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Snowball Effect
Season №: 3
Episode №: 46a
Airdate: February 22, 2002
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "One Krabs Trash"
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Kent Osborne
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
William Reiss
Mike Roth
Storyboard: Paul Tibbitt
Kent Osborne
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Doing Time"
Next: "One Krabs Trash"
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"Snowball Effect" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick have a snowball fight and try to get Squidward to join in as well.



An iceberg travels across the surface of the ocean and stops over Bikini Atoll, causing it to snow underwater in Bikini Bottom. Everyone is having fun in the snow, and SpongeBob and Patrick decide to have a snowball fight. Meanwhile, Squidward is relaxing at home with a cup of tea. He hears the sounds of SpongeBob and Patrick's fighting and tells them to quiet down. They try to convince him to come out and play with them, both trying to get him on their own side, but Squidward shoots both of them down.

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Squidward decides that, as entertainment, he will watch them fight, hoping they will get hurt. SpongeBob and Patrick realize that snowball fights are for children, and they sign a peace treaty. Squidward tries to convince them to continue, but repeatedly gets hit with a snowball by Patrick. He then decides to throw a snowball and misses. SpongeBob and Patrick then proceed to duck behind their fort and mercilessly begin to pelt Squidward with snowballs. A frustrated Squidward then proceeds to throw a snowball and hits SpongeBob right in the face. He then becomes exhilarated and begins relentlessly pelting SpongeBob and Patrick with snowballs. After being hit by a snowball containing his clarinet, SpongeBob and Patrick decide that Squidward is taking the snowball fight far too seriously and sneak off.

When Squidward notices that the snowballs have "stop falling", Squidward becomes paranoid and riled-up and decides to make his fort bigger and eventually builds it to the size of a tower. Squidward continues to throw snowballs as an overhead tree branch keeps dropping snow on his head that he believes are snowballs being thrown by SpongeBob and Patrick. Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Patrick relax in the pineapple watching TV with hot chocolate and popcorn.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Wonderland of Snow - Terry Day [title card]
  America, A Dream Comes True - Gregor F. Narholz [opening]
  Jolly Sleighride - Ib Glindemann [Bikini Bottom covered in snow]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland ["This is serious, SpongeBob."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Snowball fight?"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick trying to make a snowball]
  Battle Begins - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick glare at each other]
  Romantic Waltz - Geoffrey Herman [Squidward relaxing]
  The Merry March (a) - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob and Patrick building forts]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Patrick choking on snow]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Snowball fights are for immature children."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Tympup (a) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob and Patrick shake hands]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [peace treaty]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward trying to start another snowball fight]
  Marshall Strength Link - David Snell [SpongeBob and Patrick throw snowballs at Squidward]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["That was actually kind of exciting."]
  I Saw Three Ships 29 (c) - Richard A. Harvey ["I have never felt so live."]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward throwing snowballs]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What's going on?"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]


  • "Snowball Effect" was ranked #20 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • While it was Bikini Bottom's 2nd actual snow day (the 1st was "Christmas Who?"), this really marks SpongeBob and Patrick's 2nd winter-based fun since "Survival of the Idiots."
  • This episode marks the fourth appearance of snow, the first three being "Bubble Buddy," "Christmas Who?" and "Survival of the Idiots," and later in "Frozen Face-Off" and "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" Snow is also seen in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
  • Running Gag: Squidward's fireplace is put out by a snowball that was thrown.
  • When Squidward is sitting next to his fireplace, a replica of his head with moose antlers is seen hanging on a plaque on his wall. It would be seen again in "Battle for Bikini Bottom."
  • A tiny clip of this episode was shown in a 2006 LEGO SpongeBob commercial.
  • When Patrick tries to make a snow angel, he only makes a circle. This might be because he's a sea star, and he is already a snow angel shape.
  • SpongeBob reuses the quote "Score one for the boys back home" from "Naughty Nautical Neighbors." He later uses it again in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game.
  • The scene where SpongeBob battered Patrick with barrage of snowball rarely shown in Indonesia due to time constraints (Much like other episodes, it also paired with ads during its airing).
  • This episode airs a bit in December due to it being a snow-themed episode.
  • This episode probably took place after "Christmas Who?" since SpongeBob wears a santa hat for part of the episode which suggests that he was already familiar with Santa Claus at the time of this episode.
  • This episode premiered on Nigel Planer's 49th birthday.
  • In Arabic, this episode is called "معركة الثلوج" (maerakat alththuluj "mar-eh-kat ool-sul-oo-zhey") which means "Battle Snow."
  • All of the main characters appear in this episode except Sandy Cheeks.

Cultural references

  • Patrick's alias "Pink Menace" is a reference to the "Red Menace," a nickname for the Soviet Union that was popular during the Cold War.
  • The title is a reference to the phrase "snowball effect" which means:
    • Literally: The effect used in a cartoon when a skier is skiing and trips and falls and makes a snowball that grows bigger and bigger.
    • Metaphorically: When a situation gets out of hand.
  • "The Snowball Effect" is also the title of a famous short story by Katherine MacLean.


  • Netflix and YTV mistook the title for, "The Snowball Affect."
  • When Squidward speaks about his being attacked in the rear, there is already a wall there and all he does is turn around, laugh, and pat the wall. But he is never seen building it.
  • When Mrs. Puff blows the snow off her boat and onto a nearby fish, the fish pops his head out, and yells "Hey!," although his mouth doesn't move.
  • When Squidward is demonstrating his fort and how it should be used, and Patrick throws snowballs at him, his arm doesn't move.
  • When SpongeBob is first seen with his fort, it is circular and shorter than him. But when the camera returns to SpongeBob, his fort has changed shape and is about as tall as him. And when the camera returns to SpongeBob again, his fort returns to how it originally was.
  • When Squidward drops his snowball after he refuses to be on neither Patrick or SpongeBob's side, the mark that he makes in the snow disappears when the camera pans out.
  • When the camera shows Patrick laughing after hitting SpongeBob with a snowball, his fort is smooth. Before, it was full of bumps. Also, when Patrick comes upon the barrage of snowballs SpongeBob serves at him, his fort is bumpy again. Also, all the square snowballs he was seen with are gone.
    Screenshot at May 21 10-00-38

    The background is light blue rather than gray.

  • When a closeup of the DNA strand snowball Patrick made is shown, the sky is light blue instead of gray.
  • When Squidward gets frustrated by Patrick's continuous snowball throwing at him right after he builds his small fort, he attempts to throw back a snowball at Patrick but misses his shot. Instead, the snowball goes inside Squidward's house and puts out his fireplace. This would not have been possible because his house is behind him at the moment he throws the snowball.
  • When Squidward was building his fort near the end of the episode, Patrick Star's House was not seen.
  • At the end of the episode, the coral tree that drops snow onto Squidward's head had not been seen throughout the episode.

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