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"Bubblestand" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob starts a bubblestand.



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"Hey, Squidward! Wanna blow some bubbles?"

One morning, SpongeBob walks outside to breathe in the neighborhood's peacefulness, then loudly builds a bubble stand, much to the annoyance of Squidward, who demands SpongeBob to be quiet while he is practicing his clarinet-playing. SpongeBob stops for a time, takes a few tentative taps of his hammer, and then quickly finishes construction before Squidward has a chance to complain again.

At the newly built stand, SpongeBob offers customers an opportunity to blow a bubble for twenty-five cents. Patrick comes by and asks to try it out. Though he does not have any money, he "borrows" a quarter from SpongeBob to pay for it. Unfortunately, Patrick's strained blowing fails to produce a bubble. SpongeBob offers to teach him for an extra quarter, which he happily "loans" to Patrick. SpongeBob then demonstrates his somewhat peculiar, yet effective, bubble-blowing technique, which produces a variety of bubble shapes, including a massive elephant-shaped bubble that gets stuck in Squidward's house and pops.

The fuming Squidward comes out and approaches the now ostensibly closed bubble stand. He demands to know how they can cause so much disruption just by blowing bubbles. SpongeBob explains that he is creating art and utilizing his technique to its fullest potential. Squidward scoffs at SpongeBob's ideas of art and marketing, sending SpongeBob and Patrick back to their homes in a sad mood. Still snickering, Squidward begins to examine the bubble wand out of growing curiosity. As he tries to blow a bubble himself, SpongeBob quickly comes out and tells Squidward to pay a quarter, shocking him. Squidward reluctantly lays down a quarter for the bubble, suggesting that it is a very simple feat.

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Squidward's house encapsulated by a giant bubble.

Squidward attempts to impress the two with his skill, to no avail. All the while, SpongeBob and Patrick try to convince him to use the technique. Fed up and annoyed, Squidward furiously and mockingly copies their technique then screams into the wand in anger, which produces a giant bubble that impresses SpongeBob and Patrick.

Squidward, claiming credit for the bubble he blew, heads back inside his house and plays his clarinet once more, with SpongeBob and Patrick chanting his name while dancing. However, the giant bubble descends and encapsulates Squidward's house, unearthing it and floating with it up in the air as SpongeBob and Patrick watch in horror and try to call Squidward's name to get his attention.

When at last Squidward looks outside to greet his "fans," he sees himself high above the ground with SpongeBob and Patrick little more than specks. The bubble then pops with explosive force, prompting SpongeBob and Patrick to look at each other nervously and retreat to their houses. Once Squidward's house floats back down to the ground, Squidward lets out a few final feeble notes from his clarinet.






Model sheets[]


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Old Hilo March - Kapono Beamer [Title card]
  Maui Beach - Hans Haider [Opening]
  Squid Clarinet24 - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet]
  Closing Theme 2 - Steve Belfer [Patrick wakes up]
  Squid Clarinet25 - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet again]
  Honolulu March - George K, J. Dounfrey, Hans Haider [SpongeBob blows the duck-shaped bubble (the last note can be briefly heard).]
  Merlins Hill - Jennifer Jones [Harp music is heard as SpongeBob blows bubbles]
  Timpani Roll [#48] - Sammy Burdson ["And now... with two hands!"]
  Drum Rolls (B) - Dick Stephen Walter ["And now... with two hands!"]
  Entry of the Gladiators - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob blows an elephant-shaped bubble]
  Baby Elephant - Dick Stephen Walter [Squidward comes outside]
  Watch Out! - Dick Stephen Walter ["Don't give me any of that!"]
  Honolulu March - George K, J Dounfrey, Hans Haider [SpongeBob shows Squidward the technique; SpongeBob blowing butterfly bubbles (the last note can be briefly heard.)]
  Merlins Hill - Jennifer Jones [SpongeBob blows a butterfly-shaped bubble]
  Ups And Downs (D) - Richard Myhill ["That's the lamest idea I have ever heard."]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["You should be ashamed of yourselves."]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Squidward pays 25 cents]
  Side Drum [#52] - Mark Nolan [Drum rolls as Squidward tries to blow bubbles]
  Honolulu March - George K, J Dounfrey, Hans Haider ["Hey, Squidward, remember the technique."]
  12th St Rag Slo - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward does the technique]
  Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer ["I really did it, didn't I?"]
  Squidwerd Clarinet #6 - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet once more]
  Menace from the Deep - Robert Cornford [The giant bubble engulfs Squidward's house]
  Squidwerd Clarinet #6 - Brad Carow [Squidward finishes playing the clarinet]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [The bubble explodes]
  Squid Clarinet27 - Brad Carow [Ending]






