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"Band Geeks" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 2. In this episode, Squidward lies to Squilliam about having a band to perform at the Bubble Bowl, but when Squilliam calls him and reminds him about it, he creates his own band with everyone in Bikini Bottom.



The episode begins one day, Squidward was playing his clarinet but was disturbed by a doorbell which is a doctor who arrived at his house after mistaking his clarinet playing for a "dying animal," he receives a call from his former high school classmate and rival Squilliam Fancyson. The rich, successful, and very smug Squilliam informs Squidward that he is the leader of a band that is supposed to play the prestigious Bubble Bowl the following week, but he will be unable to attend. He gives Squidward a backhanded offer to replace him, correctly suspecting that Squidward does not have his own band. However, Squidward defiantly insists that he does have a band and accepts the offer, before posting flyers around Bikini Bottom looking for people to join his band.

"Is mayonnaise an instrument?"

On the first night of rehearsals, Squidward brings his rented instruments to a practice hall filled with townspeople. Upon discovering that none of his prospective bandmates have any previous musical experience, Squidward teaches them the basics. Unfortunately, the night doesn't end well as Squidward gets pinned to the wall by drumsticks the players mistook as mouth instruments while Sandy beats up Patrick and shoves his body through the bore of a trombone after he kicks her leg.

Things do not get any better during the second day of training; while practicing a march through the street two flag twirlers are killed when they spin their flags too fast, causing them to fly into the air and crash into a passing blimp. On the third day, Squidward checks on Plankton's harmonica solo, though he becomes exhausted and collapses from running back and forth between the holes since the harmonica is much bigger than him.

On the fourth and final day of practice, Squidward says that while none of them have made any improvement since the beginning, he suggests that everyone play loud so they will be good. Unfortunately, they take this theory a bit too literally as they play so loud and badly that the windows of the practice hall break, and Squidward's face is deformed beyond recognition, prompting him to change the plan to playing extremely quietly so nobody will hear them. The band members then begin to insult each other, and despite Squidward attempting to quell the rising tensions, a mass brawl breaks out that damages most of the instruments. When the clock hits 10:00 PM, the fighting ends and everyone starts to head home.

Squidward stops them at the entrance and expresses his disappointment at their lack of progress and for not taking his dream seriously. After Squidward leaves in distress at his failure, a remorseful SpongeBob asks the townspeople to think about all of the times Squidward came through for them. Despite drawing a blank, they are convinced enough to give practice one more try for Squidward's sake, with SpongeBob taking command as the conductor.

The day of the performance arrives and Squidward prepares to finalize his band's cancellation, only to find Squilliam waiting for him at the entrance of the Bubble Bowl. Squidward tries to explain that his band can no longer play as they all died in a marching accident, but they suddenly appear behind him in full uniform and with their instruments at ready, forcing Squidward to go through with the performance.

The band performing "Sweet Victory."

As everyone enters a huge glass dome, Squidward bemoans the humiliation that he is certain is awaiting him. The dome rises into a football stadium filled with human fans. Squidward, still fearing that the performance will be a disaster, nervously begins conducting. But to his and Squilliam's astonishment, the band performs a rock ballad called "Sweet Victory" and it turns out to be a tremendous success. As the crowd sways in awe and Squilliam faints in shock, Squidward throws away his baton and leaps into the air in triumph, ending the episode.

Running gags

  • Patrick kicks Sandy, making her attack him with a trombone first and then a trumpet.
  • Squidward saying some "band humor."
  • Patrick asks Squidward if mayonnaise is an instrument.



