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SpongeBob SquarePants
Season 1, Episode 14A
Airdate: December 31, 1999
Written by: Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Doug Lawrence
Directed by: Tom Yasumi
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"SB-129" is the first segment of the 14th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


The day starts off with Squidward about to practice his clarinet when SpongeBob's alarm clock (facing out the window) knocks the clarinet inside Squidward's mouth, and SpongeBob asks Squidward if he wants to go jellyfishing. Squidward tries to reply, but because his clarinet is in his mouth, anything he says is incomprehensible, and SpongeBob thinks he said "yes". After Squidward takes his clarinet out of his mouth, Squidward is constantly bothered in his house by SpongeBob and Patrick who want to go jellyfishing with him. Squidward, in an attempt to stop SpongeBob and Patrick bothering him, tells SpongeBob that he should be at work, but SpongeBob tells him that it's a Sunday, and the Krusty Krab is closed on Sundays.

Squidward tells SpongeBob and Patrick to stay where they are, and goes out the back door of his house and goes into the Krusty Krab. He sees SpongeBob and Patrick looking for him, and goes into the kitchen. SpongeBob and Patrick are still looking for him, so he goes into the freezer. After SpongeBob and Patrick go away, Squidward is frightened to find that the handle is jammed, and that he is stuck inside the freezer. He assures himself that someone will find him. Unfortunately, this isn't true.

2000 years later, the door falls down and a frozen Squidward is defrosted by 'SpongeTron', a descendant of SpongeBob. Squidward finds out that everything in the future (except for people) is made entirely of chrome, and all organic life forms that aren't people (such as seaweed or kelp) are simply spray-painted chrome. SpongeTron introduces Squidward to his clones; X, Y, and Z. SpongeTron informs Squidward that there are 486 Spongetrons in response to the the question asked by Squidward "Are the other letters of the alphabet involved, here?", meaning that the English alphabet has been expanded, merged with another character set, or (most likely) it was hyperbole by the animators to make the future more complex. Squidward decides that he hates the future, so SpongeTron directs him to a time machine, which is actually a small room with a control panel. Shortly after meeting Patron, a two-headed descendant of Patrick, Squidward goes into the can opener, and then goes into the time machine to travel to the past, ripping the entire room out of the building in the process.

He meets Primitive SpongeBob and Primitive Patrick after going too far back, whom are the ancestors of SpongeBob and Patrick. Squidward tells them about jellyfishing because they keep on torturing themselves with jellyfish. They seem to be interested, but are driven crazy by Squidward's clarinet, and chase after him. He goes into the time machine, but it malfunctions, and he goes to a very strange place with abstract shapes and no characters or setting (it is possibly an alternate universe, another dimension,a time warp,or The Void but Squidward calls it 'nowhere').

After he finds the time machine, he begs it to return to the present, which it does, but Squidward finds out that in his travels, he invented jellyfishing. The episode ends when Squidward says "I'm going back."

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Nautical Nonsense
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a SpongeBob Christmas!


  • This is the first episode where Squidward is the main character.
  • The episode, which arises from Squidward time-traveling and inventing the game of jellyfishing while seeking to avoid SpongeBob and Patrick as they want him to jellyfish with them, is an example of a time paradox known as a casual loop. Thus, a person is inspired or driven by an event to time travel and, whether or not intentionally, causes the event which will facilitate their initial time travelling trip.
  • Squidward would've surely become frozen to death in the freezer.
  • The date of the first airing of the episode (12/31/1999) was intended to coincide with the eve of the new millennium since the plot focuses on life in the future since at the time there were concerns regarding Y2K and the perspective of what would occur in the 21st century and 3rd Millennium.
  • In the future, everything is chrome in Bikini Bottom EXCEPT for the hinges on the freezer door. They are rusted metal.
  • The title was believed to be a parody of the ever popular science fiction TV series, Stargate:SG-1, but is really the production code for the episode.
  • The DVD which features this episode also shows a recording session of Tom Kenny and Bill Faggerbakke recording as Primitive SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • A calendar in the future Krusty Krab is dated Friday, March 6, 4017.
  • The words "past" and "future" switch places from when Squidward first enters the time machine and when he goes in from the past. Additionally, nothing is written on the lever when Squidward "falls" into the time machine towards the end.
  • When Squidward first arrives in the "Nowhere" zone, he has his clarinet. But when he begins running frantically, the clarinet disappears. When he stomps on a floor and then falls through the roof of the time machine, the clarinet is back in his hand.
  • When Squidward said "Alone" other voices came. These voices were voiced by the entire crew.
  • Before SpongeBob's alarm clock goes off during the start of the episode, it is facing the bed. However, when the alarm goes off, it is facing Squidward's window.
  • The chrome world isn't a phenomenon by nature. It is possibly a new world design by inhabitants underwater.
  • This is the first time SpongeBob's alarm clock faces the window to Squidward.
  • In the PC version of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game, SpongeBob can look into his future with The Pool of Perception. At the third time he looks in, he sees the 41st century, which resembles the future area in this episode.
  • This is the first SpongeBob episode to involve time travel.
  • When Squidward enters the time machine the door knob changes sides.
  • The Nickelodeon schedule names this episode SpongeBob 129.

Cultural references

  • This episode parodies 2001: A Space Odyssey, Woody Allen's Sleeper, and H.G. Well's Wikipedia:time travel.
  • This also delivers heavily from the plot of the animated cult sitcom "Futurama", whereas pizza delivery boy Fry gets frozen at the turn of the century and wakes up hours before the year 3000. Ironically, this episode aired on December 31st 2000, the setting of Futurama at the beginning of "Space Pilot 3000".
  • When Squidward touches one of the square colored palettes, it floats off while echoing "Ki ki ki". This could be a reference to the movie series "Friday the 13th"
  • In this episode, Squidward says his house is an Easter Island head.
This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The article or pieces of the original article was at SB-129. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Nickipedia, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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