SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 4 Episode 5

Funny Pants

Aired Weekdays 5:00 PM Sep 30, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Funny Pants
Squidward has had enough of SpongeBob's incessant laughter, so he tricks his neighbor into believing that SpongeBob has a laugh-related illness. According to the made-up disease, if SpongeBob laughs one more time in the next 24 hours, his laugh box will explode and he will never laugh or giggle again. For the rest of the day, SpongeBob fights every single urge to chuckle. The next morning, SpongeBob discovers that he has completely lost the ability to laugh. Now, utterly grief stricken, all SpongeBob can do is cry his eyes out.. Will SpongeBob ever regain the ability to laugh?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?


    This episode had potential. Too bad is was really unfunny and the worst part: SpongeBob. He is SO annoying, constantly laughing and/or crying throughout the entire episode. I think the writers WANTED to annoy the viewers, because they added a squeaky toy effect to SpongeBob's laugh. And the ending made absolutely no sense.
  • I dont like it

    Its very annoying because of Spongebob!
  • So annoying that it is funny! :)

    I think this episode is annoyingly hilarious. I laughed when SpongeBob laughed and annoyed Squidward. I also thought Patrick was funny in this episode as well.

    I will admit that SpongeBob's laughter did start to get a bit annoying but at the same time I felt bad for SpongeBob when he cried over losing his laugh box. Fortunately it did not last too long. Another flaw this episode has is that Squidward was mean for tricking SpongeBob. SpongeBob, however, does not get mad at Squidward.

    I found it sweet that SpongeBob donated part of his laugh box to Squidward when his shriveled up and had to be removed. That was so selfless and sweet of SpongeBob. I also laughed when Squidward laughed like SpongeBob.

    Overall this episode is supberb.moreless
  • It's not terrible, but definitely not the best

    I saw a good potential for the writers in this episode. I thought that is was the new writers' chance to show the sense of humour they had for the kids. Did they ruin this chance? Yes they did! Throughout the episode, they just used lame and cheap jokes that not even 6 year-olds would find funny. Lame and unoriginal jokes like banana skins, whoopee cushions, stupid faces and of course, pies! And it starts out with Spongebob laughing about this joke. Spongebob is laughing and he just won't shut up, so what is this joke that Spongebob is laughing at you ask? It must be good. Spongebob: "Another day, another dollar!" What? That's what this is about? Instead of the writers thinking of a joke that's actually funny, they were so lazy, they had to think of something - stupid! That's my main problem with this episode. Squidward makes things even worse by changing dollar into nickel, and so Spongebob's abysmal laugh gets even worse and Squidward can't take it any more, so he makes up the laugh box. If Spongebob laughs too much, his laugh box burns out. Spongebob is stupid enough to believe this (Though it turns out to be real at the end, but still) so he tries to go the next 24 hours without laughing. Spongebob then sees Patrick slipping over a banana skin and tells him about not laughing (Stupid move) so Patrick predictably does the opposite to stop Spongebob laughing and finds every possible way around to make him laugh. In fact, it just so happens that everyone in bikini bottom are doing stupid things and finding every way possible to make Spongebob laugh by using, again, cheap jokes. Spongebob buries himself in the ground and sleeps the night. When he wakes up the next morning, he can't laugh! He looks for everyone that can help, but they do nothing (another chance to make things funny, but are blown) So of course, Spongebob does the only thing that is even more annoying than his laughing: Crying! So Squidward goes to Spongebob's house and tells Spongebob that it was all a joke. Which makes him laugh again. Spongebob eventually stops laughing, while Squidward continues to laugh, and he brakes his laugh box. (Yeah, like he was laughing more than Spongebob) and guess who shares some of their laugh box with Squidward: Spongebob! Yes, one of the more annoying Spongebob episodes. Definitely not the worst though.moreless
  • People actually LIKED this episode?!

    Wow. I have NO WORDS for that. I agree with all the negative reviews. This episode is EXTREMELY annoying and stupid. And there's NO SUCH THING AS A LAUGH BOX! You may not know that, but it's true. That's part of what made this episode stupid and annoying to me. That the whole concept is made-up and the "joke" at the beginning was not even a joke! This is also one episode that makes you feel sorry for Squidward (like Squid Wood, The Splinter, House Fancy, Squid TV, and Restraining SpongeBob).

    That is my review. I give this episode a big fat 0.

