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The Paper

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The Paper
Season №: 1
Episode №: 16b
Airdate: February 14, 2000
Sister episode(s): "Valentine's Day"
Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
Doug Lawrence
Storyboard Artist(s): Jay Lender
Storyboard: Chuck Klein
Animation: Fred Miller
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Valentine's Day"
Next: "Arrgh!"
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"The Paper" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob plays with a bubble gum wrapper, and Squidward wants it.



Squidward throws a bubble gum wrapper on SpongeBob's lawn. When SpongeBob discovers it, he asks Squidward if he can keep it. Squidward, who spots the paper as a worthless and useless pile of junk, says yes. SpongeBob asks him several more times to make sure that he doesn't want it, and Squidward assures him that he has no use for the paper, and sarcastically makes him promise to never give it back.

SpongeBob uses his imagination to have fun and do amazing things with the paper, and Squidward becomes jealous and attempts to take it back. However, SpongeBob refuses to give it back, as he promised not to. Squidward desperately begs SpongeBob for the paper, and is not successful until he agrees to trade everything he owns, including his house and shirt. However, Squidward does not have fun with the paper, and realizes that it is indeed completely worthless. Patrick then comes along, takes the paper from Squidward, and throws away his gum in it. Squidward, who has now given up everything he owns for nothing and is standing there naked, asks "Anyone have any sunscreen?"




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [title card]
  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [opening]
  Mary Had a Little Lamb - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["How can anyone have fun with just a piece of paper?"]
  Mary Had a Little Lamb - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Marching to Honolulu - Kapono Beamer [Super Sponge]
  ? - The Blue Hawaiians [SpongeBob JunglePants]
  Big Ed's March - Sam Spence [box of army supplies]
  Latinia - The Langhorns [bullfight]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [impressions]
  ? [oral-gami]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["Hey, that little paper does seem like fun."]
  Honolulu March - Hans Haider [Squidward taking a bath]
  Fault Line - The Mel-Tones [Squidward's shell cart]
  Mary Had a Little Lamb - Brad Carow [playing clarinet]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward tries to take back the paper]
  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [flipbook]
  Orchestral Effect (f) - Dick Stephen Walter ["Pocket lint!"]
  Vibe Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Do I dare?"]
  Shark Alert (a) - David Farnon ["You are not going anywhere until we strike a deal!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Squidward giving SpongeBob all his stuff]
  Whisper from the Past - Gregor F. Narholz ["Squidward's shirt!"]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [Squidward takes the paper]
  ? [drum roll]
  Big Ed's March - Sam Spence ["Gentlemen, start your engines!"]
  ? - Brad Carow [Gary playing clarinet]
  Sailor's Waltz - Heinz Matschurat ["Wait! More impressions!"]
  Aloha - Dick Stephen Walter ["A worthless piece of paper!"]



  • As of October 30, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.2/10 based on 88 ratings by users.tt0707314 users give this episode a 9/10 based on 188 votes.[1]
  • In fan-voted SpongeBob SquarePants marathons, "The Paper" was ranked #46 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006 and #7 during The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash event on July 17–19, 2009.


  • Other than a few appearances of Gary, the Bikini Bottomites and Patrick's cameo in the end, this episode is all about SpongeBob and Squidward. Moreover, this is the first short that features anyone with more screentime than SpongeBob, that is, Squidward.
  • A Squidward dummy would reappear in the fourth season episode, "Squid Wood".
  • Things SpongeBob does with the paper include: playing paper paddle-ball, oral-gami (origami with his mouth), using it like a propeller, and playing it like an instrument.
  • The plot is similar to a Rugrats episode, "No More Cookies," where Angelica tells Tommy to promise not to give her any more cookies, due to her stomach ache, no matter if she begged, pleaded, or cried, but she still wants cookies no matter what. SpongeBob and Squidward do the same with the paper.
  • The science-related things Squidward mentions (erosion and mitosis) are on the cover of Boring Science Digest: erosion on the back, mitosis on the front under the title. Erosion is when water wears away rock and land; mitosis is when one cell splits into two.
  • This episode is rare to see on television as it's sister episode (Valentine's Day) both aired on Valentine's Day as Holiday Specials.
  • Clips of this episode were seen on Late Night with Conan O'Brian on Nov. 25th, 2006.
  • When SpongeBob plays the song Squidward played "the wrong notes" on, he claims to play in the key of "A Minor" when in fact, he actually plays in the key of G Major.
  • Squidward later stomps a Krabby Patty and his hat in Just One Bite and Squid on Strike in their respective episodes.
  • Doing impressions
  • A guy with a mustache
  • A pirate with an Eye patch
  • A regular guy with an eye patch
  • A guy with a piece of paper on his nose
  • A guy stomping the paper on the ground
  • This episode is like the Rugrats episode No More Cookies because Squidward and Angelica both tell their enemies no matter what, they don't want something they really turn out to want.
  • The list of origami that was made:
    • a swan
    • a snowflake
    • a paper doll
  • Here was the other uses:
    • a flip book of Squidward
    • a musical instrument to correct Squidward's music
    • a loincloth
    • a paper airplane armed with machine guns
    • a puppet
    • a helicopter
    • a parachute
    • a bullfighting cloth
    • a cape
    • a suck in and out trick
    • paper paddle-ball
    • SpongeBob rolled it on his head

Cultural References

  • When SpongeBob was playing the music on the piece of paper, it sounds like an advanced version of, "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
  • When SpongeBob's house moves to the paper, it's like in "Yellow Submarine" when John opens the door and the train comes rushing out.


  • SpongeBob makes wonderful music with the paper, but in Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost, he couldn't.
  • When the crowd laughs with SpongeBob, some people appear twice, 3 times, 4 times and Fred actually appeared times.
  • When the crowd is laughing at SpongeBob's joke, for some reason some people like Fred aren't laughing, but just waving back and forth.
  • For some unknown reason, whenever Squidward's house gets lifted, it is unknown why there are no water pipes bending or bursting.
  • When Squidward is trying to take the paper from SpongeBob but SpongeBob will not let go, Squidward appears a different color.
  • When Squidward first shuts the door it has a handle. Later it turns into a doorknob.


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