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"Scavenger Pants" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 11. In this episode, Squidward sends SpongeBob and Patrick on an increasingly difficult scavenger hunt to get them out of his hair, but they prove to be better scavengers than he thought.



The episode starts with Squidward dancing to his classical music. SpongeBob and Patrick come in and scare him up the ceiling. Squidward gets down and asks the two why they are in his house. The two reply that they are bored. They then proceed to eat the food in his refrigerator. As Squidward sees them trying to find food, he comes up with an idea, a scavenger hunt.

Squidward first tells them to bring back a desert sandwich, which can only be found in the Bikini Badlands. SpongeBob and Patrick proceed to the desert, where they see a tornado coming towards them, which sucks them back to Squidward's house. Out then comes the witch, who makes Squidward a sandwich, surprised they actually fulfilled the task he gave them. The problem is, the sandwich tries to eat Squidward, so Squidward has to lock it up.

He then sends them on another task that he thinks is impossible, which is to bring back the Boxing Begonia, which can only be found deep in the Mariana Trench. SpongeBob and Patrick head towards a deep canyon and they try to go down with a rope attached to a rock. However, SpongeBob's rope is too short, so he asks Patrick if he has one. Patrick says he has one, but he actually unattached it from the rock, causing them to fall to the bottom. They bring back the flower to Squidward, which actually punches him.

Squidward then gives them another task, to bring back the Loch Ness Monster. He claims that it is impossible since it will eat them if they find it. SpongeBob and Patrick travel to a lake faraway with bagpipes to attract it. When SpongeBob plays the bagpipes, it comes to them. Somehow, they bring it right back to Squidward alive, and Squidward is shocked. Squidward plays the bagpipes, thinking it likes it, but SpongeBob says it hates it, so the monster eats him.

After being released from the digestive tract of the Loch Ness Monster, SpongeBob and Patrick demand some more tasks, so he assigns them a task that is 100% impossible to solve, which is to find his long-lost "brother," and he even tells SpongeBob and Patrick a brief, yet fake sob story about his long-lost brother, which, in turn, cause SpongeBob and Patrick to burst into tears, crying. He then sends them away, hoping they never come back. SpongeBob and Patrick search for the "brother" for months on end, with one attempt going to Squidward's house and thinking that he was the "brother." Many months later, they find Mrs. Tentacles, who tells them Squidward does not have any siblings. SpongeBob, saddened that Squidward had to dream of one, then comes up with a plan.

Squidward is then seen playing his clarinet and running and dancing around. While SpongeBob and Patrick were gone, he attached their houses to his and created his own playground. SpongeBob tells Squidward that he and Patrick found his brother, but then Squidward tells them that he does not have one. Patrick then tells him he now has two brothers, SpongeBob and himself. It turns out that Mama Tentacles adopted them so they are now one family, as shown when the camera man takes a picture of the new family, which drives Squidward nuts since those two are the bane of his existence, as the episode ends.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob and Patrick successfully finding the things Squidward asks them for, they have also somehow survived the disasters planned for them by Squidward without any explanation of how it really happened due to cutting the next scene.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on August 9, 2017.[1]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Kalua Jubalee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
  Nutcracker-Dance of the Reed Flutes - Fiachra Trench, Peter Tchaikovsky [Squidward dancing while music is played on the turntable.]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick dancing while music is played on the turntable.]
  Light Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Patrick are bored.]
  Got It - Nicolas Carr [Squidward gets an idea.]
  Light Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Would you like to play scavenger hunt?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Scavenger hunt?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 11B - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes dictionary out of his head.]
  Fresh as a Daisy - George French [Squidward tells SpongeBob and Patrick to find the rare desert sandwich.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24A - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward pushes SpongeBob and Patrick out of his house.]
  Unicorns and Badlands - Nicolas Carr [Goodlands / Badlands]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick's mouths opened.]
  Patchy's Parched Blues - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick crawling across the dessert.]
  Drama Link - George Van Parys [Tornado approaches SpongeBob and Patrick.]
  Nutcracker-Dance of the Reed Flutes - Fiachra Trench, Peter Tchaikovsky [Squidward dancing again.]
  Tower of Evil - Magnum Opus [Tornado at Squidward's house.]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Witch?"]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [Witch laughs.]
  Circus Parade (b) - Dick Walter [Witch makes a sandwich.]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel ["Oh, looks pretty good."]
  Terror - Alan Braden [Sandwich attacks Squidward.]
  Hawaiian Solo Steel - Nicolas Carr, Jeremy Wakefield [Sandwich locked up in Squidward's fridge.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Squidward sees a picture of a flower.]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel ["Your next item is the boxing begonia."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 5E - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick run through Squidward's door.]
  Mission to Save Earth - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick see the trench]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 32A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Thanks, Patrick!"]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [Patrick falls.]
  Dramatic Cue (C) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob and Patrick fall into the trench.]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer ["Found it!"]
  Nutcracker-Dance of the Reed Flutes - Fiachra Trench, Peter Tchaikovsky [Squidward dancing again.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["WHAT?!"]
  Breathing Underwater - Nicolas Carr ["Boxing begonia? It's beautiful!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 17D - Jeremy Wakefield [Boxing begonia punches Squidward.]
  Hit It - Jack Shaindlin [Patrick and SpongeBob as boxing commentators.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9A - Jeremy Wakefield ["How do you keep finding everything?"]
  Psycadelic Man - Nicolas Carr ["You have to keep your skull numb."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield ["We're numbskulls!"]
  Drama Link (C) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward tasks to find the Loch Ness Monster]
  Seaweed 2 - Steve Belfer ["Ooh, the Loch Ness Monster!"]
  Cut and Thrust - Derrick Mason ["They'll never find it, and if they do, it'll eat them!"]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [Couch falls on Squidward.]
  Balmoral Highlanders - Frankie Hepburn, Austin Ince [SpongeBob and Patrick boating through the Loch Ness.]
  The Great Western Jig - Douglas Pincock [SpongeBob playing bagpipes.]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick see the Loch Ness Monster.]
  Harpsichord Classical Bits 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing the clarinet.]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing the clarinet.]
  Hippomania - John Fox, Mac Prindy [SpongeBob and Patrick return]
  King of the Giants (c) - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Squidward sees the Loch Ness Monster.]
  Hippomania - John Fox, Mac Prindy ["How did you find it?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 41A - Jeremy Wakefield [One very long digestive tract later...]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Give us another one! Give us another one!"]
  Dramatic Episode 2 - Kurt Rehfeld ["Brother..."]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Just one more!"]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["If only you could find my long lost brother."]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Come on, Patrick. We've got some extreme scavenging to do."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 11C - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm free!"]
  12th Street Rag with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick looking for Squidward's brother.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [6 months later...]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8B - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick still looking for Squidward's brother.]
  Spindlelegs - Cedric Palmer [Mrs. Tentacles' house.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 6C - Jeremy Wakefield [" Aw, that's so sad."]
  Slippery Sid - Roger Roger [SpongeBob has a brainstorm.]
  I Hate People - Kaz Prapuolenis, Rodger Bumpass, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward dancing]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Squidward, we found your brother."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield ["What are you morons talking about?"]
  Spindlelegs - Cedric Palmer [Mrs. Tentacles adopted SpongeBob and Patrick]
  Greenhorn Rag - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's head explodes]
  Holiday Playtime - Cedric Palmer [Ending.]




