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"Out of the Picture" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 10. In this episode, Mr. Krabs buys Squidward's art, but he has to get the artist out of the picture to make profit.



Squidward trying to sell his art.

The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, Squidward attempts to sell his paintings, demanding attention from customers, who are unfazed by his art. Larry even burns his eyes upon witnessing one of his paintings. Due to the chaos he has caused, Mr. Krabs decides to shut down the art show so Squidward will never be able to sell one of his paintings. SpongeBob, however, objects and disagrees with Mr. Krabs, stating that he bought one of his paintings. An art appraiser then comes in and says that the art will not even be worth a penny. However, he then says that art can be more valuable when the artist is out of the picture, which gives Mr. Krabs an idea to get rid of his employee.

Mr. Krabs hands Squidward a delivery bag and orders him to send it to its respective customer. Squidward goes to Antarctica and encounters a snow sponge for whom he mistakes as SpongeBob. However, it turns out that the real SpongeBob is already there, eating some ice. Afterwards, they deliver an ice-cold Krabby Patty to an arctic sperm whale, who enjoys the food's frozen nature.

Upon returning to the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs has Squidward do another delivery, which is to the Rock Bottomites. He has SpongeBob stay behind to not ruin his plan. Squidward is dropped off to Rock Bottom and then proceed to go down a ladder to reach his destination. Squidward is freaked out by the town and asks what kind of monsters its inhabitants are, to which SpongeBob arrives and says they aren't monsters, but rather his friends. He and the monsters break into a party afterwards.

Later on, they return to Bikini Bottom, and Squidward is ordered to do yet another delivery, this time to Mars. Squidward is stuffed in a Rocket and sent to the Planet. After touching down, he insults Mars and his words immediately angers the Martians, who eat him alive. Afterwards, Mr. Krabs is confident Squidward is gone, but SpongeBob points a UFO that drops Squidward off to mars, he is covered in green slime, affected by the events on the planet, though shortly recovers. The art appraiser then rips off the $150,000 tag off Squidward's portraits, angering Mr. Krabs for making him lose money.

Fearing punishment, Squidward quickly runs away. As a result, Mr. Krabs resorts to chasing him around with a mallet in attempt to kill Squidward.

Afterwards, SpongeBob sneaks up on Squidward, telling him he won't get off of him until he's safe. The latter says that he won't be safe until his paintings are gone, so the former gives him a chainsaw and encourages him to destroy them. Squidward can't go through though, since he views his paintings to be far too beautiful for destruction. After his hesitation goes away, he does tear them apart. Although Mr. Krabs finds this damage to be disruptive, the art appraiser deems it the most accelerating performance art he's ever seen. Upon realizing this, Mr. Krabs eventually joins in and he and Squidward damage the property of the Krusty Krab.

"I'm an artist."

This, however, goes too far, as the art appraiser does not put a cost to it. Eventually, the restaurant's roof falls apart and lands on the duo. The appraiser puts the merging of Mr. Krabs and Squidward on the wall in a museum and explains how he acquired a masterpiece with it. The episode ends with Squidward saying, "I'm an artist," Mr. Krabs saying, "I'm rich," and SpongeBob adding "I helped," followed by a laugh.

Running gags

  • The Krusty Krab doors opening in the wrong way.


The episode's name was confirmed in a tweet by Vincent Waller on November 12, 2016.[2]





