- Artist at sea (debut)
- French Narrator
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Patrick Star
- Doodle Jellyfish (debut)
- Magic Mustache (debut)
- Squidward Tentacles
- Squid Doodle (debut)
- DoodleBob (debut)
- Gary the Snail
On the ocean's surface, an artist in a rowboat sketches feverishly. Unfortunately, his pencil slips from his hand and falls into the sea. As the artist cries out in horror, the French Narrator states the first rule of the artist at sea: "Always bring a spare pencil."
Down on the ocean floor, SpongeBob and Patrick are playing "Rock-Paper-Scissors" using bubbles when the pencil suddenly lands in between them. SpongeBob and Patrick, at first terrified of the large artifact, start to doodle with it. They soon come to discover that whatever they draw with the pencil is brought to life, and thus dub it the "Magic Pencil."
SpongeBob soon draws "DoodleBob," a sketch version of himself intended to fool Squidward. However, DoodleBob beats Squidward up and steals the magic pencil, going off to wreak havoc across the seascape. SpongeBob eventually turns the tide of battle and uses the pencil's eraser to rub out DoodleBob.
Unbeknownst to SpongeBob and Patrick, a lone arm remains, and in the night it steals the pencil back from SpongeBob and redraws its body. DoodleBob then attempts to erase SpongeBob, and during the struggle, the pencil is snapped in half. DoodleBob has the eraser and SpongeBob has the point. However, DoodleBob sharpens his half and SpongeBob accidentally flicks his pencil out of the window at Squidward's head. DoodleBob corners SpongeBob in front of a bookshelf, but steps on a sheet of paper and finds his foot absorbed into it.
Seizing his chance, SpongeBob closes DoodleBob in a book, in which the doodle is finally happy. The page with DoodleBob is then framed on a wall. Patrick arrives and listens to SpongeBob's musings on the nature of his doppelgänger, taking SpongeBob's photograph for the doodle. They decide to send the magic pencil back from where it came, shooting it back up to the distraught artist.
With his drawing instrument returned, the artist excitedly prepares to begin a new masterpiece, but when the pencil meets the canvas, the lead snaps. As the artist cries out once more, the French Narrator states the second rule of the artist at sea: "Always bring a pencil sharpener."
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Arnold is Back 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [title card]
‣ Une Nuit au Cabaret - Victor Cavini [artist at sea]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [pencil dropped into sea]
‣ Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob and Patrick blowing bubbles]
‣ Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [pencil lands]
‣ Dangerous C - Mladen Franko [they run around screaming]
‣ Stealth by Night - Jack Coles ["What is that thing, SpongeBob?"]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell [drawing giant pictures]
‣ Glissando (c) - Richard Myhill, Skaila Kanga ["We found a magic pencil!"]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell [Magic mustache.]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Hair!"]
‣ Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [more drawings]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, I've got another idea."]
‣ Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [SpongeBob draws a doodle of himself]
‣ Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle beats up Squidward]
‣ Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [poorly drawn pineapple]
‣ Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob and Patrick fall down a hole]
‣ Stealth by Night - Jack Coles [doodle babbling]
‣ Arnold is Back 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [wrench lands on Patrick's head]
‣ Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle runs off]
‣ Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco ["He's putting down the pencil."]
‣ Battle at Sea - Johnny Pearson [SpongeBob erasing doodle]
‣ Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle's arm crawls out]
‣ Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob in bed]
‣ Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [arm sneaks into SpongeBob's house]
‣ King Kong Coming - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle reappears]
‣ Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [doodle chases SpongeBob]
‣ Ready for Combat - Gregor F. Narholz ["It looks like this is a draw."]
‣ Flight in Panic 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [doodle sharpens pencil]
‣ Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob scared]
‣ Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob gets an idea]
‣ Glissando (i) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill [doodle smiles]
‣ Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [the next day]
‣ Lonely Stranger - Laurie Johnson ["He was just a two-dimensional creature..."]
‣ Fancytale - Gregor F. Narholz [pencil launched back to surface]
‣ Une Nuit au Cabaret - Victor Cavini [ending]
- As a legacy of this episode, quotes from Patrick whenever DoodleBob hits him with another doodle, "Where's the leak, ma'am?" (hit in the head with a wrench), and "FINLAND!" (knocked down twice by a bowling ball) are popular on the internet.
- As of January 27, 2019, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 9.3/10 based on 557 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 9.2/10 based on 174 votes.
- Although this episode premiered on January 21, 2002, it was made in 2001 according to the credits.
- This episode premiered in Canada on December 20, 2002.
- The artist at sea is Mr. Lawrence, who works on the show and voices Plankton, Larry the Lobster, Fred, and other characters.
- The pencil shown in the live-action version is longer while the animated version is shorter.
