Squidward is about to watch House Fancy, a program showcasing fancy homes, and as host Nicholas Whithers 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 involved 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 Whithers 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.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
• ? - 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] ‣ ? ["SpongeBob, how long have you been spying on me?"] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob absorbing paint] ‣Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [living room covered in paint] • ? - Nicolas Carr [living room covered in paint] • ? - 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] •Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob vacuuming] ‣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] ‣Hawaiian Sting 5 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
When SpongeBob crushes Squidward's foot with the couch, a small amount blood is shown. This is one of the few times blood appears.
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" (Squlliam'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's a stain on the rug, but the stain is actually on the floor.
Squidward said to SpongeBob that he would call the cops "again" if SpongeBob didn't 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 didn't do anything.
Squilliam cries after Nick claims Squidward's house is far more fancier than Squilliam's house, and the sound of his crying sounds like Waluigi's from the Mario series.
The original ending was Nicholas Withers hating Squidward's house and Squidward punching Squilliam in anger. (ref's)
Twice, Squilliam's phone rings while Nicholas Whithers is talking. This action resembles it, when on TV, people use "bad words" and they censor them.
This episode, along with "Krabby Road", air less often in the Netherlands.
This episode aired on Nickelodeon with "Krabby Road" in March 2008. On TV.com, this episode aired in June 2008.
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.
When Squidward asks SpongeBob to paint the faded part on his wall, he gives SpongeBob blue paint, even though the wall is green. The paint was blue but dries the color of the wall but the house blew up before it got a chance to fade in.
When Squidward's couch was all together, the paint was all over the couch. But when the couch is split in half some of the paint disappeared.
For many individuals, Squidward losing his toenail has become one of the most gruesome scenes in the show, thus making this episode infamous. The same occurance goes along with The Splinter.
The toenail scene is what the episode is famous for.
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's spelled as "Fancy son".
In the elevator, the right image of Squilliam does not have a unibrow.
In the ending scene where Nicholas Whithers visits Squidward's house, SpongeBob's house is missing.