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"Band Geeks" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward creates a band.



One day, after Squidward turns away 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
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"Is mayonnaise an instrument?"

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. 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 Sandy beats up Patrick and shoves his body through the bore of a trombone after the latter kicks her leg.
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Squidward leading the marching band

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 as 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
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"That's his... eager face."

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, 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 trainer.

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.
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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. 




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Here Comes the Band! (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [Title card]

  ? - Brad Carow [Squidward playing his clarinet/Squidwards blasts his clarinet through the phone]
  Question Sting - 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 and 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?"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["You took my one chance at happiness and crushed it."]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["What kind of monsters are we?"]
  Whisper from the Past - 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 8 - 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 Squilliam.
  • This episode was originally called "Squid in Charge."
  • According to The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, David Archuleta rated this episode as his favorite.
  • 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."
  • The ending is similar to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: someone happily jumps into the air and the screen freezes as it fades to black.
  • 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.
  • During day two when the band is marching down the street, they are actually 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."
  • The "Day Three" time card uses the same background as the "I Was a Teenage Gary" title card.
  • In the Latin American Spanish version, the title card is called "Squidward's Band Geek."
  • 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.
  • Three scenes from this episode have become famous internet memes:
    • SpongeBob's eager face
    • Patrick's line "Is mayonnaise an instrument?"
    • Harold's line "Big, meaty, claws!"
  • 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 commercial time.
  • 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 Latin America, during the day one training, the line where SpongeBob interferes 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, esa es una linea 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 Esponja, ¿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" - "Percussion" in Spanish - which is a far less common denomination of the instrument.
  • 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.
  • In production and airing order, this is the first episode to have more than one time card.
  • According to an interview with Sam Henderson on SpongeBuddy Mania, during the scene with the lighters, if one can see closely, they can see his hand in the audience.[1]

Cultural references


  • 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.
  • When Squidward says "That's his eager face," his mouth is somewhat out of sync with the animation.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • When the band is shown turning from above, Pearl's nose is unreasonably big and covers several people.
Error in Band Geeks

Bluish teeth error

  • When the flag twirlers are exploding Squidward’s teeth turn bluish-gray for a second.
  • In Indonesian dub that aired in Global TV as well 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 Lativi, 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 up 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.

Running gags

  • Patrick kicking Sandy, making her attack him with a trombone first and then a trumpet.
  • People saying "blah blah blah."
  • Squidward saying some "band humor."



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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;" 2012)

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)

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