SpongeBob SquarePants 2001 Burger King commercial

  • A clip from this episode was used in a 2001 Burger King commercial promoting SpongeBob toys at the time. The commercial even references the bubble-blowing technique.

Nickelodeon Fruit Snacks Commercial


Hold it.

  • SpongeBob's technique for blowing bubbles:
    • "Go like this" (Lifting the left foot up off the ground).
    • Spinning around a couple of times and stopping.
    • "Double-take" (dart the head to the side) three times.
    • Pelvic thrust (Thrusting the entire body left and right, pelvis first) and stop on your right foot. "DON'T FORGET IT."
    • Spinning the upper body and "bring-it-a-round-town."
    • Bouncing on the back twice.
    • Shape-shifting into various surreal shapes and forms.
    • Proceeding to blow the bubble.
  • SpongeBob's quote "Now it's time to bring it around town. Bring-it-a-round-town," became an internet meme.
  • The ship bubble has the same foghorn as SpongeBob's alarm clock.
  • In later episodes, SpongeBob has blown bubbles in different shapes without using the bubble blowing technique.
  • The bubble that enters Squidward's house was originally going to be a tugboat and not an elephant.[1]

SpongeBob clip in Zathura: A Space Adventure.

  • The "It's a giraffe!" scene is shown in Zathura: A Space Adventure before Walter switches the channel.
  • Patrick's line "It's a giraffe!" was recycled in the video games Battle for Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob's Game Frenzy, and Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated. It has also become a popular internet meme.
  • In "Wormy," SpongeBob doesn't know what a butterfly is and thinks that Wormy (who transformed into a butterfly) is a monster, but in this episode, he blows a butterfly bubble.
    • In addition in "Tea at the Treedome," a butterfly is shown just as SpongeBob enters Sandy's treedome for the first time and in "Your Shoe's Untied," the Flying Dutchman shows him the butterfly knot; in all three occurrences however, he is not afraid. Coincidentally, two of the three episodes had Tom Yasumi as the animation director.
  • Four of the poses SpongeBob and Patrick make when cheering Squidward after he blows a giant bubble were eventually redrawn to be used as various stock artwork.
  • When Squidward's house is in the air, an upright glass bottle the size of other buildings in Bikini Bottom is visible. The only other building seen throughout the series that uses a glass bottle as part of the structure is the Fancy! restaurant, which is on its side.
  • SpongeBob collects quarters in this episode, but the amount continues changing throughout the episode.
  • At the end of this episode, when Squidward plays his clarinet weakly, a portion of the scene is cut on all Nickelodeon USA broadcasts ever since the original airing on July 17, 1999. This is due to the screen fading to black when this happens. Despite this, all Nicktoons USA and Nick@Nite broadcasts, international non-US airings, all digital and streaming releases on Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, and iTunes, the VideoNow versions, The Seascape Capers VHS tape release, and all DVD releases retain this scene.
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  • When Squidward is trying to restore SpongeBob's memories, this episode is referenced in "Friendiversary."
  • This is the first episode for several things:
    • The first episode to have a title that is only one word.
    • The first episode to introduce the tracks "Maui Beach" and "Old Hilo March."
    • The first episode that Ennio Torresan, Jr. and Erik Wiese worked on together.
    • The first episode (and only standard-length episode) to have five writers.
    • The first episode where Patrick plays a major role.
    • The first episode to play "The Rake Hornpipe" outside of a scene involving the Krusty Krab or Mr. Krabs.
    • The first episode to show the inside of Squidward's house.
    • The first episode in the series without any known deleted scenes.
    • The first episode in which Squidward is seen playing the clarinet, and playing it well.
    • The first episode to not introduce any new characters, not counting the bubbles shaped like animals.
    • The first episode to play the "boo-womp" sound effect, which is a sound effect that plays whenever a character is sad or frowns.
  • This is the last episode written by Stephen Hillenburg before the episode "Mermaid Pants."
    • However, he is not credited in the latter episode, making this episode the last episode when Hillenburg is credited as a writer.
  • There is an online game based on this episode called SpongeBob's Bubblegram Game.
  • This episode was paired up with different episodes in different marathons:

