Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
This is the page about the second season of the main series. For other uses, see Season 2 (disambiguation).

The second season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by Stephen Hillenburg, aired on Nickelodeon from October 20, 2000, to July 26, 2003, and consists of 20 episodes. The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The season was executive produced by series creator Hillenburg, who also acted as the showrunner.

The season premiere was announced on August 31, 1999.[1] The season began on October 20, 2000 with the episodes "Something Smells" and "Bossy Boots." It ended on July 26, 2003 with the episode "Gary Takes a Bath." During the season's run, SpongeBob SquarePants became Nickelodeon's No. 2 children's program, behind Rugrats. Nearly 40 percent of SpongeBob's audience of 2.2 million were aged 18 to 34. The show signed a marketing deal with Target Corporation and Burger King, expanding its merchandising, and SpongeBob's popularity translated well into sales figures. In 2002, the show itself was nominated at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program. At the 29th Annie Awards, the series was nominated three times. The episodes "The Secret Box" and "Band Geeks" won at the 2002 Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing in Television—Animation, while the episodes "Jellyfish Hunter" and "The Fry Cook Games" received a nomination for Best Sound Editing in Television Animation—Music category.

Several compilation DVDs that contained episodes from the season were released. The SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 2nd Season DVD was released in Region 1 on October 19, 2004, Region 2 on October 23, 2006, and Region 4 on November 30, 2006.

