SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 6 Episode 23 - 24

Truth or Square

Aired Weekdays 5:00 PM Nov 06, 2009 on Nickelodeon
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Krusty Krab celebrates its eleventy-seventh anniversary, and Mr. Krabs plans to sell lots of Krabby Patties. But SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs accidentally get locked in the freezer before they have a chance to celebrate. While finding their way through air shafts, they look back at some memorable moments in their lives. Meanwhile, Plankton finally finds the perfect opportunity to steal the Krabby Patty formula!moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • 50 minutes of pain

    Who thought people would like this? I love SpongeBob but not this awful season. This episode is nothing but filler and reused elements. Just stick to seasons 1-5 and 8-9.
  • Lies!

    That's the only word I could find to describe this special. Everything said in that commercial were just plain lies. It's also a fine example of the fact that the writers don't even watch or care about older Spongebob, because in this "TV movie" it seemed like everything was made up as they went along. When Spongebob wakes up, he reveals that it is the eleventy-seventh (what kind of number is that?) anniversary since Mr. Krabs opened the Krusty Krab. (Has he even been alive that long?) At the Krusty Krab, we get a montage of Squidward shown to be sleeping on the job. In flashbacks like this, they could've actually shown us clips from older episodes, which they don't, which is why I brought up the fact that the writers probably don't watch old Spongebob, or even seasons 4-5 Spongebob. The same goes for the flashbacks of Mr. Krabs, everything is made up at one time. I know that continuity in Spongebob sucks, and that's fine if the show only goes on for about 3 seasons, which is what it was supposed to do, but when you get to 6, 7, 8, 9, or maybe even 10 seasons, that's when a show with a lack of continuity gets ridiculous. Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs get stuck in the freezer, so they go through the air duct. And here are some of the worst lies, not just in the special, but in the entire series. This is what turned this "TV movie" into the biggest ratings trap in Spongebob history. I don't mean to spoil anything but: The Krabby Patty formula is never revealed. It just turns out to be filler of Mr. Krabs and Spongebob on some pointless journey only to end up walking in a huge circle, Squidward should still be depressed without Spongebob, because he still has Patrick, and works for Mr. Krabs, and Spongebob and Sandy don't get married, it's just a play, which probably upset the people who thought that Spongebob and Sandy had crushes on each other. When they break out, Spongebob sings some random Christmas carol, for no reason and that's just about it.

    The patchy parts are even worse. Let me start off by saying that almost 3/5 of this special is just pure patchy crap. Patchy is expecting Spongebob to turn up at some TV Extravaganza, but doesn't, so he goes to some place called Bikini Atoll. This is where it gets weird. Patchy says that he has sent something like 400 letters in one week. It's understandable if a child tried to send a few letters, but a grown-man dressed up as a pirate, thinking that Spongebob is real, sending over 400 letters in one week... And for some reason, patchy is actually let into this place, even know they know that Spongebob isn't actually real. (Where's the joke here?) Here, we get some of the most pointless celebrity cameos ever, from celebrities children probably won't even recognise. Even as a 15-year-old, I barely recognise any of these people. I mean, you've got Cee-Lo Green, Robin Williams and P!nk but that's it for me. And the special has an even more ridiculous climax than "Atlantis Squarepantis" A dream where patchy meets Spongebob, with bad effects. It's just bad, and is this seriously how they celebrate 10 years of one of the best ever children's shows? Just like Atlantis Squarepantis, Plankton is thrown in to the episode, for a sub-plot to go nowhere. The special does have a few good parts, like the songs, but they aren't even necessary, the gag with hans taking Squidward's jeans off when Squidward is used as the main character for the opening theme, but again, not necessary, and Mr. Krabs dropping his wallet and some guy steals it, because it's funny to see Mr. Krabs suffer. But that's just about it. I'm sorry, but in my honest opinion, some of the special just feels like scraps of crap cobbled together to make a 1 hour special. 90% really isn't necessary. 3.5/10.moreless
  • Good, but mostly bad

    Just like some reviewer said, that episode was a "HUGE LIE". It really offended the SandyxSpongebob shippers, they squeezed in the cheesy Patchy segments, and the "secrets" in the advertisments TOLD YOU NOTHING. Only good thing is it still had humour from Seasons 1-3!
  • Agree with charlesguy11, EmanTan, and other users who hated or disliked this episode

    A very generous 2.5/10

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 2 (originally posted last year on November 29): 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
  • Why!!!

