television show House Fancy is a parody of HGTV's House Hunters.
  • When Squidward starts watching House Fancy, the theme song is a parody of "Clean House."


  • Squidward sets his teacup down to answer the phone. When he is shocked to learn that Squilliam is on House Fancy, he suddenly has the cup in his hand and drops it on the floor.
  • After Squidward comments on Squilliam's house saying it exactly looks like his, there is a bump on the left side of it when the scene turns back to the house.

The image of Squilliam on the right side has no unibrow.

  • In the elevator, the right image of Squilliam does not have a unibrow.
  • Squilliam displays his "rooftop garden," but his house is initially shown to have a tower instead of a flat roof.
  • The picture of Squidward is missing his wrinkles.
  • Squidward says:
    • "I haven't even got time to wash my hair," which is incorrect as he does not have any hair.
    • "There's a stain on the rug!," but it is actually on the wooden floor.
  • When Squidward orders SpongeBob paint the faded spot on the wall, he gave SpongeBob the wrong color of paint, since it is blue paint even though the wall where the faded spot is located is green.

Squidward's incorrect lip-syncing.

  • When Squidward says, "SpongeBob, what was that noise?," his lip-syncing is incorrect.
  • When Squidward's couch is whole, the paint is all over it. However, when the couch is split in half, some of the paint disappears.
  • When Squilliam gulps, the animation of him saying, "Huh?!" is reused.
  • During the scene where SpongeBob and Squidward try to move a sofa, there is a "jump" in the animation between Squidward screaming and then saying, "Okay, it's on my foot," both during the same shot.
  • There are no frames between Squidward asking "Why do you keep moving it?" and SpongeBob saying, "Cause you keep saying, 'ow'!," thus causing a "jump" in the animation.
  • Squidward's vacuum cleaner does not appear to have a cord.
  • When Patrick is going to Squidward's toilet, he has nothing, but when he comes out from the toilet, he is holding a newspaper. It is possible that Squidward keeps a newspaper in his bathroom.
  • After Squidward's house is destroyed by the vacuum, for a split second, one can see nothing at the house, not even SpongeBob and Squidward before the House Fancy logo comes up. However, when Nicholas Withers and Squilliam get to Squidward's house, everything is back at the house again.
  • In the ending scene where Nicholas Withers visits Squidward's house, SpongeBob's house next door is missing.

Bill Fagerbakke listed in the credits for voicing Patrick's house.