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"Squidville" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 2. In this episode, Squidward grows tired of SpongeBob and Patrick and moves to Tentacle Acres.



As the episode opens, SpongeBob and Patrick receive new reef blowers in the mail, and begin blowing and sucking things up with them. Eventually, they suck up Squidward's windows and door, trapping Squidward inside. Squidward tunnels his way out and demands they put his door and windows back. In SpongeBob and Patrick's attempt to do so, the reef blowers shoot them out with such force that Squidward's house is completely destroyed. As the debris falls, Squidward tells them that this is the final straw, and that he refuses to live next to them anymore. Just then, his TV lands amidst the rubble and turns on, playing a commercial for Tentacle Acres, a private community created exclusively for folks as desperate to move as he is. But before he can actually hear the name of the place, Patrick changes the channel and says "I hate this channel." Luckily, Squidward manages to take the remote from Patrick and learn of the name and where it is.

Squidward arrives at the front gate, and after a short interview over the intercom where he confirms that he is neither a sponge nor a starfish, he is allowed to enter. Although he has a run-in and small confrontation with another local resident, to his delight, Squidward finds that the residents all look, sound, and act similar to him, even living in houses identical to his prior home. Before Squidward can go to sleep, eager to start his new life, however, SpongeBob and Patrick call in an attempt to get him to come back. But Squidward refuses, saying that there is no possible way he is passing up the chance of being among his own kind.

"Now these neighbors know how to live!"

Squidward begins his first day at Tentacle Acres by going biking, and he finds that all the other residents are riding their bikes as well. He then goes grocery shopping, and is impressed by the local food market, which even carries canned bread. He then sees an Interpretive Dance Academy, where he joins the group in synchronized interpretive dance. At the end of the day, he sees a clarinet-playing trio performing in the park, which he makes a quartet by joining. Squidward's second day at Tentacle Acres is just like the first, a fact he enjoys immensely. However, as more time goes by, each day exactly the same as the last, Squidward slowly loses enthusiasm for the endless routine. Finally, Squidward realizes that nobody in Tentacle Acres stands out and that his dream life is in a complete loop and so laments he "doesn't feel like playing the clarinet" and leaves in the middle of the song and leaves for home.

While sitting on a park bench, lamenting his attainment of "too much paradise," Squidward hears a reef blower. For a split second he thinks it's SpongeBob, but then sees that it's only a park worker. The worker leaves the reef blower unattended and Squidward is slowly tempted to start playing with it, irritating and scaring his neighbors out of their wits in the process. They eventually become fed up with his behavior and form an angry mob to chase him down.

Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Patrick come to Tentacle Acres to apologize to Squidward, and try to convince him to return home. The surveillance guards tell them that their kind isn't welcome, and refuses to open the gate for them. However, Patrick's bad breath from some fried oyster skins he had travels through the intercom into the security room, knocking the guards out and causing them to fall over onto the button that opens the gate. They enter the village and come across the angry mob cornering Squidward, but are unable to identify Squidward among the crowd of near-identical residents.

"Are you Squidward?" ... "That's okay. Take your time."

The mob presents to Squidward a "well thought-out and organized list of complaints," then Squidward makes a complaint himself about how everyone acts just like him in a single town. The police officer and the rest of the mob tell him that he doesn't need to stay and suggest he leaves, and Squidward wholeheartedly agrees. As SpongeBob and Patrick continue their search, Squidward uses the reef blower to launch himself out of the village yelling "Freedom!". SpongeBob concludes, "Well, we know one thing: it sure isn't that guy!," just as the episode comes to a close.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [Title card]
  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians [playing with reef blowers]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward's house destroyed]
  Clarinet Hit - Brad Carow [clarinet falls down]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward says he's moving away]
  More Details - Gerhard Trede [Tentacle Acres commercial/Commercial again]
  Steel Licks 7 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward at the gate]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick [gate opens]
  Kleine Nachtmusik-Allegro, Eine - Paul Gaechter, Wolfgang Mozart [marzipan truck]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick ["Heaven at last."]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward bumps into someone]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["This place is better than I expected!"]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick [Squidward goes to his new house.]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [SpongeBob on the phone]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [the next morning]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick [Squidward riding his bike]
  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [food shopping]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["Canned bread!"]
  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [Interpretative dance.]
  Clarinet Quartet - Brad Carow [clarinet trio]
  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [Squidward going through the same routine every day]
  Clarinet Quartet - Brad Carow [clarinet trio]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward in the park]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Squidward playing with a reef blower]
  Clarinet FX - Brad Carow [clarinet in the reef blower]
  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians ["Tag, you're it!"]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [apology cake]
  Dramatic Cue (A) - Ronald Hanmer ["Fried oyster skins?!"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [angry mob chasing Squidward]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [list of complaints]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




  • In the DVD releases, the title is misspelled as "Squidsville."
  • The title card background for this episode is similar to those of "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" and "Karate Choppers."
  • In this episode, SpongeBob's, Squidward's, and Patrick's houses are farther apart than usual.
  • Patrick's line "I hate this channel" has become a popular meme on YouTube. The videos usually say "Patrick hates (insert thing here)," where they show other scenes on the TV.
  • Orville the guard is one of the few octopi of Squidward's species not to have "squid" in his name.

"I hate this channel" meme.

