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Jellyfish Hunter
Season №: 2
Episode №: 39a
Airdate: September 28, 2001
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "The Fry Cook Games"
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
William Reiss
Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Artist Unknown"
Next: "The Fry Cook Games"
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"Jellyfish Hunter" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Mr. Krabs sells jellyfish jelly at the Krusty Krab.



SpongeBob is out jellyfishing in Jellyfish Fields. He catches a jellyfish, gets some of its special jelly, and lets it go. He names it "Twelvy," due to it being his twelfth catch of the day. He then sees a very rare blue jellyfish which he calls "No Name," who is apparently the only jellyfish in the fields who was never caught, and compulsively tries to get him but to no avail.

Later, SpongeBob goes on his lunch break at the Krusty Krab, and puts the jelly on a Krabby Patty. After Fred asks about the patty, with the jellyfish jelly, he tries it, then sings a song proclaiming its greatness and puts jelly on the patties of all the other customers, who enjoy it as well. Mr. Krabs sees the profitability, and puts the new patty on the menu.

SpongeBob, to his great delight, is tasked to go out and gather as many jellyfish as he can, though he asks Mr. Krabs to keep the jellyfish comfortable. He continues to catch jellyfish, and Mr. Krabs continues to demand more, until Jellyfish Fields is completely deserted. SpongeBob concludes that there are "no more" jellyfish to catch, and begins to walk home.

After several close encounters and strange events, No Name captures him in a jar much in the way that SpongeBob catches jellyfish.

SpongeBob inside a jar.

No Name then takes SpongeBob to a secret factory farm, where he discovers that Mr. Krabs is torturing all the jellyfish to increase profit.

Realizing that Mr. Krabs tricked him into catching all the jellyfish and lied about keeping them comfortable, SpongeBob then understands why No Name brought him here in the first place and realizes this is all his fault. He angrily confronts Mr. Krabs for his actions and decides to free the jellyfish to no avail.

Luckily, Mr. Krabs accidentally opens the voice activated door by saying the codeword: "open," freeing all the jellyfish, who then all zap Krabs at once in a great explosion. They all fly free, and he is then forced to take Jelly off the menu. Spongebob names No Name as "Friend," and gets his hand zapped in a handshake.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Dancing the Hula - Kapono Beamer [title card]
  Galleon - Sam Fonteyn [opening at Jellyfish Fields]
  Hula Festival - George Elliott ["Oh, it's you!"]
  Hit and Run - Sam Spence [SpongeBob chasing No-Name]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob's lunch break]
  The Jellyfish Jelly Sandwich Song - Eban Schletter, Stephen Hillenburg, Derek Drymon, Andrew Overtoom
  Passage to Victory (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Sir, this is the greatest thing I've ever eaten!"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Dude, are you okay?"]
  Botany Bay (c) - Robert Alexander White ["SpongeBob, I got a proposition for you."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["And make it... quick."]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland ["Oh no, don't tell me!"]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["I'll keep 'em comfortable all right... inside me wallet!"]
  Sunshine in Hawaii - Max Mahlmann [montage of SpongeBob catching jellyfish]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland [No-Name following SpongeBob]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland ["I'm not interested in anything you're selling!"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [power goes out/BLUE JELLY!!!]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [No-Name holds up a net and jar]
  Deadline - Sam Spence [jelly factory]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz ["Mr. Krabs? No!"]
  Give It All You've Got - Tony Cliff, Oswin Falquero, Brian Wade [plays on Krabs' headphones]
  Shock (u) - Dave Hewson [SpongeBob enters]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland ["You tricked me, Mr. Krabs."]
  Knight Errant - Sam Fonteyn [SpongeBob frees the jellyfish]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini [ending]



  • As of August 9, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 9.1/10 based on 262 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.9/10 based on 143 votes.[2]


  • In the Fisher Price Interact TV version of this episode, the scenes when No Name makes the power in SpongeBob's house go out and when SpongeBob says goodbye to Twelvy were cut.
  • This episode was featured in the SpongeBob Earth Day Marathon that leaded up to the premiere of "SpongeBob's Last Stand" and the story in that episode is similar to this episode.
  • The French Narrator mentions the episode title when he says "Ahh, another beautiful day in Bikini Bottom's own Jellyfish Fields. An untamed world of natural order where the little jellyfish jellies roam free across the salty seascape. And where there is jellyfish, there is the Jellyfish Hunter."
  • The scene where Mr. Krabs said "More!" and looked very morbid has become an internet meme. This meme is known as "Moar Krabs."
  • In the UK, the shot where No Name cuts the power to SpongeBob's house is replaced with a shot on the door outside of SpongeBob's house at night.
  • This is the first episode to show Mr. Krabs as the main antagonist of an episode.
  • When Mr. Krabs is riding the bicycle, he wears his headphones on the sides of his eyes which may hint that his eyes and ears may be connected.

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob picking up the phone and hearing heavy breathing is a reference to the 1979 movie When a Stranger Calls.
  • When No Name/Friend sneaks into SpongeBob's house, he looks like a blob crawling around the floor. When he does this, he resembles ChuChu, a character from the video game Kirby's Dream Land 3.
  • When SpongeBob takes off and rockets are activated where his legs are, his pants drop off. This is referenced to booster stages in rockets built by NASA.
  • The way the jellyfish are treated in the factory is a reference to factory farming, particularly with the poor ethical treatment to animals.


  • When SpongeBob is only wearing underwear in Jellyfish Fields, his sleeves are still shown.

SpongeBob's sleeves still shown error.

  • After Fred finishes his song, you can hear the crowd cheer for him, however, none of the fish are moving at all and only the cheering sound is heard.
  • When SpongeBob is being followed by the blue jellyfish, he says, "It feels like somebody... wants to sell me something!" However, the closed-captions read "tell" instead of "sell."
  • When Mr. Krabs says "The door will only open if I say open." It only opens the second time he says the word.
    • It could possibly be that it only activates when the word "open" is said clearly and loudly, as Mr. Krabs said "open" in a more defined way the second time, and if the door is voice activated, then Mr. Krab's voice would have needed to be recorded, and he would have recorded it in a clear way.
  • During the part where Mr. Krabs says "You'll never catch me!," his walkman can be seen in his pocket; then, after the scene zoomed out, his walkman in his pocket is gone.
  • The closed-captions misspell "Krabby Patty" as "crabby patty."
  • In the German version, SpongeBob says "Let me out!" in English untranslated.


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