Squidward gets a call from his high school classmate, Squilliam Fancyson, who is very successful, and has also succeeded in everything that Squidward failed in, like music. He asks Squidward for his band to substitute for his own at the Bubble Bowl, believing (correctly) that he does not have one, However, Squidward denies that he doesn't have a band and accepts the offer. He assembles a large marching band, comprised of various Bikini Bottomites, including all the other main characters.
During their one week of training, the band performs consistently badly and fails to improve at all. This Includes the Drummers blowing the sticks pinning Squidward to the wall since the others that played first required blowing and Patrick and Sandy get in a fight when he kicks Sandy, as a result he gets a trombone stuck up him. (He thought the figure of speech 'Start kicking' meant to kick someone).
On day two, while practicing a march, two flag twirlers are killed when they fly into the air and crash into a blimp, as result of them spinning too fast, at Squidward's demand. They all begin to mourn and play Taps, except for Squidward, who just disappointed curls up. On the third day, Plankton plays his harmonica, but becomes exhausted from having to run from one place to another since he is very tiny and collapses. On the last day of practice, Squidward says if everyone plays loud they'll be good but instead they play so bad Squidward changes the idea of loud to quiet. A heckler gets upset when he is accused of bad playing then Mr. Krabs gets in the idea and everyone gets into a huge brawl smashing the instruments and hurting people offensively, causing the band to break up. At this time, a grieving Squidward expresses his disappointment in all of them and goes home to grieve over his failure. However, SpongeBob convinces them to go through with the performance for Squidward's sake. He says that if Squidward were someone who did something they'd never forget then maybe they should do something for him. So he takes command of their training.
On the day of the concert, Squilliam shows up to see Squidward's failure, and he claims that his band died in a marching accident. However, Squidward's band shows up and he is forced to go through with the performance. They enter a large glass dome, which rises up and takes them to a live-action football field for a team called the Showboats, complete with human fans. Squidward turns his head away from the band before they begin, assuming that the performance will be a disaster, but the band is tremendously successful, playing a rock ballad of Sweet Victory. Squilliam goes into a state of shock and faints from a heart attack, leaving Squidward to celebrate his "Sweet Victory".
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Here Comes the Band! (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [title card] • ? - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["Squilliam Fancyson from band class?"] ‣Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["I hear you're playing the cash register now."] ‣On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [everyone reading Squidward's flyer] • ? - Brad Carow, Nicolas Carr, Robert Lee Faust, Ira Nepus [band playing] ‣Taps - ? [played after explosion] ‣Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["What did you say, punk?"] ‣Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["You took my one chance at happiness and crushed it."] ‣Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["What kind of monsters are we?"] ‣Whisper from the Past - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's pep talk] ‣Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [Bubble Bowl] ‣Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward sees Squilliam] ‣Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["I just wanted to watch you blow it."] ‣Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer ["That would be my band!"] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Squilliam laughs] ‣Gala A - Dieter Reith [live-action football field] ‣Send them Victorious (b) - Graham De Wilde [fanfare] •Sweet Victory - David Eisley, Bob Kulick [ending]
Band Geeks is one of the most acclaimed episodes of the series, frequently being ranked highly on episode ranking lists, and is considered by many fans to be the best episode ever.
"Band Geeks" was ranked #38 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
This episode aired on September 7, 2001, 4 days before 9/11.
The flyer for Squidward's band says:
Looking to add fulfillment to your dull, dull life? Then become a part of the greatest musical sensation ever to hit Bikini Bottom and be forever adored by thousands of people you don't know. Not to mention - free refreshments! Practice begins tonight, 8:30 sharp.
The ending is similar to the movie; someone happy jumps in the air and screen freezes.
During the Nicktoons Superstuffed Weekend during Thanksgiving 2007, the song "Sweet Victory" was named as the #1 Nicktoon moment of all time.
The Bubble Bowl "real life" crowd is footage from a USFL Memphis Showboats vs. Tampa Bay Bandits game.
This episode came packaged in a PVD in black and white with the VideoNow personal video player by Hasbro. The episode was later released in color with The Secret Box.
When Patrick says "Is mayonnaise a instrument?" it has become popular over the internet with Patrick saying something else besides mayonnaise. Another scene in this episode that became famous is when a fish made fun of Mr. Krabs and his 'Big Meaty Claws'.
Squilliam mentions "Ibuprofen", a common over-the-counter pain reliever.
In Bahasa Indonesia version of this title, Patrick doesn't ask about mayonnaise to Squidward. Instead, he asks "Is landmine an instrument?".
SpongeBob's drum is similar to a Taiko Drum, only smaller.
On the internet, for some reason, it's not really easy to find the video of them singing Sweet Victory. Some videos on the internet will have the title of the song and when clicked on, give a rickroll, a famous meme on YouTube and the internet
It is, however, popular on YouTube to post the scene and replace Sweet Victory with a different song (such as Journey's Don't Stop Believin').
In the Latin American Spanish version the title card is called: "Squidward's Band Geek".
The Bubble Bowl might be a parody of The Super Bowl
SpongeBob dancing with his 'eager face' has been used in a lot of videos on YouTube.
In some versions, the final playing scene has been cut for time reasons.
On Nick.com's official SpongeBob site, the episode video description states that Squidward only has minutes to put together a band for the Bubble Bowl, yet the band actually has four days to train. It might be referring to the length of the episode.
In the Japanese version of this episode, the French narrator and the announcer in the stadium are not heard.
In Latin America, during the day one training, the line where Spongebob interferes Squidward after he asks people to stand in rows of five saying "This is the part where we start kicking", Squidward's response was changed. In English, he replies "No Bob, that's a chorus line" (Which in Spanish would translate to "No Bob, esa una linea de coro"), while in the Latin American version, he replies "No Bob, you think this is Karate?" (Which in Spanish translates to "No Bob, ¿crees que esto es Karate?"). This change could've been made in order to not confuse young viewers, since it's likely that most of them, if not all, do not have any sort of music compositional knowledge. However, this is countered by the fact that in the Latin American version, while asking the drum grupe to repeat the line from his clarinet, instead of saying "Drums" ("Bateria" in Spanish), he says "Percussion" ("Percusion" in Spanish), which is a far less common denomination of the instrument.
This is one of the only (if not only) episode to have a major plot hole.
Part of Pearl's skirt is gone when SpongeBob talks to Evelyn and Larry, but reappers in the next scene, and then disappears again.
During the band's performance of "Sweet Victory" when the main cast (minus Mrs. Puff and Plankton) is shown, Mr. Krabs is playing a purple keytar, but during the panning the keytar is green.
During the full band scene, all of the main cast moves in some way but Mr. Krabs doesn't move at all.
When everyone in the room is talking, SpongeBob and Patrick are sitting next to each other. However, when Patrick asks if mayonnaise is an instrument, he is sitting next to Sandy.
Throughout the scenes of the rehearsals, the characters constantly change instruments.
During multiple scenes in which the screen shakes, when televised, it was surrounded by either a brown or blue border.
When Squidward says that he really expected better of them, Nancy's skin was green instead of pink.
When everyone says blah blahs, they all say it normally, but captions put musical notes in it.
The entire reason that Squidward has a band is because Squilliam couldn't make it. But, he shows up anyway meaning he could make it. So, Squidward didn't have to make a band.
During the song, when SpongeBob is pointing and Sandy is in the Background, SpongeBob is wearing a ring.