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"Patrick! The Game" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, Patrick invents a new board game and invites SpongeBob, Sandy, and Squidward to play it with him.



SpongeBob and Patrick are playing a board game in an obnoxious manner, which annoys Squidward. While the two are talking about whether the game is ripe or not as they think they grow from trees, Squidward tells them people make games and that Patrick would be incapable of making one.

He starts to think of several game ideas, but Squidward does not enjoy them very well. When he goes to Sandy for help, she tells him he should take several board games he knows and smash them into one big board game. Patrick does exactly that, and creates a board game called Patrick! The Game.

Patrick gets SpongeBob, Sandy, and Squidward to play the game with him. He explains how the game works, but after a while, Squidward gets annoyed and tells him he should explain how it works as they play. They start playing, but as the game goes on, Squidward is constantly in harm throughout the gameplay.

After a while, Squidward gets sick of the game due to how random and nonsensical it is and quits. However, the other players come outside with him and continue playing the game. Squidward gets so angry that he smashes the board to pieces, only to end up getting arrested by the police for vandalism and “destruction of private property”. The episode then ends with Patrick yelling "Game over!"

Running gags

  • Squidward being sent to a cardboard jail by Patrick.
  • Patrick making new rules.
  • A mini Patrick coming out of Patrick's head when he has an idea.
  • Sandy getting annoyed at Squidward for his rude behavior.


Vincent Waller confirmed the episode on Twitter on October 11, 2015.[4]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Patrick playing "Certified Public Accountant"/Patrick wants to make his own game.]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patrick comes to the Krusty Krab to show Squidward his new game]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Many tic-tacs later...]
  Drama Link (C) - Hubert Clifford ["Tic and... tac."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 13A - Jeremy Wakefield ["I should have gone with my first idea."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24A - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward laughs at Patrick's game.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Aw, you've played this before!"]
  The Donut Dilema - Nicolas Carr [Patrick goes to Sandy]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr [Patrick gets an idea]
  Fanfares 18 C Maj - Marcin Pospieszalski ["I know what to do!"]
  Baroque Fin 22 C Maj - Marcin Pospieszalski ["I know what to do!"]
  Open - Tom Hedden [Patrick cutting and pasting different board games together]
  Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor Narholz [Patrick as mad scientist]
  Holy Grail - Larry Hochman [Game night at Patrick's]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24D - Jeremy Wakefield ["Are we finished? Who won?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy growls to Squidward]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr [Patrick gets an idea]
  Holy Grail - Larry Hochman ["It's called Patrick: The Game!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Can we just get started already?"]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Game begins/Patrick explains SpongeBob what he must do.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward goes to jail]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 19 - Jeremy Wakefield ["What are you in for, pal?"]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Game continues]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick yells at Squidward]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick invents a rule for his game / Sandy rolls dice]
  Psycho Surgery - Nicolas Carr, Dick de Benedictis [Surgery]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Fin bone removed]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield ["That’s it!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, how'd he get out of jail?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["That was a smart move, Squidward!"]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob rolls dice]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 7B - Jeremy Wakefield ["But I was on snacks!"]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward complains about the game]
  An Underwater Conversation - Barry Anthony [Starving Sea Star Time]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 26C - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick says everyone must go outside]
  12th Street Rag with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone goes outside]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, I get the rules all right"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 5A - Jeremy Wakefield ["That was a good play."]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]




  • The episode was confirmed exactly a month before it premiered.
  • This episode marks the fifth time in the series that Squidward gets sent to jail. The first was in "Good Ol' Whatshisname," the second was in "Professor Squidward," the third was in "Fiasco!," and the fourth was in "Squid Defense."
  • This was the first episode to premiere on November 11 and not be a double-length special.
  • This is the third episode to mention Squidward being an octopus, after "The Play's the Thing" and "Sweet and Sour Squid."
  • This the first episode to play "Suspense 9: New key" since it took fourteen years after "Pressure."
  • Patrick's game, Tic-Tac, is a reference to a game in the SpongeBob SquarePants Magazine, also called "Tic Tac." Patrick complains that SpongeBob won every time.
  • This episode holds the record for the most references to real-world objects.
  • The games that Patrick used to make Patrick! The Game were: Apologies!, Battling Robo-Tops, The Game of Misery, Grab 'Em Twigs, Bottomopoly, Sea Snakes and Ladders, Secret Date, World Take Over, Battle Boats, Surgery, Brain Trivia, Rat Catcher, Birdiecheesi, Ker-Gloosh!, Cavityland, and Slot Car Race Set.
    • Almost all of these are references to real life games.
  • Starting with this episode, Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller were both promoted to supervising producers.
  • By what is shown in the "Game Over" shot, "Patrick! The Game" is for ages 6 and under and may cause brain damage.
  • Irony: If Squidward wanted to get out of jail, instead of rolling a 6 or waiting for someone to say his name, Patrick could have added a Get out of Jail free card instead.
  • The "Game Over" shot is used similar to a "The End" card.
  • This was the first episode to have five opening credit titles, not counting guest stars.
  • This episode was paired with "Sold!" when that episode first aired on May 6, 2016.
  • In the Middle East (except Turkey), this episode airs with "Patrick-Man!," because its sister episode, "The Sewers Of Bikini Bottom," does not air there.[citation needed]
  • List of games Patrick tries to invent:
    • "Tic-Tac," a version of Tic-Tac-Toe that is easier to play, according to Patrick.
    • "Rock, Paper, Butter," a parody of Rock, Paper, Scissors
    • "Whose Rope Is Longer?"
  • This is the first episode to play "Marlin March" as the title card music since "Grooming Gary."
  • This episode was paired with "Sing a Song of Patrick" in 2018.
  • Patrick appears on the screen at the end and says, "Game Over!"
  • In packaging order, this, and the previous episode "What's Eating Patrick?" both have Patrick's name in the title.

Cultural references

  • Squidward is shown to be using an iPod Classic with earbuds.
  • Cheez-Its appear in Patrick's snack bowl.
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The Galley Grub and Order Here signs have their writing on them.

X's and O's are missing, as well as the writing on "Galley Grub" and "Order Here" signs.

  • During the scene in which Patrick shows Squidward how to play Tic Tac and Squidward beats him, the Xs and Os drawn on the papers disappear right before the bubble transition.
    • The writing on the "Galley Grub" and "Order Here" signs disappear as well right as the bubble transition happens.
  • The button Patrick uses to raise his game right after creating it disappears in the next shot.
  • When Sandy says, "Well, I'm excited--", her eyelashes disappear for a split-second.
  • Throughout the game, the players roll two dice, but on the first turn, Patrick rolls only one.
  • Squidward's pawn is already on Go To Jail when Patrick is describing the Driver's License card; when Squidward takes his turn, he lands on Go To Jail.