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Season 1, Episode 2a (#4)
Air date July 17, 1999
Written by Ennio Torresan, Jr.
Erik Wiese
Stephen Hillenburg
Derek Drymon
Tim Hill
Episode guide
Tea at the Treedome
Ripped Pants

Bubblestand is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob starts a bubblestand.



SpongeBob walks outside to breathe in the peacefulness of the neighborhood. Suddenly, he loudly begins to build a bubblestand, much to the dismay of Squidward. At the stand, SpongeBob offers to teach how to blow bubbles for twenty-five cents. The noise disturbs Squidward, who demands SpongeBob to be quiet. Patrick comes out, comes to the stand, and asks to try it out. Patrick only buzzes his lips instead of blowing, failing to blow a bubble. SpongeBob offers to teach him for an extra quarter. SpongeBob shows how he blows bubbles with a peculiarly entertaining technique. When he shows Patrick he blows a duck bubble, an ice cube bubble, a caterpillar bubble, and a boat bubble.

Then, after all the bubbles pop SpongeBob then uses two hands to blow a bubble elephant, Patrick calls it a "giraffe", The elephant [or giraffe] flies into Squidward's window and pops inside the house causing an explosion. Squidward is enraged so he comes out and asks how they are just making so much noise just blowing bubbles. SpongeBob shows him the technique and he blows a butterfly bubble but Squidward angrily rejects SpongeBob's ideas and shoos SpongeBob and Patrick back into their houses in embarrassment. Squidward begins to blow a bubble out of curiosity, but SpongeBob and Patrick return to ask payment. Squidward then has to give them 25 cents for the bubble, but only reluctantly.

Squidward then attempts to impress them with his technique, but instead fails, with each bubble falling to the ground. While Squidward still attempts to blow a satisfactory bubble (and, as a result, spends more money with each bubble he blows), SpongeBob and Patrick try to convince Squidward to use the technique. Finally, Squidward, furiously (though without realizing it) copies their technique in an attempt to mock them. However, he blows an enormous bubble by screaming in anger. SpongeBob and Patrick then congratulate Squidward, saying that he is "amazing", and that his bubble was the best. Squidward thanks them sarcastically and leaves, walking back into his house. He begins to play his clarinet, with SpongeBob and Patrick chanting his name. However, the gigantic bubble floats and traps Squidward's house inside it, unearthing it, and sending it up in the air.

SpongeBob and Patrick try to warn Squidward, but Squidward thinks they're still chanting him and keeps playing, thinking he is "amazing". When he looks outside, he sees himself way way above the ground with SpongeBob and Patrick specks on the ground. The bubble then pops, which then shakes the ground, sending his house back to its original area, albeit with much force. SpongeBob and Patrick look at each other nervously and they retreat to their houses before Squidward could scold them.


Associated production music

The following is a list of music tracks used in the episode.


  • Clips from this episode appeared in the DVD version of the 2005 film, Zathura, while the main characters were fighting over what to watch on TV.
  • Footage from this episode appeared in the 2003 episode, "The Sponge Who Could Fly", in the "Remembering SpongeBob" sequence. (Technique part)
  • "Bring it around town" is featured in the game Delivery Dilemma at It is also used as a celebration dance when SpongeBob completes a tile puzzle in Revenge of the Flying Dutchman.
  • A clip from this episode appears in the first SpongeBob Burger King commercial.
  • The Technique part of this episode appeared in a 2012 Yosicle commercial.
  • Prince Paul wrote a song about this episode, which can be heard on The SpongeBob SquarePants Moviesoundtrack.
  • The ending of Squidward's clarinet solo is similar to the end of the Thankfulness song.
  • This is the first time Squidward plays his clarinet well. Near the end of this episode, Squidward plays a jazz song on his clarinet, and does it perfectly, making it one of the few times in the series where Squidward is able to actually play the clarinet. (Another example being SquidBob TentaclePants).
  • Squidward will be carried away in a bubble again in "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost". He will also be carried away in another bubble in "Rodeo Daze".
  • Judging by each instance of Squidward placing a quarter onto the stand, along with the sound of a coin clanking when the stand is not seen, Squidward spends at least thirteen quarters to blow bubbles. That adds up to three dollars and twenty-five cents. He also spends a chocolate quarter.
  • This is the first episode where Sandy doesn't appear after her debut in Tea at the Treedome.
  • The bubble-blowing technique includes references to "The Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • When Patrick is attempting to blow his bubble SpongeBob is watching from around the stand. However, when he is next seen, he is back behind it.
  • Dish Network lists this as the first episode of the series, although this is incorrect, as "Help Wanted", "Reef Blower", and "Tea at the Treedome" were the first episodes.
  • In this episode, the first time SpongeBob shows his "technique" to Squidward, he blows a butterfly-shaped bubble. Yet in Wormy, SpongeBob (and Patrick, one might add) is terrified of a butterfly, thinking it is a monster that ate Wormy. This episode could have happened after Wormy, and SpongeBob already knows that butterflies aren't monsters.
  • The music that Squidward plays on his clarinet would later be heard in Christmas Who, but on record player.