Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
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"Reef Blower" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, chaos ensues when SpongeBob attempts to move a shell off of his lawn with a reef blower.



SpongeBob blowing the sand so hard, it comes out.

The episode begins with Squidward going outside, only to spot a shell on his lawn. He kicks the shell onto SpongeBob's yard to keep his own clean, but it turns out SpongeBob is also very protective of his lawn, and gets out a reef blower from his garage to get rid of it, the noise of the machinery making Squidward irritated. SpongeBob, struggling to blow away the shell, ends up blowing it so hard sand comes out and lands on Squidward. SpongeBob comes to Squidward and blows off the sand that landed on Squidward, as well as his face. Seeing that there is a huge pile of sand on his yard, SpongeBob sets the blower to REVERSE, sucking up the sand pile, but the reef blower starts to break apart and throws out sand.

The shell lands on Squidward's nose.

SpongeBob opens up the zipper behind the reef blower and puts the excess sand that was thrown out in there. He tries to start it again, but it does not work. This prompts SpongeBob to pull the handle of the reef blower very far. Once he feels he is far enough, he lets go and quickly zips through the distance he went back onto the blower. SpongeBob starts sucking up the entire ocean, causing Squidward to almost suffocate, but the reef blower explodes due to over capacity and shoots all the water sucked up back out again. The episode ends with SpongeBob happy that his lawn is clean, while Squidward's lawn is filled with sand.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob blowing something into Squidward's yard.





 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaii Bob - The Blue Hawaiians [First half]
  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians [Second half]



  • "Reef Blower" was ranked #24 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



  • A reef blower is a general parody of a leaf blower, which is used to drive abiotic factors off a person's property. In this episode, the reef blower is by SpongeBob to drive a shell off his lawn.
  • This is the first episode for several things:
    • The first episode not to play any APM tracks.
    • The first episode where Patrick, Gary, and Mr. Krabs do not appear.
      • However, Patrick's rock is seen in multiple scenes.
    • The first episode to only have two of all ten main characters present. In this case, Squidward and SpongeBob.
    • The first episode where the title card does not have music. Instead, the title card music is replaced with seagulls.
    • The first episode to show SpongeBob and Squidward being neighbors; even though their houses are shown together in "Help Wanted," it is never stated in that episode that they live next to each other.
    • The first episode where the characters go out of water.
      • This happens when SpongeBob manages to suck up all of the ocean water with his reef blower. However, it explodes shortly afterwards.
    • The first episode of the series produced in 1999, while the previous episode was produced two years prior as a pilot for the series in 1997.
    • The first episode where Tom Yasumi is an animation director, although there are no opening credits in this episode.
      • He would later be credited as an animation director in the next episode, "Tea at the Treedome."
    • The first episode where an incidental appears.
    • The first episode to use original music.
  • This is the only episode for a few things:
    • The only episode that does not feature any opening credits after the title card.
      • Although, this is one of the only two SpongeBob shorts not to have any credit opening credits; the other short was "The Endless Summer."
    • The only episode that does not feature any spoken dialogue.
      • However, SpongeBob says, "You!," with a subtitle appearing at the bottom of the screen, but there is still no audio.
        • This line is voiced in the Latin American Spanish, French, Dutch and Polish dubs of the episode.
    • The only episode in season 1 to not have any bubble transitions.
  • Squidward is purple above water in this episode, despite being his normal color above water in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
  • This episode marks the debut of Fred and Incidental 3.
  • This is the shortest episode to date, with a length of two minutes and fifty seconds.
    • The reasoning for its shortened length was to fill an 11-minute segment, since "Help Wanted" runs for eight minutes, and when followed by "Tea at the Treedome," a standard 11-minute episode, this equals a full 22 minutes.
  • Despite being the second segment of the series, this is the first episode on The Complete First Season box set, due to copyright. This happened on the "Help Wanted" song "Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight."
  • This episode marks SpongeBob's first non-speaking appearance. He does not have any lines in "Whale Watching," but he laughs in said episode.
    • As such, this is the only episode to date where Tom Kenny does not play a voice role.
  • According to the Complete 1st Season Disc 1 and the First 100 Episodes Disc 1 descriptions of this episode, the reef blower in this episode is new.
  • This episode only contains two music tracks, the least of any episode in the series.
  • "Reef Blower" aired as part of SpongeBob SquarePants pilot episode after the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards on May 1, 1999.
  • Sometimes, on TV guides, this episode is known as "Reef Blowers."

If SpongeBob was a Black & White Cartoon - SpongeBob- Reimagined

An official reimagined version of the episode as a 1920's style cartoon.

  • On June 4, 2021, a reanimated version of the entire episode was uploaded by the official SpongeBob YouTube channel. The reanimated version was done in a black-and-white rubber hose style from the 1920s. [4]
    • This reanimated version of the episode also made the reef blower more sentient (although it was sentient in the actual episode as it can be heard coughing, the reanimated version gave it facial features and more expressions).
  • Patrick was originally planned to appear in the episode, where he accompanies SpongeBob in using reef blowers.[5] He would later appear with a reef blower in "Squidville."
  • On the November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "Help Wanted" and "Your Shoe's Untied."[6]

Cultural references


The window on the first floor is missing.

  • When the sand is piled in SpongeBob's walkway, the window on the first floor of his house is missing.

The plant disappears and Squidward does not sit on the doorstep.

  • When Squidward is in his yard eating, the flower in the pot from the beginning disappears. It is not seen in the episode again after the first scene, including towards the end where he is seen sitting on his doorstep.

Squidward's doorstep, which is not seen in any other part of the episode.

  • Squidward is shown sitting on a doorstep before SpongeBob drains the ocean, but Squidward's house never had one before that moment.
  • Squidward's hammock in the backyard is seen around the 45-second mark, yet in the next scene where he is seen eating, the two corals that held the hammock and the hammock itself are nowhere to be found.
  • When SpongeBob runs past Conch Street to get his reef blower started, Squidward is gone.