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Snail Mail
Season №: 9
Episode №: 202b
Airdate: October 22, 2016[1] (USA)
October 7, 2016 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Writer(s): Clare O'Kane
Supervising Producer: Marc Ceccarelli
Vincent Waller
Storyboard: Chong Lee
Animation: Tom Yasumi
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Previous: "Food Con Castaways"
Next: "Pineapple Invasion"
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"Snail Mail" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, SpongeBob lies to his penpal and continues the foul play when he visits.



The episode opens up with SpongeBob bored because Patrick is away. SpongeBob then finds a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy comic lying on the floor and reads the section about pen pals. He quickly decides to write a letter, although Gary's slime goes all over the letter, making the word 'frying' look like flying.

SpongeBob is then seen waiting inside his mailbox a few days later and immediately goes to read the letter the pen pal sent. When SpongeBob reads it, he realizes the pen pal misinterpreted frying as flying, and then reads on and sees that he is dying. After thinking about how it could affect him, he decides not to break the news and write back with another lie.

Another few days later, SpongeBob receives the next letter, and it says that he wants to see SpongeBob fly at the Bikini Bottom air show. Not knowing what to do, he goes to Sandy to seek help. She suggests learning to fly, which SpongeBob happily goes along with, but when faced with the simulator, is not very good at it and breaks it while crashing into his Pineapple house. It is the same when he actually flies, but Sandy decides that it is good enough.

At the air show, SpongeBob is there and comes across this old person in a wheelchair who he presumes the 'penpal,' but is actually just an old man choking on a Krabby Patty.

SpongeBob is then announced to be up next, and gets on the plane, revising what he is going to do, before he is confronted by Steve who is dressed as death.

SpongeBob then goes to take off, and Patrick is running nearby and reveals that he is the 'penpal,' along with the other page of the letter. They both throw the letters up into the air, but they fly into SpongeBob's face, making him lose control and risk crashing many times until they eventually crash, and the fire department arrives.

SpongeBob and Patrick walk away with Patrick listing what else he would have wanted to see, and the episode ends with chaos at the air show.


Vincent Waller confirmed this episode on Twitter on May 17, 2016.[2]

This episode first premiered in Canada on October 7, 2016, approximately two weeks before it will air in the U.S. It will air in the United States on October 22, 2016.[3]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Wahini Wobble - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob is bored]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, what's this?"]
  Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [SpongeBob reading the Pen Pal article]
  Bikini Bottom Bound - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob writes a letter.]
  Victim 5 - Harry Lubin [SpongeBob's writing gets smudged by Gary]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (u) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Eh, it's just a little slime."]
  Bikini Bottom Bound - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mailman arrives]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob gasps]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["Dying!?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (j) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries]
  Unknown Track 25 - Nicolas Carr [Pen Pal's funeral]
  Taps - Pen Pal buried
  Fanfare (b) - Nicolas Carr ["Time to make Pen Pal's wish come true!"]
  Unknown Track 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob writes another letter]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [" I can finally see you fly!?"]
  Dramatic Cue (g) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob panics]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob trickles]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["Take these, they're clean."]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob struggles to say Sandy he lied]
  Drama Link (e) - Hubert Clifford ["I lied!"]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandy asks SpongeBob to explain]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob rapidly explains]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (v) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Really?"]
  ? [Video game music]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy notices SpongeBob's gone]
  Dignity - Peter Yorke [Wooden plane takes off]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (f) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Did I do it?"]
  Victory Parade - Ronald Hanmer [At the air show]
  ? [SpongeBob going over what to do]
  Shock (f) - Dave Hewson [Grim reaper next to SpongeBob]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [A scythe salesman is revealed.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["No, it's still not that."]
  Adventure Fanfare 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["You'll be, uh...just fine, yeah!"]
  Air Power - Sidney Sager [Plane takes off]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick reveals to be SpongeBob's pen pal]
  Slide Whistle Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob loses control of the plane]
  Bloodbath - Harry Lubin [Plane breaks down]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Empty fuel tank]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]


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  • 4 to 6 days later...
  • 4 to 6 more days later...
  • The one-cent stamp from "Kracked Krabs" can be seen on the top-right corner of the title card for this episode.
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob wants to fly. The first was "The Sponge Who Could Fly."
    • However, he is able to fly successfully in this episode.
  • The title comes from Gary the Snail putting some slime on SpongeBob's mail letter.
  • Unlike "Chocolate with Nuts," the mailfish isn't scared when he opens a mailbox and sees SpongeBob's face.
  • This episode breaks the fourth wall when the plane stops just before it hits the ground and remains suspended in midair.
  • This is one of the only episodes where the title card has anything to do with mail.
  • This episode and "Sandy's Nutmare" are the only episodes in the second half of season 9 not to feature Squidward Tentacles.
  • When SpongeBob is about to write a letter to his penpal, he is shown sharpening a pencil with his mouth like a pencil sharpener. This is similar to how DoodleBob sharpens the Magic Pencil with his mouth in "Frankendoodle."
  • This is one of the few episodes of Season 9 where SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy have the three biggest roles. The others are "Squirrel Record," "The Fish Bowl," and "Sandy's Nutmare."
  • Although this episode has snail in the title, Gary rarely appears in this episode.
    • Gary doesn't deliver the mail, even though an early image showed his doing so. This may have been the original plan. However, if it was, it was changed to this.
  • Old Man Jenkins is known as "Frail Fish" in this episode.
  • When this episode premiered, it was paired up with "Whirly Brains."


  • SpongeBob writes his name as "Spongebob Squarepants," when it should be "SpongeBob SquarePants."
  • When the ice cream splats on the firefighters and Sandy, the ice cream is on Sandy's face even though she is wearing a helmet.
  • When SpongeBob is following Patrick with the plane, the same fish can be seen in the stands multiple times.


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