SpongeBob repeatedly annoys Squidward by asking Squidward if he wants to play, but everytime Squidward says "No!", SpongeBob thinks he wants to play later everytime he says that. After SpongeBob asks Squidward to play a numerous number of games with him, Squidward loses his temper and yells at SpongeBob, "...I will never play with you...EVEEEEERRR!!!". After throwing him down a hole (which SpongeBob drilled when he entered that bathroom) and covering it with his fridge, SpongeBob still thinks Squidward doesn't want to play yet. He runs to his house and creates a wooden, mini-version of Squidward, and calls him "Mini Squid". After hearing that Mini Squid will be playing with SpongeBob if Squidward doesn't want, Squidward becomes incredibly enlightened.
While SpongeBob and Mini Squid play Charades, Patrick walks by and thinks the Mini Squid is Squidward, and also thinks he's gotten smaller and shaved his beard, even though Squidward doesn't have a beard, confusing SpongeBob and Mini Squid.
At the Krusty Krab, Squidward tells a joke to two customers, but they don't laugh because of his mood while telling the joke. As SpongeBob and Mini Squid come in, the two customers start to favor him. Squidward takes a custormer's order, but he doesn't like his attitude. Mini Squid takes Squidward's job as Cashier and takes the customer's order, and the customer likes his attitude. SpongeBob cooks the patties and Mini Squid delivers them to the customers. He tells Squidward's joke to the customers and they laugh because of his happy mood while telling the joke. Squidward starts to get mad at Mini Squid for stealing his joke. A lady wants to give Mini Squid a $300 tip. Squidward takes his hat and his job back, but Mr. Krabs tells him that he prefers Mini Squid because he's making him plenty of money and changes Squidward's job to dish washer.
Soon, Mini Squid starts impressing the custormers with some dance moves. Squidward realizes that they were his moves and starts to dance, but the customers finds him lacking talent. Mini Squid and customers soon start dancing like jellyfish. Afterwards, Squidward gets mad at Mini Squid for stealing his life and starts squeezing him, bashing him, stomping him, and mauling him. Suddenly, a man tells Squidward to stop mauling the head of his "new client". Squidward realizes the man is a producer that represents his favorite clarinet player. Squidward thought he was there to sign him up, but the producer takes Mini Squid. He's offering Mini Squid a $1,000,000 contract and a sequined suit. Squidward tries to impress him, but fails with the agent essentially telling him that he will never become famous. SpongeBob bids goodbye to his new friend.
Squidward starts to sob because Mini Squid stole his dream, but realizes he'll never see him again. SpongeBob then picks up a wooden, mini-version of himself. The two start laughing after each other, much to the dismay of Squidward.
Some fans criticized this episode mainly due to the emotional abuse Squidward had been through and the townspeople being completely obnoxious as they prefer the wooden Squid rather the real one. PIEGUYRULZ said the episode represents how Squidward is treated in the later seasons, and thought it was a bad episode.
Two clips of this episode were shown three weeks before it aired.
In this episode, SpongeBob demonstrates his ability to change form. He turns into: A piece of paper, a flower, a drill, and a phone.
This is the third time a Squidward puppet is seen. The first is "The Paper" and the second is "Wormy."
The German title for this episode is "Mini-Thaddäus",in Greek it is known as Μίνι-Καλαμάρης in French it is known as "Mini-Carlo", in Spanish-speaking countries, it is known as "Mini-Calamardo", and in the Netherlands, it is called "Mini-Octo", which all mean "Mini-Squidward".
In addition, if English viewers visited the nick.de site before the English dub aired, they could have watched the entire episode (although in German) months before the English episode was released. The episode was soon removed from the site.
Mini Squid was originally going to look like the Squidward carving in "Dumped," but he now looks like a ventriloquist's dummy.
This episode was released first on the Season 4 Volume 2 box set before it aired on T.V.
This episode aired on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 in Latin America.
In the end of the episode, there was a Mini SpongeBob, but SpongeBob made him laugh without him having to do it for him.
When the two Krabby Patties were on the grill, they already had their buns, condiments, and everything else that goes on a finished hamburger, after it is off the grill.
This is one of the episodes that SpongeBob's garage can be seen.
This episode is similar to a CatDog episode, in which Dog makes a puppet of Cat when the real Cat refuses to play with him.
It is unknown how Mini Squidward is more talented than Squidward as Mini Squidward was stealing everything (including dance moves, jokes, and even taking customers' orders) that Squidward did and doing them in the exact same way.