"Squirrel Jokes" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob tells squirrel jokes, offending Sandy.
The Krusty Krab has begun a nightly event called the "Komedy Krab," featuring some of Bikini Bottom's best comedians. SpongeBob's chance to take the stage arrives, but his planned job-centered routine, featuring weak jokes about mundane topics such as salt, tomatoes and forks, does not go over well. As the hecklers jeer, SpongeBob tries to make a witty observation, anything to get a laugh. He notices Sandy's buck teeth and starts joking about them, which earns chuckles from the audience. SpongeBob begins telling more "squirrel jokes" about how smelly and stupid squirrels supposedly are. The entire crowd roars with laughter, all except Sandy. After his act, Sandy confronts SpongeBob backstage and tells him that his jokes are hurtful, but he insists that it's just an act and assures her that "Everyone knows you're the smartest creature in Bikini Bottom."
The next day, it turns out that everyone has taken the jokes to heart and either avoids or ridicules Sandy. She talks with SpongeBob again on the next night of the Komedy Krab, explaining how the jokes are affecting her public image and asking him to use some of his other jokes instead. Fearing his original jokes won't cut the mustard, SpongeBob gives it a shot anyway, but to no avail: the crowd wants squirrel jokes. SpongeBob quietly leaves the stage, seemingly for good. In the next moment, he bursts back on stage with fake buck teeth and a stereotypical Southern accent, resuming the squirrel jokes with aplomb.
After the performance, SpongeBob finds a note from Sandy, stating that she has finally realized how funny his jokes are and to come to her treedome to celebrate. When he visits her, however, Sandy looks and acts exactly as his jokes make her out to be: an idiotic, clueless yokel. Sandy has SpongeBob literally glued to his seat so he wouldn't fall off and removes his water helmet to serve as a vase for the flowers. When SpongeBob starts to dehydrate, he begs for water, so Sandy pops a hose in his mouth to fill him up. Only after SpongeBob has expanded to fill every inch of the treedome does he promise to quit telling squirrel jokes.
At the following Komedy Krab event, SpongeBob tells a single, toned-down squirrel joke. He then springboards into making fun of everyone else, including sponges, fish and crabs. The crowd jovially laughs at themselves. SpongeBob and Sandy give each other thumbs up, affirming their restored friendship, as SpongeBob jokes the night away as he prepares to joke about Starfish ending the episode.
‣ Andy Anorak
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
- Chris Marshall [title card]
‣ Harry's Back - Hans Ehrlinger ["Welcome to The Komedy Krab!"]
‣ Speaking Guitar - Gerhard Narholz [Dougie Williams]
‣ Stand Up Comic (b) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [rimshot]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [closeup of Sandy's teeth]
‣ Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall [SpongeBob telling squirrel jokes]
‣ Harry's Back - Hans Ehrlinger ["That was fantastic, boy!"]
‣ Stand Up Comic (c) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob laughs]
‣ Gay Dog - Frank Chacksfield [Sandy shopping]
‣ Quick Lunch - Heinz Ebert [Sandy talking to SpongeBob backstage]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Other jokes?"]
‣ Stand Up Comic (d) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [bronze fish]
‣ Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [SpongeBob's nervous]
‣ Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall ["Howdy, y'all!"]
‣ Next Please - Otto Sieben ["I want to give a special thanks to my friend Sandy."]
‣ Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob visits Sandy]
‣ Hillbilly Haydown - Chris Marshall, Roderick Matthews ["Well, howdy!"]
‣ Harry's Back - Hans Ehrlinger [SpongeBob comes on stage]
‣ Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall [SpongeBob telling jokes about everyone else]
‣ Next Please - Otto Sieben [ending]
- This episode is ranked eighteenth in Tom Kenny's Top 20 on iTunes. His description says:
"I started out as a stand up comedian, so it was fun to perform as the kind of schlockmeister I strove not to be. Stand ups are always fighting between doing more original material or repeating what works. SpongeBob goes for the pander, without thinking about the feelings of the person disparaged by his material."
- As of August 11, 2015, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.6/10 based on 196 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.5/10 based on 152 votes.
