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Big Pink Loser
Season №: 2
Episode №: 23a
Airdate: November 16, 2000
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Bubble Buddy"
Writer(s): Jay Lender
William Reiss
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): William Reiss
Storyboard: Jay Lender
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Bossy Boots"
Next: "Bubble Buddy"
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"Big Pink Loser" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, envious of SpongeBob's numerous awards, Patrick works at the Krusty Krab in an attempt to get his own award.



As Patrick wakes up, a mailfish gives him a package. Curious, he then opens it, and finds a trophy inside. Excited, he starts showing everyone that he has a trophy (even the jellyfish and Bikini Atoll). He shows SpongeBob, who then realizes that the trophy is actually for him. Patrick is disappointed, even more so when he sees the contents of SpongeBob's special award closet. SpongeBob tries to help him find a way to win an award, and eventually Patrick decides to get a job at the Krusty Krab.

First Patrick has to deliver some food to a customer; however, he keeps eating the customer's order, so SpongeBob gives him an explanation on how to do it right. Then he starts answering the phone, but ends up getting really angry when he thinks everyone is calling him the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob tells him that's the name of the restaurant, leaving Patrick ashamed. His next task is to sweep the floor near table 3. Patrick states he can't do anything right, but SpongeBob assures him that he'll do fine. Unfortunately, he sweeps the floor with the top part of the broom. Suddenly, a delivery man comes in, saying he has a load of awards for SpongeBob SquarePants. Patrick is so angry that he hits the floor with the broom making dust fly everywhere, as well as making everyone cough. SpongeBob then pushes Patrick into the kitchen.

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Patrick attempting to fry-cook like SpongeBob

SpongeBob presents him with the extremely basic task of opening a jar. But Patrick keeps taking out the wrong thing, putting the jar in his mouth, and placing his hand wrong. SpongeBob tells him to do it exactly as he does, which gives Patrick an idea. He opens the jar, then bursts into tears, thinking that he broke it. SpongeBob shouts out that Patrick succeeded in opening the jar, and he and SpongeBob begin celebrating.

The next day, Patrick starts copying SpongeBob at work in hope of achieving the same success as his friend. When SpongeBob realizes this, he attempts to make him stop, but is unsuccessful until he dresses up as Patrick, which makes Patrick realize the error of his ways, and that he is a loser in every sense of the word. However, Patrick is then suddenly given an award for "doing absolutely nothing longer than anyone else." He then goes back under his rock to "protect (his) title" as the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Aloha - Dick Stephen Walter [opening]
  Orchestral Effect (f) - Dick Stephen Walter ["An award?"]
  Announcing the Top - Gregor F. Narholz ["Look, rock, I got an award!"]
  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [the award's really SpongeBob's]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [Patrick cries]
  Heroes Win 10 - Gregor F. Narholz ["I want to defeat the giant monkey man and save the ninth dimension!"]
  Dapper Don - Frank Chacksfield [Patrick working at the Krusty Krab as a phone answerer]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Fish paste!"]
  Dreamy Hawaii - Terry Day [sweeping]
  Killer Birds - Gregor F. Narholz [Patrick getting angry]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob showing Patrick how to open a jar]
  Caesar's Entry - Gregor F. Narholz [they celebrate]
  Grass Skirts Blowing - Jan Rap ["That was great, Patrick!"]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick dressed like SpongeBob]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [Patrick copying SpongeBob]
  Hen Pecker - The Surfdusters [they scream and run]
  Rocket Sled to Oahu - The Mel-Tones [SpongeBob closes Pineapple door]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob dressed like Patrick]
  Moloka'i Nui (a) - Kapono Beamer [ending]



