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Time cards are used throughout SpongeBob SquarePants to represent how much time has passed within an episode, performed by the French Narrator. They are identified as time cards by Patrick in "Wet Painters" when he tells SpongeBob to hurry up since he is all out of time cards, breaking the fourth wall. So far, the record for the most time cards in an episode is five, in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve."

The first time card ever used was "3 Days Later..." in "I Was a Teenage Gary," although the French Narrator did not read it. He would later read the next card, "2000 Years Later" seen in "SB-129" and so on. The "Twenty Years Earlier" time card in "License to Milkshake" is not read either.

List

Picture Text Episode Season
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3 Days Later... (Unspoken)
"I Was a Teenage Gary" 1
SB-129 059
2000 Years Later
"SB-129" 1
Imitation Krabs 133
6½ Hours Later
"Imitation Krabs" 2
Shanghaied 052
A Few Inches Later
"Shanghaied" 2
Band Geeks 066
Day Two
"Band Geeks" 2
Band Geeks 078
Day Three
"Band Geeks" 2
Band Geeks 091
Day Four
"Band Geeks" 2
A Few Moments Later
A Few Moments Later
"Krusty Love" 2
Squid on Strike 199
One Eternity Later
"Squid on Strike" 2
My Pretty Seahorse 06
Three Days Later
"My Pretty Seahorse" 3
My Pretty Seahorse 20
Twelve Seconds Later
"My Pretty Seahorse" 3
As Seen on TV 040
3:28 AM
"As Seen on TV" 3
Can You Spare a Dime 123
Three Weeks Later
"Can You Spare a Dime?" 3
Can You Spare a Dime 125
Many Months Later
"Can You Spare a Dime?" 3
Can You Spare a Dime 127
So much later that the old narrator got tired of waiting and they had to hire a new one (Dee Bradley Baker's voice)
"Can You Spare a Dime?" 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 053
Tomorrow
"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 054
Tomorrow For Sure...
"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 055
Eventually...
"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 056
Uhhh...
"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 063
12:00 Midnight
"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" 3
Wet Painters 066
One Hour Later
"Wet Painters" 3
Wet Painters 068
Two Hours Later
"Wet Painters" 3
Wet Painters 070
Three Hours Later (Can you move it along? I'm all out of time cards.)
"Wet Painters" 3
Meanwhile
Meanwhile
"Ugh" 3
The Great Snail Race 111
Two Hours Later
"The Great Snail Race" 3
Mid-Life Crustacean 085
8:01 PM
"Mid-Life Crustacean" 3
Born Again Krabs 016
The Next Day
"Born Again Krabs" 3
Krabby Land 033
Later...
"Krabby Land" 3
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 124
Twenty Minutes Later
"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" 3
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 137
Six Hours Later
"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" 3
Pranks a Lot 072
Several Bad Puns Later
"Pranks a Lot" 3
70 years later
70 Years Later
"Patrick the Snowman" Shorts
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 480
Meanwhile
"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" Movies
Skill Crane 066
Six Hours Later...
"Skill Crane" 4
Funny Pants 70
Later That Same Evening
"Funny Pants" 4
Mrs. Puff, You're Fired 123
Several Days Later
"Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" 4
Ghost Host 048
6 Months Later...
"Ghost Host" 4
Two hours later in Squidtastic Voyage
Two Hours Later
"Squidtastic Voyage" 4
Hocus Pocus 035
4 to 6 Weeks Later
"Hocus Pocus" 4
Driven to Tears 017
One Minute, Thirty Seven Seconds Later...
"Driven to Tears" 4
Driven to Tears 179
One Debt to Society Later...
"Driven to Tears" 4
The Pink Purloiner 013
One Pair of Pants Later...
"The Pink Purloiner" 4
The Pink Purloiner 016
Eight Hours Later...
"The Pink Purloiner" 4
The Original Fry Cook 148
298 Frozen Patties Later...
"The Original Fry Cook" 5
Breath of Fresh Squidward 028
3 Hours Later
"Breath of Fresh Squidward" 5
Slimy Dancing 056
Epilogue
"Slimy Dancing" 5
Sing a Song of Patrick 074
The Next Day
"Sing a Song of Patrick" 5
Le Big Switch 102
Meanwhile at the Krusty Krab
"Le Big Switch" 5
10secondslater
10 Seconds Later
"Pat No Pay" 5
346minutes
346 Minutes Later
"BlackJack" 5
Muchmuchmuchlater
Much, Much, Much Later
"BlackJack" 5
The Inmates of Summer 072
3 Days Later
"The Inmates of Summer" 5
The Inmates of Summer 123
Opening Night...
