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"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 3. In this episode, a criminal attempts to get revenge on SpongeBob.



SpongeBob on time.

While on duty at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob has a great job, until he picks up every litter in the ground. After more litter came out of nowhere, the man is seen responsible for all those littering, an infuriated SpongeBob has a man arrested for littering. After calling the police on him, Squidward appears to ask on the cleaning. After SpongeBob updates him, a scared Squidward reveals that the stranger is, in fact, the Tattletale Strangler, an extremely dangerous criminal, who strangles anyone who reports him to the cops. Squidward promptly flees while SpongeBob talks to the officers about the strangler. They assure him that they have locked down while the latter makes it clear he is coming for him.

Seconds later, the Strangler escapes and begins planning to kill SpongeBob as a revenge for calling the cops on him. SpongeBob begs the officers for protection, but they leave him to his devices, calling him a "tattletale." SpongeBob looks for a bodyguard for protection, but no one will take the job knowing that they would have to face the Strangler. He decides to go into hiding until the Strangler gives up on him, but then a man, who is the Strangler using a fake mustache as a disguise, offers to take the job, intending to lead SpongeBob to a place where he can kill him with no other witnesses. SpongeBob, seemingly oblivious to his identity, hires him. However, SpongeBob needs to run some errands first.

"I'm trying, but my cleats are stuck in your corneas!"

When they finally arrive at SpongeBob's house, the lights then turn on, revealing a "100% on-time average" surprise party. The party goes on for a considerable length of time. Once it ends, the Strangler then attempts to choke him again, but the guests come back for a birthday party for SpongeBob. After the party ends and the two are finally alone, he tries again, but then Patrick shows up for some odd reason. The Strangler tries to get rid of him, saying that he could be the Strangler in disguise. Patrick then runs off thinking that he is the Strangler, breaking through the wall and running off to turn himself in.

SpongeBob is confused upon realizing that Patrick is the Strangler. The real Strangler, enraged, reveals his true identity and intentions by removing his disguise. However, SpongeBob still seemingly fails to understand and is amazed at the Strangler being able to tear off his mustache without shaving cream. The latter yells at him that it is a fake he bought at the party store. The guests return upon overhearing the word "party." Annoyed and frustrated, the Strangler runs away, but SpongeBob goes after him, saying he still needs protection from the "bodyguard." He attempts to escape in a series of vehicles, but SpongeBob catches up every time.

Eventually, the Strangler lands in the police department in a jail cell and SpongeBob learns the truth after he is directed to a wanted poster. As SpongeBob finally realizes the truth, the police congratulate him for putting the Strangler behind bars. The Strangler is happy to be away from SpongeBob at first, but then he soon finds himself with Patrick, who is in his cell, asking what he is in for, much to Strangler's dismay.

Running gags

  • Parties getting thrown at SpongeBob's house.
  • The background becoming purple whenever SpongeBob and the Strangler laugh.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Rescue - Cecil Milner [Title card]
  Power and Glory - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob 100% on time]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward 12% on time]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr ["I'm due in the parking lot for early morning litter patrol."]
  The Mob - Sam Spence [SpongeBob picking up trash]
  Police Car Chase - Jack Beaver ["That's the Tattletale Strangler!"]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["Squidward? Squidward?"]
  Glissando Up - Eric Allen ["Yep, he got away."]
  Steel Licks 11 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Those officers are right. I need a bodyguard."]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [at the Krusty Krab]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney ["The Tattletale Strangler?!"]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob looking for a bodyguard]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr ["Bodyguard, huh?"]
  Dramatic Impact (1) - Ivor Slaney [Strangler wearing a fake mustache]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney [Shot of Strangler's dirty hands]
  Seaweed 2 - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob hires Strangler as bodyguard]
  Six Powerful Cues (A) - Wilfred William Burns [SpongeBob and Strangler laughing diabolically]
  Hawaiian Calypso - Jo Van Wetter [SpongeBob doing errands]
  Glissando Up - Eric Allen [Strangler's eyes bug out]
  So Tired - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["There you are, you little rascal."]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob unlocks his door]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner ["I finally got you all alone!"]
  Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone [surprise party]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [Strangler laughs diabolically]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["Happy birthday, SpongeBob!"]
  Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone ["Let's boogie some more!"]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [Strangler grabs SpongeBob]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["Great parties, huh?"]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney ["I'm the Strangler?!"]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford ["I gotta turn myself in!"]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [Strangler reveals himself]
  Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone [Strangler running from SpongeBob]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Strangler cries]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney ["The Strangler!"]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["At least I'm safe from that yellow idiot."]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" was ranked #51 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



