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Dunces and Dragons
Season №: 4
Episode №: 66
Airdate: February 20, 2006
Writer(s): Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Tim Hill
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Animation: Alan Smart
Tom Yasumi
Technical: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
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"Dunces and Dragons" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, after a jousting accident, SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally travel back to the Middle Ages.



SpongeBob and Patrick are running up to the Medieval Moments stadium/restaurant to watch the jousting tournament. Upon their arrival, Morrie announces the tournament and asks for two volunteers to take part in the jousting, choosing SpongeBob and Patrick. Unaware that they are actually going to be in the tournament, and not just watching upclose, they are forced to mount seahorses and start jousting against each other. They are both launched off of their seahorses into the air, and land in a small field in 8th Century Bikini Bottom.


SpongeBob and Patrick sitting together in the colisuem, as Patrick bites into his Mutton.

A large group of knights on seahorses surround the duo. They lock SpongeBob and Patrick in the dungeons because they think they are evil. There they see a squid playing a clarinet. They think it is Squidward, but the octopus' name is actually Squidly. In the meantime, SpongeBob and Patrick still think this is part of the Medieval Moments tournament. Because Squidly cannot play the clarinet properly, he cursed his 7th great grandson, Squidward, to not being able to play the clarinet.

SpongeBob still thinks they are in the restaurant, and comments on how authentic the "props" are. Later, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidly are sent to King Krabs, who orders them to be executed because of an insulting song they sing in front of him. However, Princess Pearl reminds King Krabs of a prophecy in a stained glass window, which says that two brave knights will fall from the sky and will be sent by a king and defeat the dragon controlled by the evil wizard Planktonamor that is destroying the kingdom. Just then, the Dragon Jellyfish smashes through the wall with the prophecy on it.

Under Planktonamor's orders, it kidnaps Pearl in order to kill her and effortlessly flicks King Krabs into the guillotine, smashing it just before SpongeBob can be executed. The dragon flies away, and King Krabs begs SpongeBob and company to rescue her, treating them like royalty, until seeing a section of the prophecy showing him kicking out SpongeBob and Patrick. He tells them to defeat the dragon, then proceeds to kick them out. However, SpongeBob and Patrick decide to literally kick themselves out, and Squidly comes along as well after orders from King Krabs.

On the way, they stop off at the Blacksmith's shop to get some armor and weapons, only to find that all of the weapons are too heavy except for the jellyfish net. As they reach the bridge to Planktonamor's tower, they are attacked by a Dark Knight, who guards the bridge. The Dark Knight is revealed to be none-other than a medieval Sandy (who, unlike the present Sandy, does not need an air helmet). A duel ensues, with SpongeBob ultimately winning due to his karate prowess. After the battle, SpongeBob decides to spare her life. Amazed, the Dark Knight decides to follow SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidly on their quest (and learn a trifle of Karate, according to her).

Back at the King's castle, Krabs receives a note saying that Princess Pearl will die if he does not hand over the village and his throne. SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidly and the Dark Knight make an incredibly long journey to the top of the tower, where SpongeBob distracts Planktonamor while Patrick, Squidly, and the Dark Knight try to rescue Pearl.

However, the Dragon soon arrives and manages to zap the heroes. Just as the Dragon is about to finish off SpongeBob, he pulls out a Krabby Patty he had been saving for lunch. The Dragon eats it and likes it so much that it becomes obedient to SpongeBob, zapping Planktonamor. The heroes return to the village to have their victory celebrated, and King Krabs is seen cooking Krabby Patties (on a modern grill) for the dragon. However, as soon as Squidly starts playing his clarinet, everybody hates it, and someone throws a rock at him. The seahorses become scared and launch SpongeBob and Patrick into the air.

They land back at the tournament in present day, and SpongeBob says, "I guess I shouldn't have agitated that Seahorse. That was some dream I had, eh Patrick?" Patrick then replies, "Try telling that to Squidly." He then stands up, revealing a horribly squashed Squidly underneath him. Then Squidly makes makes a note on his clarinet.