  • The canned bread has become a popular meme.
  • Based on the montage of Squidward's monotonous day-to-day activities, he spent a total of four weeks at Tentacle Acres.
  • All of the octopuses are the same in many ways. They all have a nasal laugh and play the clarinet. However, in "Cephalopod Lodge" and "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom," they are many different shapes, colors, and sizes.
  • SpongeBob previously had a reef blower in "Reef Blower," suggesting he brought a new one after the previous one was destroyed.
  • Every house at Tentacle Acres resembles Squidward's tiki.
  • When Squidward is at the Interpretive Dance Academy, one can see an octopus there who looks like Squilliam Fancyson since he has a unibrow. However, Squilliam did not officially make his debut until the episode "Band Geeks."
  • Tentacle Acres appears as a location in the PC version of Lights, Camera, Pants! In order to help Squidward get his energy back so he can go home, SpongeBob has to get him a cup of hot cocoa, as Squidward is too lazy to get it himself.
  • Squidward references Tentacle Acres in the video game SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis. He refers to the place as Squidville instead of Tentacle Acres.
  • When Squidward goes into the dance academy, two octopuses resemble him without the headband.
  • This is the first episode in which "Sponge Monger" and "Comic Walk" play.
  • This is the second episode to feature a reef blower. The first was the episode that is named after it.
  • Irony: When Squidward plays with the reef blower, the people repeat his exact responses to SpongeBob and Patrick when they played with reef blowers. However, he was just bored from his new life, and he only wanted some fun.
  • In "Survival of the Idiots," a later season 2 episode, when Sandy says, "You're gonna be wearing an iron lung when I'm through with you, Pinhead!" is similar to that of the two octopuses asking Squidward, "Can you pipe down over there, iron lung?"
  • In the Croatian dub, in the scene where SpongeBob and Patrick are talking nonsense, those "nonsense words" are actually accelerated voices of SpongeBob's and Patrick's voice actors, Ronald Žlabur and Luka Peroš.
    • They are actually saying: SpongeBob: "Joj Markec naš kak mi fališ Markec daj se vrati doma... (Oh Squidward, you really miss, you don't know how I miss you, come home...)" [Squidward talking] "Joj Markec daj dođi doma, daj lepo te molim... (Oh Squidward, come home pretty please...)" [Squidward hangs up the phone] Patrick: "Onda Spužva Bob jesi li mu rekao da se vrati? (So SpongeBob, did you tell him to come home?)" SpongeBob: "Pa rekel sam mu, pa rekel sam mu, al kad neće slušat. (I told him, I told him, but he's not listening.)"[citation needed]
  • Every time a character is seen with a reef blower, the music "War Blowers" plays, much like in "Reef Blower."

Cultural references

  • The doorman asks "Are you now or have you ever been a sponge?," in a parody of a common question asked by Wisconsin senator Joseph McCarthy, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"
  • Canned Bread is a real-life product in Japan called "Pan Desuyo!" ("This is a bread!") and it also be found in select stores in the United States, among other countries.[3]
  • Fried oyster skins are the underwater equivalent to "fried onion skins."


Rough Draft Korea

  • After Squidward says, "Yeah! It's even better in a group!" and before he says, "This town is perfect," a bubble transition is shown. For a brief second, "Rough Draft Korea" appears at the bottom of the screen. This error was made by Rough Draft Studios in South Korea, where they animated the episode. Also, it mentions a date ("DATE: 08 / 30 / 00"; August 30, 2000), which is when this episode was in the process of being animated by Rough Draft Studios.

Squidward's house's ears disappear

Squidward's white shirt

  • From a certain angle, there are no numbers on the doors of Squidward's neighbors. From other angles, there are numbers on the doors.
  • After SpongeBob and Patrick hangs up on the phone, the outline of Patrick's mouth is pink.
  • On the first day at Tentacle Acres, when Squidward joins the clarinet trio and the camera zooms out, Squidward's shirt becomes white instead of Brown.
  • Octopus children can be heard laughing while walking to the marzipan ice cream truck without moving their mouths.
  • Squidward parks his bike in front of Full of Health store. When he exits the store, it is gone.

There are houses facing towards Full of Health. They also appear to be on a different street.

As Squidward is leaving Full of Health, there are houses next to the store. They appear to be on the same street as well.

  • When Squidward enters Full of Health, there are houses that are far from the store, and on a different street, but when he leaves the store, the houses appear to be much closer and on the same street as Full of Health. Also, there are houses behind the houses that are on the street.
  • When Squidward is at the Interpretive Dance Academy, the person next to him with a unibrow has a leotard that changes from orange to yellow. During the montage, it is orange again.
  • There are four houses to the right of Squidward's during his first day. On the second day, there are five houses to the right.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick suck in four pieces of Squidward's house. When they shoot them back out, six pieces are shown flying through the air, including two "ears."
  • Squidward's door is sucked to the side of his house, but when SpongeBob and Patrick are seen, they are nowhere near the side of his house.
  • When SpongeBob talks on the phone before Squidward says he is not moving back, the lines for sound are coming out of the wrong end.
  • When the parts of Squidward's house hit his house, SpongeBob and Patrick's houses are missing.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick suck the parts of Squidward's house into their reef blowers, they do not suck the house's "ears," but when they are about to return the parts, the ears are missing.
  • When Squidward and the mob pass by SpongeBob and Patrick, there are no numbers on the doors of the houses.
  • At Tentacle Acres, Squidward plays the clarinet with his mouth open, which is impossible.
  • When Squidward drags the reef blower along the ground, its strap is orange. When the scene cuts back to the park bench, the strap is black. When the scene cuts to a long shot after he falls off, it is orange again.
  • When Squidward is about to pass SpongeBob and Patrick, SpongeBob's front teeth disappear for a split second.
  • When Patrick presents the apology cake just as he and SpongeBob approach Tentacle Acres, he's holding the bottom of the cake with his bare hand. Then during the close-up shot, the cake is on a plate.
    • Also during the close-up shot, a period appears after the sloppily written "Sorry" on the cake and then disappears when Patrick stores the cake in his pants.
    • Also during that scene, Patrick's eyes have a pink outline for a single frame.



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