On January 3, 2011, Nickelodeon ordered 26 episodes for a ninth season, to bring the number of episodes up to 204 and pass the 200-episode milestone. Season 9 aired on July 21, 2012 with the episodes "Extreme Spots" and "Squirrel Record". This season marks the show's transition to HD by now having every episode produced in widescreen (16:9), the native aspect ratio of high definition.

Title card # Title U.S. airdate U.S. viewers
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179a "Extreme Spots" July 21, 2012
SpongeBob and Patrick are dying to join Johnny Krill's extreme sports team.
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179b "Squirrel Record" July 21, 2012
Sandy tries to break a number of world records.
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180a "Patrick-Man!" October 27, 2012
Patrick becomes a superhero and plans to clean up Bikini Bottom.
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180b "Gary's New Toy" October 14, 2012
SpongeBob must take drastic measures when Gary becomes obsessed with his new red ball.
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181a "License to Milkshake" September 7, 2012
SpongeBob returns to the milk-shake academy after discovering his milk-shake license has expired.
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181b "Squid Baby" September 3, 2012
A head injury makes Squidward thinks he's a baby, and SpongeBob and Patrick must look after him.
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182a "Little Yellow Book" TBA
Squidward finds SpongeBob's diary and reads in front of everyone in the Krusty Krab.
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182b "Bumper to Bumper" November 17, 2012
SpongeBob once again fails at his boating test, but has gone too far this time.
[[File:|70px|center]] ' "Eek, An Urchin!" October 27, 2012
The Krusty Krab Krew have a problem on their hands when SpongeBob finds an urchin.
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183b "Squid Defense" January 18, 2013
After Squidward's groceries are stolen, SpongeBob and Sandy teach him karate to protect himself.
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184a "Jailbreak!" Early next year
Plankton is in jail, but he teams up with his cellmate to break out and steal the Krabby Patty formula!
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186a "Safe Deposit Krabs" Early next year
Mr. Krabs has become part of Bikini Bottoms new bank! It's going to be up to SpongeBob and Patrick to save him.
[[File:|70px|center]] ' "It Came From Goo Lagoon" Early next year
A giant mucus bubble has formed over Goo Lagoon and in a desperate bid to get rid of it, ends up over all of Bikini Bottom! Note:Double Episode
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184b "Evil Spatula" Early next year
SpongeBob takes evasive action and decides to replace his spatula! Plankton gives him a new one and SpongeBob starts to believe it's magic.
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186b "Plankton's Pet" Early next year
After another failed attempt for the formula, Plankton decides that he wants a pet to help him instead of Karen.

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