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"Squidward's Sick Daze" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 13. In this episode, Squidward fakes being sick to get out of work, but his agony only begins when SpongeBob arrives to care for him.



Squidward wakes up after having a nightmare from working at the Krusty Krab, with the customers yelling at him, SpongeBob annoying him, and Mr. Krabs forcing him to clean everything up. He then gets sad when he thinks about his unfinished painting, his symphony, and his fresh strudel, which Patrick gobbles up. Squidward then ultimately decides that instead of going to work, he will stay home and "dive into an ocean of Squidward."

He then calls Mr. Krabs and lies about being sick, but the latter is not fooled. He then goes over to Squidward's house and has SpongeBob take care of him until he is better, much to Squidward's dismay. Squidward tries to relax by finishing his painting, playing his clarinet, and eating his strudel, but SpongeBob constantly annoys him in an attempt to treat his disease.

SpongeBob later checks Squidward's temperature, only to find that it is normal. SpongeBob then concludes that Squidward is better now and they can go back to work, but Squidward tricks SpongeBob by sticking the thermometer into the oven, making it break. SpongeBob then gets a bunch of ice from the mountains to cool Squidward down.

SpongeBob then realizes that he has been treating the symptoms instead of the disease. Squidward then claims he has "acute spotting sclorboritis," but he realizes it is actually real when SpongeBob finds it in a book. When Squidward sees the way it is treated, he then says it is actually "Plerkington's syndrome," which SpongeBob "cures" by using leeches to suck Squidward's blood, jellyfish to electrocute Squidward, and using a rake to clear the leaves in Squidward's lungs.

Mr. Krabs later calls to check on Squidward, to which the latter claims he is all better and begs the former to let him come to work. However, thinking that Squidward still needs to learn his lesson, Mr. Krabs pretends that Squidward is still very sick and tells SpongeBob to step up the cure. SpongeBob then seizes a sea urchin on Squidward.

The day after at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob describes all the things he did to Squidward and Mr. Krabs laughs. Squidward arrives in bandages, but takes them off to unveil Handsome Squidward, which Mr. Krabs faints at. Handsome Squidward says that SpongeBob cured his illnesses and goes to the register. Unfortunately, the customers begin yelling at Squidward for him to take their orders and SpongeBob begins annoying him again. Squidward then loses his hair and begins revering back to his normal self and melts down, claiming he is going to be sick, as the episode ends.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on December 24, 2020.[1]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  ? [Opening sting]
  Tip Toe Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Opening at the Krusty Krab]
  Four Evil Men (c) - Trevor Duncan [Everyone yelling Squidward's name]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8B - Jeremy Wakefield ["It was just a dream."]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward gets out of bed]
  Harpsichord Classical Bits 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["...and my unfinished symphony."]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["...and my uneaten strudel."]
  Tiki Land - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's daydream of "an ocean of Squidward"]
  ? - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Tiki Land - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's daydream of "an ocean of Squidward"]
  ? - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [Patrick drooling on Squidward]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Now to get rid of the other monkey on my back."]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward calls Mr. Krabs]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward, on the phone, pretends to be sick]
  Bobmatisme - Achille Alberto Scotti [Squidward dancing]
  Hey Sucker - Nicolas Carr [Squidward sees Mr. Krabs at the door]
  Aloha - Dick Walter ["Oh, Mr. Krabs. I didn't see you there. How thoughtful of you to visit me in my weakened state."]
  Hippo Bird - Arthur Wilkinson ["You are in no condition to be alone."]
  Comedy Punctuations And Bridges 4 - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob wraps Squidward in a blanket]
  Alone And Lost - Norman Dane ["If I find out you were faking it just to get out of work, I'd have to fire you!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 36A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Okay, back to the swaddling."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 25C - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob puts an ice pack on Squidward's head]
  ? [Transition to next scene]
  Kitsch Comedy - Peter Jeffries [Squidward painting]
  ? [Transition to next scene]
  Charlie's Bike F - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben [Squidward wakes up]
  ? - Brad Carow [Squidward trying to play his clarinet]
  Comedy Punctuations And Bridges 4 - Fredric Bayco ["Squidward! You shouldn't be wasting your breath in your weakened state!"]
  ? - Brad Carow [SpongeBob playing the clarinet]
  Comedy Punctuations And Bridges 4 - Fredric Bayco [Clarinet stuck to Squidward's face]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward angry]
  Six Comedy-Mysterioso Links 1 - Ronald Hanmer ["Ah, the perfect strudel will make everything alright."]
  Danse Comique - Kenny Graham ["Time to take your temperature."]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["A fever!"]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer ["You're right, Squidward. I have been... buffoon."]
  Dramatic Cue (D) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob pulls out a saw]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Stay away from me with that thing!"]
  Five Dramatic Bridges B - Kurt Rehfeld ["Acute spotting sclorboritis?!"]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["I never heard of that one."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward inhales the dust]
  Five More Comical Cuts - Ronald Hanmer ["You're getting worse!"]
  12th Street Rag with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob tries to cure Squidward's "sickness"]
  Dramatic Cue (H) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob pulls out more tools]
  An Underwater Conversation - Barry Anthony [Mr. Krabs calls Squidward's house]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 16A - Jeremy Wakefield ["You'll not get that anywhere near my mouth!"]
  Galley Cooks Shanty 3 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob back at the Krusty Krab]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9A - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward enters the Krusty Krab]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9D - Jeremy Wakefield ["You might say that."]
  Lohengrin - Introduction to Act III - Richard Wagner, Cornelius Oberhauser, Ferdinand Oberhauser [Handsome Squidward!]
  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]


