SpongeBob SquarePants (season 1)

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SpongeBob SquarePants (season 1)
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SpongeBob SquarePants
Country of origin USA
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run May 1, 1999 – April 8, 2000
Home video release
DVD release date Region 1: October 28, 2003
Region 2: November 7, 2005
Region 4: November 30, 2006
Season chronology
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Season one of SpongeBob SquarePants aired twenty episodes from 01999-05-01 May 1, 1999 with Help Wanted, Reef Blower, Tea at the Treedome,[1] to 02000-04-08 April 8, 2000 with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II. The DVD for the season was released in Regions 1, 2, and 4 on 02003-10-28 October 28, 2003, 02006-11-07 November 7, 2006, and 02009-11-30 November 30, 2009, respectively. The pilot episode, "Help Wanted", was not included on the DVD, but was later included as a bonus feature on the third season's DVD.[2] This was also the only season to utilize traditional cel animation; the next season began the newer process of digital ink and paint.

Creator Stephen Hillenburg initially conceived SpongeBob SquarePants in 1984, while he was teaching and studying marine biology at what is now the Orange County Ocean Institute.[3] During his period, Hillenburg became fascinated in animation, and wrote a comic book entitled The Intertidal Zone starring various Anthropomorphic forms of sea life, many of which would evolve into SpongBob SquarePants characters,[4] including "Bob the Sponge", who was the co-host of the comic and resembled an actual sea sponge as opposed to SpongeBob.[5] In 1987, Hillenburg left the institute to pursue his dream of becoming an animator.[4][5] In 1992, Hillenburg began to attend the California Institute of the Arts to study animation, having been accepted into the institute by Jules Engel, who was impressed with Hillenburg's previous work.[4][6][7] While attending animation school, Hillenburg received a job on the TV series Mother Goose and Grimm, and worked on the series from 1991 to 1993. When attending the California Institute of the Arts, he made his thesis film entitled Wormholes,[5] which was funded by the [Princess Grace Foundation] and was later displayed at various animation festivals.[5] In 1993, Hillenburg graduated from the institute, earning a Master of Fine Arts in experimental animation.[4] In 1995, Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life, met Hillenburg at one of said animation festivals, and offered him a job as a director of the series.[5][8][9][10] Hillenburg then joined the Nickelodeon animated series as a writer, producer, and storyboard artist during the series' third season, continuing his position for much of the fourth season.[5][10][11] The third season episode "Fish-N-Chumps" (November 12, 1995) was directed by Hillenburg, and involved Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt going on a fishing trip, oblivious to the fact that a pair anthropomorphic fish are attempting to catch them from underwater.[8][12] While working on Rocko's Modern Life, Hillenburg became friends with Tom Kenny, who was later approached by Hillenburg to become the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants,[13] and future SpongeBob SquarePants collaborators Mr. Lawrence, Paul Tibbitt and others.

Rocko's Modern Life ended in 1996.[14] Shortly following this, Hillenburg began working on SpongeBob SquarePants.[5][12] He teamed up with several Nickelodeon veterans and Rocko crew members, including creative director Derek Drymon (Action League Now!, Hey Arnold!, and Rocko's Modern Life) writers and directors Sherm Cohen, and Dan Povenmire[15] (Rocko's Modern Life), writer Tim Hill (Rocko's Modern Life), actor and writer Martin Olson (Rocko's Modern Life), animation director Alan Smart (Rocko's Modern Life), and story editor Merriwether Williams (The Angry Beavers), who worked on the series for its first few seasons and switched to SpongeBob SquarePants in July 1999. To voice the character of SpongeBob, Hillenburg approached Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on Rocko's Modern Life.[13] Originally, SpongeBob was to be named SpongeBoy, but this name was already in use.[16] This was discovered after voice-acting for the original seven-minute pilot was recorded in 1997. The Nickelodeon legal department discovered that the name was already in use for a mop product.[17] Upon finding this out, Hillenburg decided that the character's given name still had to contain "Sponge" so viewers would not mistake the character for a "Cheese Man". Hillenburg decided to use the name "SpongeBob". He chose "SquarePants" as a family name as it referred to the character's square shape and it had a "nice ring to it".[18]

While pitching the cartoon to Nickelodeon executives, Hillenburg donned a Hawaiian shirt, brought along an "underwater terrarium with models of the characters", and Hawaiian music to set the theme. The setup was described by Nick executive Eric Coleman as "pretty amazing".[19] When given money and two weeks to write the pilot episode ("Help Wanted"),[6] Derek Drymon, Stephen Hillenberg, and Nick Jennings returned with, described by Nickelodeon official Albie Hecht, "a performance (I) wish (I) had on tape".[20] Although described as stressful by executive producer Derek Drymon,[6] the pitch went "very well"; Kevin Kay and Hecht had to step outside because they were "exhausted from laughing", making the cartoonists worried.[20]

The first season of SpongeBob was the only season to utilize traditional cel animation; the next season began the newer process of digital ink and paint.[21]

Contents

Episodes

Help Wanted / Reef Blower / Tea at the Treedome

Help Wanted

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Help Wanted"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 1a
Airdate: May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01)[22][23]
Best Day Ever Rank: 24
Credits
Writer(s): Stephen Hillenburg
Derek Drymon
Tim Hill
Storyboard: Stephen Hillenburg
Animation: Alan Smart
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SpongeBob SquarePants wakes up and climbs up his diving board next to his bed, jumps off into his pants and announces to his pet snail, Gary that he had to be "in top physical condition for the day". He then starts lifting weights (Stuffed animals) and runs out of his house shouting 'I'm Ready"! He arrives at the Krusty Krab, a fast food eatery in Bikini Bottom, and wants to get a job. But he, being nervous, decides that he can't Do it and runs toward his house, but runs into Patrick, his overweight best friend. Patrick then gives SpongeBob a pep talk. When SpongeBob,now determined enters the Krusty Krab, he trips and flys around and lands by Mr. Krabs (the manager) and Squidward (an employee). They then give him a test to find a "Hydro-Dynamic Spatula", to get him out of their hair. When SpongeBob leaves to look for the spatula at the Barg'nMart, buses carrying hungry anchovies arrive and flood the Krusty Krab. At the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs and Squidward climb up one of the poles holding together the Krusty Krab, while, an anchovy wave nearly reaches the top of the Krusty Krab. Then SpongeBob arrives and cooks Krabby Patties at an incredibly hyper speed with the new spatula. The anchovies, their enormous appetite satisfied, run out of the Krusty Krab and back into the buses. Mr. Krabs hires SpongeBob and then goes into his office to count his money. Patrick arrives and SpongeBob uses his spatula to cook another Krabby Patty but he ends up making a bunch, the patties hit Patrick and flies out of the Krusty Krab and Squidward yells for Mr. Krabs to do something about the chaos.


