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If you were looking for the article about the song, then see The Suction Cup Symphony.

"Suction Cup Symphony" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 6. In this episode, Squidward tries to write a symphony, but is constantly irritated over the noise of SpongeBob investigating Patrick's broken bottom.



"And you guys! Do you really think that billboard is more important than my musical genius?"

One average day in Bikini Bottom, Squidward is playing his clarinet when SpongeBob goes outside to do some gardening. He thinks that Squidward went to an Italian restaurant called Mario's. Suddenly, SpongeBob notices two construction workers putting up a billboard. Thinking Squidward's music is flatulence, SpongeBob becomes noisy to cover it up until Squidward alerts him to stop. Getting mad at the billboard workers, he then discovers the Bikini Bottom Symphony Orchestra is holding a competition for an original score.

Meanwhile, Patrick accidentally breaks his buttocks and SpongeBob decides that he would see a doctor but he does not having health insurance, so he decides to bring the doctor to Patrick by acting as his doctor. Squidward tries not to get distracted by SpongeBob's home doctoring. After turning in his score, he finds that he wrote down all of SpongeBob's doctoring. When it is Squidward's time to perform, he finds SpongeBob squeezing a rubber duck and Patrick going "Woo!" while SpongeBob is on a seat, bashing Patrick's brain, causing a flatulence noise and making his eyes pop out. All while Squidward is conducting the orchestra and barely paying attention to his conducting, due to SpongeBob and Patrick distracting him with their odd procedures to each other.

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The audience gives a round of applause to Squidward, who is happy. SpongeBob says to make sure Squidward does not get a "swelled head." The camera cuts to only Squidward, whose head inflates due to Patrick squeezing the pump of the blood pressure, and the screen cuts to black, ending the episode with the sound of an explosion.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Magpie Clarinet - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob notices the construction workers]
  ? ["I'll cover for him."]
  Magpie Clarinet - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["SpongeBob, can you keep it down?"]
  Playful Bridge 5 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Original compositions wanted?"]
  Big Show Theme - Robert Sharples [Squidward imagines himself in a limo]
  Piano Concerto No. 1 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky [Squidward conducting]
  Steel Licks 13 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward melts]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward runs outside and kisses construction workers]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward puts his game face on]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney ["Due tomorrow?!"]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward screams]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Don't worry, Squidward, we'll do it together."]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick broke his butt]
  Monocle And Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland [SpongeBob taking Patrick's blood pressure]
  Mailbox Tension Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Come on... be inspired."]
  Wild Eyes - Ronald Hanmer [brainstorm]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [rainbow appears]
  Piano Concerto No. 1 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky [Squidward starts writing/Squidward continues writing]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [rainbow melts]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob doing tests on Patrick]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [Squidward still writing]
  Steel Licks 24 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's finished]
  Film Fanfare (a) - Dick Stephen Walter ["I did it! I did it! I did it!..."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [conductor looking at sheet music]
  Credit Card Heaven - Nicolas Carr [choir]
  ? - Nicolas Carr
  The Suction Cup Symphony - Gary Stockdale
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [Squidward starts to walk away]
  Take A Bow 1 - David Lindup [everyone cheers]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [ending]




  • This episode was originally titled "Underwater Boogaloo."[2]
  • This episode was paired up with "SpongeHenge" during its first airing in the Gimme 5 event, but has since been re-airing with "Spongicus."[3]
  • This is the second episode in which Mario is mentioned. The first was "The Bully."
  • This is the second episode in which Squidward is seen conducting a band. The first was "Band Geeks."
  • In "Suds" and "The Splinter," Patrick impersonates a doctor and treats SpongeBob. This time, the tables are turned: SpongeBob pretends to be a doctor and treats Patrick.
  • The fish playing the piano in this episode is the same one that SpongeBob sits next to at Reef Cinema in "Something Smells."
  • This is the first episode to play the track "Film Fanfare (a)" since "The Secret Box" in season 2.
  • This episode premiered on Eddie Deezen's 51st birthday.
  • In Poland, the explosion sound at the end is cut from Nickelodeon airings, but left intact on PULS 2 airings.[citation needed]
  • In recent airings when the episode ends with a popping sound from Squidward's forehead was cut by mistake. But in the DVD and Digital releases, the ending was left intact.[citation needed]
    • However, in Nicktoons airings, the popping sound is also left intact.[citation needed]
  • In the Welsh dub, this episode is called "Simffoni'r Sugnwr", which translates to "Symphony Sucker."
  • This is the first episode where the track "Monocle and Pocket-Watch" plays.

Episode references

A comparison between the two episodes. (Left: "Squid's Day Off," Right: "Suction Cup Symphony").


Erroneous non-inclusion of copyright information on the Nickelodeon Productions logo.

  • Along with its sister episode "Spongicus," there is no year or copyright information anywhere in the end credits.

SpongeBob's freckles are missing.

  • When Squidward drops SpongeBob and Patrick out of the window, SpongeBob's freckles are missing.
  • In the first close-up shot of SpongeBob squeezing the rubber duck next to Patrick on stage, his arm is limp with his hand facing toward the ground, but in the next shot, his hand is pressing up against his side with his arm in a 'V' position.
  • All the musicians still continued playing their instruments after the music ends.
  • In some of the wider shots of the orchestra, Richard A. Bottomfeeder is seen with a yellow body and blue hair instead of a green body and black hair.

The red hue of the rainbow Squidward tries to pick up is slightly a different red than the rest before.

After Squidward picks that part up, it aligns with the rest of the rainbow's red color.

  • The first and third time Squidward attempts to recollect his rainbow the red hue on Squid's hand is slightly different than the other parts of the rainbow.


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)