Snowball Effect (Episode)

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Snowball Effect
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Episode No.: 46a
Season: 3
Airdate: 22 February 2002
Previous Episode: Doing Time
Next Episode: One Krab's Trash
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
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"Snowball Effect" is an episode from Season 3





As an iceberg travels across the surface of the water to Bikini Bottom, the temperature goes lower and lowers, until it snows. Everyone is having fun, building things out of snow. SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star decide to have a snowball fight. Meanwhile, Squidward Tentacles is relaxing at home with a cup of tea. They try to convince him to come out and play with them, both trying to get him on their own side.

Squidward decides that, as entertainment, he will watch them fight, hoping they will get hurt. SpongeBob and Patrick realize that snowball fights are for children, and they sign a peace treaty. Squidward tries to convince them to continue, but gets hit with a snowball. He decides to join in the fight. He makes a small fort and hits everyone with snowballs. Soon Squidward's fort has grown into a tower.

After SpongeBob and Patrick figure out that Squidward is taking it far too seriously, SpongeBob and Patrick go away, leaving a paranoid and riled-up Squidward to wreak havoc to nobody--except an overhead palm branch that keeps dropping gobs of snow on his head, as they relax in the pineapple watching TV with hot chocolate and popcorn warming up.


  • "The Snowball Effect" is also the title of a famous short story by Katherine MacLean.
  • Running gag: Squidward's fireplace is put out three times by a stray snowball.
  • When it is snowing, the sky is gray instead of blue.
  • A few Christmas songs can be heard in this episode.
  • At the end of the episode, if you listen carefully, the news man says "Bring out those coats and shovels..." while Patrick and SpongeBob are at SpongeBob's House.
  • Instead of circles, Patrick makes a cube snowball, a pyramid snowball, and a DNA shaped snowball. Later in the episode, a pile of cube snowballs are seen next to Patrick's fort.
  • Where did the tall tree next to Squidward's house come from? There was never a tree next to Squidward's house before.


Episode Transcript: Snowball Effect

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