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Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
If you were looking for the article about the character, then see Earworm (character).

"Earworm" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 7. In this episode, SpongeBob becomes addicted to a song and cannot stop singing it.



In the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob is shown at the Krusty Krab during closing time with Mr. Krabs and Squidward. He is in the kitchen and starts singing a song. Squidward gets annoyed by SpongeBob's singing. Mr. Krabs comes and says to mop the floor. Squidward tells SpongeBob again to stop singing and then puts on the radio, but it's playing "Musical Doodle," so SpongeBob picks up the radio and starts dancing and singing to it. After it ends, SpongeBob sighs happily. Afterwards, Mr. Krabs says it's closing time again and Squidward runs out saying "Freedom!" SpongeBob is sitting down on a table, singing to the song and Mr. Krabs yells his name.

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SpongeBob floats out of the Krusty Krab and lands outside a Record Shop. He hears "Musical Doodle" playing. He then buys the record and goes home, opens up Gary's shell, revealing a record player, and plays the song until bedtime. SpongeBob says "Come to bed when you feel like it." He goes to sleep but then starts whistling the song. He goes back downstairs to listen to the song again.

He is then shown at the Krusty Krab the next day, looking very tired. Mr. Krabs warns him to get to work. Mr. Krabs hears SpongeBob singing the "Musical Doodle." He is warned to stop singing that song again, but finds it very hard not to. He hands out Krabby Patties while singing the song, annoying the customers in the process. Mr. Krabs comes out of his office to see what's wrong. All the customers blame SpongeBob for annoying them. Mr. Krabs threatens to send SpongeBob home for the day if he doesn't stop singing the song. In the kitchen, SpongeBob's eyelids form into mouths and start singing the song - the same thing happens with his back.

In the next scene, the kitchen is shown absolutely wrecked, with "doodle" written on the walls and everything else wrecked as well. Also, there are condiments and patty batter all over the wall. After Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to leave, the latter seems to have completely lost it and does not care, and bursts out of the kitchen and the Krusty Krab like a maniac.

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"Don't do that Mr. Krabs!"

He goes home while singing the song - Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, and Squidward follow him, tie him to a chair, and gag him. Sandy explains that he has an "earworm" which is an infection in which someone is stuck on a catchy song and is unable to stop singing; the more the person sings the song, the more infected and stronger the infection gets and more crazier the person gets. Mr. Krabs wants to just pull the earworm out, but Sandy says that they can't do that or else it will damage SpongeBob's brain and it can only be cured if another song gets stuck in their head.

Mr. Krabs sings a sea-shanty and Sandy sings a Western song, but none succeed. Sandy says "someone with musical talent" can cure him (in this case, Squidward). Squidward starts playing his clarinet. The earworm gets annoyed and leaves. Squidward is then shown in bed, praising himself. The earworm comes and goes into Squidward for revenge, and now the latter has the earworm and is humming his song. Squidward then screams loudly, as the episode ends for unknown reasons, inferring he probably found out he caught the earworm.


This episodes was confirmed and added to the US Copyright Office on April 12, 2010,[2] along with its sister episode "The Abrasive Side."


