Squidward 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 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."
This episode is similar to "Jellyfishing," where in both episodes, Squidward rides his bicycle to get away from SpongeBob and Patrick, but ends up getting injured and unable to talk. Thus, revealing himself at the end by his uniform cracking open.
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."
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."
This episode was released on the Season 4 Volume 2 DVD box set a few days before it aired on TV in the USA.
When Squidward is taken in by the other animals at the end, SpongeBob said to Patrick, "But he's with his own kind now, where he belongs, and with that, let us go back to where we belong." This was a reference to the ending of Disney's 1967 film, The Jungle Book.
The unknown creatures (Smellies) are known to resemble Pikmin, from the Nintendo series of games of the same name.
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.