|Airdate:||19 February 2007|
|Previous Episode:||Rise and Shine|
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|SpongeBob SquarePants||Tom Kenny|
|Patrick Star||Bill Fagerbakke|
|Squidward Tentacles||Rodger Bumpass|
|Sandy Cheeks||Carolyn Lawrence|
"Waiting" is an episode from Season 5.
SpongeBob discovers that his breakfast cereal, Kelp-O, has an offer for a free toy. Once he responds to the offer, he must wait patiently for the toy to arrive. SpongeBob is getting impatient, so he sets up camp right next to his mailbox, determined to be present when the mailman shows up with his treasure. He gets frustrated when Sandy and Gary distract him with feeding and karate, flipping Sandy and telling Gary the "importance" of waiting for the toy. Patrick then comes and tells SpongeBob that he missed his own surprise birthday party. Eventually the toy arrives and Patrick "breaks" it, leaving SpongeBob devastated. However, Squidward shows him later that its head, arms, and legs are supposed to spring off, and reattaches them. SpongeBob and Patrick then hug Squidward, thanking them for fixing the toy. When asked how he can be repaid, Squidward replies: "Move to another neighborhood, you morons."
- SpongeBob bought more than 99 Kelp-O boxes.
- This was not the first time SpongeBob did not receive a toy from the cereals because, in the episode Shanghaied SpongeBob ate the whole cereal but he did not receive a toy.
- This episode is based on a SpongeBob book, "Special Delivery!", where SpongeBob sends 100 boxtops for a string and waits with Patrick over Summer, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. When the string eventually arrives Patrick breaks it.
- When SpongeBob flips Sandy over, the mailbox, which was open a moment ago, has closed.
- Also, Sandy's karate gloves were red instead of green.
- The mailbox disappears after SpongeBob recives his toy, and only appears again when Squidward walks past them, then it disappears again.
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