"Little Yellow Book" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, Squidward finds SpongeBob's diary and reads it out loud to everyone at the Krusty Krab.
The episode starts off at the Krusty Krab, where the business is slow. As a result, Squidward decides to rest. Before he even gets a chance to do so, a lot of customers come in and start surrounding him. Squidward freaks out when he realizes SpongeBob isn't cooking. Squidward then finds SpongeBob in a barrel, encouraging him to get back to work. SpongeBob starts making food and serves everybody while Squidward finds a book in the barrel. Then, SpongeBob snatches it away from him and puts it in between the two frying baskets.
A few minutes later, SpongeBob takes a break and Squidward finds the book in the barrel again. Now that he finds out the book was a diary, Squidward reads it to everyone at the Krusty Krab, revealing sensitive information about SpongeBob.
Later, SpongeBob finds out Squidward has been reading his diary and becomes sad and humiliated. As a result, he runs out of the Krusty Krab crying.
Mr. Krabs scolds at Squidward for his actions and demands that he apologize, but Squidward is too callous feel remorse over his harassment toward SpongeBob. Later on, Squidward finds a newspaper that publicizes his recent behavior, but is unaffected by the notoriety. Then he goes in a taxi, but the taxi driver just drives away because of what Squidward did to SpongeBob. Much later, he goes to his house, only to find out that his loan was taken away due to reading SpongeBob's diary.
With his house privileges now revoked, Squidward sleeps on a bench. However two police officers recognize him and lock him in the stocks. Then, Patrick throws tomatoes at him. Squidward subsequently apologizes to SpongeBob and he learns that he only read SpongeBob's work diary, which got published. SpongeBob also tells him he never read his secret personal diary, which - in his opinion- would have been more embarrassing.
This inspires Squidward to do just that, once again humiliating SpongeBob. The episode ends with tomatoes being thrown at Squidward by the disgusted crowd, with Squidward laughing as he reads SpongeBob's diary and not caring about his comeuppance, deeming it to be worth it.
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|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
- Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
‣ Aloha Oe - Hans Haider, Queen Lili'uokalani [Squidward relaxing.]
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Long line of customers.]
‣ Jovial Pirates Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward looking for SpongeBob.]
‣ Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward sees SpongeBob writing in his diary.]
‣ The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [SpongeBob cooking patties.]
‣ Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [Squidward finds SpongeBob's diary.]
‣ The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [SpongeBob serving patties.]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes back his diary.]
‣ ? [Squidward laughs.]
‣ Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward unlocks SpongeBob's diary.]
‣ Unknown Track 45 - Nicolas Carr [Squidward opens SpongeBob's diary.]
‣ Untitled Tune - Jack Shaindlin [flashback to that morning.]
‣ The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob at the dumpster.]
‣ Shock (f) - Dave Hewson ["Puh-puh-puh... plaid?!"]
‣ Unknown Track 61 - SpongeBob clucks like a chicken.
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (u) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I have to take my break."]
‣ A Fishy Conversation - Barry Anthony [Squidward still reading SpongeBob's diary.]
‣ Sailor's Sting 15 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Sure thing."]
‣ Proud to be a Fish - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob takes off his clothes.]
‣ Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob sees his diary in Squidward's hand.]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (j) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries.]
‣ Saltwater Works - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward leaves work.]
‣ Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [Cops.]
‣ Cartoon Sting 4 - Squidward in stocks.
‣ Slide Whistle Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending.]
- As of October 21, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 5.5/10 based on 207 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 4.4/10 based on 23 votes.
- SpongeBob's secrets are as follows:
- The first secret he reads is that SpongeBob clucks like a chicken whenever he sees plaid. Squidward sees Mr. Krabs wearing plaid, so he calls SpongeBob back. SpongeBob sees Mr. Krabs plaid so he clucks like a chicken, making Squidward and a fish laugh.
- The second secret is that SpongeBob named his spatula "Fifi." This amuses everyone and when SpongeBob comes back asking what's going on, Patrick teases him about him naming his spatula Fifi. Embarrassed, SpongeBob nervously excuses himself to the kitchen.
- The last secret is that whenever he hears the Bikini Bottom Municipal Anthem, he dances around in his underwear.
