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Episode Information [edit]
Season №: 2
Episode №: 26b
Airdate: March 6, 2001
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Grandma's Kisses"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
C.H. Greenblatt
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Edgar Larrazábal
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Grandma's Kisses"
Next: "Prehibernation Week"
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"Squidville" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward moves to Tentacle Acres.



SpongeBob and Patrick get their new reef blowers in their packages and then start blowing and sucking things up with them. Eventually, they start sucking up Squidward's windows and door, trapping Squidward himself inside. When Squidward digs his way out and demands them to give his windows and door back, they shoot them at Squidward's house, destroying it in the process. Squidward tells SpongeBob and Patrick that "This is the final straw. I am going to move so far away that I will be able to brag about it. I would rather tear out my brain stem, carry it to the middle of the nearest four-way intersection, and skip rope with it than go on living where I do now." Just then, his TV falls beside him amidst the rubble of his house, playing a commercial for "Tentacle Acres," a private community created exclusively for octopuses, and, ironically, the guy advertising says exactly the same things Squidward said, only as questions. As Squidward watches, Patrick changes the screen to static, saying "I hate this channel." Squidward moves there, where he finds that the residents all look, sound and act similar to him, even living in houses identical to his, much to his delight, not even eyeing a rock or pineapple in sight. Before Squidward can go to sleep, eager to start his new life afresh, SpongeBob and Patrick call Squidward in an attempt to get him to return home, but Squidward refuses, and he therefore, abruptly hangs up on them after saying that there is no possible way he is returning home, being among his own kind.


Squidward riding on a bicycle with other similar octopi.

Squidward begins his first day at Tentacle Acres by going biking and finds that all the other octopi are riding their bikes as well. He then goes grocery shopping, and is impressed by the local food market, which even carries "canned bread." He then sees an Interpretive Dance Academy, where he dances in a group with others who share his style of dancing. At the end of the day, he sees a clarinet-playing trio performing in the park, which he joins. On Squidward's second day at Tentacle Acres, he rinses-lathers-and-repeats the process, he did on the first day around. However, as the days succeed another, Squidward keeps performing the same routine from morning (starting from bike riding to canned bread purchases, to the dance academy lessons, to the clarinet trio) tonight. Again and again, Squidward keeps repeating the same process, and because there's nothing new about it, the smile he once had begins to lose its shape and Squidward starts to get too used to doing what he does every day. As the days continue, Squidward is starting to look horribly bored with his ideal life and eventually, that boredom leads to depression. Finally, Squidward realizes one day, while playing with the trio, that his dream life wasn't everything he had hoped it to be, and Squidward stops playing before he finishes. Squidward feels much worse off than he did when he left SpongeBob and Patrick.

While sitting on a park bench, lamenting this, Squidward hears a reef blower, hoping SpongeBob is there, but is crushed when Squidward finds out that is not (it seems that at this point, Squidward is hoping to see someone not of his species, even if it has to be the person he hates). The octopus then leaves the reef blower unattended, with a sign that says "Back whenever" and Squidward starts playing with it (in the same manner that SpongeBob and Patrick did in the beginning of the episode), irritating and scaring his neighbors out of their wits in the process. They eventually become fed up with his behavior, and form an angry mob and chase him as they are now on the warpath against Squidward. Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Patrick come to Tentacle Acres to apologize to Squidward and try to force him to return home. The surveillance guards tell them that their kind isn't welcome here and refuses to open the gate for them. However, Patrick's bad breath travels through the intercom into the room where the guards are, knocking them out and causing them to fall over onto the button that opens the gate. They enter the village, and see Squidward cornered by the angry mob, who show him "A well thought-out and organized list of complaints," and are demanding him to leave, and Squidward agrees. SpongeBob and Patrick are unable to identify him among the crowd of near-identical octopi, with SpongeBob saying that "Any one of these Squidward's could be the real Squidward!" Patrick even asks a fire hydrant if he's Squidward. Squidward then uses the reef blower to launch himself out of the village, and SpongeBob says "Well, we know one thing: it sure isn't that guy!"



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [title card]
  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians [playing with reef blowers]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward says he's moving away]
  More Details - Gerhard Trede [Tentacle Acres commercial]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward at the gate]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick [gate opens]
  Kleine Nachtmusik, Allegro Eine - Paul Gaechter, Wolfgang Mozart [marzipan truck]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward bumps into someone]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["This place is better than I expected!"]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick [Squidward goes to his new house.]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [SpongeBob on the phone]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [the next morning]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick [Squidward riding his bike]
  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [food shopping]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Canned bread!"]
  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [Interpretative dance.]
  ? - Brad Carow [clarinet trio]
  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [Squidward going through the same routine every day]
  ? - Brad Carow [clarinet trio]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward in the park]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Squidward playing with a reef blower]
  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians ["Tag, you're it!"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [apology cake]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer ["Fried oyster skins?!"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [angry mob chasing Squidward]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [list of complaints]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • As of February 13, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 302 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.7/10 based on 155 votes.[2]


