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"SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 6. In this episode, SpongeBob and his friends get marooned in the sea after they got struck by a harsh wave.



Act 1[]

In the beginning of the episode, it is a very hot day in Bikini Bottom, and the Krusty Krab is seeing no business. The employees are annoyed being in the restaurant because of how hot it is and the fan stops working. To get some customers, Mr. Krabs moves his business to the middle of the sea at Goo Lagoon, where he, Squidward, and SpongeBob meet up with Patrick and Sandy. Patrick then tries to get on the board on which the grill is, but ends up tipping it vertically into a wave, sending them off to separate places: SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward end up on an island with young surfers, Mr. Krabs is stranded in the middle of the Dutchman's Triangle, and Sandy ends up on a small island in the middle of nowhere. SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward come across the locals, who claim to be junior college dropouts and take them to a hut made of bat droppings (guano), where they learn that the only way back to the mainland is by surfing. SpongeBob, who does not know how to surf, starts panicking.

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SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward meet Jack Kahuna Laguna.

Meanwhile, the Flying Dutchman accidentally rams into Mr. Krabs on his way home from the grocery store and spills his groceries. As a result, the Dutchman then tries to get money to get more groceries from Mr. Krabs by stealing his cash register, and a fight brews.

While this is happening, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward receive lessons from the locals, but struggle to focus, until they are told to head downriver to see Jack Kahuna Laguna, who was supposedly last seen upriver. After a while of enjoying the sights, SpongeBob stops to retie his shoes but stumbles upon the cove where JKL was last seen. Patrick and Squidward follow him further and discover JKL, who they watch surf for 2 and a half hours. He later starts a fire and tells them to look into it, claiming that doing so will show them the secrets to surfing, but Squidward refuses, saying it is ridiculous.

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Act 2[]

Meanwhile, Sandy thrives by building a 5-star hotel, a helicopter, a steam-powered generator, a cappuccino shop, a coconut-milk-powered car, and a control tower on an island, but decides to head back home. Meanwhile, at the Dutchman's Triangle, the Flying Dutchman gets hold of the cash register, but accidentally releases the tray, which hits him and sends him to Davy Jones' locker, where "Davy Jones" is revealed to be the real-life actor of the same name. Davy Jones then tortures the Dutchman with his socks.

Back with JKL, the latter continues to teach SpongeBob and his friends how to surf, but during the middle of the final lesson, JKL leaves to head towards a temple, and SpongeBob and his friends follow. It begins raining as soon as SpongeBob and his friends hit the top, and JKL tells them that every 1,000 years or so, the planets align in such a way that the perfect wave forms, known as "the Big One," and that this time has come, and SpongeBob and his friends must ride it back home, or else be trapped on the island forever. SpongeBob and his friends are also told by JKL that the Big One requires a sacrifice to stay "alive" for the whole trip and that one of them will not return. SpongeBob and his friends head off to the Big One, but immediately, it eats up Patrick and Squidward's boards. SpongeBob allows them onto his board, when Mr. Krabs shows up and gets swallowed by the Big One, but JKL shows up and rescues him. Mr. Krabs then accidentally drops Cashy into the wave. JKL jumps into the wave to recover it, and as a result gets absorbed by the Big One, sacrificing himself allowing SpongeBob and the others to get home safely. SpongeBob then surfs them back home while playing a tribute song to JKL's sacrifice.

Meanwhile, Sandy crashes into Goo Lagoon in her helicopter, where the beach visitors mistake her for an a spaceman. SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs wash up a few seconds later, soon followed by JKL who somehow survived the Big One and they welcome them back home with a luau. JKL gives Mr. Krabs Cashy, and the episode ends with them dancing at the beach.


On the 13th of an unknown month in 2007, this episode's pitch storyboard was completed.[1]

On February 28, 2008, Vincent Waller posted a piece of this episode's storyboard under its original title ("Endless Summer") on his "Incoherent-Thought" blog.[1] This original title was most likely changed due to there already being a 2005 educational short with a nearly identical title called "The Endless Summer."

