SpongeBob SquarePants
"Fools in April"
Season 1, Episode 38
Fools in April
Production code: 138
Airdate: April 1, 2000
Written by: Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Merriwether Williams
Directed by: Aaron Springer
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"Fools in April" is the 38th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


SpongeBob wakes up, and realises that it's April Fools Day. He begins the day with pranking his snail, Gary (who weeps because he doesn't know it is April Fools Day but SpongeBob calms him down by telling him), then goes to work. Squidward, annoyed by the laughing, looks at the calendar. He is shocked and surprised that it's April Fools Day, and calls Mr. Krabs saying he's sick. Mr. Krabs says that there's some guy in his office who wants to sell Squidward's art. Squidward immediately rushes to his office, only to find that it was a prank. Squidward resigns, but gets his job back after being persuaded by SpongeBob. SpongeBob is constantly doing pranks with his tongue, and his laughs annoy Squidward. So, Squidward does a prank on him. He gets a blob of mustard in the middle of a lasso. SpongeBob goes to clean it up, and the lasso closes on his legs. Squidward chops a nearby rope, which sends SpongeBob flying around getting seriously hurt. Squidward laughs hard out, while SpongeBob cries and run away. The customers aren't happy with Squidward around, so they leave, one of them yelling, "April Fools, JERK!", and a other one (who he imagines later as his mother)says "You STINK!". Squidward has to apologize, but he can't say he's sorry. He thinks of other ways to apologize to SpongeBob, but all do not work until he decides to apologize after remembering what happened. SpongeBob forgives him but shows Squidward everyone in his house, revealing that this was an April Fools Joke. Squidward laughs manically and runs all the way home, stating he was pulling off a prank as well.


  • It is revealed that April Fool's Day is SpongeBob's favorite holiday.
  • The fish that said "You stink!" in live appearance is different than the fish that said it in Squidward's memory, because Squidward believes it is his mother.
  • Squidward's head temporarily turns into that of a donkey's implying that he thought he was being an a**. In "Christmas Who?" there is a similar scene, he's saying 'I feel like a...' and then a donkey appears. He says "big jerk!" though.
  • In this episode, Squidward suffocates when he apologizes to SpongeBob, but in Pizza Delivery, he normally said "that's okay" to SpongeBob.
  • There is a fish who speaks with a deep male voice, but it is a female fish wearing a bikini.
  • The old lady fish asked where the forks were, and SpongeBob tricked her into grabbing a spoon, she walked away with the spoon, not the fork.
  • When Squidward went to say sorry to SpongeBob, there was nothing on his door, but later there is.
  • This is the only episode where Gary weeps.
  • When Squidward was in the kitchen washing the dishes, and the napkins were in his ears, he pushed the napkins into his ears when he got angry.
  • When Squidward gave SpongeBob a message in a bottle he puts a cork on it. But when it rolls towards SpongeBob the cork is gone.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes

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