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"Mooned!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 14. In this episode, SpongeBob wants to catch an ultra-rare jellyfish and enlists the help of former jellyfishing champion, Kevin.

Characters[]

Synopsis[]

SpongeBob appears on The Jellyson Group, a show for jellyfishing fanatics. They discuss the moon jellyfish, a fable jellyfish that migrates to Bikini Bottom every 25 years. SpongeBob believes in it because of an obviously faked video of Kevin supposedly catching it, and the other people in the group laugh at him for it. He is determined to catch the moon jelly himself to prove its existence.

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SpongeBob sees Kevin.

SpongeBob looks for Kevin at the Jellyspotters Clubhouse. There, he finds that Kevin has been kicked out of the group and Patrick has become its new leader. Patrick gives him Kevin's new address, a shack in the woods. He runs into Kevin in the trash can outside, and he confesses that he has no idea how to catch jellyfish anymore. SpongeBob cleans up Kevin and gives him a new outfit, before taking him back to Jellyfish Fields to practice catching them. SpongeBob has to help him, but he eventually gets the hang of it.

They return later that night, hiding in the bushes and waiting for the moon jelly to show up. When it does, Kevin suddenly abandons SpongeBob and runs away, saying he does not know how to catch it and the video he supposedly made was staged on a green screen. SpongeBob tells Kevin that this is his chance to catch it and prove he actually is a good jellyfisher. They ambush the moon jelly, but are unable to catch it. They get tired while outrunning it, so SpongeBob comes up with a plan: trapping it by disguising himself as a wedge of cheese to lure it into an alleyway.

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SpongeBob and Kevin catch the jellyfish.

In the alleyway, Kevin and SpongeBob corner the jellyfish, but clouds begin covering the moonlight and SpongeBob is afraid it will get away. Patrick, the townsfolk, and the others on the Jellyson Group all pull their pants down and show their butts at the jellyfish, reflecting the moonlight and stunning it. SpongeBob leaps onto it and catches it, with Kevin doing the same. However, Kevin cuts off SpongeBob's net and takes all the credit for himself. However, the moon jelly brings Kevin back to the moon, with him not being able to return for another 25 years.

Production[]

Mooned

Dylan King posted a doodle of Kevin from this episode's production on his Instagram on September 16, 2023.[1] His design in this doodle is fused with Mac and Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. This episode was confirmed on November 1, 2023.[2]

Background design[]

  • Art direction by Peter Bennett, layouts designed by George Nachev and Rebekie Bennington, traditionally painted in gouache by Amy Lewis.[3][4]

Music[]

 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Riverboat Rumpas Instrumental - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
  Broadcast News - Paul Mottram [Audio Network] [Opening.]
  The Donut Dilema - Nicolas Carr ["If I can just interrupt..."/"That video is a fake."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Everyone laughs at SpongeBob.]
  Bridge 3 - Remastered - Wilfred Burns ["And I know just where to find Kevin."]
  Festival 66 - Remastered - Jackie Brown, Reginald Simpson [The Jellyspotters' clubhouse.]
  Charlie's Bike C - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben [Patrick appears.]
  Call From Beyond - Fredric Bayco [Patrick reveals Kevin's disappearance.]
  Apples And Pears - Bruce Campbell [Patrick gives SpongeBob Kevin's address.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 12D - Jeremy Wakefield ["Can I get a refill on these?"]
  Desert Mirage - Remastered - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob walks through the woods.]
  Oh My Neptune - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob screams.]
  On Fire - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob screams again.]
  Alone And Lost - Norman Dane ["Time for walkies, Miss Marigold."]
  Drama Unlimited 4 - Remastered - Ronald Hanmer [Kevin scares SpongeBob.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob hugs Kevin.]
  Hooka - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob promises to help Kevin.]
  Kevin Gets a Make Over - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gives Kevin a makeover.]
  Honolulu March - Hans Haider [SpongeBob takes Kevin to Jellyfish Fields.]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Okay, now for the real deal."]
  Breathing Underwater. Short - Nicolas Carr [Moon emerges behind the clouds.]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Moon jellyfish appears.]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Kevin runs away in a panic.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 37B - Jeremy Wakefield [Kevin faking his moon jellyfish catch.]
  Impossible Mission - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Kevin hide in a dumpster.]
  Spongemonger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Kevin chase the moon jellyfish.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 12E - Jeremy Wakefield ["My knees are getting tired."]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob suggests trapping the jellyfish.]
  But I Have an Idea - Nicolas Carr ["What would a moon jellyfish like to eat?"]
  Brown Threat - Remastered - Alan Owen [Moon jellyfish lured in by cheese.]
  Bucaneers 4 [#11] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Freeze, moon jelly!"]
  ? [Moonlight starts fading away.]
  Whats This Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Losing the light, you say?"]
  Heroes Return [#49] - Larry Hochman [Everyone moons the jellyfish.]
  Swinging on a Star - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Moon jellyfish and Kevin fly away.]
  ? [Jellyfish and Kevin play chess on the moon.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 19E - Jeremy Wakefield [Ending.]

Trivia[]

General[]

  • This is Kevin's first major role since his debut, "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic", over 23 years prior.
  • This episode premiered on July 17, 2024, celebrating the official 25th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants. "Bubblestand" and "Ripped Pants" were the first official episodes to premiere, 25 years between them and this episode.
  • The title card has two moons, as if it were to create a butt.
  • The moon jellyfish is mentioned to only appear once every 25 years, referencing the age of the series at the time of the episode airing.
  • This episode uses the same title card track as its sister episode.
  • This episode was paired up with a rerun of "In the Mood to Feud" during the original American airing.

Cultural references[]

Mooned! 001

Reference to The McLaughlin Group

Errors[]

Mooned! 200

the background is the underwater sky instead of space

  • At the end of the episode, the background is the underwater sky instead of space in one shot.

Video[]

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

Kevin_is_BACK_😱_-_SpongeBob_-shorts

Kevin is BACK 😱 - SpongeBob -shorts

References[]

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"I can turn into a skyscraper!"
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