Reef Blower

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Reef Blower"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 1b
Airdate: May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01)[22][23]
Credits
Writer(s): Stephen Hillenburg
Derek Drymon
Tim Hill
Storyboard: Stephen Hillenburg
Animation: Alan Smart
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Squidward finds a shell on his lawn and thinks it ruins his spotless lawn. He then kicks into kicks it into SpongeBob's yard. SpongeBob then finds it and uses his reef blower to blow it into Squidward's yard. He also blows sand onto Squidward. When he tries to blow it away, the shell goes back into his yard, along with the sand. He then sucks the sand into his reef blower, causing it to malfunction, spurting out its gears. SpongeBob then tries to start his reef blower, but it won't work, so he pulls the cord back really far. After letting go go, he grabs back on and is pulled back, causing the whole ocean to be sucked up. When the reef blower bursts the ocean flows out of it and both SpongeBob's and Squidward's yards are covered and sand, along with Squidward himself. The shell then floats onto Squidward's nose.

Tea at the Treedome

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Tea at the Treedome"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 1c
Airdate: May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01)
Best Day Ever Rank: 97
Credits
Writer(s): Peter Burns
Mr. Lawrence
Paul Tibbitt
Main: Tom Yasumi
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SpongeBob meets Sandy Cheeks, for the first time. This is also the first time, she makes an appearance in the show.

Bubblestand / Ripped Pants

Bubblestand

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Bubblestand"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 2a
Airdate: July 17, 1999 (1999-07-17)
Credits
Writer(s): Ennio Torresan
Erik Wiese
Stephen Hillenburg
Derek Drymon
Tim Hill
Main: Ennio Torresan
Erik Wiese
Tom Yasumi
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SpongeBob opens a stand for blowing bubbles and later sells lessons for blowing bubbles, each for 25 cents.

Ripped Pants

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Ripped Pants"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 2b
Airdate: July 17, 1999 (1999-07-17)
Credits
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Peter Burns
Main: Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Edgar Larrazabal
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SpongeBob goes to the Goo Lagoon with Sandy and is intimidated with Larry Lobster so he rips his pants to get everybody's attention.

  • First appearance: Larry the Lobster, Perch Perkins, Goo Lagoon Beachgoers, Lifeguard, Snack Bar Chef, Don the Whale, Frank the Muscular Goldfish


Jellyfishing / Plankton!

Jellyfishing

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Jellyfishing"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 3a
Airdate: July 31, 1999 (1999-07-31)
Credits
Writer(s): Steven Fonti
Chris Mitchell
Peter Burns
Tim Hill
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When SpongeBob and Patrick find that Squidward is recovering from a bicycling accident, they take him "jellyfishing" (a sport involving the capture of jellyfish) and are determined to make his first day back from the hospital his "best day ever". Unfortunately, their good intentions accidentally wreak havoc on Squidward's recovery efforts. Squidward catches a jellyfish, but then the queen jellyfish emerges and stings Squidward tremendously. The next day, SpongeBob and Patrick give Squidward, who is now in a body cast, the jellyfish he originally caught. Squidward lets it loose and it stings SpongeBob and Patrick multiple times as they run away. Squidward laughs at their pain, but the queen jellyfish returns and stings him again, breaking off his body cast.

  • SpongeBob and Patrick sing "The Blue Danube" when showing Squidward how to jellyfish.
  • First appearance: Queen Jellyfish


Plankton!

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Plankton!"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 3b
Airdate: July 31, 1999 (1999-07-31)
Credits
Writer(s): Ennio Torresan
Erik Wiese
Mr. Lawrence
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It's mass chaos at the Krusty Krab when Plankton, Mr. Krabs' physically tiny business rival (and a determined, unsuccessful one at that), tries to steal the Krabby Patty formula for his own restaurant, the Chum Bucket. But as usual, Mr. Krabs stops him. That night, Plankton tries to con SpongeBob into giving him the formula. Spongebob refuses. Plankton has to go to his last resort - controlling SpongeBob's mind. Plankton gets just inches away from getting the secret formula by trying to make him drop a Krabby Patty into a machine that traps any item put into it and tells him the exact ingredients. But SpongeBob, when he is about to drop the Krabby Patty into the machine, begins to cry, describe how delicious the burger is, and reveals the ingredients using his own words, Plankton becomes extremely tempted to eat the Krabby Patty. But Plankton ends up accidentally trapping himself into in his own machine before he can succeed in eating the Krabby Patty. SpongeBob then leaves the Chum Bucket, and Plankton yells in horror.

  • First appearance: Sheldon J. Plankton, Karen the Computer Wife
  • In this episode, Plankton is smaller than in the rest.


Naughty Nautical Neighbors / Boating School

Naughty Nautical Neighbors

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Naughty Nautical Neighbors"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 4a
Airdate: August 7, 1999 (1999-08-07)
Credits
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Mr. Lawrence
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When SpongeBob and Patrick are communicating through bubbles, Squidward is preparing a souffle for himself to eat. But he gets mad due to the interruptions they produce, so he decides to impersonate SpongeBob and Patrick (using some bubbles) and insult them, making them break their friendship. When they both try to make him their friend and begin to excessively spend time with him, Squidward devises a plan to get them back together, but things only end up worse (for him), as his house is accidentally destroyed. As for SpongeBob and Patrick, they become friends again.

