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Bubble Buddy
General
Season №: 2
Episode №: 23b
Airdate: November 16, 2000
Sister episode(s): Big Pink Loser
Credits
Guest(s): Corky Carroll as Grubby Grouper
Writer(s): Jay Lender
William Reiss
Doug Lawrence
Storyboard Artist(s): William Reiss
Chuck Klein
Storyboard: Jay Lender
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: Big Pink Loser
Next: Dying for Pie
List of episodes

Bubble Buddy is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob creates a bubble friend.

Characters

Synopsis

The narrator explains that sometimes every day was a holiday for SpongeBob, even if he had to make one up. SpongeBob then wakes up with a Viking costume on, and exclaims "Hey everybody! It's Leif Ericson Day! Hinga Dinga Durgen!". He then goes outside to play with his friends, but finds notes at the houses of Patrick, Sandy and Squidward notifying that they can't play. He decides to make a new buddy, and after several failed attempts, creates a humanoid, happiest bubble named Bubble Buddy. The two go to the Krusty Krab, where SpongeBob orders everything on the menu for Bubble Buddy. However, SpongeBob explains several specifications that Squidward has to adhere to in order to satisfy Bubble Buddy's alleged preferences (lactose intolerant, etc.), making him remake the patties several times. After the meal, Bubble Buddy pays in "bubble-money" (which pops, and is feign money) and leaves a tip of "bubble coins" which also pops, making Squidward and Mr. Krabs mad.

SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy then go to the Goo Lagoon, where they continue to cause trouble, even resulting in the demise of one fish. Eventually, the Bikini Bottomites become fed up with Bubble Buddy and begin to riot, even tipping over the lifeguard tower. Squidward steps in and blames SpongeBob and the bubble he has created, causing the mob to direct their efforts towards popping Bubble Buddy. They surround SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy, brandishing sewing needles. SpongeBob tries to inform the crowd that Bubble Buddy is uncomfortable around their pointy needles, but they tell him that they are done with Bubble Buddy. SpongeBob tries to escape by inflating Bubble Buddy, but he flies weakly back into the crowd's grasp. SpongeBob says Bubble Buddy is his special friend and tries to ask if they ever had a special friend. Although some do reveal that they do have a special friend, it isn't enough to change their mind. So they throw SpongeBob out of the way. Squidward begins to stab Bubble Buddy, but he suddenly comes to life and catches the needle before it reaches him, much to the shock of Squidward and the other crowd members. Bubble Buddy then tells SpongeBob that "things are getting a little weird around here", and leaves in a bubble taxi, flipping into the sky, wishing SpongeBob a Happy Leif Erikson Day. Everyone appears to be OK with Bubble Buddy leaving Bikini Bottom except Squidward who is still shocked at what happened. The rest of the crowd then leave to go on with their regular lives and SpongeBob happily cries that people grow up so fast before leaving in a flurry of bubbles. All but one of them pop, and Squidward greets it.

Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Surfin' Fun - Grahame Maclean, Barry Ryder [title card]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [opening]
  Salute to the King (c) - Paddy Kingsland ["Hey, everybody! It's Leif Ericsson Day!"]
  Hawaiian Trax - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [everyone's busy]
  The Land is Ours - Gregor F. Narholz ["Bubble Buddy!"]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [exterior of Krusty Krab]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob introduces Bubble Buddy to Squidward]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs pops out of cash register]
  Romeo & Juliet Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fiachra Trench [Krabs tattoos himself]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Squidward serves shampoo]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [one of everything]
  Carousel Ride - Derek Holt [carnival style]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [bubble money]
  Shock (c) - Dave Hewson [Squidward and Krabs furious]
  Surfin' Fun - Grahame Maclean, Barry Ryder [SpongeBob takes Bubble Buddy to Goo Lagoon]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["He kept us waiting for a bubble?"]
  Dangerous C - Mladen Franko ["He owes me money!"]
  Heavenly Voices (b) - David Farnon [Scooter's ghost floats up]
  Fight the Beast! - Gregor F. Narholz [attacking the lifeguard]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [everyone surrounding SpongeBob with needles]
  Thrill Ride - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob temporarily escapes]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer ["He's not just a bubble, he's a Bubble Buddy."]
  Fight the Beast! - Gregor F. Narholz ["Pop the bubble! Pop the bubble!..."]
  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [ending]

Release

Reception

  • "Bubble Buddy" was ranked #23 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.

Trivia

Timeline
Timecards
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  • The music heard during the episode's title card and opening credits was later used as theme music for the "Nicktoons Summer Beachhouse", which ran from the summer of 2002 and 2003.
  • Leif Erikson Day is actually a real holiday (October 9).
  • For some reason, Goo Lagoon is called Mussel Beach in this episode
  • There is a sequel to this episode called Bubble Buddy Returns. Bubble Buddy isn't seen much during that episode, though.
  • In this episode, Chuck Klein's name was spelled wrong in the credits with the I and E reversed.
  • Both this episode and it sequel end the same way Bubble Buddy gets inside a vehicle that floats away taxi in this one and a plane in Bubble Buddy Returns.
  • The troubles SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy caused were:
    • Giving Mr. Krabs bubble money.
    • Making Squidward provide excellent service.
    • Having Scooter die from the causes of a high tide.
    • Keeping the citizens waiting for Bubble Buddy to finish using the Port-o-Head.
    • Making Pearl cry because he washed the dirty mark from her flipper (while shaking hands) by Grubby Grouper.
    • Having the Bikini Bottomies think their butts were 'fat' (bubble butt).
  • Unlike most episodes, this episode shows that Squidward can actually make Krabby Patties correctly rather than burning them or making disgusting versions of them.
  • Squidward will soon continue to make great Krabby Patties in the episodes Breath of Fresh Squidward, The Good Krabby Name, and Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!.
  • When SpongeBob was looking at the menu for the Krusty Krab, one of the food mentioned was the "Quarter Ouncer Double Pounder." This may be a parody of McDonalds' burger the Double Quarter Pounder.
  • The first act of the episode, where SpongeBob attempts to tell everyone that Bubble Buddy is real, is similar to the popular children's book, Horton Hears a Who!.
  • In the middle of the episode, Scooter drowned in high tide. However, this is impossible because they are already at the bottom of the ocean.
  • If half of a bubble gets trapped in a door the bubble will just pop, but when Bubble Buddy's legs gets trapped in the Krusty Krab's doors he doesn't pop.

Cultural References

  • The line "He delivered a plague onto our houses" references a scene in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet where Mercutio says "I am hurt, A plague on both your houses!".

Errors

  • During the scene with the menu, the prices are gone.
  • When Bubble Buddy was in the bathroom, hundreds of fish were in line waiting. But when SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy leave, only about ten fish are in line.
  • When Francis says that SpongeBob kept them waiting for a bubble, there was a black whale in the line. But when Larry says that he called him fat, the whale was next to Larry.
  • Evelyn has sunglasses that repeatedly disappear and reappear throughout the episode.
  • When Squidward gave Bubble Buddy a Krabby Patty, there was no cheese inside it. When SpongeBob was about to look in the Krabby Patty, there was cheese inside it.
  • In Indonesia, Sandy's note is narrated by SpongeBob, instead Sandy herself.

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