"Waiting" is the second segment of the 83rd episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode's plot appears to be adapted from the storybook Special Delivery!


SpongeBob and Gary are shopping at the Barg'N-Mart and SpongeBob sees a Kelpo cereal box that says there a "free toy inside" SpongeBob soon 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 and Gary reminds him to send in the box tops before eating all the cereal. SpongeBob then sends an envelopes with box tops. Now, SpongeBob must wait patiently for the toy to arrive. Patrick also comes nearby and waits with him.

The Mailfish comes by gives SpongeBob three envelopes but no toy. SpongeBob and Patrick must wait even longer now! SpongeBob and Patrick soon become hungry. Patrick suggests that him and SpongeBob go to the Krusty Krab for a Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob is afraid of the mailman coming with 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 because. While trying to find the fork, Patrick accidentally eats the cake. Patrick then realizes that the present was the fork. SpongeBob then whines about home 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.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend or Foe?
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Volume 1
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Fifth Season