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A SquarePants Family Vacation
Season №: 8
Episode №: 159
Airdate: November 11, 2011
Guest(s): Sirena Irwin as Margaret SquarePants
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Sean Charmatz
Derek Iversen
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Sean Charmatz
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "The Googly Artiste"
Next: "Patrick's Staycation"
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"A SquarePants Family Vacation" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, Patrick goes on vacation with SpongeBob's family to the Great Barrier Reef.



Everybody got invitations from SpongeBob. They go to his house to be surprised that they are going to see vacation slides (which they don't care about). The adventure starts with Patrick squirting liquid cheese fizz on the camera. SpongeBob's parents pull up and get SpongeBob and Patrick in. SpongeBob looks at a brochure and Patrick suggests a game- Hide and Seek. Patrick gets on the windshield of the car and Harold yells "Egad!!!"' and looses control. They slide and burst into The Oustskirts Outlet Mega-Mall, and Basscar Racing Stadium. Then they fling off the stadium and heads straight into space where a floating cow gets hit by them and lands on the moon. Then they fall back down to the Earth and slide down a rocky cliff onto the road. SpongeBob then suggests they sing a road song. Everyone sings the road song and at the end of the song the engine blows up. They move the car to a local service station. They wait in an outhouse. Margret sees a playground and offers SpongeBob and Patrick to play on it. They do, but they slide down a sewer pipe and onto a small puddle.

When they get up, they try to get back up, but they can't. They enter a mysterious red kelp forest with many mushrooms. They hear a hollering noise and run. It turns out its a small creature. They jump over a cliff and onto an anemone and onto a mushroom. Behind Patrick is a giant fruit fly. They run away and behind a rock. They hear a noise. It came from a gift shop. SpongeBob wastes his money on useless knicknacks. They sing the road song wearily. Then SpongeBob decides to play the road song on a flute he bought at the gift shop. They walk along past Harold and Margret and into the forest again. Animals follow them. The animals suddenly run away because the giant fruit fly is behind them. SpongeBob stops playing. When they turn around they see the fruit fly wants to give them a lift. They then sing the above the road song. He drops SpongeBob and Patrick off. SpongeBob's parents call them over but SpongeBob and Patrick just fell asleep. Margaret says "Do something Harold!" while Harold says "He's your son, Margaret, he's your son..."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs reading party invitation]
  ? [Squidward reading invitation]
  ? [Sandy reading invitation]
  Sponge Twist - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Larry reading invitation]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [Mrs. Puff reading invitation]
  ? [Plankton reading invitation]
  ? - Pat Irwin [guests arrive]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone leaves]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [first slide]
  ? - Pat Irwin ["Wait, come back!"]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick spraying the camera]
  Hop and Skip - Phillip Green [SpongeBob's parents arrive]
  Bobbins and Spindles - Ronald Hanmer [Great Barrier Reef brochure]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick drooling]
  ? ["No, I really can't!"]
  Hop and Skip - Phillip Green [SpongeBob's mom suggests a road game]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero [Patrick blocking the windshield]
  ? [mall muzak]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [car flies through air]
  ? [car bounces down a racetrack]
  Cosmos Adventure - John Fox [car ascends into space]
  Buccaneers [#1] - Harry Bluestone [car falls back down]
  The Road Song - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter
  ? [family pushing car]
  ? [servis stashun]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick laughs/waiting room]
  Fresh as a Daisy - George French ["Playgrooouuund..."]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [seesaw]
  Thrill Ride - Gregor F. Narholz [swing set breaks]
  The Jitters - Raymond C. Jones [end of drain]
  Crazy Mind - Harry Lubin ["Patrick, are you okay?"]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick climbing up the drain]
  Planet Surface - Gregor F. Narholz ["How long have we been walking here?"]
  ? [vending machine]
  Planet Surface - Gregor F. Narholz ["RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!"]
  Fight the Beast! - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's getting closer!"]
  Fighting Legions A - Gregor F. Narholz ["I know how to get us out of this!"]
  Fight the Beast! - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick falling off the cliff]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Patrick, we did it!"]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [giant insect behind Patrick]
  Fight for Your Life! - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick swinging from vines]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland [insect flies away]
  Excited Tension 2 - Phillip Green ["Patrick, did you hear that?"]
  Carefree and Gay - Phillip Green, Geoff Love, Ken Thorne [gift shop]
  ? [SpongeBob crying]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["We did everything we dreamt of doing."]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["I suggest we start walking."]
  ? - Eban Schletter [instrumental road song]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [giant insect reappears]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["I think it's offering us a ride."]
  The Road Song - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter
  Hop and Skip - Phillip Green [ending]



  • The title of this episode sounds the same as the film, RV, Runaway Vacation, Rat Race, and Johnson Family Vacation.
  • The DVD was released on September 20, 2011 before it aired on television one month and twenty-one days from its release.
  • The original title for this was Runaway Roadtrip. The DVD cover still has it.
  • This is the first of the five episode vacation miniseries to air on Nickelodeon.
  • This episode aired on November 11, 2011, or 11/11/11.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick jump off the cliff, it is similar to what they did in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • Patrick getting the cheese-fizz in his eye was similar to how SpongeBob got chum in his eyes in Chum Caverns.
  • SpongeBob playing the flute and causing weird animals to follow him may be a reference to the 'Pied Piper of Hamelin'. This is the second episode where Patrick is mistaken as luggage. The first was in "The Great Patty Caper."
  • This is the second time Baytona is mentioned. The first is The Hot Shot.
  • The episode was promoted as "Runaway Roadtrip" in Ireland and the UK but the actual episode is still called "A Squarepants Family Vacation".
  • SpongeBob's mother's first name is revealed to be Margaret.
  • This is the only double-length vacation episode.
  • This is the second episode to be a long flashback sequence, first was Missing Identity. Unlike that episode, this doesn't bring us back to the actual setting, making the whole flashback the rest of the episode. This goes the same for the rest of the vacation miniseries.
  • This episode was rated PG in Canada.
  • This is the third special that aired on November 11 , the first two were Have You Seen This Snail in 2005 , and The Great Patty Caper in 2010 . The next one is SpongeBob You're Fired! in 2013.

Cultural References

  • When the car is sent flying into space, there is a cow jumping over the moon, which is an allusion to the nursery rhyme "The Cat and the Fiddle".
  • This episode could be an allusion to 1987 film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the 2005 film, Are We There Yet?, and the 1994 film, Dumb and Dumber.
  • Baytona and Basscar are references to Daytona and NASCAR.
  • The Road Song is a parody to the Theme song "Holiday Road" from the movie National Lampoon's Vacation.


  • When SpongeBob says "Patrick, where'd you get that kelp cake" the captions say "cupcake".
  • When SpongeBob says "I'm so glad you all could make it..." Mr. Krabs has no legs.
  • When Squidward reads the invitation letter, SpongeBob's house is gone.
  • When Patrick seat belt is on while seeing the map then tries to get out then the next scene Patrick's seat belt disappears.
  • If it was a SquarePants Family Vacation, then why would Patrick be with them on a FAMILY VACATION?

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