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"Waiting" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 5. In this episode, SpongeBob eagerly waits for a toy to arrive in the mail.



SpongeBob and Patrick waiting.

In the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob and Gary are shopping at Barg'N-Mart, and SpongeBob sees a Kelpo cereal box that says there is a "free prize inside." SpongeBob then rushes home and eats the cereal, but sees that there is no toy inside the box. SpongeBob looks at the cereal box more closely and sees that it actually says, "free prize offer inside" (the word "offer" is printed in the very small text between "prize" and "inside") and that he must send in 99 box tops in order to get the prize. SpongeBob goes and buys even more boxes of cereal, and he begins going through it very quickly without even taking off the box tops first. When SpongeBob puts more cereal in Gary's food bowl, Gary suggests he send in the box tops before eating all the cereal. SpongeBob then puts all the box tops into an envelope and sends it.

Now, SpongeBob must wait patiently for the toy to arrive. Patrick also comes nearby and waits with him. Patrick asks what they are waiting for, and SpongeBob explains that he is getting a free toy. The mailfish comes by and gives SpongeBob three envelopes, but no toy. SpongeBob and Patrick must wait even longer now, much to their disappointment, and soon become hungry. Patrick suggests that he and SpongeBob go to the Krusty Krab for a Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob is afraid of the mailman coming with the toy while he is gone. So Patrick instead goes to the Krusty Krab by himself.

Sometime later, Sandy walks by and starts to ask SpongeBob if he wants to do karate with her, but SpongeBob grabs Sandy by the arm and easily slams her into the ground before telling her in a very rude tone that he is busy, and she leaves upset. After that, Gary shows SpongeBob his bowl because he is hungry, causing his owner to angrily shout his frustration that no one understands that he is busy waiting for the mailman, causing a scared Gary to go away.

After calming down, Patrick comes back and SpongeBob lashes out at him for no reason. Patrick tells SpongeBob he missed his surprise birthday party at the Krusty Krab, so he had to bring back a present and some cake for him, making SpongeBob upset again. While trying to find the fork, Patrick accidentally eats SpongeBob's piece of cake, and the present, which SpongeBob is visibly excited about, turns out to be the fork that Patrick was trying to find earlier, which is now useless.

SpongeBob and Patrick finally get the toy.

SpongeBob loses it and starts bawling about how he is wasting his whole life waiting for his toy, and how Patrick apparently hates him now because he is a "big jerk." Patrick says he does not hate him, but SpongeBob does not listen. The mailman arrives and asks for SpongeBob's signature. It takes a while after SpongeBob signs before he realizes that his toy has finally arrived! He and Patrick become so happy that they do a jig before falling over and dancing on the ground. Upon opening it, they call the toy beautiful before Patrick pushes the button on the toy and springs come out.

SpongeBob thinks Patrick "ruined" the toy and is furious with Patrick tries to fix it, but makes it worse. Squidward comes home to see them rolling around crying. He tries to play his clarinet, but cannot because of all the noise. He asks what is wrong with them.

SpongeBob explains to Squidward how he sent in box tops, waited for the mailman, and then how Patrick broke the toy. Squidward snatches the toy, "fixes" it, then shows him that the toy's head, arms, and legs are supposed to spring off, and reattaches them. SpongeBob and Patrick then hug Squidward, asking if there is anything they could do for him, and Squidward replies that they should move to another neighborhood, as the episode ends.


This episode was confirmed in a TVShowsOnDVD.com article on December 24, 2006.[3]


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Gay Time - Alan Perry [SpongeBob shopping]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob eating cereal]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney ["Free prize... offer inside?"]
  Dancing The Hula - Kapono Beamer [eating more cereal]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Gary, you are a genius!"]
  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [SpongeBob and Patrick waiting for the mailman]
  Bluesy Harpy - Nicolas Carr [Patrick getting hungry]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [Patrick decides to go the Krusty Krab]
  Drama Link (H) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob thinks the mailman will come when he goes away]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick's stomach bites his arm]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob opens the mailbox]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy walks away]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Gary wants to be fed]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob missed his birthday party]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["My birthday party?"]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick accidentally eats SpongeBob's cake]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["The fork!"]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob crying]
  Of Love and Destiny - Leighton Lucas ["I've been mean to Gary, and I flipped Sandy!"]
  Pua Paoakalani B - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [SpongeBob says he doesn't deserve moments]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["My toy!"]
  Tell Her I Am - Brian Douglas Gulland, Robert Alexander White [Irish jig]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [toy revealed]
  Romeo & Juliet Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fiachra Trench ["It's beautiful!"]
  Island Romance - Jan Rap [Patrick breaks the toy]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares [SpongeBob scolds Patrick]
  Against The Law (C) - Wilfred William Burns [SpongeBob screams]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick crying]
  Esta Noche A - Hans Ehrlinger ["Now to soothe my frayed nerves."]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["All right, what's going on?"]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




Sandy wearing SpongeBob's karate gloves.

  • Continuity: During the scene where Sandy asks SpongeBob to do some karate and he refuses, Sandy is wearing red karate gloves, which are supposed to be SpongeBob's, instead of her usual green or pink karate gloves. Her outline is also black when she first appears and when she gets pinned down by SpongeBob.
  • This is a rare time that SpongeBob overpowers Sandy.
  • Irony: Patrick could've had SpongeBob hold the cake and present as he looks for the fork or put them on the ground, or better get, had SpongeBob open the present to reveal the fork.
  • This is the second short of season 5, the first being "Rise and Shine."
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob expects to find a toy in his cereal box and is disappointed, the first being "Shanghaied." However, this episode explains the lack of a toy in the box: the label reads "Free prize offer inside," meaning that it would be needed to send in box tops to actually get the toy.
  • This is the third episode to have Vincent Waller credited as a creative director instead of a technical director. The first was "Best Day Ever," and the second was "The Gift of Gum."
  • This is the last episode to play the APM track "Island Romance."
  • On the November 6, 2009 airing, this episode segment and "Rise and Shine" were paired up with "Patty Caper."[5]


  • The mark that said, "Free prize inside" before SpongeBob took it was orange. When he read it, it turned pinkish-red.

The milk coating on SpongeBob's lips disappears.

  • When the camera zooms out from SpongeBob when he realizes from Gary that he has to send in the box tops before eating all the cereal, the milk coating on his lips disappears.

Sandy's black head outline.

  • When SpongeBob grabs Sandy's right arm and flips her on her back, the outline on her head is colored black instead of brown.

SpongeBob's missing eyelashes.

  • When SpongeBob says, "But... must wait... for toy," his eyelashes are missing.
  • Right after SpongeBob is given the toy, SpongeBob and Patrick dance. During this scene, the mailbox is gone. It then reappears at the end of their dance.
  • When Squidward opens his window, the background is a window-like substance.
  • When Patrick first "breaks" the Kelpo toy, he taps its head rather than pressing the button, which is what should have caused the "breakage," and when Squidward makes its limbs spring out, he only taps its head, then it comes together again.
  • The Kelpo toy has a red button on its dress which is supposedly supposed to be pushed to make the springing action work, but whenever it does so, its head is budged instead.
    • Budging the toy's head would have broken it in the first place, as it could jam the mechanism.
  • When Squidward takes the toy away from SpongeBob to show how it works, SpongeBob stops crying right when the toy is taken away, but his sobbing can still be heard until Squidward de-springs it.

SpongeBob's front door is usually not this big.

  • During most of the episode, the front door on SpongeBob's house is way bigger than it usually is.


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