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"That Sinking Feeling" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick dig a tunnel between their houses, which annoys Squidward.



It is a beautiful day on Conch Street, where SpongeBob and Patrick are giggling and playing by running back and forth between their houses. Squidward finally opens up his blinds to look out of his window, and this annoys him because they are running in his yard the whole time. He finally loses his temper and walks outside to confront them. He stops SpongeBob and Patrick with two suction cups and screams at them about playing in his yard. SpongeBob explains to Squidward about doing so, and that they're using his yard as a walkway. Squidward now wants to make them choose which one of their yards to play in, and leave his yard out of the situation. Patrick thinks he's good at choosing, but can't decide which yard to play in that day, and finally lets Squidward choose.

He puts SpongeBob and Patrick in their own yards and draws a box around his to prevent SpongeBob or Patrick from going in it, and then goes inside his own house.

The two panic and think that they will never see each other again. SpongeBob tries to walk across the road, but the traffic is terrible, and just at that moment wants Patrick to do something. Patrick tries to squeeze himself into the mailbox in order to get to SpongeBob's house, but the mailbox breaks and explodes. SpongeBob wants Patrick to sit tight, ties himself to the mailbox, and slingshots himself over to Patrick, but it doesn't work. SpongeBob now has an idea and wants Patrick to see so they think to dig a tunnel underneath their houses.
Dig for your life!

They eventually meet up and start playing. Squidward can hear them playing, so he goes outside, but they are not in his yard. He looks in SpongeBob's and Patrick's houses, but they are not there either. He can't find them anywhere and eventually, this sends Squidward into a rage as he believes SpongeBob and Patrick have finally become ghosts, so he shouts "Where are they?!" and starts jumping up and down. This causes the roots underground to wiggle, and SpongeBob and Patrick think they are dancing, so they start doing so.

This sinks Squidward's house and he finally realizes that they've been underground the whole time, so he enters his house through the roof hatch. Squidward comes out of his house and makes SpongeBob and Patrick dig it back out while he relaxes, but Patrick accidentally breaks Squidward's window and SpongeBob accidentally lets all the dirt flood Squidward and himself out of the house. Squidward threatens SpongeBob and Patrick if they don't obey him and dig out his house by the count of 3, Squidward will turn them into chum.

SpongeBob and Patrick dig more, but when Squidward reaches 3, they start running away in panic from Squidward, digging more tunnels. As they are doing this, SpongeBob and Patrick sink all the buildings in Bikini Bottom, including their own houses, downtown, and even the Krusty Krab. Plankton then realizes that the Chum Bucket is the only restaurant in town, but it sinks too.

After a whole lot of digging, SpongeBob and Patrick come to a rock and a furious Squidward corners toward them. After he yells at them, all of Bikini Bottom sinks underground. Some time later, SpongeBob, Squidward, and the other Bikini Bottomites dig out Bikini Bottom.

The episode ends with SpongeBob saying "Another beautiful day under Bikini Bottom," and Squidward putting on a mining helmet and saying "I hate neighbors."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob, Patrick running back, forth between their houses]
  Unknown Track 33 - Squidward's angry
  Lite Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["We're not playing in your yard, Squidward."]
  Unsettled Menace - Phil Green ["SpongeBob!"/"Patrick!"]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero ["Patrick, what are we gonna do?"]
  Unsettled Menace - Phil Green ["I'll mail myself to your house!"]
  Sea Battle [#44] - John Fox ["Sit tight, Patrick!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick go back into their houses]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Slide Whistle Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick digging a tunnel between their houses]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward sleeping]
  Cartoon Sting 2 - "Peek-a-boo, I see you!"
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward goes back to sleep]
  Cartoon Sting 2 - Squidward woken up by SpongeBob and Patrick
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward gets angry]
  Unknown Track 57 - Squidward's yard empty/Patrick's house empty/SpongeBob's house empty.
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Gary on the roof]
  Down in Davy Jones' Locker - Nicolas Carr [Squidward stomping]
  Slide Whistle Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick stomping]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's house underground]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["It ate Squidward."]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer ["I knew you two reprobates were behind this."]
  Slide Whistle Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward chases SpongeBob, Patrick]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, boy!"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward goes back into his house]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["One!"]
  Unknown Track 63 - "It's counting! Anything but counting!"
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Two!"]
  Unknown Track 63 - "He's already at number two!"
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Three!"]
  Unknown Track 63 - SpongeBob and Patrick scream.
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick digging while being chased by Squidward]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Chum Bucket sinks underground]
  Scherzo Phrenia - Gregor F. Narholz ["Must dig!"]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [entire town sinks underground]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • As of August 19, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.2/10 based on 82 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 6/10 based on 6 votes.[2]


  • Squidward hates Gary, but he appears to be friendly to him in this episode since he greets him when he sees him. Gary also greets him back.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick wanted to be together, they could have gone behind Squidward's backyard instead of building a tunnel, as Squidward didn't draw a line in his backyard. It might be possible that Squidward did a line in his backyard off screen.
  • This is the second time Squidward threatens to kill SpongeBob. The first was "The Lost Mattress."
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are "trapped" by the boulder, they try to go through it, not around it.
  • The gelatin on Squidward's head melted as he became angry at Patrick's knock-knock joke.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick were trapped by the boulder and Squidward comes around the corner, it scared some younger viewers.
  • Running Gags: If SpongeBob and Patrick dug too much under a building, it sinks underground and Squidward growling.
  • The Brazilian name of this episode is "No Fundo do Poço" (In the Bottom of the Well). This phrase is also an expression to a person with a problem.
  • Plankton said that the Chum Bucket was the only restaurant in the city, when the Krusty Krab was buried, but Diner and Fancy! are restaurants located in Bikini Bottom.
  • When the Krusty Krab sinks, Plankton is happy, but then the Chum Bucket also sinks. This is opposite of the scene in "Slide Whistle Stooges," where Squidward destroyed the Chum Bucket with a truck, Mr. Krabs is happy, then Squidward also destroyed the Krusty Krab.
  • This episode premiered on Jeffery Tambor's 66th birthday.
  • This episode was nominated for an Emmy at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards for 'Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program.'

Cultural references

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the phrase "sinking feeling."
  • At one point, SpongeBob and Patrick dig a tunnel forming the words "Eat at Krusty Krab." This is a reference to a similar gag used in Warner Bros. cartoons where lights would form the words "Eat at Joe's."
  • When Squidward tries to keep his house from sinking, he does something similar to what WALL-E, the main character from the 2008 Disney-Pixar movie of the same name, did to stop the Axiom's holo-detector from closing.
  • The underground chase is a reference to the NES video game Dig Dug.


  • It would be nearly impossible for Squidward to hear SpongeBob and Patrick playing underground, as the earth would muffle out too much of the noise.
  • When Squidward draws the lines, they are perfectly visible. However, when Squidward comes out, they are missing.
  • Technically, Bikini Bottom has no need to get out of the ground, there are tunnels that lead to buildings.
  • When Squidward's house sinks into the ground, the "eyes" aren't visible, and the roof hatch is the only above-ground visible object; but later, when Bikini Bottom is underground, there is a large, skylight-like hole around the roof hatch area, the roof hatch is visible underground, and the "eyes" are visible.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are standing in front of the giant rock while Squidward is yelling at them, SpongeBob blinks his eyes but his corneas are still visible.
  • The roof hatch on top of Squidward doesn't appear at the end of the episode.
  • Squidward's house sank slowly. The rest of the buildings sank nearly instantly.


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