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The Inmates of Summer
Season №: 5
Episode №: 95a
Airdate: November 23, 2007
Sister episode(s): "To Save a Squirrel"
Guest(s): R. Lee Ermey as Prison Warden
Writer(s): Chris Reccardi
Aaron Springer
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Chris Reccardi
Aaron Springer
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob"
Next: "To Save a Squirrel"
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"The Inmates of Summer" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick are accidentally sent to a prison camp.



Inmates Of Summer 18
While waiting at the Bikini Bottom docks and shipyard, SpongeBob prepares for summer camp at Sun Fun Island. All of a sudden, Patrick comes running to SpongeBob mentioning to him that he never told Patrick that he was leaving. They both were crying and hugging each other as the other campers went to Sun Fun Island and the "Inferno Island" boat appears. SpongeBob planned Patrick to come to camp with him not knowing they are going to prison camp. SpongeBob did not know about the camp so well, he thought Sun Fun Island was boring.

The warden greeted the prisoners to Infernal Island, but got assaulted through the sound of cheering from SpongeBob and Patrick. The warden even got annoyed when SpongeBob whispered to Patrick that he felt like eating him (not literally). Patrick felt kind of hungry when the warden mentioned it and he gave SpongeBob and Patrick tires to eat. The warden and the others were assumed about both of them eating the tires. The warden had SpongeBob and Patrick digest the tires in a low, narrow hole with chum buried on top of them.

Three days later, the warden let SpongeBob and Patrick out of the hole, but they did not felt punished since they thought it was an enjoyable soap. The warden felt so ashamed that he made the activities very boring and difficult. Apparently, SpongeBob and Patrick thought that the "Coal Breaking" activity was fun and challenging even though they were wearing heavy ankle weights.

SpongeBob comes to the conclusion that Patrick and him are having more fun than the other prisoners. Patrick suggests that they do a fun activity altogether, then they would be having the same amount of fun as each other. This hatches an idea in SpongeBob's brain, so he works on a play all night. The warden finds the script and in the morning yells at the prisoners to find out which one of them wrote the paper. SpongeBob speaks out and says it was a play for "amusement and inspiration."

SpongeBob builds a boat for the play to take place in. One of the prisoners notices that they could use the boat to escape. After the play, the prisoners attempt to escape from the island, until they realize that the boat is just a prop and is not real, leading them to sink. The prisoners swim back to the island, and the warden is now furious. Suddenly, the Counselor of SpongeBob's camp comes to Infernal Island, to retrieve SpongeBob, who was absent from his camp. The prisoners, seeing their chance, all say that they are SpongeBob so they can be taken to Sun Fun Island. The warden asks the counselor what kind of activities they do at his "Sunny Funny island." The counselor says that they make macaroni art, sing campfire songs, and help and support each other. So, at the end, the inmates, prisoners, and SpongeBob and Patrick make macaroni art. Patrick confesses that he likes the other island better and so does SpongeBob. 



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Queen's Aloha Oe C - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [opening]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob! SpongeBob!"]
  Whisper from the Past - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick crying]
  Sun Fun Island - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [campers sing as they board the boat]
  Slave Caravan 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [prison boat appears]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob decides to bring Patrick with him to summer camp]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [transition to next scene]
  Goofy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["This stuff is just my carry-on."]
  Slave Caravan 2 - Gregor F. Narholz [boat leaves dock]
  Sun Fun Island - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [campers singing]
  Mounting the Scaffold 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [exterior of Inferno Island]
  Death March - Eric Allen ["Could that have been an unrequested sound off?"]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Holy fish paste!"]
  ? - "We got ourselves a couple of rabble-rousers!"
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (m) - Jeremy Wakefield ["The food coma is setting in."]
  Mounting the Scaffold 1 - Gregor F. Narholz ["Did you say a nap?!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob, Patrick smile]
  Beheading of the King - Laurie Johnson [the hole]
  The Horror Never Ends - Gregor F. Narholz [chum poured in]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [3 days later]
  ? ["All right, let 'em out."]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [SpongeBob and Patrick ate all the chum]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [prisoners coughing]
  Slave Caravan 2 - Gregor F. Narholz [breaking rocks]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer ["What's wrong, SpongeBob?"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Spongebob gets an idea]
  Worker's Symphony - Hans May [SpongeBob typing]
  Zelle 500 - Gerhard Trede ["Rise and shine!"]
  Dress Rehearsal - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob and Patrick building a boat]
  Slinky Panther Pants - W. Merrick Farran [prisoners plan to escape]
  Vaudeville Knees Up - Harry Bluestone [opening night]
  Together - Chris Reccardi, Tuck Tucker, Eban Schletter [prisoners sing this]
  Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [after the play]
  Dramatic Cue (g) - Ronald Hanmer [prisoners escape on the boat]
  Legends of the Silver Screen - Cedric King-Palmer [curtain comes back up]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [warden sees prisoners escaping]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [boat sinks]
  Circus Flourish A - Daniel Janin [SpongeBob and Patrick bow]
  Zelle 500 - "I'm stumped."
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [camp counselor arrives]
  Goofy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [counselor explains]
  Parting of the Clouds - "...and we help and support each other."
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["STOP!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [warden gets an idea]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • Summer
  • 3 Days Later
  • Opening Night
  • List of campers:
    • Mattie Mollusk (on Kraus' list)
    • Billy Belenny (on Kraus' list)
    • Percy Perch (on Kraus' list)
    • Tom Tarpon (on Kraus' list)
    • Lois Flatfish (on Kraus' list)
    • Monroe Timmy (waiting on dock)
    • 4 other campers
  • This episode was set to premiere with "The Two Faces of Squidward" but aired with "To Save a Squirrel" instead. Probably because both episodes are about camping.
  • R. Lee Ermey, the portrayer of the Warden, in fact used to be in the military, just like his character.
  • It does not make sense how the other campers did not react when they were holding the chum, but when Patrick breathed, they did react to it. It was probably because the chum did not really have a bad smell, but added to Partick's real breath makes it even worse.
  • The title card is similar to "Skill Crane," which is also similar to "Plankton's Regular."
  • This is the fourth time a real language is mentioned which was English. Italian was mentioned "Wormy" at first. The second time was "Christmas Who?" where Portuguese was mentioned. And the third time was in "New Student Starfish" where Spanish was mentioned.
  • Ironically, it took many days for the Sun-N-Fun Island councilors to notice that SpongeBob was missing. Maybe it's because he did notice immediately, but it just took a while to find them.

Cultural references

  • The episode's title is a reference to Don Henley's song "The Boys of Summer or the Inmates of Alcatraz."
  • The Warden is a parody of Gunnery Sargent Hartman from the classic Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket.
  • The Warden is voiced by R. Lee Ermey, the same actor who played Gunnery Sargent Hartman in Full Metal Jacket (Ermey's portrait of Hartman has been parodied in popular culture).
  • The guitar Patrick is seen playing resembles a Paul Gibson Flying "V."
  • Infernal Island is based off Alcatraz.
  • The Warden is similar to the Warden in the novel and it's movie adaptation Holes.
  • The plot is similar to the Animaniacs episode "Boot Camping" where the Warners mistake a basic training camp for Summer Camp.


  • SpongeBob's paint brush was lime green, but there was no green on the boat.
  • The quarter that SpongeBob tipped, the Warden fell on the ground. Then, when the Warden threw the coffin into the water, it was missing.
  • In some recent airings of this episode, it skips the title card and goes to the opening credits.

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