  • This episode was originally going to be titled "Litterbug."[citation needed]
  • This episode was released on The Seascape Capers DVD and VHS on January 6, 2004, nine months before its premiere on American television.
  • Behind the scenes footage of this episode was used for a bumper on Nicktoons, sometime in 2002.[1]
  • This episode and "Pranks a Lot" were the last episodes produced and aired before the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. In addition, the episode's production code is (5572-221) meaning that this was also the last episode in production order before The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie began production.
    • This episode and "Pranks a Lot" would have been the last episodes of the series since Stephen Hillenburg wanted the show to end after the movie. But this would not be the last installment of the show, as in 2005, Nickelodeon later ordered a fourth season. Hillenburg appointed Paul Tibbitt to replace him as showrunner.
  • For unknown reasons, the previous production codes (5572-219) and (5572-220) were skipped over, as the production code for this episode's sister episode was 5572-218.
  • This episode takes place on July 14, SpongeBob's birthday, which is celebrated in the episode.
  • Irony: SpongeBob incorrectly punches the clock since he inserts the entire slip. Squidward, on the other hand, correctly punches the clock since he only inserts part of the slip.
    • SpongeBob punches the clock correctly in "New Digs."
  • This episode reveals that Bikini Bottom has an airport.
  • The scene in which SpongeBob realizes that his key was placed under his doormat is a callback to the end of "Party Pooper Pants."
  • The flower wallpaper seen in SpongeBob's house when the parties are thrown is the same one seen in "Party Pooper Pants."
  • This is the fifth episode where the title card is animated, the first being "SB-129," the second being "Prehibernation Week," the third being "Idiot Box," and the fourth being "One Krabs Trash."
  • The Strangler's number (555-1234) is the same as the accident company's number in "No Free Rides."
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "SpongeBob kontra Dusiciel," which translates to "SpongeBob vs the Strangler."
  • When SpongeBob hires the strangler as his bodyguard, he finds the strangler's receipt for the Phony Baloney Mustache Emporium (where the strangler bought his fake mustache). But later, when the strangler confesses, he actually contradicts his own receipt by saying he bought his "mustache" at a party store.
  • This episode was paired up with different episodes:
  • This is the third episode to have SpongeBob's name in its title. The first was "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm," and the second was "Club SpongeBob."

Cultural references

  • The scene where the Tattletale Strangler jumps out of a place with a parachute, only to find out that the parachute is SpongeBob was references to the Looney Tunes cartoon "Yankee Doodle Daffy" where Porky jumps out of a place with Daffy as a parachute.
  • In one scene, the Tattletale Strangler is holding a serial number that says "122068." This could be interpreted as December 20, 1968, the date when the Zodiac Killer killed two victims.


On the bubble transition it says, "Rough Draft Korea."

  • At one point in the episode, a bubble transition is shown. For a brief second, "Rough Draft Korea" in green writing and the date May 17, 2002 appear at the bottom of the screen. This error was made by Rough Draft Korea, where they animated the episode.
  • When SpongeBob checks in for work, below the clock, it is more than two slips, despite there being only two employees.

The clock is not moving.

  • After SpongeBob puts in his slip, the clock arms stop moving.

No Krusty Krab sign.

  • When SpongeBob leaves the Krusty Krab for litterbug patrol, the Krusty Krab sign and the road leading to the restaurant are missing.
  • When SpongeBob goes out of the Krusty Krab to clean up litter, for a couple of seconds his pant legs are black. In the next shot, they are brown.

The chain on his eyes disappears.

He is Prisoner number 122068.

Now he is Prisoner number 021066.

  • When Squidward shows SpongeBob the picture with the Strangler on it, the number he is holding says "122068," but when SpongeBob shows Mr. Krabs the picture of the Strangler, the number is "021066."
  • When SpongeBob shows Mr. Krabs the picture of the Strangler, the name "TattleTale Strangler" is covered in censor bars. This error continues when SpongeBob shows the people the "Wanted" sign.
  • After SpongeBob says he has to run some errands and the Strangler gets mad, the latter's white undershirt disappears.
  • When SpongeBob is in front of his house looking for his key, he does not have a mat, but when he gets the key, the mat is there.
  • SpongeBob is not seen putting on his cleats, yet they appear out of nowhere.
  • When SpongeBob and Strangler enter SpongeBob's house and the latter closes the door, the light on the former's face makes it appear as though two doors were closing.
  • Pearl is shown to be smaller than Larry in this episode, when in most episodes, she is shown to be bigger.
  • In the scene where the Strangler is walking to SpongeBob's chair during the party, Squidward's right hand disappears and then reappears.
  • When SpongeBob arrives with the Strangler inside his house, a bamboo wallpaper is up, but when the party is revealed, the wallpaper changes to green with flowers. When the party members leave, it changes back to the old wallpaper, then back to the flower wallpaper when the party members arrive again.

SpongeBob's yellow teeth.

  • While laughing maniacally, SpongeBob's teeth turn yellow for a split second.
  • If SpongeBob sent out invitations, it would not be a surprise party.
  • The Strangler gets through the airport and into the airplane without being noticed by anyone.
  • The Strangler has 10 fully functional separate fingers, similar to Incidental 116, who has eight, as well as SpongeBob himself. However, in later scenes, his fingers are replaced by a fin.

The bus on a left side.

  • When the Strangler first attempts to strangle SpongeBob with his "dirty" hands and a bus briefly stops to see this, the bus' right side is shown, but the bus has no left side to it since some of the clouds in the background could be seen through the windows, behind the people.



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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2003)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)