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"Squirrel Jokes" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 2. In this episode, SpongeBob tells jokes that offend Sandy, yet amuse everyone else.



In the beginning of the episode, the Krusty Krab has begun a nightly event called the "Komedy Krab," featuring some of Bikini Bottom's best comedians. SpongeBob's chance to take the stage arrives, but his planned job-centered routine, featuring weak jokes about mundane topics such as salt, tomatoes, and forks, does not go over well. As the hecklers jeer, SpongeBob tries to make a witty observation, anything to get a laugh. He notices Sandy's buck teeth and starts joking about them, which earns chuckles from the audience. SpongeBob begins telling more "squirrel jokes" about how smelly and stupid squirrels supposedly are. The entire crowd roars with laughter, all except Sandy. After his act, Sandy confronts SpongeBob backstage and tells him that his jokes are hurtful, but he insists that it is just an act and assures her that "Everyone knows you're the smartest creature in Bikini Bottom."

"Hey look, guys! It's the stupid squirrel!"

The next day, it turns out that everyone has taken the jokes to heart and either avoids or ridicules Sandy. She talks with SpongeBob again on the next night of the Komedy Krab, explaining how the jokes are affecting her public image, and she asks him to use some of his other jokes instead. Fearing his original jokes will not cut the mustard, SpongeBob gives it a shot anyway, but to no avail: the crowd wants squirrel jokes. SpongeBob quietly leaves the stage, seemingly for good. In the next moment, he bursts back on stage with an epiphany, fake buck teeth and a stereotypical Southern accent, resuming the squirrel jokes with aplomb.

After the performance, SpongeBob finds a note from Sandy, stating that she has finally realized how funny his jokes are and to come to her treedome to celebrate. When he visits her, however, Sandy looks and acts exactly as his jokes make her out to be: an idiotic, clueless yokel.

"A wallet, a watch, waffles?"

Sandy has SpongeBob literally glued to his seat so he will not fall off and removes his water helmet to serve as a vase for the flowers. When SpongeBob starts to dehydrate, he begs for water, so Sandy pops a hose in his mouth to fill him up. Only after SpongeBob has expanded to fill every inch of the treedome does he promise to quit telling squirrel jokes.

At the following Komedy Krab event, SpongeBob tells a single, toned-down squirrel joke. He then springboards into making fun of everyone else, including sponges, fish, and crabs. The crowd jovially laughs at themselves. SpongeBob and Sandy give each other thumbs up, affirming their restored friendship, as SpongeBob jokes the night away as he prepares to joke about starfish, ending the episode.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall [Title card]
  Harry's Back - Hans Ehrlinger ["Welcome to The Komedy Krab!"]
  Speaking Guitar - Gerhard Narholz [Dougie Williams]
  Stand-Up Comic B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [rimshot]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr [closeup of Sandy's teeth]
  Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall [SpongeBob telling squirrel jokes]
  Harry's Back - Hans Ehrlinger ["That was fantastic, boy!"]
  Stand-Up Comic C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob laughs]
  Gay Dog - Francis Chacksfield [Sandy shopping]
  Quick Lunch - Heinz Ebert [Sandy talking to SpongeBob backstage]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr ["Other jokes?"]
  Quick Lunch - Heinz Ebert ["Bah! I got a million of them."]
  Stand-Up Comic D - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [bronze fish]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [SpongeBob's nervous]
  Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall ["Howdy, y'all!"]
  Next Please - Otto Sieben ["I want to give a special thanks to my friend Sandy."]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob visits Sandy]
  Hillbilly Haydown - Chris Marshall, Roderick Matthews ["Well, howdy!"]
  Harry's Back - Hans Ehrlinger [SpongeBob comes on stage]
  Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall [SpongeBob telling jokes about everyone else]
  Next Please - Otto Sieben [ending]