  • As of August 14, 2015, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.9/10 based on 266 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.9/10 based on 176 votes.[2]
  • "Big Pink Loser" was ranked #13 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • This is the first time Patrick mimics SpongeBob. The second is "Patrick SmartPants," the third is "The Card" and the fourth is "Porous Pockets" but he just mimicked SpongeBob's lip moving.
  • This is the first time Patrick pulls one of SpongeBob's arms off. The second time is in "Sing a Song of Patrick."
  • This is the second time the Krusty Krab appears without Mr. Krabs. The first being "SB-129."
  • This is the second time Patrick got a job at the Krusty Krab and later was fired or just quit. The first was in "Arrgh!" (though, it was only for about five seconds).
  • This is the second time a phone appears at the cash register in the Krusty Krab. The first time was in "Pizza Delivery."
  • This is one of the few episodes to have the French Narrator speaking at the end. Another example is "Frankendoodle."
  • The title card background is similar to "The Algae's Always Greener."
  • Reportedly, on the episode's first airing, the title card music was abusively low-pitched, but was switched back to the song's proper pitch on later airings. You can hear the original title card music pitch in this link.
  • In some versions, at the beginning of the episode, the audio sound of the parcel being shoved into Patrick's mouth is heard before the mailman actually shoves it into his mouth.
  • There is a book based on this episode titled "And the Winner Is..."
  • Though this is a Season 2 episode, Patrick has his M-shaped eyebrows from the first season, instead of his new and recognizable Z-shaped eyebrows.
    • On The Complete 2nd Season Audio Commentary for this episode, it's mentioned by one of the people in the commentary that this episode was made around the time when Patrick's eyebrows were not fully colored in yet.
  • The scene where SpongeBob helps Patrick open the jar was used on Nicktoons as a "Rockin' Nicktoon Moment."
  • When Patrick finally takes the lid off a jar, he thinks he broke it even though he didn't. However, a few seconds later, Patrick actually does break the jar when he throws it into the floor and calls it a "touchdown."
  • The song SpongeBob and Patrick were whistling while frying Krabby Patties was "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
  • In the Indonesian version, when Patrick gets the award, the word "award" from the truckman is translated into "Trophy," not "Penghargaan" (Indonesian word for Award).
  • The scene where Patrick says "NO! THIS IS PATRICK!!" has became a popular internet meme.
  • Patrick mentions the episode title when he says "What's so great about being a Big Pink Loser?"


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Example of one of the incorrect captions.

  • The subtitles for this episode are incorrect at times, such as "And make sure the food gets to the customer" being shown as "and be sure the tray gets to the customer.," and when SpongeBob says to Patrick "No, you have to bring the tray to the customer.," the subtitles say "custom."
    • Another example is that at some point, in the Krusty Krab kitchen, closed-captions say "hold" instead of "cold."
  • When Patrick throws the broom on the ground in the kitchen, it disappears after he opens the jar.
  • When Patrick copies SpongeBob in the kitchen, they "drop" their spatulas. Afterwards, SpongeBob and Patrick point to each other, but the spatulas are nowhere to be seen.
  • When SpongeBob says "No, don't, That's my--" For a split second, you can see he has no buck teeth. They appear for a split second again.
  • When Patrick goes to Jellyfish Fields to show the jellyfish his award, he gets shocked. While he's being shocked there is a visible pink star at the upper right corner of the screen.
  • BigPinkLosserErrorTable

    The Table appears by itself!

    When SpongeBob is getting smaller, there's nothing behind them, but when Patrick takes him there's a table behind him.
  • When Patrick jumps out of the water to show his award to Bikini Atoll, he quickly begins suffocating. However, in "Pressure," "Rodeo Daze," The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, he shows no signs of suffocating.
  • When SpongeBob's nose pops back out when he is pretending to be Patrick, his buck teeth aren't shown when he is frowning. However, in the next scene, he still has the same frown and his teeth are now visible.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick enter the kitchen so Patrick can open a jar, a small table is seen to the left of the stove, when there is usually nothing there.
  • When SpongeBob sees the trophy is really for him, his right buck tooth is missing.
  • When Patrick is answering the phone in the Krusty Krab, the third caller asks "Is this The Krusty Krab?" and Patrick shouts "NO!," the symbol on the Krusty Krab Employee Hat disappears for a second and then reappears.


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