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"Big Pink Loser" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 2. In this episode, envious of SpongeBob's numerous awards, Patrick starts to work at the Krusty Krab and act like SpongeBob in an attempt to get his own award.



As Patrick wakes up one morning, a mailbox is shoved into his mouth. Curious, he opens it and finds a large, shiny trophy inside. Excited, he starts showing everyone his new award, including the jellyfish and even the Bikini Atoll Island. He shows it off to SpongeBob, who then realizes that the trophy is actually for him after spotting his name on it.

Patrick crying because he wanted an award like SpongeBob.

Patrick is disappointed as he hands the award to SpongeBob, feeling even more disappointed when he unwittingly opens a closet filled to the brim with SpongeBob's awards. SpongeBob tries to help him find a way to win an award, and eventually, Patrick decides to get a job working alongside SpongeBob at the Krusty Krab. Squidward quits in response.

First, Patrick is assigned to take some food to a customer. However, every time he brings it to the customer, he eats it, even as SpongeBob breaks down the process for him. A simpler task SpongeBob gives Patrick is to answer the phone, but he ends up getting angry when he thinks people are calling the wrong number when they are calling the "Krusty Krab" (he says "No, this is Patrick!" after 3 calls) which SpongeBob then tells him is the actual name of the restaurant. At this point, Patrick is almost completely demoralized, but SpongeBob urges him on. Patrick follows up with sweeping dust from under the floor near table 3, but uses the wrong end of the broom. Suddenly, a delivery man comes in with a load of awards for SpongeBob. This surprises and angers Patrick so much that he whacks the floor with the broom eight times, making dust fly everywhere and all the customers cough. Patrick loses control and laments that he will never win a trophy.

After rushing the upset and disheartened Patrick off into the kitchen, SpongeBob presents him with the extremely simple and basic task of opening a jar. When even this proves to be difficult at first, SpongeBob instructs him to do it exactly as he does. This mantra prompts Patrick to open the jar successfully. However, for a second, Patrick thinks he broke it. SpongeBob tells him he did it right, and he and SpongeBob begin celebrating. Patrick now feels more confident and poised, and he controls his temper by telling SpongeBob how he opened the jar. SpongeBob tells Patrick to do what he does and he will have an award someday.

Patrick copies SpongeBob.

The next day, Patrick starts taking even more cues from SpongeBob. He ends up wearing the same outfit as him and copying every single one of SpongeBob's actions and mannerisms in the hope of achieving the same success as his friend, much to the surprise of the Bikini Bottom citizens, who think they are seeing double of SpongeBob. In annoyance towards Patrick's imitation, SpongeBob seemingly places his hand on a hot grill to prove Patrick was copying him. Patrick takes the bait, and once he cries out in pain, SpongeBob reveals that he was using a decoy hand. As he and Patrick run back to their neighborhood, Patrick's hat flies off, and Squidward picks it up while retruning to work. SpongeBob tries multiple antics to convince Patrick to stop copying him, all of which are unsuccessful. SpongeBob even notices that Patrick has painted his rock to look almost exactly like SpongeBob's pineapple.

SpongeBob resorts to dressing up as Patrick, but it only makes Patrick more certain of the fact that his old self was nothing but a "big pink loser." As it turns out, however, the next award to arrive, which Patrick initially thinks is for SpongeBob again, is actually for a person who won it for "doing absolutely nothing longer than anyone else." This award turns out to be for Patrick, and SpongeBob is proud of him. Overjoyed, Patrick decides to protect his new title by going back under his rock and falling fast asleep, returning to his old, lazy self.

Running gags

  • Patrick messing up his actions.
  • Patrick copying SpongeBob's actions.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Aloha - Dick Stephen Walter [opening]
  Orchestral Effect (f) - Dick Stephen Walter ["An award?"]
  Announcing the Top - Gregor F. Narholz ["Look, rock, I got an award!"/"Jellyfish, I got an award."/"Island, I got an awar..."]
  Dancing The Hula - Kapono Beamer [the award's really SpongeBob's]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [Patrick cries]
  Heroes Win [#36.02] - Gregor F. Narholz ["I want to defeat the giant monkey man and save the ninth dimension!"/"I wanna defeat the little monkeyman and save the 8th dimension!"/"Doctor?"/"Fireman?"]
  Dapper Don - Frank Chacksfield [Patrick working at the Krusty Krab as a phone answerer]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill ["Fish paste!"]
  Dreamy Hawaii - Terry Day [sweeping]
  Killer Birds [#36.02] - Gregor F. Narholz [Patrick getting angry]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob showing Patrick how to open a jar]
  Caesar's Entry [#7.4] - Gregor F. Narholz [they celebrate]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders ["That was great, Patrick!"]
  Seaweed 2 - Steve Belfer [Patrick dressed like SpongeBob]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [Patrick copying SpongeBob]
  Hen Pecker - The Surfdusters [they scream and run]
  Rocket Sled to Oahu - The Mel-Tones [SpongeBob closes Pineapple door]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob dressed like Patrick]
  Moloka'i Nui (a) - Kapono Beamer [ending]



