Time cards are used throughout SpongeBob SquarePants to represent how much time has passed within an episode. They are identified as time cards by Patrick in "Wet Painters" when he tells SpongeBob to hurry up since he is all out of time cards, breaking the fourth wall. So far, the record for the most time cards in an episode is five, in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve."

The first time card ever used was "3 Days Later..." in "I Was a Teenage Gary," although the French Narrator did not read it. He would later read the next card, "2000 Years Later" seen in "SB-129" and so on.


Picture Text Episode Season
3 Days Later...
I Was a Teenage Gary 1
SB-129 (59)
2000 Years Later
SB-129 1
Hours later
6½ Hours Later
Imitation Krabs 2
A Few Inches Later
A Few Inches Later
Shanghaied 2
Day Two
Band Geeks 2
Day Three
Band Geeks 2
Day Four
Band Geeks 2
A Few Moments Later
A Few Moments Later
Krusty Love 2
One Eternity Later
Squid on Strike 2
My Pretty Seahorse 06
Three Days Later
My Pretty Seahorse 3
My Pretty Seahorse 20
Twelve Seconds Later
My Pretty Seahorse 3
As Seen on TV 041
3:28 AM
As Seen on TV 3
Can You Spare a Dime? 58
Three Weeks Later
Can You Spare a Dime? 3
Can You Spare a Dime? 59
Many Months Later
Can You Spare a Dime? 3
Can You Spare a Dime? 60
So much later that the old narrator got tired of waiting and they had to hire a new one
Can You Spare a Dime? 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 56
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 57
Tomorrow For Sure...
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 58
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 59
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 3
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 66
12:00 Midnight
Rock-a-Bye Bivalve 3
Wet Painters 059
One Hour Later
Wet Painters 3
Wet Painters 061
Two Hours Later
Wet Painters 3
Wet Painters 063
Three Hours Later
Wet Painters 3
Ugh 3
Two hours later
Two Hours Later
The Great Snail Race 3
8;01 PM
8:01 PM
Mid-Life Crustacean 3
The Next Day
Born Again Krabs 3
Krabby Land 3
Twenty Minutes Later
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 3
Six Hours Later
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler 3
Several Bad Puns Later
Pranks a Lot 3
70 years later
70 Years Later
Patrick the Snowman None
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie None
Six Hours Later... time card in Skill Crane
Six Hours Later...
Skill Crane 4
Funny Pants 70
Later That Same Evening
Funny Pants 4
Several Days Later
Mrs. Puff, You're Fired 4
Ghost Host 023
6 Months Later...
Ghost Host 4
Two hours later in Squidtastic Voyage
Two Hours Later
Squidtastic Voyage 4
4 to 6 Weeks Later
Hocus Pocus 4
Driven to Tears 01
One Minute, Thirty Seven Seconds Later...
Driven to Tears 4
Driven to Tears 39
One Debt to Society Later...
Driven to Tears 4
The Pink Purloiner 013
One Pair of Pants Later...
The Pink Purloiner 4
The Pink Purloiner 016
Eight Hours Later...
The Pink Purloiner 4
298 Frozen Patties Later...
The Original Fry Cook 5
3 hours later
3 Hours Later
Breath of Fresh Squidward 5
Slimy Dancing 056
Slimy Dancing 5
Sing a Song of Patrick 38
The Next Day
Sing a Song of Patrick 5
Meanwhile at the Krusty Krab
Le Big Switch 5
10 Seconds Later
Pat No Pay 5
346 Minutes Later
BlackJack 5
Much, Much, Much Later
BlackJack 5
3 Days Later
The Inmates of Summer 5
Opening Night...
The Inmates of Summer 5
SpongeHenge 5
3000 Years Later
SpongeHenge 5
One Week Later...
Krabby Road 6
7:59 A.M.
Nautical Novice 6
Three Weeks Later...
Three Weeks Later...
Not Normal 6
3 days later... in Gone
3 Days Later...
Gone 6
2 hours later... in Sun Bleached
Two Hours Later... (shown twice)
Sun Bleached 6
48 Hours Later
No Nose Knows 6
8 Hours Later...
Plankton's Regular 6
The Following Thursday...
The Following Thursday...
Porous Pockets 6
5 Minutes Later...
Cephalopod Lodge 6
24 Hours Later...
24 Hours Later
Squid's Visit 6
Much Later
To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants 6
Much, Much Later...
To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants 6
7 hours later... in No Hat for Pat
7 Hours Later...
No Hat for Pat 6
No Hat for Pat29
No Hat for Pat 6
Several Song Filled Hours Later...
Several Song Filled Hours Later...
Toy Store of Doom 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 24
