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Fools in April

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Fools in April
Season №: 1
Episode №: 19a
Airdate: April 1, 2000
Sister episode(s): "Neptune's Spatula"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Fred Miller
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Walking Small"
Next: "Neptune's Spatula"
List of episodes

"Fools in April" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, Squidward plays a nasty prank on SpongeBob.



SpongeBob wakes up, and realizes that it's April Fools Day. He then begins the day pranking Gary by saying they were going to be peasants and that they were going to have to move. He then pranks himself by saying that he was going to drink several glasses of lemonade, then goes to work. Squidward sees him and wonders what SpongeBob is happy about until he looks at the calendar, and realizes that it's April Fools Day, which he says is SpongeBob's favorite holiday. Fearing the worst has to come (or so he thinks), Squidward calls Mr. Krabs saying he's sick and that he would not be able to make it to work. Mr. Krabs says that there's an art collector in his office who wants to buy Squidward's art and name him artist of the month. Squidward immediately rushes to the Krusty Krab, only to find that it was a silly prank by SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs. Squidward attempts to resign from his job, but SpongeBob convinces him to stay, promising not to pull any further pranks on him.

However, SpongeBob continues to prank the customers inside the Krusty Krab while hiding them from Squidward even though Squidward knows he is doing that. The customers seem to take SpongeBob's pranks lightly, because the pranks are considered funny and harmless. Despite the fact that Squidward does not receive any more pranks as SpongeBob promised, Squidward gets annoyed over the SpongeBob and the customers' laughter. He decides to plot revenge on SpongeBob by showing him what a "real" prank is, and sets a rope trap with a blob of mustard in the middle. SpongeBob goes to clean it up, and he gets his leg caught in the lasso. Squidward cuts a nearby rope, triggering a chain reaction which sends SpongeBob flying around the restaurant, colliding into several objects and areas. Squidward laughs at him and celebrates his victory, but an emotionally and physically hurt SpongeBob tearfully leaves the restaurant. The customers too are appalled by Squidward's prank, declaring that it was far too harsh to be considered funny. They leave the restaurant, with one of them angrily saying to him "April Fools, jerk." and another one yelling, "YOU STINK!" Squidward is overcome with guilt, realizing that they were right in that the prank was too harsh and decides that he has to apologize to SpongeBob.

He goes to SpongeBob's house and sees SpongeBob's hat behind a rock. Thinking it's SpongeBob, he goes over to apologize, but then sees that it's Patrick wearing the hat and digging. Squidward asks where SpongeBob is and Patrick tells Squidward that SpongeBob is in the house "impressed" (instead of depressed) and was crying a lot. Squidward feels even worse and attempts to apologize when SpongeBob answers the door, but finds himself physically unable to say "I'm sorry" to him. Eventually, he is able to say it by putting a bubble over his head, so that SpongeBob does not actually hear his apology. Squidward walks away, saying that his conscience is clear, but is confronted by memories of what he did, feels guilty again, attempts to apologize to SpongeBob several unsuccessful times, and eventually goes back and genuinely apologizes to SpongeBob, but tells SpongeBob not to tell anyone. SpongeBob promises not to tell and forgives him, but then fully opens his front door, revealing that everyone else is inside behind him, and witnessed Squidward's apology. They all say "April Fools!" to Squidward, who is flabbergasted by this. He states that he was fooling them as well before running away to his house while laughing maniacally.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Aloha - Dick Stephen Walter [opening]
  Courting Clarinets - Stefan Maciejewski ["We're gonna become peasants!"]
  Me for You - George Callert [huge pitcher of lemonade]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [shot of calendar]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [Squidward calls Mr. Krabs]
  Airs and Graces (b) - Paddy Kingsland ["I have arrived."]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob and Krabs laughing]
  Blue Blood F - Gregor F. Narholz ["Squidward, wait!"]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob playing pranks on people]
  Heavy Footsteps (a) - Paddy Kingsland [Squidward setting a trap]
  Shock (u) - Dave Hewson [anchor falls]
  On With the Race - Dennis Farnon [rope sends SpongeBob flying everywhere]
  Pua Paoakalani B - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [SpongeBob runs out crying]
  Royal Hawaiian Hula - Kapono Beamer [Patrick digging]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["SpongeBob, let me in there!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward trying to apologize]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [message in a bottle]
  Killer Birds - Gregor F. Narholz [Squidward remembering what others said]
  Mama E - George de Fretes [Squidward apologizes]
  Hawaiian Pussycat - George de Fretes [ending]


