"Fools in April" is the 38th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


SpongeBob wakes up, and realizes that it's April Fools' Day. He begins the day with pranking his snail, Gary (who weeps because he doesn't know it is April Fools' Day, but SpongeBob calms him down by telling him), then goes to work. Squidward, curious by the laughing, looks at the calendar. Upon seeing it's April Fools' Day, he calls Mr. Krabs saying he's sick ("I caught sight of the calendar!"). Mr. Krabs says that there's a guy in his office who wants to sell Squidward's art. Squidward immediately rushes to his office, only to find that it was a prank. Squidward resigns, but SpongeBob persuades him not to, saying he won't target him again today.

SpongeBob then proceeds to pull off all sorts of harmless pranks on the customers (and even his own tongue), and his laughs annoy Squidward. Fed up, Squidward decides to do a prank on him. He gets a blob of mustard in the middle of a lasso on the floor. SpongeBob goes to clean it up, and the lasso closes on his legs. Squidward chops a nearby rope, which sends SpongeBob flying around and getting seriously hurt, until he lands in a garbage can. Squidward laughs really hard, while celebrating his victory, but SpongeBob cries and run away. The customers aren't happy with Squidward after his "prank" and leave.

Feeling bad about what he did, Squidward attempts to apologize to SpongeBob, but finds he cannot say the word "sorry". He thinks of other ways to apologize to SpongeBob, but all do not work until he's driven to grovel and even say that he actually likes SpongeBob and everyone else. SpongeBob forgives him, but shows Squidward everyone in his house, revealing that this was an April Fool's Joke. Squidward laughs manically and runs all the way home, saying he was pulling off a prank as well.


  • It is revealed that April Fool's Day is SpongeBob's favorite holiday.
  • The fish that said "You stink!" in live appearance is different than the fish that said it in Squidward's memory, because Squidward believes it is his mother.
  • Squidward's head temporarily turns into that of a donkey's implying that he thought he was being an a**. In "Christmas Who?" there is a similar scene, he's saying 'I feel like a...' and then a donkey appears. He says "big jerk!" though.
  • In this episode, Squidward suffocates when he apologizes to SpongeBob, but in Pizza Delivery, he normally said "that's okay" to SpongeBob.
  • There is a fish who speaks with a deep male voice, but it is a female fish wearing a bikini.
  • The old lady fish asked where the forks were, and SpongeBob tricked her into grabbing a spoon, she walked away with the spoon, not the fork.
  • When Squidward went to say sorry to SpongeBob, there was nothing on his door, but later there is.
  • This is the only episode where Gary weeps.
  • When Squidward was in the kitchen washing the dishes, and the napkins were in his ears, he pushed the napkins into his ears when he got angry.
  • When Squidward gave SpongeBob a message in a bottle he puts a cork on it. But when it rolls towards SpongeBob the cork is gone.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes

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