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"Sandy's Nutty Nieces" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 12. In this episode, SpongeBob gets in over his head when he volunteers to babysit Sandy's three triplet nieces.



Sandy is preparing her gift for her maternal triplet nieces when they come, while SpongeBob fools around with her. Rosy arrives early to send her triplet daughters to their aunt, as she wants to relax back up on the surface, despite Sandy not having finished making their present. SpongeBob tells Sandy he will take care of the triplets. But when Sandy tries to warn SpongeBob about them, he cuts her off, as he thinks he can babysit. SpongeBob starts taking care of them, but his techniques do not work on them. After SpongeBob has a wrassle match with them that causes severe damage to his hands, Sandy tells SpongeBob he should take the triplets around town.

SpongeBob takes the triplets to his work station, as he thinks it is the most fun place in Bikini Bottom. The triplets play around in there for a while, but when Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob he should babysit off Krusty Krab property, the triplets tell SpongeBob to take them somewhere else or he will have to taste Texas pain. SpongeBob decides to take them to Goo Lagoon, but they end up trapping him inside a sandcastle made of concrete and smash him with a wrecking ball to get him out, causing a tall bump to appear on his head.

Sandy's nieces arm wrestling with Patrick.

SpongeBob takes them to his house, where Patrick is shown to be dazed as he needs to turn on SpongeBob's television. When SpongeBob turns it on, a TV show about a squirrel puppet is on, making Patrick and the nieces excited, as they love the show. However, the triplets are blocking Patrick's view, so he goes around them to get a better view of the show. This leads to them and Patrick battling to try and watch the TV show. Eventually, they want to settle everything with a wrassle match, which Patrick wins due to being excited about seeing a brownie on the table. The triplets get sad and run back to their maternal aunt, who just got their present ready that she was making from the beginning, which is a bouncy house. Sandy tells SpongeBob the one rule about babysitting her nieces is to not do it in the first place. The episode ends with Sandy sending the triplets back to their mother, much to her dismay.

Running gags

  • Sandy's nieces rhyme every time they talk.
  • Sandy's nieces having wrassle matches.
  • SpongeBob stepping back into the kitchen to make more brownies.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on March 30, 2018.[1]


Production art of a gross-out Squidward


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Rodeo - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Goofy Conversation Continued - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Opening/"Fine! It'll do."]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [Rosy Cheeks comes in Sandy's treedome]
  Sandy's Texas Swing - Nicolas Carr [Sandy introduces to SpongeBob her sister and three nieces]
  ? ["Okay, well, I gotta skedaddle."]
  Revelation - Nicolas Carr [Rosy Cheeks floats to the surface]
  Bluesy Bender - Nicolas Carr ["Doggone it, they're too early. I'm not finished with their present."]
  Enter The Hillbillies - Nicolas Carr ["Don't worry your pretty little head, little lady. I'll watch the gals until you're done!"]
  In Disguise Ensemble - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] ["But there's something I gotta tell you about babysitting my..."]
  Flashback - Nicolas Carr
  Lullaby Box - Leo Nissm [Flashback of SpongeBob babysitting Patrick]
  Flashback - Nicolas Carr
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 16C - Jeremy Wakefield ["Excuse me."]
  Cheeze Wiz - James Hannigan [Extreme Music] [SpongeBob starts reading a story to Sandy's nieces]
  ? ["Don't waste your breath... And don't make a hassle... Some kids like to read... But we'd rather wrassle!"]
  Rodeo Rascals - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandy's nieces having a wrassle match with SpongeBob]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 17A - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob is defeated]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 19 - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy suggests SpongeBob to show Bikini Bottom to her nieces]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Great idea!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 14A - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob makes air bubbles for Sandy's nieces]
  Another Krusty Krab Day 3 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob takes Sandy's nieces to the Krusty Krab]
  ? ["Ugh! Grown-ups... This feller ain't happy... Just look at his face!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 43 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's face appears ugly looking]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Sandy's nieces squirting condiments all over the kitchen]
  ? ["That place really stunk... It was lamer than lame."/"Or taste Texas pain!"]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Ooh, I've got just the spot."]
  Sponge Surf No Guit Me - Billy Lincoln, Michael Gurley [SpongeBob takes Sandy's nieces to Goo Lagoon]
  ? [SpongeBob falls asleep]
  Tiptoe Quick Peek - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [SpongeBob opening his eyes]
  Dunces and Dragons - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandcastle built over SpongeBob]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandcastle is actually made of concrete]
  ? ["So sorry, uncle... We made it too small... But we'll get you out."]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob gets bashed in the head with a wrecking ball]
  Five More Comical Cuts - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob's bump reaches the surface]
  Four More Comical Cuts - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob and Sandy's nieces leave Goo Lagoon]
  Ring-a-Ring O'Roses 59 - David Snell [Sandy's nieces doing a maypole dance around SpongeBob's bump]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares [Patrick with a horrible look appears at door]
  Hippomania - John Fox, Mac Prindy [SpongeBob enters with Sandy's nieces at his house]
  Hippo Bird - Arthur Wilkinson [SpongeBob turns on the TV]
  Heading South (a) - R Hook Norton [Sandy's nieces and Patrick start watching TV]
  Rip Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob starts making brownies, while Patrick and Sandy's nieces are trying to watch TV]
  Comedy Punctuations and Bridges 3 - Fredric Bayco [Patrick falls on SpongeBob and eats all the brownies/Patrick falls back onto the chair]
  ? ["Let's send this nitwit... On his way...! Before he ruins our whole dern day!"]
  Comedy Punctuations and Bridges 4 - Fredric Bayco [Sandy's nieces smile evilly/Glove World bus pulls up]
  Rodeo - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy's nieces tie Patrick to the bus to Glove World]
  ? ["He'll be away... The whole darn day!"]
  Welcome to Glove World - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick reappears in SpongeBob's house with many people]
  Grotesque - John Fox, Mac Prindy [SpongeBob sees all the people in his house]
  Hillbilly Tension Build - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["We're taking that seat... Right where you sit!"]
  Rodeo Rascals - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandy's nieces having a wrassle match with Patrick]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick eats the brownie]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8B - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy's nieces go back crying to Sandy's treedome]
  Bikini Bottom Bound - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy's nieces exit her treedome in an inflatable submarine]
  Sandy's Texas Swing - Nicolas Carr [Ending]




