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"Lost and Found" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 10. In this episode, Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob in search of a missing toy, and SpongeBob finds himself lost in the lost-and-found.



The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, where a really creepy customer is waiting for his meal as Squidward looks at him with confusion. SpongeBob serves the customer his Krabby Patty as he starts to hear a kid loudly crying in the distance. Mr. Krabs explains to SpongeBob that the kid lost his teddy fish toy, and that his loud obnoxious crying is driving customers away. Mr. Krabs further explains that SpongeBob will have to venture into the Krusty Krab's Lost And Found, which is located underneath the kitchen, to retrieve it. SpongeBob heads into the Lost And Found as Mr. Krabs wishes SpongeBob luck on his journey. SpongeBob turns on a light switch, revealing that the lost and found is actually a massive maze of shelves containing thousands of assorted items and knick-knacks. SpongeBob becomes distracted while looking for the teddy fish, playing with a bunch of the lost and found's items, including sunglasses, whoopies cushions, and dancing with a rubber chicken. SpongeBob then notices a snow globe with what appears to be a miniature Bikini Bottom inside and shakes it, causing the entire town to have an earthquake and for SpongeBob to put the snow globe back in panic. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a cardboard box lands on SpongeBob's head, knocking him out as eerie laughter is heard in the distance.

The Elderly Children from the Krusty Krab's Lost and Found.

Back at the Krusty Krab, Squidward complains to Mr. Krabs that the kid is still crying, much to his annoyance. Mr. Krabs fears that SpongeBob might be lost in the lost and found, and throws Squidward inside to go look for SpongeBob. Mr. Krabs warns Squidward to hurry, as the kids' constant crying very loud and throwing a huge tantrum is still driving customers away. Back with SpongeBob, he wakes up to find himself at the mercy of 4 old people. The woman of the group explains that they used to be children, who have been lost in the Krusty Krab's lost and found for over 60 years, and were never claimed. When SpongeBob questions how they survived down there for so long, she explains that they eat the gum and mints that people have left behind. The old children prepare a feast of gum and mints to honor SpongeBob's arrival, but SpongeBob notices the woman has the teddy fish he's been looking for, and tries to claim it. The woman refuses however, since she's grown attached to the teddy fish, but SpongeBob swipes it from her anyway, determined to return it to its rightful owner. The 4 old children give chase. We cut to Squidward, who is reluctantly searching the lost and found for SpongeBob, but ends up finding a box of kazoos instead. Squidward reminisces on how he used to love playing the kazoo when he was a child, but a quick flashback reveals that everyone hated it. Squidward then finds a box of his old clarinets, and realizes that they all used to be in a locker he once had. Suddenly, SpongeBob, not noticing Squidward, runs past him, knocking over his clarinets and stepping on them. Back at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs accepts the fact that SpongeBob and Squidward might be lost forever, and tries to continue business as usual. However, the kids' crying is still driving out customers, prompting Mr. Krabs to give up hope and also start crying.

Squidward is now lost in the Lost and Found.

Back at the lost and found, a chase sequence ensues where SpongeBob and the 4 old children use various lost items to one-up each other. These include lost toys, lost toilets, and lost pets. The chase even escalates to a point where SpongeBob is being chased through other lost areas, including lost mines and a "lost world." Back with Squidward, he sees a hatch on the ceiling and assumes it to be the emergency exit. In actuality, it's the Krusty Krab grease trap, which ends up flooding the lost and found. SpongeBob finally gets cornered at a series of "lost dead ends," where the old children have SpongeBob surrounded. They stop their fight however when they notice the grease flooding the lost and found. SpongeBob gets an idea on how to escape, and whistles. Cutting back to the Krusty Krab, we see Mr. Krabs and the child are still crying. SpongeBob finally returns from the lost and found by using one of the dinosaurs from the "lost world", as well as bringing the old children with him. 4 more elderly people arrive in the Krusty Krab kitchen, revealing themselves to be the children's parents. They explain that they've been coming to the Krusty Krab weekly for years in hopes as finding their children. As everyone reunites, SpongeBob gives the child his teddy fish back, but he is more interested in the dinosaur SpongeBob brought back. SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs question where Squidward is, and it's revealed that he's still lost in the Lost And Found, as the episode ends.

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The episode name was confirmed in a tweet by Vincent Waller on November 7, 2016.[2]

The German iTunes release has shown the production card of this episode, which revealed the date when the episode was finished to be March 9, 2017.

