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Restraining SpongeBob
Season №: 8
Episode №: 168a
Airdate: April 2, 2012 (USA)
June 1, 2012 (Canada)
Sister episode(s): "Fiasco!"
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Vincent Waller
Sean Charmatz
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Vincent Waller
Sean Charmatz
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Bubble Buddy Returns"
Next: "Fiasco!"
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"Restraining SpongeBob" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, a fed-up Squidward resorts to legal action to keep SpongeBob away.



At home, Squidward becomes increasingly annoyed by SpongeBob. As he walks to the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob annoys him by repeatedly asking if he can walk with him. SpongeBob continues to be annoying, especially when he can't seem to figure out the mustard dispenser is empty, its sound effects causing a patron to think Squidward has a farting problem. An irritated Squidward enters the kitchen to get it through to SpongeBob. Eventually, he leans on the grill, and accidentally burns his right tentacle. When SpongeBob tries to put the fire out with a bucket of water, he accidentally spills it onto the floor, causing Squidward to slip. As Squidward flies through the air, SpongeBob tries to catch him in a jellyfishing net, but it breaks, and accidentally dropping Squidward into the deep fryer. The more SpongeBob tries to help him by running over to the deep fryer, by pulling out a fried Squidward, the more he accidentally bungles things, and further injures Squidward by tripping over a mop. After accidentally tripping over the mop, SpongeBob now lands into the order window, causing Squidward to flip right out of the basket, and knocking out a customer's Krabby Patty. The customer now accidentally bites into Squidward's own flesh, results in causing a scream, and now freaks out. The customer now throws Squidward back to SpongeBob, and lands into the mouth by bouncing right off. When Squidward crashes into a soda machine, breaking it, Mr. Krabs now comes out of the office crying, and SpongeBob goes over to him and asks if he's all right. Squidward screams and runs from him, hiding behind a table. When SpongeBob gets closer, Squidward resorts to climbing the walls and ceiling of The Krusty Krab to get away from him.

The next day, Squidward gives SpongeBob a "gift": a restraining order, which his three lawyers from the law offices of Harry, Combover, and Bald, explain to him. SpongeBob is not to come within 15 feet of Squidward or he'll go to jail. SpongeBob is confused at first, but when he realizes that he can't prepare Krabby Patties if he's in jail, he is struck with fear and does everything he can to avoid coming within 15 feet of Squidward. Unfortunately, the window from which SpongeBob gives orders to Squidward is within the 15 feet range, so the cash register and the counter are moved to the right, by the restroom door. SpongeBob tries to give the orders to Squidward by means of a pole, but Squidward ignores it. Mr. Krabs sees the restraining order is hindering business, so he tells SpongeBob he has to think of another way. Patrick is tiptoeing to Squidward. Squidward tries to ignore him, but it doesn't work. Patrick tries to tell Squidward he now has a hat. Mr. Krabs reveals that he hired Patrick as a middle man: SpongeBob prepares the food, then Patrick gives the order to Squidward. Squidward won't stand it so he marches over to Mr. Krabs and complains to him that this will not stand. Mr. Krabs tells Squidward to get used to Patrick working at the Krusty Krab; unless he wants to talk to SpongeBob, which annoys Squidward.

