"Squid's Day Off" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Mr. Krabs has to go to the hospital and leaves Squidward in charge.


Squidward laments having to work at the Krusty Krab on a Sunday, a day with a dearth of customers. His nerves are further frayed by SpongeBob continually testing the service bell. Squidward reminds SpongeBob that he will ring the bell to call in orders, of which there will be none because there are no customers. His frustrated pounding of the cash register causes it to burst open and a number of coins spill out. Mr. Krabs hears the clatter and comes storming out of his office. Squidward attempts to pick the coins up, but Mr. Krabs shoves him out of the way and gingerly scoops them up to wash under the tap. SpongeBob surprises him, however, and a dime drops down the drain. Mr. Krabs quickly sticks his claw in the pipe to catch the dime and grabs hold of it, but his claw gets stuck. Refusing to relinquish the dime, he has SpongeBob assist him in pulling it out. After yanking too hard, Mr. Krabs is detached from his arms, flies backward, slams against the wall and causes all of the items on a shelf to fall onto his head.

SquidDay Off 40a As Mr. Krabs is being taken away to the hospital, he leaves Squidward in charge of the restaurant. Squidward seizes the opportunity to take the day off, with the excuse of running a few "very important boss-like errands," and leaves SpongeBob in charge of both the grill and the cash register. As he happily walks home, his mind turns to SpongeBob, imagining him foolishly giving Patrick enough cash to bankrupt the establishment as change for a quarter. This sudden fear coerces Squidward to hurry back the Krusty Krab. After witnessing SpongeBob's impeccable ability to make change, Squidward resumes his "errands." Returning home with the intent to relax, Squidward next envisions SpongeBob setting the Krusty Krab on fire. Upon rushing back with fire extinguisher blazing, he finds things quite un-charred and SpongeBob eagerly awaiting the completion of Squidward's errands. Squidward goes home once more, vowing he will not return to the Krusty Krab, but visions of SpongeBob's increasingly destructive behavior send him back again and again, only to be asked each time by SpongeBob if he's completed his errands.

With his sanity stretched dangerously thin, Squidward finally resorts to barricading his door so he cannot get out. While attempting to relax with a bath, Squidward thinks he hears SpongeBob outside, but sees it is merely a branch of coral scratching against his house. He thinks that he sees SpongeBob behind the shower curtain, but it is just his toilet. Then he sees SpongeBob in the bath and escaping down the drain, which drives Squidward to burst out of the house wearing only bubbles, dashing toward the Krusty Krab.

Finding SpongeBob's already there, in fact having never left, Squidward slowly winds down and regains his sanity, relenting that his errands are finally complete, just in time for the last of his bubbles to pop. SpongeBob lends Squidward his pants, then notices that in all this time, they never switched the "Closed" sign to "Open" and that they very easily "could have taken the whole day off!" As SpongeBob laughs at this, Squidward's nose falls off and his head slowly deflates.