If you were looking for the article about the character, then see Tattletale Strangler.

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



Picture 109

SpongeBob on time

While on duty at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob has a man arrested for littering. After calling the police on him, Squidward reveals that the stranger is, in fact, the Tattle-Tale Strangler, an extremely dangerous criminal who murders anyone who reports him to the cops by strangling them. Seconds later, the Strangler escapes and begins on planning to kill SpongeBob. 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 obviously 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, oblivious to his identity, hires him.

Tattletale Strangler SpongeBob

However, SpongeBob needs to run some errands first. They are faced by every possible delay, and when they finally get to SpongeBob's house, SpongeBob realizes he lost his key and looks for it in his pockets for 20 minutes. The Strangler suggests entering through the window, but it is too high for him to reach, so the Strangler asks SpongeBob to climb on his shoulders. SpongeBob, now with sharp cleats on his shoes, does so, and his shoes go directly inside of the Strangler's eye sockets, much to the latter's pain. He runs around for 6 hours before finally pulling the shoes out.

SpongeBob eventually remembers that the key was under his doormat, further infuriating him. The Strangler then locks the doors and starts to choke SpongeBob. The lights then turn on, revealing a "100% on-time average" surprise party. SpongeBob acts surprised, asking how they knew, with Patrick saying that they just did what the invitations tell them to do. The party goes on for a considerable length of time. 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's he in for.

Wanted poster in police station



 ) Associated 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]
  Vibe Sting - 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 Sting (a) - 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]
  Vibe Q Sting - 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]
  Gator - 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 Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Happy birthday, SpongeBob!"]
  Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone ["Let's boogie some more!"]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [Strangler grabs SpongeBob]
  Harp Ding - 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 (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Strangler cries]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["The Strangler!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["At least I'm safe from that yellow idiot."]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [ending]





  • Although this episode premiered in 2004, it was produced in 2002 according to the credits.
  • This episode premiered in Canada on November 12, 2004.
  • There are many clues throughout the episode that suggest SpongeBob may have known his bodyguard was the Strangler in disguise, including:
    • Him taking too long with his errands.
    • Staying outside his house for 6 hours and 20 minutes and sticking his cleats into the Strangler's eyes.
    • Throwing a party more than once.
    • After the Strangler takes off his disguise and just before he runs off, the returning party guests weren't scared, meaning that SpongeBob may have told them his plan. Patrick (being himself) may not have been told or forgot the plan.
    • Chasing him all the way back to jail and indirectly causing him to fall into a jail cell
    • The biggest clue of them all was at one point he says "Don't mention it Strangler, oh, I mean bodyguard.", however this may have been intended as comedic effect
  • This episode reveals that Bikini Bottom has an airport.
  • This episode was available on The Seascape Capers DVD and VHS 10 months before it aired on TV.
  • In the Korean version, the police don't say anything about SpongeBob being a tattle-tale.
  • This is the second episode that SpongeBob tries different ways of getting into his house. The first is "Party Pooper Pants."
    • The scene in which SpongeBob realizes that his key was placed under his doormat the whole time after him and the Strangler's various attempts to get in is also a callback to the end of "Party Pooper Pants."
  • This is the second episode where a party is thrown at SpongeBob's house, the first being "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."
  • The "20 minutes later" time card is the same design as the title card for "Graveyard Shift."
  • This is the fifth episode where the title card is animated, the fourth being "One Krabs Trash," the third being "Idiot Box," the second being "Prehibernation Week," and the first being "SB-129."
  • SpongeBob technically didn't tattle on the Strangler since the police just appeared out of nowhere. SpongeBob simply tells him that it's against the law to litter and the police suddenly arrives.
  • The Strangler's number (555-1234) is the same as the accident company's number in "No Free Rides."
  • In the episode "Squid's Visit," Squidward said that he has never been to SpongeBob's house, but goes to SpongeBob's parties in this episode. It is most likely that this episode takes place after "Squid's Visit."
  • Squidward, Plankton, and Mrs. Puff all hate SpongeBob, but they attend the party voluntarily. Though they are nice to SpongeBob on some occasions.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "SpongeBob kontra Dusiciel" (SpongeBob vs the Strangler).
  • This episode aired in Germany on September 26, 2003, before it aired in the USA.
  • This episode premiered in the USA thirteen years before "The Getaway" premiered in the UK and fourteen years before "ChefBob" premiered in the UK.
  • This episode takes place before "New Digs" because in this episode SpongeBob has a 100% on-time percentage and in that episode, he ruins that percentage.
  • This takes place before "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" because Tattletale Strangler can be seen in that episode.
  • This is the second episode where Patrick is arrested. The first is "Life of Crime."
  • In the Bahasa Indonesia version, the line "He's promised to strangle anyone who turns him in." changed to "He swore to strangle anyone who mess with him."


  • In Indonesia, instead of saying paper towel, SpongeBob says pepper towel.

"Litter Bug?"

  • Sometimes, YTV accidentally lists this as "Litter Bug" instead of its normal name. Also for some reason, it says the episode originally aired on 2014/03/17 (March 17, 2014). This air date is technically false. This error also happened when SpongeBob was played on Viva in the UK.
  • A caption error reads: (The Strangler) "CanWe just get to your House now?!" on DirecTV receivers.
  • When SpongeBob checks in for work, below the clock are more than 2 slips, despite there being only 2 employees.
  • After SpongeBob puts in his slip, the clock arms stop moving.
  • When SpongeBob leaves the Krusty Krab for litter bug 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 pants legs are black in color. In the next shot, they're brown.
  • 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" was 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 Strangler's white undershirt disappears.
  • When SpongeBob is in front of his house looking for his key, he doesn't have a mat. But when he gets the key, the mat is there.
  • When SpongeBob and Strangler enter SpongeBob's house and 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.
  • 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.
  • If SpongeBob sent out invitations, it wouldn't be a surprise party.
  • Patrick is seen at both parties, but after the first party, Patrick isn't seen in the line or said "goodbye" to by SpongeBob. It is possible that he was in the second line when SpongeBob says, bye eh the rest.
  • Patrick shouldn't be arrested because he looks nothing like the Strangler, unless he confessed another unseen crime that he did.
  • 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 Dr. Gill Gilliam, who has 8, as well as SpongeBob himself. However, in later scenes his fingers are replaced by a fin. He is also one of the few characters who wears a pair of shoes.
  • In the scene where the officers were chaining the Strangler up, his eyes were chained. In the next scene he appears in, the chains are gone.





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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Golden Reel Awards StatueStraight

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;" 2012)

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)

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