Boating School

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Boating School"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 4b
Airdate: August 7, 1999 (1999-08-07)
Credits
Writer(s): Ennio Torresan
Erik Wiese
Mr. Lawrence
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SpongeBob has to go to boating school as he continues to fail his driving test. He shares this info with Patrick, and Patrick decides to secretly give SpongeBob instructions during the test via walkie-talkie. He wears a ten-gallon hat on his head to hide the walkie-talkie antenna protruding from his head (as Patrick shoved the walkie-talkie into there). SpongeBob almost passes, but, feeling guilty, ends up revealing that he is cheating. He distracts himself while he says this, and causes him to accidentally run the boat off the road, thus failing the test.


Pizza Delivery / Home Sweet Pineapple

Pizza Delivery

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Pizza Delivery"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 5a
Airdate: August 14, 1999 (1999-08-14)
Credits
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
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A customer asks for a pizza from the Krusty Krab, so Mr. Krabs takes a Krabby Patty turning it into a pizza. SpongeBob and Squidward then are sent to deliver it. Squidward tells SpongeBob to back up the delivery boat, but instead, he panics (as he never passed his driving test), and throws the boat into reverse, speeding backwards into the distance. Unfortunately, the boat runs out of gas and the two cannot find their way back to Bikini Bottom while on foot. The two go on a very tiresome journey, but after using SpongeBob's pioneering skills (where Squidward uses a reference to the television series, The Beverly Hillbillies calling SpongeBob; Jethro every time he refers to the pioneers), including nutty hitchhiking, moss to civilazation, and riding a rock, they finally reach the customer's house. But the customer is not pleased at all that he did not get the soda he insists he ordered with his pizza (to which he did order the soda, but at the time Mr. Krabs placed the phone down). He gets really unnecessarily mad with SpongeBob and he refuses to pay for the pizza, making the sponge cry. Feeling sorry for a heartbroken SpongeBob, Squidward slams the pizza in the customer's face and they both return to the Krusty Krab after the "successful" delivery. But, Squidward soon discovers that there was a shortcut from the Krusty Krab to the customer's house, and that the two had taken a different route (and an unnecessarily long one).

  • This episode was voted to be the #1 SpongeBob episode of all time by fans in The Ultimate SpongeBob Sponge Bash.


Home Sweet Pineapple

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Home Sweet Pineapple"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 5b
Airdate: August 14, 1999 (1999-08-14)
Credits
Writer(s): Ennio Torresan Jr.
Erik Wiese
Mr. Lawrence
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A horde of hungry Nematodes come to town and, after eating several indigestible objects, become thirsty and "drink" Spongebob's house. When this happens, SpongeBob plans to move back with his parents, though with a lot of reluctance because he'll miss his old house and friends dearly. Squidward is, unsurprisingly, excited about the idea of SpongeBob leaving, and even parties, but Patrick does everything he can to keep him from leaving whether it be building a new house or offering him to be a "rock mate". This proves to be short-lived, due to Patrick's loud snoring at night and dreaming about a fear of spiders (while sleepwaking, he beats Spongebob with his rock). The next day, SpongeBob's parents arrive to take him to their home. Squidward dances with joy on the spot where SpongeBob's house used to be. As a last memento, SpongeBob puts what he thinks is a pebble in the ground where the house used to be. SpongeBob cries and a tear drops from his nose completely drenching the seed. The seed grows into a new house for SpongeBob. The ground starts to shake, and his house grows back, with Squidward being stuck underneath of it. SpongeBob decides to live in his pineapple house again now that it's restored.


Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy / Pickles

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 6a
Airdate: August 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)
Credits
Guest(s): Ernest Borgnine (Mermaid Man)
Tim Conway (Barnacle Boy)
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Mr. Lawrence
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SpongeBob and Patrick discover that their favorite actors/superheroes, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, live in Shady Shoals, a retirement home on the other side of Bikini Bottom. They try to convince the crime-fighting duo to come out of retirement through several different tactics. As a last resort, SpongeBob pretends to be robbed by Patrick, and then paint their Invisible Boatmobile (which was literally invisible until it was painted). Enraged by the constant annoyance that the sponge-starfish duo create, the duo attack SpongeBob and Patrick with several superpowers, with the final one being the summoning of all the elderly people residing in the retirement home (who were once the "creatures of the deep" who assisted Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy on a regular basis). They form an angry mob, pick up SpongeBob and Patrick, making the sponge and starfish wrongly assume that the mob considers them heroes, and throw them away. Ultimately, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy decide to come out of retirement, though they decide to still reside in the retirement home.

  • First appearance: Mermaid Man, Barnacle Boy, Reception Man, Old Man Jenkins, Mary Jenkins, Other Residents, Dennis Rechid, Lonnie, Miss Cora Shell


Pickles

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Pickles"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 6b
Airdate: August 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)
Credits
Guest(s): Dee Bradley Baker (Bubble Bass)
Writer(s): Steven Fonti
Chris Mitchell
Peter Burns
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Bubble Bass, a picky overweight fish, comes to the Krusty Krab for a Krabby Patty. Bubble Bass says SpongeBob forgot the pickles, and SpongeBob, shocked by this, loses his confidence to the point where he becomes unable to perform even simple tasks anymore, and he takes a leave of absence, with Squidward as the substitute fry cook. However, Squidward proves to be a terrible chef, burning everything he touches, including milkshakes. Mr. Krabs goes to SpongeBob's house and gives him the ingredients to a Krabby Patty. After three days of frustration, he successfully makes a Krabby Patty. SpongeBob returns to the Krusty Krab when Bubble Bass orders another Patty and he claims that there are still no pickles. But SpongeBob discovers that Bubble Bass hid the pickles (all of the ones from both of the Krabby Patties that SpongeBob served him in this episode) under his tongue, apparently just to humiliate SpongeBob. Bubble Bass runs out of the Krusty Krab.

