Sleepy Time (Episode)

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Sleepy Time
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Episode No.: 15a
Season: 1
Airdate: 17 January 2000

Denmark:10 march 2003

Previous Episode: Karate Choppers
Next Episode: Suds
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Squidward Tentacles Rodger Bumpass
Gary Tom Kenny
Sandy Cheeks Carolyn Lawrence
Mr. Krabs Clancy Brown
SpongeBob's Dream.

Sleepy Time is an episode from Season 1.






SpongeBob has a dream that he is in a hot rod and he got his driver's license. Mrs. Puff also appears in this dream and tears out SpongeBob's license, and right after he is somehow 'propelled' out of his own dream cloud, he sees his real self. He realizes that he has no dream to go to, until he sees Gary's dream cloud. He jumps in, frightening Gary. He is in a vast library, and Gary appears to be humanoid and can speak English. SpongeBob goes out of Gary's dream cloud and into Patrick's. He is on a kiddie ride that costs 25 cents per ride. SpongeBob explains to him that in a dream, he can do whatever he wants. He demonstrates by turning into a skyscraper and making a million identical copies of himself. Patrick says he is already satisfied, and SpongeBob goes out of Patrick's dream cloud. Patrick then complains that he has run out of quarters. (This could be a hint towards Patrick's empty-mindedness.) Next, he goes to Squidward's dream cloud and sees what is going on. He is performing a clarinet solo in a theater, set in the 1700s because of the theme. He distracts the king and Squidward stops, and the king growls at him for not playing. After this happens several times, Squidward gets angry and snaps his clarinet, but SpongeBob saves him by turning into a clarinet. It produces no sound, but SpongeBob just sings, and everybody applauds. SpongeBob goes to a different dream, this time Sandy's. They are skydiving, and they have to land on a painted target. SpongeBob asks if it is safe, and Sandy says it is safe so long as he has a parachute. However, SpongeBob misinterprets this, and Sandy lands hard in a truck. SpongeBob decides to stop invading other's dreams. He goes to what he thinks is Mr. Krabs' dream, but actually is Pearl's dream. After realizing this, he immediately goes to Mr. Krabs' dream, where he's fishing money. SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs manage to catch Moby Dollar, but it escapes and SpongeBob is shot out of Mr. Krabs' dream cloud and into Plankton's. Plankton, in his dream, is bigger than the buildings and has laser-eyes. SpongeBob, misinterpreting this to be a nightmare, pokes him with a pin and Plankton deflates, and wakes up. SpongeBob then goes back to his own dream cloud, where everyone's angry faces appear and start spinning around him. When he wakes up, everyone is in his house complaining that he has ruined all of their dreams, until Patrick comes up and asks "Does anyone have a quarter?" because of his dream.

Cultural references

  • Moby Dollar is a parody of Moby Dick.
  • The name that Squidward had in his dream, Wolfgang Amadeus Tentacles, is a pun of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Gary says "Mind your wandering eye, you little poriferan" in his dream. The sponge is in the Phylum Porifera.
  • In one scene, when Gary and SpongeBob are walking along the library, a book is shown close up. On the cover, the title says "Of Snails and Men", a reference to John Steinbeck's book Of Mice and Men.
  • When SpongeBob tells Gary "Curiosity salted the snail" this is a reference to the classic line, "Curiosity killed the cat," as snails are portrayed as the cats of the sea.

Associated Production Music

  • Kaili Aloha - George de Frates (Title card)
  • Killer Birds - Gregor F. Narholz (Voices and faces of Squidward, Patrick, Pearl, Gary, Plankton, Mr. Krabs and Sandy hovering around SpongeBob's head.)


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  • There is a deleted scene where Spongebob licks his license in his dream. This was cut from later airings for unknown reasons.
  • In Sandy's dream, she says (before she falls) "You need a para-(splat!)medic." the captions say "para-*splat*made it."
  • Plankton slept in the Chum Bucket with no pajamas, but in SpongeBob's house, he appears in pajamas.
  • When Sandy was in her tree dome, she is not wearing any hair curlers. In SpongeBob’s house, she does.
  • In a commentary for the DVD Tide and Seek, Tom Kenny said that Gary looked like a Talosian (from Star Trek) in SpongeBob's dream.
  • In the episode Squeaky Boots, Mr. Krabs eyes are brown. However, in this episode, his driver's license says they are green.
  • Whale of a Birthday Easter Egg: In Pearl's dream, there are framed photos of what look like the members of Boys Who Cry.
  • Old Man Jenkins makes a cameo appearance in Plankton's dream.
  • When Sandy lands on the target, her bikini is pink.
  • This and the episode Suds both have Fred say "My leg!" in them. This is very abnormal, as he usually only can be heard in one of the attached episodes.
  • Music from the title card of the episode Skill Crane can be heard in Patrick's Dream.
  • It is presumed the dream versions of the main characters and Pearl were the main characters while their counterparts were not.
  • This is the 1st time that Plankton got tall, the 2nd is Wishing You Well (Episode)


Transcript for Sleepy Time

Season 1 Season 2 →
01a 01b 01c 02a 02b 03a 03b 04a 04b 05a 05b 06a 06b 07a 07b 08a 08b 09a 09b 10a 10b
11a 11b 12a 12b 13a 13b 14a 14b 15a 15b 16a 16b 17a 17b 18a 18b 19a 19b 20a 20b
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