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"Truth or Square" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, during a Krusty Krab anniversary celebration, SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs accidentally get locked in the freezer.



Patchy the Pirate is holding a TV Extravaganza and is waiting for SpongeBob to show up to it, but with no reply, he thinks back to all of the time that has passed without SpongeBob giving him a reply. He then sets out to find SpongeBob, and rides his boat to Bikini Atoll.

The animated section of the episode then begins with SpongeBob waking up in the morning with the help of many alarm clocks lined up to the foghorn clock, only to blow out more clocks, thus waking SpongeBob up. He then reveals that it is the eleventy-seventh year anniversary since Mr. Krabs officially opened the Krusty Krab. He then remembered the first time he ate a Krabby Patty, and he apparently loved it, even though he was not born yet when he had it. He prepares himself by getting ready in various wacky ways. While we see SpongeBob's getting ready process, the song "A Day Like This" can be heard. After he finishes getting ready, SpongeBob rushes all the way to the Krusty Krab when he bumps into the customers waiting in line to get into the restaurant, and he knows that he cannot be late for this, so he jumps over the crowd's heads.
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SpongeBob getting ready for 117th anniversary.

SpongeBob arrives at the Krusty Krab where Mr. Krabs reminds them to keep a close eye on all of the doors, and entrances, including the air vents, to make sure that Plankton does not sneak in during the eleventy-seventh year anniversary festivities. Meanwhile, at the Chum Bucket, Plankton spoke with his computer wife, Karen, about how he has been a failure for 50 years of business, while Mr. Krabs has been nothing but successful. In order to redeem himself and finally get his hands on the Krabby Patty secret formula, Plankton decides that he will sneak into the Krusty Krab while the employees and Mr. Krabs are distracted by the festivities, and steal the formula. 

Back at the live action segments, after Patchy ran off, P!nk and many other celebrities are sat down waiting around for their turn to perform in the extravaganza as promised. P!nk and her band decided it would be a good idea to practice their performance while they wait. They then begin to play the song titled "We've Got Scurvy."

Returning to Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs decides to put SpongeBob in charge of decorating the Krusty Krab. Squidward reminds Mr. Krabs what had happened the other time SpongeBob got to decorate (which then cuts to a flash-back of SpongeBob's former decorating failure), but this time he was going to use the resources that he already had in the restaurant including napkins, ketchup, mustard, and inflatable Krabby patties as balloons. Meanwhile, Patrick had been hired by Mr. Krabs as security. They then went to the freezer to see the ice sculpture SpongeBob had made for the Krabby Patty. After entering the freezer, the door accidentally gets locked behind them, thus trapping them. The four of them (including SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, and Squidward) decide to bust into the air ducts in an effort to escape.

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While in the air ducts, Mr. Krabs finds a wrapper from an older Patty. Mr. Krabs then had a flashback of an old black and white Krusty Krab commercial. SpongeBob and the gang then go into another room where they discover many hidden cameras. On many monitors, they see that SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward's houses were on camera. Mr. Krabs acts as though he doesn't know why there are hidden cameras, although it is heavily referred that he is responsible for them. At that very moment, it is revealed that there are two men recording them from behind as they appear on one of the monitors. Mr. Krabs then suggests that they split up to find a way out. Mr. Krabs goes it alone while the other three stick together. Ultimately they just end up all together again a few moments later. Meanwhile, Plankton had reached the Krusty and was searching through the air ducts to find a way to the formula, but he was having no such luck. Plankton eventually falls right into the duct the gang is in.

Back on the surface, Patchy sailed through the sewers and on to the ocean. After sailing for a while he almost makes it to Bikini Bottom but is stopped short and eaten by a whale.

Back with the gang, SpongeBob remembers the time that Mr. Krabs had first told him the formula. Plankton leans in, in an attempt to find out what the formula is but the Mr. Krabs in the flashback grabs Plankton and throws him down an air duct. After moving further through the air ducts, Squidward remembers the days before SpongeBob lived in Bikini Bottom, but SpongeBob interrupts him to remind him how great it was when he first moved in (Cueing another flashback). Mr. Krabs' wallet then begins going crazy over all of the loose change he isn't earning from the customers waiting in line outside, so Mr. Krabs lets the wallet go so it can get to the money, only to be picked up by an unsuspecting man. Patrick then pulls out a radio transmitter he had taken from Sandy. They then attempt to call Sandy and have her come rescue them but Patrick destroys the transmitter after he thinks that Sandy is trapped inside it. SpongeBob then remembers the time that he and Sandy got married through a flash-back, only for it to be revealed that the whole thing was just a play.