  • First appearance: Bubble Bass, Krusty Krab Customers
  • Note: Sometimes, AT&T U-Verse's channel guide will list this episode as a half-hour special.


Hall Monitor / Jellyfish Jam

Hall Monitor

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Hall Monitor"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 7a
Airdate: August 28, 1999
Credits
Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
Mr. Lawrence
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Mrs. Puff chooses SpongeBob to be hall monitor of the schoolday at boating school. After accepting his role as hall monitor, SpongeBob spends the entire schoolday giving an acceptance speech. Out of pity, Mrs. Puff allows SpongeBob to wear the uniform for the rest of the day, but he wrongly assumes that he is still hall monitor, and makes another wrongful assumption that all of his hall monitor duties apply to the whole of Bikini Bottom. He tries to aid others, but only ends up causing terror and chaos in town. A paperboy randomly gives newspapers that state a maniac is destroying the town, and, after a failed attempt to catch the maniac and causing more chaos, SpongeBob discovers that he is the maniac that was mentioned in that newspaper story. As the authorities arrive, Mrs. Puff also arrives and scolds SpongeBob, unwittingly taking the blame for his actions in the process, so she ends up receiving a sentence to prison for several months. While she is imprisoned, she teaches to her students through video conferencing.

  • First Appearance: Boating Students


Jellyfish Jam

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Jellyfish Jam"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 7b
Airdate: August 28, 1999
Credits
Writer(s): Ennio Torresan Jr.
Erik Wiese,
Peter Burns
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SpongeBob brings home a wild jellyfish and throws a big party. However, the wild jellyfish continues to party, even after SpongeBob has gone to bed. More jellyfish come to the party, so SpongeBob tries to stop the party, but he fails. Squidward decides to play loudly on his clarinet, which makes the jellyfish angry and start stinging SpongeBob and Squidward. SpongeBob tries to throw out the CD player and the jellyfish try to take it back. They end up breaking it, and the jellyfish get even more furious. Gary makes a rhythm with his eyes that the jellyfish begin to dance to, so SpongeBob uses these sounds to lead them out to Jellyfish Fields.

Sandy's Rocket / Squeaky Boots

Sandy's Rocket

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Sandy's Rocket"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 8a
Airdate: September 4, 1999
Credits
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
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Sandy and SpongeBob plan on going to the Moon (after he insisted and convinced her), but SpongeBob and Patrick decide to sneak into the rocket while Sandy is sleeping to "alien-proof" it, despite Sandy's insistence that there are no such thing as aliens. While doing so, they accidentally start up the rocket, causing Sandy to wake up and attempt to stop the duo. SpongeBob and Patrick fly into space, but they crash-land back into Bikini Bottom. But thinking that they're on the moon, SpongeBob forgets about Sandy and says that she's going to hate them for stealing her rocket, they capture many of Bikini Bottom's inhabitants, thinking it will impress Sandy, because they wrongly assume that they are "aliens" disguised as the Bikini Bottomites, and that they can't trust them. After capturing a lot of them, SpongeBob and Patrick begin to believe each other to be "aliens", and Patrick, during an attempt to capture SpongeBob (who was about to capture Patrick), accidentally captures himself with a net, and SpongeBob puts him in the rocket. SpongeBob believes himself to be finished with his mission to capture as many "aliens" as possible, as there isn't any more room in the rocket to contain any more. SpongeBob travels into space (taking all of his hostages with him) and lands on the Moon, thinking he has returned to Bikini Bottom. But the rocket seems to have run out of fuel, and SpongeBob sees the moon, but looks up and sees Earth. Everybody then says "Spongebob, we aliens would like a word with you!" now Spongebob is in big trouble!


Squeaky Boots

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Squeaky Boots"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 8b
Airdate: September 4, 1999
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Writer(s): Steven Fonti
Chris Mitchell
Mr. Lawrence
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Mr. Krabs gives his daughter Pearl a pair of squeaky boots as a birthday present, but when she refuses to take them, he gives them to SpongeBob. SpongeBob enjoys them and the squeaky sounds they make, but the sound begins to bother Mr. Krabs. He steals the boots while SpongeBob is asleep, obscuring them beneath the floorboards of the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob becomes melancholy the next day and blames himself for the boots disappearance, his depression making Mr. Krabs feel guilty yet paranoid. He starts hearing the boots' distinctive squeak through everyone's voices. In a fit of anxiety, he reveals that he hid Spongebob's boots underneath the floorboards, and disposes of them by deep-frying and eating them. In the end, he decides to go on a vacation, but the boots cause Mr. Krabs to suffer squeaky hiccups. This episode is a reference to "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe.

  • Note: The entire scene where a deranged Mr. Krabs confessess he buried the boots under the floorboards of the Krusty Krab, is a parody of the famous short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe.


Nature Pants / Opposite Day

Nature Pants

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Nature Pants"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 9a
Airdate: September 11, 1999
Credits
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Peter Burns
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SpongeBob decides he wants to live with jellyfish, so he goes to Jellyfish Fields. Sandy and Patrick try to convince him to come home, but he claims that Jellyfish Fields is his home now, and after many failed attempts to convince him to be with them, Patrick becomes fed up, and tries to capture SpongeBob, stating that if he can not have SpongeBob as a friend, he will have him as a trophy. After a chase scene, SpongeBob manages to find refuge in a jellyfish nest, which Patrick cannot reach. In response, the swarm of jellyfish who reside there sting him. Brokenhearted, but not giving up on staying away from his pineapple house yet, SpongeBob attempts to sleep in a cave, only to be attacked by poisonous sea urchins. Finally realizing his error, and realizing the great life he gave up, SpongeBob returns home and is forgiven for his actions.

