- Eugene H. Krabs
- Squidward Tentacles
- Martha Smith
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Officer John Slugfish
- Teenage fry cook (debut)
- Nancy Suzy Fish
- Miss Shell
- Miss Rechid
- Billy (lime fish)
- Jellyfish (mentioned)
- French Narrator
After finding profits to be slightly lower than usual at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs decides to start deducting his employee's pay for doing ridiculous things including talking, chewing, breathing, lollygagging, and even existing. Squidward finds this to be outrageously unfair (possibly because if it keeps up, his salary will be reduced to nothing), and he convinces SpongeBob that they should go on strike. SpongeBob, initially not knowing what it means to go on strike, is devastated when he is fired. Squidward, however, assures him that he will have his job back "and more."
Squidward starts them off by making a sign stating "Krusty Krab Unfair," but SpongeBob writes his as "Krusty Krab Funfair," making the restaurant more popular. Squidward then has SpongeBob memorize derogatory slogans about Mr. Krabs and the restaurant, though their meaning flies over SpongeBob's head. He draws the attention of an eager young teenager who thinks of SpongeBob as a living legend. Rather than join him in the strike, however, he heads inside to take SpongeBob's job.
Squidward then attempts to give a speech to the people of Bikini Bottom, who grow so excited by his words that they build up an appetite and rush over him to eat at the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs steps outside to taunt him about how beneficial the strike has been for his bottom line. Standing up for Squidward, SpongeBob turns against Mr. Krabs and tells him that they will stay on strike forever until his unfair pay deduction policy is abolished. The word "forever" accidentally strikes a nerve with Squidward, who grows deeply unsettled at the thought of being on a never-ending strike with SpongeBob.
Unable to sleep with this thought, Squidward runs to the door to beg Mr. Krabs for his job back. Opening it, he's surprised to find Mr. Krabs, who begs him and SpongeBob to return, saying that he cannot stand the teenagers he hired as replacements as they're ruining the place and won't leave him alone and that he is nothing without them. As they walk to the Krusty Krab together, Squidward relishes how the tables have turned and begins discussing the terms of their return with Mr. Krabs.
Meanwhile, SpongeBob has taken the words of Squidward's speech to heart and spends the night dismantling the establishment that is the Krusty Krab. Squidward and Mr. Krabs soon arrive, having come to an agreement. Squidward is horrified to see the Krusty Krab in shambles, SpongeBob standing proudly among the wreckage. When Mr. Krabs discovers his restaurant completely destroyed, he falls to pieces and remarks that in order to pay for the damages, Squidward and SpongeBob will work for him forever. SpongeBob jumps for joy while realizing the true meaning of forever while Squidward suddenly once more takes in the full meaning of "forever."
One eternity later (or likely Squidward's imagination again), they are nothing but a skeleton crew, still working at the Krusty Krab.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Krabs counting money]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, that reminds me."]
‣ Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [underwear]
‣ Keel Row - Brian Peters ["Here's your check."]
‣ Up She Rises - Sam Spence [Squidward convinces SpongeBob to go on strike/"You mean you're going to make picket signs?"]
‣ O Makalapua (b) - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob crying]
‣ The Irish Patriot - Sam Spence ["We are workers united!"]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["And more?"]
‣ ? ["All right, SpongeBob, now listen up."]
‣ Crocodile Tears (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben [Squidward teaching SpongeBob how to strike/"I can't do it, Squidward. This hat is my friend! It never oppressed me."/"Krusty Krab Unfair. Short, sweet, and to the point."]
‣ Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Hey, thanks, dude!"]
‣ Astronauts March - Sam Spence [Squidward's speech]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["But they didn't, did they, Mr. Squidward?"]
‣ Troop Movement - Sam Fonteyn ["You can pick on me, but Squidward is a great leader."]
‣ Anguish - Richard Hill ["Forever! Forever! Forever!..."]
‣ Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer [Squidward imagines being on strike with SpongeBob forever]
‣ Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [Squidward screams]
‣ The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Krabs begs Squidward to come back]
‣ Hey, Mean Mr. Bossman - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield, Paul Tibbitt [plays on record]
‣ Astronauts March - Sam Spence [SpongeBob dismantling the Krusty Krab]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["SpongeBob... what have you done?!"]
• Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs sits down]
‣ Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock ["Forever!"]
- "Squid on Strike" was ranked #88 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- This episode is available on the SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric, Complete 2nd Season, and First 100 Episodes DVDs.
- This episode premiered in Canada on April 12, 2002.
- The episode is the third and final installment of Squidward's chaotic episodes at the Krusty Krab. The first is "Squid's Day Off" and the second is "Dying for Pie."
- SpongeBob never got his bill, yet he pays Mr. Krabs for his doings anyway.
- Mr. Krabs suddenly appears sweeping the floor after Squidward stops SpongeBob from paying him.
- Squidward has also quit his job (or at least attempted to quit) in "Fools in April," "Bossy Boots," "Big Pink Loser," "Can You Spare a Dime?," "Krusty Towers," "Chum Fricassee," "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" and "Mimic Madness."
- It is revealed that Mr. Krabs keeps his dry cleaning in envelopes.
- The bill that Squidward gets means he has to pay $21.00.
- Breathing: $1.00
- Talking: $5.00
- Standing: $10.00
- Existing: $2.00
- Lollygagging: $2.00
- Chewing: $1.00
- When SpongeBob refuses Mr. Krabs' pay check, Mr. Krabs backs away even though it is really a bill. Knowing SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs possibly knows that SpongeBob is going to pay him without letting him look at the bill.
- At the end of the episode, Mr, Krabs puts SpongeBob and Squidward on eternal labor, but in "SpongeBob You're Fired", SpongeBob couldn't work, as he got fired.
- This episode could've taken place after that episode.
- Mr. Krabs makes his employees pay for breathing, yet in the episode "Pressure," when Sandy thinks land creatures are better than sea creatures, he says it is free. Mr. Krabs possibly decided to charge breathing after the episode or he was simply mocking Sandy like everyone else did.
- In real life, the employees would not get fired if they went on strike because it is illegal for employers to fire striking workers. However, it's likely that this law doesn't apply to Bikini Bottom. Additionally, Mr. Krabs allowing a teenage fry cook to temporarily replace SpongeBob at the Krusty Krab is technically allowed as employers have the right to hire replacement workers for their striking employees.
- The word "forever" echoed in Squidward's head has became a YouTube meme.
- This episode has the longest time period on a time card to date, "One Eternity Later."
- SpongeBob says, "Oh, and here's an extra fifty cents for when I was tying my shoe," meaning this episode takes place after "Your Shoe's Untied."
- In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Strajk Skalmara," which translates to "Squidward's Strike."
- Hey, Mean Mr. Bossman is most likely a parody of "Take This Job and Shove It."
- In "Nature Pants" and "Patty Hype," SpongeBob willingly quits his job and throws his Krusty Krab hat down. However, in this episode, he says that the hat is his "friend" and cannot bear to discard it.
- "One Eternity Later..."
- In the French dub, Sandals has two different voices.
- Squidward and Mr. Krabs are in their day clothes when they enter the destroyed Krusty Krab, but when they leave Squidward's house, they are wearing their pajamas.
- During the scene where Squidward imagines himself as an old man, when it begins, his sign reads "Krusty Still Unfair," but when SpongeBob starts orbiting around Squidward, it reads "Krabs Still Unfair."
- In part of this episode, Squidward and SpongeBob are shown really old on strike. Yet at that age, Mr. Krabs would most likely be dead.
- This is Squidward's imagination so he's possibly thinking what would happen when he's on strike with SpongeBob forever.
- SpongeBob and Squidward are invertebrates, and therefore would have no skeletons to rot away to.
- In the scene where SpongeBob and Squidward are outside the Krusty Krab after getting fired, they are still seen wearing their work hats. The path leading to the Chum Bucket is also missing in that same scene.
- When SpongeBob runs to the Krusty Krab to "dismantle the establishment," the sky looks like dawn is breaking. When he goes inside, it looks like nighttime again.
- When Squidward says "and more," SpongeBob only has one tooth.
- Whenever there is a crowd going to the Krusty Krab, they run over Squidward.
- Every time Squidward hears the word "forever' from SpongeBob, he is in shock, and the word echoes in his head.
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