Unfortunately, Patrick asks Squidward if he can watch him work. Squidward says no, but he continues to watch. He soon follows Squidward everywhere, and his stupidity soon gets on Squidward's nerves. Squidward's break arrives and he decides to play his clarinet. He soon finds out that Patrick used it as a toilet plunger. Squidward's break is over and he returns to working. He turns around and his nose gets stuck in Patrick's mouth. Squidward gets flung across the room, which causes him to suffer an allergic reaction when his face is smashed into a seaberry pie. When Squidward enters the kitchen, Patrick mistakes him for a monster and attacks him, thinking he's going to hurt SpongeBob. Seeing his two friends fighting, SpongeBob wants to help, but is afraid of violating the restraining order. His desire to help his friends wins out, and he steps in between them, explaining to Patrick that Squidward is not a monster. Squidward angrily takes the restraining order from SpongeBob, who begs him for mercy. Instead of sending SpongeBob to jail, Squidward crosses out "SpongeBob SquarePants" on the restraining order and replaces it with "Patrick Star". The episode ends with Patrick laughing hysterically.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaiian Trax - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [opening]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Squidward grumbles]
  Sailor's Sting 11 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  Dramatic Bridge 4 - Phillip Green [Squidward screams]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward is fried]
  Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob trips on the mop]
  Action Stations 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Squidward, can you hear me?"]
  Straight from Hell - Gregor F. Narholz [Squidward runs away from SpongeBob]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Well, you really set him over the edge this time."]
  Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [one shift later...]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [restraining order]
  People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew [lawyers explain]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew [lawyers fly away]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob making Krabby Patties]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie ["Oops."]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs wipes mustard off his clothes with the restraining order]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [Krabs removes a gold star from SpongeBob's employee performance chart]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  Cartoon Sting 11 - Gerhard Narholz [Patrick hired]
  Sailor's Sting 1 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patrick annoying Squidward]
  ? [Squidward washing hands]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Cartoon Sting 13 - Gerhard Narholz ["Hi, Squidward."]
  Steel Sting (f) - Jeremy Wakefield ["We're gonna need a new plunger."]
  Sailor's Sting 12 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Nice work, Patrick!"]
  Drama Sting - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick bites Squidward's nose]
  Cocksure Capers - Phillip Green ["Squidward's funny!"]
  Horror Crash - Harry Lubin [pie in Squidward's face]
  Steel Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm allergic to sea berries!"]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["Monster!"]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [Patrick attacks Squidward]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries because he broke the restraining order]
  SpongeBob History Song - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • One Shift Later
  • It is revealed that Squidward is allergic to seaberries (when he crashed headfirst into a seaberry pie), which causes his whole body to swell up.
    • Since he is allergic, he should have had an epi-pin on his body, in case of contact with seaberries.
  • This is the sixth time Patrick is wearing a Krusty Krab hat. The first was in "Arrgh!", second in "Fools in April", third in "Big Pink Loser", fourth in "Bummer Vacation", fifth in "No Hat for Pat", and seventh in "Planet of the Jellyfish."
  • It is proven that Patrick is more irritating to Squidward than SpongeBob (because Patrick literally has no brain nor a thinking process).
  • Running Gag: Squidward saying "Patrick!" and Patrick annoying Squidward.
  • When Squidward drew the circle on the ground to indicate 15 feet, it encompassed the restroom, so there'd be no way for SpongeBob to go to the bathroom while Squidward's at his post. However in the episode Breath of Fresh Squidward, it's revealed that SpongeBob has an "employees only" bathroom in the kitchen.
  • Squidward's Lawyers flew away after they said "That's not our problem." They flew away exactly the same way Patrick flew away at the end of the episode "The Sponge Who Could Fly".
  • This is the third time SpongeBob is seen on a title card. The first was "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" and the second was "Oral Report", and the fourth was "InSPONGEiac".
  • Hairy, Combover, and Bald (Squidward's Lawyers) are types of hairstyles.
  • When Patrick shows Squidward his clarinet and tells him that the toilet is backed up, this is a reference to "Graveyard Shift" when SpongeBob tells Squidward "I use your clarinet to unclog my toilet!"
  • Mr. Krabs removes a star from SpongeBob's conduct report, just like Mrs. Puff did to the Good Noodle board in New Student Starfish. At both times, SpongeBob did nothing to deserve losing his star.
  • The scene of SpongeBob asking Squidward to walk to work with him and him saying "no" until he gets there is reused from Squid's Visit.
  • Squidward could have put a restraining order on both SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • It's pretty odd that Patrick is working in the Krusty Krab again because at the end of the episode No Hat for Pat, Mr. Krabs told Patrick that he will never make him work at the Krusty Krab ever again. However, Mr. Krabs may have allowed it since he needs some way to get the Krabby Patties handed out to the customers due to SpongeBob not allowing to be within 15 feet of Squidward.


  • When Bald (one of the three Squidward's lawyers) drew the circle, it started on the right side of the kitchen door frame and ended on the right side of the bathroom door frame. However, in some scenes, the circle stated on the left side of the kitchen door frame and ended on the right side of the bathroom door frame (usually on the wide angles).
  • Squidward is reading the newspaper in this episode, but in the episode Can You Spare a Dime?, he says he's allergic to newspaper print, although he might have made this up so that he wouldn't read the want ads that SpongeBob showed him or it may be another kind of newspaper print that Squidward is not allergic to .
  • When Patrick has Squidward's nose in his mouth, his eyebrows disappear for a second.
  • Mr Krabs used the restraining order to get mustard off him, but the next time it was seen, there was no mustard.

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