Mr. Krabs: What's the most important rule here?
Spongebob: No free napkins?
Mr. Krabs: No, the other most important rule!
Spongebob: Only discuss the secret formula with Mr Krabs.
Mr. Krabs: As long as you do that, the formula is safe.
Squidward: I thought the most important rule was why do today what you can put off for tomorrow?
Mr. Krabs: But what's today, but yesterday's tomorrow?
In the episode "Karate" when Sandy is about to pour the hot sause over Spongebob's tongue, the face on the sause that laughs and taunts Spongebob is Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob. See more...
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Updates: Series 2
Continuity: In "Where's Gary?" the length of the paddle ball string that SpongeBob uses seems to vary in certain shots. While the length is somewhat subjective one shot that is more conclusive is when Patrick finds Spongebob lying on the floor. The string on the paddle ball is fairly short. When the two get up to get a glass of milk, the string is now a lot longer.
Continuity: In the episode "Help Wanted" when Spongebob makes Krabby Patties for the anchovies, Spongebob chops lettuce, patties, and onions for some of the buns and the buns don't have patties, tomatoes, or cheese on them. And when he's done dancing, when you look at the patty buns there is no onion but there is a patty and lettuce. Also in later episodes, the way he made those patties isn't the way he makes them now. And the way he makes them now has tomatoes and cheese on them. But this could probably be wrong due to it being a pilot episode.
Continuity: In episode 3-21, Spongebob Meets The Strangler / Pranks A Lot, in "Pranks A Lot": SpongeBob and Patrick are going to burn Mr. Krab's dollar, so he throws water on them and they become visible. Patrick is holding Mr. Krab's dollar. When he says "We're visible again", and he and SpongeBob start to scream, the dollar completely disappears.
Continuity: In "Sing a Song of Patrick" in season 4, Patrick creates his own song and listens to it with Spongebob in his pineapple. And at the end of the song the pineapple melts and the stereo falls on top of them and not the pineapple. But when they get up, the busted stereo disappears and the pineapple is on top of them.
Continuity: In 'Plankton', when Spongebob is being controlled by Plankton and he bounces into the wall in the Chum Bucket, he is tumbling in a way so that when he is standing, he is facing away from the ingredient identifier. When the shot changes, Spongebob is now facing the identifier while standing.
Continuity: In "Plankton", when Plankton is controlling Spongebob, Spongebob goes to put his pants on, but Plankton has him walk through them. As they're walking towards the pants, the tie is red. As they're walking through the pants, the tie turns black. As they walk away from the pants, the tie is red again.
Continuity: When Squidward starts making pink bubbles with messages, he goes to his backyard. Notice he never closed the back window of his house. When he starts laughing because of the messages, suddenly the window is closed. After Patrick saves Squidward, the window is still closed, but when they go to the front of his house, the window is open.
Continuity: After Spongebob's house is gone, Squidward boo-hoos and goes into his house, then sounds happy. He starts throwing streamers and confetti out of his NOT-OPEN porthole. If the porthole was closed, they wouldn't fly out. Similar to some other ones in this show, and one in Fairly Odd Parents.
Continuity: At the beginning of "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy", when SpongeBob and Patrick are watching TV viewing Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy show, you can see that these heroes have 5 fingers on their hands, as the real human beings. However, when SpongeBob and Patrick meet these heroes, as in the rest of the show, you can see that now, the heroes, have 4 fingers on their hands, as cartoon characters usually have.
Continuity: In "Jellyfish jam", when SpongeBob shows the jellyfish to Squidward, and the jellyfish starts to do a lot of things, you see that Squidward is looking by his porthole in his house. The porthole is closed. However, when he says "How can anybody have fun with a jellyfish?" his arms go outside the porthole. But this is impossible, since the porthole is closed.
Continuity: A mistake that's complicated to say but I'll try. We see Spongebob in his long legs walk over to Mr. Krabs' house, then we see the door from inside the house. Through the window we see Spongebob's long legs, yet we hear him spring boing his way over when we see them already there. This MIGHT count as both a continuity mistake and an audio problem, but I've submitted it using Continuity.
Continuity: When Spongebob is crying next to the employee of the month wall, (just before he says "How could I have let the quality of my work slip so much?") the order of the pictures is messed up. It goes December, February, January. Then, when we see the close-up of Squidward's face laughing, the order is correct again.
Continuity: When Pearl gives SpongeBob the new costume for the Krusty Krab, she gives SpongeBob a mirror. In the mirror, Squidward appears and tells him not to accept the costume. If you notice, Squidward is at the LEFT of SpongeBob. Because is a mirror, in the real life he would be at the RIGHT of SpongeBob. When a shot is shown of SpongeBob and Squidward, you can see that Squidward isn't at the RIGHT of SpongeBob, he's at the LEFT.
