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"Stuck in the Wringer" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 7. In this episode, SpongeBob gets stuck in a wringer.



The episode begins with SpongeBob taking a morning shower. When he gets out, he dries himself off in his wringer. As he starts to walk out of his bathroom, he nearly slips on a bar of soap. He is so proud of himself for avoiding a potential injury, that he fails to notice that a rubber duck has flown into his bathroom through his window. He steps on the duck, then slips back onto the bar of soap, and finally, and unfortunately gets stuck in his wringer.

SpongeBob gets stuck in the wringer.

At this point, Patrick enters the bathroom and asks SpongeBob if he has seen his rubber duck. SpongeBob points out the duck that he tripped over, which is still on his floor. SpongeBob regretfully interrupts the reunion after a bit, telling Patrick that he needs help. He begins to explain that he is stuck in his wringer, but Patrick interrupts before he can finish, saying he knows how to help SpongeBob. However, the problem only gets worse when Patrick uses Forever Glue to permanently trap SpongeBob inside it, thinking he is helping him when in reality, he is only making things much worse.

SpongeBob is a bit upset, but attempts to live his life as normally as possible. Unfortunately, being stuck in the wringer causes some unforeseen problems. SpongeBob causes chaos at the Krusty Krab and Mr. Krabs doesn't allow SpongeBob to come back to work until the destructive device of his is gone because Mr. Krabs' money is in danger. Patrick meets SpongeBob outside and asks how his day is going. SpongeBob admits that he is having some trouble, so Patrick decides to take him to Super Weenie Hut Jr's for some ice cream to cheer him up. SpongeBob becomes even sadder when he discovers that the wringer has closed onto his esophagus, preventing his digestive system from consuming the ice cream.

SpongeBob yelling at Patrick.

Patrick suggests that they go to the carnival. Carnival games prove impossible for SpongeBob, but Patrick has lots of fun. Patrick's good luck annoys SpongeBob, which finally causes him to lose his temper and shout at Patrick for ruining his life, stating that he would not be stuck in the wringer had it not been for the Forever Glue. Patrick admits he was only trying to help, but SpongeBob furiously lashes out at him for his stupidity, which makes Patrick run off crying as a result. The other fish at the carnival look at SpongeBob in anger, forming a silent angry mob, and Sandals selfishly tells him that he deserved what he got. As Sandals and the angry mob walk away from SpongeBob, he frowns into shame.

The next morning, Patrick tries to ignore the fact that all of the things he usually does involve SpongeBob, and keeps telling himself that he is not supposed to care about him anymore. Patrick finds that forgetting about his best friend is impossible and enters SpongeBob's house. Inside, he finds a depressed and slightly crazed SpongeBob watching TV static. Horrified by this, and blaming himself for SpongeBob's problem, Patrick cries. His tears splash onto the glue and melt some of it. Upon realizing this, SpongeBob suggests that they both cry so he might be able to slip out of the wringer.

Both of them proceed to do so, which melts the glue and allows SpongeBob to be free of the wringer. SpongeBob and Patrick hug when the former tosses the wringer into the air. When it comes back down, it lands around the two, leaving them stuck in the wringer together. This causes another conflict, but SpongeBob does not worry because he is at least stuck with his best friend. The episode ends with Patrick asking if he should use the Forever Glue again.


