"Library Cards" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eleven. In this episode, when Patrick discovers the pineapple's library, SpongeBob introduces him to the wonderful world of book learning.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Patrick Star
- Gary the Snail
- Sir Urchin (debut)
- Snail Fail (debut)
The episode begins with Patrick watching on television the Sir Urchin and Snail Fail show when he wants to watch with SpongeBob. Patrick walks in front of a door and finds SpongeBob. SpongeBob expects that he wants to watch with Patrick, but Patrick is curious of what is behind the door. SpongeBob states it is his library and that it is a playground for Patrick's brain. Patrick thinks it is a literal playground and starts to throw and kicks books, but SpongeBob tells him the variety of books that he should read. Patrick starts to read these books, eventually reaching the point where his brain takes the words away from the books to structure an enormous knowledge. Eventually, all the books run out and the contents of them are stored in Patrick's head, which is now large.
SpongeBob thinks he has had enough of reading and thinks Patrick should go outside, but Patrick's brain blocks the door. Patrick suggests different ideas that he learned from reading the books, such as an electromagnet to synthesize the information (which hits Gary instead and causes him to split into many smaller versions of himself), sliming his head with Gary's slime, and acting as a witch doctor, with no progress. Eventually, Patrick suggests to exit the area, he has to dumb down, so SpongeBob rebuilds the television and makes Patrick watch Sir Urchin and Snail Fail. Eventually, in Patrick's head, Sir Urchin and Snail Fail are both destroying the large city made of words in Patrick's head and Patrick's head shrinks down. SpongeBob restores the words back to the books and Patrick's brain resumes being a couch potato. However, Patrick finds out the books again and starts throwing them again, eventually ending the episode where SpongeBob gets hit in the mouth by a book called "The End."
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Welk Lounge - Vinnie Zummo [Zero-G Sample Libraries] [The Sir Urchin & Snail Fail Show!]
‣ A Casual Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick looking for SpongeBob at his house]
‣ The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick imagines a playground for his mind]
‣ Welk Lounge - Vinnie Zummo [Zero-G Sample Libraries] [Patrick throws the TV downstairs]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
‣ Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick having fun in SpongeBob's library]
‣ Happy Links 6-9 - Paul Fenoulhet ["Oh, tender, naïve Patrick, it's not that kind of playground."]
‣ Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick throwing books at SpongeBob]
‣ Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["Behold the books, Patrick. Each one has a story to tell."]
‣ The Silver Blade - Ilona Sekacz ["Look out! Those books are cliffhangers, stories for the adventurers."]
‣ Rule Britannia (a) - Dick Walter ["...Books with bridges!"]
‣ Fairies A - John Fox, Otto Sieben ["Listen to the soothing sounds of the audio books."]
‣ Unknown Track 89 - Dust ghost emerges from the book
‣ Fairies A - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Patrick trying to read a book]
‣ Harps and Bells - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob turning pages]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick's brain sees something]
‣ Bobbins and Spindles - Ronald Hanmer [Knowledge entering in Patrick's head]
‣ Symphony No. 5: Allegro Con Brio - Ludwig Beethoven [Patrick absorbing much more knowledge]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (s) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Uh, Patrick I think that's enough knowledge for one day."]
‣ The Museum Incident - Nicolas Carr ["Nonsense, dear boy."]
‣ Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob trying to stuff Patrick's head through the door]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (q) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You really got your melon jammed in there, didn't you?"]
‣ Mechanical Matinee - Sam Fonteyn [Patrick explaining SpongeBob how to solve the problem]
‣ Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob connects an electromagnet to Patrick's head]
‣ Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford ["Gary! Speak to me!"]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Slime, that's it!"]
‣ Ripped Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary slimes Patrick's head]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob sees "Head Shrinking for Beginners!"]
‣ ? [SpongeBob as witch doctor]
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's head shrinks]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (n) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I guess we'll have to live here in the library forever, Gary."]
‣ Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick has the solution to the problem]
‣ Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["All right, Patrick, let's get stupid!"]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob plugs in the TV]
‣ Welk Lounge - Vinnie Zummo [Zero-G Sample Libraries] [The Sir Urchin & Snail Fail Show! again]
‣ Wheels Within Wheels - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick's knowledge is taken out of his head by a hose]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob picks up Patrick's brain]
‣ Another Best Day Ever - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick's back to normal]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["A book?"]
‣ Pineapple Luau - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]
- This episode premiered on Mark Hamill's 67th birthday, 19 years after "MuscleBob BuffPants" and "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" premiered, ten years after Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition was released in Australia, six years after the re-release of The Seascape Capers, Friend or Foe?, SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis DVD, SpongeBob's Pest of the West, and SpongeBob vs. The Big One DVDs, and three years after "Company Picnic" premiered.
- When this episode first aired, it was paired up with "Shopping List."
- Ironically, despite being called "Library Cards," none are mentioned or seen in the episode.
- However, the title could be referring to SpongeBob and Patrick's antics in the library, as the word card also means "a person who is odd or amusing," which describes SpongeBob and Patrick.
- Patrick has visited SpongeBob's library before in "Boating School," "Something Smells" and "Sportz?," but he acts like he's never seen it until this episode, suggesting this takes place before those episodes.
- Further more, Patrick doesn't even know what the word "library" means at the beginning of the episode, but says he has overdue library books in "Rule of Dumb," which likely means that episode takes place after this one.
- This marks the most amount of time SpongeBob's library is shown in an episode of the series.
- This is one of the few episodes to contain an ending card.
- This episode was the second time Patrick became smart when he done reading books, the first was "Patrick SmartPants".
- When SpongeBob is showing Patrick the contents of his library, he shows Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace as an example of an unabridged book.
- The novel is later parodied at the end of the episode, where a book called Clam and Peace appears.
- One of the books shown at the end of the episode is called Moby D, referencing Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.
- Another book shown at the episode's end is called The Old Fish and the Sea, referencing Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea.
- At the start of the episode, the plank pathway between Squidward's house and the road is missing.
- Snail Fail hitting Sir Urchin with various objects, along with Sir Urchin yelling "Why you", and saying "What'd I do?"
- SpongeBob showing Patrick the different types of books.