Continuity: In "Squid's Day Off" Squidward gets mad at Spongebob for ringing a bell over and over again. It shows the bell in the window to the left. Later, when it shows Squidward throwing the cash register onto the ordering desk, the bell is gone from the window. In the next shot of Spongebob, the bell is back in the window. Then, when Squidward shouts "No." the bell is gone again.
Continuity: At the beginning of "Big Pink Loser", Patrick's rock is brown. When Spongebob and Patrick run with each other, out of the Krusty Krab, Spongebob runs into Patrick's rock, painted like Spongebob's pineapple house, yet when Patrick said "I'm going to defend my title" or something like that, the rock is brown. The rock can't possibly paint itself.
Continuity: During Spongebob's act, he says to the audience, ".I'd like to give a special thanks to my friend Sandy over here" and the spotlight moves from Spongebob to Sandy. A few shots later, when Spongebob is talking to Sandy, the spotlight is suddenly no longer on Sandy. Then when Spongebob yells "Am I right?" to the audience, the spotlight is on him and as he turns to talk to Sandy again, the spotlight is altogether gone; it's not on either one of them.
Continuity: When SpongeBob and Patrick had used the reef blower to take parts of Squidward's house off, they had taken off all parts but the two ear-like parts on the sides of the house. When Squidward demands that they put the parts back, the ear parts are no longer on the house, but are being blown back onto the house. This isn't possible because they were never taken off in the first place.
Continuity: In "No Free Rides", when Spongebob and Mrs. Puff are fighting in the car, they eventually go over a cliff. We see a view of a police car under them, next to the cliff and a billboard. We also see a shot of the police car facing a hill or two. The car flies out of nowhere onto the police car, from behind a hill, not off the cliff. The landscape in the scene changes in each shot.
Continuity: After SpongeBob confesses he threw the peanut at the oyster, a zoo keeper says, "wait, here is the real criminal", and he drags out Mr.Krabs. If you look at his pockets you can see food, candy, and other junk. Yet when the zoo keeper accidentally rips Mr.Krabs clothes off the pockets are completely empty.
Continuity: When Sandy and SpongeBob are climbing the mountain at the beginning of "Pressure," when Sandy pushes the rocks down at SpongeBob, there were two big ones holding them that vanish. You could say that she pushed them down too, but remember that they were different colours than the smaller ones.
Continuity: In The Smoking Peanut, after Spongebob sees Sandy he runs home. When he's trying to open the door if you look to the right the ground is completely flat and has nothing in it. Yet when Patrick comes, while he is saying, "I followed these footprints to this exact spot", there are footprints.
Continuity: "In Artist Unknown", when Spongebob creates the statue, the right arm of it is tucked behind it's back and the left arm is bent with the hand resting on the chin. When the art collector jumps onto the head to remove the nose Squidward placed on it, the arms are switched so that the left arm is behind and the right hand is up on the chin. Then, when the art collector carries the statue out, the arms are back in their original positions.
Continuity: In 'Welcome to the Chum Bucket', the sky is constantly changing in an abnormal way. First, it is daylight when Plankton takes Spongebob into the Chum Bucket. When Spongebob starts singing, the sun is either coming up or going down. When Mr. Krabs starts singing, look through the hole in the wall and the sky looks to be about afternoon. When Spongebob and Mr. Krabs finish their song, it's nighttime.
Continuity: In the episode Welcome to the Chum Bucket, when Plankton is reading a story to SpongeBob, he is interrupted. When he looks up and sees SpongeBob asleep, Sponge doesn't have his Chum Bucket Bucket Helmet on. When Plankton decides not to hit SpongeBob with a mallet and wakes him up, Sponge has the helmet on again.
Continuity: In "One Krab's Trash," after SpongeBob discovers the drinking hat at Mr. Krabs' yard sale, the two straws are connected to a cylinder with a hole. But when Mr. Krabs says "You were born to wear this hat!" the little cylinder has vanished. Later when SpongeBob is blowing bubbles, the cylinder has reappeared.
Character mistake: In the beginning of "One Krabs Trash" Spongebob only has one bill in his hand, a 5 dollar bill. When he goes to his house and comes back, he says he found 68 cents. Therefore, he has 5 dollars and 68 cents. However, he has two dollar bills and a few pennies in his hand, which cannot be made into $5.68.
Continuity: When SpongeBob and Patrick arrive to the class, SpongeBob writes Patrick's name in the board. Notice that he writes it in capital letters: "PATRICK". After, when Patrick is asked to say his name to the class, and he becomes nervous, look at the board, at Patrick's name: now isn't in capital letters, is normal: "Patrick".
Continuity: Gary leaves big saliva trails. When Squidward realizes that Gary leaves these saliva trails, we can see that is a trail in front of Squidward's house. When Squidward tells SpongeBob about these trails in the language of the past, we can see that the trail of the saliva has changed: it bigger and almost in all the scenery. After a while, we see that the road goes directly to Squidward's house, to its door. How did the road change, if we haven't seen Gary moving?