This episode starts with the narrator talking about a tragedy, and showing an over-water hurricane, and then showing footage of the 1940 collapse of Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie), with a guy running from the bridge before its collapse. After that, it goes to a rainy day at SpongeBob's pineapple. He is inside with the calender on January 10, and then flips it back to January 7. SpongeBob is then doing chores, including laundry, with his pants and Gary's shell. Then Patrick calls SpongeBob, showing that he can say "Loolooloolooloo" for a very long time. Meanwhile, Gary gets his shell out of the laundry. By the time SpongeBob gets to the laundry machine, his pants had shrunk. He goes to the store to buy new ones, but Patty Rechid says there won't be any SquarePants for months. He then looks through the pants, and finds the pants he usually wears, except they're round, not square. He bumps into Patrick, but Patrick doesn't recognize SpongeBob. He bumps into Sandy, who pretends that she doesn't know SpongeBob. Then, SpongeBob passes Squidward's house, and Squidward pretends not to recognize SpongeBob. Being gullible, SpongeBob really thinks that Sandy and Squidward don't know SpongeBob, so he starts himself over, naming himself SpongeBob RoundPants. SpongeBob gets his job at the Krusty Krab again, and Squidward gives SpongeBob his bad routine of being a Krusty Krab employee. Mr. Krabs realizes what's going on, and he doesn't joke around when he sees SpongeBob. SpongeBob then tells Mr. Krabs that he can't be SpongeBob SquarePants again, as he has round pants. Then, SpongeBob takes off his pants, but Sandy calls SpongeBob "SpongeBob UnderPants", and the episode ends with SpongeBob's scream with embarassment.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Hawaiian Train - Victor Cavini [title card] ‣Hawaiian Flower - Jon Jelmer [opening] ‣Twilight Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [stock footage of storm] ‣Marching to Honolulu - Kapono Beamer [laundry day] ‣ ? [phone call from Patrick] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Yeah, Patrick."] ‣Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [all of SpongeBob's pants shrunk] •Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm gonna need to get new pants."] ‣Ballet Shoes - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [mall exterior] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [they're out of square pants] ‣ ? [SpongeBob trying on different pants] • ? - Nicolas Carr [rock guitar sting] ‣ ? [round pants] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob tries them on] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick doesn't recognize SpongeBob] ‣ ? [banjo music] •Comic Walk - Nicolas Carr [Squidward ignoring SpongeBob] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob walks away] •Seaweed - Steve Belfer ["Hello, can I help you?"] ‣Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["I guess I'm not SpongeBob SquarePants anymore."] ‣The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Hello, sir, I'd like an application please."] ‣Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [Squidward punches himself] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["Here are the applications."] •Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob filling out application] • ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward showing SpongeBob the ropes] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob copying everything Squidward does] ‣The Drunken Sailor - ? ["What are you two doing?"] ‣ ? ["Do these pants look square to you?"] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick sitting at a table] •SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
Much, Much Later
This episode aired exactly 10 years after the first official SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
Quite fittingly, "Hawaiian Train" is heard in the title card.
This episode aired on July 17, three days after SpongeBob's 23rd birthday.
On the "To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" DVD-credits, this title-card only says: "To SquarePants or not to".
Since this episode aired three days after SpongeBob's birthday, and the narrator says the episode was three days earlier, then this episode took place on SpongeBob's birthday.
This episode was aired as a part of SpongeBob's Biggest Blunders.
When SpongeBob takes out the first pair of pants when he was in the store but a little bit at the when Mr. Krabs walks out is office look at the guy in front of the order line or something look at the pants its the same as the one SpongeBob took out in the store.
When this episodes premieres on July 17, 2009 the calendar says that it happened on January 7. This must mean that this episode took place in January 7, 2009 instead of July.
It is unknown why Patrick thought SpongeBob was a stranger throughout the episode, possibly due to his low level of intelligence that is considered why. Sandy also didn't know who SpongeBob was meaning she was possibly teasing him as she kept calling him a different last name (i.e. SpongeBob UnderPants). Squidward doesn't like SpongeBob so that is why he lied.
When SpongeBob was saying what goes on a squirrel's head is similar to Squirrel Jokes.
When SpongeBob talked about what goes on inside a squirrel's head, an image of a chattering squirrel is shown and SpongeBob cringes afterwards. This scene has become a fad on Youtube, with random scenes replacing the squirrel image.
The jeans that SpongeBob took out from the sale had holes in them, indicating it was already used.
In Southeast Asia and in Poland, this title-card only says: "To SquarePants or Not to" because it is too long.
In this episode, the French Narrator says "SpongeBob SquarePants CHANGED his pants!" like it was a surprise, but SpongeBob has changed his pants a lot of times when he woke up. He is even shown in this episode pulling multiple pairs of pants out of his washer.
SpongeBob found some round pants and the design are also the same from his square pants. Later his personality changed and now he's acting like Squidward!
While SpongeBob acts like Squidward, he sleeps in the toilets with Squidward, roughly serve food to customers, throw and bash garbage bags, won't take the customers' orders and cooking Krabby Patties to the charcoal and tiny level. Eventually, the customers became furious.
The picture shown by SpongeBob when he forgot where the last picture took place actually took place in the episode Choir Boys when Squidward was singing in the shower at the very beginning of the episode. However, we didn't see SpongeBob in front of the shower in Choir Boys for some odd reason.
The title is a parody of the famous Shakespeare quote "To Be or Not to Be?".
This episode was inspired by the Twilight Zone episodes.
When SpongeBob said, "I've gotta start all over again!", he just filled out an application and got the job. In "Help Wanted". However, he didn't ask for an application. He had to complete a challenge first.
At the start of the episode, SpongeBob was wearing his normal pants even though the cashier of the clothes store said he was not getting a shipment for months. It is a possible conclusion that the French Narrator made a miscalculation when he said it was a few days ago. Reply: SpongeBob could have made his pants grow with the Kelp Grow from "Giant Squidward".
The women at the mall said it will take months to get new square pants, however 3 days later (at the beginning of the episode's narration), he had square pants again.