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"Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 2. In this episode, a giant worm threatens Bikini Bottom, but when Sandy is not afraid to fight it, SpongeBob tries to convince her not to go.



In the middle of the night, an unseen creature lurks into Bikini Bottom and causes havoc, taking gigantic bites out of everything in sight. Soon it appears at SpongeBob's house and decimates the pineapple, and SpongeBob wakes up just in time to see the beast. The next morning at the Krusty Krab, he tells the frightened crowd of the Alaskan Bull Worm that he saw, and the townspeople corroborate his tale of woe. They all agree that they need a plan to protect themselves from this monster.

"We should take Bikini Bottom, and push it somewhere else!"

Mr. Krabs tries to take advantage of the situation and make cash by selling Krabby Patties, but he is immediately pelted with ketchup and mustard bottles by the outraged crowds, because of his greed. As everyone struggles to plan, Patrick suggests physically pushing the whole town to a safer location, but this idea is immediately shot down by Squidward. Among the other suggestions is that someone should take on the beast and that someone willing to do the job turns out to be Sandy. She shows the crowd that her tail has also been eaten by the worm, and vows to go defeat the beast to get her tail back. Nearly everyone cheers, but SpongeBob is terrified, and asks Sandy to reconsider. Sandy refuses to listen to his pleas and rushes out, so SpongeBob goes after her. The townspeople then decide, as a backup plan, to follow Patrick's suggestion and start shoving the city out of harm's way.

SpongeBob catches up to Sandy and again tries to dissuade her from her crusade. Sandy scoffs at his fears, sure of her own strength and of the need to retrieve her tail. SpongeBob meekly informs her that he is the one who has her tail, but when she asks to see it, all he can produce is a paperclip and a piece of string. Nevertheless, he keeps trying to stop her from proceeding. Nothing he does slows her down, so he begs her not to go there, that she has no idea what she's up against. Sandy, annoyed at SpongeBob's constant worrying, commands him to agree that there is no animal too big or dangerous for her to handle.

They reach a large, moist cave that seems to be the lair of the worm, and against SpongeBob's protestations, Sandy heads inside to do battle with the creature. She manages to wrangle the wriggly monstrosity and tie it in a knot, proudly presenting it and her reunited tail to SpongeBob, saying she knew no worm was a match for her. However, SpongeBob timidly points out that what she is defeated is not the Alaskan Bull Worm, but rather its tongue. After contemplating the fact that the cave itself is actually the worm, Sandy sagely decides to hightail it.

SpongeBob and Sandy running from the Alaskan Bull Worm.

The giant worm angrily gives chase, but even as SpongeBob and Sandy run for dear life, SpongeBob cannot help but point out he was right all along about the worm being too much for her to handle, coercing Sandy into admitting it, and she does after a while. Still needing a way to escape, Sandy takes the paperclip and string SpongeBob showed her earlier, and uses them to snag a branch of coral. She swings them out of the charging worm's path, leaving it to hurtle off a cliff. Sandy and SpongeBob congratulate themselves and head off to inform the town of the worm's defeat.

Meanwhile, the townspeople have finished moving the city to the bottom of the cliff and give a cheer thinking it is perfect, just as the plummeting worm lands right on top of it, destroying it, and utters a pitiful "Ouch" as the episode ends.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob describing the worm's description.
  • SpongeBob trying to stop Sandy from going up against the worm, but failing.
  • A fish getting his butt eaten.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [Title card]
  Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [opening]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [Bikini Bottom sign gets eaten/Car gets eaten/SpongeBob's house gets eaten]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's house destroyed]
  Frankenstein's Niece D - Gregor F. Narholz ["It was an Alaskan bull worm!"]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz ["He ate my wheelbarrow!"]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr [everyone stops yelling]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [sea captain]
  The Outlaw (B) - Ron Goodwin ["I'll catch your worm for ya."]
  Eerie Tension B - Gregor F. Narholz ["You'll never get a cent out of me!"]
  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [the worm ate Sandy's tail]
  Frankenstein's Niece D - Gregor F. Narholz ["We're talking about an Alaskan bull worm!"]
  Steel Licks 13 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Back in Texas, I wrangled bulls, I wrangled worms."]
  The Story of the West (A) - Ron Goodwin [Sandy leaves]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill ["Wait, Sandy!"]
  Frankenstein's Niece D - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's big, scary and pink!"]
  Real Western Steel - Bobby Black [SpongeBob trying to stop Sandy]
  Fates [#62.02] - Gregor F. Narholz ["Sandy, no! I can't let you!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Not tough enough... not tough enough!"]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Property of Sandy Cheeks]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Ain't nothin' too big or too ornery for you to catch."]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy interrupting SpongeBob]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [worm sign]
  Blazing Trails - Guy Fletcher, Rod Williams [Sandy fighting the worm's tongue]
  Steel Licks 11 - Jeremy Wakefield ["No worm is a match for me."]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz ["That's not the worm, that's his tongue."]
  Hog Fever (A) - Graham D.H. Preskett [worm chases SpongeBob and Sandy]
  Volga Boat Men - Dick Stephen Walter ["Push!"]
  Ruckus in the Henhouse A - Steve Goomas, Doug Perkins [Ending]


  • "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" was ranked #47 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.




