"Patrick's Staycation" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, SpongeBob comes up with a solution when Patrick cannot afford a vacation.
The episode begins with Patrick putting the slide projector onto a table, leaping onto it, shaping his head into a ten-gallon hat, then riding the projector like a horse. SpongeBob reminds him that he has a slideshow to give, but Patrick destroys the projector in the process. Instead, Patrick makes a shadow puppet show with a lamp, and the show begins. SpongeBob goes to Patrick's house and knocks on the rock. Inside, Patrick is heard moaning and complaining. When the rock finally opens, Patrick's hand is seen holding a key. When SpongeBob enters, Patrick is seen on the floor, still holding the key. SpongeBob asks what's wrong, and Patrick explains that all he's been doing is waking up, eating, and sleeping... and that he needs a break. SpongeBob suggests a vacation, and Patrick's spirits are lifted. When they go to the travel agency, Patrick is given options, but when it is revealed that he cannot afford any of these trips, he and SpongeBob are thrown out. SpongeBob suggests Patrick go on a "staycation," a vacation at home. Patrick goes for it.
When he arrives home, he sees his living room has been redesigned as a hotel's entrance, and SpongeBob (calling himself "Todd") is the receptionist. "Todd" gives Patrick his key, and shows him his room. Patrick does not like the way the room is designed, and asks SpongeBob to redesign it.
All the furniture is now stacked into one large pile, and Patrick, still not satisfied, tells SpongeBob it's probably the walls. The furniture collapses in a heap of sand. Later, there is a tub of water, which SpongeBob calls it "the pool." Patrick is initially excited, but asks where the diving board is. SpongeBob makes one out of a stool and a plank of wood. When Patrick dives off of it, he hits his head on the side of the tub and falls in. When Patrick is drowning, SpongeBob dresses up as a lifeguard and pulls him out. When Patrick gets hungry, SpongeBob dresses like a French chef and prepares a Krabby Patty on a grill. Just then, Mr. Krabs comes along, requesting payment and a tip. Patrick demands a show to go with his meal, so SpongeBob dances on the table. Patrick dismisses it as "boring." SpongeBob then puts his spatula on his head and makes a pineapple appear. Patrick dismisses it as "lame." SpongeBob launches the pineapple into the air, where it's sliced in an overhead airplane's turbines. When it lands on a plate, Patrick tells SpongeBob "You are smoking." He means it literally: the Krabby Patty is burning, and a large cloud of black smoke fills the air.
Patrick walks out of the smoke like he's opening a door, still hungry. He catches a delicious aroma coming from Squidward's home, which turns out to be soup. Squidward puts a bowl on his table, but turns around to get a napkin. When he returns to the table, Patrick is eating his soup. Meanwhile, SpongeBob emerges from the cloud of smoke, presenting a burnt Krabby Patty which soon turns into dust and blows away in the wind. Patrick is nowhere to be found, but he hears Squidward yelling. Patrick seems to think Squidward's house is a hotel, and even plans to go to the spa and get a massage. Squidward angrily explains to him that there is no spa and his house is not a hotel, but SpongeBob gives Patrick the massage he wanted. Patrick suggests Squidward get one as well. Though Squidward is reluctant at first, his shoulder snaps. Squidward then pushes Patrick off the table and asks SpongeBob to give him a massage. After fulfilling Squidward's request, SpongeBob is exhausted and returns home. He goes to bed, but Patrick is in there in bed with him, apparently convinced that SpongeBob's house is also a hotel. Patrick then goes to sleep as a confused and tired SpongeBob looks on.
The scene changes to Mr. Krabs gargling with mouthwash in the bathroom of his house. When he goes to his bedroom, SpongeBob is sleeping in his hammock. Mr. Krabs wakes him up and asks SpongeBob if he's had a nightmare, and if Patrick is in his bed, and SpongeBob says no to the former and yes to the latter. Understanding, Mr. Krabs bids SpongeBob a good night as the episode ends.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Aloha Bikini Bottom - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
‣ Rodeo Daze - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Giddyup!"]
‣ Gator Pup - Steve Belfer [Patrick eats hash browns]
‣ A Fishy Conversation - Barry Anthony [shadow puppets]
‣ Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob knocks on Patrick's door]
‣ Crazy Mind - Harry Lubin ["Patrick, what have you done to yourself?"]
‣ Pua Paoakalani (b) - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [Patrick says he needs a break]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["That's it!"]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [travel agency exterior]
‣ Aloha Eo - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Anywhere from beautiful sandy beaches..."]
‣ ? ["...to exhilarating jungle safaris."]
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick kicked out]
‣ Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Stay home? That's it!"]
‣ Steel Link (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick comes home]
‣ Flower Display - Jack Shaindlin ["Welcome to Star Rock Inn."/"Mr. Star, are you sure about this?"]
‣ Steel Sting (s) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I got it."]
‣ Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["...back the way it was originally!"]
‣ Sweet and Lovely - Alan Braden [pool]
‣ Shock Happening 1 - Harry Lubin ["Oh no!"]
‣ Hope & Glory - Thomas Blug, Mark Scholz [SpongeBob as a lifeguard]
‣ Banners Victorious - Ronald Hanmer ["This calls for CPR."]
‣ Steel Link (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick licking candy cane]
‣ Steel Sting (t) - Jeremy Wakefield ["But I'm still hungry!"]
‣ Me for You - George Callert [SpongeBob setting the table]
‣ Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob pays Krabs]
‣ Curtain-Raiser - Alan Braden ["Presenting the SpongeBob follies!"]
