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Band Geeks
Season №: 2
Episode №: 35b
Airdate: September 7, 2001
Sister episode(s): "The Secret Box"
Guest(s): David Glen Eisley as musical preformer of Sweet Victory
Writer(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Aaron Springer
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Main: Aaron Springer
Animation: Frank Weiss
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "The Secret Box"
Next: "Graveyard Shift"
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"Band Geeks" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward creates a band.



Squidward is playing his clarinet awfully and someone arrives at his door. He goes to answer the door and a doctor is there who thinks he has a dying animal on the premises. Squidward does not care about this and then gets a call from his high school classmate, Squilliam Fancyson, who is very successful, and has succeeded in everything that Squidward failed in (e.g. music). He smugly asks Squidward for his band to substitute for his own at the Bubble Bowl (with Squidward amazed that he is playing there), believing (correctly) that he does not have one; however, Squidward denies that he does not 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 is stuck up a trombone (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, because of them spinning too fast, at Squidward's demand. They all begin to mourn and play Taps, except for Squidward, who just curls up, disappointed. 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 from exhaustion. On the last day of practice, Squidward says if everyone plays loud, they will be good, but instead they play so bad Squidward changes the idea of loud to really quiet. A heckler gets upset, saying "We wouldn't sound so bad if some of us didn't try play with big, meaty, claws!" and then he insults Mr. Krabs, 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 would never forget then maybe they should do something for him. Therefore, he takes command of their training.

On the day of the concert, Squilliam shows up at the Bubble Bowl 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 David Glen Eisley's "Sweet Victory." Squilliam goes into a state of shock and faints from a heart attack and gets taken away by paramedics, 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!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squilliam laughs]
  Gala (a) - Dieter Reith [live-action football field]
  Send them Victorious (b) - Graham De Wilde [fanfare]
  Sweet Victory 1 - David Eisley, Bob Kulick [ending]



Squid tries to "inspire" Bikini Bottom's doofy denizens into being a tight marching band – but it's like herding kittens. "Sweet Victory" is like the worst Night Ranger – type power ballad in history.

  • This episode is ranked the highest episode on IMDB.
  • As of June 11, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 9.7/10 based on 740 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 9.2/10 based on 318 votes.[2]
  • "Band Geeks" was ranked #38 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • Day Two
  • Day Three
  • Day Four
  • According to The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, David Archuleta rated this episode as his favorite.
  • In Croatian dub, the episode name is "Kalamarkov Bend" or "Squidward's Band."
  • 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 1st movie: someone happy jumps in the air and screen freezes.
  • The Bubble Bowl "real life" crowd is footage used from a USFL Memphis Showboats vs. Tampa Bay Bandits game.
  • During Day Two when the band is marching down the street, they are actually doing a rendition of Semper Fidelis, regarded as the official marching song of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • 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."
  • On the "Day 3" time card, the background is the same as the "I Was a Teenage Gary" title card.
  • In the Latin American Spanish version the title card is called: "Squidward's Band Geek."
  • SpongeBob's eager face was used in the online game "Reef Rumble."
    • SpongeBob's eager face is also a famous internet meme.
  • Patrick's line from this episode, "Is mayonnaise an instrument?" has become a famous internet meme.
    • This also applies to Harold's line "Big, meaty, claws!"
  • Several clips of this episode have been used in various old SpongeBob music videos on YouTube.
  • On's official SpongeBob site, the original episode video description stated 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 "Is this the part where we start kicking?" Squidward's response was changed. In English, he replies "No SpongeBob, that's a chorus line" (Which in Spanish would translate to "No SpongeBob, esa es una linea de coro"), while in the Latin American version, he replies "No SpongeBob, you think this is Karate?" (Which in Spanish translates to "No SpongeBob, ¿crees que esto es Karate?"). This change could have been made in order to not confuse young viewers, since it is likely that most of them 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 group to repeat the line from his clarinet, instead of saying "Drums" ("Tambores" in Spanish), he says "Percussion" ("Percusion" in Spanish), which is a far less common denomination of the instrument.
  • This is one of the only episodes to have a major plot hole.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Kapela Skalmara" (Squidward's Band).
  • During the song, when SpongeBob is pointing and Sandy is in the background, SpongeBob is wearing a ring that looks like the friendship ring from this episode's sister episode, "The Secret Box."
  • This episode and "The Secret Box," were the last to air before the 9/11 attacks, which occured just 4 days after this episode aired.
  • Running Gag: Patrick kicking Sandy making her beat up Patrick with a trombone first and then a trumpet.
  • All of the main characters appear in this episode except Gary the Snail.
  • This episode takes place before or after season 1's "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" because in that episode SpongeBob tries to play a string bass.

Cultural references

  • The Bubble Bowl is a parody of The Super Bowl.


  • Part of Pearl's skirt is gone when SpongeBob talks to Evelyn and Larry, but reappears 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 and when he says "Kicking!? I want to do some kicking!," he is sitting next to Sandy.
    • Then, after getting beaten by Sandy, Patrick returns to a third seat.
  • Throughout the scenes of the rehearsals, the characters constantly change instruments.
  • During multiple scenes in which the screen shakes, when televised, it is surrounded by either a brown or blue border. This error also occurs in "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" and "The Secret Box."
  • 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 the closed captions show musical notes for this part, as if they were singing.
  • The entire reason that Squidward has a band is because Squilliam could not make it. However, he shows up anyway meaning he could make it. So, Squidward did not have to make a band.
    • It is possible, if not likely, that Squilliam lied just to publicly humiliate Squidward.
  • Patrick's trombone has valves on it, a feature uniquely absent from trombones.
  • When Squidward says "That's his eager face," his mouth is somewhat out of sync with the animation.
  • When the band is shown turning from above, Pearl's nose is unreasonably big and covers several people.
  • When Squidward asks Plankton how the harmonica solo is going, the harmonica is not on the chair. A second later, it is on the chair.
  • The saxophone is a woodwind instrument, but when Squidward tells the brass section to play, Harold can be seen playing a saxophone.
  • When Squidward tells the woodwind section to play, one of the players is playing a brass instrument.
  • When it is day four, the seats are missing.
    • Squidward may have moved the chairs between the end of day three and the beginning of day four.
  • In the shot where Mr. Krabs asks, "When do we get the free food?," Sandy is sitting next to him. Two seats behind Mr. Krabs is Frank. Part of him is shown, but the part that should be shown in Sandy's helmet is not there. It is not a trick with lighting because the part of Fred, who is sitting behind Mr. Krabs, that is in Sandy's helmet is shown.


"I was just looking for the sports channel, Gary."

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