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"Snowball Effect" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 3. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick have a snowball fight and try to get Squidward to join in as well.



SpongeBob teaches Patrick how to make a snowball.

In the beginning of the episode, an iceberg travels across the surface of the ocean and stops over Bikini Atoll, causing it to snow underwater in Bikini Bottom. The Realistic Fish Head reports on the scene to inform the Bikini Bottomite masses on the heavy snowfall across the city. Everyone notices and starts to have fun in the snow, while SpongeBob and Patrick decide to have a snowball fight. Meanwhile, Squidward is relaxing at his house, sitting near a fire and drinking a hot cup of tea. He hears the sounds of SpongeBob and Patrick building snow forts and tells them to quiet down. The duo try to convince him to come out and play with them, both trying to get him on their own side, but Squidward turns down both their offers, dismissing snowball fights as childish.

Squidward decides that, as entertainment, he will watch them fight, hoping they will get hurt. However, SpongeBob and Patrick took Squidward's words to heart and signed a peace treaty. Squidward tries to convince them to continue for his entertainment, but repeatedly gets hit with a snowball by Patrick as a result. He then decides to throw a snowball at SpongeBob and Patrick, but misses both of them. SpongeBob and Patrick interpret the launching of snowballs as a declaration of "war," then proceed to duck behind their fort and mercilessly begin to pelt Squidward with snowballs. Afterwards, a frustrated Squidward proceeds to throw a snowball and hits SpongeBob right in the face. He quickly begins to enjoy himself and soon becomes exhilarated. He starts to relentlessly pelt SpongeBob and Patrick with more snowballs. After Patrick is hit by a snowball containing Squidward's clarinet, he and SpongeBob decide that Squidward is taking the snowball fight far too seriously and sneak off.

Squidward throws snowballs from the top of his tower.

When Squidward notices that the snowballs have "stopped falling," he takes the opportunity to assess his defenses. Realizing his fort is too small, Squidward decides to make it bigger and eventually builds it to the size of a tower, later to be known as "Fort Squidward." When an overhead tree branch begins to drop snow on his head, Squidward believes snowballs are being thrown at him by SpongeBob and Patrick and repeatedly hurls out snowballs in random directions.

Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Patrick relax in the pineapple, watching TV while drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn. SpongeBob faintly hears Squidward's yelling for a moment and asks Patrick if he also heard something. The episode ends after Patrick replies, "Nope."

Running gags

  • Squidward's fireplace being put out by a snowball that is thrown.
  • Patrick throwing snowballs at Squidward.


Deleted scene

There is a scene which shows Squidward inside a snowman dungeon which he made and yelling "I'll bring them to my snow dungeon and extract their valuable secrets." This scene never made it past the storyboard.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Wonderland of Snow - Terry Day [Title card]
  America A Dream Comes True - Gregor F. Narholz [opening]
  Bell Jingles - Nicolas Carr [Sleigh bells]
  The Jolly Sleighride - Ib Glindemann [Bikini Bottom covered in snow]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland ["This is serious, SpongeBob."]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["Snowball fight?"]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr [Patrick makes a cube/Patrick makes a rectangular pyramid]
  What's Up - Nicolas Carr [Patrick makes DNA]
  Battle Begins - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick glare at each other]
  Going Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick glare at each other]
  Romantic Waltz - Geoffrey Henman [Squidward relaxing]
  The Merry March(a) - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob and Patrick building forts]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Patrick choking on snow]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Snowball fights are for immature children."]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Now there's something I'd actually like to see!"]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob and Patrick shake hands]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [peace treaty]
  12th Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward trying to start another snowball fight]
  Marshall Strength Link - David Snell [SpongeBob and Patrick throw snowballs at Squidward]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["That was actually kind of exciting."]
  I Saw Three Ships 29 (C) - Richard A. Harvey ["I've never felt so alive!"]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward throwing snowballs]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr ["What's going on?"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • "Snowball Effect" was ranked #20 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • "Snowball Effect" was ranked #31 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.




Spongebob Lego Adventures in Bikini Bottom - The Krusty Krab Commercial 2006

  • A clip of this episode was shown in a 2006 LEGO SpongeBob commercial.
  • There is an online game based on this episode called SpongeBob SnowPants!.
  • The scene where SpongeBob batters Patrick with a barrage of snowballs was rarely shown in Indonesia airings for many years due to time constraints.[citation needed]
    • However, more recently, it and other similarly early episodes are aired in Indonesia uncut.
  • In the Arabic dub, this episode is called "معركة الثلوج" (pronounced "ma'arakat althalouj"), which translates to "Snow Battle."
  • Innuendo: A group of fish made 2 giant snowballs for the snow mermaid.
  • This is the first time tanks are seen in SpongeBob.
  • This episode has been paired with different episodes:
  • This episode's French title card is the exact same as the American title card.

Cultural references

  • Patrick's alias "Pink Menace" is a reference to the "Red Menace," a nickname for the Soviet Union that was popular in the United States and allied countries during the Cold War.
  • The title is a reference to the phrase of the same name.


  • When Squidward considers aloud the possibility of being attacked in the rear, there is already a wall there. All he does is turn around, laugh, and pat the wall, but he is never seen building it.
  • When Mrs. Puff blows the snow off her boatmobile and onto Fred, he pops his head out and yells "Hey!" although his mouth does not move.
  • When SpongeBob is first seen with his fort, it is spherical and shorter than him, but when the camera returns to SpongeBob, his fort has changed shape and is about as tall as him. Finally, when the camera returns to the wide angle including Squidward's house, his fort returns to its original shape.
  • When Squidward drops his snowball after he declares his neutrality, the line in the snow left over from the scooping of the snowball disappears when the camera returns to a wide angle shot.
  • When the camera shows Patrick laughing after hitting SpongeBob with a snowball, his fort is smooth. Before, it was completely rugged. Also, when Patrick comes upon the barrage of snowballs SpongeBob serves at him, his fort is rugged again. Also, all the snow-cubes he was seen with are gone.
  • In the Bengali dub, the credits for this episode and its sister episode "One Krabs Trash" were swapped by accident.

The background is light blue rather than gray.

  • When a close-up of the DNA strand snowball Patrick made is shown, the sky is light blue, even though the sky is grey for almost the entire rest of the episode.
  • When Squidward gets frustrated by Patrick continuously throwing snowballs at him right after he builds his small fort, he attempts to throw back a snowball forward at Patrick but misses his shot. Instead, the snowball goes inside Squidward's house and puts out his fireplace. This would not have been possible because his house is behind him at the moment he throws the snowball.

Patrick's rock is missing.

  • When Squidward builds his fort near the end of the episode, Patrick's house is not seen.
  • At the end of the episode, a coral tree that had been absent previously begins to drop snow onto Squidward's head.