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"Wishing You Well" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 4. In this episode, Mr. Krabs opens a wishing well at the Krusty Krab in an attempt to make more money.



After Mr. Krabs sees a child throwing a coin down a well, much to his horror, he learns about wishing wells and creates the Eugene Krabs Memorial Wishing Well in the hope of making money from it, starting the episode. SpongeBob and Squidward are tasked with digging the well, and SpongeBob does all the work, singing a song about the well's magic while doing so, as to Squidward, who is continuously complaining about the wishing well and its location. After the well's completion, SpongeBob obtains a "promotion" in which he has to stay in the bottom of the well all day and night to collect coins that are tossed in.

After Sandy, Plankton, and Mrs. Puff throw coins into the well and make their wishes, Patrick arrives and throws his soda cup into the well, thinking it was a trash can. SpongeBob tries to explain to him that it is a wishing well, and Patrick mistakes the voice as coming from the "trash can." He wishes that SpongeBob was here to see the magic trash can with him, and when he tries to throw his coin into the well, he falls inside and meets SpongeBob at the bottom. That night, Mr. Krabs arrives to collect the money, and SpongeBob asks him if any of the wishes have come true yet. Mr. Krabs falsely says that if they "believe hard enough" and "dig deep enough," the wishes will come true.

SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward in the well.

The two buddies take this literally and begin to dig the well deeper while singing a song. Eventually, SpongeBob finds a glowing crack on the ground and claims that he has "found the magic." Squidward later comes to the well to tell them how good it feels that they are not able to bother him. SpongeBob tells him that they found the magic, and Squidward, laughing at them, explains that there is no magic and that wishing wells are nothing more than a scam. SpongeBob wishes that he could see the magic for himself, and Squidward falls into the well. SpongeBob and Patrick's antics continue to torment him as he desperately tries to escape. Then he and Patrick get into a fight as a result of Patrick arguing with and believing Squidward is saying he is afraid of Santa Claus when he said he was claustrophobic, which really means a fear of confined places. The next day, Mr. Krabs arrives to check on the well as Squidward finally climbs out, with SpongeBob and Patrick following.

Squidward wishes to get as far away from the well as possible, and is subsequently hit by and stuck to the front of a bus going to "far away." Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob how much money they made, and SpongeBob explains that they made no money, but found the magic. Mr. Krabs then tries to explain to him that there is no such thing as magic, but then sees that the wishes of Sandy, Mrs. Puff, and Plankton have all come true. SpongeBob asks if the sights were proof enough, but the skeptical Mr. Krabs still refuses to believe in magic, and tries to prove that it does not exist by wishing to be "steamed and served with a side of melted butter." SpongeBob becomes worried for his boss, before Mr. Krabs gloats and asks where his magic is before he suddenly disappears.

Mr. Krabs getting eaten.

Mr. Krabs' wish has been granted and he is turned into a real sea crab on a plate. He wonders where he is, while the hand of a waiter places a cup of melted butter on the plate with him, and he says, "What's going on here?" in a worried tone. Then a live-action human puts on a bib that reads "THE END" and prepares to eat Mr. Krabs in his meal as he finally realizes that magic is real, and he worriedly says, "Uh-oh! I do believe in magic! I do believe in magic! I do believe in magic! Oh, no!" before getting eaten as the episode concludes.

Running gags

  • Patrick going "Ho ho ho!" like Santa in an attempt to scare Squidward.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Happy Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  Panther Prowl - David Farnon [opening]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["That sounds like a quarter crying for help."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Come to Papa!"]
  Midnight Feast - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Hold it right there, buddy."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [woman hits Krabs with purse]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [boy throws quarter down well]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["This well is full of money]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford ["I'll save ya!"]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["Oh, it's no use."]
  Pink Lilac - Conrad Leonard [couple makes a wish]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford ["No!"]
  Dramatic Cue (G) - Ronald Hanmer ["I'll save you, money!"]
  Lonely Heart's Club A - David Bell, Otto Sieben [Krabs learns about wishing wells]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [at the Krusty Krab]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob digging]
  Down the Well - Luke Brookshier, Tom King, Peter Strauss [SpongeBob sings this]
  Hello Sailor (b) - Richard Myhill [the well's finished]
  Horses For Courses - Paddy Kingsland ["A promotion?!"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob lowered into the well]
  Creepy Strings - Nicolas Carr ["It sure is dark and scary in here."]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandy makes a wish/Plankton and Mrs. Puff making wishes]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [SpongeBob and Patrick playing tag]
  Down the Well - Luke Brookshier, Tom King, Peter Strauss [SpongeBob sings this]
  Overture - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob finds magic]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward falls into the well]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [the next morning]
  SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward hit by a bus]
  Tearjerker [#79] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["We found the magic."]
  Drama Link (B) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob and Krabs scream]
  Kalua Jubalee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone's wishes came true.]