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 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Wahini Wobble Faster - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Horror House of Wax Retro 2 - Nicolas Carr, Ron Wasserman [SpongeBob loses soap bar]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Good thing I have a spare."]
  Bubble Popping Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob slips on the soap]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Not gonna fool me this time, soap."]
  Shock (F) - Dave Hewson [SpongeBob steps on a rubber duck]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets stuck in the wringer]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob struggles to get out]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Hey, SpongeBob, have you seen my rubber ducky?"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick glues SpongeBob to the wringer]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford ["Now I'm stuck... forever?!"]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Patrick, I wanted to get unstuck, not more stuck!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  High Black Shoes - Tom Hedden ["Okay, you know what, SquarePants? That's quitter talk."]
  Piati Crash - Nicolas Carr
  Steel Licks 7 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob falls down the stairs]
  The Krusty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Squidward laughs]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell ["Hey, SpongeBob, love the outfit."]
  Comic Drum Drops - Nicolas Carr [Rimshot]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell ["Hardware store?! No, from my bathroom."]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob accidentally squirts mustard in Squidward's eyes]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney ["Squidward!"]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero [SpongeBob causes chaos]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [money all over the floor]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I think you've helped quite enough today."/Krabs kicks SpongeBob out]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Oh, an absolute disaster. I can't do anything without this stupid wringer getting in the way."]
  Woe Is Me! - Richard Myhill ["A sad, sad, sad, sad little bike rack."]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob crying]
  Ulkereien - Gerhard Trede [Super Weenie Hut Jr.'s]
  Old Comrades - Andrew Pilmer [carnival ball toss]
  Wien Bleibt Wien - Andrew Pilmer [SpongeBob gets a black eye]
  Over the Waves - Andrew Pilmer ["Hey, pal, want some of my cotton candy?"]
  Melodrama [#95] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patrick runs away crying]
  It's Your Heart - Nicolas Carr ["It's your heart."]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["You deserve what you've gotten."]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer [Patrick brushing his teeth]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["I know!"]
  Suspended Suspense - Nicolas Carr [staring contest]
  Patchy's Parched Blues - Nicolas Carr [tumbleweed blows by]
  Jalopy - Ron Aspery [playing fetch]
  Horror House of Wax Retro 2 - Nicolas Carr, Ron Wasserman ["Buddy!"]
  Death Clock C - Dick de Benedictis [SpongeBob watching static on TV]
  Beautiful Moonlit Night - George Wilson ["I can't hear you with all the lonely voices in my head."]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




  • This episode marks the second appearance of Super Weenie Hut Jr's. The first was "No Weenies Allowed," but this episode reveals its interior.
    • Also when showing the exterior of the place, the picture is recycled from "No Weenies Allowed."
  • The background music that plays when SpongeBob and Patrick are at Super Weenie Hut Jr's is the same as the title card music for "No Weenies Allowed."
  • The title card is written in Forever Glue and displays the wallpaper of SpongeBob's bathroom as the background.
  • When SpongeBob takes off the wringer, it shaves his 5:00 shadow.
    • Also, after SpongeBob tries to get out of the wringer a second time, there are red veins visible for a split second.
  • This episode marks the fourth appearance of SpongeBob's wringer. The previous appearances are "Suds," "Blackened Sponge," and "Truth or Square," respectively.
  • Just like in "Dumped," when Patrick brushes his teeth, he also brushes his body.
  • Fred says "My foot!" when the cash register falls on his foot, which is a reference to the "My leg!" gag.
  • SpongeBob breaks the fourth wall when he says, "I guess crying does solve your problems after all," by facing toward the audience.
  • This is one of only three episodes written by Zeus Cervas after season 4 to not be written by Casey Alexander too. The other two are "Shopping List" and "Squirrel Jelly," both season 11 episodes.
  • Like the seemingly permanent paint coming off with saliva in "Wet Painters," a liquid is used to dissolve a seemingly indestructible substance; in this case, SpongeBob and Patrick's tears melt the Forever Glue.
  • Ironies:
    • Since crying caused the glue to come off, it should have came off earlier when SpongeBob was crying about being a sad little bike rack.
    • SpongeBob should have verbally asked Patrick to get him out of the wringer rather than vaguely tell him he is stuck.
    • SpongeBob could just grow extra hands so he could continue his daily basis, as seen in "Squilliam Returns" and "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve."
  • The title card is similar to "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" and "Ditchin'."


  • When Patrick jumps off his rock, the soap on his body disappears when he touches the ground.
  • After SpongeBob slips on the soap, it zooms out and the soap is missing.
  • Patrick only put glue on one side of the wringer, but throughout the episode, it is on both sides.
  • During Patrick's speech, SpongeBob mentions a Krabby Patty as being flame-broiled, despite the fact that they are fried on a stovetop.
  • The part of the handle that SpongeBob does not break off with his tongue is missing after Patrick breaks the wringer off from the floor.
  • The worker's hat at the ball toss is temporarily missing.
  • When SpongeBob flies toward the wringer, he is facing the sky, but when he gets stuck, he is facing the ground.
  • After SpongeBob says "...sad little bike rack," his tie appears over the top of the wringer instead of being under it.
  • SpongeBob gets stuck in his wringer face-down, but when he slips on his soap before landing in it, he is face-up.