Deleted scene

On the Season 4 Volume 1 DVD, the storyboard shows SpongeBob and Patrick making sure they are ok after falling out of the sky.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? [title card]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [opening]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob, Patrick stop running]
  Medieval Fanfare - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [fanfare]
  ? ["Welcome to Medieval Moments."]
  ? [in the stadium]
  Medieval Fanfare - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [fanfare]
  Tavern Tales - David Snell [jousting tournament announced]
  March to Battle - Laurie Johnson [SpongeBob and Patrick on seahorses]
  Chariot Race - Helmuth Brandenburg [seahorses charging toward each other]
  Entry of the Heroes A - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick surrounded by knights]
  Mounting the Scaffold 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick locked in the dungeon]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidly playing clarinet]
  Vibe Sting - Gerhard Narholz ["Dost thou talketh to me?"]
  ? ["Scoff not, young squire."]
  I Was the King's Favorite Fool - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly sings]
  The Dragon is Here - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly sings]
  Evil Mind 8 - Dick de Benedictis [SpongeBob realizes they went back in time]
  The Wicked Witch - John Fox, Otto Sieben ["The king wants a word with you two."]
  ? [Krabs crying]
  Slave Caravan 2 - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's that wretched wizard, Planktonimor!"]
  Dance Macabre - Keith Mansfield [SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidly sent in]
  The King is Bad - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly's song]
  ? [Krabs calls guards]
  Floating Fortress A - Gregor F. Narholz [guillotine]
  ? [choir]
  ? [Pearl explains the prophecy]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [dragon kidnaps Pearl]
  Wargames Linking Section (g) - Keith Mansfield [SpongeBob at the guillotine]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob and Patrick crying]
  Conflict Link 2 - Richard Hill [Krabs crashes into the guillotine]
  Anguish - Richard Hill [Pearl screaming for help]
  Heavenly Voices (c) - David Farnon [choir]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland ["You two! My apologies!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh? What's this?"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [lost piece of the prophecy]
  The Merry Hunters - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob and Patrick kick themselves out]
  ? [blacksmith]
  Final Resolution - Gregor F. Narholz ["I'll have the rent when I have it!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  ? [Patrick's helmet]
  Trumpet Call 1 - Sam Fonteyn [SpongeBob in a suit of armor]
  Retreat - Sam Fonteyn [sword]
  ? [SpongeBob packed a lunch of Krabby Patties]
  Pure Evil - Larry Hochman ["This be the legendary prophecy?!"]
  Entry of the Heroes D - Gregor F. Narholz [dark knight]
  Spare Us, Dark Knight - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly sings]
  Final Resolution - Gregor F. Narholz ["Dark Knight?!"]
  ? [SpongeBob and Sandy fighting]
  Entry of the Heroes E - Gregor F. Narholz [Sandy defeated]
  ? ["I don't understand a word you just said!"]
  Final Resolution - Gregor F. Narholz ["Medieval Sandy? You don't look so good."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Sandy wakes up]
  Fanfare of Rome - David Farnon ["Thou hast spared me, kind and noble sponge."]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland [back at the castle]
  The Princess Screams - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly sings]
  The Wicked Witch - John Fox, Otto Sieben ["Doth we all remember thy plan?"]
  Death and Destruction 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Pearl screams]
  Dramatic Cue (g) - Ronald Hanmer [running up the stairs]
  House of Horror - Larry Hochman ["Soon the king's village will be mine!"]
  Medieval Fanfare - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob weakly arrives]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob gasps]
  Thrust and Parry - John Hawkins ["Prepare to be vanquished!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Thrust and Parry - John Hawkins [Planktonimor zaps SpongeBob]
  Dangerous C - Mladen Franko ["Sicceth them, boy!"]
  There Once Was a Dragon - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly's limerick]
  Invincible Armada - Gregor F. Narholz [dragon zapping everyone]
  Knight Errant - Sam Fonteyn [SpongeBob uses jellyfish net to capture dragon]
  Death and Destruction 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [dragon zaps jellyfish net]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Yay!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [dragon eats Krabby Patty]
  Romantic Ending - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["No, no, no! The horror, the horror!"]
  ? ["Destroy them!"]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [dragon zaps Planktonimor]
  Medieval Fanfare - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [fanfare]
  Tis All Ended Well - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly's song]
  Sherwood Green (b) - Richard Myhill [Krabs cooking patties]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidly playing clarinet]
  Six Powerful Cues (d) - Wilfred William Burns [SpongeBob and Patrick thrown into air]
  Tavern Tales - David Snell [ending]



  • "Dunces and Dragons" was ranked #3 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • After "Help Wanted"
  • Before 1100 (Medieval era) (majority of the episode)
  • This episode had 8.5 million viewers during its premiere.
  • This episode was first seen in a New Years 2006 commercial.
  • King Krabs' castle looks like the Krusty Krab in design.
  • The Dark Knight does not have an air helmet, even though she needs one to breath underwater.
    • Perhaps this could be explained by Planktonamor using his magic to make her breath underwater.
  • This is the second time a reference to Dungeons and Dragons is used. The first time was in "Mid-Life Crustacean" with "P & P."
  • According to the credits (at least the ones on the DVDs), there was supposed to be a "SpongeBob Doppleganger" who would have been voiced by Rodger Bumpass.
  • It is revealed that Mr. Krabs and Pearl are related to royalty.
  • This episode was aired alongside various specials from this cartoon and The Fairly OddParents leading up to the Nickelodeon movie 100 Things to Do Before High School.

Cultural references

  • The title of the episode is a parody of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
    • In addition, the Dungeon Master line may be a reference to the Dungeon Master, the person that runs a game of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • The name of the stadium/restaurant, Medieval Moments, is a spoof of the restaurant chain Medieval Times.
  • Bikini Bottomshire is a parody of The Shire in J.R.R.Tolkien's epic novel trilogy,The Lord Of The Rings and his novel The Hobbit.
  • King Krabs' name is a pun on "King Crab," which is a species of crab, and also revealed from Bossy Boots, but briefly (eventually in this minor scene).
  • The Dark Knight is a possible parody of Batman's nickname, "The Dark Knight."


  • In the closing credits to this episode, Mr. Lawrence, who played Planktonamor, is not credited as a cast member.
  • Before the Dark Knight rubs SpongeBob against the rock, Squidly and Patrick are behind it. However, they immediately disappear out of nowhere once Sandy reaches the spot.
  • One of SpongeBob's eyelashes gets torn off, but later, it comes back.
  • Despite the word "dragons" in the title, there is only one dragon in episode.

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