List of episodes

Title card # Title U.S. airdate U.S. viewers
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21a "Your Shoe's Untied" February 17, 2001
SpongeBob forgets how to tie his shoes.
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21b "Squid's Day Off" February 17, 2001
Mr. Krabs leaves Squidward in charge when he is escorted to the hospital, and the latter uses this opportunity to secretly take the day off.
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22a "Something Smells" October 20, 2000[2][3][4]
SpongeBob makes a sundae that gives him bad breath.
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22b "Bossy Boots" October 20, 2000[2][3][4]
Pearl gets a job at the Krusty Krab and makes some major changes to the place.
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23a "Big Pink Loser" February 3, 2001
Envious of SpongeBob's numerous awards, Patrick starts to act like SpongeBob and works at the Krusty Krab in an attempt to get his own award.
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23b "Bubble Buddy" February 3, 2001
SpongeBob creates a bubble friend after seeing that everyone else is busy.
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24a "Dying for Pie" January 27, 2001
Squidward gives SpongeBob a pie that later turns out to be explosive.
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24b "Imitation Krabs" January 27, 2001
Plankton disguises himself as a robot version of Mr. Krabs in an attempt to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula.
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25a "Wormy" February 24, 2001
Patrick and SpongeBob take care of Sandy's pet caterpillar Wormy while she's away, but when it turns into a butterfly overnight, they think it's a monster who ate Wormy.
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25b "Patty Hype" February 24, 2001
Fed up with Mr. Krabs and Squidward rejecting his idea to make multicolored Krabby Patties in an attempt to make the Krusty Krab more interesting, SpongeBob opens his own stand and sells them there.
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26a "Grandma's Kisses" April 28, 2001
SpongeBob decides that he should act more grown-up around his grandmother.
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26b "Squidville" April 28, 2001
Squidward grows tired of his neighbors and moves to Tentacle Acres.
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27a "Prehibernation Week" May 5, 2001
Sandy and SpongeBob play extreme sporting games before the former has to hibernate.
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27b "Life of Crime" May 5, 2001
SpongeBob and Patrick leave Bikini Bottom after they think they are criminals when stealing a balloon.
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28 "Christmas Who?" December 7, 2000[3][7]
After not knowing what Christmas is, Sandy tells SpongeBob about the holiday's traditions, and the latter spreads it around Bikini Bottom to celebrate their first Christmas.
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29a "Survival of the Idiots" March 17, 2001[3][8]
SpongeBob and Patrick get trapped in Sandy's treedome during winter.
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29b "Dumped" May 11, 2001[3][9]
SpongeBob is jealous that Gary wants to spend time with Patrick.
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30a "No Free Rides" April 14, 2001
Mrs. Puff passes SpongeBob just so she doesn't have to deal with him.
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30b "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" April 14, 2001
SpongeBob attempts to join the Jellyspotters.
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31a "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" September 14, 2001
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy leave SpongeBob and Patrick in charge of the Mermalair, and despite Barnacle Boy's warnings not to touch anything, they proceed to free the evil Man Ray, and teach him how to be nice.
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31b "Squirrel Jokes" September 14, 2001
SpongeBob tells squirrel jokes, offending Sandy and amusing everyone else.
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32a "Pressure" May 12, 2001
SpongeBob and Sandy compete to see whether land or sea creatures are better.
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32b "The Smoking Peanut" May 12, 2001
SpongeBob throws a peanut at a clam, and it throws a massive tantrum that can be heard worldwide.
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33a "Shanghaied" March 9, 2001
Squidward, Patrick, and SpongeBob board the Flying Dutchman's ship.
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33b "Gary Takes a Bath" July 26, 2003
SpongeBob attempts to make Gary take a bath.
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34a "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" January 21, 2002
Mr. Krabs bets SpongeBob in a card game against Plankton, but when he loses, SpongeBob is forced to work at the Chum Bucket.
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34b "Frankendoodle" January 21, 2002
An artist drops his pencil into the sea, and when SpongeBob and Patrick discover that it can bring drawings to live, SpongeBob creates DoodleBob, who goes on a rampage and steals the pencil.
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35a "The Secret Box" September 7, 2001
SpongeBob wants to see what is inside Patrick's secret box.
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35b "Band Geeks" September 7, 2001
Squidward lies to Squilliam about having a band to perform at the Bubble Bowl, but when Squilliam calls him and reminds him about it, he creates his own band with everyone in Bikini Bottom.
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36a "Graveyard Shift" September 6, 2002
SpongeBob and Squidward work the night shift.
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36b "Krusty Love" September 6, 2002
Mr. Krabs falls in love with Mrs. Puff.
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37a "Procrastination" October 19, 2001
SpongeBob procrastinates on writing an essay for Boating School.
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37b "I'm with Stupid" October 19, 2001
SpongeBob pretends to be stupid to make Patrick look smart in front of his parents.
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38a "Sailor Mouth" September 21, 2001
SpongeBob and Patrick learn profanity on the dumpster behind the Krusty Krab, much to Mr. Krabs' horror.
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38b "Artist Unknown" September 21, 2001
SpongeBob joins Squidward's art class.
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39a "Jellyfish Hunter" September 28, 2001
Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to collect jellyfish jelly so he can sell it as a condiment at the Krusty Krab.
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39b "The Fry Cook Games" September 28, 2001
SpongeBob and Patrick's friendship is tested when they compete in the Fry Cook Games for Mr. Krabs and Plankton.
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40a "Squid on Strike" October 12, 2001
Squidward finally snaps at Mr. Krabs for the ways of his cheapness, and takes SpongeBob with him to go on strike.
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40b "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" October 12, 2001
A giant worm threatens Bikini Bottom, but when Sandy is not afraid to fight it, SpongeBob tries to convince her not to go.


  • Digital ink-and-paint animation replaced the traditional cel-animation that was used in the previous season. This allowed for more cleaner and sharper details to be used on the characters and new animation techniques.
    • Characters and often the background appear paler and brighter in DVD releases. This saturation error was tweaked in TV airings.
  • "Something Smells," "Bossy Boots," and "Christmas Who?" are the only episodes to premiere in 2000.
  • This is the last season to contain episodes that were produced in the 20th century. From 2001 onwards, all episodes are produced in the 21st century, making this the first season to contain episodes that were produced during the 21st century. However, only half of the episodes from the season were produced in 2001.
  • The first twenty two episodes were produced primarily in 2000, while the rest are produced in 2001. However, storyboards from "Big Pink Loser," "Life of Crime," and "Dying for Pie" reveal that production for the first several episodes of the season began in 1999.


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