A Few Minutes Later...
Chum Bucket Supreme 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 26
A Little Longer Than a Few Minutes Later
Chum Bucket Supreme 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 38
Two Hours Later
Chum Bucket Supreme 6
Chum Bucket Supreme 60
3 Days Later
Chum Bucket Supreme 6
15 minutes later
15 Minutes Later...
Chum Caverns 6
The Curse of Bikini Bottom 54
Several Months Later...
The Curse of Bikini Bottom 7
Thousands of Tears Later
A Day Without Tears 7
16 Paranoia Filled Days Later
16 Paranoia Filled Days Later
One Coarse Meal 7
GaryInLove TwoHoursLater
Two Hours Later
Gary in Love 7
The Monster Who Came To Bikini Bottom 5
Much, Much Later....
The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom 7
The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom 7
TheCurseOfTheHex ManyHoursLater
Many Hours Later...
The Curse of the Hex 7
75 Years Later
The Great Patty Caper 7
BuriedInTime 2HoursLater
2 Hours Later
Buried in Time 7
One Extremely Annoying Shift Later...
Enchanted Tiki Dreams 7
Two very boring minutes later...
Two Very Boring Minutes Later...
Tunnel of Glove 7
Three hours later
Three Hours Later...
Tunnel of Glove 7
KrustyDogs OneWienerLater
One Weiner Later...
Krusty Dogs 7
KrustyDogs TheFollowingDay
The Following Day...
Krusty Dogs 7
Drive Thru 8
Drive Thru 8
Just Then...
Just Then...
Drive Thru 8
Brief construction montage
Brief Construction Montage
A Friendly Game 8
Frozen Face-Off 10
Meanwhile, Back In The Lowlands...
Frozen Face-Off 8
Frozen Face-Off 38
One Frozen Wasteland Later...
Frozen Face-Off 8
One Hour Later
Patrick's Staycation 8
5 Hours Later...
Patrick's Staycation 8
Two days later... in Sandy's Vacation in Ruins
Two Days Later....
Sandy's Vacation in Ruins None
Later, In The Void
Later, in the void...
Ghoul Fools 8
Plankton's Good Eye 03
Approximately 10 Hours Later...
Plankton's Good Eye 8
Early the Next Morning...
The Way of the Sponge 8
RestrainingSpongeBob OneShiftLater
One Shift Later...
Restraining SpongeBob 8
Two Weeks Later
Two Weeks Later...
Are You Happy Now? 8
Eleven Minutes Later
Eleven Minutes Later...
Planet of the Jellyfish 8
Five Minutes Later
Five Minutes Later...
Free Samples 8
For Here or to Go 18
A Lot of Boring Math Later...
For Here or to Go 8
Chum-Fricassee Twenty-Four-Hours-Later
Twenty-Four Hours Later...
Chum Fricassee 8
One week later...
One Week Later...
Chum Fricassee 8
Hello-Bikini-Bottom One-Long-Angry-Line-Later...
One Long Angry Line Later...
Hello Bikini Bottom! 8
License-To-Milkshake Twenty-Years-Earlier...
Twenty Years Earlier...
License to Milkshake 9
Squid-Baby 72-Hours-Later...
72 Hours Later...
Squid Baby 9
Two Hours Later
Don't Look Now 9
Yeti Krabs 060
Just Then...
Yeti Krabs 9
Yeti Krabs 061
...By Sheer Coincidence...
Yeti Krabs 9
The Next Morning...
SpongeBob You're Fired 9
The Executive Treatment 9
The Next Morning...
The Next Morning...
Sanctuary! 9
Many Tic Tacs Later...
Patrick! The Game 9
Larry's Gym 9
End of flashback
End of Flashback
Larry's Gym 9
The next evening
The Next Evening...
Larry's Gym 9
One Hour Later...
Mall Girl Pearl 9
GKB time (1)
The Next Day...
Goodbye, Krabby Patty? 9
GKB time (2)
Goodbye, Krabby Patty? 9
Snail Mail 014
4 to 6 Days Later...
Snail Mail 9
Snail Mail 028
4 to 6 More Days Later...
Snail Mail 9
Pineapple Invasion 032
The Next Morning...
Pineapple Invasion 9
Pineapple Invasion 039
Moments Later...
Pineapple Invasion 9
Pineapple Invasion 044
More Moments Later...
Pineapple Invasion 9
Salsa Imbecilicus 057
One Semester Later...
Salsa Imbecilicus 9
Salsa Imbecilicus 064
Graduation Day
Salsa Imbecilicus 9
Mermaid Pants 093
One Hour Later...
Mermaid Pants 10
Code Yellow 025
Five Minutes Later...
Code Yellow 10
Mimic Madness 046
80,000 Impressions Later...
Mimic Madness 10
House Worming 040
3,000 Wup-Poos Later...
House Worming 10
House Worming 079
Soon After...
House Worming 10
Snooze You Lose 064
Later... (shown twice)
Snooze You Lose 10
Snooze You Lose 096
Moments Later...
Snooze You Lose 10
SpongeBob's Place 131
The Next Morning...
SpongeBob's Place 10
Plankton Gets the Boot 048
Many Unbearable Hours Later...
Plankton Gets the Boot 10
Plankton Retires 098
82 Kilometers Later...
Plankton Retires 10
A Little Later...
Bike Safety Tips None
Out of the Picture 111
3 Hours Later...
Out of the Picture 10