"The Inmates of Summer" 5
SpongeHenge 134
Later
"SpongeHenge" 5
SpongeHenge 192
3000 Years Later
"SpongeHenge" 5
Krabby Road 151
One Week Later...
"Krabby Road" 6
Nautical Novice 038
7:59 A.M.
"Nautical Novice" 6
Not Normal 094
Three Weeks Later...
"Not Normal" 6
Gone 216
3 Days Later...
"Gone" 6
Sun Bleached 116
Two Hours Later... (shown twice)
"Sun Bleached" 6
No Nose Knows 063
48 Hours Later
"No Nose Knows" 6
Plankton's Regular 053
8 Hours Later...
"Plankton's Regular" 6
Porous Pockets 120
The Following Thursday...
"Porous Pockets" 6
Cephalopod Lodge 180
5 Minutes Later...
"Cephalopod Lodge" 6
Squid's Visit 058
24 Hours Later
"Squid's Visit" 6
To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants 042
Much Later
"To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" 6
To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants 050
Much, Much Later...
"To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" 6
7 hours later... in No Hat for Pat
7 Hours Later...
"No Hat for Pat" 6
No Hat for Pat29
Epilogue
"No Hat for Pat" 6
Several Song Filled Hours Later...
Several Song Filled Hours Later...
"Toy Store of Doom" 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 24
A Few Minutes Later...
"Chum Bucket Supreme" 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 26
A Little Longer Than a Few Minutes Later
"Chum Bucket Supreme" 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 38
Two Hours Later
"Chum Bucket Supreme" 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 60
3 Days Later
"Chum Bucket Supreme" 6
15 minutes later
15 Minutes Later...
"Chum Caverns" 6
The Curse of Bikini Bottom 240
Several Months Later...
"The Curse of Bikini Bottom" 7
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Thousands of Tears Later
"A Day Without Tears" 7
One Coarse Meal 115
16 Paranoia Filled Days Later
"One Coarse Meal" 7
GaryInLove TwoHoursLater
Two Hours Later
"Gary in Love" 7
The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom 028
Much, Much Later....
"The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom" 7
The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom 065
Yesterday...
"The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom" 7
The Curse of the Hex 125
Many Hours Later...
"The Curse of the Hex" 7
The Great Patty Caper 434
75 Years Later
"The Great Patty Caper" 7
Buried in Time 064
2 Hours Later
"Buried in Time" 7
Enchanted Tiki Dreams 027
One Extremely Annoying Shift Later...
"Enchanted Tiki Dreams" 7
Two very boring minutes later...
Two Very Boring Minutes Later...
"Tunnel of Glove" 7
Three hours later
Three Hours Later...
"Tunnel of Glove" 7
KrustyDogs OneWienerLater
One Weiner Later...
"Krusty Dogs" 7
Krusty Dogs 078
The Following Day...
"Krusty Dogs" 7
Meanwhile...
Meanwhile...
"Drive Thru" 8
Later...
Later...
"Drive Thru" 8
Drive Thru 062
Just Then...
"Drive Thru" 8
Brief construction montage
Brief Construction Montage (shown twice)
"A Friendly Game" 8
Frozen Face-Off 10
Meanwhile, Back In The Lowlands...
"Frozen Face-Off" 8
Frozen Face-Off 38
One Frozen Wasteland Later...
"Frozen Face-Off" 8
Patrick's Staycation 110
One Hour Later
"Patrick's Staycation" 8
Patrick's Staycation 266
5 Hours Later...
"Patrick's Staycation" 8
Two days later... in Sandy's Vacation in Ruins
Two Days Later....
"Sandy's Vacation in Ruins" Shorts
Later, In The Void
Later, in the void...
"Ghoul Fools" 8
Plankton's Good Eye 040
Approximately 10 Hours Later...
"Plankton's Good Eye" 8
The Way of the Sponge 083
Early the Next Morning...
"The Way of the Sponge" 8
RestrainingSpongeBob OneShiftLater
One Shift Later...
"Restraining SpongeBob" 8
Two Weeks Later
Two Weeks Later...
