"To Save a Squirrel" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick are stranded in the forest.



SpongeBob and Patrick are seen running and screaming. They run into Sandy, explaining that a beast is chasing them. The "beast" is really a cricket from the surface. SpongeBob and Patrick notice that Sandy is packing food, water, dynamite and tents in her jeep. SpongeBob and Patrick ask why she's packing. Sandy explains that she is packing for a camp in the wilderness.
Jeep Mobile in To Save a Squirrel
SpongeBob and Patrick ask if they could come and Sandy says no because the camp is dangerous for them. When Sandy gets in her jeep, SpongeBob and Patrick sneak in her trunk to try to go to her camp. SpongeBob and Patrick fall out of the jeep when they are on their way there. The good news is that they fall out with food, water, and a tent. They are in the wilderness. SpongeBob tells Patrick that he will set up the tent while Patrick starts a campfire. When the tent is set up, Patrick is finished with the campfire. SpongeBob then noticed that Patrick did not make a campfire, he burned their food. SpongeBob tries to put out the fire with the tent, but that just sets the tent on fire. He pours water on it which makes it go out.
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SpongeBob and Patrick stranded

SpongeBob drinks the remaining water. By now, SpongeBob and Patrick burned their food, ruined their tent, and lost their water. Then they notice a cave. They go in the cave and find an old man. The old man explains that they are stuck in the cave now and that he was there for over 40 years. SpongeBob and Patrick try to make shelter. SpongeBob is then convinced that Patrick wants to eat him. The old man explains to SpongeBob to eat Patrick before he eats SpongeBob. SpongeBob and Patrick then make attempts to eat each other. The old man is impressed, and he then reveals that he is really Sandy. Sandy then gives SpongeBob and Patrick survival badges. SpongeBob and Patrick suddenly get an interest of eating Sandy. The episode ends with Sandy saying "Next time I'll bring more granola."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Flight in Panic 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick running to Sandy]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis ["We're being chased by a savage beast!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [cricket]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["This little guy?"]
  Jungle Journey (a) - Nigel Martinez, Graham De Wilde [Sandy describes her camping trip]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You two are harder to get rid of than cockroaches."]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["Why aren't these things working?!"]
  African Adventure - Peter Hope [Sandy leaves]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob and Patrick fall out of Sandy's truck]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [they scream]
  Sliding Down [#68] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [they fall back in]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [they fall out again]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Okay, Patrick, we're all set."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick burned the food supply]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["Quick, put it out with something!"]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [tent burned]
  Unknown Track 18 - Jeopardy-style music
  Steel Link (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick enter a cave]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [shadow appears behind them]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [hermit revealed]
  Marching to Honolulu - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob builds himself a new home]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [hermit warns SpongeBob]
  Dangerous (a) - Mladen Franko [Patrick's hungry]
  Unknown Track 45 - Nicolas Carr [sponge cake]
  Finger of Suspicion 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob thinks Patrick wants to eat him]
  Fear 2 - Louis Clark [SpongeBob hiding from Patrick]
  Undertow - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick smells something cooking]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz ["I'm gonna cook you up and eat you!"]
  Fear 1 - Louis Clark [SpongeBob chases Patrick]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What's this?"]
  Chum Bucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick cooking SpongeBob in a pot]
  Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["Carrots?! You're making soup out of me!"]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield ["Why don't you take a nap on this nice soft bed?"]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["This isn't a bed!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Did what?"]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • As of August 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.7/10 based on 128 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 8.2/10 based on 119 votes.[2]


  • This episode was set to premiere with "Stanley S. SquarePants," but aired with "The Inmates of Summer" instead.
  • There are 25 visible acorns on the title card.
  • Despite the title, ironically, neither SpongeBob or Patrick actually save Sandy.
  • It's revealed that Sandy has an underwater Jeep-Mobile and that her treedome has a back-garage.
  • In SpongeBob's flashback, it's revealed that Squidward has voo-doo dolls of SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick appear to be able to survive through two seasons without eating.
    • Which in real life, is impossible.
  • Irony: SpongeBob and Patrick could have just eaten the food that they used to try to eat the other, such as the bread from the sandwich or the carrots from the stew.
  • The way Patrick and SpongeBob fighting over the ketchup seems similar to the three prehistoric neighbors fighting over the fire in the episode "Ugh."
  • This was the first episode that Luke Brookshier and Nate Cash worked on together. They wrote a total of 36 episodes together.
  • This is the second episode where it falsely appears that Patrick is eating SpongeBob. The first time was in "The Smoking Peanut."
  • This is the last episode to use pencils for drawings.
  • This episode was once paired up with a rerun of "Gone."
  • To date, this episode marks the last usage of the APM track Death Trap.

Cultural references

  • The title may be a reference to the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film "To Catch a Thief."
  • SpongeBob sitting in a kettle of hot water and thinking it's a bath, plus Patrick cutting up and adding carrots, may be a nod to a number of classic Bugs Bunny shorts in which an enemy attempts to cook Bugs in a similar fashion.
  • The line "Eat or be eaten" said by the cave fish is a reference to Jack London's "White Fang."
  • Patrick's sponge cake is a reference to Twinkies.


  • SpongeBob and Patrick couldn't have gotten into Sandy's suit just by crashing into her when her suit was zipped up.
    • Also, the air should have gotten out of Sandy's suit when she unzipped it as she was underwater in that scene.
  • Since Patrick burned their food supply and SpongeBob used all their water, they shouldn't have had any food or water in the cave.
  • The old man said that SpongeBob and Patrick where going to be stuck in the cave forever, although you could see that they could have easily escaped through the huge, unblocked entrance to the cave.
  • When SpongeBob checks to see if Patrick wants to eat him, the compass on his rock disappears.
  • When SpongeBob runs away from Patrick for the first time, Patrick's rock in the background disappears.
  • When SpongeBob jumps out of the soup/stew, the bath beads (carrots) disappears.
  • Patrick seems to go under a puddle when running, however,
    it has the same elevation.
  • In recent airings of this episode, the title card isn't shown.


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