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A Day Without Tears
Season №: 7
Episode №: 136a
Airdate: March 22, 2010
Running time:
Sister episode(s): "Summer Job"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Steven Banks
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "The Bad Guy Club for Villains"
Next: "Summer Job"
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"A Day Without Tears" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, Squidward bets that SpongeBob cannot go 24 hours without crying.



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SpongeBob wakes up, stubs his toe, and starts crying. He rips his favorite shirt and starts crying again. He goes downstairs and hears a sad song on the radio; he cries again.

At work, he flips a Krabby Patty, which lands on the ground when Mr. Krabs startles him. SpongeBob then cries once again. Squidward gets irritated of SpongeBob's crying and he yells at him. SpongeBob then cries, wailing, "You yelled at me!"

Squidward tells SpongeBob that he cries too much; SpongeBob denies it. Squidward then pulls up a TV and plays a video of a trillion tears and millions of places where SpongeBob has cried over those years. He then makes a bet with SpongeBob that he couldn't last until midnight without crying.

After the bet is made, Squidward follows SpongeBob home to make sure he cries, and tries to make SpongeBob cry over things like a beautiful sunset, sad news stories with funerals, a sad song on the clarinet, and a sad bedtime story.

Amazingly, SpongeBob manages to hold in his tears until midnight, despite all of Squidward's best attempts, and after midnight, SpongeBob cries all over Bikini Bottom like crazy. Squidward comes over for a slumber party the next night, and the episode ends with Squidward crying and SpongeBob comforting him.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Aloha Bikini Bottom - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Coconut Cream Pie - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob wakes up]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob cries]
  Coconut Cream Pie - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes into his closet]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [sad song]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["That SpongeBob is such a crybaby."]
  Sailor's Sting 12 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob, guess what!"]
  Dirgey - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["He was a good little Krabby Patty."]
  Drama Link (e) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward annoyed by SpongeBob's crying]
  Tension Bits - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, will you stop crying?!"]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You yelled at me!"]
  Boring Morning - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["All right, look."]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini [montage of SpongeBob crying]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [thousands of tears later...]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini ["Wow, guess I do cry a lot."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Excuse me a minute."]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob calls Patrick]
  Cartoon Sting 1 - SpongeBob makes a bet with Squidward
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward laughs]
  Hawaiian Flower - Jon Jelmer [sunset]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Choir drives by]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, well, sunset's over."]
  O Makalapua (b) - Kapono Beamer [Gary sleeping]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [mail arrives]
  Maui Beach - Hans Haider [postcard from SpongeBob's parents]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["No problem."]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  International Law - Peter Yorke [snail caught in tree]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr ["Coming up: an interview with a manatee..."]
  Drama Link (o) - Hubert Clifford ["Sad news for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy fans."]
  Alpine Holiday [#60] - Harry Bluestone [Squidward changes the channel]
  Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob throws the TV out the window]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm gonna watch it all night!"]
  Down in Davy Jones' Locker - Nicolas Carr ["It's getting late."]
  Cartoon Sting 2 - "What would you say to a little music?"
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward gets angry]
  Cartoon Sting 2 - "Time really does fly when you're having fun!"
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [bedtime story]
  Danger Sign - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob trying not to cry]
  Frightmare - Jane Antonia Cornish [it's almost midnight]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward sighs]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob bursts out crying]
  Friends and Family - Phill Green, Geoff Love, Ken Thorne [ending]



  • As of August 19, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 5.8/10 based on 102 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.1/10 based on 135 votes.[2]


  • After "Help Wanted" and "Choir Boys"
  • Before 2:00 PM: Squidward shows SpongeBob the number of times he has cried that day
  • Thousands of Tears Later
  • The Bikini Bottom Men's Choir made another appearance in this episode.
  • The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy playing 7 times a day instead of 8 might be a reference to SpongeBob SquarePants being on 9 to 11 times a day.
  • The title of the episode maybe a reference to the song A Day Without Love by Love Affair.
  • During the slideshow Squidward made of SpongeBob's breakdowns over the years, SpongeBob wore his Krusty Krab hat in all of the clips even though most weren't set at the Krusty Krab.
    • However, some episodes show SpongeBob's intense love for the Krusty Krab so much, that maybe he doesn't like to take his hat off (this was in the past, remember).
  • In this episode, SpongeBob has curtains on his window, but in most episodes he does not.
  • This episode premiered ten years after the premiere of "Texas" and "Walking Small" and eight years after the premiere of "The Algae's Always Greener" and "SpongeGuard on Duty."
  • Patrick is correct after he answers SpongeBob's question: it's possible for somebody to not try cry/sob for at least a day or two.
    • However, because of SpongeBob's strong sensitivity over something dramatic/emotional, it is impossible for him to overcome a day without crying.

Cultural references

  • On the radio, the announcer said the song was by Eely Dan. This is an obvious reference to the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Also the next song was by Lionel Fishy. This is also a reference to Lionel Richie.
    • The radio announcer also states that the song's name before "Sad Songs" was Aja, a song by Steely Dan on the album of the same name and a song called "Sad Song" by Paul Williams.


  • In the subtitles on TV, SpongeBob says "Stop. It burns," when he would normally say "Sob. Whimper."
  • SpongeBob can be seen shedding a tear during the news story about the snail, which means Squidward won the bet all along.
  • When SpongeBob cries at Sad Song, his tears come out his upstairs bedroom's window, but he was in the kitchen, completely opposite, and downstairs, from his bedroom.

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