    Spongebob was so epic in the day,now it's gross realistic stuff these days,and that wedding part,great,another episode for annoying spandy shippers to shove the pairing in our faces.
Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

SpongeBob SquarePants / Gary

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Patrick Star

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Mr. Eugene H. Krabs

Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence

Sandy Cheeks

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence


Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Announcer / Dad / Angry Fish / 50's Narrator / Theatre Fish #1 / Grocery Store Owner

Guest Star

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Male Streaker

Guest Star

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Priest/Security Guard (live-action)

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Patchy the Pirate (live-action)

Recurring Role

Paul Tibbitt

Paul Tibbitt

Potty the Parrot (live-action / voice)

Recurring Role

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Larry the Lobster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

    • Goof: In the old Krusty Krab commercial, Mr. Krabs is seen as an adult and SpongeBob was a baby. How could this be, if in the show, Mr. Krabs is still an adult? He should be a senior by now.

    • In one of the flashbacks, it shows the first Krusty Krab commercial, but in the SpongeBob episode "As Seen on TV", Mr. Krabs talked to his pet, Mr. Doodles about his first commercial for the Krusty Krab. But those two commercials were completely different, because the "As Seen on TV" commercial was in color, and the "Truth or Square" flashback was black and white. Also the "As Seen on TV" commercial had Squidward as a customer, but the "Truth or Square" commercial, Squidward as an employee.

    • The place where SpongeBob and Sandy are married seems to be like a church, but you can't find any church in Bikini Bottom, which means that the church is outside of the town.

      NOTE: Actually, they are in the same place where Squidward had his concert in "The Best Day Ever."

    • Outside the Krusty Krab, when SpongeBob jumps on everyone's heads in the line, it was a straight line. But as you can see when SpongeBob tries to get into the Krusty Krab, everyone surrounding the restaurant.

    • At two brief moments behind SpongeBob, there were no decorations.

    • It isn't revealed why Mr. Krabs has cameras spying on everyone in Bikini Bottom.

    • Despite what promos said, the Krabby Patty formula remains unrevealed and SpongeBob and Sandy were not really married (though technically, they could be since the priest didn't know it wasn't real).

    • This episode marks the 1,004th time Plankton tries to steal the Krabby Patty Formula unsuccessfully.

    • Squidward says to Mr. Krabs "and it took eleventy-seven years for you to figure that out?" Even though it's a joke, how could Squidward know this if Mr. Krabs is not eleventy-seven years old?

    • How did Mr. Krabs appear in the vent after SpongeBob's flashback?

    • Mr. Krabs said earlier that the vents were underground. But when he saw the customers waiting, it was at the top of the restaurant.

    • When SpongeBob had a flashback about the fake wedding and when Mr. Krabs lost his wallet behind them, the vent was a dead end and then it seemed a very far repeatedly.

    • Will Ferrel, only in this episode, says he is the President of the SpongeBob Fan Club, the Tarzana chapter.

    • The Bikini Bottom real estate seller from "Opposite Day" appears in a flashback.

    • In Squidward's flashback, an unknown frycook is shown which could possibly be a replacement Jim. It is still unknown when he got fired/quit.

    • It is learned that SpongeBob moved into Bikini Bottom when a pineapple from a ship came by and dropped into the ocean's surface.

    • Songs:

      "Things Can't Get Any Better"
      "Scurvy" by P!nk
      "I'm Ready"
      "Oh Krusty Krab"

    • In Squidward's flashback about Bikini Bottom before SpongeBob, Squidward says "Hi, not SpongeBob!" to the guy behind the grill, but Squidward didn't know SpongeBob yet.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mr. Krabs: We're getting close, I have a warm feeling.
      SpongeBob: That may be just my hand, Mr. Krabs.