Opposite Day

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Opposite Day"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 9b
Airdate: September 11, 1999
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Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
Mr. Lawrence
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When SpongeBob and Patrick disturb Squidward and celebrate his birthday (on the wrong day), Squidward becomes fed up and decides to move out. However, when the real estate agent he contacts tells him that numerous sales have failed because of troublesome neighbors, Squidward realizes that no one would want to live next door to SpongeBob and Patrick. So, he convinces SpongeBob that today is "Opposite Day", and that they act the opposite of what they are on that day, and SpongeBob later convinces Patrick that it's Opposite Day, and the sponge and starfish decide to do things the "Opposite Day" way. Patrick and SpongeBob wreck the pineapple to make it "clean" for Opposite Day. Wanting his own house to sell, Squidward starts fixing SpongeBob's house. Confused, SpongeBob decides that his opposite is Squidward. Patrick comes to the same conclusion and both dress to look like Squidward. SpongeBob and Patrick's behavior cause the real estate agent who was originally trying to sell Squidward's house to refuse to sell such a house, and she angrily leaves. This preventing Squidward from moving away. In his anger, Squidward chases SpongeBob and Patrick with a bulldozer to show them how much he hates them (however, as they run from Squidward, SpongeBob and Patrick interpret this as "love" on Opposite Day).

  • First appearance: Bikini Bottom Realty Employee


Culture Shock / F.U.N.

Culture Shock

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Culture Shock"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 10a
Airdate: September 18, 1999
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Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Mr. Lawrence
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The Krusty Krab has hit a depression of customers, and Mr. Krabs tells Squidward and Spongebob that the Krusty Krab needs ideas to get more customers. Squidward suggests a talent show at the Krusty Krab, and Mr. Krabs agrees. SpongeBob wants to have an act, but Squidward, refusing to give him any fame, says that he can mop up the stage after the show is over, which Spongebob anticipates throughout the performance. At the show, Pearl, Gary, and Plankton do their own acts, amid mixed reception. Squidward closes the show with an elaborate interpretive dance. The audience, bewildered as to what's going on, boo an unapologetic Squidward off the stage. SpongeBob begins to mop up. The audience interestingly approves Spongebob's simple action, as the audience's noise grows increasingly louder. This gives Squidward the impression they want an encore, and bursts through the curtain, only to have the audience fall dead silent. Once Spongebob appears again, the audience begins to cheer, but become silent again when Squidward appears. Squidward then tries Spongebob's action of mopping up, but receives a tomato thrown at him instead. When Spongebob runs out with a broom and dustpan, however, the audience gives him a standing ovation, giving Mr. Krabs the impression the show was a success.

F.U.N.

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"F.U.N."
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 10b
Airdate: September 18, 1999
Credits
Guest(s): Dee Bradley Baker (Bubble Bass)
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
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SpongeBob is convinced that Plankton is evil because he's lonely, so he befriends him. They go frolicking in jellyfish fields singing the "F.U.N." song. Karen convinces Plankton to use their new friendship as a means to get the Krabby Patty secret formula. Mr. Krabs realizes Plankton and Karen's plan and tries to convince SpongeBob, but he does not listen to him. SpongeBob and Plankton go to "The Reef", a local cinema, where SpongeBob discovers Plankton stole a Krabby Patty. Plankton admits his plan, and tries to escape with the Krabby Patty by running behind the film screen, but is stopped by a solid concrete wall. Mr. Krabs, then takes the Krabby Patty, from Plankton, and goes away.

MuscleBob BuffPants / Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost

MuscleBob BuffPants

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"MuscleBob BuffPants"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 11a
Airdate: September 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)
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Writer(s): Ennio Torresan Jr.
Erik Wiese
Mr. Lawrence
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Spongebob is working out with his weight set (stuffed animals attached to bars) when Sandy knocks on the door and tells him that he can't get fit with those. Spongebob then agrees to work out using Sandy's workout routine but his arms constantly fall off and eventually he goes back home. Then he hears an ad on TV selling "anchor arms" which are arm gloves that can be inflated to make one look buff. SpongeBob then orders a pair and heads to Goo Lagoon where he impresses everybody including Sandy. She tells SpongeBob to put those muscles to the test in the anchor toss competition but SpongeBob isn't quick enough to stop her from signing him up. But during the anchor toss, when its his turn to toss the anchor he tries too hard and the air goes into all the parts of his body until his anchor arms explodes.

  • First appearance: Anchor Arms Shark, Fish Paramedic


Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 11b
Airdate: September 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)
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Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
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During an uninvited visit to Squidward's house, SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally destroy a wax replica of Squidward (which they think is the real Squidward). Thus, they both think that they have killed Squidward, and are filled with horror as a result. They then see a figure come out of his shower. It is the real Squidward, who is wearing a turban and bathrobe and is in fact alive, but SpongeBob and Patrick think that it is his ghost. Squidward is angry at them for destroying his replica (by exclaiming "Look what you've done to me!") and the two are convinced that he really is dead, believing he will angrily haunt them. Squidward decides to take advantage of their beliefs by telling them that he will spare them if they accept all of his commands. However, despite their best efforts, SpongeBob and Patrick annoy him more than they help him. Later, he commands them to clean up his closet. SpongeBob and Patrick discover a comic book that was hidden in the room, and it states that the Flying Dutchman haunts everybody because his dead body, which was put up at a shop display, was "never put to rest". They start to believe that if Squidward himself is "put to rest" (as in burying him), everything will be fine. Squidward steps outside and sees the whole community gathered for his funeral. Spongebob is pressuring him to get in his casket. Exhausted from his scheme, Squidward takes his turban off and confirms he's alive, and tells Spongebob demand the congregation go home. Patrick thinks Squidward was faking, but SpongeBob, who still believes that Squidward's death had actually happened, reassures Patrick that Squidward "is a ghost in denial", and SpongeBob decides that Squidward "must go to the Great Beyond". SpongeBob traps Squidward inside a bubble, sending him out of the water. SpongeBob thinks he's "in the Great Beyond" and happy, but Squidward has, in fact, been sent out of the water, high into the sky, ending up suspended amidst a flock of seagulls.

