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To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants

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"To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants"
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Season number: 6
Production code: 116b
First airing: USA July 17, 2008
Sister episode(s): Squid's Visit
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Steven Banks
Creative director: Vincent Waller
Storyboard director: Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Animation director: Alan Smart
Supervising producer: Paul Tibbitt

“Oh, barnacles! I guess I'm not "SpongeBob SquarePants" anymore. I'll have to start all over again.”

"To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" is the second segment of the sixteenth episode of season 6, and it is paired with "Squid's Visit." In this episode, SpongeBob buys round pants after his old pants shrink in the dryer, but thinks nobody recognizes him in his new pants and must restart his life.



SpongeBob puts his collection of pants in the laundry, as well as Gary's shell. While he's doing other chores, Patrick calls him to show how long he can make a funny sound with his tongue. In the middle of the call, SpongeBob tells Gary to check on the laundry in the dryer, but he only takes out his shell and leaves the pants in.

SpongeBob goes to the dryer and sees that all his pants have shrunk, so he goes out to get new ones. Unfortunately, the mall doesn't have any square pants, so he has to try other variations. He eventually buys round pants, but after meeting several of his friends and them not recognizing him, he thinks they don't know him because of his new pants.

He ends up starting his life all over again and goes to the Krusty Krab to apply for the job. Mr. Krabs notices him and tells him to go to work, making him think he got the job. SpongeBob starts following what Squidward does, and slowly acts exactly like him as an employee.

Mr. Krabs sees that the two are slacking off and questions why SpongeBob is doing this. He says since he has round pants, he has to be a different person. Mr. Krabs tells him to just take off his pants, but when he serves an order in his underwear, Sandy nicknames him "SpongeBob UnderPants."