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Bubble Buddy Returns
Season №: 8
Episode №: 167b
Airdate: November 25, 2011 (USA)
May 21, 2012 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Marc Ceccarelli
Doug Lawrence
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Marc Ceccarelli
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom"
Next: "Restraining SpongeBob"
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"Bubble Buddy Returns" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, SpongeBob attempts to keep Bubble Buddy's son out of danger.



The episode begins with a bubble with a letter inside flying to SpongeBob's House while causing mischievous antics around town. It finally flies into SpongeBob's kitchen, who is enjoying a bowl of Kelpo cereal with Gary. SpongeBob opens the letter, which is from his old friend, Bubble Buddy, asking him to babysit his son, Shiny. Shiny appears out of the bubble holding the letter. SpongeBob introduces himself and takes Shiny to meet Squidward. Unfortunately, Shiny causes mayhem in Squidward's house and SpongeBob cannot find him. Shiny keeps flying in Squidward's house and destroying furniture. SpongeBob is being careful so Shiny will not pop from all the sharp objects in Squidward's house.

Eventually, SpongeBob catches him and takes Shiny to the Krusty Krab. Then, he goes into Mr. Krabs' office and flies everywhere around him. Mr. Krabs is shiny and clean from the bubble soap and tells SpongeBob to let Shiny play in the dirty dishes. Then, while SpongeBob is cooking Krabby Patties, Shiny once again gets into mischief by sliding around, and making the Krusty Krab floors slippery. All the customers keep slipping, so Mr. Krabs kicks them out. Then, Shiny flies into the city and gets into lots of trouble.
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SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy's reunion.

He goes into the Bikini Bottom Pin Factory, Bikini Bottom Scissor Works, and the Pitchfork Pantry. Then, SpongeBob decides to go to the Bikini Bottom Pillow Foundry and he finds out that it is a dangerous place too. When they get home, he feeds Shiny a hot dog. But then he pops, and SpongeBob has the bubble soap to repair him. Finally, when he blows another Shiny, he grows two heads. Then, Bubble Buddy comes to his house to pick up Shiny. SpongeBob begins to apologize about Shiny, but Bubble Buddy says that it was okay, because sometimes, it had happened to Shiny. Then, he traps Shiny into a bottle of bubble soap. As they are leaving on a bubble plane, Shiny is normal again, blowing a raspberry out from the bottle and they go into the plane and fly away.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Aloha Bikini Bottom - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Kalua Jubilee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [opening]
  Darting Around - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob reads Bubble Buddy's letter]
  Cocksure Capers - Phil Green [Little Shiny appears]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["I can't wait for all my friends to meet you."]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (l) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's house ruined]
  Unknown Track 36 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Shiny floats into a cupboard]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (f) - Jeremy Wakefield ["No, guess not."]
  Tragic Bridge 4 - Phil Green ["There he is!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [glass menagerie breaks]
  Dramatic Bridge 4 - Phil Green [Shiny floats toward the ceiling fan]
  Tragic Situation - Phil Green ["He's headed for that open window!"]
  Tipsy Turvy - Phil Green ["It looks like Shiny wants to be an artist."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (t) - Jeremy Wakefield [paint comes off]
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [customers slipping on soap]
  The Donut Dilemma - Nicolas Carr ["That's okay, Shiny."]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero [Shiny disappears]
  Buccaneers [#91] - Harry Bluestone [Shiny floats toward the city]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero ["Shiny, where are you?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob is run over]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["That was a close one."]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [pin factory]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (o) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob deflates]
  Crazy Mind - Harry Lubin [scissor works]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob falls apart]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [pitchfork pantry]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["Aaah, ow."]
  The Donut Dilemma - Nicolas Carr ["How many times do I gotta tell you?"]
  Rock-a-Bye Baby - pillow foundry
  Working Machines - Gerhard Trede [stock footage of steel foundry]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Here we are, home safe home."]
  Death and Destruction 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Shiny pops]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Shiny grows a second head]
  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



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  • This episode's title card is the same as "Bubble Buddy," except for one difference that is having the word "Returns" added to it and the words Bubble Buddy are squished up more.
  • This is the first time a title card was reused outside of the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy series.
  • Despite Bubble Buddy's name in the title, he rarely appears in the episode.
  • This is Bubble Buddy's second appearance in an episode after 11 years.
  • This is the last episode of 2011.
  • It is revealed that Nancy wears a wig.
  • In the letter from Bubble Buddy, it says "We don't want him to go pop like his late Uncle Raymond." This is the first mention of any relatives of Bubble Buddy. It's possible that Raymond is Shiny's maternal uncle because SpongeBob might not remember creating Raymond from bubble blowing.
  • Figuratively speaking, Shiny Bubble is SpongeBob's grandson because SpongeBob created Bubble Buddy and Shiny is Bubble Buddy's son.
  • Running Gag: Shiny floating into different sharp objects and factories, but doesn't pop while SpongeBob, who is trying to save him, ends up getting hurt.
  • Mr. Krabs makes a reference to Bubble Buddy's visit in "the episode of the same name" and him not paying.
  • Mr. Krabs was able to remember that Bubble Buddy still owes him money from him.
  • SpongeBob says one of the games that him and Shiny could play is the "let's do nothing at all" game and claims that Patrick is really good at that one. It may be a reference to "Big Pink Loser" when Patrick wins a trophy for doing absolutely nothing longer than anyone else which would make sense why he is good at the "let's do nothing at all" game.
  • As seen in other episodes, bubbles in the SpongeBob SquarePants universe have properties more similar to inflated balloons than bubbles. For example, when Shiny was caught in the blades of Squidward's fan, he wasn't popped. Instead, he spun around them, the way a helium-filled balloon would if caught in the same situation.
  • Shiny showed no mouth signs of life until the end, just like his father in "Bubble Buddy."
  • In "Bubble Buddy," Bubble Buddy drives an automobile home. In this episode, he rides an airplane home, stating he must have moved further away.
  • This episode premiered five years after "That's No Lady" premiered.
  • This is the final episode of the series with the 2002 Paramount logo.
  • In Germany, the episode has two title cards.
  • This episode is the second time the title ends in "Returns," first being "Squilliam Returns."

Cultural References


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Gary error in "Bubble Buddy Returns."

  • After SpongeBob reads the letter from Bubble Buddy, the spots on Gary's shell swap colors. The same error occurs in the episode "Planet of the Jellyfish." and in the episode "Treats!".
  • When Shiny erases the mustache from Squidward's painting, no ink is seen on his torso; and the mustache could not be erased without touching the nose.
  • When SpongeBob and Shiny walk out of the pitchfork factory, SpongeBob has a pitchfork in his head. In the next scene, it is gone.
  • When Dinosaur Bubble appears, one of SpongeBob's sleeves are missing.
  • In Indonesian dubbing, the dubber made mistake by mispronounced Shiny as "Saini," not "Syaini."

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