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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. Johnny Elaine comes in and tells the audience that it is now snowing in Bikini Bottom. 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's snow fort building 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 shoots both of them down, dismissing snowball fighting 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 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 but soon becomes exhilarated, and 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 becomes paranoid and riled-up. 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 keep dropping 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 heard something. The episode ends after Patrick replies "no."

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.



 ) Associated 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 Hit - 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.



  • While it is Bikini Bottom's second actual snow day after "Christmas Who?," this episode marks SpongeBob and Patrick's second winter-based episode since "Survival of the Idiots."
  • This episode marks the fourth appearance of snow, with the first three being "Bubble Buddy," "Christmas Who?," and "Survival of the Idiots."
    • However, only the second episode takes place during Christmas.
  • When Squidward is sitting next to his fireplace, a replica of his head with moose antlers is seen hanging on a plaque on his wall. It is seen again in the video games Battle for Bikini Bottom and Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated whenever the player goes inside Squidward's house.

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 is rarely shown in Indonesia airings due to time constraints.[citation needed]
    • However, in later airings, this no longer happens as most older episodes air normally.
  • In the Arabic dub, this episode is called "معركة الثلوج" (pronounced "ma'arakat althalouj"), which translates to "battle snow."
  • Innuendo: A group of fish made 2 giant snowballs for the snow mermaid.
  • This is the first time tanks are seen in SpongeBob.
  • On the July 25, 2020 airing on Nicktoons, this episode was paired with "Survival of the Idiots."[2]

Cultural references


  • When Squidward speaks about him being attacked in the rear, there is already a wall there and 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 Squidward demonstrates his fort and how it should be used and Patrick throws snowballs at him, his arm does not move.
  • When SpongeBob is first seen with his fort, it is circular 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 SpongeBob again, his fort returns to how it originally was.
  • When Squidward drops his snowball after he refuses to be on neither Patrick or SpongeBob's side, the mark that he makes in the snow disappears when the camera pans out.
  • When the camera shows Patrick laughing after hitting SpongeBob with a snowball, his fort is smooth. Before, it was full of bumps. Also, when Patrick comes upon the barrage of snowballs SpongeBob serves at him, his fort is bumpy again. Also, all the square snowballs he was seen with are gone.
  • In the Bengali dub, this episode is accidentally credited as it's sister episode "One Krabs Trash", which is also mislabeled as this episode.

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 instead of gray.
  • When Squidward gets frustrated by Patrick's continuous snowball-throwing at him right after he builds his small fort, he attempts to throw back a snowball 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, the coral tree that drops snow onto Squidward's head had not been seen throughout the episode.
    • It could be possible that SpongeBob and Patrick have planted the tree off-screen long before they begin their snowball fight.