- Eugene H. Krabs
- Squidward Tentacles
- Martha Smith
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Officer John Slugfish
- Teenage fry cook (debut)
- Nancy Suzy Fish
- Miss Shell
- Miss Rechid
- Billy (lime fish)
- Jellyfish (mentioned)
- French narrator
After finding profits to be slightly lower than usual at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs decides to start deducting his employee's pay for doing ridiculous things including talking, chewing, breathing, lollygagging, and even existing. Squidward finds this to be outrageously unfair, and he convinces SpongeBob that they should go on strike. SpongeBob, initially not knowing what it means to go on strike, is devastated when he is fired. Squidward, however, assures him that he will have his job back "and more."
Squidward starts them off by making a sign stating "Krusty Krab Unfair," but SpongeBob writes his as "Krusty Krab Funfair," making the restaurant more popular. Squidward then has SpongeBob memorize derogatory slogans about Mr. Krabs and the restaurant, though their meaning flies over SpongeBob's head. He draws the attention of an eager young teenager who thinks of SpongeBob as a living legend. Rather than join him in the strike, however, he heads inside to take SpongeBob's job.
Squidward then attempts to give a speech to the people of Bikini Bottom, who grow so excited by his words that they build up an appetite and rush over him to eat at the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs steps outside to taunt him about how beneficial the strike has been for his bottom line. Standing up for Squidward, SpongeBob turns against Mr. Krabs and tells him that they will stay on strike forever until their demands are met. The word "forever" strikes a nerve with Squidward, who grows deeply unsettled at the thought of being on a never-ending strike with SpongeBob.
Unable to sleep with this thought, Squidward runs to the door to beg Mr. Krabs for his job back. Opening it, he's surprised to find Mr. Krabs, who begs him and SpongeBob to return, saying that he cannot stand the teenagers he hired as replacements as they're ruining the place and won't leave him alone and that he is nothing without them. As they walk to the Krusty Krab together, Squidward relishes how the tables have turned and begins discussing the terms of their return with Mr. Krabs.
Meanwhile, SpongeBob has taken the words of Squidward's speech to heart and spends the night dismantling the establishment that is the Krusty Krab. Squidward and Mr. Krabs soon arrive, having come to an agreement. Squidward is horrified to see the Krusty Krab in shambles, SpongeBob standing proudly among the wreckage. When Mr. Krabs discovers his restaurant completely destroyed, he falls to pieces and remarks that in order to pay for the damages, Squidward and SpongeBob will work for him forever. SpongeBob jumps for joy while Squidward once more takes in the full meaning of "forever."
One eternity later, they are nothing but a skeleton crew, still working at the Krusty Krab.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Hey, Mean Mr. Bossman - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield, Paul Tibbitt [title card]
‣ The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Krabs counting money]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, that reminds me."]
‣ Tympup (a) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [underwear]
‣ Keel Row - Brian Peters ["Here's your check."]
‣ Up She Rises - Sam Spence [Squidward convinces SpongeBob to go on strike]
‣ O Makalapua (b) - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob crying]
‣ The Irish Patriot - Sam Spence ["We are workers united!"]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["And more?"]
‣ ? - "All right, SpongeBob, now listen up."
‣ Crocodile Tears (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben [Squidward teaching SpongeBob how to strike]
‣ Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Hey, thanks, dude!"]
‣ Astronauts March - Sam Spence [Squidward's speech]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["But they didn't, did they, Mr. Squidward?"]
‣ Troop Movement - Sam Fonteyn ["You can pick on me, but Squidward is a great leader."]
‣ Anguish - Richard Hill ["Forever! Forever! Forever!..."]
‣ Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer [Squidward imagines being on strike with SpongeBob forever]
‣ Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [Squidward screams]
‣ The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Krabs begs Squidward to come back]
‣ Hey, Mean Mr. Bossman - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield, Paul Tibbitt [plays on record; Instrumental version in other countries]
‣ Astronauts March - Sam Spence [SpongeBob dismantling the Krusty Krab]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["SpongeBob... what have you done?!"]
‣ Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs sits down]
‣ Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock ["Forever!"]
- "Squid on Strike" was ranked #88 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- As of February 6, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.9/10 based on 294 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.9/10 based on 136 votes.
- This episode is available on the SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric, Complete 2nd Season, and First 100 Episodes DVDs.
- SpongeBob never got his bill, yet he pays Mr. Krabs for his doings.
- Mr. Krabs suddenly appears sweeping the floor after Squidward stops SpongeBob from paying him.
- Squidward has also quit his job (or at least attempted to quit) in "Can You Spare a Dime?," "Krusty Towers," "Fools in April," "Big Pink Loser," "Chum Fricassee," "Bossy Boots," and "Goodbye, Krabby Patty."
- Breathing: $1.00
- Talking: $5.00
- Standing: $10.00
- Existing: $2.00
- Lollygagging: $2.00
- Chewing: $1.00
- The bill that Squidward gets means he has to pay twenty-one dollars.
- It is revealed that Mr. Krabs keeps his dry cleaning in envelopes.
- Mr. Krabs makes his employees pay for breathing, yet in the episode "Pressure," when Sandy thinks land creatures are better than sea creatures, he says it is free.
- Running gags:
- Whenever there is a crowd going to the Krusty Krab, they run over Squidward.
- Every time Squidward hears the word "forever' from SpongeBob, he is in shock, and the word echoes in his head.
- Sandals yelling "Let's go get a Krabby Patty" or "Let's go to the Fun Fair."
- The word "forever" echoed in Squidward's head has became a YouTube meme.
- This episode explains why Squidward has never moved on and gotten any higher career in his life, since he has now been forced to work for Mr. Krabs forever.
- This episode has the longest time period on a time card to date, "One Eternity Later."
- SpongeBob says "Oh, and here's an extra fifty cents for when I was tying my shoe," meaning this episode takes place after "Your Shoe's Untied."
- In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Strajk Skalmara," which translates to "Squidward's Strike."
- Squidward and Mr. Krabs are in their day clothes when they enter the destroyed Krusty Krab, but when they leave Squidward's house, they are wearing their pajamas.
- During the scene where Squidward imagines himself as an old man, when it begins, his sign reads "Krusty Still Unfair," but when SpongeBob starts orbiting around Squidward, it reads "Krabs Still Unfair."
- In part of this episode, Squidward and SpongeBob are shown really old on strike. Yet at that age, Mr. Krabs would most likely be dead.
- SpongeBob and Squidward are invertebrates, and therefore would have no skeletons to rot away to.
- In "Nature Pants" and "Patty Hype," SpongeBob willingly quits his job and throws his Krusty Krab hat down. However, in this episode, he says that the hat is his "friend" and cannot bear to discard it.
- When Squidward says "and more," SpongeBob only has one tooth.
- In the scene where SpongeBob and Squidward are outside the Krusty Krab after getting fired, they are still seen wearing their work hats.
- When SpongeBob runs to the Krusty Krab to "dismantle the establishment," the sky looks like dawn is breaking. When he goes inside, it looks like nighttime again.
- When SpongeBob refuses Mr. Krabs' pay check, Mr. Krabs backs away even though it is really a bill.
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