- Despite everyone at the Krusty Krab reading the diary, Squidward is the only one who was blamed. However, reading the diary was his idea.
- There's a light blue glow around the title card.
- Although this episode premiered in 2013, it was produced in 2012 according to the credits.
- All of the customers seem to enjoy reading the diary until SpongeBob starts to cry, which shows that they are very hypocritical, while blatantly pretending they didn't know it was SpongeBob's diary. However, Squidward only said it was SpongeBob's diary to the first fish that came along.
- This is the third appearance of SpongeBob's diary. The first is "Boating School" and the second is "Gone."
- This is the third episode where SpongeBob is humiliated by Squidward and the Krusty Krab customers. The first is "Fools in April" and the second is "Grandma's Kisses."
- He is also embarrassed with Patrick at the Krusty Krab by Mr. Krabs when he is one of the Bikini Bottom ghosts in "Pranks a Lot."
- This episode was part of the SpongeBob's Secrets Revealed marathon, which featured episodes such as "Grandma's Kisses," "My Pretty Seahorse," and "Nasty Patty."
- This episode aired on March 2, 2013, but on the Nickelodeon TV schedule, it says November 25, 2012. 11/25/12 is when it was originally supposed to air.
- There is another season 9 episode called "Yeti Krabs" that was also set to air in November, but got delayed until March.
- This episode was supposed to air along with "Bumper to Bumper," but when that episode was bumped back to November 17, 2012, this episode was delayed to air in March 2013 instead.
- This is the second episode where Gary bites Squidward. The first is "Once Bitten."
- This episode reveals that SpongeBob has two diaries, both of which have been read by Squidward.
- As of this episode, SpongeBob is now a critically acclaimed author.
- This episode once again reveals SpongeBob's spatula having the ability to make multiple copies of its head.
- This is the third episode where the customers become ravenous and physical in the dining area due to an extended wait for the Krabby Patties. The first is "Truth or Square" and the second is "Oral Report." Another, more technical, instance of this is in "Help Wanted," yet the anchovies do not have an extended wait in a sense.
- Kelpy G's manager appears as a taxi driver.
- This is the second episode to feature a book that SpongeBob has written. The first is "Good Ol' Whatshisname" with the book The Customers of the Krusty Krab and why I Love Them.
- This episode marks the fourth appearance of Mrs. Tentacles. Her previous appearances were in "Fools in April," Ghost Host," and "Krusty Towers."
- It is revealed that Mr. Krabs has gray hair that is similar to his grandma's hair.
- When SpongeBob goes out to the back of the Krusty Krab to blow bubbles, it is akin to a smoke break.
- This episode premiered on Laraine Newman's 61st birthday and three years after SpongeBob's Boating Bash was released.
- This episode premiered in Canada four years after "Pet or Pests" premiered.
- The scene where SpongeBob clucks like a chicken has became a popular meme called "Mocking SpongeBob."
- This episode is similar to "Fools in April" as Squidward does something to humiliate SpongeBob and then the citizens of Bikini Bottom get mad at him for doing so.
- This episode's title is a reference to Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, better known in the Western Hemisphere as the "Little Red Book."
- Promotions referred to this episode as "Diary of a Yellow Sponge," which is a parody of the best-selling children's book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
- The lyric "I can't help but take off all my clothes and dance around in my underwear!" almost sounds identical to a verse from the Ricky Martin hit "Livin' la Vida Loca:" "She make you take your clothes off and go dancin' in the rain."
- When SpongeBob takes off his pants, his shape looks like the pants and don't show his feet.
- In one scene, Squidward places the stereo on the order station. In the next scene, it is seen on top of the grill.
- When SpongeBob gives the people the Krabby Patties, they have lettuce, but SpongeBob never put lettuce in him when he made the patties along with pickles.
- When Mr. Krabs put SpongeBob in the exhaust vent, the vent is in the wrong spot. It is at the back of the kitchen, not near the front where the grill is.
- SpongeBob makes Krabby Patties in his head without lettuce or pickles. When he delivers the Krabby Patties, lettuce and pickles suddenly come out of his head.
- When SpongeBob dances naked, the kitchen window is empty. However, in the next scene, Squidward and the other customers laugh at SpongeBob through the kitchen window.
- Squidward reading SpongeBob's diaries.