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 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Here Comes The Band! (A) - Dick Stephen Walter [Title card]
  Squids Clarinet - Brad Carow [Squidward playing his clarinet/Squidwards blasts his clarinet through the phone]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr ["Squilliam Fancyson from band class?"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["I hear you're playing the cash register now."]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer ["I gotta drum up a marching band fast!"]
  Marching Band Scales - Brad Carow, Nicolas Carr, Robert Lee Faust, Ira Nepus [Squidward, the brass, the woodwind, and the drums play scales]
  Stars & Stripes Forever - Brad Carow, Nicolas Carr, Robert Lee Faust, Ira Nepus [band playing]
  Taps - Brad Carow, Nicolas Carr, Robert Lee Faust, Ira Nepus [played after explosion]
  Marching Band Blast - Brad Carow, Nicolas Carr, Robert Lee Faust, Ira Nepus [everyone plays loudly]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["What did you say, punk?"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The dust brawl starts]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["You took my one chance at happiness and crushed it."]
  Fates [#61.03] - Gregor F. Narholz ["What kind of monsters are we?"]
  Whisper from the Past [#63] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's pep talk]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [Bubble Bowl]
  Dramatic Cue (A) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward sees Squilliam]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["I just wanted to watch you blow it."]
  Dramatic Cue (D) - Ronald Hanmer ["That would be my band!"]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squilliam laughs]
  Gala A - Dieter Reith [live-action football field]
  Send them Victorious (b) - Graham De Wilde [fanfare]
  Sweet Victory 1 - David Eisley, Bob Kulick [ending]



