Encyclopedia SpongeBobia


Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
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If you were looking for the article about the Japanese DVD, then see Squid Noir (DVD).

"Squid Noir" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 11. In this episode, when Squidward's clarinet disappears, he has to become a hard-boiled detective to track it down.



The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, where everyone is getting annoyed by Squidward's music from his clarinet, prompting Mr. Krabs to kick him out so he can continue having business. Then, while playing in Bikini Bottom, Bubble Bass gets annoyed by his music and tells him to leave immediately. Afterwards, while Squidward is playing in his house, Patrick gets annoyed and throws his rocks at him. After Squidward takes a nap, Squidward's clarinet is missing, and everything turns black and white.

Squidward first suspects SpongeBob, but turns out to have been at his grandmother's house the whole time. He then suspects Mr. Krabs with SpongeBob, but he is also innocent as he was at the Krusty Krab all day. Afterwards, the two suspect Bubble Bass, but he was at the comic store all day.

Squid Noir 194

The jellyfish liking Squidward's concert.

Their last suspect is Patrick, who shows them the jellyfish jelly that was at Squidward's house. This gives SpongeBob and Squidward a hint that the suspect is at Jellyfish Fields, and Patrick joins the investigation. Squidward sees that a jellyfish had taken his clarinet, and when he takes it back, the world becomes colorful again. The episode ends with Squidward playing his clarinet music at Jelly.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on March 16, 2017.[2]

As part of the SpongeBob: You Bring The Color promotion, people were able to color images of several scenes in this episode to be part of the actual episode. The competition ended on November 10, 2017.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Blue Lamp Blues - Ralph Dollimore [Title card.]
  Cue 1.3 - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet.]
  Cue 3.3 - Brad Carow ["You're driving me customers batty!"]
  Noodly Shinanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Angry customer destroys a cup.]
  Cue 3.3 - Brad Carow [Squidward pulls the clarinet out of his mouth.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 21C - Jeremy Wakefield ["And if I see that clarinet again, it'll be going into the woodwind chipper, you hear me?"]
  Fooling Around 2 w e gtr - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Bubble Bass shows the other fish his suburban dad figurine.]
  Cue 3.3 - Brad Carow [Bubble Bass hears Squidward's clarinet.]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney [Figurine breaks.]
  Cue 3.3 - Brad Carow [Bubble Bass sees Squidward playing clarinet.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Bubble Bass jumps onto Squidward.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 35 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward emerges from under Bubble Bass.]
  Light Conversation 1 Full Mix - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["You will remove that subpar woodwind from the premises."]
  Cue 2.3 - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet in his house.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 22D - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's head is missing.]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer ["It's time for our pre-performance nap."]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney [Squidward's clarinet is missing and his window is broken.]
  Bongos - Nicolas Carr [Bikini Bottom turns black and white.]
  Blue Lamp Blues - Ralph Dollimore ["And that's how it began... my life smashed to bits."]
  Secret Sleuth - Max Saunders [Squidward interrogates SpongeBob.]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  The Hurry Up - Kenny Graham [Squidward and SpongeBob drive to the Krusty Krab.]
  Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham [Squidward enters Krabs' office.]
  Bobmatisme - Achille Alberto Scotti [SpongeBob and Squidward pampering Mr. Krabs.]
  Mystery Chime - Nicolas Carr [Mr Krabs sparkles.]
  Sleazy Sax - Richard Myhill [Close-up of Mr. Krabs' makeover.]
  Silhouette No.3 - Johnny Hawksworth ["What in the salty seven seas are you two doing?"]
  Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham [Squidward interrogating Mr. Krabs.]
  Subversion - Ralph Dollimore [SpongeBob and Squidward drive to Near Mint Comic Books.]
  Highway Hullabaloo - Kenny Graham [SpongeBob and Squidward burst through the doors.]
  Superfriends Wipe - Nicolas Carr [Mermaid Man action figure.]
  Highway Hullabaloo - Kenny Graham [Mermaid Man action figure and suburban dad figurine fight.]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford ["No!"]
  Funeral March - Frederic Chopin [Bubble Bass crying.]
  Today - Ralph Dollimore ["Come on, SpongeBob, let's go. This is a dead-end."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm...Yeah, how'd you know?"]
  Dicey - Kenny Graham [Squidward interrogates Patrick.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 7A - Jeremy Wakefield [Shot of Patrick's hand full of jelly.]
  Rat Trap - Syd Dale [SpongeBob and Squidward realize the thief must be at Jellyfish Fields.]
  Drainpipe Drag - Ralph Dollimore [Squidward, SpongeBob, and Patrick drive to Jellyfish Fields.]
  Impact 1 - Brad Carow [Jellyfish playing Squidward's clarinet.]
  Catfish Row - Benny Carter ["My baby!"]
  Tentacally Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward retrieves his clarinet.]
  Cue 3.3 - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet.]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Jazz at the Jellyfish Club - Nicolas Carr, Brad Carow [Jellyfish jazz club.]
  Bongos - Nicolas Carr [Overlays "Jazz at the Jellyfish Club".]
  Final Cue Sax - Brad Carow [Overlays "Jazz at the Jellyfish Club".]
  Final Cue Clarinet 3 - Brad Carow [Squidward playing Clarinet.]
  You're Making A Big Mistake 1 - Laurence Peter Cottle [Ending sting.]