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SpongeBob and Sandy's play.

We return to Patchy, now stuck in the belly of a whale, where he plays some supposed scenes of SpongeBob before it had first aired (including the Squidward, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs theme songs). His camera suddenly goes haywire which results in the whale sneezing him out, and launching him right back into the studio. He is knocked unconscious and starts dreaming that he is in Bikini Bottom by SpongeBob's Pineapple where he meets the titular sponge himself. He was then knocked out again, this time in his dream. He then wakes up to see the celebrities in the studio who tell him he can see SpongeBob everywhere, and they proceed to knock him unconscious once again.

Returning to the gang, at this point, SpongeBob had decided to use all of the gang as a battering ram to break through the air duct. After several tries the gang bust through only to discover that all of the customers were gone due to them waiting so long without getting any food. Mr. Krabs becomes heartbroken and believes the anniversary to be ruined, however, SpongeBob begins to sing the Krusty Krab song, "Oh, Krusty Krab" (A parody of Oh, Christmas Tree), which brings all of the customers back as they form a circle and start singing with SpongeBob. The Krusty Krab then returns to business and the celebration is ready to begin. Mr. Krabs also goes after the customer who had taken his wallet. Meanwhile, Plankton, on the other hand, was discovered by Mr. Krabs and was blown into a balloon after he pleads with him not to launch him.

The episode ends with SpongeBob wishing the restaurant a happy eleventy-seventh anniversary.

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  • Unborn SpongeBob eating his first Krabby Patty
  • SpongeBob's first visit to the Krusty Krab
  • Squidward sleeping on the job
  • Mr. Krabs launching Plankton
  • The times SpongeBob decorates the Krusty Krab
  • The first Krusty Krab commercial
  • Mr. Krabs telling SpongeBob the Krabby Patty Formula
  • Squidward's life before SpongeBob moved to Bikini Bottom
  • SpongeBob moving into Bikini Bottom
  • SpongeBob and Sandy's wedding (which was a play)



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song - [cover by Cee-Lo Green] [intro]

