This is the page about the episode. For other uses, see Jellyfishing (disambiguation).

"Jellyfishing" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from Season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick take Squidward jellyfishing.



Squidward in a wheelchair.

The episode begins with a jellyfish swimming by SpongeBob's house, where SpongeBob and Patrick then observe it through a massive telescope protruding from a window in SpongeBob's house. They then slide down ropes (causing them to get rope burn) and put their jellyfish nets together, and SpongeBob puts on his glasses. They prepare for jellyfishing like a pro, but then meet Squidward and ask him if he wants to join them. He says that he can't go with them because he is "busy" and goes bicycling instead. SpongeBob asks Squidward if he can join them next time. Squidward sarcastically says yes and goes down the road.

"Firmly grasp it!"

Unfortunately, while he is biking, Squidward has an accident involving a jellyfish and gets his tentacles tangled in his bike's pedals, causing him to veer out of control and he tumbles down a cliff, then inexplicably explodes when he hits the bottom, leaving him ultimately wheelchair bound. SpongeBob and Patrick decide that what Squidward needs is a "Best Day Ever." It begins at Squidward's house where Patrick offers Squidward some alphabet soup. (For whatever reason, the doctors put bandages all over Squidward's body, including his mouth). Patrick blows the hot soup onto Squidward's bandaged face several times before SpongeBob says that soup isn't a good idea. SpongeBob then suggests that some music would be good, and gets Squidward's clarinet. He blows a bad note before realizing that his lips are too dry, and goes through several exaggerated motions of trying to wet his lips. A disgusted Patrick soon violently snatches the instrument away from SpongeBob, declaring music not to be a good thing for Squidward either.

SpongeBob and Patrick then declare that a Jellyfishing expedition would be in order for the "Best Day Ever." They then go to Jellyfish Fields, SpongeBob tells Patrick to give a net to Squidward, while he finds "a good specimen." Patrick explains that Squidward must, "firmly grasp [the net] in your hand," but when Patrick fails to put a jellyfishing net in Squidward's cast-covered hand, he gets frustrated and he stabs it through Squidward's palm, much to his chagrin and pain.

He is not into it at first, but when a jellyfish stings him, he goes after it for revenge. He manages to catch the jellyfish and bangs his net triumphantly against a pink mass, but in doing so, he angers a queen jellyfish, who was the aforementioned pink mass. The queen jellyfish chases after him, while SpongeBob and Patrick obliviously cheer him on until the queen jellyfish zaps Squidward with an extremely massive sting, leaving their cheering replaced with cringing at poor Squidward's literally shocking misfortune.

The next day, SpongeBob and Patrick covered in band-aids meet outside Squidward's house and attempt to give a now life-support-bound Squidward the jellyfish that he caught the previous day as an apology. SpongeBob hopefully asks Squidward if he still isn't mad at them. Sure enough, he is, and he opens the jar and lets the jellyfish attack SpongeBob and Patrick as they sprint into the distance. As Squidward laughs, the Queen Jellyfish finds him and stings him again, destroying his life-support and shattering his body cast. A completely blackened Squidward can only say, "Ow" as the episode abruptly ends.

Running gags

  • Someone gets stung in a different kind of way.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick trying to give Squidward "the best day ever," but it ends up having Squidward getting repeatedly hurt.




Promo art for the episode.

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians [Title card]
  Aloha Oe - Hans Haider, Queen Lili'uokalani [opening]
  Cymbals [#85] - Mark Nolan [Plays before "The Grinder"]
  The Grinder - Rolf Krueger [rock music]
  Cymbals [#85] - Mark Nolan [Plays before "The Grinder"]
  The Grinder - Rolf Krueger [SpongeBob and Patrick take three sets of poles and three sets of nets.]
  Merlins Hill - Jennifer Jones [SpongeBob and Patrick jellyfishing]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob asks Squidward if he wants to go with them]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [Squidward rides off]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["Are you kidding? We're his best friends."]
  Honolulu March - Hans Haider [SpongeBob waiting for Squidward]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Welcome home, Squidward!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Jellyfish Fields]
  Nick's B. Danube - Nicolas Carr [showing Squidward how it's done]
  Blue Danube - Fiachra Trench, Johann Strauss [End of "Nick's B Danube"]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward chasing a jellyfish]
  Menace from the Deep - Robert Cornford [giant jellyfish wakes up]
  Dangerous A - Mladen Franko [giant jellyfish chases Squidward]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [the next day]
  Old Hilo March - Kapono Beamer [jellyfish in jar]
  Menace from the Deep - Robert Cornford [giant jellyfish returns]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill ["Ow."]



  • "Jellyfishing" was ranked #40 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



TeenNick broadcast. From the May 12, 2021 airing at 6:00 AM.

Cultural references

  • When SpongeBob and Patrick show Squidward how to jellyfish, they sing "The Blue Danube."
  • The Queen jellyfish is a parody of queen bees and ants.


SpongeBob's house is missing one of the windows.

  • At the beginning, SpongeBob's house is missing a window.
  • When Squidward leaves SpongeBob and Patrick on his bicycle, SpongeBob's house is missing.
  • When Squidward's legs get stuck on the bike after going out of control by the jellyfish, his arms get stuck as well, even though only his legs are shown to get stuck.
  • At the beginning, the sky is blue, but when SpongeBob and Patrick come out of the pineapple, the sky is orange, and when they chase the jellyfish, the sky is blue again.
  • When SpongeBob says, "Hey, Patrick," Patrick's mouth is syncing to what SpongeBob is saying.
  • When Squidward is in his wheelchair, he needs a cast for each arm, but he is able to move them to slam his jellyfish against the bigger jellyfish.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are chanting "Jellyfishing! Jellyfishing!" at Jellyfish Fields, SpongeBob's mouth doesn't move to the sync.
  • Squidward's net switches between his hands. First, it is in his right hand, then his left, then right again.
  • When Squidward is on his wheel bed at the end of the episode, when he arrives at the scene he is facing his front door, however later on in the scene, he is facing towards Patrick's house when the big jellyfish zaps him.
  • When SpongeBob says, "Hey, Squidward!" his mouth moves as if he is saying something else.
    • This happens again when he says, "There's one in position."


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