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"The Splinter" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 6. In this episode, SpongeBob gets a splinter at work and he tries to hide it from Mr. Krabs.



The Krusty Krab opens on a seemingly average morning and SpongeBob is extremely happy. He gets the Krabby Patties ready and soon gets an order of two Krabby Patties plus an insult from Squidward, which is to no effect. His excitement eventually causes him to accidentally throw his spatula into the ceiling and when trying to get it out, he falls, nearly being injured by scissors and swords.

SpongeBob with a splinter.

Upon landing, SpongeBob accidentally trips on tartar sauce. His thumb drags across the wooden floor and rams into a small slab that breaks in half, giving him a splinter that immediately makes his thumb red and swollen; his weak arms keep him from getting it out and even biting it does not work. The customer that ordered earlier is turning impatient and the splinter keeps SpongeBob from holding the spatula needed to serve him; he decides to tie it on his nose, but Squidward soon finds out about it and tricks SpongeBob.

Squidward then convinces SpongeBob that he will get sent home by Mr. Krabs if he sees the splinter and flushes his hat and spatula down the toilet. SpongeBob begs Squidward not to get him sent home, but is unsuccessful. Squidward also hints that he will tell Mr. Krabs about the splinter. As Squidward gets his full enjoyment about the situation, he and SpongeBob watch Mr. Krabs drive a customer away with his cheap behavior.

The splinter getting worse.

Anxious that he would be sent home by Mr. Krabs due to his splinter, SpongeBob calls Patrick to get treated for it, who comes in a fake doctor's uniform to cure the splinter; however, Patrick's 'treatment' only ends up with the splinter further into SpongeBob's thumb, making it swell more. Patrick tries to use garbage on it to help stop the swelling, but unfortunately, he inadvertently infects it; Patrick then acts like a fake doctor, saying that his 'shift' is over, as he returns to his normal duties.

SpongeBob soon runs into Mr. Krabs and Squidward and tries to hide the splinter from them. When he holds his thumb up, Squidward faints at the disgusting image. Mr. Krabs soon sees the splinter and takes it out easily, but as Mr. Krabs sees the infected boil about to burst, it seems that only confetti came out. Suddenly, as Mr. Krabs announced the splinter problem has been solved, a big eruption of pus from his thumb comes out to impact Mr. Krabs, who shields himself with an umbrella from the pus stream; SpongeBob is finally cured once the pus had finally dissipated and the big boil had finally shrunk down.

As the episode ends, Mr. Krabs relieves that he almost would have given SpongeBob worker's compensation, Squidward then discovers that he could get sent home early and still get paid by getting injured. Accordingly, he attempts to injure himself with the cash register in order to get his worker's compensation, only to find out by Mr. Krabs that his shift had ended two minutes ago, much to his dismay.





 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Mighty Magnus Fanfare - Nicolas Carr ["Open for business!"]
  Tripping Upstairs - Brian Peters [SpongeBob enters the kitchen]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Comedic Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [SpongeBob trying to pull the spatula off the ceiling]
  Tension Threat - Nicolas Carr [swords]
  Comedic Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [SpongeBob still trying to pull the spatula]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob falls]
  Comic Capers B - Charlie Brissette, Norman Mamey ["I guess this is it."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob notices the spatula is stuck on a sword]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob gets a splinter in his thumb]
  Rasping Brass - Harry Bluestone ["Hey, a splinter."]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield ["You have got to go...now."]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob trying to remove the splinter]
  Spongefoolery - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [SpongeBob bites the splinter]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Okay, fine, stay."]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [The customer asking Squidward if his order is out]
  Cockney Capers - Ray Davies [5 Alarm Music] [Squidward asking SpongeBob about the spatula tied to his nose]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob explains how he got the splinter]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [Squidward gets an idea]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland [Squidward tells SpongeBob he'll get sent home early]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob cries]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland ["No, no, no, no, no, no..."]
  Dramatic Impact (2) - Ivor Slaney ["Well, maybe."]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland ["...because he already knows."]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob screams]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter ["It's almost as if... he can smell it."]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Krabs sniffing around]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob calls Patrick]
  Murder Scene 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["We're gonna make it go away."]
  Menace [#42] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patrick pounds the splinter in further]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob's thumb swells up]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick smears garbage on it]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob's thumb gets infected]
  New Vibe Hits 2007 - Nicolas Carr [Patrick's watch beeps]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Call me in the morning, if you can still dial the phone."]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob gasps]
  Drama Link (C) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob's hat covering his thumb]
  Voodoo Victim - Gilbert Vinter ["Have you always had three legs?"]
  Drama Link (B) - Hubert Clifford [Krabs asking SpongeBob to show his splinter right away]
  Drama Link (F) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward faints]
  Mailbox Tension Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs pulls out the splinter]
  Credit Card Heaven - Nicolas Carr [choir]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Whew. For a second there, I thought I was gonna have to pay you workman's "compersation."]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward's eyes open]
  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




Frozen caveman.

  • When SpongeBob's spatula is in the freezer getting the Krabby Patties, there is a caveman frozen in ice.
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob had his spatula stuck in the kitchen. The first was "Employee of the Month."
    • Ironically, both start at the grill and became stuck on the ceiling.
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob's skeleton is shown. The first was "Squid on Strike."
  • This episode marks the second time Patrick impersonates a doctor. The first was in "Suds." At both times, he is confident on how to do his job, only to give disastrous treatment.
  • Irony: SpongeBob could have pulled off the arm with the splinter in it and regrown it, like what happened in "Graveyard Shift."
  • The number SpongeBob dials on the phone is 4*92*42.
  • SpongeBob is revealed to be ambidextrous.
  • This is the first episode to premiere during the SpongeBob Premiere Factor 5 event.

Cultural References

  • Squidward pretending to crush the customer's face is a reference to the recurring "Head Crusher" sketch on Canadian comedy series The Kids in the Hall.


  • When Patrick put the garbage compress on SpongeBob's thumb, it turns dark purple and green pus comes out of it. However, when SpongeBob later shows Mr. Krabs and Squidward his thumb, it is red.
  • When SpongeBob opens the box he took out from his pants, it is half-ly in the table, but there clearly is not a hole there before he puts the box down.

Large kitchen.

  • The Krusty Krab kitchen ceiling suddenly becomes much higher when SpongeBob realizes his spatula is stuck in it.
  • At first, SpongeBob makes two Krabby Patties but in a later scene, they disappear.
  • At first, when Patrick changes, his mouth turns brown. It changes to red in the next shot.
  • When Patrick puts SpongeBob's foot in his mouth, his shoe and sock is removed. When the scene cuts back to SpongeBob and Patrick, the sock is still on his foot, and when Patrick removes the foot from his mouth, the shoe is also on.
  • SpongeBob puts the open box full of ingredients on the grill, but when he looks at the Krabby Patty, it is gone.

His belt is gone.

  • When SpongeBob touches his heart, his belt is missing.


  1. ^ Airdate confirmed on Apple TV