"Are You Happy Now?" 8
Eleven Minutes Later
Eleven Minutes Later...
"Planet of the Jellyfish" 8
Free Samples 139
Five Minutes Later...
"Free Samples" 8
For Here or to Go 18
A Lot of Boring Math Later...
"For Here or to Go" 8
Chum Fricassee 057
Twenty-Four Hours Later...
"Chum Fricassee" 8
One week later...
One Week Later...
"Chum Fricassee" 8
Hello Bikini Bottom! 375
One Long Angry Line Later...
"Hello Bikini Bottom!" 8
License to Milkshake 146
Twenty Years Earlier... (Unspoken)
"License to Milkshake" 9
Squid Baby 112
72 Hours Later...
"Squid Baby" 9
Don't Look Now 053
Two Hours Later
"Don't Look Now" 9
Yeti Krabs 060
Just Then...
"Yeti Krabs" 9
Yeti Krabs 061
...By Sheer Coincidence...
"Yeti Krabs" 9
SpongeBob You're Fired 149
The Next Morning...
"SpongeBob You're Fired" 9
The Executive Treatment 124
Montage
"The Executive Treatment" 9
Sanctuary! 095
The Next Morning...
"Sanctuary!" 9
Patrick! The Game 037
Many Tic Tacs Later...
"Patrick! The Game" 9
Larry's Gym 066
Flashback
"Larry's Gym" 9
Larry's Gym 070
End of Flashback
"Larry's Gym" 9
Larry's Gym 179
The Next Evening...
"Larry's Gym" 9
Mall Girl Pearl 179
One Hour Later...
"Mall Girl Pearl" 9
Goodbye, Krabby Patty 184
The Next Day...
"Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" 9
Goodbye, Krabby Patty 193
Later...
"Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" 9
Snail Mail 020
4 to 6 Days Later...
"Snail Mail" 9
Snail Mail 044
4 to 6 More Days Later...
"Snail Mail" 9
Pineapple Invasion 032
The Next Morning...
"Pineapple Invasion" 9
Pineapple Invasion 039
Moments Later...
"Pineapple Invasion" 9
Pineapple Invasion 044
More Moments Later...
"Pineapple Invasion" 9
Salsa Imbecilicus 057
One Semester Later...
"Salsa Imbecilicus" 9
Salsa Imbecilicus 064
Graduation Day
"Salsa Imbecilicus" 9
Mermaid Pants 156
One Hour Later...
"Mermaid Pants" 10
Code Yellow 025
Five Minutes Later...
"Code Yellow" 10
Mimic Madness 046
80,000 Impressions Later... (Would you please stop imitating me? It is starting to get very annoying.)
"Mimic Madness" 10
House Worming 040
3,000 Wup-Poos Later...
"House Worming" 10
House Worming 079
Soon After...
"House Worming" 10
Snooze You Lose 064
Later... (shown twice)
"Snooze You Lose" 10
Snooze You Lose 096
Moments Later...
"Snooze You Lose" 10
SpongeBob's Place 131
The Next Morning...
"SpongeBob's Place" 10
Plankton Gets the Boot 048
Many Unbearable Hours Later...
"Plankton Gets the Boot" 10
Plankton Retires 098
82 Kilometers Later...
"Plankton Retires" 10
Bike Safety Tips 10
A Little Later...
"Bike Safety Tips" Shorts
Out of the Picture 111
3 Hours Later...
"Out of the Picture" 10
The Clam Whisperer 154
One Season Later...
"The Clam Whisperer" 11
Krabby Patty Creature Feature 055
Many Secret Patties Later...
"Krabby Patty Creature Feature" 11
Krabby Patty Creature Feature 121
Moments Later...
"Krabby Patty Creature Feature" 11
Squid Noir 053
One Nap Later...
"Squid Noir" 11
Scavenger Pants 133
One Very Long Digestive Tract Later...
"Scavenger Pants" 11
Scavenger Pants 164
Six Months Later...
"Scavenger Pants" 11
Grandmum's The Word 061
One Pathetic Sob-Story Later...
"Grandmum's the Word" 11
Shopping List 163
Later...
"Shopping List" 11
Whale Watching 188
Many, Many Minutes Later...
"Whale Watching" 11
Plankton Paranoia 014
Three Hours Later...
"Plankton Paranoia" 11
Plankton Paranoia 061
The Next Morning...
"Plankton Paranoia" 11
Appointment TV 039
One Shift Later...