  Beautiful Dreamer - Stephen Collins Foster, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [opening narration]
  Fresh as a Daisy - George French [Patchy arrives at Nickelodeon Studios]
  Paper Boy - Harry Lubin ["Hey, kids! Isn't this exciting?"]
  Showtime Fanfare 18 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [ad for Patchy's TV special]
  Paper Boy - Harry Lubin [Patchy at the studio gate]
  City Swell - Harry Lubin [security guard lets Patchy in]
  Box Office [#76] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patchy asking questions about SpongeBob]
  Happy Sponge Chase Vibes - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [a bunch of alarm clocks go off]
  Screw on the Loose - Tony Lowry [SpongeBob's first visit to the Krusty Krab]
  A Day Like This - Kyle McCulloch
  Traffic Control 6 - Harry Lubin [back at Nickelodeon Studios]
  Spooky - Kenny Graham ["Look, Patchy, a Rolodex."]
  ? ["That's private property, Patchy."]
  Spooky - Kenny Graham ["Don't listen to him."]
  Solo Harp [#60.06] - Harry Bluestone ["Don't do it, Patchy."]
  Spooky - Kenny Graham ["Come on, do it!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [parrots disappear]
  Showpizz A - Otto Sieben [Patchy calls Rosario Dawson]
  Glamour Party - Michel Gaucher [Patchy calls Triumph the Insult Comic Dog]
  Showpizz A - Otto Sieben [Triumph hangs up]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob going to work]
  Wargames - Keith Mansfield ["It's a perfect opportunity for Plankton to try and steal the formula."]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [eyes grow all over SpongeBob's body]
  Wargames Linking Section (g) - Keith Mansfield ["Study this map. Stay extra vigilant."]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [montage of Squidward sleeping on the job]
  Deadline - Sam Spence [Patrick hired as a security guard]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Krabs laughs]
  O Makalapua B - Kapono Beamer [Chum Bucket celebrating 50 years of failure]
  Charge - Nicolas Carr [Krabs in a baseball uniform]
  Jubilee Sports - Dennis Berry, Stuart Crombie [launchings]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Plankton launches himself]
  Spooky - Kenny Graham ["Today is the perfect day to steal the recipe."]
  Jolly Good A - Otto Sieben [Patchy calls LeBron James and Tina Fey]
  Happy Choo Choo A - Otto Sieben [Patchy calls Will Ferrell]
  Hail to the Chief - Nicolas Carr [ringtone]
  Happy Choo Choo A - Otto Sieben [Patchy talking to Will Ferrell]
  Jovial Pirates Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs raising prices]
  Old 49er - Nicolas Carr [Western themed decor]
  Disco Feverish - Nicolas Carr [disco theme]
  ? [space theme]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [SpongeBob decorating the Krusty Krab]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick slams Squidward against the wall]
  Circus Parade (a) - Dick Stephen Walter ["Okay, open your ears."]
  Big Show Theme - Robert Sharples ["I present to you..."]
  Unknown Track 40 - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob trying to open the freezer]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward knocked out]
  Christmas Fantasy - Gregor F. Narholz [Krabby Patty ice sculpture]
  Boy Wizard's Teacher - Paul Lawler ["Let's get this thing out of here!"]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [they get locked in the freezer]
  Unknown Track 53 - Ron Wasserman ["The door!"]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [Krabs and Squidward knocking the door of the freezer/SpongeBob, Patrick, Krabs and Squidward climb into the air duct]
  Steel Sting (e) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Those are three moles and a birthmark."]
  Declamatory Chords - Alan Braden ["It's this way!"]
  Comic Capers B - Charlie Brissette, Norman Mamey [The gang falls down the duct to a wrapper]
  Comic Capers C - Charlie Brissette, Norman Mamey [they hit a dead end]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, what's this?"]
  Tiptoe Link 1 [#42] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["That takes me back to the good old days."]
  Krabby Patty Jingle (song) - Paul Tibbitt, Gary Stockdale
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter ["I still have nightmares."]
  Unknown Track 55 - "We'll find our way out."
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick breathing on Squidward's neck]
  Cartoon Sting 1 - surveillance room
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton sneaks in]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [crossroad]
  Da Jodel-Rudel - Werner Brueggemann [SpongeBob's lederhosen]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [they hit another dead end]
  Closing the Door - Nicolas Carr [they scream as they fall]
  Box Office [#81] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patchy flipping through the Rolodex]
  Sailor's Sting 1 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patchy calls Craig Ferguson]
  Playful Bridge 5 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Robin Williams...!"]
  Invasion Force - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patchy laughs diabolically]
  At the Zoo - Gerhard Trede [Patchy meets Robin Williams]
  Imminent Action - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Robin makes a phone call in the bathroom]
  Dachshund Walk - John Fox, Mac Prindy [Robin leaves the bathroom]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [Patchy takes Robin to the green room]
  Vaudeville Show - Larry Hochman [Patchy's guests announced]
  Big Band Beat - [Optigan sample] [Patchy comes on stage]
  Cockney Capers - Ray Davies [Strip Sounds] ["You're looking at the wrong camera!"]
  Cockney Capers 1.3 - Ray Davies [Strip Sounds] ["What are you pointing at me for?"]
  Movie Overture - Larry Hochman [Patchy introduces SpongeBob/Patchy introduces SpongeBob again]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Patchy laughs nervously]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["WHAT?! What do you mean he's not coming?!"]
  Curtains Up - Norman Dane [meanwhile in the green room...]
  Music Hall Dance - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [guests waiting around]
  We've Got Scurvy - Steven Banks, Eban Schletter
  Buccaneer Overture - David Arkenstone [Patchy searches for SpongeBob and gets eaten by a whale]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [back at the Krusty Krab]
  High Hazard - Philippe Pares [Plankton falling through the ducts]