This episode would later be added to the US Copyright Office on July 30, 2008 under one of the working titles of "The Secret of Kahuna Laguna."[7]

Promotional art[]

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  • Board doodles by Vincent Waller.[1]


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Endless Summer Spoof - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  Solo Steel 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Opening at the Krusty Krab]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland [Krabs forgot to pay the power bill]
  I'm Ready Fanfare - Nicolas Carr ["We're going to the beach today!"]
  Self-Surf - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Goo Lagoon aka the beach]
  Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [Patrick emerges from the water]
  Monster Wave No Sax - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez [Patrick tries to climb onto the surfboard]
  Alone in the Old House - Gregor F. Narholz ["Where'd the beach go?"]
  Menace [#42] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Water spouts... of blood?!"]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr [Jelly donuts]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter ["Jelly donuts falling from the sky. What could this mean? There's only one logical answer."]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson ["I've landed right in the middle of Dutchman's Triangle."/"Right above Davy Jones' locker."/"In the Devil's Galley!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward wash up on an island]
  Hawaiian Happiness - Jon Jelmer [SpongeBob dragging seaweed around/"Welcome to our remote island."]
  Mystery Chime w/Sitar - Nicolas Carr ["Om..."]
  Hula Guitars - Eric Spencer ["We've been here since we dropped out of junior college."]
  Steel Licks 22 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Great."]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer ["I don't know how to surf!"]
  Surf'N Sponge New Fast Mix - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Surf lessons]
  Tamborine with Bongo - Nicolas Carr [?]
  Guitar Island - Eric Spencer [legend of Jack Kahuna Laguna]
  Closing Door Sting - Nicolas Carr [Dramatic sting]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [Sandy wakes up on another island]
  Mystery End - Nicolas Carr ["I'm stranded!"]
  Bee Line for the Tree Line - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield
  Steel Licks 40 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob stops to tie his shoe]
  Sea Fanfare - John Fox [SpongeBob finds Kahmamoku Cove]
  Hillybilly Banjo - Nicolas Carr [Banjo music]
  War Statement 3 - Laurie Johnson [Patrick sees a straw hut]
  Surf Swami Wet - Nicolas Carr [Extremely long surfboard]
  Surf Swami Paradise - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [JKL surfing]
  Bongo Play with Sitar Gliss - Nicolas Carr ["Just keep breathing."]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter [Krabs going crazy]
  Sponge Tango - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [Krabs talking to his cash register]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford ["Ah! It's the Flying Dutchman!"]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford ["Ah! It's some guy I've never seen before!"]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["Who be disturbing the Flying Dutchman's walk home from the convenience store?"]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson [Lightning]
  Surf Swami Entrance & Exit - Nicolas Carr [JKL appears]
  Bongo Swami Solo - Nicolas Carr [JKL's drum solo]
  Surf Swami Entrance & Exit - Nicolas Carr [JKL goes]
  Chime w/ Transition Sting - Nicolas Carr ["We just have to stare into this fire all night."/meanwhile...]
  Hawaiian Happiness - Jon Jelmer [Sandy making a fire]
  Lionheart - Larry Hochman [Helicopter]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["No, please, Mr. Dutchman, I didn't mean to spill your groceries!"]
  Steel Licks 78 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward wakes up]
  Surf Swami Meditation - Nicolas Carr ["You obviously didn't stare into the fire all night like your friends over there."]
  Apprehensive 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Thunderstorm]
  Death Clock C - Dick De Benedictis [planets align]
  Death Clock A - Dick De Benedictis [JKL describing the big one]
  Surf Guitar Tension Bit - Nicolas Carr ["You'll have to catch it... or you'll be stuck here... forever."]
  The 3 Challenges - Nicolas Carr ["The big one... is almost upon us."]
  Shanty Dirge - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [Dutchman trying to take Krabs' cash register]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson ["Liar!"]
  Tomb Raider - Norman Dane ["This weather sure is dangerous."]
  Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [Cash register hits Sandy's helicopter]
  Tymp Hit - Nicolas Carr [Sandy's helicopter hits Dutchman]
  Steel Licks 22 - Jeremy Wakefield [Dutchman knocked out]
  Wild Eyes - Ronald Hanmer ["Mayday...!"]
  Hgliss & Bell - Nicolas Carr ["Cashy!"]
  That Sinking Feeling - Nicolas Carr [Dutchman sinks]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr [Dutchman wakes up]
  Drama Link (B) - Hubert Clifford [Davy Jones' locker]
  Steel Licks 22 - Jeremy Wakefield [Dutchman groans]
  Daydream Believer - The Monkees [Davy Jones throws socks at Dutchman]
  Alone in the Old House - Gregor F. Narholz ["Get ready, dudes, it's coming."]
  The Creature (b) - Gregor F. Narholz ["The big one always demands a sacrifice."]
  Dramatic Sea Battle - Gerhard Trede [Paddling toward the wave]
  Sad Solo Violins - Nicolas Carr, Ezra Kliger ["I never even got a chance to tell him that I..."]
  Wild Panic - Gregor F. Narholz [JKL rescues Krabs]
  Minor Surf Chord - Nicolas Carr ["I guess the big one prefers a high protein meal."]
  Bongo Swami Solo With Surf Swami Wet - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob playing bongos]
  Sitar Transition - Nicolas Carr [JKL appears in the sky]
  Drama Link (F) - Hubert Clifford [Sandy's helicopter crashes at Goo Lagoon]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney ["Don't make any funny moves, spaceman!"]
  Steel Licks 78 - Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone walks away]
  Self-Surf - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Welcome home!"]
  Spongetwist New Full MIx - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Dance music]
  Surf Swami - Nicolas Carr [JKL returns]
  Spongetwist New Full MIx - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Ending]
  Daydream Believer - The Monkees [Closing credits]




