SpongeBob walks outside to breathe in the peacefulness of the neighborhood. Suddenly, he loudly begins to build a bubblestand, much to the dismay and annoyance of Squidward. At the stand, SpongeBob offers to teach how to blow bubbles for twenty-five cents. The noise disturbs Squidward, who demands SpongeBob to be quiet. Patrick comes out, comes to the stand, and asks to try it out. Patrick only buzzes his lips instead of blowing, failing to blow a bubble. SpongeBob offers to teach him for an extra quarter. SpongeBob shows how he blows bubbles with a peculiarly entertaining, yet somewhat peculiar, technique. When he shows Patrick, SpongeBob blows a duck bubble, an ice cube bubble, a caterpillar bubble, and a boat bubble.
Then, after all the bubbles pop, SpongeBob then uses two hands to blow a bubble elephant, Patrick calls it a "giraffe," The elephant (or giraffe) flies into Squidward's window and pops inside the house causing an explosion. Squidward, enraged, comes out and demands to know how they are making so much noise just blowing bubbles. SpongeBob shows him the technique and blows a butterfly bubble, but Squidward angrily rejects SpongeBob's ideas and shoos SpongeBob and Patrick back into their houses in embarrassment. However, Squidward begins to blow a bubble out of curiosity, but SpongeBob and Patrick return to ask for payment. Squidward reluctantly has to give them 25 cents for the bubble.
Squidward attempts to impress the two with his technique, but instead fails, with each bubble falling to the ground. While Squidward still attempts to blow a satisfactory bubble (and, as a result, spends more money with each bubble he blows), SpongeBob and Patrick try to convince Squidward to use the technique. Finally, Squidward, furiously (though without realizing it) copies their technique in an attempt to mock them. However, he blows an enormous bubble by screaming in anger. SpongeBob and Patrick then congratulate Squidward, saying that he is "amazing," and that his bubble was the best. Squidward thanks them sarcastically and leaves, walking back into his house. He begins to play his clarinet, with SpongeBob and Patrick chanting his name. However, the gigantic bubble floats and traps Squidward's house inside it, unearthing it, and sending it up in the air.
SpongeBob and Patrick try to warn Squidward, but Squidward thinks they're still chanting him and keeps playing, thinking he is "amazing." When he looks outside, he sees himself way way above the ground with SpongeBob and Patrick specks on the ground. The bubble then pops, which then shakes the ground, sending his house back to its original area, albeit with much force. SpongeBob and Patrick look at each other nervously and they retreat to their houses before Squidward can scold them.
As of July 19, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 462 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a 8.6/10 based on 348 votes.
"Bubblestand" was ranked #80 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
SpongeBob's "Bring it around town" is featured in the game Delivery Dilemma at nick.com. It is also used as a celebration dance when SpongeBob completes a tile puzzle in Revenge of the Flying Dutchman. SpongeBob's The Technique part of this episode appeared in a 2012 Yosicle commercial. Additionally, Prince Paul wrote a song about this episode called Prince Paul's Bubble Party, which can be heard on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack. The song wasn't shown on the movie itself. Also, it has became an internet meme.
The "technique" part from this episode was featured as stock footage in the 2003 Season 3 special "The Sponge Who Could Fly" in the "Remembering SpongeBob" throwback montage. Also, the Elephant part of the episode is used on the 2005 Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia Pictures movie adaptation of Zathura, while the main characters were fighting over what to watch on Sony Plasma SDTV. When this movie first aired on Cartoon Network, it was edited and skipped to ESPN's SportsCenter, due to Cartoon Network doesn't want Nickelodeon to be shown on the Sony TV, but in-credit mentions of both shows were on the closing credits to the movie.
A clip from this episode appears in the first SpongeBob Burger King commercial.
This is the first time Squidward plays his clarinet well. Near the end of this episode, Squidward plays a jazz song on his clarinet, and does it perfectly, making it one of the few times in the series where Squidward is able to actually play the clarinet.
Running Gag: SpongeBob blowing bubble art.
The bubbles that Squidward blew seemed to make farting noises when popping.
This is the first episode to feature the inside of Squidward's house. However, only the second floor is shown.
The title card music would later be used in "I ♥ Dancing."
Judging by each instance of Squidward placing a quarter onto the stand, along with the sound of a coin clanking when the stand is not seen, Squidward spends at least thirteen quarters to blow bubbles. That adds up to three dollars and twenty-five cents. He also spends a chocolate quarter.
The song that Squidward played at the end of the episode was "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
The music that Squidward plays on his clarinet would later be heard in "Christmas Who," but on a record player.
Near the start of the episode, Squidward says, "How did I ever get surrounded by such loser neighbors?" Half of that question is answered in "Truth or Square" when a pineapple falls onto Squidward's secret garden and SpongeBob buys it.
As mentioned above, a scene of this episode is shown on the 2005 movie Zathura.
This was the first episode a tuba was heard.
The ship bubble had the same foghorn as SpongeBob's alarm clock.
This episode also takes place before "Opposite Day" and "The Paper" because Squidward fails to blow a bubble.
In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Bańki mydlane" which translates to "Soap Bubbles."
Patrick's line "It's a giraffe!" has become a popular internet meme.
In the episode "Home Sweet Pineapple," SpongeBob says that he can't build a house, but in this episode he builds a bubblestand. This may mean that this episode most likely takes place after "Home Sweet Pineapple"