"I started out as a stand up comedian, so it was fun to perform as the kind of schlockmeister I strove not to be. Stand ups are always fighting between doing more original material or repeating what works. SpongeBob goes for the pander, without thinking about the feelings of the person disparaged by his material."
  • "Squirrel Jokes" was ranked #24 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • This episode and its sister episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" were the first to premiere after 9/11, premiering three days later.
  • The background of the title card is a reference to the real-life comedy bar Improv. The brick wall appears behind the stage of a comedy.
  • This is Leonard Robinson's only episode as an animation director.
    • This is also the first episode to have two animation directors rather than one.
  • SpongeBob's Komedy Krab outfit resembles the one his uncle, Sherm SquarePants wears.
  • In honor of SpongeBob SquarePants' 10th anniversary in the summer of 2009, SpongeBob's goldfish joke was used as the Comedy Central Joke of the Day on July 17, 2009, the day that The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash began.
  • This episode might have been an allegory for racist/sexist jokes, and how much controversy they can cause.
  • This episode marks the second time the Krusty Krab has put on a show. The first was in "Culture Shock." The stage even has the same placement in both episodes.
  • This episode marks the second time a live-action bug is seen. The first was in "Wormy."
  • This episode marks the second time SpongeBob brings Sandy flowers and dries up in the treedome. The first time was in "Tea at the Treedome."
  • This episode marks the third time SpongeBob is seen not seen wearing a water helmet in Sandy's treedome. The first was in "Tea at the Treedome," and the second was in "Survival of the Idiots."
    • However, unlike in "Tea at the Treedome," he does not need one in this episode, once Sandy fills him up with water.
    • When SpongeBob is dehydrating, he looks practically identical to when he was dehydrating in "Tea at the Treedome."
  • This episode marks one of the few times that SpongeBob's belt buckle is shown.
  • Mr. Krabs admits his cheap nature in this episode.
  • SpongeBob says he is an invertebrate and has no bones (like real sea sponges); however, episodes such as "Squid on Strike," "The Splinter," and "Roller Cowards" show he has them.
  • The episode's title is mentioned five times.
    • The first time is when Mr. Krabs says to SpongeBob, "Stick with the squirrel jokes, boy."
    • The second time is when Sandy says to SpongeBob, "Umm, I need to talk to you about them squirrel jokes."
    • The third time is when Sandy says "I'm just asking you as a friend, please lay off them squirrel jokes, okay?"
    • The fourth time is when one of the Bikini Bottomites says to SpongeBob, "Get on with the squirrel jokes!"
    • And the last time is when SpongeBob says, "no more squirrel jokes."
  • In the Indonesian dub, the line "Because they're so darn stupid!," "Stupidity isn't a virus.," and anything related to word "stupid" were all replaced with "ugly" and "Ugliness" because the words "stupid" and "stupidity" are considered as profanity in Indonesia.
  • This episode has been paired up with other episodes during in different airings:

Cultural references

  • Mr. Krabs wears a fake arrow through his eyes, a reference to a comical prop popularized by comedian Steve Martin.


The door is missing.

  • In most shots of the dining hall of the Krusty Krab, the front door is not visible.
  • During one of the close-up shots of the audience, Harold and Shubie switch seats.

SpongeBob's shirt is missing.

  • When SpongeBob says, "Um... noxious gas?", his white shirt is gone.
  • When SpongeBob looks around until he finds Sandy's buck teeth, on Sandy's diving suit one can see that the yellow patch lies on the table and there is an acorn on the upper part of the patch, leaving the lower part of the patch to have space.
  • When Fred asks, "Oh, brother, this guy stinks!" he is voiced by Doug Lawrence in an American accent. When he asks, "Why?" from across the dining hall in response to one of SpongeBob's jokes, he is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker using a voice used for another audience member several seconds earlier, with a noticeable Cockney accent.


  • SpongeBob's name is miscapitalized as Spongebob on the letter Sandy wrote to him.
    • This error also occurs in "Snail Mail," but it is also with his surname.
  • When Sandy is in the grocery store and the three fish start making fun of her, Lloyd's lips flicker orange for one frame.
  • Around the middle of the episode, SpongeBob drops his microphone onstage and goes behind the curtain, but when he goes through the curtain again, the microphone disappears.
  • In the credits, Dougie Williams is listed as "Doogie Williams."
  • Bubbles can be seen when Sandy pushes SpongeBob onto the log with glue, even though there is no water in Sandy's treedome.

Mr. Krabs' missing legs. (and Incidental 11's blank tentacles.)

  • When SpongeBob talks about crabs in his stand-up, Mr. Krabs is missing his legs.
    • This error also occurs in "Dying for Pie."
    • Most of the episode's original audience would have likely not been able to see the error on the CRTs common at the time due to overscan.
    • In the same scene, Incidental 11's tentacles lack suction cups.
  • Sandy and Patrick sit at the same table throughout SpongeBob's act. However, the image behind them alternates between a window and a wall between different shots throughout the episode.
  • When Incidental 40 says, "No, your act!" his shirt is missing.

SpongeBob is missing his bottom-left holes.

  • When SpongeBob imitates Sandy, the two pores in the bottom-left corner of his body are missing.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, incidental 92 saying" That's true!" is muted both times.
  • When the spotlight is put on Sandy after SpongeBob says "I want to give a special thanks to my friend, Sandy." part of Incidental 11's fin is missing.