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"Hysterical History" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 14. In this episode, on a trip to the museum, SpongeBob and Patrick teach Sandy all about Bikini Bottom's fascinating, yet questionable, history.



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SpongeBob and Patrick show Sandy the Museum of Bikini Bottom History.

SpongeBob and Patrick are taking Sandy to the Museum of Bikini Bottom History so she can take notes and have her article published in the Naval Gazette journal. They go inside and meet the security guard, Old Man Walker, who they initially mistake for an exhibit. He lets them in and tells them not to cause any trouble.

SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy go to the prehistoric exhibit, which tells the story of how Bikini Bottom came to be. Sandy observes an exhibit and figures out it was due to natural erosion, but SpongeBob and Patrick claim an anchor hit the ground with such force that it caused buildings to erupt from the sand. Sandy points out they are in the anchor that the museum was built in, and realizes their explanation is nonsense.

Next, they go to the pioneer exhibit. Patrick rides a rock around, going haywire, and Sandy lassos him. Old Man Walker comes in and reprimands them, only to be crushed by the rock. SpongeBob then explains the pioneers' lifestyle: Mr. Krabs is seen as a farmer milking a sea urchin cow. Suddenly, a gang of cowboys come in, led by Plankton riding on Spot. SpongeBob and Patrick come in as Sheriff Pants and Deputy Star, blowing bubbles to catch the gang members. Krabs opens Bikini Bottom's first restaurant, the Krusty Kreamery. In the present day, Patrick drinks some of the restaurant's now-expired milk.

SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy go to the Industrial Revolution era exhibit and find one of the first boats ever made. SpongeBob explains that the first successful boat assembly line was ran by Mr. Puff, but two of his workers, being ancestors of SpongeBob and Patrick, got caught in the machine and assembled into a boat at the hospital. Sandy doubts this until she reads the plaque and Patrick demonstrates that his voice is still used as the horn.

They walk into the elevator and SpongeBob sees a "?" button at the top floor, so they go there. Along the way, the elevator stops at floors depicting various time periods through SpongeBob and Patrick. When it stops, they walk into a room full of covered inventions and a map for world domination, led by Old Man Walker. Old Man Walker reveals himself, turns his walker into a robotic version, and chases them outside.

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Old Man Walker surrounds SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy.

Suddenly, the museum pulls itself up out of the ground. SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy fall into the gift shop while Old Man Walker gets pulled up. Sandy says that the past was too much for her to understand, and is relieved that the present is more normal, until Plankton chases Mr. Krabs on a robot. Sandy then rips up her notebook.


This episode was confirmed on November 1, 2023.[1]


Background design[]

  • Art direction by Peter Bennett, layouts designed by George Nachev and Rebekie Bennington, traditionally painted in gouache by Amy Lewis and Abril Aello Fregozo.[2][3]


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Riverboat Rumpas Instrumental - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Opening.]
  Danse Comique - Kenny Graham [Bikini Bottom's Oldest Security Guard.]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Bikini Top exhibit.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 37A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Don't worry, Sandy."]
  ? ["It goes like this..."]
  Dinosaurs About - John Fox, Mac Prindy [Prehistoric Bikini Bottom.]
  Charlie's Bike E - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben [SpongeBob and Patrick acting like cavemen.]
  Turkey Trot - John Longmire [Krabs milking a Dairy Urchin.]
  Blazing Baloney Western - Nicolas Carr ["We're here to clean up your act!"]
  Factory And Workshop - Naresh Sohal [Old Bikini Bottom industry.]
  Hippos And A Stranger - Dennis Farnon ["Ain't no way these screwball stories are true!"]
  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song - Derek Drymon, Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Harrison, Blaise Smith [Original drawings of SpongeBob and Patrick.]
  The Clams that Wouldnt Leave - Nicolas Carr [The Ghost Exibit. ]
  Evil Horror - Harry Lubin ["This is a future ruled by Old Man Walker!"]
  Disastrous Event 2 - Harry Lubin [Old Man Walker turns mad.]
  Madman - Harry Lubin [The Anchor gets lifted.]
  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [Ending.]
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Episode references[]

  • SpongeBob looks at an antique rock and says "the Pioneers used to ride these babies for miles!" like in "Pizza Delivery." The rock is also rideable like in the episode.
  • Primitive SpongeBob and Primitive Patrick from "SB-129" reappear during the Bikini Bottom origins scene.
    • The prehistoric location and houses from "Ugh" also reappear in the scene.
  • The interior of the museum bears a resemblance to the Bikini Bottom Museum of Everything from "Insecurity Guards".
  • In one scene, the hipster versions of SpongeBob and Patrick from "SpongeBob's Last Stand" reappear.

Cultural references[]



SpongeBob Birthday Marathon Promo 1 - July 14, 2024 (Nickelodeon UK)


SpongeBob SquarePants - Exclusive Official Hysterical History Clip (2024) Tom Kenny