  • "Stay back, I've got garden tools!" has become a popular line of Squidward.
  • On the popular website "TV Tropes," two pictures from this episode are shown on the page "Boredom Montage."
  • The guard asking about sponges and starfish may be inspired by the events of "Opposite Day." SpongeBob and Patrick ruined Squidward's chance to sell his home by driving the realtor crazy with their antics. The realtor very likely might have shared her horror story, thus making everyone wary about living next door to sponges or starfish.
  • Tentacle Acres appears again in the PC version of Lights, Camera, Pants!
  • Based on the montage which shows Squidward doing the same things every day and gradually becoming tired of it, Squidward spent a total of 14 days (2 weeks) at Tentacle Acres.
  • All of the octopi are the same in many ways. They all have a nasal laugh and play the clarinet. However, in "Cephalopod Lodge" and "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom," they are many different shapes, colors, and sizes.
  • When Squidward is at the Interpretive Dance Academy, one can see an octopus there that looks like Squilliam Fancyson since he has a unibrow. However, the actual Squilliam didn't officially make his debut until the later episode "Band Geeks."
  • When Squidward went into the dance academy, two octopi over there was one that looked like him except no headband.
  • When Squidward is at the I.D.A. (interpretive dance academy), note the person next to him with a unibrow. It changes from orange to yellow. Then during the montage orange is the color.
  • As it was made apparent that Squidward hadn't left Tentacle Acres or seen SpongeBob since he moved in, it could be presumed that Squidward quit his job at the Krusty Krab. It was never made clear. However, how he could afford to live there and buy food with no source of income, unless he had lots of money saved up.
  • Squidward's daily activities in Tentacle Acres:
    • Bicycling.
    • Buying canned bread.
    • Dancing.
    • Playing clarinet, with other octopi.
  • In this episode, the distance between SpongeBob's, Squidward's, and Patrick's houses are further apart than usual.
  • This is the second episode to feature a reef blower. The first was "Reef Blower."
  • Irony: When Squidward plays with the reef blower, the people repeat his exact responses to SpongeBob and Patrick when they played with reef blowers.
Rough Draft Korea in Squidville

Rough Draft Korea?

  • The female octopus with the pink shirt and black hair closely resembles Squilvia, who appears in a later episode, "Love That Squid."
  • After Squidward says, "Yeah! It's even better in a group!" and before he says, "This town is perfect," a bubble transition is shown. For a brief second, "Rough Draft Korea" appears at the bottom of the screen. This error was done by Korea's Animation crew, where they color the episode. Also, it mentions a date.
  • This episode premiered on Eddie Deezen's 44th birthday.

Cultural references

  • Canned Bread actually exists as a Japanese product called "Pan Desuyo!" ("This is a bread!") (and in other countries). It is a real product in the US too; though in modern days, it is not as popular as it was to previous generations (The joke is that Squidward is old/boring).
  • The television series named "Small Ville" could have been inspired by the name of this episode, "Squid'm Ville."
  • The part where Squidward was watching the commercial and Patrick changed it became a popular phenomenon on YouTube called "Patrick hates *random show, movie or video clip*" This is where a random clip from a TV show, movie, or a popular YouTube video is placed onto the TV that Squidward was watching and then Patrick changes it to static saying "I hate this channel" and the video ends. An example of the show that is placed on the TV is the scene from the Rugrats episode "Angelica Breaks a Leg," where Stu is making chocolate pudding for Angelica at 4:00& a.m., another YouTube phenomenon.
  • "Fried Oyster Skins," as mentioned by SpongeBob and Patrick, could be the underwater version of "fried onion skins," since they both cause smelly breath and because they both seem to be pretty edible food.
Shower In A Can!
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Squidward's houses ears disappear

  • From a certain angle, there are no numbers on the doors of Squidward's neighbors. From other angles, there are numbers on the doors.
  • On the first day at Tentacle Acres, when Squidward joins the clarinet trio and the camera zooms out, Squidward's shirt becomes white instead of orange.
  • Squidward parks his bike in front of Full of Health store when he exits the store, it was gone.
    Full of Health

    Notice that there are houses facing towards Full of Health. They also appear to be on a different street.


    As Squidward is leaving Full of Health, there are houses next to the store. They appear to be on the same street as well.

  • When Squidward enters Full of Health, there are houses that are far from the store, and on a different street. But when Squidward leaves the store, the houses appear to be much closer and on the same street as Full of Health. Also, there are houses behind the houses that are on the street.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick sucked in four pieces of Squidward's house when they shoot them back out, six pieces are shown flying through the air.
  • Squidward's door was sucked to the side of his house when we see SpongeBob and Patrick, they were nowhere near the side of his house.
  • When SpongeBob talks on the phone before Squidward says he isn't moving back, the lines for sound are coming out of the wrong end.
  • When the parts of Squidward's house hit his house, SpongeBob, and Patrick's houses are missing.
  • Unless Tentacle Acres had a security camera installed while Squidward was in Tentacle Acres, there is no reason that the guard should have asked Squidward the questions he did when Squidward arrived because he should have seen that Squidward was an octopus and alone.
  • It is unknown how SpongeBob could have gotten Squidward's phone number, especially on his first day in Tentacle Acres.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick suck the parts of Squidward's house into their reef blowers, they do not suck the house's "ears," but when they are about to return the parts, the ears are missing. One possible reason for this is that the episode initially was going to add the part about sucking up the ears of Squidward's house, but was cut due to episode length.





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