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"Bubblestand" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob starts a bubblestand, much to the annoyance of Squidward.



"Hey, Squidward! Wanna blow some bubbles?"

The episode begins with SpongeBob walking outside to breathe in the peacefulness of the neighborhood in the morning. Suddenly, he begins to loudly 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.

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. However, he does not have any money, so 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. SpongeBob's technique produces, among others, 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 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, suggesting that it is a very simple feat.

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 descends 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 Squidward's house floats back down to the ground, Squidward ends the episode by letting out a few final feeble notes from his clarinet.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob blowing bubble art.
  • SpongeBob offering 25 cents for bubble lessons.
  • SpongeBob biting into quarters.
  • The methods of SpongeBob's technique.
  • Squidward constantly failing to blow bubbles without the technique.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Old Hilo March - Kapono Beamer [Title card]
  Maui Beach - Hans Haider [Opening]
  Squidwerd Clarinet #1 - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Patrick wakes up]
  Squidwerd Clarinet #3 - 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 - 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 Street Rag - 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]
  Squidwerd Clarinet - Brad Carow [Ending]






SpongeBob SquarePants 2001 Burger King 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," has enjoyed constant renown as an internet meme.
  • SpongeBob's bubble-blowing technique from this episode was used in a 2012 Yosicle commercial.[citation needed]
  • The ship bubble has the same foghorn as SpongeBob's alarm clock.
  • The bubble that enters Squidward's house was originally going to be a tugboat and not an elephant.[citation needed]
  • The "It's a giraffe!" scene is shown in the 2005 movie Zathura: A Space Adventure (also simply known as Zathura) before Walter switches it to SportsCenter.
  • Patrick's line "It's a giraffe!" was recycled in the video games Battle for Bikini Bottom and its remake.
  • 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 the 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, the three episodes were animation-directed by Tom Yasumi.
  • 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. This means that despite inaccurately imitating SpongeBob's technique, he blows a bigger, "better" bubble than SpongeBob did throughout the episode.
  • 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 to change throughout the episode. It is likely SpongeBob kept the other quarters.
  • At the end of the episode, when Squidward starts playing his clarinet very weakly, a portion of the scene is cut on all Nickelodeon USA broadcasts. This is due to the screen fading to black when this happens. Despite this unusual edit, all Nicktoons USA and Nick@Nite broadcasts, all digital and streaming releases on Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, and iTunes, the VideoNow versions, The Seascape Capers VHS tape release, and DVD releases retain this scene.
  • This is the first episode packaged or aired as a non-pilot episode.
    • "Squeaky Boots" was never intended to be a pilot episode and was produced earlier.
  • This is the first episode to introduce the APM tracks "Maui Beach" and "Old Hilo March."
  • This is the first episode that Ennio Torresan, Jr. and Erik Wiese worked on together.
  • This is the first episode to have five writers.
  • This is the first episode where Patrick plays a major role.
  • 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 first episode in the series without any known deleted scenes.
  • 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, this episode is called "Bańki mydlane," which translates to "Soap Bubbles."[citation needed]
  • This episode was paired up with different episodes:
  • Four of the poses SpongeBob and Patrick make when cheering Squidward after he blows a giant bubble were eventually redrawn as various stock art.

Cultural references

  • The bubble-blowing technique includes references to "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • The song that Squidward plays (poorly) on his clarinet at the end of the episode is "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
  • 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.


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.
  • 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.

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.

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.
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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.

SpongeBob's house is missing.

  • When SpongeBob and Patrick chant Squidward's name, SpongeBob's house is nowhere to be seen.