  • First appearance: Funeral Goers,


The Chaperone / Employee of the Month

The Chaperone

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"The Chaperone"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 12a
Airdate: October 2, 1999
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Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
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SpongeBob is asked to take Mr. Krab's daughter, Pearl, to her school prom after she was dumped by her boyfriend. When they arrive, SpongeBob clumsily ruins Pearl's experience, making him break down. Pearl, sad to see SpongeBob upset, gives him another chance. After wrecking the prom for Pearl, SpongeBob returns her home. In conclusion, the real SpongeBob shows up, and is revealed that Pearl's chaperone was a SpongeBob-like dummy the whole time.

  • First appearance: Judy, Prom Attendants, Billy Fishkins, SpongeBob Dummy, Bryan Flounder, Octavious Rex


Employee of the Month

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Employee of the Month"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 12b
Airdate: October 2, 1999
Credits
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Mr. Lawrence
Main: Mark O'Hare
Erik Wiese
Ennio Torresan Jr.
Sean Dempsey
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SpongeBob tells Squidward it is "'Employee of the Month' Day", however Squidward tells SpongeBob that the award is a scam to make him work harder for no money (this is true), but SpongeBob denies this and says that Mr Krabs gives it to him because he works harder. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob (who had won the Employee of the Month award 26 months in a row) that Squidward may win the award. SpongeBob tries to work harder so he could win, but instead flings the patties in the fan, spraying meat at Squidward (Probably because his worrying of not becoming Employee of the month). Squidward tells SpongeBob that the award is a joke, and when SpongeBob boasts that he is better than Squidward, the latter angrily vows that he will be the new Employee of the Month. They both decide to wake up earlier than each other. SpongeBob tries to destroy Squidward's alarm clock so he won't wake up, but Squidward has 58 more in his closet. They set up traps on each other the next day, but give in and run to The Krusty Krab. They overwork excessively and make so many Krabby Patties that they fill and destroy the Krusty Krab. Numerous customers think that they are free, after the explosion but SpongeBob and Squidward are more concerned with who won the Employee of the Month award than stopping them.

Note: The dates in the episode are the 27th - 28th of January


Scaredy Pants / I Was a Teenage Gary

Scaredy Pants

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Scaredy Pants"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 13a
Airdate: November 1, 1999
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Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Peter Burns
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"Scaredy Pants" is a Halloween special. SpongeBob is always scared on Halloween, and everyone takes advantage of this, calling him "Scaredy Pants". SpongeBob has had enough of the teasing, so with Patrick's help, he decides to dress like the Flying Dutchman (really a plain bedsheet). SpongeBob is square, so nobody is scared and are instead laughing. Patrick shaves down SpongeBob's body so that he has a rounded top. When SpongeBob gets to the Krusty Krab's Halloween party, he successfully scares everybody until Patrick is stung by a jellyfish, and runs around in pain, throwing SpongeBob around on the rope and revealing his identity. The real Flying Dutchman, offended by SpongeBob's portrayal of him, arrives to steal everyone's souls, but SpongeBob scares him and everyone else away by taking off his costume, showing his exposed brain.


I Was a Teenage Gary

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"I Was a Teenage Gary"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 13b
Airdate: November 1, 1999
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Writer(s): Steven Fonti
Chris Mitchell
Mr. Lawrence
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SpongeBob trusts Squidward to take good care of Gary while he goes to a jelly-fishing convention. However, Squidward neglects him. As SpongeBob returns, Squidward realizes that the snail has not eaten for three days and finds him sick. SpongeBob discovers Gary's illness as well and calls the veterinarian, who gives him a syringe filled with snail plasma. Squidward accidentally injects the serum into SpongeBob's nose, causing SpongeBob to turn into a snail. The transformed SpongeBob approaches Squidward, who runs in fear from the mutant, accidentally injects himself with the serum, and thus turns into a snail himself.

Note: The original airing had a scene with Squidward transforming from squid to snail, it was cut so kids wouldn't get nightmares.[citation needed]

  • First appearance: Dr. Manfred Forrest


SB-129 / Karate Choppers

SB-129

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"SB-129"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 14a
Airdate: December 31, 1999
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Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Mr. Lawrence
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Squidward wants to get away from SpongeBob and Patrick, so he gets inside of The Krusty Krab's freezer, but he unwittingly ends up getting trapped in there. 2,000 years later, a robotic descendant of SpongeBob, named SpongeTron, frees Squidward from his icy prison. SpongeTron greets him and tells him that he's in "the future". Squidward expresses his desire to return to the past, so SpongeTron sends him to a time machine. Squidward goes to prehistoric times and meets the apparent ancestors of SpongeBob and Patrick. He makes them jellyfishing nets and shows them how to use them, thus (unwittingly) inventing the sport of jellyfishing. But when he plays his clarinet, he angers the two, and they chase him. He hurriedly returns to the time machine and accidentally breaks it, thus sending him to a dimensionless place. He is at first glad to be alone at last, but soon he becomes homesick, lonely, and worried. In fustration, he breaks through whatever is beneath him, landing him into the time machine. He states his desire to return to his home and meet SpongeBob and Patrick again. All of a sudden, his wish is granted; Squidward returns to his own time. Squidward tells SpongeBob and Patrick about his trips through time and space, and how glad he is to see them. SpongeBob and Patrick ask him if he wants to go jellyfishing, but he refuses. Squidward asks who invented jellyfishing, and the two reply by saying that he did. Squidward becomes very frustrated realizing that he interfered in the time and says he's going back.

  • Note: When Squidward is alone on the blank screen, it is a parody of The Beatles' "Nowhere Man".
  • First appearance: SpongeTron, SpongeTron clones, Pattron, Primitive Star, Primitive Sponge, Amnonite, Trilobites, Tapeworm, Chrome-Spray Printer


  • Note: This episode may have something to do with the rumors of the year 2000.

