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



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"Hey, Squidward! Wanna blow some bubbles?"

SpongeBob walks outside to breathe in the peacefulness of the neighborhood in the morning. Suddenly, he loudly begins to build 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.

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At the newly built stand, SpongeBob offers customers to blow a bubble for twenty-five cents each. Patrick comes by and asks to try it out. However, he does not have any money, so he "borrows" a quarter from SpongeBob to pay for it. Unfortunately, Patrick's forceful 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.

The fuming Squidward comes out and approaches the now-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 shame. 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.

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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, Squidward furiously and mockingly copies their technique, finally screaming into the wand in anger. His screams end up producing a giant bubble, thoroughly impressing SpongeBob and Patrick.

Squidward heads back inside his house and begins to play his clarinet once more, with SpongeBob and Patrick chanting his name while dancing. However, the giant bubble floats down and encapsulates Squidward's house, unearthing it and floating with it up in the air.

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 the moai floats back down to earth, Squidward lets out a few final feeble notes from his clarinet, thus ending the episode.




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Old Hilo March - Kapono Beamer [Title card]

  Maui Beach - Hans Haider [Opening]
  ? - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Patrick wakes up]
  ? - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet again]
  Merlin's Hill - Jennifer Jones [Harp music is heard as SpongeBob blows bubbles]
  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]
  Merlin's Hill - Jennifer Jones [SpongeBob blows a butterfly-shaped bubble]
  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 Street Rag Revisited - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward does the technique]
  Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer ["I really did it, didn't I?"]
  Squid's Swinging Clarinet - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet once more]
  Menace From The Deep - Robert Cornford [The giant bubble engulfs Squidward's house]
  Squid's Swinging Clarinet - Brad Carow [Squidward finishes playing the clarinet]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [The bubble explodes]
  ? - Brad Carow [Ending]





SpongeBob SquarePants 2001 Burger King commercial

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.
  • This episode was paired with "Sing a Song of Patrick" during Best Buddies Week.
  • This is the first episode without any known deleted scenes.
  • The Waikikis, Prince Paul, and Wordsworth made a song based on this episode called "Prince Paul's Bubble Party," which can be heard on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack, although the song was not used in the first movie itself.
  • 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.
    • Patrick simply walks to SpongeBob's right offscreen when the camera shows the bubble going to Squidward's house.
  • A scene of this episode is shown in the 2005 movie Zathura before Walter switches it to SportsCenter.
  • SpongeBob's quote "Bring it around town" is used in the online game Delivery Dilemma.
  • SpongeBob's bubble-blowing technique from this episode was used in a 2012 Yosicle commercial.
  • The ship bubble has the same foghorn as SpongeBob's alarm clock.
  • Patrick's line "It's a giraffe!" became a popular internet meme. It would later be used again in the video game Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • SpongeBob's technique for blowing bubbles:
    • lift your left foot up off the ground.
    • spin around a couple times and stop.
    • "Double-take" (dart you head to the side) three times
    • Pelvic thrust (thrust yourself left and right, pelvis first) and stop on your right foot. "Don't forget it."
    • "Bring-it-a-round-town"
    • two back bounces
    • shape-shift your body into various surreal shapes and forms.
    • proceed to blow your bubble.
  • Irony: When Squidward does the technique, he bounces a total of eleven times on various parts of his body, then he screams into the bubble wand. So he somewhat breaks some of the rules of SpongeBob's technique. However, he blows a bigger, "better" bubble than SpongeBob did throughout the episode.
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Hold it

  • The scene when SpongeBob started doing the bubble blowing technique and pelvic thrust became an internet meme called "Hold it," in which the scene was slowed down for a few frames.
  • SpongeBob collects quarters in this episode, but the amount continues to change throughout the episode.
    • It is likely SpongeBob kept the other quarters.
  • 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.
  • This is the first episode that Ennio Torresan, Jr. and Erik Wiese worked on together.
  • This episode has five writers, currently tied with "Friend or Foe" and "The Clash of Triton" for having the most writers of an episode.
    • This is the only 11-minute episode to have five writers.
  • This is the first episode to play "The Rake Hornpipe" outside of a scene involving the Krusty Krab or Mr. Krabs.
  • This is the first episode to show the insides of Squidward's and Patrick's houses.
  • This is the last episode ever written by Stephen Hillenburg before his death on November 26, 2018.
  • There is an online game based on this episode called SpongeBob's Bubblegram Game.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Bańki mydlane," which translates to "Soap Bubbles."
  • In the Croatian dub, this episode is called "Mjehurići," which means "Bubbles."
  • This is the first non-pilot episode of the show.

Cultural references


  • At the very beginning, on the long shot, SpongeBob's walkway looks like the road instead of a rocky walkway.
  • 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 not any glass in his windows.
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SpongeBob’s door is missing

  • When Patrick's rock opens, SpongeBob's pineapple is missing the front door.
    • A similar thing happens. In a scene, Squidward's door is missing.
Eye color mistake

His 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 didn't have eye color.
  • When SpongeBob blows the elephant shaped bubble and it floats into Squidward's house, he and Patrick are standing in the street. However, when Squidward comes out of his house, SpongeBob and Patrick are hiding behind the stand.
  • 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.
    • SpongeBob most likely made a mistake while teaching Squidward.
Wierd 0.1 second scene from Bubblestand
  • After SpongeBob spins while Squidward tries to blow a bubble, right before it cuts back to Squidward, there is a transparent picture of a rough timing sheet, 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.
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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.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob blowing bubble art.
  • SpongeBob offering 25 cents for bubble lessons.
  • SpongeBob bending the quarters with his teeth.
  • Squidward constantly failing to blow bubbles without the technique.

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