"Squid tries to "inspire" Bikini Bottom's doofy denizens into being a tight marching band – but it's like herding kittens. "Sweet Victory" is like the worst Night Ranger–type power ballad in history."
  • On the Winner Take All Sunday this episode was #6.
  • "Band Geeks" was ranked #1 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • This episode marks the first appearance of Squidward's rival Squilliam Fancyson.
  • This episode was originally called "Squid in Charge."
  • According to The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, David Archuleta rated this episode as his favorite.
  • According to Rodger Bumpass at an SDCC Panel, this is his favorite episode.
  • There is a book based on the episode named Star Power!
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode title is "Kalamarkov Bend," which translates to "Squidward's Band."
  • The flyer for Squidward's band reads as follows: "Looking to add fulfillment to your dull, dull life? Then become a part of the greatest musical sensation ever to hit Bikini Bottom and be forever adored by thousands of people you don't know. Not to mention free refreshments! Practice begins tonight, 8:30 sharp."
  • A clip from this episode was used during SpongeBob on Nick@Nite bumpers in 2020.[3]
  • The ending is similar to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: someone happily jumps into the air and the screen freezes as it fades to black while a song is playing.
  • The Bubble Bowl "real-life" crowd is the footage used from a USFL Memphis Showboats vs. Tampa Bay Bandits game at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee back in the 1980s.
  • On day two when the band is marching down the street, they are doing a rendition of "Semper Fidelis," regarded as the official marching song of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • This episode came packaged in a PVD in black and white with the VideoNow personal video player by Hasbro. The episode was later released in color with "The Secret Box."
  • This is the first time where Squidward wins against Squilliam at the end.
  • This is the third episode to end with a song. The first is "Help Wanted," and the second is "Your Shoe's Untied."
  • SpongeBob's eager face was used in the online games Reef Rumble and Nick's Not So Ultimate Boss Battles and the video game Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.
  • In the shot where SpongeBob sings the verse "On the world closing in," he can be seen wearing the Best Friends Forever Ring from "The Secret Box."
  • Numerous scenes and quotes from this episode have become famous internet memes:
    • "Yeah, uh, we're with the pet hospital down the street and I understand that you have a dying animal on the premises."
    • Patrick's line "Is mayonnaise an instrument?"
    • Patrick kicks Sandy causing the latter to push him into a trombone.
    • Squidward's stretched face after the band played too loud.
    • Harold's line "Big, meaty, claws!"
    • SpongeBob's eager face.
  • In the Japanese dub of this episode, the French Narrator and the announcer in the stadium are not heard.
  • In the Italian dub of this episode, Sweet Victory is completely cut. Supposedly this was done to increase the commercial time.
    • This also applied to the Indonesian version (on later airings only) as the song would cut like any other dubbed episodes with original music to save more time for other episodes to play. This lasted until April 2021, when the full episode played in normal, later reverting to cut episodes.
  • This is a rare instance of a real car being mentioned when Patrick says that the owner of a white sedan left their lights on.
    • In the German Dub, the word sedan is replaced with "Opel Kapitän," a German luxury sedan manufactured between 1938 and 1970.
  • In Latin America, during the day one training, the line where SpongeBob interferes with Squidward after he asks everyone to stand in rows of five saying, "Is this the part where we start kicking?" Squidward's response was changed. In English, he replies, "No SpongeBob, that's a chorus line" - which in Spanish would translate to "No Bob Esponja, es una línea de coro" - while in the Latin American version, he replies "No SpongeBob, you think this is Karate?" - which in Latin American Spanish translates to "No Bob, ¿Crees Que Esto es Karate?". However, this is countered by the fact that in the Latin American version, while asking the drumline to repeat the line from his clarinet, instead of saying "Drums" - "Tambores" in Spanish - he says "Percussion" - "Percusión" in Spanish - which is a far less common denomination of the instrument.
  • This episode was paired up with different episodes:
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Kapela Skalmara," which translates to "Squidward's Band."
  • During the song, when SpongeBob is pointing and Sandy is in the background, he is wearing the friendship ring from the sister episode, "The Secret Box."
  • A clip from this episode was used at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show to honor the death of the show's creator, Stephen Hillenburg.
    • "Sweet Victory" was supposed to play at Super Bowl LIII halftime, but it was replaced by Travis Scott playing "Sicko Mode." The event caused massive backlash as a result and spawned various memes.
    • A day after the resulting backlash at Super Bowl LIII, "Sweet Victory" did play for the NHL (National Hockey League) during a Dallas Stars game.
  • In production and airing order, this is the first episode to have more than one timecard.
  • According to an interview with Sam Henderson on SpongeBuddy Mania, during the scene with the lighters, his hand can be seen in the audience.[6]
  • This is one of the rarest instances where Squidward defeats Squilliam at the end and remains victorious.
  • The guitar that Sandy plays bears a striking resemblance to a Gibson Flying V, while Mrs. Puff's guitar strongly resembles a ESP-AX 50.
  • Harold SquarePants was originally planned to appear on this episode but was later cut. [7]
  • The coloring books Star Power! and SpongeBob's Best Days have coloring pages of scenes that were never in the actual episode:
    • SpongeBob and his friends practicing for the performance after Squidward left.
    • SpongeBob naming his band "Captain SpongeBob's Jellyfish Jam Band," a reference to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
    • SpongeBob taking his shirt off during the "Sweet Victory" performance.
    • An extended ending where Squidward has changed his mind about SpongeBob's song.
  • This is the first episode where the highlight in Plankton's pupil is colored white as opposed to pink.
    • However, it was already seen as white in some shots from "Walking Small."
  • When the band pays tribute to the flag twirlers after they crashed into the blimp, taking a closer look shows Mr. Krabs shed a tear when he puts his claw over his heart.
  • In an aerial view of the band, while they are marching through downtown Bikini Bottom, you can see Pearl's head.
  • After the flag twirlers crash into the blimp, one trumpeter plays "Taps."

Cultural references

  • The Bubble Bowl is a parody of the Super Bowl, the annual final championship game of the National Football League.
    • Coincidentally, this episode is used in the Super Bowl LIII halftime show.
    • It was also used in a Paramount+ commercial during the Super Bowl LV.


