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"Sharks vs. Pods" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, the next confrontation of the toughest guys in town, "The Sharks," may be too much for SpongeBob to handle.



SpongeBob is cleaning up the Krusty Krab, when a gang of sharks, called the Sharks, see SpongeBob dancing to music while cleaning up. When SpongeBob comes out, the Sharks introduce themselves. Their names are Ronnie, Donnie, Lonnie, and Sharkface. They ask SpongeBob to join the Sharks. SpongeBob excitedly says yes. Then, the Sharks and SpongeBob drive around town. When a group of girls see them, they scream, and faint. Then, a fruit vendor dumps all his fruit on the Sharks' car. The Sharks then drive to a club called the Howlin Marlin. The Howlin Marlin Bouncer tells them they are not allowed in the club. Then, the Sharks' rival, the Pods come out. The two groups snarl at each other, until the police come and break up the argument. SpongeBob does not want to be part of the group anymore, because he fears that he will have to fight at the face off, so he goes home.
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At home, he finds a note left by the other Sharks, saying that they have abducted SpongeBob's pet, Gary. SpongeBob, scared that he may never see Gary again trains for the face off. He arrives at the face off just before it starts, but SpongeBob discovers that Squidward is part of the Pods. SpongeBob explains that he does not want to fight Squidward and joined the Sharks by mistake. Squidward tells SpongeBob that the two groups are in a dance-off and that there will be no fighting. SpongeBob asks about the screaming girls. The Sharks say that the girls were fans. Then, he asks about the fruit vendor. The Sharks explain that the fruit vendor thinks they don't eat enough fruit. Then, SpongeBob asks about the Howling Marlin Bouncer. The Sharks then talk about Jonnie, who SpongeBob replaced. At the Howlin Marlin, Jonnie did a dance move, which resulted in the wrecking of the Howlin Marlin floor with his teeth. They also mention that Gary is their DJ and that he was not abducted, but gave a ride to the dance-off. The dance-off begins with the Sharks and Pods doing a dance sequence. But then, the police arrive at the scene — only to join the dance. They dance until the Internal Affairs show up, who also attend the dance. Then, Mr. Krabs announces the Sharks as the winners. The episode ends with the Sharks and Pods jumping up.
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Vincent Waller confirmed this episode on Twitter on April 18, 2016.[1]


Character design of the Sharks shared by Adam Paloian on his twitter.[2]


He also introduced the character design of the Pods.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Bubble Poppin' Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Title card.]
  Kung Fu Rock - Shellie O'Brien, Eban Schletter [Plays on jukebox.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob laughs.]
  Pompadour Hop (b) - Steve Goomas [Sharks introduce themselves.]
  Forever and a Day (a) - Raun Burnham, Jerry Burnham ["Jonnie, no!"]
  Hang Loose - Roger Roger [Sharkface asks SpongeBob to join.]
  Big Julie - Kenny Graham [Sharkface tells SpongeBob not to worry.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks V - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob sucks his thumb.]
  Tautwalk - Laurie Johnson [At Howlin' Marlin.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["There are plenty of clubs in the sea."]
  Bubble Poppin' Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Pods introduced/"Hold it there laddies, break this nonsense up right now."]
  The Unknown - Ralph Dollimore ["We got a showdown to get ready for."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes home.]
  Spooky - Kenny Graham ["I can't fight in a showdown!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm?"]
  Spooky - Kenny Graham [Ransom note.]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer ["Gary! No!"]
  Johnny Too Bad 1 - Steve Byrd ["I have to get ready to fight."]
  Bubble Poppin' Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [At the playground.]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["Squidward?!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (u) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob doesn't want to fight Squidward.]
  ? ["We are a troupe."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["A troupe?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob drops spatulas.]
  Pompadour Hop (b) - Steve Goomas [Fans screaming.]
  Blue Danube - Fiachra Trench, Johann Strauss Sr [Jonnie dancing.]
  Horror Crash - Harry Lubin [Jonnie falls down while dancing.]
  Lovely Scenery (c) - Mladen Franko [Floor scratched up.]
  Forever and a Day (a) - Raun Burnham, Jerry Burnham ["Jonnie, no!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (t) - Jeremy Wakefield ["But you sharks, kidnapped Gary."]
  Sharks Dance - Eban Schletter [Dance showdown.]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [Cops arrive.]
  Cops Dance - Eban Schletter [Cops dance.]
  I.A. Dance - Eban Schletter [I.A. dance.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Ooh!"]
  Kung Fu Rock - Shellie O'Brien, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob dances.]
  Sponge Twist - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Ending.]



  • As of September 28, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.6/10 based on 104 ratings by users.[3] users give this episode a 5.6/10 based on 19 votes.[4]


  • This is the third episode to air for the May 2016 premiere week.
  • This is the third time the title card is in comparison of two competitors. The first was in "Krabs vs. Plankton," and the second being "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One."
  • This is the fifth time a Bikini Bottom community park is seen. The first was in "Life of Crime," the second was in "Krabby Land," the third being "Gary in Love," and the fourth being "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful."
  • When the episode originally aired, it was paired with "Sanctuary!" The next day, it was paired with "What's Eating Patrick?"
  • In the episode, there is a picture of the Hydro-dynamic Spatula from the episode, "Help Wanted."
    • Similarly, on the ransom note, the word "The" is written in the same style as SpongeBob's essay in "Procrastination."
  • Pods is a reference to the term "cephalopod," which, in modern taxonomy, is the class in which octopi are classified into.
  • SpongeBob's wig style in this episode looks very similar to the Drifter's.
  • Running Gag: The Sharks crying over Jonnie.
  • SpongeBob should've been able to get into Howlin Marlin because he's not a shark. But he probably didn't go in because he's apart of the group, or he just didn't want to go by himself.
  • In this episode, Reg's tattoo of a heart is blue instead of the usual red.
  • The title card is similar to "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" and "Krusty Krushers."
  • The "IM-RDY" license plate from the episode, "No Free Rides," reappears in SpongeBob's garage in this episode when he is getting ready to fight.
    • Although, the license plate colors are different in both appearances.
  • This is the fifth time everyone cheered except for Squidward, the first was "Texas," the second was "Squid Wood," the third was "Slimy Dancing," and the fourth was "Sponge-Cano!."
  • Graffiti for both The Sharks and Pods appear on a wall in an alley in the Season 10 episode "Whirly Brains."
  • This episode premiered on the 40th birthday day of William Reiss and three years after Freestyle Funnies was released.
  • This episode premiered in Canada eight years after the premiere of "Nature Pants," "Opposite Day," "Culture Shock," and "F.U.N. "in Poland and five years after the premiere of "Frozen Face-Off."
  • In Croatian dub, the episodes name is "Plesni dvoboj" meaning "Dance Battle."
    • Which reveals that the plot is not about gangs' fight, but about dance battle.

Cultural references

  • The title of this episode is similar to the name of the game, "Sharks vs. Minnows."
  • The ending is a reference to 70's - 80's dance films. In fact, the Sharks are voiced by the original cast of Happy Days
  • This episode is likely based on the novel/movie "Outsiders" because of the repetitive mention of a 'showdown.' Also, the rivalry between The Sharks and The Pods could be a reference to The Greasers and The Socs.
  • This episode could be based on the 1961 film West Side Story because of the rivalry between the two street gangs The Sharks and The Pods.
  • Patrick's line "We saved the Rec Center!" is a reference to the movie "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo."


  • When Ronnie tells SpongeBob not to be such a baby, his jacket disappears. But in the next scene, it reappeared.


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