"Lost and Found" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season ten. In this episode, Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob in search of a missing toy, and SpongeBob finds himself lost in the lost-and-found.
At the Krusty Krab, as SpongeBob serves a customer his Krabby Patty, he hears a child crying in the distance. Mr. Krabs tells him that it is because he lost his teddyfish he was playing with. Krabs tells him to retrieve it from the Krusty Krab's Lost and Found, which is located below the kitchen floor.
While in the Lost and Found, SpongeBob gets distracted by all of the stuff he finds on the shelves and plays with some of it, distracting him from his mission. He then finds a Bikini Bottom snow globe and shakes it out of enthusiasm, which causes the town to ramble and the citizens to scream as if an earthquake were occurring. Meanwhile, with the child still crying, Mr. Krabs wants to know what is taking SpongeBob so long. Squidward comes in the kitchen to complain about the excessive crying and Krabs tells him that SpongeBob might be lost in the Lost and Found. Although this does not concern Squidward, he is forced by Mr. Krabs him to go down there and find him.
The snow globe that SpongeBob shook turns out to attract a group of elderly children who have been trapped in the Krusty Krab's Lost and Found for 60 years. Upon talking to them, SpongeBob sees the teddyfish he is supposed to bring back in one of the kids' hands. SpongeBob then snatches it from Ginger, explaining that he needs to return it to a crying child and rushes to find an exit. Angered, the children follow him and Ginger demands her teddyfish back.
Back at the Krusty Krab, due to SpongeBob's elongated absence in the kitchen, the restaurant loses service, much to Mr. Krabs' horror.
Meanwhile, Squidward tries to exit the Lost and Found as well, by pulling the handle of an "emergency exit," which then turns out to be a grease trap. Thereafter, a river of grease is released and flows through the Lost and Found, nearly clogging its capacity.
SpongeBob realizes the grease flowing, commenting that he has not cleaned out the grease trap in 10 years. Realizing this, each of the children get on each other's shoulders to stay alive. However, SpongeBob has a better idea.
Shortly after, SpongeBob returns from the Lost and Found and bring back the child's teddyfish. Not only that, but he also brings Ginger and the other lost children back to their respective parents (who regularly visited the restaurant to find them). However, Squidward is still lost in the Lost and Found.
The episode name was confirmed in a tweet by Vincent Waller on November 7, 2016.
The German iTunes release has shown the production card of this episode, which revealed the date when the episode was finished to be March 9, 2017.
‣ Salty Squid Jig
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
- Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton [Title card]
‣ Sailor's Sting 9 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [The opening]
‣ Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [A child starts crying.]
‣ Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham [SpongeBob goes to the Lost and Found.]
‣ Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [SpongeBob reaches for the light switch.]
‣ Space Horizons - Wolf Helling [SpongeBob sees all the lost stuff.]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's eyes bug out.]
‣ Happy Jose - Ulrich Wenzel [SpongeBob puts on sunglasses.]
‣ Unknown Track 57 - "What a funny echo."
‣ A Christmas Suite - Richard Harvey ["Hey!"]
‣ Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["Tchotchkes!"]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (u) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes novelty teeth.]
‣ Quango Tango - Jim Blake [Tango music]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob sees a snow globe.]
‣ The Jitters - Raymond Jones [Bikini Bottom rumbles.]
‣ Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Hey, Mr. Krabs, you know that annoying crying kid?"]
‣ Sneeky - Gregor Narholz [SpongeBob sees the lost children.]
‣ Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham ["We were the children, lost in the Krusty Krab over 60 years ago, and we were never claimed."]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (V) - Jeremy Wakefield [An old kid is dragged away.]
‣ The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Food made of candy]
‣ Unknown Track 38 - "That's the teddyfish!"
‣ Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham ["Grr! This? I found it, so... finders keepers."]
‣ Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob grabs the toy and runs.]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (n) - Jeremy Wakefield [The lost children slowly chase SpongeBob.]
‣ Cartoon Sting 5 - Squidward looks for SpongeBob/Squidward finds a box with all his clarinets.
‣ Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob steps on Squidward's clarinets.]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [The clarinets break.]
‣ Spooky - Kenny Graham ["Squidward? SpongeBob?"]
‣ Dirgey - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["It's the curse of the Lost and Found."]
‣ Sailor's Sting 15 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [The child is still crying.]
‣ Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob is still being chased.]
‣ Happy Woodcutter - Pierre Jean Gidon [At the lost diamond mine]
‣ Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Diamonds are nailed at SpongeBob.]
‣ Monster Bug (a) - Gregor Narholz [At the lost dinosaur world]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Squidward sees a hatch.]
‣ The Creature (a) - Gregor Narholz [Squidward gets covered in a flood of grease.]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm?"]
‣ The Creature (a) - Gregor Narholz ["Oh, no! I haven't cleaned the grease trap in years!"]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (j) - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs starts crying with the little kid.]
‣ Puka B - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob emerges from the Lost and Found with the lost children.]
‣ Monster Bug (a) - Gregor Narholz [The ending]
- As of July 23, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.5/10 based on 9 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 2.5/10 based on 1 votes.
- Many items from older episodes and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie can be seen on the Lost and Found shelves. These include:
- This episode takes place after "Squidward in Clarinetland" because Squidward mentions his locker and his clarinets in it.
- This episode was mistakenly said by Vincent Waller on Twitter to be written by Kaz. It was actually written by Dani Michaeli.
- It is revealed that Squidward had a kazoo as a child.
- It is also revealed that he was very bad at playing it.
- Squidward and SpongeBob were unaware of the Lost and Found despite being employees to the Krusty Krab for several years.
- Mr. Krabs remarks he should put up a sign to make it easier to discover.
- This episode premiered 12 years after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in Denmark, seven years after "No Hat for Pat" and "Toy Store of Doom" premiered in Poland, four years after "Squiditis" and "Demolition Doofus" premiered in Greece, three years after the name and poster of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was revealed, two years after SpongeBob Comics No. 45 was released, and one year after "SpongeBob Checks His Snapper Chat" was released.
- The scene where SpongeBob and the lost older children run through the lost mine is a reference to the mine scene in the 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- The "Lost World" where SpongeBob and the lost kids run through is a reference to the 1912 novel The Lost World, where characters encounter a part of the world in which long extinct species still survive.
- In the German dub, the title card reads "Flucht vor dem Fahrer," which is supposed to be the German title of the sister episode, "The Getaway." On November 26, 2017, the episode aired with a new, corrected title card.
- The same error happens in the sister episode, where the title card says "Fundsachen," which is supposed to be the German title of this episode.
- When Mr. Krabs hits Ginger, she does not open her mouth.
- SpongeBob and the unnamed child are shown next to the condiments, but when one of the lost children grabs the teddyfish, the condiments gone.