  • "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" is the episode with the most time cards, having five.
  • The most common time card is "Two hours later", with a total of nine appearances in the series.
  • The time card, "So much later that the old narrator got tired of waiting and they had to hire a new one" is the longest of all of the time cards in the series, with 69 letters.
  • The time card, "The Next Day" in "Born Again Krabs" is the only time card so far to feature characters. It has SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward in the corners.
    • If counting not only characters that are in the title card itself, then "Mimic Madness" is the second time a time card features characters.
  • The "One Eternity Later" time card displays the longest passage of time in the series: an eternity.
  • The "Three Hours Later" time card in "Wet Painters" is the only one in the series to be held by a character, being Patrick.
  • The time cards, "Just Then..." and "...By Sheer Coincidence..." in "Yeti Krabs" was the only time in which more than one time card was represented in one phrase.
  • The "Uhhh..." time card is the shortest time card with 4 letters, "Later..." being the second with 5 letters.
  • The "The Next Morning" time card in "Sanctuary!" is the same pattern as SpongeBob's pineapple, with a magenta aura.
  • The "70 Years Later" (Patrick the Snowman), "Meanwhile" (SBSP Movie), "2 Days Later" (Sandy's Vacation in Ruins), and "A Little Later..." (Bike Safety Tips) time cards are (currently) the only time cards without a season.
  • The very first time card from "I Was a Teenage Gary" (3 Days Later...) and the time card, "Twenty Years Earlier..." from "License to Milkshake" are the only time cards that the French Narrator doesn't read.
  • The "Brief Construction Montage" time card in "A Friendly Game" is read differently than what it reads in the two instances in the episode it is used.
    • In the first use of the card, the French Narrator reads, "What follows is a brief construction montage." In the second, he reads, "We hope you enjoyed this brief construction montage."
  • The episodes, "Sun Bleached" and "Snooze You Lose" are at present the only episodes to display the exact time card more than once.
  • Season 1 by far has the fewest appearances of time cards.
  • The "80,000 Impressions Later..." time card in "Mimic Madness" has SpongeBob reading this, imitating the French Narrator, who says, "Would you please stop imitating me? It is starting to get very annoying."
  • The "The Next Evening..." time card in "Larry's Gym" is read as "The Very Next Evening..."
  • The "Later" timecard in SpongeHenge, although by coincidence, is reminiscent of Toonami's sign off bumper, which also reads, "Later". However, the bumper is not read out loud.
  • The "One Weiner Later..." title card is misspelled, and should read, "One Wiener Later..."

Time card design trivia

  • The time card, "Meanwhile at the Krusty Krab" uses the same font and background of the title card of the seventh season episode, "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy."
  • The time card, "Epilogue" from "No Hat for Pat" uses the same pattern as the ninth season episode, "Mall Girl Pearl," except the title card was pink with magneta instead of green.
  • The "Meanwhile" time card in "Ugh" is actually written on a prehistoric wall, with drawings of two jellyfishes and prehistoric hand prints.
  • The "75 Years Later" time card in "The Great Patty Caper" has the same background as the title card for the first season episode, "Pizza Delivery."
  • The "One Extremely Annoying Shift Later..." time card in "Enchanted Tiki Dreams" has the same background as the title card for the ninth season episode, "The Executive Treatment."
  • The "One Long Angry Line Later..." time card in "Hello Bikini Bottom!" has the same background as the title card for the sixth season episode, "House Fancy." It is also the last time card to be standard definition.
  • The time card, "Twelve Seconds Later" has an edited version of the first season episode, "Help Wanted" title card.

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