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"Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 7. In this episode, Squidward gets caught littering and is sentenced to community service.



A police officer accusing Squidward of littering.

In the beginning of the episode, Squidward exits his house and deems it to be a beautiful day. He goes down the street, dancing, but steps on some gum and falls. He frantically tries to get it loose. When he finally does, the gum is tossed aside. Officer John sees the gum and inspects it. He then walks over to Squidward, thinking he littered, and asks Squidward about the gum, to which Squidward replies that he just stepped in it. Officer John does not believe him, so he gives him a ticket, sentencing him to community service.

It then cuts to Squidward picking up trash, then Squilliam comes along and brags about the statue that was made of him just for cleaning up Bikini Bottom in only one week, which challenges Squidward to try to clean it up in only one day. Squilliam then gets out a tissue and blows his nose on it and drops it on the ground, to make cleaning up more difficult for him. Officer John comes along, sees the tissue, and thinks Squidward dropped it. He then gives Squidward another ticket.

When Squidward looks for a place to put his trash, he sees that all the cans and dumpsters are full, so he "borrows" a kid's toy wagon. Mable sees Squidward with the trash and she tells everyone it is Trash Day; soon the trash in the wagon becomes a trash mountain. SpongeBob comes out of one of the garbage bags and offers Squidward to help him when he discovers the life cycle of a Krabby Patty that was thrown out. Then the boy and his mother appear, with the boy telling his mother to beat Squidward to a pulp for stealing his wagon. Squidward is thrashed up and covered in garbage. Officer John thinks Squidward made the mess and gives him another ticket. Squidward then accepts SpongeBob's offer and SpongeBob gets rid of all the trash.

Garbage formed a replica of Squidward's house.

Squidward goes home and relaxes until he realizes his house is made of garbage. He runs outside and sees that the garbage was made into a replica of his own house.

Officer John gives Squidward two tickets, one for the garbage house and one for the first ticket falling on the ground. Squidward gets so angry, his nerves spell out "I am angry." SpongeBob asks why and Squidward finds out his house is on top of the replica because the dump is closed. SpongeBob took it to his house by sucking the garbage onto his body. When SpongeBob talks, garbage comes out of his mouth, leading Officer John to give Squidward another ticket.

Squidward puts the trash-filled SpongeBob in SpongeBob's own bin, which gives Squidward another ticket for putting his trash in someone else's garbage bin. SpongeBob finds out that the reason why Squidward wants to get rid of the trash is to get a statue of himself. SpongeBob makes a statue of Squidward made of the garbage.

Squilliam says the statue is just like Squidward, having the stench of failure. The stench melts Squilliam's statue, ruining it, and Squilliam unexpectedly gets a ticket from Officer John. Before the end of the episode, Officer John gives both SpongeBob and Squidward tickets for the statue made of garbage, as the episode ends.

