The Inmates of Summer is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick are accidentally sent to a prison camp.

The Inmates of Summer

Time cards shown

  • 3 Days Later
  • Opening Night



  • Song of "Sun Fun Camp"
  • Song of "Together"


While waiting at the Bikini Bottom docks and shipyard, SpongeBob prepares for summer camp at Sun Fun Island. All of the sudden, Patrick comes running to SpongeBob mentioning to him that he never told Patrick that he was leaving. They both were crying and hugging each other as the other campers went to Sun Fun Island and the "Infernal Island"boat appears. SpongeBob planned Patrick to come to camp with him not knowing they're going to prison camp. SpongeBob didn't know about the camp so well, he thought Sun Fun Island was boring.

The warden greeted the prisoners to Infernal Island, but got assaulted though the sound of cheering from SpongeBob and Patrick. The warden even got annoyed when SpongeBob whispered to Patrick that he felt like eating him (not literally). Patrick felt kind of hungry when the warden mentioned it and he gave SpongeBob and Patrick tires to eat. The warden and the others were assumed about both of them eating the tires. The warden had SpongeBob and Patrick digest the tires in a low, narrow hole with chum buried on top of them. Three days later, the warden let SpongeBob and Patrick out of hole, but they didn't felt punished since they thought it was an enjoyable soap. The warden felted so ashamed that he made the activities very boring and difficult. Apparently, SpongeBob and Patrick thought that the "Coal Breaking" activity was fun and challenging even though they were wearing heavy ankle weights. SpongeBob comes to the conclusion that Patrick and him are having more fun than the other prisoners. Patrick suggests that they do a fun activity altogether, then they would be having the same amount of fun as each other. This hatches an idea in SpongeBob's brain, so he works on a play all night. The warden finds the script and in the morning yells at the prisoners to find out which one of them wrote the paper. SpongeBob speaks out and says it was a play for "amusement and inspiration".

SpongeBob builds a boat for the play to take place in. One of the prisoners notices that they could use the boat to escape. After the play, the prisoners attempt to escape from the island, until they realise that the boat is just a prop then real, leading them to sink. The prisoners swim back to the island, and the warden is now furious. Suddenly, the Counselor of SpongeBob's camp comes to Infernal Island, to retrieve SpongeBob, who was absent from his camp. The prisoners, seeing their chance, all say that they are SpongeBob so they can be taken to Sun Fun Island. The warden asks the counselor what kind of activities they do at his "Sunny Funny island". The counselor says that they make macaroni art, sing campfire songs, and help and support each other. So, at the end the inmates, prisoners, and SpongeBob and Patrick make macaroni art. Patrick confesses that he likes the other island better and so does SpongeBob.


  • List of campers:
    • Mattie Mollusk (on Kraus's list)
    • Billy Belenny (on Kraus's list)
    • Percy Perch (on Kraus's list)
    • Tom Tarpon (on Kraus's list)
    • Lois Flatfish (on Kraus's list)
    • Monroe Timmy (waiting on dock)
    • 4 other campers
  • This episode was set to premiere with "The Two Faces of Squidward" but aired with "To Save a Squirrel" instead. Probably because both episodes are about camping.
  • R. Lee Ermey, the potrayer of the Warden in fact used to be in the military, just like his character.
  • The Warden is similar to the Warden in the novel Holes.
  • Camp Counserlor Crouse makes his second appearance in this episode. He first appeared in That's No Ladyas the Get out of Town Fish.
  • The plot is similar to the Animaniacs episode "Boot Camping" where the Warners mistake a basic training camp for Summer Camp
  • It doesn't make sense how the other campers didn't react when they were holding the chum, but when Patrick breathed, they did react to it. It was probably because the chum didn't really have a bad smell, but added to Partick's real breath makes it even worse.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick move from next to the other campers, to in front of them.
  • SpongeBob's paint brush was lime green, but there was no green on the boat.
  • The Warden is a parody of Gunnery Sergant Hartman from the classic Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket.
  • The Warden is voiced by R. Lee Ermey, the same actor who played Gunnery Sergant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket (Ermey's portrait of Hartman has been parodied in popular culture).
  • The guitar Patrick is seen playing resembles a Paul Gibson Flying "V".
  • The title card is similar to Skill Crane, which is also similar to Plankton's Regular.
  • 41st time Squidward doesn't appear.
  • The episode's title is a reference to Don Henley's song "The Boys of Summer or the Inmates of Alcatraz
  • This is the fouth time a real language is mentioned which was English. Italian was mentioned Wormy at first. The second time was Christmas Who where Pourtagese was mentrioned. And the third time was in New Student Starfish where Spanish was mentioned.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are in the pit the doors closed but when the chum is poured its open.
  • SpongeBob is the shortest in the prison camp although there not supposed to be there.
  • SpongeBob should stop crying while waiting for the boat or the campers are moving.
  • Even SpongeBob is in Sun Fun Island, He likes Infernal Island better.
  • Ironically, it took many days for Camp Counsler Crouse to notice that SpongeBob and Patrick were missing. Maybe it's because he did notice immediately, but it just took a while to find them.
  • It is unknown why the prisoners thought the boat was real.
  • Infernal Island is based off Alcatraz from the 1979 film, Escape from Alcatraz.
  • In the 10-12-2012 airing of this episode, the title card wasn't shown


Original Music

  • Sun Fun Island - #1: The campmates board the "Camp Sun O' Fun" ship while SpongeBob & Patrick weep. {Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter}
  • Sun Fun Island - #2: SpongeBob spots the "Camp Sun O' Fun" ship. {Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter}
  • Together - The prisoners sing their musical number. {Chris Reccardi, Tuck Tucker, Eban Schletter}

APM Music

  • Queen's Aloha Oe C - SpongeBob is seen waiting in a line to board a ship.
  • Whisper from the Past - SpongeBob and Patrick weep and hug each other.
  • Slave Caravan 1 - The prison ship docks and all the prisoners walk on-board while SpongeBob & Patrick are still wallowing.
  • Slave Caravan 2 - #1: The prison ship departs.
  • Mounting the Scaffold 1 - #1: SpongeBob & Patrick arrive at Inferno Island and the corporal appears.
  • Death March - "Could that have been an unrequested sound off!? Well, it must've been my imagination! And you can all thank your lucky stars THAT I HAVE A VERY ACTIVE IMAGINATION!! Because it so happens that it is MY sworn duty to think of fun things to do with the trash that society HAS THROWN AWAY!!"
  • Tympup A - The corporal reacts to the interruption.
  • Mounting the Scaffold 1 - #2: "DID YOU SAY A NAP!!? Well, I know the perfect place for you two to go digest that meal."
  • Wooden Bear - SpongeBob & Patrick are seen enjoyably stuffed full of chum.
  • Slave Caravan 2 - #2: The prisoners (including SpongeBob & Patrick) are seen breaking up hardened rocks.
  • Alekoki - SpongeBob is worried about the other prisoners not being able to have fun.
  • Worker's Symphony - SpongeBob types on a typewriter and secretly slots leaflets under the warden's door.
  • Vaudeville Knees Up - The play begins.
  • Gala Premiere - The small crowd applaud.
  • Dramatic Cue (g) - The prisoners escape on a stage boat.
  • Legends of the Silver Screen - The curtain pulls back up to reveal the missing stage boat.
  • Dramatic Cue (a) - The corporal spots the prisoners escaping on a stage boat.
  • Drama Link (g) - "What in the name of?"
  • Drama Link (d) - #1: The warden screams.
  • Drama Link (d) - #2: "..These heinous activities sound like torture too severe for even the lowest, filthiest, undeserving--!"

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