  • This episode originally aired at a party celebrating 10 years of SpongeBob SquarePants at the Sundance Film Festival, which lasted from January 15 to 25, 2009.[8] The airing of the special includes differences from the final version:[9]
    • The animation was not done at that time, as for the most part, there were still images.
    • There is a large amount of missing music and SFX, except for the song when they surf to JKL.
    • There are two scenes with Plankton that are not shown in the special.
    • There is a sudden amount of other dialogue from the cast.
    • A few actors fill in for other roles. Particularly, Rodger Bumpass fills in as the Flying Dutchman, and Dee Bradley Baker fills in as Jack Kahuna Laguna.
  • This episode was available on the SpongeBob vs. The Big One DVD, released on March 3, 2009, one month before it aired on television.
  • This episode was on SpongeBob.com before it aired in the United States.[10]
  • In one of the Burger King commercials promoting their kids' meal toys based on this special, a 5-second animation was shown with SpongeBob and Patrick waving to a surfboard after claiming that it likes "waves."
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"SpongeBob SquarePants and the Big Wave" title card.


"The Secret of Kahuna Laguna" title card.

  • This episode's alternate titles were "Endless Summer,"[1] "The Secret of Kahuna Laguna,"[11] and "SpongeBob SquarePants and the Big Wave." Two of these alternate titles are used in several international countries, including Poland, Serbia, all of Central and Eastern Europe, the UK, Taiwan, Latvia, Ukraine, Australia, and Germany.
    • The Dutch dub uses the name "The Secret of Kahuna Laguna," but still uses the "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One" title card background.
  • The title card background for this episode is the same as "Culture Shock," except it is blue instead of red.
  • This is the only episode which includes SpongeBob's full name in the title.
    • Promotions and several TV schedules for this episode have alternatively titled it "SpongeBob vs. The Big One," excluding the "SquarePants" part.
  • The title card and opening credits is longer than any previous episode, lasting about 15 seconds instead of the regular 10 seconds for most other episodes. This is due to the multiple guest stars.
  • When Patrick comes up to SpongeBob, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs at Goo Lagoon, Mr. Krabs claims that Patrick was their first customer "in seventeen working days."
  • SpongeBob says he doesn't know how to surf in this episode, but in the previous episodes "Ripped Pants" and "Pranks a Lot," he is seen surfing.
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Squidward wearing a white shirt instead of a brown one.