  Editor's Falling Over (a) - Dick Stephen Walter ["Thank Neptune that's over."]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland ["SpongeBob! Why must you always ruin my plans?!"]
  Holy Grail - Larry Hochman [flashback to when Krabs told SpongeBob the secret formula]
  African Conflict - Norman Dane [SpongeBob and Krabs in the jungle]
  Middle East Mosaic - Gilbert Vinter [SpongeBob and Krabs traveling across the desert]
  Against All Odds - Paul Lawler [SpongeBob and Krabs in a boat, on a bridge, and climbing a mountain]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Quick, get into me office before anyone sees us!"]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland ["What?! You went in a circle!"]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Now remember, you can never tell another living soul."]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland [Plankton's pen is out of ink]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton falling again]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward smiles creepily]
  Silver Sparkle - Harry Rabinowitz [the world before SpongeBob]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [flashback to when SpongeBob moved in]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [choir]
  Shellfish Behavior - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Hi, neighbor! I'm SpongeBob SquarePants."]
  Primitive Force - Raymond C. Jones [huge crowd of people outside Krusty Krab]
  Woe is Me! - Richard Myhill [Krabs pushes his wallet outside]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [someone finds it]
  Unknown Track 45 - Nicolas Carr [shot of radio]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["It might be our way out of here."]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["Sandy's trapped in that box!"]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Remember the day Sandy and I got married?"]
  Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Geoff Bastow [start of flashback]
  Dreaming Flowers - Gustav Lange, Gerhard Kanzian, Krassimira Ziegler ["Friends, we have gathered here today to join these two hearts in the bond of love."]
  Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Geoff Bastow [SpongeBob and Sandy "kiss"]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Wedding gets ruined]
  Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patchy inside the whale's belly]
  Untitled Tune - Jack Shaindlin [Rare and Rejected SpongeBob clips]
  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song - Derek Drymon, Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Harrison, Blaise Smith [Squidward Tentacles theme song/Patrick Star theme song/Eugene Krabs theme song]
  Rubber Hose Rag - Sean Charmatz, Eban Schletter
  Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [whale sneezes Patchy out]
  Death and Destruction 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patchy lands in the green room]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Patchy dreams about meeting SpongeBob]
  Music Hall Dance - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patchy wakes up]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [back at the Krusty Krab]
  Pua Paoakalani B - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani ["We didn't even get to celebrate the Krusty Krab's anniversary."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [battering ram]
  Sword Fight Alt. End - Sam Fonteyn [they burst through the ducts]
  When Daylight Shines/Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [the crowd's gone]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Krabs cries]
  Men of State - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I spent the whole day with my best friends."]
  Oh, Krusty Krab - Luke Brookshier, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield
  Unknown Track 37 - Nicolas Carr ["In that case, let's get some Krabby Patties!"]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton takes the formula]
  When Daylight Shines/Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [customers rush in]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Me Krabby Patty recipe!"]
  Kalua Jubilee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs blows Plankton up like a balloon]
  Wahini Wobble - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Allow me to open the door for a valued customer."]
  Beautiful Dreamer - Stephen Collins Foster, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Closing narration/Ending credits]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  [[SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song]] - [cover by Cee-Lo Green] [intro]
  [[List of associated production music/List of associated production music/v#Vaudeville_Show|Vaudeville Show]] - Larry Hochman [Patchy's guests announced]
  [[List of associated production music/List of associated production music/b#Big_Band_Beat|Big Band Beat]] - [Optigan sample] [Patchy comes on stage]
  [[List of associated production music/List of associated production music/c#Cockney_Capers|Cockney Capers]] - Ray Davies [Strip Sounds] ["You're looking at the wrong camera!"]
  [[List of associated production music/List of associated production music/c#Cockney_Capers_1.3|Cockney Capers 1.3]] - Ray Davies [Strip Sounds] ["What are you pointing at me for?"]
  [[List of associated production music/List of associated production music/m#Movie_Overture|Movie Overture]] - Larry Hochman [Patchy introduces SpongeBob/Patchy introduces SpongeBob again]
  [[List of associated production music/List of associated production music/t#Tympus_A|Tympus A]] - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Patchy laughs nervously]
  [[List of associated production music/In a Minor Mood Jig#Michael_Bolger.2C_Nicolas_Carr|Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr]] - "WHAT?! What do you mean he's not coming?!"
  [[List of associated production music/Happy Sponge Chase Vibes#Nicolas_Carr|Nicolas Carr]] - title card
  [[List of associated production music/Twelfth Street Rag#Sage_Guyton.2C_Jeremy_Wakefield|Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield]] - [a bunch of alarm clocks go off]
  [[List of associated production music/List of associated production music/s#Screw_on_the_Loose|Screw on the Loose]] - Tony Lowry [SpongeBob's first visit to the Krusty Krab]
  [[A Day Like This]] - Kyle McCulloch
  [[List of associated production music/Earl's Revenge#Sage_Guyton.2C_Jeremy_Wakefield|Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield]] - SpongeBob going to work