- "Squirrel Jokes" was ranked #86 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- The background of the title card is a reference to the real-life comedy bar Improv. The brick wall appears behind the stage of a comedy.
- The title card design is nearly identical to that of "Funny Pants."
- This is the last episode produced in the 20th century, and is also the last episode produced in 2000, which is the year concluding the 20th century.
- This episode has become notable for its surprisingly unvarnished message against racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes, with squirrels serving as an expy for blondes, minorities, and/or women. This also makes SpongeBob SquarePants the only Nicktoon to have an episode to discuss these topics (if not, the only Nickelodeon show to discuss this).
- This is Leonard Robinson's only episode as an animation director.
- When SpongeBob wears his Komedy Krab outfit, he looks like his uncle, Sherm SquarePants.
- In honor of SpongeBob's 10th anniversary in the summer of 2009, SpongeBob's goldfish joke was used as the Comedy Central Joke of the Day on July 17, 2009, the day that The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash took place.
- This episode marks the second time the Krusty Krab has put on a show. The first is in "Culture Shock."
- This episode marks the second time a live-action bug is seen. The first is in "Wormy."
- This episode marks the second time SpongeBob brings Sandy flowers and dries up in the treedome. The first time is in "Tea at the Treedome."
- This episode marks the third time SpongeBob is seen not seen wearing a water helmet in Sandy's treedome. The first is in "Tea at the Treedome" and the second is in "Survival of the Idiots."
- However, he does not need one in this episode, once Sandy fills him up with water.
- This episode marks one of the few times that SpongeBob's belt buckle is shown.
- SpongeBob mentions fleas the first time he makes jokes about squirrels. This means that this episode takes place after "A Flea in Her Dome" because in that episode, he and Patrick learn what fleas are.
- This is the fifth episode to feature the Krusty Krab without Squidward.
- It is likely SpongeBob's jokes about starfish will upset Patrick like it did Sandy.
- Mr. Krabs admits his cheap nature in this episode.
- Dougie Williams has a similar hairstyle to that of Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons.
- This episode's parody of The Muppet Show.
- The jokes SpongeBob tells are similar to how comedian Richard Pryor would make jokes about other races (including his own).
- In the Krusty Krab, there is no door.
- During one of the close-up shots of the audience, Harold and Shubie switch seats.
- The closed-captions incorrectly spell "Dougie Williams" as "Doogie Williams," replacing the 'u' with an extra 'o'.
- When SpongeBob says, "Um...noxious gas?," his white shirt is gone.
- When Sandy is in the grocery store and the three fish start making fun of her, Lloyd's lips flicker orange for one frame.
- Around the middle of the episode, SpongeBob drops his microphone onstage and goes behind the curtain, but when he goes through the curtain again, the microphone disappears.
- Bubbles can be seen when Sandy pushes SpongeBob onto the log with glue. This is an error since there is no water in Sandy's treedome.
- When SpongeBob talks about crabs in his stand-up, Mr. Krabs is missing his legs.
- When Harold complains to SpongeBob for his terrible jokes, he is a different fish when the entire audience is shown. You can even see Harold on a different seat when the audience is shown.
- SpongeBob says he has no bones. However, episodes such as "Squid on Strike," "Prehibernation Week," "Roller Cowards," "The Splinter," and "Shell of a Man" prove otherwise.
- Sandy and Patrick sit at the same table throughout SpongeBob's act. However, the image behind them alternates between a window and a wall between different shots throughout the episode.
- SpongeBob's name is incorrectly spelled as Spongebob on the letter Sandy wrote to him.
- In Indonesia, when this episode initially aired, SpongeBob says, "Because, they're so darn stupid!" But later, he says, "Because, they're so darn ugly!" It's probably because in Indonesia the words "stupid" and/or "moron" are censored.
- On the YTV airings of this episode, the title card isn't shown.
- One of the fish in the back of the audience changes voices throughout SpongeBob's first act. He has an American accent for his first quote, "Oh, brother, this guy stinks!" but has an Australian accent when saying, "Why?" It's possible that they were two completely different fish.
- When Harold says "No, your act!" his shirt is missing.