  • As of November 9, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.1/10 based on 93 ratings by users.tt0707303 users give this episode a 8.8/10 based on 171 votes.[1]
  • "Fools in April" was ranked #84 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • Even though Squidward said April Fools Day was SpongeBob's favorite holiday, it is mentioned by SpongeBob that his favorite holiday is Christmas at the start of It's a SpongeBob Christmas!, leading to confusion.
    • This episode takes place before Christmas Who?, which is why April Fool's Day is SpongeBob's favorite holiday, as he and the other Bikini Bottomites (With the exception of Sandy Cheeks) don't know that Christmas exists.
  • This is Bubble Bass's final appearance in Season 1. He does not appear again until the episode "Plankton's Good Eye."
  • The various pranks pulled by SpongeBob include:
    • Telling Gary they were going to become peasants, and to eat salted shells instead of snail food
    • Telling himself he would drink dozens of glasses of lemonade for breakfast
    • Having Mr. Krabs call Squidward on the phone that an art collector from The Barnacle Bay Art Museum is at the Krusty Krab and wants to make Squidward artist of the month.
    • Putting a Whoopie Cushion on Mr. Krabs' chair
    • Directing an old lady who asked him for a fork to the spoons
    • Drawing a face on the back of his head and tricking a customer into thinking he was two different people
    • Giving a customer one ice cube in his drink when he asked for a couple of them
    • Telling his tongue that its shoes were untied
    • Tricking Squidward into apologizing to him secretly in front of a room full people, including those who witnessed the prank at the Krusty Krab
  • The line "You stink!" was first heard in "Pickles".
  • Squidward's Mom looks different than she does in "Krusty Towers."
  • The woman who asks SpongeBob where the forks are is the same fish that asks where the menu section is in "Neptune's Spatula." It seems as though she is in constant need of guidance.
  • Whenever Squidward does something people don't like it. Whenever SpongeBob does it, they go nuts over him.
  • When Squidward tries to apologize to SpongeBob for the first time, he says "I'm trying to say I'm..." and his head turns into a donkey and starts braying. A similar subliminal message will also occur in "Christmas Who?".
  • This episode and "Neptune's Spatula" only tend to air on April Fools Day, as Neptune's Spatula is April Fool's Day's sister episode. However, recently, airtime of these episodes became a bit more common.


  • After being pranked the first time, Squidward places his hat on Mr. Krabs's desk, but he has it in his hand when he leaves the Mr. Krabs's room.
  • Even after SpongeBob reveals to the old lady his prank of giving her a spoon rather than a fork, she still walks away with the spoon.
  • SpongeBob shouldn't be able to talk properly when his tongue fell off.
  • When the customers leave the Krusty Krab after Squidward's prank, they are all blue and brown finger shaped ovals.
  • After SpongeBob says "What" while Squidward is trying to apologize, the doorknob reappears eventhough SpongeBob took it down just 15 seconds earlier
  • When Squidward's head explodes while apologizing, neither his house nor Patrick's house are there anymore
  • After Squidward leaves SpongeBob's house, an image of Tom says "April Fools, jerk!". However, a different fish says this at the Krusty Krab. That fish was lime green with dark details.
  • When Squidward gives SpongeBob a message in a bottle, he puts a cork on it. However, as it rolls towards SpongeBob, the cork is gone.
  • When Squidward sees Patrick, the hat is down to Patrick's eyebrows. However, when Squidward says, "Why are you wearing that hat?!" the hat is farther up Patrick's forehead.
  • In one scene SpongeBob's holes were black.
  • Squidward finishes saying sorry before he stuck his tongue out.
  • In this episode, Bubble Bass is purple (or brown), instead of green.
  • There is no possible way that many people can fit in SpongeBob's living room, and when Squidward was apologizing, he said that he "liked everyone" which means that maybe the whole of Bikini Bottom was in SpongeBob's living room. Unless it was the people just at the Krusty Krab and SpongeBob's friends, then they would fit into it.
  • Shubie is heard speaking in a deep male voice.
  • When SpongeBob and the others says "April Fools!" to Squidward, SpongeBob's mouth did not move.

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