  • As of June 18, 2019, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.1/10 based on 333 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 7.5/10 based on 222 votes.[2]
  • Currently retired critic Roy Hrab of the DVD Verdict called on a review of the DVD release of the same name the episode, "the lamest SpongeBob episode ever," calling it "all filler, extremely boring, with the story going nowhere, and little action or mania," while also criticizing the Patchy segments and the celebrity cameos as "drawing attention to the episode's lack of substance."




Dora Can Be Seen!
  • At the beginning, when Patchy arrives, a Dora the Explorer poster can be seen outside of Nickelodeon Studios. Also, if one looks closely, they can see a poster of Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender. And if one looks even closer, they can see Cosmo from The Fairly OddParents for a second.
  • This is the first episode with the new Nickelodeon change-orange lowercase letters that spell "NICK."
    • The new logo was adopted in 2009.
    • However, on the photo to the right, the 1985 logo can be seen.
  • The beginning of the episode starts at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio. This marks the second appearance of that studio in SpongeBob SquarePants. The first is in "The Sponge Who Could Fly."
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"Stuck in the Freezer" title card

  • In Latin America, Spain, and Brazil, the title is "Stuck in the Freezer." If the Russian version is translated, it is also the same.
  • This is the third episode to have an alternate theme song. The first is "Christmas Who?," and the second is "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"
  • It is revealed that Tina Fey is also a fan of SpongeBob when she says, "I'm not much of a singer, but I love SpongeBob." during her phone call with Patchy.
  • This episode marks the first time in the series that stop-motion animation used.
  • This is the very first special and episode to be broadcast in widescreen (16:9 or 1:78:1) format to fit an HDTV.
    • Notable changes for this episode, as a result, is that the bubble transitions have a different sound effect, and the title card cuts to the opening credits instead of fading in.
    • However, the series itself did not switch to widescreen format until season 9.
  • This is the second TV movie of the series. The first is "Atlantis SquarePantis."
  • This is the only episode to count as two episodes (123 and 124).
  • This is the only episode to be produced in 720p. "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" and all of the other widescreen episodes are produced in 1080p.
  • This continues the theme of every SpongeBob movie premiering in November ("Atlantis SquarePantis" and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie also premiered in November, with the exception of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which was released in February 2015).
  • Mrs. Puff is good at playing the "Wedding March" according to SpongeBob's flashback of him and Sandy "getting married."
  • This episode premiered on Friday, November 6, 2009, to an audience of 7.7 million viewers, making it the third highest viewed Nick premiere of 2009, behind "iFight Shelby Marx" and "iQuit iCarly."
  • This episode preceded the series premiere of the Nickelodeon animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum.
  • This episode premiered on November 14, 2009 in Poland, eight days after it aired in the USA on the 6th.[3]
  • It is revealed that SpongeBob did not grow up in Bikini Bottom, and Squidward dislikes him so much because his house landed on his garden (which was not even SpongeBob's fault). Although, some episodes state that he and his friends did grow up together. This is most likely to be a continuity error.
  • The fake old Flickering Funnies SpongeBob cartoon is similar to the old Disney and Fleischer cartoons (e.g., Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie).
  • At the very beginning of the episode, instead of playing his nose as a flute, SpongeBob plays it as a trombone.
  • The Nickelodeon Magazine with the SpongeBash party on it has the lyrics for the other characters' theme songs inside.
  • Even though SpongeBob and Sandy's wedding was a play, SpongeBob calls it "...the time [he] and Sandy got married."
  • During the credits for this episode, instead of the usual theme music, Squidward sings the song "Beautiful Dreamer."
  • It is revealed that SpongeBob has three moles and a birthmark on his back.
  • The theme song is sung by Cee-Lo Green.
  • Even though it was just a dream, this is the second episode where Patchy meets the real SpongeBob. The first is "Atlantis SquarePantis," which was also a dream in that episode.
  • Mr. Krabs breaks the fourth wall twice by mentioning flashbacks.
  • A "Dunces and Dragons" poster can be seen in the room Patchy was in.
  • This special has three opening parodies, with Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward replacing SpongeBob. Also, the live-action mouth on the Captain changes.
  • There are three versions of this episode:
    • Version 1: The original airing of the episode, which lasts 51 minutes (excluding commercials). It is the version found on iTunes, and is also seen on the Pilot a Mini-Movie and the Square Shorts DVD. This version used to be on Netflix, but was later switched to using version 2. This version also has an exclusive closeup shot of the foot logo on the Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
    • Version 2: An alternate version of the episode that is used in reruns. It often shown in two parts.
      Truth or Square in 2 parts on Netflix

