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Episode Information
Season №: 6
Episode №: 101a
Airdate: June 6, 2008
Sister episode(s): "Krabby Road"
Guest(s): Alton Brown as Nicholas Whithers
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Stanley S. SquarePants"
Next: "Krabby Road"
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"House Fancy" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, Squidward prepares his house for a TV show.



Squidward is about to watch House Fancy, a program showcasing fancy homes, and as host Nicholas Withers introduces the episode's first guest, Squidward gets a phone call from Squilliam revealing that the guest is none other than himself. Squidward watches in anger as Squilliam shows off the various features of his house, which is several stories high, and includes an elevator with a built-in hot tub, decorated toilets with gold toilet paper holders, a garden on the rooftop, and a 160 foot sculpture of his unibrow made of gilded doorknobs. In a fit of blind jealousy, Squidward calls Nicholas and tells him that he has a much fancier home than Squilliam. Squidward realizes what he has just done and desperately tries to make his house fancier, but with no success. SpongeBob appears and offers to help him, with disastrous results (one of them involving Squidward's toenail being ripped out from moving a sofa). Soon, Squidward hears the doorbell ring, and tells SpongeBob to clean up the mess with a vacuum. However, he ends up sucking up everything in the house, causing the vacuum to explode and destroying the house. However, when Nicholas Withers sees Squidward's destroyed house, he views it as a work of abstract art, and proclaims that his house is better than Squilliam's. The end leads to Squilliam crying because he has lost and Squidward happy with the help of SpongeBob.

I can turn into a skyscraper!

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  House Fancy Theme Song - Eban Schletter
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's phone rings]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squilliam on the phone]
  Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward sees Squilliam on TV]
  Sport Gallop - Gerhard Trede [pan up Squilliam's house]
  Royal King - Jean-Pierre Fouquey [Squilliam's foyer]
  Happiness Castle - Maurice De Courpalay [gilded doorknob]
  Entry Into Parliament - Gerhard Trede [Squilliam's bathroom]
  Tiki Lounge - Lionel Wendling, Gregory Ott [whirlpool bath elevator]
  ? [Squilliam's rooftop garden]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Squidward claims his house is fancier than Squilliam's]
  Wild Eyes - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward screams]
  Cartoon Sting 3 - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["SpongeBob, how long have you been spying on me?"]
  Hawaiian Sting 6 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob absorbing paint]
  Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [living room covered in paint]
  Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [living room covered in paint]
  Drama Sting - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["What have you done to my living room?!"]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward hisses]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [moving the sofa]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin ["Oh, no, they're already here!"]
  Hawaiian Sting 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob vacuuming]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The vacuum goes out of control]
  Outrage - Peter Yorke [SpongeBob sucked into the vacuum]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick uses Squidward's toilet]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick leaves]
  Funeral March - Otto Sieben [toilet coughing]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick returns SpongeBob's brain]
  ? [explosion]
  House Fancy Theme Song - Eban Schletter
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward's house destroyed]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Well... I'm not quite sure how to say this."]
  Brass Moment [#77] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Huh?!"]
  Pizzicato Polka - Clive Harrison [show host praises Squidward's house]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • Squidward's toenail being brutally ripped off has been considered one of the most gruesome moments in the entire show, and is ultimately what brought this episode into infamy. Other episodes called out for disturbing content like this are "The Splinter," "Pineapple Fever," and "Face Freeze!"


  • When SpongeBob rips Squidward's toenail out of his foot with the couch, a small amount of blood is shown. This is one of the few times blood appears in the series.
  • On the infamous toenail scene, lots of people have criticized it to be removed and be a deleted scene.
  • This episode aired on Nickelodeon with Krabby Road in March 2008. On, this episode aired in June 2008.
  • This episode marks the third appearance of Squilliam since "Band Geeks" and "Squilliam Returns." He will appear again in "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful."
  • Squilliam displays his "rooftop garden," but his house is initially shown to have a tower instead of a flat roof.
  • This is the second time Squidward wins against Squilliam at the end of the episode. The first was in "Band Geeks" (Squilliam's debut). Squidward almost won against Squilliam in "Squilliam Returns."
  • After Squidward's house is destroyed by the vacuum, for a split second you can see nothing at the house, not even SpongeBob and Squidward before the House Fancy logo comes up. However, when Nicholas Withers and Squilliam get to Squidward's house, everything is back at the house again.
  • Squidward says there is a stain on the rug, but the stain is actually on the floor.
  • Squidward could have easily cleaned up the stain in 2 hours.
  • Squidward said to SpongeBob that he would call the cops "again" if SpongeBob did not go away. This could possibly represent "Fiasco!" in which Squidward called them on SpongeBob for making a lot of noise. However, they then arrest Squidward for no reason. In this episode, Squidward probably got out of jail as the police realized that he did not do anything.
  • Squilliam cries after Nick claims Squidward's house is far fancier than Squilliam's house, and the sound of his crying sounds like Waluigi's from the Mario series.
  • Twice, Squilliam's phone rings while Nicholas Withers is talking. This action resembles it, when on TV, people use "bad words" and they censor them.
  • Nicholas will appear again in the episode "Patrick-Man!"
  • In "To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants," Squidward is seen reading a House Fancy magazine. He also reads one in "The Inside Job."
  • Originally, Nick was supposed to hate Squidward's house, and still love Squilliam's. Squidward would have then angrily punched Squilliam. The scene was cut because it would make the episode pointless, and the part where Squidward punches Squilliam was deemed too violent.
  • This episode, along with "Krabby Road," air less often in the Netherlands.
  • This is the first time Squilliam's house is shown.
  • When Patrick is going to Squidward's toilet, he has nothing, but when he came out from the toilet, he is holding a newspaper. It is possible that Squidward keeps a newspaper in his bathroom.
  • This is the first episode of Season 6, although according to Season 6 Volume 1 DVD Disc Set and The Complete Sixth Season DVD Disc Set, Spongicus came first instead.

Cultural references

  • Alton Brown, who voices Nicholas Withers in this episode, hosts the shows Good Eats and Iron Chef America on Food Network.
  • When Squidward is watching House Fancy, the opening scene is a parody of Clean House.
  • The show House Fancy is a parody of HGTV's House Hunters.


  • Whenever Squilliam's last name is shown throughout the episode, it is spelled as "Fancy son."
  • In the elevator, the right image of Squilliam does not have a unibrow.
  • In the ending scene where Nicholas Withers visits Squidward's house, SpongeBob's house is missing.
  • Squidward said "I haven't even got time to wash my hair." When he doesn't even have hair.
  • When Squidward's couch was whole, the paint was all over the couch. However, when the couch is split in half some of the paint disappeared.
  • Squidward set his tea cup down to answer the phone. When he was shocked to learn that Squiliam was on House Fancy, he suddenly had the cup, and dropped it on the floor.

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