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 2 (originally posted last year on July 19): Nick has an upcoming show called Breadwinners that airs in 20 days. Today I found the pilot on YouTube and showed it to my family. EVERYONE HATED IT! They all said it was the worst thing they'd seen in their lives. And that includes The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012), Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale (2006), and Rabbids Invasion. So I won't be surprised when Breadwinners gets a 1.9 just like Marvin Marvin here at and Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale at IMDb. My Aunt said I should rate it as low as possible just to get the score down. Unfortunately, the lowest one can rate is 1, unless you are a prolific author. I have been working on that for months (6 plus months), so I can rate stuff like Marvin Marvin, Fred: The Show, and The Oogieloves a 0.0. Breadwinners is next on my "to rate 0.0 once I can" list.

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 18: Breadwinners premiered yesterday. I have reviewed it. It's bad but not as bad as Sanjay and Craig.moreless
Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Patrick Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Mr. SquarePants/Narrator/Various Others

Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence

Sandy Cheeks

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Mr. Krabs

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Squidward(laughing only)

Recurring Role

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • After Patrick slips on the banana peel several times he says, "Okay, right foot first" but he actually ends up picking up his left foot. Perhaps Patrick just doesn't know the difference between left or right.

    • If Mr. Krabs doesn't pay SpongeBob and Squidward, why did Squidward say "more like another nickel" and why did SpongeBob repeat it if it's not true?

    • After Squidward's laughbox was replaced by part of SpongeBob's, he has Spongebob's laugh. However, after this episode, Squidward has his regular laugh.

    • The fourth time someone has been in the hospital.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • SpongeBob: (crying) Hi, Squidward.
      Squidward: SpongeBob, this infernal crying has to stop!
      SpongeBob: But Squidward I... I broke my laugh-box!!! (cries his tears out on Squidward)
      Squidward: (pushes tears back in SpongeBob's eyes) SpongeBob, there's no such thing as a laugh-box! I made the whole thing up to get some peace from your insipid laughter!

    • SpongeBob: Mr. Krabs?
      Mr. Krabs: What, me boy?
      SpongeBob: I can't laugh anymore.

    • Squidward: What a schlemiel; broke your laugh-box! (wheezes, collapses, and then wakes up in hospital bed
      Sandy & Mr. Krabs: You broke your laugh-box, the doctor said it was the smallest, most shriveled one he's ever seen.

    • Squidward: I hate to see the little guy so sad, but not as much as I like to see him happy!

    • SpongeBob: Ah, I made it 24 hours without laughing! (wheezes)
      Spongebob: That's odd. (does it again)
      SpongeBob: Oh no, I've lost my laugh.

    • Patrick: Look he's waking up.
      Squidward: Where am I?
      Sandy: Your in the hospital silly, you broke your laugh box.
      Mr. Krabs: The doctor said it was the most dried out under used laugh box he'd ever laid eyes on.
      Patrick: So they cut it out.
      Squidward: CUT IT OUT!!
      Patrick: Yeah, wanna see it, it's fun to shake it up and watch it bounce around.
      Squidward: AHHH! GIVE ME...OOO, I can never laugh again?
      Doctor: Nonsense, your laugh should be stronger then ever.
      Squidward: But you cut out my laugh box.
      Doctor: Yes, but uh, one of your friends generously allowed us to transplant part of theirs to you.
      (Squidward looks at everyone round the room)
      Patrick: Nope.
      Mr Krabs: They wouldn't pay me.
      Sandy: Your getting warmer.
      (Squidward looks at Spongebob, Spongebob reveals a plaster on him.)
      Squidward: Spongebob?
      (Squidward laughs like Spongebob)
      Spongebob: Hey, you laugh just like me.
      (Squidward and Spongebob both laugh exactly the same, Squidward dives out the hospital)
      Spongebob: There he goes, off to share his laughter with the world.

    • SpongeBob: (knocks on door) Ohhhh, Squidward!
      Squidward: What is it SpongeBob?
      SpongeBob: Time for work Squidward. Another day another dollar! (laughs)
      Squidward: More like another nickel.

    • SpongeBob: You mean it was a cruel joke that sent me into spiraling depression?
      Squidward: It sounds a little harsh that way, but... yes.

    • Sandy: What has four wings and flies? A garbage truck!

    • SpongeBob: Another day, another nickel!

  • NOTES (10)