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The Thing
Season №: 4
Episode №: 76a
Airdate: January 15, 2007 (USA)
April 18, 2007 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Hocus Pocus"
Writer(s): Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Steven Banks
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Technical: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "That's No Lady"
Next: "Hocus Pocus"
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"The Thing" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick think Squidward is an animal, and call him Smelly.



Squidward Tentacles notices that the neighborhood is unusually quiet, and proposes that SpongeBob is gone for the evening. Back in his house, Squidward tries to relax and watch some smooth jazz on public television, only to be distracted by SpongeBob and Patrick, who emphasize that they are trying to 'enhance' Squidward's evening. Eventually, Squidward lets SpongeBob and Patrick watch with him, only to be bombarded with questions. At last, Squidward is fed up, and leaves Patrick and SpongeBob watching his television.

Departing the neighborhood on his recumber bicycle, Squidward is hit by a truck of cement and flies off into Jellyfish Fields, where he stays for five days. SpongeBob and Patrick are jellyfishing where they spot him, and decide to adopt Squidward, who they think is a wild animal and refer to as 'Smelly.'

Back at SpongeBob's pineapple house, Gary attacks Squidward and SpongeBob determines that it is dangerous for Smelly to remain in his household. Patrick decides to take Squidward under his wing, and plays a game of catch with him at his rock, but ends up calling Animal Control, who come and take Smelly to the zoo. There, SpongeBob is horrified that everyone is treating Smelly so cruelly, so that night, SpongeBob and Patrick break into the zoo and plan to free Squidward. However, they are caught by Animal Control and SpongeBob and Patrick only manage to lose them by going underground.

After a while, Patrick sees the light and the gang find themselves in a jungle-like landscape. SpongeBob remarks that the creatures around them look just like Smelly, so they leave Smelly with his real family and return home. The creatures accept Squidward as one of their kind, and as Kelpy G starts playing his clarinet, Squidward's cement cracks open and he simply says to the creatures, "Um...hi."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["It's too quiet."]
  Dingle's Regatta - Brian Peters ["Could it be?"]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Squidward yells at SpongeBob and Patrick]
  Squiddy G - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [smooth jazz]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob, Patrick at the door]
  Squiddy G - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [smooth jazz]
  Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward screams]
  Baby Elephant - Dick Stephen Walter ["All I wanted to do was watch some smooth jazz on public television."]
  The Bachelor Life (c) - Laurie Johnson ["I think I've seen this before."]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward riding bike]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward gets covered with cement]
  Cartoon Capers (c) - Dick Stephen Walter [Squidward falls through a sewage pipe]
  Cartoon Capers (r) - Dick Stephen Walter [Squidward falls through a sewage pipe]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward stung by jellyfish]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [cement dries]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Day five, I think."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What is that thing, Patrick?"]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["Hi, stranger. I am SpongeBob."]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob and Patrick scream]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["Wait a minute, maybe he's not a monster."]
  Happy Holiday - Anthony Spurgin [back at home]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [playing catch]
  Dramatic Cue (c) - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick calls Animal Control]
  Toys for Boys - Boris Schoska ["Sure, I'll hold."]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward tries to go home]
  Towerstreet 17 [#10] - Gerhard Narholz [SWAT team arrives]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward taken to zoo]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Mommy, what is that thing?"]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone laughs.]
  Drowsy Reef - Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton ["This isn't good."]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Patrick try to break Squidward out]
  West Side Rumble - Sam Spence [SWAT team chases them]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Let's see where this dark sewer tunnel leads."]
  Mysterious Things - Nicolas Carr [jungle]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["I'm gonna miss him, SpongeBob."]
  Squiddy G - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [ending]



  • As of August 12, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.7/10 based on 148 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8/10 based on 135 votes.[2]


  • This episode aired in Germany on June 21, 2006, before it aired in the USA.
  • This episode is similar to "Jellyfishing," where in both episodes, Squidward rides his bicycle to get away from and Patrick, but ends up getting injured and unable to talk. Thus, revealing himself at the end by his uniform cracking open.
  • The squid on TV looks similar to Dream Squidward from a dream in "SquidBob TentaclePants."
  • Squidward's grape juice box background is yellow and Patrick's is purple, but later they are both purple.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick were watching TV, the show played the same music heard in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" and Patrick said, "Oh wait! I think I've seen this before. This part's funny." It could be the same show Patrick watched in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve."
  • Patrick says that Squidward hates pets. However, in "The Great Snail Race," Squidward shows great care for his pet snail.
  • Patrick never said where his house was, but somehow, the cops showed up right where they needed to.
  • This was the first appearance of Kelpy G. The second is in "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom."
  • This is the second episode in which Squidward has an accident while riding a bicycle in an attempt to get away from SpongeBob and Patrick. The first was "Jellyfishing."
  • This is the third of four episodes transcribed as a comic into the SpongeBob SquarePants/Tokyopop book "Mistaken Identity." The other three were "Once Bitten," "That's No Lady," and "Rule of Dumb."
  • The S.W.A.T. team will once again be seen in "Fungus Among Us."
  • The smooth jazz song will be heard once again in "A Flea in Her Dome" and "Enchanted Tiki Dreams."
  • In this episode, Kelpy G's name was not mentioned. However, in "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom," his name is mentioned.
    • However, his name was revealed in the closing credits to this episode.
  • This is the first episode to premiere in 2007.
  • This episode premiered on Andrea Martin's 60th birthday and five years after SuperSponge was released in Australia.
  • In "Squid's Visit", Squidward says that he never visited SpongeBob's house, but in this episode he (as Smelly) visits SpongeBob's house. It is most likely that this episode takes place after "Squid's Visit."

Cultural references


  • At the beginning of the episode, the path to Patrick's rock is missing.
  • Squidward asks no one in particular if a hard-working squid could get a break. However, Squidward is an octopus, not a squid, and he does not even care about his job at the Krusty Krab.
  • The Kelpy G's clarinet in his song sounds more like a saxophone.
  • The TV description for this episode says that Squidward gets in a bicycling accident and gets covered in mud and leaves. He actually gets covered in cement.


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