- Patrick's question on whether it's DoodleBob's birthday can actually be answered in the affirmative, as it is still the day of DoodleBob's creation.
- Even though DoodleBob speaks total gibberish, at one point he is heard speaking English when he says, "You doodle! Me SpongeBob!"
- There is an online game based on this episode called SpongeBob Saves Bikini Bottom.
- Patrick spawned a ton of memes on the Internet in the episode including:
- "Where's the leak, ma'am?"
- Patrick wishing DoodleBob a happy birthday and getting hit on the head with a rock and saying, "You're welcome."
- Patrick saying "Finland!".
- In the Russian dub, this joke was changed. SpongeBob says: "Where are you, Patrick?" and Patrick says: "In Finland!"
- According to The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, Tony Hawk rated this episode as his favorite.
- This episode takes place after "Sportz?" because in this episode, DoodleBob uses a bowling ball to strike Patrick, and in that episode, SpongeBob and Patrick didn’t know what a bowling ball was.
- The plot is similar to the Shining Time Station episode "Double Trouble."
- The way DoodleBob erases part of SpongeBob's house was very similar to the 1954 Looney Tunes cartoon "Devil May Hare."
- The title is a parody of Frankenstein.
- SpongeBob telling DoodleBob that he brought him into this world and can take him out is a reference to a line from The Cosby Show: "You know, I brought you in this world, and I can take you out."
- Xfinity's description for this episode calls DoodleBob "SpongeDoodle."
- Captions on iTunes incorrectly call DoodleBob "Doodle Boy."
- On Amazon Prime Video, the credits say that the portrayer of the Artist at Sea is Steven Hillenburg, despite the character actually being portrayed by Mr. Lawrence.
- At the start of the episode, the artist is seen making many strokes on the canvas. But when he gets his pencil back at the end of the episode, the canvas is blank. It's possible that he replaced the canvas during the time SpongeBob had the pencil.
- Since the pencil is made out of wood, it shouldn't have sunk to the bottom of the sea.
- While the pencil was falling towards Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and Patrick were playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with bubbles. However, when the pencil crashes into the sea floor, the bubble blowers and bubble fluid are gone.
- After DoodleBob draws a hole in front of his house, SpongeBob and Patrick glitch into the frame.
- During the part where SpongeBob and Patrick are watching DoodleBob, SpongeBob's belt is missing. After Patrick says, "that stupid tie!" and SpongeBob clears his throat, Patrick says, "Oh, but it looks good on you SpongeBob," and then SpongeBob and Patrick both gasp when they see what DoodleBob is doing. As they gasp, SpongeBob's belt appears for a second and then disappears again.
- SpongeBob is wearing his regular clothes in his bed, while in other episodes, he wears his underwear or pajamas to bed.
- DoodleBob has three fingers at first, but when his hand enters SpongeBob's bedroom and takes the pencil, he has four fingers instead of three. After he redraws himself, he has three fingers again.
- When SpongeBob and DoodleBob are in SpongeBob's living room, in the initial shot of the TV, the images next to it are just shots of barren landscape. In the next shot, they are images of Patrick, SpongeBob, and the pineapple respectively. In the third shot, they are just solid colors. In the fourth shot, they go back to the images of Patrick, SpongeBob, and the pineapple. In the fifth shot, they go back to the solid colors. This back and forth happens two more times. The final shots of the photos are Patrick, SpongeBob, and the pineapple.
- When SpongeBob breaks the pencil, it is snapped in half, but after DoodleBob points SpongeBob with it after SpongeBob accidentally throws his half, the pencil was its regular length.
- When SpongeBob looks at the book, he says, "Paper!" However, his lips don't move at all when he says it. It is possible that SpongeBob was just thinking of the word "paper" in his mind instead of saying it.
- When SpongeBob tapes the pencil together, the two halves fit perfectly even though one half is sharpened and has an eraser at the other end.
- When SpongeBob hides behind the door, DoodleBob erases the door and SpongeBob's butt, but when SpongeBob says "Be careful with that thing, who knows what will happen," the door is back.
- Amazon Prime Video claims this episode if from the Third season. It's actually from the second season.
- In 2018, a mistake was made to where The Loud House was coming back on after a commercial break, but aired this episode instead.
- Patrick being hit in the head with various objects by DoodleBob and saying random things. In Indonesian airings, these scenes, along with SpongeBob's early attempt in erasing DoodleBob, originally removed completely due to save time for ads. With the runtime in recent airings is lengthened, they eventually reinstated albeit with some censorships due to excessive violence.
- However, in the later airings, this no longer occurs and plays the full episode normally without being skipped.
- When something bad happens to the artist's pencil, the narrator gives a lesson of the sea, then the artist screams.
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