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"Sweet and Sour Squid" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, Plankton attempts to strike up a friendship with Squidward in order to get the secret formula.



SpongeBob begins singing while cooking the Krabby Patties. An annoyed Squidward tells him about real music and plays his clarinet, causing the customers to run away from the Krusty Krab. After being told to stop by Mr. Krabs, Squidward goes outside and throws a tantrum, complaining that no one appreciates music. Plankton, watching from the Chum Bucket, believes that Squidward may be the key to the Krabby Patty secret formula.

Later, Plankton tries talking to Squidward, but he fails to. Then, he makes several attempts to trick Squidward, among these were pretending to be a girl scout and pretending to be one of Squidward's species, all resulting in Plankton getting the door literally slammed in his face. SpongeBob tells Plankton that he might gain Squidward's friendship if he compliments him on his music. Plankton later meets with Squidward and persuades him to play his clarinet. Plankton persuades Squidward that he is a good music star and tells Squidward to play his clarinet. At first, Plankton is tormented by the awful clarinet music but then wears Professional Grade Earplugs to block the noise and pretends to like the music. Squidward marches across Bikini Bottom, playing his clarinet, and Plankton follows along, while everyone else is tormented by the noise. Plankton also sings a song about Squidward's clarinet music as Squidward plays bad notes on his clarinet.

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He almost got your clarinet.

This friendship, however, wouldn't last as Plankton tells Squidward about the secret formula. Squidward tells Plankton that despite 20 years of working, he had never seen the making of a Krabby Patty. Squidward tells Plankton that his music is getting better and plays his clarinet, making windows and mirrors across Bikini Bottom crack and break. Squidward then says that he is going to quit his job and become a full-time musician. Plankton gets so angry that his earplugs come off, and he is once again tortured by the noise. Plankton steals the clarinet, causing Squidward and SpongeBob to chase after him. SpongeBob freed Squidward from Plankton's control. Plankton is shortly confronted by the police about a "bad music" crime and is arrested for being the only one to hold the clarinet, freeing Squidward from being brainwashed. As he is driven away, the police car runs purposefully over Squidward's clarinet. After SpongeBob retrieves the broken clarinet, Squidward once again claims that he "hates people."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Greenhorn Rag - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  The Krusty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob, what is that horrible racket?"]
  Unknown Track 26 - Nicolas Carr ["He must have been listening to hard rock."]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I don't care!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs takes Squidward's clarinet]
  Clowning Around - Barry Anthony [Plankton spying]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward watering his garden]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward pours water on Plankton]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["You again?"]
  Steel Licks 6 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward pours water on Plankton again]
  The Annoying Salesman - Nicolas Carr [Squidward slamming the door on Plankton]
  Fresh as a Daisy - George French [Plankton selling cookies]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward slams the door]
  Watch Out! - Dick Stephen Walter ["Plankton, what are you doing?"]
  Tiptoe Through the Seaweed - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton pretending to be Squidward's long lost relative]
  Hawaiian Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield ["That's a fine way to treat a family member."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Music?"]
  Crescendo Fin 10 F# - Marcin Pospieszalski ["Oh, is that right?"]
  Befuddled - Pat Irwin [Plankton in Squidward's music book]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Clarinet Wizard - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [Plankton sings this]
  Wiggle Wobble - Pat Irwin [Plankton asks what the secret formula is]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Wiggle Wobble - Pat Irwin ["Thanks to you, I'm getting better and better as a musician."/"I'm going to quit my job at the Krusty Krab and become a full-time musician."]
  Dramatic Bridge 4 - Phil Green [Plankton's earplugs fall out]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Greenhorn Rag - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton runs with Squidward's clarinet/Squidward and SpongeBob chasing Plankton.]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [Plankton arrested]
  Hawaiian Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob grabs Squidward's broken clarinet. / ending]




  • Some cable providers list this episode as "Sweet and Sour Squidward."
  • There are 10 tikis on the title card.
  • The show that Karen watches is similar to what Gary watches in "Gary in Love."
  • When Plankton is being tortured by Squidward's music, he shouts, "Sweet mother of Aphrodite!" He was mentioning Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, according to Greek mythology.
  • Squidward says he's never seen a Krabby Patty being made before, but in "Employee of the Month," he is seen making a gigantic mountain of Krabby Patties, along with SpongeBob.
    • That, and Squidward has taken over for SpongeBob on the grill several times before.
    • It probably means that he doesn't know or remember the Krabby Patty ingredients, but sometimes knows how to make the sandwich.
  • It is revealed in this episode that Squidward doesn't know what makes a Krabby Patty.
  • In this episode, Plankton mentions that Squidward has worked at the Krusty Krab for 20 years. This could have taken place in 2019.
    • Also, in the season 9 episode "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" (which was set in January 28, 2016), Squidward states that he has been working at the Krusty Krab for 17 years (which would place the year he was hired to at least 1999, which is also the year that the series premiered).
    • This could possibly occurred with "SB-129." where it takes place in March 6, 2017 (because the Krusty Krab calendar says March 6, 4017 A.D.)
  • When the clarinet is run over, it resembles the shape of a bass clarinet.
  • This is the first episode where Squidward is referred to as an octopus.
  • This episode marks the second time Squidward plays the clarinet in the Krusty Krab. The first is in "No Hat for Pat."
  • This is the second time Sandy's helicopter is seen. The first was in "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One" when she built it.
  • This is the only season 8 episode to be written solely by pre-movie writers.

Cultural references

  • When Plankton pretends to be a Girl Scout, he asks Squidward if he would like to by some Gill Scout Cookies. The words "Gill Scout" is a pun on Girl Scout.
  • "Clarinet Wizard," the song Squidward and Plankton were singing is a parody of the 1969 song "Pinball Wizard" by The Who.


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Squidward's workstation is missing

  • When Squidward runs out of the Krusty Krab, his workstation is missing.
  • When Squidward and Plankton first go to Goo Lagoon, Plankton is much larger than usual, but then back to normal height in the next scene.
  • When Plankton yells at Squidward and mentions that Squidward has worked at the Krusty Krab for 20 years, he says the Krabby Patty is "the only thing on the menu." However, many episodes have shown there is more than one item on the menu.
Sandy helicopter mistake
  • When Sandy's helicopter goes flying down, a small part of the helicopter's rotor blade is cut off at one end of the screen.
  • Plankton says he was wearing "Professional Sound-Proof Ear Plugs," but he is still able to talk to Squidward and hears him fine. However, Karen can read lips and may have taught him before this episode.

Running gags

  • Squidward pouring water and slamming the door on Plankton
  • SpongeBob asking if he can play with someone.


SpongeBob SquarePants - Friendly Plankton Nickelodeon

SpongeBob SquarePants - Friendly Plankton Nickelodeon

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