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"The String" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eleven. In this episode, SpongeBob pulls from Squidward's shirt a loose string that never seems to end.



The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, when while SpongeBob is cooking, he sees a loose thread on Squidward's shirt. Squidward asks SpongeBob only to pull the string if it will not distract him from reading, and so SpongeBob does. The string unravels Squidward's shirt, rendering Squidward naked. However, the string does not end, and it starts to unravel other citizen's clothing, money value of Mr. Krabs' $100,000,000 bill, and even elements of buildings. A cab tugs on a string, causing it to unravel and disappear. As Squidward is also finding new shirts, the string keeps unraveling them. SpongeBob also unravels Sandy's tail and the outline of the treedome, causing it to break, forcing Sandy to frantically swim to the surface.

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SpongeBob unravels the Milky Way.

At the zoo, Bubble Bass tricks sea monkeys off a Krabby Patty, but the string unravels the bars and allows the monkeys to attack Bubble Bass. Eventually, SpongeBob manages to unravel all of Bikini Bottom, but finds out that the string leads to a fisherman. Despite that, SpongeBob still manages not only to unravel the fishing rod, but also the fisherman. SpongeBob unravels the Bikini Atoll, and then the whole universe, leading to only a white dimension, ending the string. When Patrick appears, he finds a loose string on SpongeBob's shirt, unraveling SpongeBob and making him disappear, while Patrick uses it as floss as the episode ends.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on March 29, 2018.[1]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Listen to the Mockingbird - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]

  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Opening]
  Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob's eyes melt]
  Lets Play Tag - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [SpongeBob notices a loose thread sticking out of Squidward's shirt]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Closeup of thread]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob wants to pull the thread out of Squidward's shirt]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob pulling the thread in the Krusty Krab]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Customer sees SpongeBob naked and walks out]
  Unknown Track 93 - Krabs admiring his money at his office
  Rip Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob pulling the thread in Krabs' office]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (q) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs cries]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Customer demands a refund because the thread is on his soup]
  Oh My Trill! - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [Krabs screams]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (h) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs becomes poor]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob pulling the thread outside the Krusty Krab]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward gets off from a T-shirt shop]
  12th Street Rag 3 with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Bubble Bass teasing sea monkeys at the zoo]
  Dunces and Dragons - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidwards gets off Swords & Such/Squidward dressed with a suit of armor]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (f) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward naked again]
  Uku Bye Layly - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]




  • Alongside a couple of episodes, this episode was leaked in Turkey before its Turkish premiere in a Turkish satellite television provider's (Digiturk) streaming service called beIN CONNECT in January 2019.
  • "My leg!:" Fred screams this when SpongeBob unravels everyone's clothes with a loose thread. But he corrects himself by saying, "My pants!"
  • The fisherman from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie makes an appearance at the end.
    • Mike Bell reprises his role as the fisherman in this episode.
  • The fisherman in this episode has a similar appearance to The Fisherman from "The Night Patty."
  • It is revealed in this episode that SpongeBob is tanned.
  • The ending is an allusion to "Doodle Dimension," as the final unraveling of the string leads SpongeBob and Patrick into a blank dimension that is reminiscent of the eponymous location.
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob removes the letters from the Krusty Krab sign. The first is in "Hide and Then What Happens?"
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob unintentionally destroys Bikini Bottom. The first is the Exploding pie in "Dying for Pie."
  • The background of the title card is the same as the one used in "Sold!"
  • This episode is only six minutes long, due to its sister episode being 16 minutes long.
  • This episode premiered Jennie Monica's 47th birthday and on Rich Fulcher's 50th birthday, ten years after Season 5 Volume 2 was released, three years after "The Executive Treatment" premiered in Germany and "Squid Plus One" premiered in Poland.
  • This episode premiered in Russia fourteen years after Gone Jellyfishin' and Good Enough to Eat! were released, seven years after SpongeBob Comics No. 7 was released, three years after Bikini Bottom's Most Wanted was released in the UK, and two years after SpongeBob Comics No. 65 was released.
  • This was the last 6-minute episode to premiere during Stephen Hillenburg's lifetime.
  • This is currently the only episode Fred Osmond wrote.
  • This premiered in Wallonia 20 years after the pilot episode premiered in America.


  • When SpongeBob unraveled the sweater of an orange fish, the string ends, but in the next shot, the string is still going.

Running gags

  • Squidward appearing naked due to SpongeBob pulling the string off his clothes.
  • SpongeBob destroying everything while pulling the string.
  • Patrick using the string he unraveled SpongeBob with as dental floss.


SpongeBob SquarePants - Loose Thread Nickelodeon

SpongeBob SquarePants - Loose Thread Nickelodeon


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