  • In the picture SpongeBob shows Patrick, Squidward's shirt is white instead of brown.
  • After Twitch tells SpongeBob and Patrick the location of JKL, Patrick's line "Will there be Nachos there?" is repeated during the 2013 online promotional video titled "Patrick's Quest for Food."[12]
  • Jack's surfboard is always only shown at one side.
  • The Flying Dutchman says that he has never seen Mr. Krabs before in this episode, despite having several meetings in previous episodes.
  • Jack's advice to surfing is mainly "just keep breathing."
  • Sandy manages to survive and thrive on a nearby island. This is similar to how she can also survive in "To Save a Squirrel," where she also used her bare hands to survive.
  • List of things Sandy created while "thriving":
    1. 5-star hotel
    2. Steam-powered generator
    3. Automobile which runs on coconut milk
    4. Espresso Bar
    5. A helicopter
  • Davy Jones from The Monkees appears in this episode.
    • "Daydream Believer," a song sung by him, is also heard when he throws a sock at the Flying Dutchman.
  • Both Davy Jones and his locker appear in this episode, as opposed to other episodes where only his locker appears.
  • Jack survived The Big One, despite being the sacrifice.
  • With the exception of the opening scene, SpongeBob wears his Krusty Krab employee hat throughout the majority of this episode.
  • The music for the closing credits of this episode is The Monkees' "Daydream Believer."
  • This episode marks the third year in a row that a double-length episode aired in April, after "Friend or Foe" in 2007 and "Pest of the West" in 2008.
  • This is the fourth episode to have tikis on the title card. The first was "Hall Monitor," the second was "Culture Shock," and the third was "I Was a Teenage Gary."
  • This is the fourth episode to contain a title of two characters versing each other. The first episode is "Krabs vs. Plankton," the second is "SpongeBob vs. The Patty Gadget," and the third is "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob."
  • This is the last episode storyboarded by Mike Roth before he decided to work on J. G. Quintel's series Regular Show on Cartoon Network.
  • This is the Flying Dutchman's only appearance in season 6.
  • There is a Nintendo DS video game called SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off that is based on this episode.
  • There is a book based on this episode named Surf's Up, SpongeBob!
  • In 2010, the episode was nominated at the Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing: Television Animation.

Dub facts[]

  • In the French dub, this episode has two titles: "Bob surfe sur la vague," which translates to "Bob surfs on the wave," and "La vague parfaite," which translates to "The perfect wave." Because of this, this version uses two title cards.
  • In the Bahasa Indonesia dub, Twitch says, "That's right. Kemosabe Island. Although, we sometimes refer to it as an... island." That means either he knows the name of the island, or Indonesia did not have a translation for the word kemosabe.[citation needed]

Cultural references[]

  • The Dutchman's Triangle is a reference to the Bermuda Triangle.
    • This and Davy Jones' locker could an underwater equivalent to Hell.
  • Kahmamoku Cove is a reference to famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku.
  • Jack Kahuna Laguna has a striking resemblance to his guest voice actor, Johnny Depp.
  • The Big One is a reference to the big super speedway crashes in NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar racing.


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Two animation directors even though it says only one animation director.

  • There are actually two animation directors on this episode when the opening credits say that there is only one.
  • When Sandy is running, saying, "Where is everybody?!," footprints are shown behind her. But before she kneels down and says, "I'm stranded," footprints are not shown behind her.
  • When Mr. Krabs pets Cashy when he has a beard, the money compartment shoots out and hits the Flying Dutchman in the head. When the Flying Dutchman says that he cannot pay for more groceries and asks if he can borrow Mr. Krabs' money, the money compartment is back, despite being launched into the ocean earlier.
    • The money compartment disappears again the next time Mr. Krabs is shown after that scene.
  • When Sandy's helicopter rams into the Flying Dutchman's head, the helicopter appears to be size of Mr. Krabs.
  • After Sandy's helicopter hits the Flying Dutchman's head, it veers toward a different island. However, she crash-lands on Goo Lagoon.
  • When Sandy crash-lands on Goo Lagoon, her muzzle overlaps with her eyes.
  • Near the end of the episode, when the fish are dancing, some have duplicate appearances.
  • In some parts of the episode, Squidward's Krusty Krab employee hat randomly disappears.
  • In the final scene of the episode, Pearl's eyelashes are missing.
  • In the Russian dub near end of this episode, the soundtrack with characters' dubbing was turned off, with only the music and SFX being heard due to the Russian dubbers having forgotten to update the soundtrack with characters dubbing. This mistake eventually got fixed when it reran on Nicktoons CEE on August 19, 2021.[citation needed]



Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2003)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)