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Bubble Buddy Returns
Season 8, Episode 167b
Bubble Buddy Returns
Air date November 25, 2011
Written by Luke Brookshier
Marc Ceccarelli
Mr. Lawrence
Episode guide
The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom
Restraining SpongeBob

Bubble Buddy Returns is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, SpongeBob needs to watch Bubble Buddy's son, Shiny.



The episode begins with a bubble with a letter inside flying to SpongeBob's house while causing mischievous antics. It finally flies into SpongeBob's kitchen, who is enjoying a bowl of Kelpo cereal with Gary. SpongeBob opens the letter, which is from his old friend Bubble Buddy asking him to babysit his son Shiny. Shiny appears out of the bubble holding the letter SpongeBob introduces himself and takes Shiny to meet Squidward. Unfortunately, Shiny caused mayhem in Squidward's house and SpongeBob couldn't find him. Shiny kept flying again in Squidward's house and destroying furniture. Eventually SpongeBob catches him and takes Shiny to The Krusty Krab. Then he went into Mr. Krabs's office and flew everywhere around him. Mr. Krabs was shiny and clean from the bubble soap and told SpongeBob to let Shiny play in the dirty dishes. Then while SpongeBob was cooking Krabby Patties, Shiny once again gets into mischief by sliding around, making the Krusty Krab floors slippery. All the customers kept slipping, Mr. Krabs kicked them out. Then Shiny flew into the city and got into lots of trouble. He went into the pin factory, the scissor works, and he went into the pitchfork pantry. Then SpongeBob decided to go to the pillow pantry and he found out that was a dangerous place too. When they got home, he fed Shiny a hot dog. But then he popped, and SpongeBob had the bubble soap to repair him. Finally when he blew another Shiny, he grew two heads. Then Bubble Buddy came to his house to pick up Shiny.

SpongeBob begins to apologize about Shiny, but Bubble Buddy says that it was okay, because sometimes it had happen to Shiny. Then he traps Shiny into a bottle of bubble soap. As they were leaving on a plane Shiny is normal again blowing a raspberry out from the bottle and they went into the plane and flew away.


  • This is the first time the title card was reused outside of the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy series. The only difference is that the word "Returns" was added to it.
  • This is the final episode of the series with the 2002 Paramount_Pictures logo.
  • This is the last episode of 2011.
  • This is the second appearance of Bubble Buddy, eleven years, one week, and two days after his debut in the Season 2 episode, Bubble Buddy.
  • This is the second time an episode makes a reference to a past episode, Mr. Krabs evens remembers the money he owned him. First was in Whelk Attack which made a reference to Suds.
  • The bubble plane was first on the ground, but was lifted into the sky. The same thing happens to the taxi at the end of the episode Bubble Buddy.
  • Shiny showed no signs of life until the end, just like his father in Bubble Buddy.
  • In the letter from Bubble Buddy, it says "We don't want him to go pop like his late Uncle Raymond". This is the first mention of any relatives of Bubble Buddy. It's possible that Raymond is Shiny's maternal uncle because SpongeBob might not remember creating Raymond.
  • The title card music is the same as "A Day Without Tears", "You Don't Know Sponge", and "Patrick's Staycation".
  • It is revealed that Nancy wears a wig.
  • Squidward painted his self-portrait to resemble Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • As seen in other episodes, bubbles in SpongeBob SquarePants (series) universe have properties more similar to inflated balloons than bubbles. For example, when Shiny was caught in the blades of Squidward's fan, he wasn't popped. Instead, he spun around them, the way a helium-filled balloon would if caught in the same situation.
  • Figuratively speaking, Shiny is SpongeBob's grandson because SpongeBob created Bubble Buddy and Shiny is Bubble Buddy's son.
  • Running Gag: Shiny floating into different sharp objects and factories and SpongeBob getting hurt.
  • When SpongeBob gets poked by the bubble and shows pain, it once again portrays his weakness.
  • In Bubble Buddy, Bubble Buddy drives an automobile home. In this episode, he rides an airplane home, stating he must have moved further away.
  • Despite Bubble Buddy's name in the title, he rarely appears in the episode.
  • This is the first time Gary's shell is wrongly colored. The second is Planet of the Jellyfish. The third is Treats!
  • SpongeBob thought that Squidward wasn't home even though he just went inside.
  • After SpongeBob reads the letter from Bubble Buddy, the spots on Gary's shell swap colors.
  • When Shiny erases the moustache from Squidward's painting, no ink is seen on his torso; and the moustache could not be erased without touching the nose.
  • When SpongeBob and Shiny walk out of the pitchfork factory, SpongeBob has a pitchfork in his head. In the next scene, it is gone.
  • This episode if similar to Stanley S. SquarePants, the difference is Shiny is returned to Bubble Buddy while Stanley doesn't returned to his father.