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The Secret Box
Season №: 2
Episode №: 35a
Airdate: September 7, 2001
Sister episode(s): Band Geeks
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
William Reiss
Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
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The Secret Box is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob wants to see what is inside Patrick's secret box.



SpongeBob is running towards Patrick's house, ready to go jellyfishing. Patrick says he'll go with him, but must put away his "secret box" first. SpongeBob asks him what's inside the box, but Patrick refuses to let SpongeBob see. Despite repeated attempts, SpongeBob is unable to get Patrick into opening the box, even after he tempts Patrick with secrets of his own.

That night, SpongeBob sneaks into Patrick's house and tries to sneak a peek while Patrick sleeps. However, due to the noise SpongeBob makes, Patrick wakes up and catches him in the act. He is shocked, and declares their friendship to be over. But, Patrick ultimately forgives him and opens the box. Inside, there is just a piece of string ("A secret string!" as Patrick describes it). SpongeBob comments on how he "should've known", but when he leaves, Patrick reveals to the audience the real secret; when he pulls the string, a secret compartment opens in the box, and there is an embarrassing picture of Spongebob the audience didn't see.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [title card]
  Film Fanfare (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [Patrick appears]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Secret box?"]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr ["Hands off, Peeping Bob."]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob telling Patrick all his secrets]
  Enigma Vibe 2 - Nicolas Carr [spilled milk]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob's "secret stuff"]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick looking inside his secret box]
  ? [drum roll]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland ["Nobody must know the mystery of the box!"]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["Not even... Squidward's house!"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [shot of Best Friends Forever ring]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini ["I feel so filthy."]
  Ulkereien - Gerhard Trede ["After all, this is a pretty great secret."]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob worried about what's in the box]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell ["How do you look into a secret box?"]
  Kommissar X - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob sneaks into Patrick's house]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob trying not to make noise]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland [Patrick wakes up]
  ? ["It's the Best Friends Forever, Best Friends Forever ring!"]
  Mama E - George de Fretes ["How could you do this?!"]
  Revelation - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob looks inside the box]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [secret string]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham [Patrick laughing]
  Jingle Bells - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




After Christmas Who?
  • It is revealed that SpongeBob and Patrick's symbol of friendship is a ring that sings, "It's the best friends forever, best friends forever, ring!". When a button is pressed, it has dancing figures of SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Running Gag: Every time SpongeBob steps on or bounces onto Patrick's house floor, it causes a loud noise.
  • A lot of scenes from this episode have been used on YouTube.
  • This is the first episode to use a real image as part of the title card instead of a drawn one. This is the same for Idiot Box.
  • Squidward's house was missing near the end of the episode. This also occurs in InSPONGEiac.
  • This episode revealed that SpongeBob and Patrick had been friends since they were babies.
  • The design of Old SpongeBob seen in SpongeBob's fantasy of Patrick and himself being old was used again in Goo Goo Gas.
  • This episode's basic plot lines bares a striking resemblance to the 'Dharma and Greg' episode "The box" which aired just eight months before.
  • This is one of the biggest appearances of Patrick's House.
  • In Polish version, this episode called Super tajne pudełko which means The Super Secret Box.

Cultural References

  • Patrick says "Hands off, peeping Bob!", a reference to the phrase "peeping Tom".
  • When Patrick mistakes SpongeBob for the Clam-burglar, it is possibly a reference to a McDonald's character, the Hamburglar.


  • In the scene when SpongeBob is sneaking to Patrick's house at night, Squidward's house is missing. This error also happened in InSPONGEiac.
  • The potato chip on the floor that SpongeBob stepped on is in one scene, but in another scene, it is missing.
  • In this episode, SpongeBob is drawn as a lighter shade of yellow.
  • When Patrick says, "And to think we joined the 'Best Friends Forever' club?!" his purple eyelids disappear.
  • When SpongeBob gathers the "secret" stuff, he goes towards Patrick's House not his own.

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