    • Patrick: Hey, there's my house!
      (shows Patrick's house with the TV left on)
      Squidward: You left your TV on.
      Patrick: Well, duh! I don't want to miss my shows!

    • (in the Green Room)
      P!nk: I can't believe I gave up my one-day vacation for this.
      Mr. Tinder: I really love your music.

    • Squidward: You hired Patrick?
      Mr. Krabs: What? You expect me to pay money on a real security guard?

    • (Mrs. Puff plays "Wedding March" on the organ as Sandy walks down the aisle, she approaches the stage where she meets SpongeBob, the priest, and Patrick as the best man)
      Priest: Friends, we have gathered here today to join these two hearts in the bonds of love. (Mr. Krabs and Pearl, along with Plankton and Karen look at each other teary-eyed) SpongeBob, do you take Sandy as your lawfully wedded wife?
      SpongeBob: I do.
      Priest: And Sandy, do you take SpongeBob as your lawfully wedded husband?
      Sandy: And how!
      Priest: Well, then, I now pronounce you sponge and squirrel. You may kiss the bride.
      (the music starts again, SpongeBob gets out some breath-spray from his pocket and sprays a little in his mouth, he adjusts his bowtie, and puckers up to kiss Sandy, who does the same, but SpongeBob's forehead bumps into her helmet, so they just turn and smile)

  • NOTES (12)

    • The flashbacks in the episode:

      SpongeBob's first visit to the Krusty Krab.
      Squidward sleeping on the job.
      Mr. Krabs launching Plankton.
      The times SpongeBob had decortated the Krusty Krab.
      The first Krusty Krab commercial.
      Mr. Krabs about to tell SpongeBob the krabby patty formula.
      Squidward's life before SpongeBob.
      SpongeBob moving to Bikini Bottom and meeting Squidward.
      SpongeBob and Sandy's wedding (the play).

    • This is the first (and probably only time so far) that SpongeBob and Sandy kiss.

    • When this episode initially aired, it included segments of Patchy the Pirate going to the Nicktoons Animation Studio and calling various celebrities such as Rosario Dawson, LeBron James, Tina Fey, Will Ferrel, and Craig Ferguson (plus, attemping to trap Robin Williams in his greenroom) to try to get them to be guests on his 10th-anniversary show, along with an intro and concluding narration by Ricky Gervais. However, when reruns started airing on November 7, these scenes were left out, showing only the scenes with Patchy's show, getting eaten by a whale, meeting SpongeBob, and P!nk's performance. The original first scenes showing Patchy the Pirate are retained on the DVD release.

    • This is the third episode to have a different opening. The first being "Christmas Who?" and the second being "Whatever Happened to SpongeBob?". This is also the first episode to use an opening with different animation.

    • This is the fifth time Sandy appears out of her treedome without her suit. The first four being "Procrastination", "Pressure", "Karate Island", and "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy".

    • This is the first episode to be broadcast in 16:9 widescreen high-definition format.

    • The episode shows other theme song considerations.

    • This is SpongeBob's second hour special, the first was "Atlantis SquarePantis."

    • There will also be a DVD for this TV movie.

    • There will be a book based on this episode called," The Great Escape!"

    • There will be a video game based on this movie called Truth Or Square?

    • This will air in November 2009.


    • The tune to "Oh Krusty Krab," sung by SpongeBob, parodies the songs "Oh Tannerbaum" and "Oh Christmas Tree".

    • This episode is a parody of clip shows.

    • The Whale
      The whale that ate Patchy the Pirate could be a parody of the whale that eats Gepetto in the Disney movie Pinocchio. Both of them escaped by making a fire while inside of the whale, and being sneezed out.

    • The play "The Marriage of SpongeBob" is a possible spoof of the opera, "The Marriage of Figarro".

    • The old SpongeBob cartoon is modeled after the early 1930's and 40's cartoons made by Walt Disney, the Fleischer Brothers, and Warner Brothers.

    • Episode Title: Truth or Square

      This is an allusion to the game, truth or dare. A participant is asked "truth or dare?", depending on their response, they either have to tell a secret truth or do a crazy dare.