  • This episode was confirmed exactly 3 months before it premiered.

Surprised SpongeBob and Patrick.

Dried SpongeBob.

  • This episode makes a few references to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
    • SpongeBob and Patrick make their "surprised" faces when they first see the Badlands.
    • The trench is very similar to the trench from the movie.
    • SpongeBob's voice when he is dried out is just like what it sounded like when the Cyclops dries him out with a lamp.
  • This was Luke Brookshier's first episode for season 11, his first episode since "SpongeBob You're Fired," and his first as a solo writer as well.
  • In this episode, Luke Brookshier returns, writing the episode alone, and as an animation writer.
  • It is revealed that the reason Squidward does not have a brother or sister is that his mother thought Squidward was enough.
  • To date, this episode marks the last usage of the APM track "Spindlelegs."
  • The song "I Hate People" from "SpongeBob's Place" returns in this episode, but instead of Squidward singing it, he plays along on his clarinet.
  • The things Squidward asks for, and how SpongeBob and Patrick find them, are:
    • The Desert Sandwich; they get sucked up by a sand tornado which drops them off at Squidward's house, and also drops off a witch who creates the sandwich.
    • The Boxing Begonia of the Marina Trench; they lower themselves on a rope into the trench, finding it.
    • The Loch Ness Monster; they play the bagpipes to lure the monster to them.
    • Squidward's brother; they spend six months before asking Mrs. Tentacles, who tells them she only had Squidward, so they ask her to adopt them.
  • The real Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world's oceans, with a maximum depth of 36,070 ft (10,994 meters) below sea level. In this episode, the Mariana Trench is treated more like an extremely deep canyon.
  • The Russian title for this episode is "Ищи, пока не найдешь," which translates to "Search it until you find it."
  • SpongeBob actually expresses genuine concern and worry for Squidward when Mrs. Tentacles tells him that Squidward never had a brother and feels bad for him, refusing to go back until he gets him the brother he never thought he had, and arranges for Mrs. Tentacles to adopt him and Patrick.
  • The Italian title for this episode is "Il Fratello di Squiddy," which translates to "The Brother of Squidward." However, Squidward sends SpongeBob and Patrick to search for his "brother" only near the end of the episode.
  • Before Squidward says, "I'm the greatest?" the last 4 notes on Squidward's clarinet sound exactly the same as they do in "Giant Squidward," but the last note is an octave higher.
  • This episode is referenced in the spin-off Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years episode "Hard Time Out," when younger Patrick empties out SpongeBob because of his thirst, similar to how his older self does in this episode.
  • SpongeBob spends six whole months trying to find Squidward's brother, and for some reason, does not suffer any penalties for missing his job at the Krusty Krab.

Cultural references

  • The episode references the book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with the Badlands being 20,000 leagues away.
  • The Mariana Trench is a real life trench in the Pacific Ocean.
  • The Loch Ness monster picture that Squidward shows to SpongeBob and Patrick is the infamous "surgeon's photograph" that was taken in 1934.


  • When SpongeBob and Patrick react to the Badlands, SpongeBob's teeth and Patrick's eyebrows are missing.
  • It would be impossible for Mrs. Tentacles to legally adopt SpongeBob and Patrick because they are legal adults.
    • Also, SpongeBob and Patrick already have their own parents.
    • This technically does not really count, as according to Vincent Waller on Twitter, this show is non-continuing episodic.[citation needed]
  • When SpongeBob opens the door and smashes Squidward and his clarinet, his clarinet is missing by the time he frees himself.

Missing countries.

More missing countries.

  • When Squidward spins the globe multiple times, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, the Philippines (specifically Luzon), and Sri Lanka, from the world globe are missing.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are searching for Squidward's "brother," one of SpongeBob's shoes is missing.

His arms and robe are sticking out.

  • When Squidward takes his robe off while dancing, his hands are still visible on the robe.
  • When the desert sandwich becomes sentient, all of the stuff inside of it (besides the lettuce) disappears.



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