  • This is the second episode where a character enters a creature's cavity thinking it is a cave. The first was "Prehibernation Week."
  • Patrick's idea to take Bikini Bottom and push it somewhere else has become popular on the internet and is popularly known as "Pushing Patrick" or "Push It Somewhere Else Patrick."
  • In this episode, Fred is voiced by both Doug Lawrence and Clancy Brown.
  • Irony: Squidward says that Patrick's idea may just be crazy enough to get everyone killed, foreshadowing the situation to come. At the end of the episode, after they follow Patrick's idea, everyone is crushed by the worm when it crashes on the town.
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  • In the French dub, the "Alaskan Bull Worm" and the "Big Scary Pink" cards are fully localized.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, the "You ain't my pa!" line is adapted as "¡Ni te le acerques a Mamá!" (Translated as: "Stay away from Mom!")
  • SpongeBob wears a squirrel mask in this episode that had previously appeared in the episode "Karate Choppers."
  • The Alaskan Bull Worm from this episode appears later in the Creature from the Krusty Krab video game. However, in the game, SpongeBob falls into the worm and builds an airplane to escape.
  • The knight saying "We should dig a moat!" makes the first time the show references the medieval times.
  • This is the first of four episodes transcribed as a comic into the SpongeBob SquarePants/Tokyopop book Gone Nutty!. The other three were "Karate Choppers," "Pressure," and "Sandy's Rocket."
  • The Alaskan Bull Worm's line "Ouch" is left untranslated in the Russian dub.
  • Sandy's tail is missing throughout most of the episode because it was eaten by the worm. However, in season 1, her tail is not seen when her suit is on.
  • This is the first episode to have SpongeBob's name in the title.
  • This episode was paired with different episodes:
  • This is the first episode where a tiny version of Bikini Bottom is shown.
  • The background color of the episode title is Pink with White stripes, representing the worm's skin color mixed from those two.

Cultural references

  • The Alaskan Bull Worm is similar to the Graboids, from the Tremors series, which are also giant worms.
    • The end of the episode, which shows the Alaskan Bull Worm falling off the cliff, also parodies the end of the first Tremors movie where a Graboid falls to its death.
  • Sandy's "Worm sign" comment is a direct reference to the Dune book series by Frank Herbert.
  • The Alaskan Bull Worm could be based on giant Gippsland earthworms which can reach 3 meters in length.
  • In the scene where Sandy enters the worm, she thinks the tongue is a worm. This is a reference to the 1980 Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back, where the Millennium Falcon flies into the worm's mouth, thinking it is a cave.


  • When the worm is chasing Sandy and SpongeBob, it is shown to be as tall as five times its height, but when it falls off of the cliff, it is shown to be bigger than all of Bikini Bottom. Additionally, the worm's size is inconsistent throughout the chase scene.
  • When Sandy says "Well, I gotta admit, that slowed me down, but I'm still going for him," her voice is out of sync with the animation.
  • Part of SpongeBob's finger is missing when he dresses as Sandy's dad for a few frames.

All of the clones of the background fish are circled and are colored-coded by each fish.

  • When SpongeBob talks to the crowd about the Alaskan Bull Worm, several of the background fish are cloned throughout the crowd.
  • When Patrick eats all of his food including the packaging when he is chewing on it, glass is heard being crushed despite that what he was eating does not contain glass.
  • When Sandy says "Ain't nothing" her eyelashes disappear.
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  • When the camera zooms out to SpongeBob's house eaten, several inconsistencies are shown:
    • The bathroom, kitchen, library, stairwell and exercise room are missing.
    • The house is seen to have two floors when it should technically have three.
    • A stem is seen holding up the middle, but in several episodes when we see the inside, the stem is not seen.
  • At the beginning at night, one building had a silver engine, but in the following scenes it has a gold engine.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, the line "Property of Sandy Cheeks" is said by Sandy herself as opposed to the translator.
    • The exact same error occurs when Sandy says "Worm sign."
  • In the opening credits, the storyboard artists are not listed. Only the storyboard directors are listed.



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