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Another Best Day Ever - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Steel Licks 22 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward groans]
  Salty Squid Jig 3 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, James King ["What are you doing? It's closing time!"]
  Steel Licks 23 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward cleaning the cash register]
  Comedic Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [SpongeBob mopping the floor]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Plays on the radio]
  Sponge Tango - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [Squidward quickly leaves]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Plays on the radio]
  Sponge Tango - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [SpongeBob leaves the Krusty Krab]
  Floating - Jim Rattigan [Harp music as SpongeBob floats]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Plays on a record]
  Slide Whistle Stooges 2 No Whistle - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob comes home]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Plays on record]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [Gary sleeping]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob goes to bed]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's eyes open]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, fine. I'll just listen to it one more time to get it out of my system."]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Plays on record/Plays repeatedly]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [the next day]
  Tamborine Tune - Nicolas Carr [Krabs shakes a tambourine at SpongeBob]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, wake up!"]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [bucket of patties]
  Steel Licks 48 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob laughs nervously]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Plays again/Plays again]
  Hgliss & Bell - Nicolas Carr ["That's it!"]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob singing/SpongeBob annoying customers]
  Danger HQ - Norman Dane [Krabs wakes up]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Me customers!"]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs tells SpongeBob to stop singing]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob trying not to sing]
  Tragic Bridge 2 - Phil Green [SpongeBob going nuts]
  Agitation Bridge 3 - Phil Green ["What in blazes are you doing?"]
  Mutations (a) [#53] - Trevor Duncan [SpongeBob crawling home]
  Shock (Cor Bolten) - Cor Bolten [SpongeBob going crazy on the ceiling]
  Lonely Stranger - Laurie Johnson ["Just as I thought."]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Earworm listening "Musical Doodle" inside SpongeBob's head]
  Danger Man 2 - Norman Dane ["Let's just rip the little sucker out."]
  Cash Me In To The Deep - Nicolas Carr [Krabs' sea shanty]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Earworm still listening "Musical Doodle"]
  Steel Licks 64 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'll be darned if anyone can resist a Western song while wearing a Western hat."]
  Musical Doodle - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Earworm wearing a Western hat]
  Life on the Prairie - Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [Sandy sings]
  Steel Licks 58 - Jeremy Wakefield ["That only seems to have made him madder."]
  Squidwards Catchy Tune - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob is cured]
  Hawaiian Happiness - Jon Jelmer [Squidward goes to bed]
  Squidwards Catchy Tune - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Ending]




  • The episode title, the character, and the plot, refers to earworm, also known as sticky music syndrome, which occurs when a catchy tune occupies a person's mind even when it's not playing.
  • This episode was originally going to premiere with "Buried in Time," as said from a brief crew meeting in August 2010, but it was paired up with its sister episode "The Abrasive Side" instead.[citation needed]
  • The title card for this episode is similar to those of "Bubblestand" and "Suds," except the letters are written in pink and there are no bubbles.
  • This is the second appearance of Gary's record player. The first was "Your Shoe's Untied."
  • The snail clock from "Gary Takes a Bath" and "Procrastination" appears again in this episode.
  • Foreshadowing: The song lyrics match what happens in the episode. For example, "The song that you ran from is back again! You wonder if the madness will ever end! Trying to stop it is futile! So just listen now to my Musical Doodle! Listen again to the Musical Doodle!"
  • This would be the final episode to play Hawaiian Happiness until it returned in "Man Ray Returns".
  • Clancy Brown and Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Krabs and Sandy's voice actors, ad-libbed and recorded their characters' catchy songs one take each.
  • The term "catchy tune" is heard 10 times in this episode, but obviously, SpongeBob listened to it repeatedly for his attraction to the song, so it's more than 10.
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SpongeBob's blue brain with the earworm.

  • Usually SpongeBob's brain is pink, but in this episode, it is blue.
  • Both this and the next episode in packaging order use "Another Best Day Ever" as title card music.
    • Also, their respective sister episodes use "Clownfish Capers" as title card music.
  • During its original broadcast, Squidward's scream at the end was longer. It was shortened by removing half of it when cutting to black screen for subsequent runs, especially digital purchases.[citation needed]

Dub facts[]

  • In Indonesia, this episode and its sister were banned from the Indonesian dub on later airings–in this case–due to organ-damaging and excessive torture near the end of episode.


  • After Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to stop singing, his eyelids turn a paler red for a second.
  • When SpongeBob is flying out of the Krusty Krab singing, and when he bursts out manically, the pathway to the Chum Bucket is missing.
    • The Chum Bucket is missing across the street as the customers are leaving the Krusty Krab.
  • When SpongeBob messes up the Krusty Krab kitchen deluded, there is a stack of Krabby Patties near the back left corner and the word "Doodle" is written over Mr. Krabs' office door, but when SpongeBob runs out, both of these are missing.
  • When Mr. Krabs is telling SpongeBob he's done for the day, the word "Doodle" and a red splat are on the wall behind SpongeBob, but when the camera zooms in on him, the wall is clean.
  • During the pan shot of the messy kitchen, the condiment bottles are blank, but when Mr. Krabs is sending SpongeBob home, the condiment bottles are labeled, and the cabinet is closer to SpongeBob.