Karate Choppers

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Karate Choppers"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 14b
Airdate: December 31, 1999
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Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Merriwether Williams
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SpongeBob and Sandy are practicing karate, but Mr. Krabs forbids him from doing karate as he attacks the customers and prevents him from working for a longer time. However, Sandy fights him, but SpongeBob does not fight back because Mr. Krabs would fire him. Sandy does not believe him until Mr. Krabs catches them and fires SpongeBob. After a bit of explaining from Sandy, Mr. Krabs gives him a second chance at keeping his job. Sandy and SpongeBob later go to the park where they are tempted into fighting again. Mr. Krabs catches them, but instead of firing SpongeBob, he makes the two use karate-chops to make Krabby Patties.

Sleepy Time / Suds

Sleepy Time

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Sleepy Time"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 15a
Airdate: January 17, 2000
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Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Ennio Torresan Jr.
Mr. Lawrence
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When SpongeBob goes to sleep, he gains the ability of astral projection and ventures into his friends' dreams. Gary's dream is being a librarian. Patrick is riding a mechanical seahorse. Squidward is playing on his clarinet for a king. Sandy was sky diving. Pearl is having a tea party. Mr. Krabs is fishing for money. Plankton is destroying Bikini Bottom. He ends up drastically changing them (in ways that turned them into bad dreams for the people who dreamed them up), and everybody wakes up. Everybody whose dreams had received negative (for them) intervention from SpongeBob is aware of what happened (except for Patrick) and thus complain to him.

  • First appearance: King Fish, Bill


Suds

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Suds"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 15b
Airdate: January 17, 2000
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Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Ennio Torresan Jr.
Mr. Lawrence
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Spongebob tries to fall asleep but fails. He decides that eating would help, but he accidentally leaves the refrigerator door open. His open refrigerator gives him a bad case of a disease called the suds, causing him to sneeze bubbles out of his pores. He tells Patrick about it, and Patrick advises him not to go the hospital; he tries to be SpongeBob's doctor. Meanwhile, Sandy attempts to bring SpongeBob to a real doctor. When SpongeBob finally arrives at the hospital, he receives a quick, painless treatment for the suds (such as being used to wash a car) and a lollipop. Patrick pretends that he's got the suds because of the lollipop but the doctor isn't fooled, and instead of a lollipop, Patrick gets a bad treatment as a punishment for impersonating a doctor, such as using him to scrub a toilet and a cactus.


Valentine's Day / The Paper

Valentine's Day

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Valentine's Day"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 16a
Airdate: February 14, 2000
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Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
Merriwether Williams
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"Valentine's Day" is a special Valentine's Day episode. SpongeBob and Sandy set up a Valentine's Day treat for Patrick, a hot-air balloon made completely of chocolate at a Valentine's Day-themed park. Unfortunately, their plan is going through a delay, and SpongeBob must give Patrick a handshake. Patrick snaps as SpongeBob didn't give him a real gift/treat and tries to tear him apart. After the park is destroyed, SpongeBob's treat for Patrick arrives, and Patrick becomes friends with SpongeBob and Sandy again. At the end of the episode, however, Patrick bites into the chocolate balloon, spreading chocolate all over the park.

  • First appearance: Fran, Teen Debbie Rechid


The Paper

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"The Paper"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 16b
Airdate: Februrary 14, 2000
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Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
Mr. Lawrence
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Squidward is sunbathing one day and he gets out some gum. He unwraps it and he throws the paper to SpongeBob's house. SpongeBob finds it and asks Squidward if he wants the paper back. Squidward says no and he lets SpongeBob have it. But SpongeBob at first asks if he's sure several times. Squidward gets SpongeBob to keep the paper by getting him to take it and promising him no matter how much he begs, pleads or cries, he doesn't want to give the paper back to him, ever. SpongeBob agrees. Squidward is about to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" until SpongeBob says he's going to have fun with the paper. SpongeBob pretends he's "SuperSponge" with the paper. He pretends he's '"SpongeBob JunglePants". He makes Origami out of the paper with his tongue, and he pretends he's "a guy with a moustache", a pirate, and "not a pirate". Squidward decides to prove to SpongeBob that paper isn't fun. He tries to paint fruit, he tries to ride on his shell cart, and he tries to take a bath, and tries to play music. But SpongeBob plays music too on the paper. Squidward tries to take the paper back, but instead trades SpongeBob everything he owns for the paper. Squidward gives his shirt to SpongeBob who agrees to give Squidward back the paper. However Squidward doesn't have the talent for the paper of what SpongeBob did. Patrick comes by and takes the paper, and uses it to throw his gum away.

  • First appearance: Lil' Squiddy


Arrgh! / Rock Bottom

Arrgh!

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Arrgh!"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 17a
Airdate: March 15, 2000
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Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Vincent Waller
Merriwether Williams
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SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs play a board game based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman, which involves an in-game treasure hunt. Mr. Krabs likes the game so much that he wants to go on a real treasure hunt. After several mistakes in trying to find the treasure, the crew is about ready to give up when they pitch a tent. Mr. Krabs goes to bed for the night and SpongeBob and Patrick find the "map", which is actually the board game, and the two end up finding the treasure at last.

Mr. Krabs wants the treasure all to himself, but the Flying Dutchman heard the commotion happening down there. Mr. Krabs, frightened, blames SpongeBob and Patrick for digging up the treasure but they are rewarded with one gold coin each for saving the Dutchman a lot of digging. Mr. Krabs became very jealous and claims he is the captain, and is rewarded with a plastic treasure chest.

Rock Bottom

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Rock Bottom"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 17b
Airdate: March 15, 2000
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Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Ennio Torresan
Steve Fonti
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After a delightful day at the "Glove World" amusement park (which has a glove theme), SpongeBob and Patrick take the wrong bus when they are trying to go home, and end up in the underground city of Rock Bottom. The residents of Rock Bottom speak in a different dialect, making it difficult for SpongeBob and Patrick to communicate with them. SpongeBob stands in line for the bus schedule when the next bus comes, taking Patrick home. SpongeBob then misses all of the buses for the rest of the night, and gets scared. An anglerfish helps SpongeBob return home by over-inflating his balloon. SpongeBob arrives at just a little outside of his house, only to see Patrick in a bus pass by and miss his own neighborhood, promising SpongeBob he'll return.

