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Squid on Strike
General
Season №: 2
Episode №: 40a
Airdate: October 12, 2001
Sister episode(s): "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm"
Credits
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
William Reiss
Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: "The Fry Cook Games"
Next: "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm"
List of episodes

"Squid on Strike" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward and SpongeBob go on strike.

Characters

Synopsis

When profits are low 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 and SpongeBob 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 demonstrates by making a sign saying "Krusty Krab Unfair", but SpongeBob misinterprets it as "Krusty Krab Funfair", making the restaurant more popular. After Squidward attempts to give a speech to the people of Bikini Bottom, with unfortunate results, Mr. Krabs taunts them about how "successful" their strike has been. SpongeBob suddenly turns against Krabs, standing up for Squidward and telling him that they will stay on strike forever until their demands are met which causes the word "forever" to echo in Squidward's mind. That night, Squidward is horrified at the thought of being on strike with SpongeBob forever, and goes to beg Mr. Krabs for his job back. As Squidward runs out the door, he sees Mr. Krabs at his door, who begs him and SpongeBob to return, saying that he can't stand the teenagers he hired as replacements and that he is nothing without them. As they walk to the Krusty Krab together, Squidward discusses the terms of their return to Mr. Krabs.

Meanwhile, however, SpongeBob dismantled the Krusty Krab during the night, taking the words of Squidward's speech literally. As Squidward and Mr. Krabs walk to work, they continue their discussion and come to an agreement. As Mr. Krabs walks into work (with his eyes shut), it shows that the Krusty Krab is completely destroyed. SpongeBob, thinking he did good and with get their jobs back, shows Squidward, who is trembling with fear. When Mr. Krabs sees his restaurant completly destroyed, he literally falls to pieces and says that in order to pay for the damages, they will work for him forever. SpongeBob jumps for joy while Squidward is in shock. 

One eternity later, it shows that they are nothing but skeletons, still working at the Krusty Krab. 

Production

Music

 ) 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!"]
  ? ["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]
  Astronauts March - Sam Spence [SpongeBob dismantling the Krusty Krab]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["SpongeBob... what have you done?!"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs sits down]
  The Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [one eternity later]

Reception

  • "Squid on Strike" was ranked #88 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.

Trivia

Timeline
Timecards
  • One Eternity Later
  • SpongeBob never got his bill, yet he pays Mr. Krab's 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" and "Bossy Boots".
  • Squidward's bill from Mr. Krabs reads thus:
    • Breathing: $1.00
    • Talking: $5.00
    • Standing: $10.00
    • Existing: $2.00
    • Lallygagging: $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 is making his employees pay for breathing, yet in the episode Pressure, when Sandy thinks land creatures are better than sea creatures, he says it's free. However, he may have started charging his customers and employees for that at some point between "Pressure" and this episode.
  • SpongeBob has said he loved the Krusty Krab many times so it is unknown how he destroyed it without showing regret.
  • Running Gags:
  1. Whenever there is a crowd going to the Krusty Krab, they run over Squidward.
  2. Every time Squidward hears the word 'Forever' from SpongeBob, he is in shock, and the word echoes in his head.

Errors

  • Squidward and Mr. Krabs are in their day clothes when they enter the destroyed Krusty Krab, but when they left Squidward's house, they were wearing their pajamas.
  • In part of the episode it shows Squidward and SpongeBob 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 the episode "Nature Pants", "Patty Hype" and "As Seen on TV", SpongeBob willingly quits his job and throws his hat down. However, in this episode, he says that the hat is his "friend" and cannot bear to discard it.
  • When Squidward said "and more", SpongeBob only had one tooth for that scene.
  • In the scene where SpongeBob and Squidward were outside the Krusty Krab after getting fired, they were still wearing their work hats.

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