      Part 1 and part 2 on Netflix.

      This version removes the Patchy scenes at the beginning, as well as celebrity cameos by Rosario Dawson, LeBron James, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Craig Ferguson, and Robin Williams. This version starts with the extravaganza portion, and there are various lines that version 1 does not have. In recent runs, the credits are shown at the ending, along with the normal logo combo at the bottom-right corner.
    • Version 3: The extended version of the episode, which lasts for 59 minutes. It was released on the DVD based on this episode, Season 6 Volume 1, The Complete Sixth Season, and The Next 100 Episodes DVDs. It is a combination of versions 1 and 2, and it also contains extended material that is not found in either version. The extended version includes a cameo by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a short cameo by Eddie Deezen, a scene with Robin Williams in the bathroom, and an extended epilogue, where the narrator compares Patchy to Blackbeard the Pirate.
  • If a baby was able to pull out its umbilical cord in real-life, it would die because the cord acts as an oxygen tube.
  • When SpongeBob laughs after saying "Yee-haw!" in a flashback, his laugh sounds gargled but on the next scene, his laugh is normal. The reason for the gargled laughter is to probably fit the old Western theme.
  • When they flashback to every time SpongeBob decorated, the two fish at the Krusty Krab are the same.
  • When Patchy drives the boat past the studio, a drawing of Squidward on the wall of the studio can be seen.
  • This episode would be only 22 minutes long without the Patchy segments.
  • This is the longest episode of the series, lasting 51 minutes.
    • As such, this episode holds the record for the most amount of characters.
    • It also holds the record for the most amount of APM tracks used.
    • It is also why this episode takes up two production numbers.
  • In the Brazilian version, this episode is called "Bob Esponja entrando numa fria," which translates to "SpongeBob entering a cold." The explanation for this is that "Fria" (Cold) is a Brazilian slang that means "go wrong."
  • The flashbacks have some similarities to the cutaways shown in other television shows.
  • The Krusty Krab was founded in 1892, because 117 years before 2009 would be that year.
  • This is one of the only episodes in which Mr. Krabs correctly calls Squidward by his first name. Most of the time, he typically calls him "Mr. Squidward."
  • In the flashback of SpongeBob coming to Bikini Bottom, the pineapple, when it is in the water, it does not have its cartoon leaves.
  • In the fake wedding scene, Pearl wears the same dress that she wears at her prom in "The Chaperone" and at her birthday party in "Whale of a Birthday."
  • When Plankton mentions "four score and forty fortnights" of failure, this means it has been about 81.5 years since he started trying to get the formula.
  • One of the flashbacks was reused from "Christmas Who?" when Patchy hangs ornaments; therefore this episode is before "Christmas Who?"
  • Mr. Krabs says that Krabby Patties were only a dime in the old days because that was before inflation.
  • The book The Great Escape, which is based on this episode, was released about 2 months before this special premiered.
  • In late 2009, Burger King had tie-ins with this episode and released a toy line of the show's main characters in block shapes.[4]
  • In the casting room, a framed cell from "SB-129" can be seen on a wall. The cell is from the scene where Squidward is relaxing in Nowhere.
  • This was the last SpongeBob TV movie to air during Stephen Hillenburg's lifetime.