Running gags

  • The cop giving tickets to people who he thinks have littered, mostly Squidward.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Cha Cha Del Sol - David Lindup [opening]
  Boring Morning - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["Chewing gum? That's disgusting."]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [Cop takes chewing gum/Cop writes Squidward a ticket]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Community service?!"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [picking up trash]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney [Squilliam appears]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Stuck doing community service, eh?"]
  Film Fanfare (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [statue of Squilliam]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I'll clean up Bikini Bottom in a day!"]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cop writes Squidward another ticket]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward picking up more trash]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [little kid pulling a wagon]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward takes the wagon]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Everyone thinks it is trash day.]
  Slide Whistle Stooges 2 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob comes out of a trash bag]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward beaten to a pulp]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [trash dumped on SpongeBob and Squidward]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cop writes Squidward another ticket]
  Steel Licks 33 - Jeremy Wakefield ["All right, fine. You can help me."]
  Fantasy Princess [#51] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob tells Squidward to close his eyes]
  Fantasy Harp [#69.10] - Lee Jacobs [the trash is gone]
  Ahhh Luve - Nicolas Carr ["Squidward, that... that's a beautiful thing to say!"]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [house made of garbage]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward's eyes open]
  Terror - Alan Braden [Squidward screams]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cop writes Squidward another ticket]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [ticket falls to the ground]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cop writes Squidward another ticket]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's angry]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Squidward, why are you angry?"]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward pulls the ticket off his face]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [Squidward sighs]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob absorbing garbage]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [Cop writes Squidward another ticket/Cop about to write Squidward another ticket]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["I have an idea!"]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward gets a garbage can]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr ["Are you SpongeBob SquarePants?"]
  Solo Steel 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's sad]
  New Vibe Hits 2007 - Nicolas Carr ["What is that?"]
  Proud Fanfare - David Farnon [garbage statue of Squidward]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Garbage. I'm made of garbage."]
  Sneaky Buns - Nicolas Carr [Squilliam's statue melts]
  Steel Licks 26 - Jeremy Wakefield ["My glorious statue!"]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cop writes Squilliam a ticket]
  Steel Licks 31 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward laughs]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cop clears throat]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [sting at end]




  • On a Worldwide Day of Play promo in 2009, this episode is shown. It is possible that the episode would have originally aired during this time.[3]
  • Officer John gave eight tickets to Squidward, one to SpongeBob, and one to Squilliam, making it a total of ten tickets issued in the episode.
  • In previous "Squidward vs. Squilliam" episodes, Squidward won in "Band Geeks" and "House Fancy," while Squilliam won in "Squilliam Returns," "Professor Squidward," and "I ♥ Dancing." However, this is the first episode where they both lose as they, along with SpongeBob, get tickets at the end.
  • This episode, along with its sister segment, are the first episodes of season 7 where Patrick is absent for both segments.
  • This is the second episode for a few things:
    • The second episode where Squidward steals someone else's belongings. The first was "Good Ol' Whatshisname."
    • The second episode where SpongeBob gets Squidward in community service unfairly. The first was "Good Neighbors."
    • The second episode where Squidward eats garbage by accident. The first was "Just One Bite."
    • The second episode where a normal background character is one of the main characters. The first was "Plankton's Regular."
  • When Squidward finds SpongeBob in the garbage, he has a banana peel on the right side of his head and some gunk on the left side, similar to what happens in the episode "Missing Identity."
  • Incidental 103 wears blue pants instead of green in this episode.
  • How the officer gives out tickets for littering:
    • Being responsible for throwing gum on the ground.
    • Getting a pile of litter in front of him.
    • When all the trash from the little fish's wagon gets spilled on him.
    • When SpongeBob uses the trash to make a trash house replicating Squidward's own house.
    • When the ticket for the trash house falls.
    • When SpongeBob spits out trash after absorbing it.
    • Putting the trash-absorbed SpongeBob into a trash can on SpongeBob's property.
    • When the stench from Squidward's trash statue melts Squilliam's statue.
    • A can from the trash statue falls.
  • The elderly fish says "It's Trash Day? I thought it was Tuesday!". In the US, Trash Day normally occurs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • This is the third episode to have "Bikini Bottom" in its title, with the first one being "The Battle of Bikini Bottom" and the second being "Banned in Bikini Bottom."
  • Incidental 151 appears blue with purple shorts in this episode. He is usually yellow with blue shorts.
  • This is the first episode with the new voice cast for the Finnish dub.[citation needed]
  • When the gum explodes all over Squidward, he is in a pose from a stock artwork of himself.

Cultural references

  • This episode's name is a reference to the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful.
  • At the start of the episode, Squidward is singing "Ignoring," a reference to the 1939 song "Good Morning."


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  • After Squidward reads the ticket that cop gives to him, the next scene cuts to a park while a bus drives by, the periscope on the top of the bus is missing.
  • In the brief shot where Squidward opens his eyes after smelling his trash blanket, his pink nightcap is missing.