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Squidville
General
Season №: 2
Episode №: 26b
Airdate: March 6, 2001
Sister episode(s): "Grandma's Kisses"
Credits
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
C.H. Greenblatt
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Edgar Larrazabal
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Chronology
Previous: "Grandma's Kisses"
Next: "Prehibernation Week"
List of episodes

"Squidville" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward moves to Tentacle Acres.

Characters

Synopsis

SpongeBob and Patrick get their new reef blowers and then start blowing and sucking things up with them, eventually sucking up Squidward's windows and door. When Squidward demands them to give the windows and door back, they shoot them at Squidward's house, destroying it. 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 an commercial for "Tentacle Acres", a private community created exclusively for octopuses and ironically the guy advertising says the exact same thing's Squidward said only as questions. As Squidward watches, Patrick changes the screen to static, saying he "hates 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 was no possible way he was returning home, being among his own kind.

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
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"canned bread". He then sees a 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) to night. 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 to 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 felt 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 was not to be (it seems that at this point, Squidward was hoping to see someone not of his species, even if it had to be the person he hated). The squid then leaves the reef blower unattended , with a sign that said "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 squids, with SpongeBob saying that "Any one of these Squidwards could be the real 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!"

Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [title card]
  Leaf Blower - 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]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward bumps into someone]
  Life of Luxury - Kurt Schick ["This place is better than I expected!"]
  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]
  ? - Brad Carow [clarinet trio]
  Happy-Go-Lively - Laurie Johnson [Squidward going through the same routine every day]
  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]
  Leaf Blower - The Blue Hawaiians ["Tag, you're it!"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [apology cake]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer ["Fried oyster skins?!"]
  Chase Cue 2 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [angry mob chasing Squidward]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [list of complaints]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]

Release

This episode is available on DVD on Tide and SeekThe Complete 2nd Season and The First 100 Episodes.

Trivia

  • Based on the montage which shows Squidward doing the same things every day and gradually becoming tired of it, Squidward spent a total of fourteen days at Tentacle Acres.
  • 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).
  • This is the second episode to feature a reef blower, the first being "Reef Blower".
  • 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 Her Leg", where Stu is making chocolate pudding for Angelica at 4:00 a.m., another YouTube phenomenon.
  • 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.
  • "Stay Back, I've got Garden Tools", has become a popular line of Squidward.
  • Irony: When Squidward plays with the reef blower, the people repeat his exact responses to SpongeBob and Patrick when they played with reef blowers.
  • On the popular website "TV Tropes", 2 pictures from this episode are shown on the page "Boredom Montage".
  • The season 2 DVD box set calls this episode "Squidsville".
  • Tentacle Acres again appeared in the PC version of Lights, Camera, Pants!
  • When Squidward is at the dancing academy, you can see an octopus there that looks like Squilliam since he has a unibrow.
  • As it was made apparant 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 money saved up.
  • When Squidward is at the IDA, note the person next to him with a unibrow. It changes from orange to yellow. Then during the montage orange is the color.
  • All of the squids are the same in many ways. they all have a nasaly laugh and play the clarinet. However, in "Cephalopod Lodge", they are many different shapes, colors, and sizes.
  • When Squidward went into the dance center two octopi over there was one that looked like him except no headband.
  • 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 you can see "Rough Draft Korea" at the bottom of the screen. This error was done by the animation crew in Korea, where they color the episode.
  • Squidward's daily activities in Tentacle Acres:
    • Bicycling.
    • Buying canned bread.
    • Dancing.
    • Playing clarinet, with other octopi.
  • The female squid with the pink shirt and black hair closely resembles Squilvia who appears in a later episode Love That Squid.

Errors

  • On the first day at Tentacle Acres, when Squidward joins the clarinet trio, when the camera zooms out, Squidward's shirt becomes white for a moment.
  • From a certain angle, there are no numbers on the doors of Squidward's neighbors. From other angles, there are numbers on the doors.
  • Squidward parks his bike in front of the "Full of Health" store, but when he exits the store, it is gone.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick sucked in four pieces of Squidward's house, but 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, but when we see SpongeBob and Patrick, they are nowhere near the side of his house.
  • When the parts of Squidward's house hit his house, SpongeBob and Patrick's houses are nowhere to be seen.
  • When SpongeBob is talking on the phone before Squidward says he isn't moving back, the lines for sound are coming out of the wrong end of the phone.

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