Patchy organizes a house party, and all the guests come except for SpongeBob himself, who can't understand what's written on the invitation because it was destroyed by the water, so ironically, he and Patrick throw it in fire. Patchy then introduces us to his special guests including a live action King Neptune, Minnie Mermaid and Long-Beard the Pirate.
Next, Patchy decides to have a dance lesson and promotes his dance instruction videos. Before Patchy can teach his friends how to dance, a band that Potty has hired for the party arrives. Patchy asks Potty who he got and Potty says it's his favorite band, "The Birdbrains". Everybody loves the Birdbrain's music, but Patchy hates it because it is too loud and it blasts him out of his house. Patchy then tells them it's time for them to literally walk the plank. Unfortunetly, he forgets that they're birds and can easily fly off.
Patchy attempts to remedy the music situation by performing his own (horrible) song with a one-man band, and Potty tells Patchy that it's time for his flute solo. Patchy starts playing, but soon realizes that he plays a fife, not a flute, and that the "flute" is actually dynamite. It explodes, leaving only his head intact. The Birdbrains then have the opportunity to play music, singing their new song, "Underwater Sun." After they finish, Patchy returns to end the show, with a barrel for a body being kissed by girl parrots. Potty then says goodbye to the audience.
While shopping at the Barg 'N-Mart, SpongeBob finds a "Plan Your Own Party Kit," and decides to throw a party using the kit. Despite the kit advising to invite "only your closest friends", SpongeBob invites nearly everyone in Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob wants the party to go accordingly to plan, so he decides to make sure things go in order. He makes a brutally specific schedule for different activites (including when the guests arrive) and cards for people to use for conversations.
Later that night, all the guests arrive at different times. SpongeBob hands them all the topic cards, which causes an awkward enviornment. After the last guest arrives, SpongeBob goes into the closet. After a while, SpongeBob sees everybody having fun and starts to panic. He stops all the fun and music, and brings them all to the couch to do one of the scheduled events; reading aloud from the funnies. Unfortunetly, he finds out the paper he's reading is yesterday's paper and leaves to get today's paper.
While going out to get today's paper, SpongeBob accidentally locks himself out of his house, allowing the guests to have fun again. He misinteprets this and believes everything is falling apart.
After continually trying to get into his house using different methods, he grabs a pickax and attempts to break in while dressed as a bunny. The police find him and place him under arrest, but when SpongeBob explains everything, they don't arrest him. However, the police attempts to make him miss the party by arresting him for not inviting them.
The next morning, when he gets back, he is depressed because his party failed, until Patrick comes and tells him that it was the greatest party all of them has ever been to, and that he should do exactly the same thing next weekend. SpongeBob smiles gladly and becomes proud and finds Gary wearing a lamp. The episode ends as SpongeBob turns off the lamp.
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During the marathon leading up to the premiere of this episode in 2002, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Dana Carvey made special guest appearances during ads and commercial break warnings.
Despite there being several reruns of the series on Nickelodeon during 2003 - 2006, this episode was not aired after its initial showing for over 3 years. Starting in 2007, the episode was aired again on Nickelodeon.
According to this episode, either Patrick was not in SpongeBob's kindergarten class or was gone the day the photo was taken.
This episode reveals Scooter's name, and Officer Nancy's last name, which is O'Malley.
The "Peg Leg Dance" mat was first seen earlier in the episode when SpongeBob talks about the scheduled events.
The Birdbrains are lookalikes of the Unknown Rock Band (Baracuta Deathwish) and punk rock band the Ramones. And their name comes from the legendary 80's punk rock band "Bad Brains."
The question, "Which came first, the oyster or the pearl?" is a pun on the question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"
In Hebrew, this episode is titled המסיבה של בובספוג (SpongeBob's Party).
In Poland, this episode titled Imprezoporty (Party Pants).
The fine print for "Patchy's Dance Tips" video offer reads: "It is unlawful to blah blah blah. In the event of blah blah blah the said person blah blah blah. Will who there for blah will blah and it shall be the soul responsibility to blah blah when in the case of blah blah blah. In so there to, henceforth blah will be blah."
One of the video volumes for Patchy's Dance Tips is "Dance Yer Parrot Off!" The other three are unknown.
SpongeBob's attempts to get back in his house:
Knocking on the door, Patrick thinks it was the beat to the song.
Phoning the house, Patrick does open the door, but slams it in SpongeBob's face.
Climbing up the house and enter through the window, Larry shuts the window, to which SpongeBob falls and breaks his fingers.
Looking through the window, Mrs. Puff think it's a painting and turns it backwards, pushing SpongeBob from the window.
Tunnel his way in, a line of people doing the bunny-hop step on SpongeBob, which shoots him back outside.
Break the door down with a pickaxe, the police come and arrest him for not inviting them to his party.
SpongeBob's scheduled events:
8:00-8:05: Guests arrive
8:05-8:15: Opening remarks & general discussion
8:15-8:27: Craft corner & name tag distribution
8:27-8:37: Cracker eating/tongue twister contest
8:37-8:52: Read aloud from the newspaper comics
8:52-9:03: Eat cake
9:07-9:20: Running charades
9:20-9:38: Finger puppet theater
9:38-9:57: Charity apple bob
9:57-10:00: Electric jitterbug dance marathon (Ladies choice)
10:00-10:09: Dance your pants off
10:09-10:41: Knock-knock jokes
10:41-10:47: Squidward makes light conversation with Mr. Krabs
SpongeBob's welcome mat is not present in any scene except the one where he pulls a key from it.
SpongeBob invites 177 guests, although only 11 are actually shown at the party.
Scooter: Which came first, the oyster or the pearl?
Lady: Discuss the philosophical nature of irony.
Plankton: Where are you from?
Patrick: Nod politely
This is the second episode to have two title cards.
The fish with glasses said he was moving but was later seen at the party.
SpongeBob's couch is red instead of green.
SpongeBob's watch says 3:00, not 8:00.
Patchy's dance map is similar to the title card of "Slimy Dancing."
One of the albums said Sing Alongs.
When Patchy crashed into the light post his jacket's red.
Running Gag: SpongeBob getting hurt attempting to get in, and the party guests not following SpongeBob's party schedule.
This episode originally had the regular lowercase captioning (used from 2000 to 2006) on both the TV broadcasts and the DVDs. On recent broadcasts of this episode, though, the captioning has been updated to the current uppercase captioning for unknown reasons. So far, this is the only episode to have its closed captioning updated.
In the episode, "Squid's Visit," Squidward said that he has never went to SpongeBob's house, but Squidward went to SpongeBob's party in this episode. It is most likely that this episode took place after "Squid's Visit."