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Episode Information
Season №: 5
Episode №: 83b
Airdate: February 19, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Rise and Shine"
"Fungus Among Us"
Writer(s): Nate Cash
Tuck Tucker
Steven Banks
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Nate Cash
Tuck Tucker
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Rise and Shine"
Next: "Fungus Among Us"
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"Waiting" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob waits for a toy to arrive in the mail.



SpongeBob and Gary are shopping at the Barg'N-Mart and SpongeBob sees a Kelpo cereal box that says there is a "free toy inside." SpongeBob then rushes home, eats the cereal, and sees that there is no toy inside. SpongeBob looks at the cereal box more closely and sees it says "offer inside!" Must send in 99 box tops. SpongeBob goes and buys even more cereal boxes. When SpongeBob puts cereal in Gary's food bowl, Gary reminds him to send in the box tops before eating all the cereal. SpongeBob then sends an envelope with the box tops. Now, SpongeBob must wait patiently for the toy to arrive. Patrick also comes nearby and waits with him.

The Mailfish comes by and gives SpongeBob 3 envelopes but no toy. SpongeBob and Patrick must wait even longer now! SpongeBob and Patrick soon become hungry. Patrick suggests that he and SpongeBob go to the Krusty Krab for a Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob is afraid of the mailman coming with the toy when he's gone. So Patrick instead goes to Krusty Krab by himself. He gets frustrated when Sandy and Gary distract him with karate and feeding. Soon, Patrick comes back and tells SpongeBob he missed his surprise birthday party at the Krusty Krab. He also brought SpongeBob a present and some cake. While trying to find the fork, Patrick accidentally eats the cake. Patrick then realizes that the present was the fork. SpongeBob then whines about him being a big jerk. Eventually, the toy arrives and SpongeBob and Patrick become happy and open it. Patrick pushes the button on toy and springs comes out. SpongeBob thinks Patrick "ruined" the toy and furious and sad. Squidward comes home to see them crying. Once he can't take it, he asks what wrong with them. SpongeBob explains to Squidward that he sent in box tops, waited mailman, and Patrick broke the toy. Squidward then shows him that its head, arms, and legs are supposed to spring off, and reattaches them. SpongeBob and Patrick then hug Squidward, asking if there is anything they could for him, and Squidward replies that they should move to another neighborhood.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Gay Time - Alan Perry [SpongeBob shopping]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob eating cereal]
  Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["Free prize... OFFER INSIDE?!"]
  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [eating more cereal]
  Harp Ding - "Gary, you are a genius!"
  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [SpongeBob and Patrick waiting for the mailman]
  ? - Patrick getting hungry
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer ["Let's go to the Krusty Krab for a Krabby Patty!"]
  Drama Link (h) - Hubert Clifford ["What if the mailman comes when I'm gone?"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick's stomach bites his arm]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy walks away]
  The Pollywog Strut - ? [Gary wants to be fed]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob missed his birthday party]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["My birthday party?"]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick accidentally eats SpongeBob's cake]
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["The fork!"]
  Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob crying]
  Of Love and Destiny - Leighton Lucas ["I've been mean to Gary, and I flipped Sandy!"]
  Pua Paoakalani (b) - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani ["People like me don't deserve moments."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["My toy!"]
  Tell Her I Am - Brian Douglas Gulland, Robert Alexander White [Irish jig]
  Parting of the Clouds - toy revealed
  Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fiachra Trench ["It's beautiful!"]
  Kaili Aloha - George de Fretes [Patrick breaks the toy]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares ["YOU!! YOU RUINED MY FREE TOY!!!"]
  Against the Law (c) - Wilfred William Burns [SpongeBob screams]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick crying]
  Esta Noche (a) - Hans Ehrlinger ["Now to soothe my frayed nerves."]
  Comic Walk (Sidney Torch Version) - Sidney Torch ["All right, what's going on?"]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • The title card shows 11 still pictures of SpongeBob's toy.
  • This episode was featured right after the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards, due to it ending 13 minutes earlier than planned.
  • The episode's plot is loosely based on the SpongeBob book "Special Delivery!" found here: [1]
  • This is the second time SpongeBob expected to find a toy in his cereal box and was disappointed, the first being "Shanghaied." However, this one explains the lack of a toy in the box: the label says "Free prize offer inside," meaning that you need to send in box tops to actually get the toy.

Cultural references

  • The box saying "Free prize offer inside" is a parody of cereal boxes that frequently make that claim. Since you must actually send in several box tops (and shipping fees) to get the toy it is not actually "free" and "inside," you have to buy the cereal to get it and not actually inside. It should not say it should be inside if it's not really inside the box.
  • This episode is similar to the Hey Arnold episode "Sally's Comet."


Sandy SpongeBob
  • The mark with the "FREE PRIZE INSIDE" before SpongeBob took it was orange when he read it, it turned pinkish-red.
  • During the scene where Sandy asks SpongeBob to do some karate and he refuses, Sandy is wearing red karate gloves, instead of the usual green.
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