"Appointment TV" 11
Appointment TV 148
The Next Day...
"Appointment TV" 11
The Grill is Gone 101
Zee Next Morning...
"The Grill is Gone" 11
Bubbletown 136
Later...
"Bubbletown" 11
The Ballad of Filthy Muck 073
The Next Morning...
"The Ballad of Filthy Muck" 12
The Krusty Slammer 177
Later That Night...
"The Krusty Slammer" 12
The Krusty Slammer 186
The Next Day...
"The Krusty Slammer" 12
Gary's Got Legs 104
One Weekend of Pampering Later...
"Gary's Got Legs" 12
Plankton's Old Chum 195
Several Days Later...
"Plankton's Old Chum" 12
Broken Alarm 088
1 Hour Later...
"Broken Alarm" 12
Broken Alarm 095
Late Again...
"Broken Alarm" 12
Broken Alarm 102
You Get The Idea!
"Broken Alarm" 12
Karen's Baby 185
Eight Semesters Later...
"Karen's Baby" 12
Dirty Bubble Returns 020
6 Months Later...
"Dirty Bubble Returns" 12
Biddy Sitting 158
Meanwhile...
"Biddy Sitting" 12
SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout 158
One Little Boost to the Surface Later...
"SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" 12
The Goofy Newbie 058
A few minutes later...
"The Goofy Newbie" 12
The Goofy Newbie 074
One hour later...
"The Goofy Newbie" 12
The Goofy Newbie 184
Five Billion Years Later
"The Goofy Newbie" 12
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Zee Next Morning...
"Pat Hearts Squid" 12
The Hankering 087
Later
"The Hankering" 12
Escape from Beneath Glove World 014
One Million, Zillion, Jillion, Dillion, Cotillion Times Later...
"Escape from Beneath Glove World" 12

Trivia

  • "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" is the episode with the most time cards, having five. In fact, it has more time cards than the entirety of season 1.
  • The most common time card is "Two hours later," which has a total of nine appearances in the show.
    • If not counting a specific time to be said later, then "Later" is one of the two most common time cards, which also has nine appearances in the show.
    • This does not count the other "Later" time cards such as:
      • "Later, in the void..."
      • "Later That Night," etc.
  • The time card "So much later that the old narrator got tired of waiting and they had to hire a new one" is the longest of all of the time cards in the series, with 19 words and 69 letters.
  • The time card "The Next Day" in "Born Again Krabs" is the only time card so far to feature characters. It has SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward in the corners.
    • If counting not only characters that are in the time card itself, then "Mimic Madness" is the second time where a time card features a character.
  • The "One Eternity Later" time card displays the longest passage of time in the series: an eternity.
  • The "Three Hours Later" time card in "Wet Painters" is the first one in the series to be held by a character, being Patrick. It would be followed by "One Little Boost to the Surface Later" in "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout," which was held by the French Narrator.
  • The time cards "Just Then..." and "...By Sheer Coincidence..." in "Yeti Krabs" was the only time in which more than one time card was represented in one phrase.
  • The "Uhhh..." time card is the shortest time card with 4 letters, "Later..." being the second with 5 letters.
  • The "The Next Morning" time card in "Sanctuary!" is the same pattern as SpongeBob's pineapple, with a magenta aura.
  • The "Two Hours Later" time card from "Don't Look Now" is the last time card to not use an ellipsis at the end. All time cards starting with the "Just Then..." and "...By Sheer Coincidence..." time cards from "Yeti Krabs" have an ellipsis at the end.
  • The "70 Years Later" (Patrick the Snowman), "Meanwhile" (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), "2 Days Later" (Sandy's Vacation in Ruins), and "A Little Later..." (Bike Safety Tips) time cards are (currently) the only time cards without a season.
  • The very first time card from "I Was a Teenage Gary" (3 Days Later...) and the time card, "Twenty Years Earlier..." from "License to Milkshake" are the only time cards that the French Narrator doesn't read.
  • The "Brief Construction Montage" time card in "A Friendly Game" is read differently than what it reads in the two instances in the episode it is used.
    • In the first use of the card, the French Narrator reads, "What follows is a brief construction montage." In the second, he reads, "We hope you enjoyed this brief construction montage."
  • The episodes "Sun Bleached" and "Snooze You Lose" are at present the only episodes to display the exact time card more than once.