  • Part of Pearl's skirt is gone when SpongeBob talks to Evelyn and Larry but reappears in the next scene, and then disappears again.
  • During the band's performance of "Sweet Victory" when the main cast is shown, Mr. Krabs is playing a purple keytar, but during the panning the keytar is green.
  • During the full band scene, all of the main cast moves up/down rows in some way, but Mr. Krabs does not move at all.
  • The characters switch places throughout this episode, examples include:
    • When everyone in the room is talking, SpongeBob and Patrick are sitting next to each other. However, when Patrick asks if mayonnaise is an instrument and when he says "Kicking? I want to do some kicking!" he is sitting next to Sandy.
      • Then, after getting beaten by Sandy, Patrick returns to a third seat.
  • Throughout the scenes of the rehearsals, the characters constantly change instruments, including the drummer's drums to change between shots.
  • During multiple scenes in which the screen shakes, when televised, it is surrounded by either a brown or blue border. This error also occurs in "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" and "The Secret Box."
  • When Squidward says that he really expected better of them, Evelyn's skin is green instead of pink.
  • Patrick's trombone has valves on it, a feature uniquely absent from trombones in real life.
    • Patrick's trombone could be a valve trombone.
  • When Squidward says "That's his eager face," his mouth is somewhat out of sync with the animation.
  • When Plankton plays his work-in-progress harmonica solo, he is so small that he has to run back and forth along the harmonica to get to the right areas, which exhausts him. But in the later scene where he shouts "Correct!" in response to Squidward's theory, he's as tall as Sandy's boot.
  • When Squidward asks Plankton how the harmonica solo is going, the harmonica is not on the chair. A second later, it is on the chair.
    • The harmonica could have been on a different chair.
  • The saxophone is a woodwind instrument, but when Squidward tells the brass section to play, Harold can be seen playing the saxophone.
  • When Squidward tells the woodwind section to play, one of the players is playing a brass instrument.
    • This could be because it was a saxophone and a saxophone is a woodwind instrument.
  • When it is day four, all the seats are missing.
    • This could be because it's the last day of practice so they removed the seats.
  • In the shot where Mr. Krabs asks, "When do we get the free food?" Sandy is sitting next to him. Two seats behind Mr. Krabs is Frank. Part of him is shown, but the part that should be shown in Sandy's helmet is not there. It is not a trick with lighting because the part of Fred, who is sitting behind Mr. Krabs, that is in Sandy's helmet is shown.
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Spongebob Squarepants M&E Error In Romanian Dub

  • In the Romanian dub, Sandy's and Larry the Lobster's lines are cut.
  • When Patrick opens his mouth while talking with a trombone noise from being stuck in a trombone, the slider goes downwards from a higher-pitched noise to a lower-pitched noise. Correctly, the slider should have been sliding upwards.
  • After class is over on the way towards the door, the door flies open, revealing Squidward with his arms to his side, as he had not touched the door.
  • The Turkish dub has the following cut scenes and errors:[8]
    • The title card was mistakenly left in English undubbed.
    • When Sandy, Plankton, and Mrs. Puff start reading from a poster, Mr. Krabs' and Larry's scenes of reading the poster are cut.
    • In the scene when Squidward is supposed to say, "Wait, wait. I know tensions are high...," he cannot be heard saying that line in this dub. Instead, he is left mute at that part and all that can be heard are the crowd's voices overlapping.
  • When the band is shown turning from above, Pearl's nose is unreasonably big and covers several people.

Bluish teeth error.

  • When the flag twirlers are exploding, Squidward's teeth turn bluish-gray for a second.
  • In the Indonesian dub that aired on Global TV as well as Nickelodeon Asia (Indonesia), instead of saying "Is mayonnaise an instrument?," Patrick says "Is mine an instrument?" and instead of "Horseradish is not an instrument, either," Squidward says "Horse racing is not an instrument, either." However, when the episode was aired in Latvian, the error did not happen.
  • During the scene where SpongeBob and Plankton harmonize in singing, SpongeBob's eyelid turns blue for a second.
  • When the glass dome containing the band originally rises to the field, it is seen to be approximately 10 yards in diameter and positioned just off of the center of the field. Later shots from within the dome looking outward show an entirely different perspective with many more white lines than would be expected.
  • It is unknown why Squidward would be walking into the band entrance of the Bubble Bowl when he thought that he didn't have a band anymore.
    • Squidward likely goes to the Bubble Bowl to tell that he has no band to play.
  • In some scenes, while practicing, the "P" on Pearl's dress is missing.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, "Sweet Victory" is not dubbed in Spanish.



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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2003)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)