 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Coconut Cream Pie Dry - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Ladies and gentlemen."]
  Fanfares 18 C Maj - Marcin Pospieszalski ["Behold my wondrous paintings!"]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward gets angry/"Hey, look at my arts you dummy!!"]
  Salty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["I don't know how you talked me into this art show, SpongeBob."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 19 - Jeremy Wakefield [Customer pukes on Squidward's painting.]
  Sponge Surf No Guit Me - Billy Lincoln, Michael Gurley ["Come on Larry, get your salad on!"]
  Dramatic Cue (B) - Ronald Hanmer [Larry's eyes on fire.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24A - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward backs away.]
  House Of Horror [#10.5] - William Merrick Farran [Mother and son scream.]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["That's it, Squidward is scaring me customers away!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Mr. Krabs, Squidward is our friend."]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Nice? I don't waste my money on nice."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Valuable? What do you mean?"]
  Library of Congress - Jack Shaindlin [SpongeBob explains what he means.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2B - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs takes all of Squidward's art.]
  Mr Krabs Happy Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs puts up a rope barrier.]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Art appraiser appears at the Krusty Krab.]
  Breathing Underwater - Nicolas Carr ["I sold all my art?"]
  Harpsichord Classical Bits 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward paints his autograph on someone's forehead.]
  Four Evil Men (c) - Trevor Duncan [Squidward's thrown out the door.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Paintings can become much more valuable when the artist is no longer with us."]
  Shanty Dirge - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [Art appraiser pretends to hang himself.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward reappears.]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero [Squidward in the arctic with the delivery.]
  New Vibe Hits 2007 - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward delivers food to a whale.]
  Light Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs on the phone.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs sees Squidward back at the Krusty Krab with SpongeBob.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 25B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Your eyes are so pretty."]
  Moon Walk - John Fox [Squidward arrives at Rock Bottom with the delivery.]
  Monster Surf Party - Nicolas Carr [Rock Bottom monsters put on party hats.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs on the phone again.]
  Missile Disaster - John Fox [Squidward is sent in a rocket to Mars.]
  Alien Spacecraft A - Gregor Narholz [Squidward gives the delivery to the martians.]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Art appraiser at the Krusty Krab again.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1G - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs cries.]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["These are tears of joy, but they're also tears of sadness for my good friend, Squidward."]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["...wherever he is."]
  Space Critters (a) - Gregor Narholz [UFO drops Squidward off.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 7B - Jeremy Wakefield ["So, who wants to talk about my use of color and brush strokes?"]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["I have done everything I could to get you away from here safely..."]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs runs after Squidward with a mallet.]
  Porous Pursuit - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs still chasing Squidward after three hours.]
  Four Evil Men (c) - Trevor Duncan [SpongeBob hides Squidward behind a rock.]
  Romantic Endeavour - Thomas Kraus ["I'll never get off of you, Squidward."]
  Mutations (a) [#53] - Trevor Duncan [Krabs reappears with the mallet.]
  Epic Adventure - Dick Walter [Krabs chases Squidward and SpongeBob back at the Krusty Krab.]
  New Vibe Hits 2007 - Nicolas Carr ["Wh...? Really?"]
  Fight For Your Life! - Gregor Narholz ["Yes! Feel my art!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Really?"]
  Greenhorn Rag - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs and Squidward destroying the Krusty Krab.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 3C - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs and Squidward exhausted.]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Performance art is about the moment."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Aha!"]
  Scintillating Stars - John Howlett [At an art museum.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 25D - Jeremy Wakefield ["And I helped."]




  • The title card background is similar to those of "Fear of a Krabby Patty," "SquidBob TentaclePants," and "Friend or Foe," except with a picture frame and is in widescreen.
  • Several of Squidward's self-portraits seen inside of the Krusty Krab are based on paintings that have previously appeared inside his house.
  • While the Krusty Krab doors opening in the wrong way is played for comedic effect, in real life doors in businesses must open outward for fire safety reasons.
  • In the U.K., the scene where the art appraiser pretends to hang himself to demonstrate to Mr. Krabs what "out of the picture" means is removed due to references of suicide or death.[citation needed]
  • Clancy Brown, the voice actor of Mr. Krabs, voices the blue sperm whale. The Krabs family includes many sperm whales, mainly Pearl, but this is the first time Brown has voiced one.
  • Mr. Krabs is briefly shown wearing a fake human nose, while he chases Squidward.
  • Some of Squidward's pictures later make an appearance in "Chatterbox Gary."
  • Two of Squidward's pictures were also seen in the 2020 video game Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated.

"Out of the Picture" from SpongeBob SquarePants (left) and The Loud House (right).

Episode references

  • The gag that reveals the snow sponge to be alive is similar to the one from "Christmas Who?," which features a snowman coming to life and moving.
  • The rocket that Mr. Krabs uses to send Squidward to Mars is very similar to Sandy's rocket and the rocket SpongeBob builds in "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired."
    • Additionally, the helmet on Squidward's spacesuit is nearly identical to Sandy's suit.


  • Mr. Krabs gives Squidward three cents for his art, but when it cuts back to Squidward, he suddenly has five cents.

No bus station.

  • The bus station is missing when Squidward first arrives in Rock Bottom.
  • When Squidward walks through a doorframe to the rocket that Mr. Krabs set up for him, the tip of his party hat clips through the doorframe.
  • When Squidward is sent to Mars, there is an aerial view of the Krusty Krab. The Chum Bucket and the road leading to it are missing in this scene.
  • On Mars, Squidward's helmet didn't have any water in it, questioning his survival.
  • Squidward wears his artist's outfit when he is sent to Mars, but when he returns, he is in his normal shirt.

"Krabby Pattie" error.

  • When the Krusty Krab is getting destroyed, the Galley Grub says, "Krabby Pattie" instead of "Krabby Patty."



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