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"Squid on Strike" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward and SpongeBob go on strike.

Characters

Synopsis

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, 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."

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"Squidward, could you hold me?"

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 joining him in the strike, however, he heads inside the restaurant 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
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SpongeBob and Squidward as skeletons

SpongeBob.

Unable to sleep with this thought, Squidward runs to the door to beg Mr. Krabs for his job back. Opening it, he is 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 are ruining the place and will not leave him alone. As they walk to the Krusty Krab together, Squidward relishes how the tables have turned and begun 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 literally 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, while SpongeBob stands proudly among the wreckage. When Mr. Krabs discovers his restaurant is completely destroyed, he literally falls to pieces and remarks that in order to pay for the damages, Squidward and SpongeBob will work for him forever. SpongeBob jumps in joy while realizing the true meaning of "forever" while Squidward suddenly once more takes in the full meaning of it.

One eternity later, SpongeBob and Squidward are nothing but a skeleton crew, still working at the Krusty Krab.

Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hey, Mean Mr. Bossman - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield, Paul Tibbitt [Title card]
  The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Mr. Krabs is counting money.]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, that reminds me."]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward receives underwear in his paycheck.]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters ["Here's your check."]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence [Squidward convinces SpongeBob to go on strike.]
  O Makalapua B - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob crying]
  The Irish Patriot - Sam Spence ["We are workers united!"]
  Idea Sting - Nicolas Carr ["And more?"]
  Militant Snare - Nicolas Carr ["All right, SpongeBob, now listen up."]
  Crocodile Tears (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben [Squidward teaching SpongeBob how to strike/SpongeBob struggles to get rid of his hat/"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 [Mr. Krabs begs Squidward to come back.]
  Hey, Mean Mr. Bossman - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield, Paul Tibbitt [plays on record]
  Astronauts March - Sam Spence [SpongeBob dismantles 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!"]

Reception

  • "Squid on Strike" was ranked #88 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.

Release

Trivia

General

  • According to the production code (5572-185), this was originally intended as a season 3 episode.
  • Squidward had also quit his job or at least attempted to quit in "Fools in April," "Bossy Boots," and "Big Pink Loser."
  • 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
  • The word "forever" echoed in Squidward's head has become a YouTube meme.
  • Squidward and Mr. Krabs are in their regular clothes when they enter the destroyed Krusty Krab, but when they leave Squidward's house, they are wearing their pajamas.
    • They most likely went home to change their clothes before going to the Krusty Krab.
  • This episode has the longest time period on a time card to date, "One Eternity Later."
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Strajk Skalmara," which translates to "Squidward's Strike."
  • 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.
  • This is the second time that SpongeBob got fired from Krusty Krab.

Cultural references

Errors

Krusty or Krabs?
  • 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."
  • SpongeBob and Squidward are invertebrates, and therefore would have no skeletons to rot away to.
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    SpongeBob with one tooth.

  • 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.
  • After Squidward is run over by the crowd, he has three legs instead of four.

Running gags

  • 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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