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To Save a Squirrel

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To Save a Squirrel
Season №: 5
Episode №: 95b
Airdate: November 23, 2007
Sister episode(s): "The Inmates of Summer"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "The Inmates of Summer"
Next: "Pest of the West"
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"To Save a Squirrel" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick are stranded in the forest.



To Save a Squirrel 32

SpongeBob and Patrick stranded

SpongeBob and Patrick are seen running and screaming. They run into Sandy, explaining that a beast is chasing them. The "beast" is really a grasshopper 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. SpongeBob and Patrick ask if they could come and Sandy says no because the camp is dangerous for the,. 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. 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."

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 ) 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) - Sandy describes her camping trip
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You two are harder to get rid of than cockroaches."]
  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 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [they fall back in]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [they fall out again]
  The Pollywog Strut - Gerhard Narholz ["Okay, Patrick, we're all set."]
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Patrick burned the food supply]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["Quick, put it out with something!"]
  The Pollywog Strut - Gerhard Narholz [tent burned]
  ? - 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 Version) - 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]
  ? - David Farnon [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 - 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 - Dick Stephen Walter ["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]



  • This is the last episode to use pencils for drawings.
  • The line "eat or be eaten" said by the old man is a reference to Jack London's White Fang.
  • It's revealed that Sandy has an underwater jeep and that her treedome has a back-garage. It's possible that she keeps her jeep in her garage.
  • This episode was once paired up with a rerun of "Gone."
  • This episode was set to premiere with "Stanley S. SquarePants," but aired with "The Inmates of Summer" instead.
  • This was the first episode that Luke Brookshier and Nate Cash worked on together. They would write a total of 36 episodes together.
  • There are 20 visible acorns on the title card.
  • In SpongeBob's flashback, it's revealed that Squidward has voo-doo dolls of SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Despite the title, ironically, neither SpongeBob or Patrick actually saved Sandy.
  • Patrick and Spongebob fighting over the ketchup seems similar to the three prehistoric neighbors fighting over the fire in the episode"Ugh."
  • This is the second episode where it falsely appears that Patrick is eating SpongeBob. The first time was in "The Smoking Peanut."
  • SpongeBob and Patrick appear to be able to survive through two seasons without eating.
  • 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.

Cultural references

  • The title may be a reference to the Alfred Hitchcock film "To Catch a Thief."
  • The line "eat or be eaten" said by the old man is a reference to Jack London's "White Fang."
  • Patrick's "Golden Spongecake" is a reference to "Twinkies."


  • 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 disappears.
  • When SpongeBob jumps out of the soup/stew, the bath beads (carrots) disappears.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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