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"Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 3. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick care for a baby scallop.



After encountering each other and hearing a noise as they say goodbye to each other, SpongeBob and Patrick hear a noise in the middle of a coral plant, which both of them suspect is one another, but neither of them are making the noise. They then realize a baby scallop in the middle of the plant was making the noise, who is alone and helpless with no parental guardian, and has yet to develop the ability to fly. SpongeBob and Patrick take it in the former's house and name it "Junior," raising it as a baby of their own, with SpongeBob being the mother and Patrick being the father. Afterwards, a montage of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Junior going out is shown. They then return home at night and put Junior to sleep in a cradle in SpongeBob's bedroom, soon going to sleep themselves.

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SpongeBob and Patrick, walking out of the house and taking Junior for a stroll.

The next morning, Patrick eats breakfast then explains that he has to go to work since he is the father, leaving SpongeBob to do housework. He promises to give SpongeBob a break when he gets home. Eventually, he returns home only to be exhausted from work, and then tiredly decides to sit on the chair and watch TV for the rest of the night. This goes on for several days until SpongeBob realizes that Patrick was a lazy father figure who broke his promises to assist him with Junior. Seeing his patience is completely terminated and fed up with Patrick's laziness, SpongeBob furiously lashes out at Patrick, showing him all the diapers that Junior used; including on Squidward's house from the outside. Patrick, feeling remorse, then realizes the error of his ways and promises to come home at 6:00 PM and give SpongeBob the whole night off.

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Patrick ignoring an exhausted SpongeBob.

However, Patrick, back to his old, lazy self, returns at 12:00 AM from a party at work. SpongeBob, furious and disappointed in Patrick, confronts him on his broken promises and laziness, especially his last one, as Patrick gets annoyed with his constant nagging. SpongeBob follows Patrick, who angrily said that he was going back to work, only to find out that "work" consists of Patrick watching television under his rock all day. The duo get into an argument until they see Junior about to jump from a two-story window. They immediately try to catch him, but fail and begin crying for him, believing him to be dead and proclaiming themselves "bad parents." However, they then realize that Junior is alive and well, and has learned to fly. After Junior kisses SpongeBob and flies away, Patrick asks for a kiss from Junior, who drops a coconut on the former's head as payback for his laziness, but still gives him a kiss. After the parents say goodbye to their son, they are proud to have looked after him. Patrick has learned his lesson and reconciles with SpongeBob by teasingly suggesting they would have another baby, shocking SpongeBob (knowing that he will probably do the same thing when they were taking care of him).


Deleted scenes[]

The episode was originally intended to focus more on the attempts of SpongeBob and Patrick raising a child, rather than focusing more on the relationship between the two.[2]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Nicks Rocka Bi Title - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  Twinkle Toes - Fred Woods [Ending faintly plays before Dancing The Hula]
  Dancing The Hula - Kapono Beamer [Newspaper]
  Vibe ? Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What did you say?"]
  What The ? Sting - Nicolas Carr [Baby scallop revealed]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob brings the scallop into his house]
  Stand-Up Comic C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Rimshot]
  Cym. Splash Hit - Nicolas Carr [Rimshot]
  Pudding Ballet - Rick Cassman, Vyvyan Hope-Scott [Feeding the scallop]
  Scared Stiff - John Fox [Scallop cries]
  Diaper Sting - Nicolas Carr [Shot of scallop wearing diaper]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["...this would be kind of shocking."]
  Dapper Don - Frank Chacksfield [Montage of SpongeBob and Patrick playing with the scallop]
  South Sea Island Lullaby - George Elliott [That night...]
  Screw on the Loose - Tony Lowry [Breakfast]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [Patrick comes home from work]
  Screw on the Loose - Tony Lowry ["Oh, great, you're home."]
  The Bachelor Life (A) - Laurie Johnson [Patrick watching TV]
  Screw on the Loose - Tony Lowry [Tomorrow...]
  The Bachelor Life (A) - Laurie Johnson [Patrick watching TV again]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland [Dirty diapers]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney ["I had no idea!"]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [Patrick saying he'll be home at 6:00]
  Lonely Heart's Club A - David Bell, Otto Sieben [12:00 midnight]
  The Bachelor Life (A) - Laurie Johnson [Patrick watching TV at home]
  Dramatic Cue (H) - Ronald Hanmer ["Junior!"]
  Dramatic Cue (C) - Ronald Hanmer [Scallop jumps out of window]
  Island Romance - Jan Rap ["We're bad parents!"]
  Grass Skirts Blowing (Hilo March) - The Hawaiian Serenaders [Ending]