  • "Wishing You Well" was ranked #2 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



  • The title card background is made up of nickels and quarters.
  • Innuendo: Mr. Krabs fails to fit inside the wishing well, and says "It's no use, me poop deck's too big."
  • The wishes of the citizens:
    • Squidward: To be far away from Bikini Bottom.
      • Later, he gets hit by a bus to "Very Very, Far, Away."
    • SpongeBob: Squidward joins him and Patrick to see the "magic" of the well.
      • Squidward leans over laughing at them too far and falls into the well.
    • Patrick: To be with SpongeBob.
      • He then falls into the bottom of the well.
    • Sandy: To have a telescope that works underwater.
      • She gains a telescope during the night via the magic crack dug by Patrick and SpongeBob.
    • Plankton: To be big enough to crush his enemies.
      • Grew higher than a skyscraper overnight via the magic crack.
    • Mrs. Puff: To have a snazzy boat and be a "hot rod mama."
      • Gains during the night via the magic crack.
    • Eugene H. Krabs: To be steamed and served with a side of melted butter.
      • Tries to prove to SpongeBob that there's no such thing as magic. Unfortunately, he is teleported to a dinner plate, where he is about to be devoured by a real human.
  • Squidward is revealed to be claustrophobic in this episode.
    • SpongeBob thinks "claustrophobic" is a fear of Santa Claus; when it is actually the fear of tight spaces.
  • This is the first time that "Kalua Jubalee" plays.
  • This episode marks the second instance where Mr. Krabs is seen in live-action form. The first instance was in "Pressure."
  • This is the second episode to have a "The End" card, and the only one for the fourth season. The first episode to feature the "The End" card is "I Had an Accident."
  • In some countries, this episode have different translations on the title card. Here are some examples below:
    • In the Greek dub, this episode is called "Πηγάδι ευχών," which translates to "Well Wishes."
    • In the Netherlands, this episode is titled "Doe een wens!," which translates to "Make a wish!"
    • In the Brazilian dub, this episode is titled "O Poço dos Desejos," which translates to "The Wishing Well."
    • In the Polish dub, this episode is titled "Studnia życzeń," which translates to "The Wishing Well."
    • In the Swedish dub, this episode is titled "Önskemål," which translates to "Wishes."
    • In the Croatian dub, this episode is titled "Bunar Želja," which translates to "Wish Well."
    • In the Israel dub, this episode is titled "באר המשאלות של מר קראב," which translates to "Mr. Krabs' Wishing Well."
    • In the United Arab Emirates, this episode is titled "حسنا ل التمنيات/Hasanana l Alttamniat," which translates to "Well For Wishes."
    • In the Russian dub, this episode is called "Колодец желаний," which translates to "Well of Wishes."
  • This is the first episode to end with an iris out.

Cultural references

  • When SpongeBob says, "You shouldn't fight in here. This is a magical place!" to Patrick and Squidward, it is a reference to the quote "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" from the 1964 Cold War film Dr. Strangelove.


SpongeBob's missing legs.

  • Right before SpongeBob performs "Down the Well," when walking towards Squidward, SpongeBob has no legs beneath his body.
  • SpongeBob puts in a sign that reads "Open" beside the well, but two scenes later, it disappears.
  • Squidward points out that all he could smell is the dumpster behind the Krusty Krab. After a couple scenes, the dumpster is gone.
  • Patrick's drink, which he threw away in the well, disappears after he falls in.
  • When Patrick throws the coin, the well is big enough for him to fall in, but when he reaches the bottom, it is big enough for him, SpongeBob, and Squidward.
  • Patrick is just as big, if not bigger than Mr. Krabs, yet he is able to fit inside the well, but Mr. Krabs can't.
  • When Mr. Krabs collects the money, SpongeBob loads only two coins into the bucket when there were four to collect. Also, SpongeBob claims he got two pennies from Mrs. Puff, while she threw only one coin down the well. One of those pennies was actually from Patrick, who fell into the well in the process of throwing a coin. He also did not put the "slightly used pair of dentures" that Patrick was wearing into the bucket.

SpongeBob's mouth is missing.

  • When SpongeBob says, "What do you say, Patrick?", his mouth is missing.

SpongeBob and Squidward's wrong color key palette.

  • SpongeBob and Squidward appear brighter than they should be, due to using their day palettes rather than dark ones, after Patrick says, "And you got your elbow in my ribs."

Squidward's shirt is gone.

  • Squidward's shirt is missing in two scenes: when he first sees SpongeBob and Patrick in the well and when Patrick is sitting on him.

Mr. Krabs' uncolored eyelashes.

  • When Mr. Krabs says, "I didn't approve any overtime," his eyelashes are not colored in.
  • Squidward gets his wish to be far away, even though he didn't throw a penny into the well.
  • In the final scene, a chomping sound can be heard, signifying Mr. Krabs was eaten, but the human hadn't yet taken his fork or put the crab into his mouth.
  • When the magic is revealed, it is missing unless SpongeBob mentions it.