Dub facts[]

  • In the Croatian dub, this episode's title is "Mjehurići," which when translated to English, still uses the original title.

Cultural references[]

  • The bubble-blowing technique includes references to "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • SpongeBob biting the quarters is a reference to a common trope in older films, especially Westerns, where people would bite on coins as a means to test their authenticity.
  • The song that Squidward plays (poorly) on his clarinet at the end of this episode is "Mary Had a Little Lamb."


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SpongeBob's walkway is missing the rocks.

  • At the very beginning, on the long shot, SpongeBob's walkway looks like the road instead of a rocky walkway.
Heath Precaution

Squidward's house without glass windows.

  • When Squidward says, "Can we lower the volume, please? I can't work with all that racket going on!" to SpongeBob in the beginning, there is no glass in his windows.
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SpongeBob's door is missing.

  • When Patrick's rock opens, SpongeBob's pineapple is missing its front door.
    • Similarly, in one scene, Squidward's door is missing.
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SpongeBob's eye color is washed off.

  • When SpongeBob is talking to Patrick and says, "Good morning to you, sir. Would you care to blow a bubble?" his eyes are so washed off that it looks as if SpongeBob does not have an eye color.
  • When Patrick yells, "It's a giraffe!" he is on the left side of SpongeBob, but when the bubble goes into Squidward's house, he is on the right side of him.
  • When Squidward leaves his house, the interior of his doorway has a similar appearance to the red wall found on the second floor. Later, when he enters his house, the interior of the first floor has its normal green wall appearance instead of red.
  • When SpongeBob repeats the bubble-blowing technique to Squidward again as he is trying to blow bubbles, he looks three times to the left instead of right.
  • Before SpongeBob spins while trying to show Squidward the bubble-blowing technique, his house is missing one of its windows.
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  • After SpongeBob spins while Squidward tries to blow a bubble, right before it cuts back to Squidward, there is a transparent picture of a person's hand holding a clapboard, which only appears for about a frame. This occurs again right after SpongeBob says, "Don't forget the woo!" right before it cuts back to Squidward. It is likely a picture of some draft or production code for this episode.
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SpongeBob's house is missing.

  • When SpongeBob and Patrick chant Squidward's name, SpongeBob's house is nowhere to be seen.
  • Squidward disappears after SpongeBob and Patrick shout out his name one more time near the end. His clarinet was still heard, however.
SpongeBob's missing holes on top of his head error in Bubblestand

SpongeBob's missing pores.

  • After SpongeBob and Patrick say, "Wow!," the two of them slowly walk back to their homes. As SpongeBob turns around while doing this, he briefly moves his head down and the pores on the top of his head are missing.



Nickelodeon Commercials (May 3, 1999)


Nickelodeon Commercial Breaks (July 12, 1999)