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Squid on Strike is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward and SpongeBob go on strike.

Squid on Strike

Characters

Plot

When profits are down at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs decides to start deducting his employee's pay for doing things including talking, chewing, breathing, lollygagging, and even existing. Squidward finds this to be outrageously unfair, and he and SpongeBob go on strike. SpongeBob, initially not knowing what it means to go on strike, is devastated when he is fired. Squidward, however, assures him that he will have his job back "and more".

Squidward demonstrates by making a sign saying "Krusty Krab Unfair", but SpongeBob misinterprets it as "Krusty Krab Funfair", making the restaurant more popular. After Squidward attempts to give a speech to the people of Bikini Bottom, with unfortunate results, Mr. Krabs taunts them about how "successful" their strike has been. SpongeBob suddenly turns against Krabs, standing up for Squidward and telling him that they will stay on strike forever until their demands are met which causes the word "forever" to echo in Squidward's mind. That night, Squidward is horrified at the thought of being on strike with SpongeBob forever, and goes to beg Mr. Krabs for his job back. As Squidward runs out the door, he sees Mr. Krabs at his door, who begs him and SpongeBob to return, saying that he can't stand the teenagers he hired as replacements and that he is nothing without them. As they walk to the Krusty Krab together, Squidward discusses the terms of their return to Mr. Krabs.

Meanwhile, however, SpongeBob dismantled the Krusty Krab during the night, taking the words of Squidward's speech literally.

Major Events

  • Squidward gets fired from the Krusty Krab for the first time.
  • SpongeBob gets fired from the Krusty Krab for the second time.
  • SpongeBob and Squidward must work at the Krusty Krab forever.

Music

Original Music

​APM music

Trivia

  • SpongeBob never got his bill, yet he pays Mr. Krab's for his doings.
  • Mr. Krabs suddenly appears sweeping the floor after Squidward stops SpongeBob from paying him.
  • The music during the title card is from the song played later in the episode called "Hey Mean Mr. Bossman" by Sage Guyton. It is featured on the SpongeBob SquarePants CD.
  • Squidward has also quit his job (or attempted to quit) in "Can You Spare a Dime?", "Krusty Towers", "Fools in April", "Big Pink Loser" and "Bossy Boots".
  • The music played at the end of the episode is What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
  • Squidward's bill from Mr. Krabs reads thus:
    • Breathing: $1.00
    • Talking: $5.00
    • Standing: $10.00
    • Existing: $2.00
    • Lallygagging: $2.00
    • Chewing: $1.00
  • The bill that Squidward gets means he has to pay twenty one dollars.
  • 24th time Patrick doesn't appear.
  • It is revealed that Mr. Krabs keeps his dry cleaning in envelopes.
  • Mr. Krabs is making his employees pay for breathing, yet in the episode Pressure, when Sandy thinks land creatures are better than sea creatures, he says it's free. However, he may have started charging his customers and employees for that at some point between "Pressure" and this episode.
  • You may think that Squidward getting that huge of a bill would put him in debt, but it wouldn't due to the following
  • For some reason SpongeBob fantasizes about having an extremely large work hat. 
  • Spongebob has said he loved the Krusty Krab many time's so it is unknown how he destroyed it without showing emotion's are regret
  • Running Gags:
  1. Whenever there is a crowd going to the Krusty Krab, they run over Squidward.
  2. Every time Squidward hears the word 'Forever' from SpongeBob, he is hypnotized, and the word echoes in his head.
  3. Whenever SpongeBob makes a picket sign, it comes out wrong in different ways. They are as follows:
    • An actual Picket fence.
    • A nose with a finger picking it.
    • Krusty Krab Funfair.
    • I ♥ the Krusty Krab.

Goofs

  • Squidward and Mr. Krabs are in their day clothes when they enter the destroyed Krusty Krab, but when they left Squidward's house, they were wearing their pajamas.
  • In part of the episode it shows Squidward and SpongeBob really old on strike. Yet at that age, Mr. Krabs would most likely be dead.
  • SpongeBob and Squidward are invertebrates, and would have no skeletons to rot away to.
  • It would be illegal for Mr. Krabs to charge Squidward and SpongeBob for their services.
  • In the episode "Nature Pants", "Patty Hype" and "As Seen on TV", SpongeBob willingly quits his job and throws his hat down. However, in this episode, he says that the hat is his "friend" and cannot bear to discard it.
  • When Squidward and SpongeBob are elderly and still on strike, the sign in Squidward's sign changes from "Krusty Still Unfair" to "Krabs Still Unfair."
  • When Squidward said "and more", Spongebob only had one tooth for that scene.

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