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Episode Information [edit]
Season №: 1
Episode №: 1b
Airdate: May 1, 1999 (USA)
March 4, 2000 (Canada)
Running time: 2 minutes, 51 seconds
Sister episode(s): "Help Wanted"
"Tea at the Treedome"
Writer(s): Stephen Hillenburg
Derek Drymon
Tim Hill
Storyboard Artist(s): Jay Lender
Storyboard: Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Fred Miller
Tom Yasumi
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Help Wanted"
Next: "Tea at the Treedome"
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"Reef Blower" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob attempts to move a shell off of his lawn.



The episode starts out when Squidward walks outside and sees a tiny shell on his front lawn. He believes that it ruins the appearance of his lawn, so he kicks it onto SpongeBob's lawn on purpose.

Suddenly, SpongeBob pops out of his window and sees the shell. He also believes that it ruins the appearance of his front lawn, so he gets his "reef blower" (an underwater version of a leaf blower) out of his garage. He turns it on, much to the annoyance of Squidward. Squidward plugs his ears and SpongeBob struggles to blow the shell away.

After failing attempts, he angrily blows a large column of sand onto Squidward. To fix this problem, SpongeBob blows the sand off, which irritates Squidward's eyes. SpongeBob peers over at his sidewalk and sees a pile of sand. A subtitle "You" appears as SpongeBob points at the pile (no dialogue is heard).

He then sucks the pile of sand into the reef blower, which begins to malfunction. The sand and a few mechanical gears blow out. So, SpongeBob unzips the reef blower and puts them in himself. The reef blower sneezes.

When the reef blower refuses to start, SpongeBob pulls the cord to an extreme distance and before it finally starts. However, this causes it to suck in all of the water in the ocean.

Reef Blower 43

The reef blower then explodes, returning the water and leaving piles of sand all over Squidward's lawn, while SpongeBob's lawn is perfectly clean. Satisfied, SpongeBob gets out of a pile of sand and then goes back inside, while the shell lands on Squidward's nose in which the episode ends.




The episode was originally going to have dialogue, but the recording equipment broke and the episode was wholly rewritten to be silent. [citation needed]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

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


  • Reef Blower aired as part of the pilot show after the Kid's Choice Awards on May 1, 1999. Unlike a majority of the episodes, this episode is paired with Help Wanted in that there are no commercials in between. The title card for this episode pops up as soon as "Help Wanted" finishes.

This later happens with other three-episode groups.


  • As of August 4, 2015, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.6/10 based on 499 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.7/10 based on 448 votes.[2]
  • "Reef Blower" was ranked #24 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • This is the shortest episode to date, with a length of two minutes and fifty-one seconds.
  • Although this is the only episode to contain no dialogue, SpongeBob says, "You!" (subtitle appeared at the bottom of the screen) but no audio is heard.
    • In translations of this episode, SpongeBob can be heard saying it, but at a completely different voice than his normal (translated) voice. The subtitle also still appears.
  • 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 that does not feature Patrick, Gary, and Mr. Krabs.
  • 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.
  • This is the only episode in Season 1 not to have any bubble transitions.
  • This is the first of a few times that SpongeBob has been shown to have a garage.
  • This is the only episode that does not feature any dialogue.
  • This episode was originally going to feature dialogue, but due to problems with the studio's recording equipment, the episode was rewritten to lack dialogue.
  • 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 only time where no music is heard as the title card is displayed. Instead, the sounds of the seashore are heard.
  • This is the first episode where no female characters appear.

Cultural references

  • A reef blower is a parody of a leaf blower.


  • When SpongeBob runs past the houses to get his Reef Blower started, Squidward is gone.
  • When SpongeBob's reef blower explodes, sand is shown in his yard.
    • In the next scene, his house is sparkling clean.
  • When Squidward looks at SpongeBob's house in the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob has an extra window on the side of his house than he does in the "Help Wanted" episode.
  • When Squidward is in his yard eating, the flower in the pot from the beginning is now gone.
  • Squidward looks like he was eating some kind of green paste, but after SpongeBob blows the sand off of him it appears to be just a leaf.
  • When the sand is piled in SpongeBob's walkway, the window on the first floor of his house is gone again.
  • Squidward is sitting on a door step before SpongeBob drains the ocean, but Squidward's house never had a doorstep before that moment.
  • Briefly, when SpongeBob is placing the sand in the Reef Blower, his hands are larger than normal.


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