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The Battle of Bikini Bottom is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick battle over cleanliness.

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While at the Bikini Bottom Mall, SpongeBob and Patrick find shirts that say Best Friend with an arrow pointing. The arrow points to the side (indicating their best friend). However, when either of the them face a different direction, the arrow points elsewhere, thus "sending out the wrong signals." So, they decide to look for new friendship clothes. SpongeBob finds a group of citizens who were putting on an annual event, which was reenacting the historical Battle of Bikini Bottom. Spongebob and Patrick approach them and then Spongebob ask one of the soldiers where did him and his friends get their cool outfits. However, the fish stated that he didn't have friends and that he hates just about anyone here. Spongebob then hears about the Battle of Bikini Bottom. He is told that there were two factions, the clean, who spend all their time washing their hands and the dirty, who had better things to do then wash their hands. They then had a war over who is better. Patrick tells SpongeBob the tale wrong, saying that the dirty won, annoying the other fish, and making them walk away. Spongebob and Patrick begin to argue and then they get uniforms and start their own war. After many times of attacking each other, Spongebob gets dirtier while Patrick ends up cleaner. Patrick then picks his nose and chases Spongebob into the Krusty Krab. Spongebob runs by Mr. Krabs yelling that patrick is digging for gold, which he takes for real. Spongebob attacks Patrick with food until Patrick grabs 2 krabby patties and uses them for shoes. Angered, Spongebob fills up with fury making him blow up. Outside Spongebob swallows a soap bar while Patrick picks up a trash can and then they attack each other. The fish reenacting the battle come and see the 2 friends forgiving each other and tells them that it's not over until they have winner. Spongebob then explains to them to not remember events that divide them, but recall what brings them together. Then the guys who were doing the reenactment chose to something 'more manly': knitting cute sweaters.


  • Patrick has washed his hands in other episodes . He also showed to Squidward that his hands were clean in "Shanghaied". Thus indictating that this episode took place before those episodes.
  • It's shown SpongBob may want to physically hurt Patrick since when they were fighting in the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob looked at the knife before throwing the onions at Patrick
  • The Battle of Bikini Bottom could be a parody of the Revolutionary War, judging from the military uniforms.
  • This episode was set to premiere with "Banned in Bikini Bottom" but aired with "20,000 Patties Under the Sea" instead.
  • This is the second time Patrick is in garbage. The first being "Missing Identity".
  • SpongeBob said that Patrick didn't have a nose, but in "Opposite Day", he had a piece of coral for a nose to be Squidward, in "Survival of the Idiots", he had one made of snow, in "Wet Painters", he pulled a lot of hair from his nostril with the paintbrush, in "A Flea in Her Dome", he had Squidward's nose, and in "No Nose Knows", he had to have one (but that was a future episode).
  • Patrick, has brushed his teeth as seen in some episodes, like "Dumped", "Rise and Shine ", and "Stuck in the Wringer " (a future episode).
  • It is possible that Patrick could smell without a nose in this episode, because he said that he happens to like his various smells and germs, and he didn't grow his nose yet.
  • This is the second time Patrick gets a pedicure. The first being "Good Neighbors".
  • A scene from this episode was shown in a Raving Rabids:TV Party commercial.
  • The soap that SpongeBob raises in the air is like the soap in the movie Fight Club. His pose is reminiscent of Brad Pitt holding the soap on the cover.
  • In the "Krusty Krab Training Video" episode, the narrator mentions a war that occured some time ago. The Battle of Bikini Bottom might have occured during this war.
  • In "Sand Castles in the Sand", SpongeBob and Patrick also have a war, but with wepaons made out of sand.
  • Second episode to have the title on a pirate map. First was "Arrgh!".
  • After Spongebob pedicured Patrick, the chair and bucket of water in the background is gone.
  • Spongebob also painted Patrick's toe nails red. After he turns to Spongebob and says "You sick little Montser!' and "Feast my morning breath!". the red nail polish is gone.
  • Spongebob "took" Patrick's nose, but later on during the booger scene, Spongebob says,"You don't even have a nose."
  • The closeup of Spongebob's teeth was featured in the Spongebob game, Cavity Crisis.
  • In the flashback, the person who represented the dirty in the bathroom looked and sounded just like Patrick. he may either be an ancestor of Patrick, or a good enough person to show how dirty they were.
  • In this episode, it shows that Patrick's eyes are navy blue. Although, in "Wormy", his eyes are green, and in "Oral Report", they are jade. It is possible that his eye color varies between episodes, like his stupidity, as revealed by Patrick in "Tentacle-Vision".
  • This is the third time SpongeBob turned into a puddle. the first was "Prehibernation Week" and the second was "Ghost Host".
  • The name of this episode can be easily mistaken for "Battle for Bikini Bottom", a SpongeBob video game from 2003.
  • For some reason Patrick has nails in this episode.
  • Caption Error: When Patrick says "Hopping... CLAAAAAMS!", captions say HOPPING... CRABS.
  • The title card is an old board with gunshot holes in it, probably referencing to the word "battle" used in the title.

APM Music Identification

  • Fife and Drum March - Title card
  • Shoppers World - The opening, at the mall
  • Colonial March - "You mean like those guys?"; "I am joining the other side!"
  • We Shall Return! 2 - Patrick describes the history of Bikini Bottom.
  • The Jitters - SpongeBob shows Patrick deodorant spray.
  • Hawaiian Link (b) - "My beautiful pit's gone!"
  • Drama Link (d) - Patrick picks his nose.
  • Inferno - Patrick chases SpongeBob; SpongeBob throws onions at Patrick.
  • Royal Wedding - SpongeBob makes a speech.