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"The Big Bad Bubble Bass" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 13. In this episode, Karen tells the fairytale of a nerd trying to steal an action figure from his three little neighbors.



The episode begins with Karen the Computer Fairy introducing the episode about Bubble Bass. Bubble Bass wakes up and declares his intent to get the Pigulon action figure to complete his collection. He dresses up in a Wolfman costume and goes to the Toy Barrel to try to obtain it, but the store is sold out of Pigulon figures. Bubble Bass notices that SpongeBob and Patrick bought the last Pigulon figure. Patrick rips open the package and uses the figure as a scratcher. Bubble Bass tries to obtain the figure from them, and SpongeBob agrees to give it to him at first, but soon rejects his offer after mentioning that he and Patrick bought it together.

While Karen continues narrating, Bubble Bass pushes her out of the scene. He later shows up at SpongeBob's house disguised as a toy inspector in an attempt to take back the Pigulon figure. SpongeBob lets Bubble Bass into his house and opens his hidden vault where he keeps his toys. SpongeBob and Patrick show the toys to Bubble Bass, continually asking him if any of their toys seem dangerous to him. Although several toys harm Bubble Bass, he throws them away, declaring them not to be dangerous. SpongeBob finally shows him the Pigulon figure, but instead gives him the Perilous Percival figure as he went out of order. The fuses on the toy result in Bubble Bass flying out of the house.

Bubble Bass goes back to SpongeBob's house, now portraying as a ghost hunter in an attempt to scan the house. He comes across the Pigulon figure, saying it contains spirits inside. He attempts to take the figure, but SpongeBob and Patrick say that they will make the figure vanish in their home. They call out a spell that results in a ghost appearing, and Bubble Bass is taken in with him, as the Pigulon figure remains in SpongeBob's home.

Bubble Bass goes back again, asking SpongeBob and Patrick straightforward to hand over the figure. He drinks Fizz Bomb Cola to let out a burp on SpongeBob's house, destroying it in the process. SpongeBob and Patrick run to Patrick's house. After Patrick rejects Bubble Bass again, Bubble Bass uses more Fizz Bomb fuel and Volcano Sauce to destroy his house. SpongeBob and Patrick proceed to go inside Squidward's house. Squidward kicks Bubble Bass out, to which Bubble Bass proceeds to chug Fizz Bomb Cola from a truck and attempt to belch Squidward's house away. However, Squidward's house does not move, to which Squidward declares his house was "SpongeBob-proofed."

Karen continues to narrate the story, in which Bubble Bass gets the help of his mother. They show up at Squidward's house, to which Bubble Bass gives the Fizz Bomb fuel to his mother, but she says that she does not need it. She inhales a belch which destroys Squidward's house, as well as the water on the surface. Mama Bass tells SpongeBob and Patrick to hand over the figure. SpongeBob gives her the receipt, which makes Mama Bass mad. She inhales another belch which burps away Bubble Bass's clothes, leaving him in his underwear. Bubble Bass cries, but SpongeBob and Patrick give him the Pigulon figure, which is now broken. Karen concludes the narration with Bubble Bass having put the figure on his shelf and Squidward having to rebuild his house. Squidward chases after Karen after she mentions his insurance, although she disappears inside the storybook, as the episode ends.


