"Squidville" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward moves to Tentacle Acres.
SpongeBob and Patrick receive new reef blowers in the mail and begin blowing and sucking things up with them. Eventually, they suck up Squidward's windows and door, trapping Squidward inside. Squidward tunnels his way out and demands they put his door and windows back. In SpongeBob and Patrick's attempt to do so, the reef blowers shoot them out with such force that Squidward's house is completely destroyed. As the debris falls, Squidward tells them that this is the final straw and that he refuses to live next to them anymore. Just then, his TV lands amidst the rubble and turns on, playing a commercial for Tentacle Acres, a private community created exclusively for folks as desperate to move as he is.
Squidward arrives at the front gate, and after an interview over the intercom where he confirms he is neither a sponge nor a starfish, he is allowed to enter. To his delight, he finds that the residents all look, sound and act similar to him, even living in houses identical to his prior home. Before Squidward can go to sleep, eager to start his new life, SpongeBob and Patrick call in an attempt to get him to come back. Squidward refuses, saying that there is no possible way he is passing up the chance of being among his own kind.
Squidward begins his first day at Tentacle Acres by going biking and finds that all the other residents 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 next spies an Interpretive Dance Academy, where he joins the group in synchronized interpretive dance. At the end of the day, he sees a clarinet-playing trio performing in the park, which he makes a quartet. Squidward's second day at Tentacle Acres is just like the first, a fact he enjoys immensely. However, as the days go by, each one exactly the same as the last, Squidward slowly loses enthusiasm for the endless routine. Finally, Squidward realizes one day, while once again performing with his fellow clarinet players, that his dream life wasn't everything he had hoped it to be, and so leaves in the middle of the song.
While sitting on a park bench, lamenting his attainment of "too much paradise," Squidward hears a reef blower. For a split second he thinks it's SpongeBob, but then sees that it's only a park worker. The worker leaves the reef blower unattended and Squidward is slowly tempted to start playing with it, 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 to chase him down.
Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Patrick come to Tentacle Acres to apologize to Squidward and try to convince him to return home. The surveillance guards tell them that their kind isn't welcome and refuse to open the gate for them. However, Patrick's bad breath travels through the
intercom into the security room, knocking the guards out and causing them to fall over onto the button that opens the gate. They enter the village and come across the angry mob cornering Squidward, but are unable to identify Squidward among the crowd of near-identical residents. The mob presents to Squidward a "well thought-out and organized list of complaints," demanding him to leave, and Squidward wholeheartedly agrees. As SpongeBob and Patrick continue their search, Squidward uses the reef blower to launch himself out of the village yelling "Freedom!". SpongeBob concludes, "Well, we know one thing: it sure isn't that guy!"
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
- 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. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 155 votes.
- "Stay back, I've got garden tools!" has become a popular line that Squidward has said.
- 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.
- Based on the montage of Squidward's monotonous day-to-day activities, he spent a total of 14 days (two weeks) at Tentacle Acres.
- All of the octopuses 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 who looks like Squilliam Fancyson since he has a unibrow. However, Squilliam did not officially make his debut until the episode "Band Geeks."
- When Squidward went into the dance academy, two octopuses looked like him without the 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:
- Buying canned bread
- Playing clarinet, with other octopuses
- 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.
- 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 made by Korea's Animation crew, where they color the episode. Also, it mentions a date.
- In Croatian dub, in scene where SpongeBob and Patrick are talking nonsense, those "nonsense" are actually accelerated voices of SpongeBob's and Patrick's voice actors, Ronald Žlabur and Luka Peroš.
- They are actually saying: SpongeBob: "Joj Markec naš kak mi fališ Markec daj se vrati doma... (Oh Squidward you really miss, you don't know how I miss you, come home" [Squidward talking]... "Joj Markec daj dođi doma, daj lepo te molim... (Oh Squidward come home pretty please)" [Squidward hangs up the phone] Patrick: "Onda Spužva Bob jesi li mu rekao da se vrati? (So SpongeBob did you tell him to come home?)" SpongeBob: Pa rekel sam mu, pa rekel sam mu, al kad neće slušat. (I told him, I told him, but he's not listening)"
- Patrick's line "I hate this channel "has been a popular meme on YouTube. The videos usually say "Patrick hates (insert name here)" where they show other scenes.
- This is the first episode in which "Sponge Monger" and "Comic Walk" play.
- The doorman asks "Are you now or have you ever been a sponge?", in a parody of a common question asked by notorious senator Joseph McCarthy, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"
- 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 part where Squidward is watching the commercial and Patrick changes it became a popular phenomenon on YouTube called "Patrick hates (random show, movie, or video clip)." This is where a clip from a TV show, movie, or popular YouTube video is placed onto the TV that Squidward is 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 could be the underwater version of "fried onion skins," since they both cause smelly breath and they both seem to be marginally edible food.
- The plot of this episode is similar to the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dee Dee and the Man," where Dexter is annoyed by Dee Dee and decides he doesn't want her in his life anymore. After a few days, Dexter gets bored and starts missing his sister (like Squidward did SpongeBob) and wants Dee Dee in his life again.
- The title of the episode could be a reference to the television series, Smallville, which at the time was an upcoming show.
- The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick are speaking gibberish while speaking to Squidward on the phone is supposedly said to be a reference to how many cartoon characters sound like they're speaking total gibberish on the phone. Ironically, some characters on SpongeBob even do this at times.
- 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.
- 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.
- When Squidward is at the 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.
- SpongeBob and Patrick suck 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 didn't have 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.
- 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.
- When Squidward and the mob pass SpongeBob and Patrick, there are no numbers on the doors of the houses.
- In the Tentacle Acres, Squidward plays clarinet with his mouth open, which is impossible.