  • This episode is available on the SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 21 digital collection.



  • Despite this episode being advertised first, its sister episode "Under the Small Top" premiered before it during the original airing.
  • The title is a pun on "sick days," a common phrase referring to an authorized work leave because of an illness.
  • The title card background is similar to those of "The Card," "Life Insurance," and "SpongeBob in RandomLand."
  • Squidward also previously faked his injury/illness in "Accidents Will Happen."
  • A clip of this episode was leaked on Nickelodeon's Instagram page on April 12, 2021.[2]
  • The painting was originally different, but it was changed in the final version.

Episode references

  • The plot is very similar to "Squiditis," as both episodes have to do with Squidward faking an illness. He also gets some time out of work in that episode and is subsequently subjected to SpongeBob in that episode.

Handsome Squidward in this episode.

  • The 'Handsome Squidward' face from "The Two Faces of Squidward," "Chatterbox Gary," SpongeBob's Game Frenzy, Monster Island Adventures, and Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated makes an appearance in this episode. However, his face looks more like his regular one in this episode.
  • Handsome Squidward having long blonde hair is probably a callback to "The Original Fry Cook," where Squidward had long blonde hair in the past until he lost it on the day Jim quit working at the Krusty Krab.
  • The Bon-Bon snack from "Good Neighbors" also reappears in this episode: It is seen in Squidward's daydream.
  • Squidward making up names of illnesses and them turning out to be real is similar to when Mr. Krabs came up with the "hydrodynamic spatula, with port-and-starboard attachments, and a turbo drive" for a spatula for SpongeBob to buy and it ending up being real in "Help Wanted."
  • The face Squidward makes when he screams in his nightmare is similar to the one he makes when he is screaming in "Graveyard Shift."
  • Patrick's scream from "FarmerBob" is reused when he falls from the window.

Cultural references

  • When Squidward was getting tortured by everyone in his dream, some drops of rain kept dropping down from a hole in the ceiling and landing on Squidward's forehead as he was slowly driving to insanity. This is a reference to an archaic form of mental/psychological torture called Chinese Water Torture.
  • Squidward's strudel looks identical to a Pillsbury Toaster Strudel.


A bit of a slip up in the painting.

Squidward's missing wrinkles in Squidward's Sick Daze.png

Mr. Krabs with wonky eyes.

Patrick’s missing eyebrows in Squidward’s Sick Daze.jpeg
  • Squidward's paintbrush is animated. However, it is not used by him or anything else.
  • On Squidward's painting, SpongeBob's arm is the same color as Squidward's skin.
  • When SpongeBob starts carrying Squidward, the latter's wrinkles are missing for two frames.
  • When Squidward is calling Mr. Krabs, there is a moment when Mr. Krabs' eyes look wonky.
  • The shining reflection on Mr. Krabs' right arm is missing.
  • When Patrick bites onto Squidward's strudel, his eyebrows disappear for a split second.