This episode was confirmed by Cartoonlounge.de on April 8, 2022.[1]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Riverboat Rumpas - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
  The Fairytale Princess - Adam Saunders, Mark Cousins [Opening.]
  ? [Bubble Bass slaps his alarm clock.]
  Slippery Sid - Roger Roger [Bubble Bass wakes up.]
  Avengers [#104] - Paul Hart, David Arnold ["Pigulon, leader of the Swine Force 3 Action Team, will be mine!"]
  Shock Headed Peter - Ronald Hanmer ["And I know just what to wear!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene.]
  A Short Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Bubble Bass arrives at the Toy Barrel.]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, and Jeremy Wakefield ["Sold out?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9C - Jeremy Wakefield ["Without Pigulon, my life is over!"]
  Rip Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick have the last Pigulon figure.]
  Five Dramatic Bridges B - Kurt Rehfeld [Patrick opens the packaging with his mouth.]
  Rip Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick uses the Pigulon figure as a scratcher.]
  Eight Dramatic Bridges - Ronald Hanmer ["This cannot stand."]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Bubble Bass asks SpongeBob and Patrick for the toy.]
  ? ["By the gods of nerdom, I will acquire that Pigulon!"]
  The Fairytale Princess - Adam Saunders, Mark Cousins [Karen interrupts Bubble Bass.]
  ? ["I have a toy to rescue."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene.]
  Mermaidman Brass Hits - Nicolas Carr [Bubble Bass slams a badge in SpongeBob's face.]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Bubble Bass arrives at SpongeBob's house dressed as an inspector.]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's vault opens.]
  Travelling Circus - Eric Jupp [SpongeBob shows Bubble Bass his toys.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 35B - Jeremy Wakefield [Albert Aardvark toy explodes.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Many, many toys later..."]
  Avengers [#104] - Paul Hart, David Arnold ["This is Porktastic Pigulon."]
  Parting of the Clouds Sting II - Nicolas Carr [Bubble Bass excited to see the Pigulon figure.]
  Travelling Circus - Eric Jupp ["Oops, I went out of order."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene.]
  Stool Pigeon - Kenny Graham [Bubble Bass arrives dressed as a ghost hunter.]
  Space Horizons - Wolf Helling [Bubble Bass pretends to detect a ghost.]
  Satanic Liturgy A - Gregor Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick summon a ghost.]
  ? [The ghost pig appears.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Pigulon is saved!"]
  Grotesque - John Fox, Mac Prindy [Bubble Bass burps away SpongeBob's house.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 5D - Jeremy Wakefield ["They just don't make rocks the way they used to."]
  Dramatic Cue (C) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob and Patrick banging on Squidward's door.]
  Hippo Bird - Arthur Wilkinson ["Hey, what part of 'not interested' don't you understand?"]
  Comedy Punctuations And Bridges 4 - Fredric Bayco ["I said, 'not interested!'"]
  Eight Dramatic Bridges - Ronald Hanmer ["Then I'll chug, and I'll glug, and I'll belch your house down too!"]
  Comedy Punctuations And Bridges 3 - Fredric Bayco [Fizz Bomb Cola truck arrives.]
  Long Legged Beasties - Fredric Bayco [Bubble Bass belches on Squidward's house but it doesn't move.]
  Goblin Ballet - Ernest Tomlinson ["With his belching now foiled, he had but one plan: run home to his mommy, and cry like a man."]
  Charlie's Bike E - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben [Mama Bass drives to Squidward's house.]
  Eight Dramatic Bridges - Ronald Hanmer [Mama Bass belches on Squidward's house, destroying it.]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Bubble Bass' mom tells SpongeBob and Patrick to give Bubble Bass the toy.]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mama Bass burps away Bubble Bass's clothes.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Bubble Bass sees himself in his underwear.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 6A - Jeremy Wakefield [Bubble Bass cries.]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Bubble Bass finally gets the toy.]
  The Fairytale Princess - Adam Saunders, Mark Cousins [Karen finishes the story.]
  Hippomania - John Fox, Mac Prindy [Ending.]
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  • This episode was originally just going to be titled "Big Bad Bubble Bass," but later on, the word "The" was added to the title.
  • This episode has multiple similarities with "Patnocchio." Both episodes are narrated by Karen as a fairy and parody a classic fairy tale. Additionally, they both open with the same music, and have the same title card background.
  • The synopsis of this episode indirectly references the book The Three Little Neighbors.
  • This episode marks the return of Zeus Cervas to the main series as storyboard director.
  • Squidward breaks the fourth wall by scolding at Karen the Computer Fairy and blaming her fairy tale for the destruction of his house.
  • This is the first episode to use the track "Parting of the Clouds Sting II" since "Giant Squidward" in season 6.
  • This is the first episode where Bubble Bass cries.
  • This is the second episode where a character explodes into fireworks of themselves. The first episode is "Plankton Paranoia."
  • This episode was originally going to air on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland on April 29, 2022, but it was pulled and replaced with a rerun of "Born to Be Wild."

Cultural references


  • During the premiere of this episode and its sister episode, the end credits were shown twice, even though both episode segments are paired together. This was corrected for all subsequent reruns.[2]