SpongeBob and Patrick are at Squidward's house to watch the sunrise with him. After Squidward finds out that SpongeBob and Patrick have snuck into his room every morning to celebrate holidays like Easter, Valentine's Day, and the Fourth of July, it is told that his brain has a storm every time Squidward sees SpongeBob. His Happy Gland is forced to find shelter in his mind's recesses. But he gets the flu due to no recess deep enough, until the two leave. Three hours later, sunrise reaches, and the camera cuts to Squidward putting an electric fence around his house to separate the two. He tricks SpongeBob and Patrick into picnicing on a catapult, which he uses to fling them out of the fence. They surprisingly return, wanting to be catapulted again, resulting in Squidward asking them to exit resulting in him touching the doorknob of his fence, being electrocuted. It turns out that Squidward's brain storm has gone away, and a rainbow replaces it, thus making Squidward nice. This continues on for the rest of the day, and even continues through the morning, such as waking SpongeBob up for work and flossing his teeth for him. At work, SpongeBob is surprised to see Squidward enter the kitchen, saying that he wanted to help SpongeBob work. SpongeBob promptly rejects this, and Squidward is called out front by Mr. Krabs. He gives Susie a free hat, then asks for free refills. This shocks Mr. Krabs, who either calls cheap food or back into the kitchen he goes. Squidward returns to the kitchen, even making a fresh batch of Krabby Patties, but SpongeBob rejects them, calling them "no good". He is stopped by Mr. Krabs when throwing them away, when he finds out Squidward has become a fry cook. Squidward says he wishes he could be employee of the month, SpongeBob already being employee of the month a gazillion times, but SpongeBob corrects him, saying a gazillion and six times. Mr. Krabs then barges in and shows SpongeBob a patty with a smiley face and dimples made out of ketchup. SpongeBob says Squidward made it, and Mr. Krabs loves the design and makes Squidward employee of the month, much to SpongeBob's horror. Patrick even arrives with a cake for the employee of the month award winner, which SpongeBob erases his name on the cake and replaces it with Squidwards.
Later, a party is thrown at Patrick's house due to Squidward being the new employee of the month. SpongeBob enrages after realizing that Squidward is pogo-dancing with Patrick, and ends up yelling at him and making him exit the party. Squidward attempts to enter his house again, but like earlier, he is electrocuted due to touching the doorknob. SpongeBob and Patrick come for SpongeBob to apologize for his harsh and rude behavior to Squidward, and SpongeBob slaps Squidward's hand, leading SpongeBob to getting electrocuted. Patrick joins too, saying "he wants to dance funny". The generator explodes and Squidward is returned back to his grumpy old self, but SpongeBob and Patrick's behavior change to Squidward's usual behavior as well.
Deleted Scene Storyboard: SpongeBob and Squidward
"IN MY RESTAURANT?!?"
"That man was being nice to my little girl."
SpongeBob noticing Squidward stacking up Krabby Patties
• ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card] ‣ ? [SpongeBob and Patrick in Squidward's room] ‣Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward furious] ‣ ? [storm clouds in Squidward's brain] • ? - Nicolas Carr [three hours later] ‣William Tell Overture - Gioacchino A. Rossini [sunrise] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward putting up electric fence] ‣Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [SpongeBob and Patrick catapulted out] ‣ ? [Squidward electrocuted] ‣ ? [rainbow in Squidward's brain] ‣Tomfoolery - David Snell [Squidward wants to go to the petting zoo] ‣ ? [montage of SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward together] ‣ ? [the next morning] ‣Boy Scout - Harold Smart [Squidward helping SpongeBob with things] ‣ ? [at the Krusty Krab] ‣Spring Cleaning - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["How are we today? Everything a-okay here?"] ‣ ? - Jeremy Wakefield [little kid crying] ‣Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["FREE?!"] ‣The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Squidward in the kitchen] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob's eyes fall out] ‣Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward sees SpongeBob's Employee of the Month awards] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["A smiley face with dimples?"] ‣Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["AAAH!! DIMPLES?!?!"] ‣Blaze of Brass (d) - Cecil Milner [Squidward's is new Employee of the Month] •Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick enters] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob crying] • ? - Nicolas Carr [transition to next scene] ‣Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone [party at Patrick's house] ‣Fates - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob chews out Squidward] ‣Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward electrocuted again] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
Patrick's Employee of the Month cake still entirely fixed after SpongeBob replaced his own name on the cake with Squidward's. An icing drawing of SpongeBob is still on the cake even though he wasn't the winner of the award.
This episode reveals there is an employee bathroom in the kitchen.
On one scene where SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward had fun together was similar on episode My Pretty Seahorse when SpongeBob and Mystery had fun.
The smiley face Krabby Patty is a parody of the Smiley cookies at Eat'n Park, a Denny's competitor in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
The Nickelodeon and DirecTV schedule calls this episode "Breath of a Fresh Squidward".
When Squidward made the Krabby Patty with dimples, he became employee of the month on the spot.
In the scene where both SpongeBob and Squidward were making Krabby Patties on the grill, there is another grill behind them.
The party hat, which is yellow and pink, looks like the Beta Tester Hat from Club Penguin.
This is the second time that SpongeBob and Patrick were Squidward. The first time was in the episode, "Opposite Day". But the difference is that SpongeBob and Patrick were shocked into being Squidward after feeling the shock through Squidward. In "Opposite Day". SpongeBob and Patrick only pretend to be Squidward. SpongeBob is also Squidward again in Gone.
Because the Fourth of July is celebrated, this means Bikini Bottom is part of the United States.
Previously, in Employee of the Month, Squidward competed with SpongeBob to win the coveted title. However, it was unknown who won. This time, he earns it without even trying.
SpongeBob shows some audacity in bossing Squidward around in someone else's home (Patrick's). In telling Squidward he was not allowed to pogo with Patrick, he was more or less telling Patrick what he could and couldn't do in his own home.
The name of this episode is often confused as "Breath of a Fresh Squidward".
Oddly, the guests don't seem to be disgusted with SpongeBob's outburst at Squidward, as the party continues after Squidward leaves.
The title is a reference to the famous saying, "A breath of fresh air." Which means after several bad events, a good event finally happens, which basically fits along the episode's plot line.
The bathroom for boys was spelled "Buoys". This could also be a pun on the flotation devices.
In this episode, we learn that SpongeBob has been Employee of the month a gazillion and six times. A gazillion and six would make him a thousand years old and sponges can only live to be 500, so the Krusty Krab must have Employee of the Month awards more than 1 days in a month and there was really 42 pictures of SpongeBob that were shown, meaning it was an exaggeration.
Even though it appeared that Squidward won the Employee of the Month for the 1st time. He probably won it in the Jim era since he was also happy then.
When Squidward has an electric shock, the gate's door is open. But when the new Squidward is sad and is going home, the door is closed.
When SpongeBob is eating cake, the hat he is wearing changes stripe colors. First it is red on the bottom, then it is white.
At the end of the episode, when SpongeBob and Patrick were electrocuted to become cranky and grumpy as Squidward, their eyes, nose adapted to Squidward's face, but when Squidward became the new Squidward, his face did not change the shape of SpongeBob and/or Patrick.