  • "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" was ranked #89 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • Due to SpongeBob and Patrick's "relationship" in this episode, many people insisted that this episode is promoting gay marriage.[3] However, in real life, sponges are not really male or female, so SpongeBob adopting the mother role in this episode is perfectly normal for a "male" sponge.
  • "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" was ranked #10 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • The clips of SpongeBob in his underwear and says "It's the best seat in the house" and where Gary plays the drums was used in a Nickelodeon "Up next" and "Coming Up" bumper from 2009-2011[4]
  • This is the third episode where SpongeBob lets an animal besides Gary and Shelley stay at his house. The first was "Jellyfish Jam," and the second was "My Pretty Seahorse."
  • The title card background of this episode is similar to those of "Nature Pants," "MuscleBob BuffPants," "Scaredy Pants," "Karate Choppers," and "Your Shoe's Untied," except there are clams and clips added.
  • When SpongeBob is wearing hair rollers on his head, he has orange hair.
  • This is the only season 3 episode to show Squidward's house without the owner himself.
  • This is the first episode to play "Alekoki," and is also the only episode before the movie to play said track.
  • This episode has the most time cards with a total of five. These include "Tomorrow," "Tomorrow for sure...," "Eventually...," Uhhh...," and "12:00 midnight."
    • The time cards were said after the last word SpongeBob and Patrick said except for "12:00 Midnight" in which the last word said was "6:00."
    • That number of time cards that appeared in that episode is greater than the entirety of season 1, the season with the least number of time cards, having two.
    • The "Tomorrow for sure..." time card is the first to end with an ellipsis since the "3 days later..." card in "I Was a Teenage Gary."
  • When SpongeBob shows funny faces, you can see the side of his head before he reveals he is using a puppet.
  • The word "bivalve" is another name for a mollusk, an oyster, or a clam.
  • Patrick reveals he has worn diapers for almost a year after changing Junior for the first time, but in most of his other appearances, he is shown wearing tighty-whities. Another time he was seen wearing diapers was in "Money Talks."
  • When the last pile of diapers is shown, it is on top of Squidward's house.
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Patrick's breakfast.

  • Patrick's large breakfast that SpongeBob made appears to have the following:
    • Kelpo cereal (albeit a different variety than normally shown)
    • Some cereal with rounded torus shapes for the cereal, with milk
    • Eggs with bacon and hash-browns on the side
    • Butter on toast
    • Coffee in a mug that shows the words "Dad's Mug"
    • Orange juice
    • Pancakes with butter
    • Blueberry muffins
    • A container full of sausages
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  • The time card that reads "12:00 Midnight" is similar to the title cards of "Big Pink Loser" and "The Algae's Always Greener."
  • The "Uhhh..." time card uses the same background as the title card for "SpongeGuard on Duty," except without the lifeguard rescue tube.
  • In this episode, SpongeBob claims Patrick never wore a shirt. However, Patrick has worn a shirt in "Neptune's Spatula" and "Big Pink Loser."
  • SpongeBob screaming, "Overtime!?" and making a face has become an internet meme.
    • The scene where SpongeBob shows Patrick all of Junior's dirty diapers has also become an internet meme (however, the couch cover and wallpaper have swapped places for this meme).
  • This episode was paired with different episodes:
  • Squidward's house is seen thrice in the episode. But just like "Dumped," Squidward himself doesn't make a physical appearance.

Cultural references[]

  • The worm's "We will bury you!" line is taken to from Nikita Khrushchev's speech in which he took off his shoe and slammed it on the podium saying in Russian "America, we will bury you."[7]
  • The title is a pun on "Rock-a-bye Baby" since the title is referring to the baby clam.
  • The Serbian title, "Uspavanka za Ljuskara M," is a pun on the title of the album, "Uspavanka za Radmilu M," by ex-Yugoslav rock band Bijelo Dugme.[citation needed]


  • Junior's mouth stops moving when he is crying and it does not match the lip sync on his mouth.
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SpongeBob's black tie.

  • After the "Tomorrow" time card is shown, SpongeBob is shown with a black tie. However, it changes back to red in the next scene.
  • When Junior is in SpongeBob's pants, SpongeBob is in his underwear. When he goes to feed him, SpongeBob's pants are back on.

SpongeBob's right arm is transparent.

  • When SpongeBob says "We need a box for him to sleep in.", his right arm is transparent.
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Patrick's offset mouth.

  • When Patrick says "Just call me daddy!", his mouth moves out of place to the left, and then back into place a few seconds later.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick run to catch Junior as he jumps out the window, SpongeBob can be heard saying "Come to Daddy." This is incorrect as SpongeBob is the "Mommy."
  • When Patrick says "Something about root beer, right?", SpongeBob's arm is missing for a frame.
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SpongeBob is missing his left arm.

  • During the close-up of Patrick's briefcase, SpongeBob's left arm is missing.
  • After SpongeBob takes off his clothes so Junior could sleep in them, he still has his sleeves in the next scene.
  • When the worm gets picked up, he still has a happy expression.
  • When this episode was repeated on Nickelodeon on July 20, 2002, an unknown Nick Jr. screenbug without proper chroma keying is shown during the last few minutes of the episode during the 7:30pm airing.[8] This is also incorrect as SpongeBob SquarePants never aired on Nick Jr. or the Nick Jr. Channel (except for Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years).