  • In some dubs, the time card "3 Days Later..." time card from I Was a Teenage Gary is read out.
  • Season 1 is the season with the least time cards, having two.
  • Season 9 is the season with the most time cards, having 23.
  • The "80,000 Impressions Later..." time card in "Mimic Madness" has SpongeBob reading this, imitating the French Narrator, who says, "Would you please stop imitating me? It is starting to get very annoying."
  • The "The Next Evening..." time card in "Larry's Gym" is read as "The Very Next Evening..."
  • The "Later" time card in "SpongeHenge," although by coincidence, is reminiscent of Toonami's sign off bumper, which also reads, "Later." However, the bumper is not read out loud.
  • The "One Weiner Later..." title card is misspelled, and should read, "One Wiener Later..."
  • There are time cards in the game SpongeBob's Game Frenzy.
  • The time card "One Hour Later..." from "Mermaid Pants" and "6 Months Later..." from "Dirty Bubble Returns" is read by the Realistic Fish Head rather than the French Narrator.
  • The "70 Years Later" time card from "Patrick the Snowman" is the only time card to be narrated by Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys.
  • The time cards have been very popular in memes and YouTubers, even having the Disney Channel show Milo Murphy's Law parodying it in the Season 1 finale.
  • In "The Goofy Newbie," the "A few minutes later" and "One hour later" time cards" are read by a training announcer, while "Five billion years later" time card is read by a robotic voice.
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  • A "15 Minutes Later" time card is used in the online game Plankton's Patty Plunder.
  • Season 10 has half as many time cards as episodes.


Time card design trivia

  • The pattern of the time card, "Epilogue" from "No Hat for Pat" would be reused for the ninth-season episode, "Mall Girl Pearl," except the title card was pink with magenta instead of green.
  • The "Meanwhile" time card in "Ugh" is actually written on a prehistoric wall, with drawings of two jellyfish and prehistoric hand prints.
  • The "75 Years Later" time card in "The Great Patty Caper" has the same background as the title card for the first-season episode, "Pizza Delivery."
  • The background of the "One Extremely Annoying Shift Later..." time card in "Enchanted Tiki Dreams" would be reused for the title card for the ninth-season episode, "The Executive Treatment."
  • The "One Long Angry Line Later..." time card in "Hello Bikini Bottom!" has the same background as the title card for the sixth-season episode, "House Fancy." It is also the last time card to be standard definition.
  • The time card, "Twelve Seconds Later" in "My Pretty Seahorse" has an edited version of the first-season episode, "Help Wanted" title card.
    • Likewise, the "Three Days Later" time card has the same background as the title card in "Squidville."
  • The "Several Song Filled Hours Later..." time card in "Toy Store of Doom" uses the same background as the title card of "Squid Wood," and "Patrick's Staycation, afterwards."
  • The "2000 Years Later" time card from "SB-129" uses a recolored version of the background from the title card of "Pickles."
  • The "A Few Inches Later" time card in "Shanghaied" would be later reused in the background and font for the title card of "Patrick SmartPants."
  • The "Twenty Minutes Later" time card from "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" uses the same title card background from "Graveyard Shift."
  • The "Three Weeks Later" time card from "Can You Spare A Dime?" uses the same title card background for "Jellyfish Hunter."
  • The "Day Three" time card in "Band Geeks" uses the same background and font color from the title card of "I Was a Teenage Gary," which is the episode with the very first time card.
  • The "One Eternity Later" time card from "Squid on Strike" has the same background as the title card of "The Paper."
  • The "Many Months Later" time card from "Can You Spare a Dime?" uses a recolored version of the title card background from "Walking Small."
  • The "Two Days Later" title card from the short "Sandy's Vacation in Ruins" has exactly the same title card background as "No Hat for Pat."
  • The time card "The Following Thursday..." in "Porous Pockets" has the same background from the title cards of "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" and "Summer Job."
  • The "Meanwhile..." time card from "Drive Thru" uses a recolored version of the "Hall Monitor" title card background.
  • The "Several Bad Puns Later" time card from "Pranks a Lot" uses a recolored version of the "Opposite Day" title card background.
  • The background of the "4-6 Weeks Later" time card from "Hocus Pocus" would be reused for the title card of "Pat No Pay."
  • The "5 Billion Years Later" time card from "The Goofy Newbie" uses same the font color as "SB-129"s title card except slightly recolored.

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