Nasty Patty: Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob hide the health inspector's body. Idiot Box: SpongeBob and Patrick throw out a TV to play in the box.


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Episode credited cast:
Mailfish / Pilot / Criminal / Health Inspector (voice)
Mr. Krabs (voice)
Squidward Tentacles / Professor (voice)
Cop #2 (voice)
TV Narrator (voice)
SpongeBob SquarePants / Narrator / Police / Astronaut (voice)
Announcer / Fish #41 / Reporter / Cop #1 (voice)


Nasty Patty: When the heath inspector comes to the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs tries to get the joint up to code. A passing stranger falls asleep and Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob become convinced that he is the health inspector and they have killed him with a spoiled Krabby Patty. They try to hide the body when the cops show up. In the end, the real inspector shows up and they're off the hook. Idiot Box: When a large screen TV is delivered to SpongeBob and Patrick, they throw the TV out and keep the box. Squidward thinks they are idiots and asks to keep the TV. They say sure. As Squidward is watching his new TV though, he keeps hearing noises from inside the box. He keeps going outside to investigate, but each time he finds SpongeBob and Patrick just sitting in the box. SpongeBob and Patrick explain to him that they are using their imagination, but Squidward doesn't buy it. Eventually he climbs into the box himself only to be carted off to the city dump. Written by NAS

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In "Idiot Box" Squidward pulls a sombrero out of a hat box and says, "Why haven't I worn this yet?" Squidward is seen wearing that same sombrero in "The Camping Episode" later in the season. See more »


Squidward: Let me get this straight. You two bought a big screen television just so you could play in the box?
SpongeBob SquarePants: Pretty smart, huh?
Patrick: I thought it wouldn't work.
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Music by Robert Schreier
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The Idiot Box is the best of Spongebob
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though the Nasty Patty is a great episode the best Spongebob episode is by far the Idiot Box. In this incredibly intelligent and thoughtful episode we see writing that can only be compared to that of the greats like Shakespeare, Virgil, Dante, Dostoyevsky and Homer. In this episode we see the finest acting and directing too. Bill Faberbakke is comparable to Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecture or De Niro in Cab driver. This edgy performance and dramatic voicing draws you in like a fish is drawn to water. When he is under the attack of the Avalanche you feel as you are there and if you close your eyes you can feel your legs go numb. And Tom Kenny makes you feel the pain of his lost limbs. Of course the strong performance of Spongebob's foil Squidward Tentacles by Roger Bumpass is only describable as phenomenal. Truly this is the closest we have come to a legendary classic and gripping thriller since, dare I say Citizen Kane. I do not want to reveal anymore as to destroy the marvelous experience you are bound to have when you see this unparalleled masterpiece. Bravo, Bravo, Bravissimo!

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