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Episode Title: "Fools in April"

Episode Airing Number: 19

Episode Production Number: 19

Original Airdate: April 1, 2000

Season: 1

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season," "SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric"

On VHS: "SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric"

Aired With Episode: "Neptune's Spatula"

Running Time: 11:02

Storyboard Director: Aaron Springer

Storyboard Artist: Erik Wiese

Writers: Aaron Springer, Erik Wiese and Merriwether Williams

Animation Director: Fred Miller

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: After Squidward plays a harsh April Fools prank on SpongeBob, he needs to get himself to apologize to him.

Story: SpongeBob is happy and cheerful because it's April Fools Day, his favorite holiday. Squidward, on the other hand, isn't thrilled to learn it's April 1st because of all the silly pranks SpongeBob pulls. He tries calling in sick, but Mr. Krabs lures him to work with an April Fool's prank. The prank makes Squidward attempt to quit his job, but SpongeBob brings him back by promising not to play anymore jokes on him.

Around the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob plays many April Fools pranks on the customers. While the customers like his jokes, Squidward gets annoyed by all his pranking. SpongeBob's noisy laughing over the loudspeaker irritates Squidward. He decides to teach SpongeBob what an April Fool's prank really is.

Squidward sets up an April Fools prank in the Krusty Krab. A mustard stain on the floor attracts SpongeBob to it. When he finishes cleaning it, Squidward activates a rope around him that ties to his ankle and sends him flying through flour, walls, people, and eventually landing in a trash can. Squidward finds it funny, but SpongeBob is hurt and the customers turn away from him. He decides that he must apologize to SpongeBob, a thing he knows will not be easy for him.

At SpongeBob's house, Squidward tries apologizing to SpongeBob for what he did at the Krusty Krab. When the words won't come out, he tries saying sorry through notes in bottles, tin can telephones and bubbles, but SpongeBob doesn't get the message. Thinking of how people thought of his actions gets Squid to finally let his apology out. However, the joke's on him: he wants SpongeBob to not tell anybody what he said, but a whole crowd of people in SpongeBob's house hear him.

Song: (none)


SpongeBob: No more jokes on you today, I promise.

Squidward: You do?

SpongeBob: Sure. There's lots of other willing participants. Right Mr. Krabs? *Krabs sits back in his chair; a whoopie cushion blows*

SpongeBob: *to his tongue outside his mouth* Hey, your shoe's united. *Tongue looks down* April Fools! You're not wearing shoes!

Squidward: *after prank, to cylinder-shaped SpongeBob* April Fools, you little sausage!

Squidward: Why is it that whenever I'm having fun, it's wrong?

Squidward: *writes apology note to SpongeBob, places it in a bottle, seals it and rolls it to SpongeBob* Well, aren't you gonna open it?

SpongeBob: I can't. I don't have a bottle opener.

SpongeBob: *after Squidward's apology* Squidward, is all that true?

Squidward: Yes, yes SpongeBob! Yes, it's all true!

SpongeBob: Even the part about the lima beans and the car chase?

Squidward: *stumped* Yes, yes, whatever!


Sailor Painting Next to Squidward's shellphone is a painting of him as a sailor.

Changing Decorations The decorations on Mr. Krabs's office door change. First, there is a gold anchor seen for a while. Then, there is a red and white lifesaver. Finally, there is a skinnier lifesaver that is mostly red with four small white stripes.

No Fork The woman that asks for a fork and is tricked by SpongeBob into getting a spoon walks back to her table with the spoon.

April Fools Tricks Played Throughout This Episode:

-SpongeBob convincing Gary they're leaving home and becoming peasants

-SpongeBob making many glasses of lemonade and then saying he'll drink them all

-Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob telling Squidward he's been honored as Artist of the Month at Barnacle Bay Museum

-SpongeBob planting a whoopie cushion on Mr. Krabs's seat

-SpongeBob telling a woman the forks are where the spoons are in a rack

-SpongeBob drawing a face on his back and pretending he's a different cashier at the ordering area

-SpongeBob only putting one ice cube in a drink when the customer asked for a couple

-SpongeBob telling his tongue its shoe is untied

-Squidward's prank on SpongeBob that sends him all through the Krusty Krab

-All the people in SpongeBob's house hearing what Squidward told SpongeBob

No Tongue SpongeBob's tongue has a mouth, but not its own tongue.

Different Color As SpongeBob is flying and about to smack into a man during Squidward's prank, the three holes on the side of his head are black.

Pain An explosion of blue and white color, yellow anchors, green bubbles and red seashells illustrate the pain SpongeBob faces when he collides with the man during Squidward's prank.

Running Nowhere The surroundings shown when Squidward runs through the Krusty Krab are repeated. He runs by the same customers at tables several times. This is because animators reuse backgrounds to save money.

Bubble Bass? The fat man SpongeBob tears through during Squidward's prank resembles Bubble Bass with different clothes and skin color.

Male Voices Two females in this episode has masculine voices. Squidward's mother and the woman at the Krusty Krab that says "That guy definitely has some issues to work out" speak like males.