In the middle of the night, an Alaskan Bull Worm lurks into Bikini Bottom and causes havoc, destroying everything in sight. Soon it appears at SpongeBob's house and eats the pineapple. SpongeBob soon wakes up the next day and announces at the Krusty Krab that it appeared at midnight eating everything. The Bikini Bottomites agree with this too and complain how it ate some of their belongings. They all try to plan a way to defeat this monster.
Patrick soon suggests moving the town to another location. But all the people disagree with this and Mr. Krabs suggests that there has to be someone tough enough who can take on the worm. An old man with a hook scrapes the window and looks like he's just the man to fight it, but is revealed to be a weak man who actually needed to go to the restroom. Sandy decides to fight the monster, as revenge for stealing her tail. SpongeBob tries to persuade her not to go near it, but she keeps on going at his every attempt because she says that she is strong. SpongeBob starts crying and tells her that he does not want her to be killed, but Sandy doesn't give in. So she continues walking along with SpongeBob trying to get her to turn back, until they reach a cave that Sandy identifies as the worm's lair. She goes inside the cave, while SpongeBob hides behind a small rock, panicking, and Sandy keeps on coming out, telling SpongeBob good news that she's winning. He keeps trying to tell her something but she doesn't give him enough time and goes back in. When she comes out on the "worm," and states that she won and she even reclaimed her tail. However, SpongeBob reveals that she did not defeat the worm, but she defeated its tongue, and the entire cave is the worm. Upon realizing this, Sandy begins calm and then screams "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!!!" as the worm begins chasing them.
SpongeBob and Sandy run, and during their attempt to escape, SpongeBob reveals that he was right and Sandy was never strong enough for the worm. She admits it after SpongeBob persuades her to say it. Suddenly, They escape the worm by using a paper clip and a piece of string which SpongeBob said was Sandy's tail earlier in the episode, and uses it this time to grapple onto a tree, and Sandy says, "We should be nice and safe up here" while they balance on the worm's back, but then the worm falls off a cliff. SpongeBob and Sandy scream and make it off the worm's tail to the land and think they have saved the town, and head off to tell everyone.
However, it is then shown that the people actually decided to go through with Patrick's idea to push Bikini Bottom somewhere else, and the defeated worm lands right on the city, destroying it and saying "Ow" as the episode ends.
This is the second episode where a character enters in a creature cavity thinking it is a cave. The first was "Prehibernation Week."
When the mother said that the worm ate her children's homework, it is a reference of the excuse of what children say to get out of their homework, when they say a dog ate their homework.
Patrick's idea to take Bikini Bottom and push it somewhere else has become popular on the internet, and is popularly known as "Pushing Patrick or Push It Somewhere Else Patrick."
At one point, Squidward said that Patrick's idea may just be crazy enough to get everyone killed. Ironically, at the end of the episode, everyone was crushed by the worm when it crashed on top of the town.
YTV sometimes listed this episode as "The Worm" on the television guide instead of it's actual name.
SpongeBob wears a squirrel mask in this episode that had previously appeared in the episode "Karate Choppers."
The Alaskan Bull Worm from this episode appeared later in the "Creature from the Krusty Krab" video game. However, in this game, SpongeBob falls into the worm and must build an airplane to escape.
The Alaskan Bull Worm's line, "Ouch.," was left untranslated in the Russian dub.
Sandy's tail is missing throughout most of the episode, because it was eaten by the worm. However in Season 1, her tail is not seen when her suit is on.
This is the first episode to use the word "SpongeBob" in the title.
The meaningless words said by Sponge Bob to slow down Sandy is very similar to the french word "Blargen Fedibble Mechech", which means basically nothing except to show some sort of emotion, in this case, that would be affliction.
The episode's plot is a parody of the movie, Tremors. It featured worm-like monsters called Graboids which terrorized (and ate) people. The end, which showed the Alaskan Bull Worm fall off the cliff, is a parody of the end of Tremors.
The episode also references the novel Dune when Sandy finds the worm sign and when Sandy and SpongeBob ride the worm.
At the beginning, when everyone is discussing how to capture the worm, it is a parody of the classic film Jaws.
In the scene where Sandy enters the worm, she thinks the tongue is a worm. This may be a reference to the fifth Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back where the Millennium Falcon flies into the worm's mouth, thinking it's a cave.
When the worm is chasing Sandy and SpongeBob, it is shown to be as tall as five times Sandy's height, but when it falls off of the cliff, it is shown to be bigger than all of Bikini Bottom. Additionally, the worm's size is inconsistent throughout the chase scene.
When Sandy realizes that she only beat up the worm's tongue and that what she thought was a "cave" was the actual worm, the captions say "(voice breaking)" over her lines, even though she was nowhere near tears. The person who typed out the closed-captions probably made this mistake because Sandy was so hesitant from being nervous.
When Sandy says, "Well, I gotta admit, that slowed me down, but I'm still going for him," her voice is out of sync with the animation.