‣ ? [drum roll]
‣ Look This Way (a) - Paul Louis Reeves [pineapple in SpongeBob's hat]
‣ Ta-Ra (c) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [fanfare]
‣ Charivari Clowns (a) - Daniel Jean Jeannin [pineapple launched into air]
‣ From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer ["Oh no, the Krabby Patty!"]
‣ Cartoon Sting 8 - Barry Anthony [Patrick smells something]
‣ Tiki Lounge - Lionel Wendling, Gregory Ott [Squidward making soup]
‣ Cartoon Sting 8 - Barry Anthony [Patrick slurps soup]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Patrick?"]
‣ Gator - Steve Belfer [Squidward yells at Patrick]
‣ Happy Jose - Ulrich Hans Wenzel [SpongeBob massaging Patrick]
‣ Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [five hours later/SpongeBob sees Patrick at his bedroom.]
‣ Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [ending]
- As of March 4, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.3/10 based on 59 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 5.1/10 based on 5 votes.
- The title card background for this episode is the same as "Squid Wood" and looks similar to "Best Frenemies."
- The beginning slideshow scene of this episode wasn't seen or mentioned again, just like in "A SquarePants Family Vacation," "Mooncation," "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation," and "Walking the Plankton."
- When SpongeBob and Patrick go to get a vacation at the Bikini Travel Agency, in the background room behind Patrick, the viewer can see a photo of the cruise ship that Mr. Krabs goes on in the sister episode.
- This is the only episode of the miniseries to not include a different location.
- When SpongeBob welcomes Patrick to Star Rock Inn, he calls himself "Todd." This is a reference to SpongeBob's cousin Todd SquarePants in the book The Never-Ending Stay.
- When SpongeBob is at the front desk, his hairstyle is the same as his cousin Stanley.
- SpongeBob wears the same hotel employee uniform from "Krusty Towers" in this episode, meaning this episode takes place after that episode.
- Running Gag: SpongeBob dressing up in different outfits to disguise himself as many different people.
- When Patrick made SpongeBob change the room style, it is similar to what Squidward does in "Krusty Towers" when he made SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs change his room until it was back the way it was originally. The same thing occurs here.
- Patrick is wearing the same swimsuit from "Sun Bleached."
- When Patrick has trouble in the tub, the APM track Hope & Glory from "Ripped Pants" can be heard.
- It is revealed that Mr. Krabs won't let SpongeBob make Krabby Patties outside of work without paying.
- This is the only vacation themed episode that Sandy does not appear in.
- It is revealed that SpongeBob sleeps at Mr. Krabs' house whenever he has nightmares or if Patrick is in his bed.
- This is the second of the five vacation episode miniseries on Nickelodeon.
- This is the second time that Patrick's barbecue grill is used to cook a Krabby Patty. The first was in "The Card."
- This is the third episode where Patrick's barbecue grill is shown. The first was in "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" and the second was in "The Card."
- This is one of the few times where SpongeBob transforms the inside of Patrick Star's House.
- This is another episode in which Patrick Star's house has more than one room. Previous instances were in "I'm with Stupid," "The Pink Purloiner," "Rule of Dumb," and "Rise and Shine."
- This was Nate Cash's last episode on SpongeBob SquarePants.
- This episode was nominated for an Annie Award.
- This episode was rated PG in Canada.
- This is one of the few episodes after the first movie that plays the APM track Me for You.
- At the beginning of the episode, Patrick says, "I was lying around my house, not even planning to have a vacation when I heard a knock at my door," which is similar to the quote "I was working late one night. The "loose bulb" or "Flash Flash" on the neon sign outside my window, is about to drive me crazy when there was a knock at my door." from the Between the Lions segment, Sam Spud.
- When Patrick turned his lampshade, the pole holding the light up should have created a shadow in Patrick's shadow puppet show, but it did not.
- When SpongeBob put Patrick's seat down, his foot was hurt and flat, but after he put Patrick's bib on, his foot was back to normal.
- When SpongeBob performs his magical appearing pineapple act, he sticks his spatula in one of his pores. In the next scene, where Patrick comments on the performance, it is gone. In the next scene, the spatula has appeared once again.
- When SpongeBob gets out of the burned Krabby Patty, his chef suit had no sleeves even though in the scene before that one, it had sleeves. However, it’s possible his chef suit caught fire between scenes.
- In between the scenes where Patrick is checked in by SpongeBob and when Squidward yells at Patrick, the lighting effects take a massive decrease.
|Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (V • E)
|Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production
Voice actors: Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff (in "No Free Rides;" 2001)
|Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Wormy;" 2001)
|Outstanding Individual Achievement for a Song in an Animated Production
Singers: Peter Strauss and Paul Tibbitt for "The Very First Christmas" (in "Christmas Who?;" 2001)
|Best Writing in an Animated Television Production
Writers: C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, and Tim Hill (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty;" 2006)
|Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production
Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Spy Buddies;" 2008)
|Direction in an Animated Television Production or Short-form
Directors: Alan Smart (for "Penny Foolish;" 2009)
|Best Home Entertainment Production
DVDs: SpongeBob vs. The Big One (DVD) (2010)
|Best Voice Acting in a Television Production
Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Truth or Square;" 2010)
|Music in a Television Production
Composers: Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nicolas Carr, and Tuck Tucker (2011)
|Writing in a Television Production
Writers: Dani Michaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier, and Paul Tibbitt (for "Patrick's Staycation;" 2012)
|Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production
Animators: Dan Driscoll and Savelen Forrest (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)
|Directing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production
Directors: Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)