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- Craig Mammalton (debut)
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- Old Man Walker
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- Mrs. Mammalton (mentioned)
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- Soda commercial guy (debut)
- French Narrator
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SpongeBob and Patrick are playing at the beach, where all the other beach goers are tanning. Craig Mammalton, the tannest man on TV, then shows up and announces to a crowd that he is having the hottest party of the summer. Everyone is invited except for SpongeBob and Patrick, who are not tanned. Craig says that they cannot come if they do not get to the tan minimum and insults them for having smooth skin. Patrick converts his house into a tanning machine, able to give them the minimum tan in just 15 seconds. Patrick goes first and gets a perfect tan. But during SpongeBob's turn, Patrick forgets to watch over SpongeBob and leaves him in for 2 hours while he goes off with a group of girls. After Patrick finally lets him out, SpongeBob has ended up with a white "Sun Bleached" tan that dehydrates his skin. SpongeBob suggests asking Squidward for help, who ridicules him. SpongeBob feels sad because he will not be able to go to the party, but Patrick offers to help him however he can.
Patrick first gives him a "makeover" by covering him in mud, placing kelp jerky over his teeth, and putting hair on SpongeBob's head that was ripped from his armpits. While walking through town, a woman mistakes SpongeBob for a monster and attacks him to protect her baby. While having an ice cream break, Patrick gets an idea while eating his caramel sundae. He covers SpongeBob with the caramel, giving him a "tan." They are let into the party, where portable tanning lamps shine on the dancing partygoers, causing SpongeBob's caramel to harden. SpongeBob notices and tries to leave, but the oblivious Patrick makes the situation worse and directs everyone's attention to him. The caramel shell cracks, revealing his bleached skin.
The partygoers start to complain and make fun of him until Craig reveals sun-bleached is the ultimate tan and calls SpongeBob a hero, thus making the partygoers praise SpongeBob. The tanning lamps are cranked to the maximum "Sun Bleach" level and everyone is dried up to dust. SpongeBob asks Patrick if too much sun is bad for them, to which he replies, "Whatever. I just go with the flow."
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Hangin' Ten - Rod Abernethy [title card]
‣ Beach Party - Harry Bluestone [opening]
‣ Lovely Twist - Michel Gaucher [Craig Mammalton introduced]
‣ Surfmania - Eric Spencer ["Must be this tan to enter."]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [later]
• Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick's tanning bed]
• Steel Licks 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick becomes tan]
‣ Gunning for Danger - Syd Dale [soda commercial]
‣ Tiki Rapido - Lionel Wendling [SpongeBob in the tanning bed]
‣ Beer Festival - Dick Stephen Walter [music on Patrick's headphones]
‣ Fresh Twist - Eric Spencer ["Is that tan for us?"]
• Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["It's time for me to get out!"]
‣ Fresh Twist - Eric Spencer [two hours later]
‣ Menace [#37] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob emerges from the tanning bed]
• Gator - Steve Belfer ["You don't look too good."]
‣ Menace [#42] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward screams]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell ["You're sun bleached!"]
• Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob sighs]
• SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [makeover]
• Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["I look... amazing!"]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Time to go to the party."]
• Toy Piano - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Oh, what a cute little baby."]
‣ From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer ["Monster!"]
• Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["You look like you could use an ice cream."]
• Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ice cream parlor]
• Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick puts caramel on SpongeBob]
‣ Surf Buggy - The Surfdusters [at the summer shindig]
‣ Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone [tanning lights]
‣ Menace [#42] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob's bleached skin revealed]
‣ Dracula 2020 (c) - Gregor Narholz [someone's eyes melt]
• Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone complaining]
‣ Love Me Spencer - Eric Spencer ["I have seen this only one other time."]
‣ Bikini Babes - Eric Spencer [Craig's crowd follows in SpongeBob's footsteps/Ending]
- This episode is available on the SpongeBob vs. The Big One, Season 6 Volume 1, SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 8, High Tides and Wild Rides, Complete Sixth Season, Next 100 Episodes, The Best 200 Episodes Ever, and Bikini Bottom Bash DVDs.
- This and its sister episode "A Life in a Day" both have a summer setting and take place at Goo Lagoon.
- In real life, SpongeBob would have gotten skin cancer if he had stayed under the tanning machine for over two hours.
- The "Two Hours Later" time card uses the same background as the "Two Hours Later" time card from "Wet Painters" only slightly brighter.
- Kelp Jerky is a parody of beef jerky.
- When the tanners scream at Craig's party, the screams used are mainly not used for people partying, but mainly for people literally screaming and running away from something in other movies/shows.
- This episode marks the first time a seal appears in the series.
- This is the first episode where the same time card appears twice in the same episode.
- This is the second episode to feature Goo Lagoon without Larry the Lobster. The first is "No Weenies Allowed."
- This is currently the last episode to use music by The Surfdusters.
- Craig Mammalton and his notorious tan skin are a reference to a film and television actor George Hamilton.
- The soda commercial is similar to the many cutaway gags seen on Family Guy, in which a character will compare a current situation to a completely irrelevant and exaggerated event, typically lampooning pop culture and celebrities.
- After SpongeBob is sun-bleached, his voice becomes dry and hoarse, but during the scene where he is covered in mud and throughout the rest of the episode, his voice is normal again.
- When Squidward shouts, "You're sun-bleached!" in SpongeBob's face, his neck goes missing for a brief moment.
- The Bikini Bottom Summer Shindig sign misspells the word "Shindig" as "Shinding."
- When Craig is speechless, some of the party goers do not have tans.