"Bubblestand" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob starts a bubblestand.
SpongeBob walks outside to breathe in the peacefulness of the neighborhood in the morning. Suddenly, he loudly begins to build a bubble stand, much to the annoyance of Squidward, who demands SpongeBob to be quiet while he is practicing the clarinet. SpongeBob stops for a time, takes a few tentative taps of his hammer, and then quickly finishes construction before Squidward has a chance to complain again.
At the newly built stand, SpongeBob offers customers to blow a bubble
for twenty-five cents each. Patrick comes by and asks to try it out. However, he does not have any money, so he "borrows" a quarter from SpongeBob to pay for it. Unfortunately, Patrick's forceful blowing fails to produce a bubble. SpongeBob offers to teach him for an extra quarter, which he happily "loans" to Patrick. SpongeBob then
demonstrates his somewhat peculiar, yet effective, bubble blowing technique
The fuming Squidward comes out and approaches the now-closed bubble stand. He demands to know how they can cause so much disruption just by blowing bubbles. SpongeBob explains that he is creating art and utilizing his technique to its fullest potential. Squidward scoffs at SpongeBob's ideas of art and marketing, sending SpongeBob and Patrick back to their homes in shame. Still snickering, Squidward begins to examine the bubble wand out of growing curiosity. As he tries to blow a bubble himself, SpongeBob quickly comes out and tells Squidward to pay a quarter, shocking him. Squidward reluctantly lays down a quarter for the bubble.
Squidward attempts to impress the two with his skill, to no avail. All the while, SpongeBob and Patrick try to convince him to use the technique. Fed up, Squidward furiously and mockingly copies their technique, finally screaming into the wand in anger. His screams end up producing a giant bubble, thoroughly impressing SpongeBob and Patrick.
Squidward heads back inside his house and begins to play his clarinet once more, with SpongeBob and Patrick chanting his name. However, the giant bubble floats down and encapsulates Squidward's house, unearthing it and floating with it up in the air.
When at last Squidward looks outside to greet his fans, he sees himself high above the ground with SpongeBob and Patrick little more than specks. The bubble then pops with explosive force, prompting SpongeBob and Patrick to look at each other nervously and retreat to their houses.
Once the moat floats back down to earth, Squidward lets out a few final feeble notes from his clarinet.
‣ Old Hilo March
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
- Kapono Beamer [Title card]
‣ Maui Beach - Hans Haider [Opening]
‣ ? - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet.]
‣ SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Patrick wakes up.]
‣ Merlins Hill - Jennifer Jones [Harp music is heard as SpongeBob blows bubbles.]
‣ Entry of the Gladiators - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob blows an elephant-shaped bubble.]
‣ Baby Elephant - Dick Stephen Walter [Squidward comes outside.]
‣ Watch Out! - Dick Stephen Walter ["Don't give me any of that!"]
‣ Honolulu March - Hans Haider [SpongeBob shows Squidward the technique.]
‣ Merlins Hill - Jennifer Jones [SpongeBob blows a butterfly-shaped bubble.]
‣ Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["You should be ashamed of yourselves."]
‣ The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Squidward pays 25 cents.]
‣ Side Drum [#52] - Mark Nolan [Drum rolls as Squidward tries to blow bubbles.]
‣ Honolulu March - Hans Haider ["Hey, Squidward, remember the technique."]
‣ Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward does the technique.]
‣ Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer ["I really did it, didn't I?"]
‣ ? - Brad Carow [Squidward plays his clarinet once more.]
‣ Menace from the Deep - Robert Cornford [The giant bubble engulfs Squidward's house.]
‣ Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [The bubble explodes.]
- As of September 28, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.8/10 based on 708 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 350 votes.
- "Bubblestand" was ranked #80 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- A clip from this episode is used in a 2001 Burger King commercial promoting SpongeBob toys at the time.
- The Waikikis, Prince Paul, and Wordsworth made a song based this episode called "Prince Paul's Bubble Party," which can be heard on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack, although the song was not used in the first movie itself.
- A scene of this episode is shown in the 2005 movie Zathura.
- SpongeBob's quote "Bring it around town" is featured in the online game Delivery Dilemma.
- SpongeBob's bubble-blowing technique part of this episode appeared in a 2012 Yosicle commercial.
- The ship bubble has the same foghorn as SpongeBob's alarm clock.
- Patrick's line "It's a giraffe!" has become a popular internet meme.
- Patrick's line "It's a giraffe!" would be used again in the video game Battle for Bikini Bottom.
- This is the first episode to play "The Rake Hornpipe" outside of a scene involving the Krusty Krab or Mr. Krabs.
- This is the first episode to show the inside of Squidward's house.
- However, only the second floor is shown.
- This is the last episode ever written by Stephen Hillenburg before his death on November 26, 2018.
- This episode premiered on David Hasselhoff's 47th birthday.
- This episode premiered in Canada on March 11, 2000.
- In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Bańki mydlane," which translates to "Soap Bubbles."
- In the Croatian dub, this episode is called "Mjehurići," which means "Bubbles."
- Dish Network lists this as the first episode of the series, although this is incorrect, as "Help Wanted," "Reef Blower," and "Tea at the Treedome" were the first episodes.
- At the very beginning, on the long shot, SpongeBob's walkway looks like the road instead of a rocky walkway.
- When Squidward says "Can we lower the volume, please? I can't work with all that racket going on!" to SpongeBob in the beginning, there is not any glass in his windows.
- When Patrick's rock opens, SpongeBob's pineapple is missing its door.
- When Patrick yells "It's a giraffe!," he is on the left side of SpongeBob, but when the bubble goes into Squidward's house, he is on the right side of him.
- When SpongeBob repeats the bubble-blowing technique to Squidward again as he is trying to blow bubbles, he looks three times to the left instead of right.
- After SpongeBob spins while Squidward tries to blow a bubble, right before it cuts back to Squidward, there is a transparent picture of a person's hand holding a clapboard, which only appears for about a frame. This occurs again right after SpongeBob says "Don't forget the woo!," right before it cuts back to Squidward.
- When SpongeBob and Patrick chant Squidward's name, SpongeBob's house is nowhere to be seen.
- When Squidward leaves his house, the interior of his doorway has a similar appearance to the red wall found on the second floor. Later, when he enters his house, the interior of the first floor has its normal green wall appearance.
- SpongeBob collects quarters in this episode, but the amount continues to change throughout the episode.
- SpongeBob blowing bubble art.
- SpongeBob offering 25 cents for bubble lessons.
- SpongeBob bending the quarters with his teeth.