  • This episode inspired a roller coaster, dubbed the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
  • First appearance: Grandpa SquarePants,Rock Bottom Bus Manager


Texas / Walking Small

Texas

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Texas"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 18a
Airdate: March 22, 2000
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Guest(s): Junior Brown (musical performer)
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Vincent Waller
David Fain
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Sandy is homesick. At the treedome, Sandy pulls a lever and the treedome closes. SpongeBob attempts to cheer her up by organizing a Texas-themed surprise party at the Krusty Krab. However, when they go to get Sandy, she is leaving Bikini Bottom to go to Texas and they desperately try to get her to stay.

When SpongeBob and Patrick insult Texas, they anger Sandy and she chases them. SpongeBob and Patrick take this to their advantage by leading her to the Krusty Krab in the process. She sees the awkward attempts at organizing a Texas-themed party (which involves some unwitting misinterpretations of Texan culture) which Sandy laughs at. But Sandy feels proud of them for at least trying to make her feel good, and finally feels at home with her Bikini Bottom friends because they care about her.

Walking Small

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Walking Small"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 18b
Airdate: March 22, 2000
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Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Mr. Lawrence
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Wanting to build a new restaurant called "The Mega Bucket" on the beach of Goo Lagoon, Plankton teaches SpongeBob how to be aggressive, tricking him into believe that others will like it when he is being aggressive to them. After making everyone leave the beach, SpongeBob learns of Plankton's true motives. SpongeBob, out of guilt, brings everyone back by being "positively assertive" (nice). Plankton is sickened by all of this kindness, so he leaves.

  • First appearance: Electric Eel, Millie


Fools in April / Neptune's Spatula

Fools in April

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Fools in April"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 19a
Airdate: April 1, 2000
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Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Erik Wiese
Merriwether Williams
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At the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob pulls numerous playful and harmless pranks on people. Eventually, Squidward gets so annoyed that he pulls his own cruel and nasty prank on SpongeBob in retaliation. However, Squidward's joke didn't work well as SpongeBob runs out of the Krusty Krab crying, by teasing him{such as a fish saying April fools, JERK}. Squidward realizes that he must set things right to ease his conscience. After much effort, Squidward manages to apologize to SpongeBob, only to find that the whole thing was an April Fool's joke set up by SpongeBob.

Neptune's Spatula

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Neptune's Spatula"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 19b
Airdate: April 1, 2000
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Guest(s): John O'Hurley (King Neptune)
Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
David B. Fain
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While at the Fry Cook Museum, SpongeBob pulls a legendary spatula out of a bucket of grease, summoning King Neptune. He isn't pleased to find that SpongeBob is the one destined to be his eternal fry cook. After some goading by Patrick, King Neptune challenges SpongeBob to prove his ability, risking his freedom to cook. SpongeBob takes him up on the offer, but quickly loses the race to make a total of one thousand burgers. Feeling victorious, Neptune passes his burgers out to all the spectators, only to find that they taste terrible (even he is disgusted by one of his own burgers). Tasting SpongeBob's burger, King Neptune declares him the winner. But SpongeBob doesn't want to accept the king's request to leave his friends behind, so SpongeBob has King Neptune employed at The Krusty Krab and teaches him to make Krabby Patties.


Hooky / Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II

Hooky

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Hooky"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 20a
Airdate: April 8, 2000
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Guest(s): Jim Jarmusch (self), John Lurie (self)
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Vincent Waller
Merriwether Williams
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Mr. Krabs comes into the Krusty Krab warning everybody of the fishing hooks arriving into the waters surrounding Bikini Bottom. Patrick encourages SpongeBob to play on them, thinking they are not dangerous and are covered with free cheese. When SpongeBob refuses still, Patrick tells him to "Lighten up, will ya!" and when Patrick attempts to take more Cheese he is pulled up to the surface. SpongeBob cries sadly until he runs into Patrick again. Patrick says he jumped off and floated down before he reached the surface and it is fun. SpongeBob warms up to play "Hooky" with Patrick. Mr. Krabs discovers that SpongeBob has taken a break from the Krusty Krab to go play with them. When he finds SpongeBob and Patrick out on the hooks, he scolds them from doing it again. The next day, Patrick continues to play on the hooks and SpongeBob soon joins him. He finds the hook has snagged his pants and begs for Mr. Krabs' help, for which Mr. Krabs advises him to take off his pants. He finally gives in, running home embarrassed and nude. After SpongeBob runs, Patrick returns from playing, only to be returned inside a can of tuna (He humorously asked "Does somebody have a can opener?").

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II

SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II"
Season no.: 1
Episode no.: 20b
Airdate: April 8, 2000
Credits
Guest(s): Charles Nelson Reilly
(as the Dirty Bubble)
Ernest Borgnine
(as Mermaid Man)
Tim Conway
(as Barnacle Boy)
Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
Mr. Lawrence
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SpongeBob wins a conch shell that can call his favorite superheroes in emergencies. However, SpongeBob's definition of "emergency" is drastically different than Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's. Barnacle Boy takes the conch shell away, and in return, Mermaid Man allows SpongeBob to follow them on their heroic rounds for a day, but the crime fighting duo soon become annoyed with him. At a restaurant when SpongeBob asks "What are we going to do tomorrow?", they ask SpongeBob to look on a Jukebox for their theme song, but they attempt to ditch him while SpongeBob is looking. They are captured by their arch-nemesis, The Dirty Bubble, and SpongeBob arrives just in time, and after The Dirty Bubble tells SpongeBob that he can't free them, SpongeBob says, "Can I have your autograph?" The Dirty Bubble pops, thanks to SpongeBob and his pencil. The three heroes ride home. The episode then ends.

  • First appearance: Jumbo Shrimp, Atomic Flounder, Sinister Slug, The Dirty Bubble


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