Cultural references

  • The title is a spoof to the game "Truth or Dare."
  • The Eleventy-seventh (117th) anniversary is a reference to Lord of the Rings, where Bilbo Baggins says "Today is my one hundred and eleventh birthday: I am eleventy-one today!"
  • The old Krabby Patty Jingle and commercial is a reference to the doctor cigarettes scam, where the commercial said that nine out of ten doctors recommend smoking doctor cigarettes for one's health. However, this was proven false, as smoking would lead to diseases like COPD, cancer, blindness, strokes, vascular disease, reduced lung function, among others.
  • This episode is similar to the Family Guy episode "Griffin Family History," as both episodes feature the main characters getting stuck somewhere and both feature a security monitoring computer, with cameras placed at some areas of the Griffin house/houses in Bikini Bottom.
  • The scene where Patchy shows the really old clip of SpongeBob is a reference to a lot cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s, mainly Disney cartoons from that era, such as Mickey Mouse.
  • The scene where SpongeBob uses Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs as a battering ram may be a reference to the scene in Toy Story 2 where the toys use Rex as one.
  • We've Got Scurvy briefly makes a reference to P!nk's hit "Get the Party Started."
  • Oh, Krusty Krab is a parody of the song "Oh, Christmas Tree."


SpongeBob truth or square error

SpongeBob's invisible pants

  • At the beginning, when SpongeBob leaves his house after singing, he bumps into Harold, who is in a line going all the way to the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob declares he cannot be late and jumps on the fish's heads. If one were to listen and watch closely, they can hear that the men fish have women voices and the women fish have men's voices.
  • When SpongeBob leaves his house in Patchy's dream, the right side of his pants isn't filled in.
  • When Sandy is in her wedding dress, the patch of tan fur on her torso does not extend to above her breasts, as it normally does.
  • When Plankton falls down an air duct and lands in the one that SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward are in their last scene in the duct system, that duct is underground, but later in the episode, when Mr. Krabs throws his wallet out through the peephole, and when they escape, the duct is above the ground.
  • When SpongeBob's house comes to life in the 30s-style segment, the chimney disappears.
  • When Squidward points out that Patrick left his TV on, the latter's mouth is red for a couple of seconds. When he replies to Squidward with "Well, duh! I don't wanna miss my shows," his mouth is black again.
  • During the wedding play, when Sandy walks by an anchovy, said anchovy's eyes are gone.
  • When SpongeBob gets to lead Patrick and Squidward down the air vent, in the zoom-in he wears sock guarders. When it pops out of the zoom, they are gone.
  • In the room of cameras, some cameras would be highly visible to people, such as the camera in Sandy's bathroom.
  • The alarm clocks towards the beginning says that it is 5 P.M.
  • At one point, Mr. Krabs and the rest split up, but after SpongeBob tells Plankton about the first time Krabs told him the Krabby Patty secret formula, Mr. Krabs appears out of nowhere.
  • In the surveillance room, what is on the TVs changes from shot to shot.
    • The size of the TVs also change, as well as what tubes are connected to what TVs.
  • When SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs enter the surveillance room, there is a chair, but when they look at the TV with them on it and also when they look at the camera men, the chair is gone.
  • In some airings, "P!nk" is spelled as "Pink," without the exclamation point.
  • If one looks closely, they can see that at the beginning when Patchy is outside of Nickelodeon Studios, because of the wind, his beard starts to peel off.
  • If one slows down the audio, they can tell that the shot heard before SpongeBob hops on the fishes heads to get to his work goes off before he finishes talking.
  • When SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, and Squidward enter the surveillance room, the order is Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward. However, in the scene prior, it is Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick.
  • In the surveillance room, SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, and Squidward are looking at themselves looking at themselves. However, the pattern only stops with a screen inside a screen. The screen inside the screen inside the screen shows nothing.
  • When Robin Williams says that he is alright after Patchy checks on him for the second time, he calls him "Patchy," not "Pagey."
  • When Patchy yells "What?! What do you mean he is not coming!," his hook is on his left hand, but when he leaves the studio, it is on his right hand.
  • When SpongeBob says "50 cents," the closed captions say "5 cents."
  • When SpongeBob bounces on two female fish, they have a male voice.
  • When SpongeBob bounces on Fred, he has a female voice.
  • In the French dub, the Krusty Krab is celebrating its 1107th anniversary instead of 117th.
  • In the Filipino translation, the Krusty Krab is celebrating its 107th anniversary instead of 117th.
    • But still, the designs SpongeBob made says "eleventy-seventh" or 117th.
  • If one looks closely, the transition from starting credits to the episode, the wipe is from left to right instead of down to up.
  • In the flashback of the time SpongeBob first visited the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob's mother is pregnant with SpongeBob; but in "Your Shoe's Untied," SpongeBob is shown to have been in an egg before he was born.
  • SpongeBob's first words were "May I take your order?", as revealed in "Help Wanted." However, he said "Krabby patty!" and "Yummy!" while unborn during the first flashback.
  • When SpongeBob sings "Oh Krusty Krab," the path to the Chum Bucket is there, but in the scene at the end, the path to the Chum Bucket is not there.
  • Plankton says that he's failed to get the formula 1003 times, but in the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, he actually managed to get the formula while SpongeBob and Patrick were on a quest for King Neptune's crown and rule the world, so this probably came before the movie.
  • On the November 2, 2018 airing, it had split screen credits, and the credits are from Help Wanted/Reef Blower/Tea at the Treedome.



Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Annie AwardsAnnie Award

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff (in "No Free Rides;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Wormy;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for a Song in an Animated Production

Singers: Peter Strauss and Paul Tibbitt for "The Very First Christmas" (in "Christmas Who?;" 2001)

Best Writing in an Animated Television Production

Writers: C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, and Tim Hill (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty;" 2006)

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Spy Buddies;" 2008)

Direction in an Animated Television Production or Short-form

Directors: Alan Smart (for "Penny Foolish;" 2009)

Best Home Entertainment Production

DVDs: SpongeBob vs. The Big One (DVD) (2010)

Best Voice Acting in a Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Truth or Square;" 2010)

Music in a Television Production

Composers: Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nicolas Carr, and Tuck Tucker (2011)

Writing in a Television Production

Writers: Dani Michaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier, and Paul Tibbitt (for "Patrick's Staycation;" 2012)

Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Animators: Dan Driscoll and Savelen Forrest (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

Directing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Directors: Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

SpongeBob's Truth or Square (VE)

Characters and actors: Andy SambergCaptainRicky GervaisPatchy's momCeeLo GreenRosario DawsonEddie DeezenTriumph, the Insult Comic DogLeBron JamesTina FeyWill FerrellRobin WilliamsThe Guy on the PennyP!nkNot SpongeBobWedding officiantLive-action whaleTenderizerPlanktoBotDemento BotSquidBotWee Yellow BotNosferatuSanta Claus

Locations: Krusty KrabKrusty Krab freezerChum BucketSpongeBob's housePatrick's houseSquidward's houseNickelodeon Animation StudioEncino

Songs: A Day Like ThisKrabby Patty JingleRubber Hose RagWe've Got ScurvyOh, Krusty KrabBeautiful DreamerRejected theme songs

Objects: Jellyfish netBubblesBaby jellyfishSandy's iced tea glassMagic Conch shellHeart-shaped acornMopGolden spatulaSnellie's pet carrierSoda drinking hatWooden clarinetMermaid Man's beltAquaphoneKrabby PattyMr. Krabs' first dollarKarate gearVolcano SauceMr. Krabs' first dimeFriendship ringRecipe for a Krabby PattyWalkie-talkieSquidward tiki

Shorts: BalloonsJuice ManTrafficThe Outfit

Miscellaneous: DVDVideo gameOnline gamePC gameThe Great Escape bookGood Times!Screen NoveltiesBurger King toysBikini Bottom Bash DVDThe Next 100 EpisodesThe Best 200 Episodes EverThe Pilot a Mini-Movie and the Square ShortsThe Complete Sixth SeasonSeason 6 Volume 1Triple Pack 1Big Hits: Volume 1The Super Spongy Square GamesAltronList of MTV bumpersSpongeBob's Greatest HitsLaugh the Day Away with Nick

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