  • This episode premiered in the United States as part of the event based on the You Bring the Color game, where players color a screenshot from the opening of the show and scenes of this episode. There was a chance for them to see their colors live on American TV. This game spoiled the ending of this episode by using pictures from it.
    • Also in the original American airing of this episode, the viewers also had a chance to color the last minute of this episode and was broadcasted on the original airing. In all American reruns since November 11, 2017,[1] all international non-US airings, all digital releases, all streaming services, and all DVD releases, the colors from the event is not showcased and the last minute of this episode runs with the normal colors.
  • Flats the Flounder makes a cameo in this episode as one of the customers inside the Krusty Krab plugging his ears from Squidward's clarinet playing. This marks his first appearance since the ending credits of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
  • The fourth wall is broken when SpongeBob interrupts Squidward's narration, causing the latter to ask him to stop.
  • The food that SpongeBob gives to Mr. Krabs is a frozen meal, commonly known as a TV dinner. It is shown in live-action.
  • Most of this episode is in black-and-white.
  • This episode reveals that the jellyfish like Squidward's clarinet playing.
  • This is Bob Camp's first episode as a character designer.
  • In Southeast Asia, this episode along with "Scavenger Pants" premiered on September 17, 2018 in a special event "What's The Juice?!: SpongeBob Edition."

Episode references[]

  • The Moth from "Night Light" makes a cameo in this episode as an action figure.
    • Jumbo Shrimp and Pyrite Panderer also make cameo appearances as action figures.

Cultural references[]

The Detectives

The title card that this episode's title card is based on.

  • This episode's title references film noir, a genre of crime movies popular in the 1940s.
  • One of the comics on the Near Mint Comic Books is titled "Blobfish," named after the fish of the same name.
  • Patrick tells Squidward he does not know who Jack is, but wants some beans, alluding to Jack and the Beanstalk.



John Trabbie.

  • In the French dub, John Trabbic's name is misspelled as John Trabbie.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Incidental 41 passes somewhere about from the Krusty Krab kitchen and passes Incidental 40 about halfway to the exit. In the next frame, Incidental 41 again passes somewhere from the kitchen, and Incidental 40 is nowhere to be seen.
  • When Bubble Bass' friends comfort him after his suburban dad action figure breaks, the veil one of the friends wears disappears for a split second.
  • In the Polish dub, Squidward's narration in the colorless segment of the episode is undubbed.
Squid Noir 195

SpongeBob's eyelashes error.

  • During the ending scene, SpongeBob's eyelashes are missing as he's cheering Squidward.