  • This episode aired on TV in the UK and Ireland before it aired on TV in the US.
  • The title card has nuts in three different colors: Red, Yellow and Green, which references the triplets' names, Macadamia, Hazelnut, and Pistachio, respectively.
  • It is revealed that Sandy has an older sister named Rosy, in addition to her twin brother.
  • Sandy's maternal triplet nieces are each named after a different type of nut: the macadamia nut, the hazelnut and the pistachio.
  • The horn that Sandy needs at the beginning of the episode reappears from "Goons on the Moon."
  • This is the first episode to have Michelle Bryan as an animation director.
  • This episode is referenced on The Complete Eleventh Season DVD's description, despite not being on that DVD.
  • This episode reveals that Randy and Sandy have an unnamed brother-in-law, through his marriage to Rosy. This also applies to Earl and his siblings as they have an unnamed cousin-in-law, through his marriage to Rosy.
  • When Sandy sends the triplets back home in the state of Texas, they are not speaking in rhymes when saying goodbye to Sandy and SpongeBob. The same thing when greeting their mother. "Hiya, Mom. Did you miss us?"
  • This episode reunites Tom Kenny and Maria Bamford who had previously co-starred in the 1998 Nicktoon CatDog as the voices of Dog, Clifford, and Shriek.
  • Irony: SpongeBob could have given glass helmets to Macadamia, Hazelnut and Pistachio instead of bubble helmets so they would not pop.
  • Innuendo: When the nieces talk about getting rid of Patrick, they hold up the rope, which is held in a loop at the end. This is most likely meant to be a suicide joke.

Cultural references

  • Sandy's nieces' outfits reference Huey, Dewey, and Louie, the triplet nephews of Donald Duck by Disney, as well as Daisy Duck's nieces April, May, and June.
    • Interestingly, the colors of Sandy's nieces' outfits were the original colors of Huey, Dewey, and Louie when they made their animated debut.
  • Goldyfish and the Three Sea Bears spoofs to the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • When SpongeBob's TV is first turned on, the clip of a chimpanzee in overalls is from one of Archive Films' 1939 short films featuring chimps dressed as humans.


  • SpongeBob's eyelashes are missing in one scene.
  • SpongeBob gives each of Sandy's nieces a bubble air helmet to wear. However, when they are at Goo Lagoon, Macadamia knocks on her helmet as if it is made of glass.
  • It is impossible that the triplets' bubble helmets never popped throughout the entire episode.
  • Sandy's nieces are seen wrapping around SpongeBob's bump on his head. When SpongeBob sees Patrick, the bump is not there anymore.
  • When Sandy lets the girls out of her treedome as she opened it through the top, the water outside did not rush into the dome.
  • When the bouncy house lands and the nieces greet Rosy, the inside of Macadamia's mouth turns the same color as her muzzle for a single frame.