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Season 8, Episode 171b
Air date April 9, 2012
Written by Casey Alexander
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InSPONGEiac is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, SpongeBob can't get to sleep, and asks for help from Patrick.



It is a very fine day in Bikini Bottom, and down at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob adds too much mustard to the Krabby Patties! Mr. Krabs isn't happy with this, however, he assumes SpongeBob is an insomniac (a disorder where a person has sleeping difficulties). So Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob home to get more shut-eye.

SpongeBob has a hard time sleeping, so, he goes to Patrick's house. Patrick tries to help SpongeBob asleep by reading a bedtime story. This doesn't work, since it is a "wake-up story" (The Land of Perpetual Excitement). Then Patrick sings SpongeBob his "lullaby", but it is really a wake-up song, since it has the lyrics, "Get up, be active! Get up, be active!" Then Patrick gives SpongeBob coffee, which makes SpongeBob even more awake.

SpongeBob starts running around, and starts hallucinating things, such as a talking glass of milk, a bunch of Squidwards, etc. Then he hallucinates Patrick eating him, thinking he's a spongecake. Inside Patrick, SpongeBob hallucinates Sir Cecil the sleep wizard. Sir Cecil puts sleepy dust (which is really litter from Gary's litter box) on SpongeBob, then he falls asleep. When Spongebob wakes up in Gary's litter box, he snaps back to reality.

Realizing he's late for work, a very tired SpongeBob goes to Krusty Krab to go sleep in a barrel of mustard. Mr. Krabs takes SpongeBob out of the barrel of ruined mustard, and wonders why SpongeBob couldn't sleep. The sponge confesses that his "insomnia" got the best of him. Then he starts crying tears made of mustard! He cries the perfect amount that is needed to be on the patties. Squidward is happy to see SpongeBob being forced to cry mustard.


  • The episode's title is a spoof of the word "insomniac."
  • This episode was going to be about Mr. Krabs having a nightmare and turning into a mustard dispenser. It might of change for maybe being too scary for the younger kids. But the mustard dispenser Krabs was still seen in SpongeBob's nightmare. It was probably a callback to the original plot.
  • This episode was announced at Comic-Con on August 1, 2011 but didn't air until April 9, 2012.
  • This episode was scheduled to air on January 16, 2012, but was pulled due to the plot change.
  • This is the fourth time SpongeBob appears in the title card. The first was "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?", the second was "Oral Report" and the third was "Restraining SpongeBob."
  • Error: When SpongeBob ran to Patrick's, Squidward's house is missing. The same error occurred in "The Secret Box".
  • The title card scared a few people and younger viewers according to the fans.
  • The close-up of SpongeBob's eyes in the title card is used later on in the episode, but crookedly different.
  • The Mustard Gauge is a parody of a tire's air pressure gauge.
  • SpongeBob was deprived of sleep before, in Fear of a Krabby Patty. His sleep deprivation once again led to hallucinations.
  • When Mr. Krabs calculated and got 411, he was adding numbers that made a much higher number.
  • 8th time SpongeBob doesn't sleep. 1st was Pickles, 2nd was Employee of the Month , 3rd was Driven to Tears, 4th was Night Light, 5th was New Digs, 6th was Nautical Novice , and 7th was The Curse of Bikini Bottom.
  • Mr. Krabs had not reacted before over SpongeBob flipping the patties a different way before.
  • The reason for SpongeBob actually getting insominia might be becuase he was under pressure to do excactly the opposite.
  • After SpongeBob says, "Yes. SpongeBob SquarePants reporting for sleepy time." he walks into the kitchen, but the sand from Gary's litter box disappears. However, it is a cartoon, so the sand must've gotten erased by the writers when they were writing this episode.
  • This is the second time Patrick mentions something about a spongecake. First was To Save a Squirrel.
  • This episode has some similarities with A Friendly Game. In A Friendly Game on Hole 2, Patrick wasn't really helping SpongeBob, he was rushing SpongeBob so he could miss the ball, while in this episode, he isn't helping SpongeBob go to sleep.