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SpongeBob SquarePants
"Squid on Strike"
Season 2, Episode 40A
Squid on Strike
Airdate: October 12, 2001
Written by: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Directed by: Tom Yasumi
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"Squid on Strike" is the first segment of the 40th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


Squidward receives outrageous fees from Mr. Krabs, so SpongeBob and Squidward go on strike. If SpongeBob knew what a strike was, he wouldn't have gone (because he got fired). Squidward makes a sign saying 'Krusty Krab Unfair', but SpongeBob misinterprets it as 'Krusty Krab Funfair', making the restaurant more popular. After lots of similar incidences, teens take their jobs, and Mr. Krabs taunts them about how "successful" their strike has been, turning SpongeBob against him and causing him to swear to stay on strike forever. Squidward gets really scared of staying on strike with SpongeBob forever. As Squidward runs out the door, Mr. Krabs is at the door to beg him to come back because he wants to fire the teens who got their jobs because they wouldn't stop bugging him. So they make a deal so that Squidward and SpongeBob can get their jobs back. However, SpongeBob does not know about this, so he wrecks the Krusty Krab. However, when Mr. Krabs is in his office and sees the ruins, he crumbles and yells for SpongeBob and Squidward, declaring that they will be his employees forever as reparations for the damage. One eternity later, their skeletons are seen, still working at the Krusty Krab.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 2nd Season
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes


  • Squidward and Mr. Krabs were in their day clothes when they came back from their walk negotiating, but when they left Squidward's house, they were wearing their pajamas.
  • When instructed to make a picket sign, SpongeBob provides two visual puns: the first being a part of an actual picket fence and the second being the image of someone picking their nose, possibly he thought the word was "pick it".
  • Sea sponges and mollusks are invertebrates and would have no skeletons to rot away to.
  • At the end, SpongeBob's clothes appear to have been drawn onto his skeleton. This is most likely an animation error.
  • The words that Squidward chants when he is on strike hints that he is somewhat marxist.
  • In "Squirrel Jokes," SpongeBob states that he has no bones, but at the end of this episode he is shown to have a skeleton.
  • When Squidward yells into the megaphone "you have been cheated and lied to!" an old lady thinks Squidward means her husband cheated and lied to her and slaps him.
  • It would be illegal for Mr.Krabs to charge the services to Squidward and SpongeBob. Squidward should have called the police to charge Mr. Krabs to force him to charge back instead of going back on strike.
  • In the episodes "Nature Pants", "Patty Hype" and "As Seen On TV", SpongeBob quit his job very easily, throwing his hat down, and he walked away. However, in this episode, he complains that the hat in is hand is now a symbol related to his body because it is his friend. Or it is likely that SpongeBob was affected and realized the mistake what he did in "Nature Pants" and never wanted to hurt his hat again. He shared the same feeling in saving Squidward's hat in "Can You Spare A Dime?"
  • Squidward really did quit his job in "Can You Spare A Dime?", "Krusty Towers", "Fools in April", "Big Pink Loser", and "Bossy Boots" without striking but there were different reasons in those episodes.

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