The Paper
Episode No.: 16b
Airdate: 14.2.2000
Season: Season 1
Previous Episode: Valentine's Day
Next Episode: Arrgh!

"The Paper" is an episode from Season 1.





Squidward throws a bubble gum wrapper on SpongeBob's lawn. When SpongeBob discovers it, he asks Squidward if he wants it back. However, Squidward tells SpongeBob he can have it. However, SpongeBob now tells him on the Shell Phone, and Squidward has his long and final persuasion to give the paper to SpongeBob "Take it SpongeBob, yes, take it please, I promise you no matter how much I may beg, and plead, and cry, don't give that paper back to me...Ever!" and SpongeBob agrees to confirm his promise. Squidward is about to play Mary Had a Little Lamb but SpongeBob is laughing about all the fun he is thinking about that he's going to soon have. Squidward laughs and enjoys his own time reading Boring Science Digest, taking a bath, and drawing art. While drawing, Squidward accidentally paints himself having fun with a piece of paper. When he breaks it, the Squidward painting's mouth is open and invisibly cries by his death. Squidward watches him have lots and lots of fun until the Mary Had A Little Lamb duet. Squidward tries to get it back but SpongeBob keeps his promise. Squidward trades in everything back, and finally his own shirt-cloth and SpongeBob cannot help and it decides to break his promise. Squidward tries to have fun with the paper but cannot, he traded everything for the worthless piece of paper for nothing and soon Patrick took the paper from Squidward and uses it to put his gum on it and Patrick comes over to SpongeBob to play. Squidward is now all alone and the season is beginning to become winter. Then Squidward says, "Anybody have any sunscreen?"



  • This episode is hardly ever seen on TV because it is paired up with a holiday episode.
  • A character similar to Little Squiddy, Mini Squidward, appeared in the episode Squid Wood.
  • This is the first time Gary plays Squidward's clarinet.
  • Little Squidward is similar to the toys coming to life in Toy Story.
  • SpongeBob's monkey face impression while standing on his pineapple home is a possible parody of King Kong.
  • SpongeBob says he will play A Minor, which means the music sounds sad, but it is in C Major.
  • When Squidward is playing his clarinet to SpongeBob, the musical notes fall. This is a possible parody of "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" movie, when the letters from the book fall.
  • This episode possibly broke the fourth wall because SpongeBob had the papers showing Squidward proof of what he just said, meaning he took the papers out of the cartoon.
  • In this episode SpongeBob was brilliant at playing on the paper. Yet in Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost he couldn't play at all. However, he could have improved over time.
  • This is the first episode in which Squidward is naked.
  • At one point, Spongebob is acting like a guy in the wild. This could be a parody of Tarzan.
  • When Squidward is wheelbarrowing his belongings over to Spongebob's house, more stuff is there after than what he originally gave.
  • This is another episode pair not to feature Mr. Krabs.