  • "Big Pink Loser" was ranked #13 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • One scene of this episode was ranked #8 in the "Top 100 Greatest Moments in Nicktoon History."
  • "Big Pink Loser" was ranked #56 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • This is the second episode where Patrick gets a job at the Krusty Krab and is later fired or just quits. The first was "Arrgh!" although, in that episode, it was only for a few seconds before getting fired.
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob shrinks. The first was "Nature Pants."
    • This time, however, he seems to be able to shrink and grow at will.
  • This is Jay Lender's first episode as a storyboard director instead of a storyboard artist.
  • This was the first episode to be written by William Reiss.
  • In some versions, at the beginning of the episode, the audio sound of the parcel being shoved into Patrick's mouth is heard before the mailman shoves it into his mouth.[citation needed] This version can be seen in the UK for example.
  • There is a book based on this episode titled And the Winner Is...
  • Although this episode and "Your Shoe's Untied" are season 2 episodes, Patrick had his original sideways "M" shaped eyebrows from season 1, instead of his new "Z" shaped ones.
    • On the Complete 2nd Season Audio Commentary for this episode, it is mentioned by one of the people in the commentary that this episode was made around the time when Patrick's eyebrows were not fully colored in yet. That meant this episode was made before "Something Smells." His new "Z" shaped eyebrows first appeared in "Your Shoes Untied" during the "Loop de Loop" musical number, when he got a shoe as a scoop of ice cream. His "Z" shaped eyebrows appear again in this episode when he is reminiscing how he finally was able to open the jar, suggesting that these scenes were the last from their respective episodes to be animated.
      • This is the last episode to feature Patrick's sideways "M" shaped eyebrows.
  • This is the only season 2 episode to use the track "Cream Pie."
    • This is also the first episode to use that track as title card music.
  • The scene where SpongeBob helps Patrick open the jar was used on Nicktoons as a "Rockin' Nicktoon Moment."[citation needed]
  • This episode and its sister episode "Bubble Buddy," were the only episodes to have their audio pitch noticeably affected when airing in countries that used the PAL system until the season 4 episode "Have You Seen This Snail?"[citation needed]
  • When Patrick jumps out of the water to show his award to Bikini Atoll, he quickly begins suffocating. However, in "Pressure" and "Rodeo Daze," he breathes on dry land without any issue.
  • When SpongeBob fully shrinks, he has a high-pitched, nasally voice. But when he says "Yeah" just before he returns to his normal size, his voice has already gone back to normal.
  • Patrick mentions the episode's title when he says, "What's so great about being a Big Pink Loser?"
    • The title is also mentioned by Squidward in the season 12 episode "Shell Games" when he says, "So long, you big pink loser!"
  • This episode's working title was "Single Pink Starfish."[3]
  • SpongeBob's line "Patrick, that's a pickle." has become a popular meme on YouTube, usually replacing both the pickle itself and SpongeBob's mention of it with something else, but every "You need a jar." is replaced with the exterior of the Krusty Krab either getting blown up and being shot at and with several screams.

No! This is Patrick!

  • The scene where Patrick says, "No! This is Patrick!" on the phone in response to people asking if they are calling the Krusty Krab has become a popular internet meme.
  • On the November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "All That Glitters."[4]
  • The tactic of imitating the imitator to restore them to their old self is later used in "Mimic Madness." In that episode, Patrick (alongside Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton) all imitate SpongeBob.

Cultural references


  • When Patrick comes into SpongeBob's house and ruins his Gary-shaped house of cards, the sounds of a door opening and closing can be heard, but the door in the background is not animated; Patrick "pops" into the screen behind the house of cards.
  • After Patrick throws the broom on the ground in the kitchen, it disappears after he opens the jar.
  • When Patrick copies SpongeBob in the kitchen, they "drop" their spatulas. A few shots later, SpongeBob and Patrick point at each other, but the spatulas are nowhere to be seen.
  • When SpongeBob tries to tell Patrick not to open his award closet, he has no buck teeth. They reappear a few frames before Patrick opens the door.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are running down the road to the Krusty Krab shouting "I'm ready" together, specifically, when SpongeBob looks suspiciously at Patrick, his buck teeth disappear for one frame.
  • While Patrick is being shocked after showing the award to a herd of jellyfish, a visible pink star flashes in and out of view in the top-right corner.

The table appears by itself.

  • When SpongeBob becomes smaller, there is nothing behind them, but when Patrick picks him up, there is a table behind him.
  • When SpongeBob's nose pops back out when he is pretending to be Patrick, his buck teeth are not shown when he is frowning. However, in the next scene, he still has the same frown and his teeth are now visible.

SpongeBob's pores are reversed.

  • After SpongeBob challenges and bests Patrick at jumprope, his pores are reversed.
  • When SpongeBob sees the trophy is really for him, his right buck tooth is missing.
  • When Patrick answers the third caller asking if they've called the Krusty Krab, the symbol on the Krusty Krab employee hat disappears for a few frames and then reappears.

The right side of SpongeBob's shirt is yellow.

  • For a split second, while Patrick is running with SpongeBob, the right side of SpongeBob's shirt turns yellow.
  • The Chum Bucket is missing in this episode.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, the part where the delivery man says "Trophy Delivery!," is muted and there is no voice.



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