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Episode Information [edit]
SB 2515-126 REEF BLOWER
General
Season №: 1
Episode №: 1b
Airdate: May 1, 1999 (USA)
March 4, 2000 (Canada)
Running time: 2 minutes, 50 seconds
Sister episode(s): "Help Wanted"
"Tea at the Treedome"
Credits
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.
Chronology
Previous: "Help Wanted"
Next: "Tea at the Treedome"
List of episodes

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

Characters

Synopsis

One sunny day, Squidward walks outside and looks upon his immaculate front lawn, free of debris save for one tiny shell. Finding its presence unsightly, he nonchalantly kicks it onto SpongeBob's lawn. SpongeBob 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, SpongeBob blows the sand off first Squidward, then his plate of kelp, but gets some sand in Squidward's eyes. After clearing Squidward's face, SpongeBob peers over at his sidewalk and the pile of sand now atop it.

Reef Blower 26

"You!"

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

Production

Art

Development

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

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

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

Release

Reception

  • 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] TV.com 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.

Trivia

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  • This is the shortest episode to date, with a length of two minutes and fifty-one seconds.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • This is the first of a few times that SpongeBob has been shown to have a garage.
  • 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.
  • This episode marks SpongeBob's only non-speaking appearance, not counting a silently mouthed "You!"
  • This is the only episode that does not feature any dialogue.
    • 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.
  • 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.

Cultural references

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

Errors

  • 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.
  • 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 sitting on a door step before SpongeBob drains the ocean, but Squidward's house never had a doorstep 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.

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