If you were looking for the article about the machine, then see Reef blower (machine).

"Reef Blower" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob attempts to move a shell off of his lawn.



One sunny day, Squidward walks outside and looks upon his immaculate front lawn, free of debris, except for one tiny pink shell. Finding its presence unsightly, he nonchalantly kicks it onto SpongeBob's lawn. The latter pops out of his window and sees the shell. Also keen to keep the appearance of his lawn pristine, he gets his reef blower out of his garage and turns it on. The noise annoys Squidward, who plugs his ears as SpongeBob struggles to blow the shell away.

After a few failed attempts, SpongeBob applies more force and accidentally blows a large pile of sand onto Squidward and his lunch. To fix this problem, he blows the sand off Squidward first, then his plate of kelp, but gets some sand in the latter's eyes. After clearing Squidward's face, SpongeBob peers over at his sidewalk and the pile of sand now atop it.

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More determined to clean his yard than ever, SpongeBob sucks the pile of sand into the reef blower. The yard is cleared, but the blower malfunctions and spits out the sand along with a few mechanical parts. Undeterred, SpongeBob unzips the reef blower and puts the debris in himself. Upon trying to restart the machine, however, it fails to operate.

SpongeBob takes the starter rope and pulls it as far as it can possibly go. Once stretched to its limit, SpongeBob lets it yank him back and the motor restarts. The resulting suction proves so great that it vacuums up all the water in the ocean, leaving Squidward suffocating. The engorged reef blower soon bursts, releasing the water and a large amount of sand.

His yard miraculously clean, SpongeBob heads back inside, leaving Squidward to his fate: his
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The shell lands on Squidward's nose

yard covered in sand piles, buried under one himself, and the tiny shell falling gently onto his nose.




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Heat - The Blue Hawaiians [First half.]
  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians [Second half.]



  • As of July 29, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.8/10 based on 499 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 448 votes.[2]
  • "Reef Blower" was ranked #24 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • Running Gag: SpongeBob blowing something into Squidward's yard.
  • There are 3 flower prints on the title card.
  • This is the shortest episode to date, with a length of two minutes and fifty-one seconds.
  • This is the first episode where the title card doesn't have music. The second was in "SB-129."
  • This is the first episode of the series to show SpongeBob and Squidward being neighbors; even though their houses were shown together in "Help Wanted", it was never stated in that episode that they lived next to each other.
  • Every time a reef blower appears, its own music can be heard.
  • Squidward is purple above water in this episode.
  • This is the first episode without Patrick Star, Gary the Snail, or Eugene H. Krabs.
  • This is the first episode where no female characters appear.
  • This is the first time a reef blower is used. The second and third times are "Squidville" and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. It is also used in the Revenge of the Flying Dutchman video game.
  • This is the first of a few times that SpongeBob has been shown to have a garage.
  • This is the first episode to contain a cultural reference.
  • This is the only episode in season 1 not to have any bubble transitions.
  • This is the only episode where no music is heard as the title card is displayed. Instead, the sounds of the seashore are heard.
  • To date, this episode marks SpongeBob's only non-speaking appearance, not counting a silently mouthed "You!"
    • As such, this is the only episode to date where Tom Kenny doesn't play a voice role.
  • This is the only episode that does not feature any dialogue.
    • However, SpongeBob says "You!", with a subtitle appearing at the bottom of the screen, but no audio is heard.
      • In translations of this episode, SpongeBob can be heard saying it, but with a completely different voice than his normal (translated) voice. The subtitle also still appears.
        • The characters however making other sounds, like breathing.
  • This is one of few episodes that doesn't feature a "Created by" credits card after the title card.
  • According to The Complete 1st Season Disc 1 and The First 100 Episodes Disc 1 descriptions of this episode, the reef blower in this episode is new.
  • This is the first episode that Tom Yasumi worked on.

Cultural references


  • When Squidward is in his yard eating, the flower in the pot from the beginning disappears.
  • Briefly, when SpongeBob is placing the sand in the reef blower, his hands are larger than normal.
  • When SpongeBob runs past the houses to get his reef blower started, Squidward is gone.
  • Squidward is shown sitting on a doorstep before SpongeBob drains the ocean, but Squidward's house never had one before that moment.
  • When the sand is piled in SpongeBob's walkway, the window on the first floor of his house is gone again.
  • When SpongeBob's reef blower explodes, sand is shown in his yard.
    • In the next scene, his house is sparkling clean.