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Episode Information
Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm
Season №: 2
Episode №: 40b
Airdate: October 12, 2001
Sister episode(s): "Squid on Strike"
Writer(s): Jay Lender
Dan Povenmire
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard: Jay Lender
Dan Povenmire
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Squid on Strike"
Next: "The Algae's Always Greener"
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"Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, a giant worm threatens Bikini Bottom.



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 and the next day announces 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
Alaskan Bull Worm
strong. SpongeBob starts crying and tells her that he doesn't 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," she states that she won and she even reclaimed her tail. However, SpongeBob reveals that she didn't defeat the worm, but she defeated its tongue, and the entire cave is the worm. Upon realizing this, Sandy begins calm 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, and she admits it after SpongeBob persuades her to say it. Suddenly,
Alaskan Bull Worm, Sandy, & Spongebob

That's not the worm. That's his tongue.

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.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [title card]
  Flight in Hawaii - Hans Haider, The Hawaiian Serenaders [opening]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [everything getting eaten]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's house destroyed]
  Frankenstein's Niece D - Gregor F. Narholz ["It was an Alaskan bull worm!"]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz ["He ate my wheelbarrow!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [everyone stops yelling]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [sea captain]
  The Outlaw (b) - Ron Goodwin ["I'll catch your worm for ya."]
  Eerie Tension A - Gregor F. Narholz ["You'll never get a cent out of me!"]
  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [the worm ate Sandy's tail]
  Frankenstein's Niece D - Gregor F. Narholz ["We're talking about an Alaskan bull worm!"]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Back in Texas, I wrangled bulls, I wrangled worms."]
  The Story of the West (a) - Ron Goodwin [Sandy leaves]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Wait, Sandy!"]
  Frankenstein's Niece D - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's big, scary and pink!"]
  Real Western Steel - Bobby Black [SpongeBob trying to stop Sandy]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["Sandy, no! I can't let you!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Not tough enough... not tough enough!"]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Property of Sandy Cheeks]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Ain't nothin' too big or too ornery for you to catch."]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy interrupting SpongeBob]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [worm sign]
  Blazing Trails - Guy Fletcher, Rod Williams [Sandy fighting the worm's tongue]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["No worm is a match for me."]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz ["That's not the worm, that's his tongue."]
  Hog Fever (a) - Graham D.H. Preskett [worm chases SpongeBob and Sandy]
  Volga Boat Men - Dick Stephen Walter ["Push!"]
  Ruckus in the Henhouse A - Steve Goomas, Doug Perkins ["Ouch."]


  • "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" was ranked #47 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • 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 the 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 as "The Worm" on the television guide instead of it's regular name.
  • One of the writers in the episode is Dan Povenmire, a writer/director on the show, who would later go on to create "Phineas and Ferb."
  • 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 Krabgame. However, in this game, SpongeBob fell into the worm and must build an airplane to escape.
  • This is the last episode of Season 2. However, some people mistake "Squid on Strike" as being the last episode. This due to the fact that the Season 2 DVD box-set put this episode and "Squid on Strike" in the opposite production order.
  • The Alaskan Bull Worm's line, "Ouch.," was left untranslated in the Russian dub.

Cultural references

  • 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 is 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 made the closed-captions probably made this mistake because Sandy was so hesitant from being nervous.

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