"Wigstruck" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, SpongeBob finds a wig and starts wearing it.



One day, on the Ned and the Needlefish tour bus, Ned comes out of the backroom and has a six-layered wig on. His bandmates tease him and one accidentally chucks the wig out the window playing monkey in the middle with the drummer. He looks out the window as it flies away, right as SpongeBob SquarePants is taking a walk. It hits him in the face and he falls on the ground. As he gets up, he notices it's a wig and goes to Patrick's house. Patrick thinks it's a "brain eating alien," and rubs it forcefully on his rock. SpongeBob yells at him and Patrick puts him down. When Patrick chews part of the wig off, because he thought he was wearing a cotton candy hat. SpongeBob tells Patrick that he's wearing a wig, causing him to laugh hysterically and then look at his watch, he says it's time for his weekly condiment soak. Later, SpongeBob walks to work with tons of fish laughing at him, but he thinks they're laughing "with" him. SpongeBob then thinks his wig is putting everybody in a good mood.

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SpongeBob with his wig.

SpongeBob enters the Krusty Krab and wakes Squidward up, asking Squidward if he notices anything different about him. Squidward says he doesn't, to which SpongeBob says he's wearing a wig. He goes into the kitchen and makes some Krabby Patties, while scratching his wig, causing a lot of wig hair to fall on the meat patty. Some customers try the new recipe and aren't satisfied. All of them leave and Mr. Krabs notices. He tells SpongeBob to wear a hairnet or he leaves for the day. Sandy walks in the Krusty Krab while SpongeBob is delivering food. She is about to ask SpongeBob about Karate practice, takes one look at him, and laughs her head off. The customers at the Krusty Krab are laughing at SpongeBob's new wig when he still thinks they're laughing with him. When he thinks they're all starting to get jealous, he walks backwards into the kitchen and tells Squidward that he'll be in the kitchen if he needed him, who tells SpongeBob to hide his shame.

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Ned and the Needlefish.

Meanwhile, Ned's band is in a record dealers place, where their manager fires them because of Ned's baldness, causing himself and his band's career going downfall.

That night, the Krusty Krab closes before SpongeBob goes home when he's mopping the floor using his wig. Squidward thinks it's as functional as SpongeBob's brain, to which he takes as a compliment, but Squidward tells him it wasn't a compliment, and that the entire town has been laughing at him. SpongeBob doesn't get his point, and still thinks he looks cool in his wig, but Mr. Krabs tells him to stop wearing the wig to work and that if he doesn't, he would just get out of his job entirely.

The next day, Sandy walks to SpongeBob's house talking about how she couldn't talk to SpongeBob yesterday because she was laughing too hard. She knocks on the odd double-sized door and sees SpongeBob still wearing the wig on with a stupid grin, she tells him they should talk. As they are walking through Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob is talking about how his wig brought so much attention. They go to The Reef (movie theater) and watch a movie about wigs. SpongeBob sits in the front row and a lot of sea fish yell at him because the wig blocks the entire screen. SpongeBob turns around and tells the Bikini Bottomites to pay attention to the movie and also tells them that is no need to start a riot because his wig is "glamorous and exciting", which gives them the idea to do so. The fish start chasing SpongeBob and Sandy out of the movie theater.

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"Let's start a riot!"

In the next scene, SpongeBob and Sandy are walking through fields, where SpongeBob finally realized how embarrassed he was with the wig. He lets go of the wig and it flies away.

Then Ned is walking through Bikini Bottom screaming stuff about how his career is ruined. The wig then stuffs in his face and Ned realizes it's his old one, causing him to rejoice. SpongeBob is down, walking through Bikini Bottom and seeing all these fish with Ned's wig. He walks up to a fish that teased him the other day and complains. He tells SpongeBob to look at a giant sign that says Ned and the Needlefish, and the whole band is wearing the wig. He then realizes that he was cool before anyone else. Patrick then walks by SpongeBob and he's relieved that Pat's not wearing a wig. He lifts his arm and SpongeBob sees mini wigs attached to his armpit. Patrick lets SpongeBob borrow one, but says to wash it before he returns it and the episode ends.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]

  Ned and the Needlefish - Nicolas Carr [opening]
  Weird Bridge - Roger Roger [wig flying through air]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["I'm ready!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What is this?"]
  Swell Idea - Nicolas Carr ["It's a wig!"]
  Inferno - Fredric Bayco [Patrick attacks SpongeBob]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick eats part of the wig]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [everyone making fun of SpongeBob]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [at the Krusty Krab]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield ["What in Davy Jones' Locker is on your head, son?"]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["Please let me keep it, Mr. Krabs."]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Sandy laughing at SpongeBob]
  Wig Struck Rock Transition - Nicolas Carr [exterior of Bigshot Records/Transition to next scene]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob mopping the floor with his wig]
  Sleazy Sax - Richard Myhill ["Hello, handsome!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["SpongeBob, your head is twice as large as before!"]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["What do you think?"]
  Bittersweet Memory - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["It's true, Tom."]
  Savage Episode - Len Stevens [SpongeBob's wig blocking the screen]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [Sandy tells SpongeBob to get rid of his wig.]
  Bluesy Harpy - Nicolas Carr ["Where am I gonna get some hair?"]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["Can it be? It is! My wig!"]
  Wig Struck Rock Transition - Nicolas Carr [Nicolas Carr]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone wearing wigs]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen ["Wigs, wigs, they're everywhere!"]
  Wig Struck Rock Transition - Nicolas Carr [Nicolas Carr]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]





  • This episode was available on the Whale of a Birthday DVD, released one month before it aired on American television.
  • On the Best Day Ever Online Poll, #13 has a picture of SpongeBob wearing the wig from this episode.[citation needed]
  • This episode marks the final use of the APM track "Stack of Leis" for over 12 years, until it returned in the season 12 episode "Stormy Weather."
    • Although, only the very end part is briefly heard in its return.
  • In the Greek dub, this episode is called "Η περούκα" which means "The Wig."

Cultural references

  • The title is a play on the sayings "lovestruck" or "starstruck."
  • When the members of Ned and the Needlefish start teasing Ned with his wig by catching Ned's wig, they say "Hot potato, catch!" Hot Potato is a famous party game, as well as a song by The Wiggles.
  • Two film posters are seen when SpongeBob and Sandy are going in and out of the movie theater; "My Hair Lady" and "From Hair To Eternity" - parodies of the 1964 film My Fair Lady and the 1953 film From Here to Eternity, respectively.


  • Patrick eats a part of SpongeBob's wig, but in the next shot, his wig is full again.
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  • When SpongeBob gives Squidward the hair patty, the kitchen window narrows immensely.
  • During the movie scene, Scooter quickly goes from being a doorman to an audience member.
  • When the crowd chases after SpongeBob and Sandy, Tom's shirt is pink instead of purple.
  • In the scene where SpongeBob and Sandy walk in the fields, one can see that as they walk up toward the cliff, Sandy's tail isn't present anymore for the rest of the episode.
  • TV descriptions, and even the DVD for "Whale of a Birthday" state SpongeBob found a wig from the trash, but he never did.


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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Emmy Awards Cup Emmy

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

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