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Lost & Found Rough Storyboard


Lost & Found (final)


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Salty Squid Jig - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton [Title card]
  Another Krusty Krab Day - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Opening]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [A child starts crying.]
  Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham [SpongeBob goes to the Lost and Found.]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [SpongeBob reaches for the light switch.]
  Space Horizons - Wolf Helling [SpongeBob sees all the lost stuff.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's eyes bug out.]
  Happy Jose - Ulrich Wenzel [SpongeBob puts on sunglasses.]
  Unknown Track 57 - "What a funny echo."
  A Christmas Suite - Richard Harvey ["Hey!"]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["Tchotchkes!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes novelty teeth.]
  Quango Tango - Jim Blake [Extreme Music] [Tango music]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob sees a snow globe.]
  The Jitters - Raymond Jones [Bikini Bottom rumbles.]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Hey, Mr. Krabs, you know that annoying crying kid?"]
  Sneeky - Gregor Narholz [SpongeBob sees the lost children.]
  Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham ["We were the children, lost in the Krusty Krab over 60 years ago, and we were never claimed."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1F - Jeremy Wakefield [An old kid is dragged away.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Food made of candy]
  Unknown Track 38 - "That's the teddy fish!"
  Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham ["Grr! This? I found it, so... finders keepers."]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob grabs the toy and runs.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 3C - Jeremy Wakefield [The lost children slowly chase SpongeBob.]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward looks for SpongeBob/Squidward finds a box with all his clarinets.]
  Dramatic Cue (B) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob steps on Squidward's clarinets.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 30 - Jeremy Wakefield [Clarinets broken.]
  Spooky - Kenny Graham ["Squidward? SpongeBob?"]
  Shanty Dirge - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["It's the curse of the Lost and Found."]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [The child is still crying.]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob is still being chased.]
  Happy Woodcutter - Pierre Jean Gidon [At the lost diamond mine]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Diamonds are nailed at SpongeBob.]
  Monster Bug A - Gregor Narholz [At the lost dinosaur world]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Squidward sees a hatch.]
  The Creature (a) - Gregor Narholz [Squidward gets covered in a flood of grease.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm?"]
  The Creature (a) - Gregor Narholz ["Oh, no! I haven't cleaned the grease trap in years!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8B - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs and the little kid are still crying.]
  Hooka - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob emerges from the Lost and Found with the lost children.]
  Monster Bug A - Gregor Narholz [The ending]




  • This episode was mistakenly said by Vincent Waller on Twitter to be written by Kaz.[3] It was actually written by Dani Michaeli.
  • Squidward and SpongeBob were unaware of the Lost and Found, despite being employees to the Krusty Krab for several years.
    • Mr. Krabs remarks he should put up a sign to make it easier to discover.
  • It is revealed that Squidward played a kazoo as a child.
    • It is also revealed that he was very bad at playing it, but he thought he was good.
  • This and its sister episode "The Getaway" are the least-viewed episodes of season 10 for having received a total of 1.66 million U.S. viewers.
  • There is an online game based on this episode called Lost Treasures.
  • This episode was paired up with "The Nitwitting" during the SpongeBob Code-Catcher Challenge marathon.[4]

Episode references

Cultural references

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  • The Magic 8-ball toy can be seen on a shelf in the Lost and Found.
    • The Magic 8-Ball is also seen in this episode's sister, "The Getaway," as well as in "Pineapple Invasion."
  • The scene where SpongeBob and the lost children run through the lost mine references the mine scene in the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • The "Lost World" references the 1912 novel The Lost World, where characters encounter a part of the world in which long extinct species still survive.

Gee-Gaws shelf.

  • Yoda from the Star Wars franchise can be seen on the left of the Gee-Gaws shelf.
  • A toy that resembles a Roblox avatar figure can be seen on the bottom of the Gee-Gaws shelf.
  • The "BATMAN" symbol can be seen while SpongeBob's playing with some lost and found items.


  • When SpongeBob first hears the child crying, the Krabby Patty he is holding in his hand is lettuce first, then patty. A few frames later, it's patty first, then lettuce.

SpongeBob's eyelashes disappear.

  • When SpongeBob shakes the snow globe and looks up, his eyelashes disappear.
  • SpongeBob and the unnamed child are shown next to the condiments, but when one of the lost children grabs the teddy fish, the condiments gone.
  • When Mr. Krabs hits Ginger, she does not open her mouth.
  • When this episode originally aired in Germany on September 15, 2017, the title card said "Flucht vor dem Fahrer," which is supposed to be the German title of the sister episode, "The Getaway." On November 26, 2017, the episode aired in Germany with a new and corrected title card.
    • The same error happens in the sister episode "The Getaway" where the title card says, "Fundsachen" which is supposed to be the German title of this episode.
      • As a result, in Germany, this episode has two title cards.

Incorrect German title.

Correct German title.



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