SpongeBob wakes up one morning and realizes that it is Sunday, and so decides to have an ice cream "sundae" for breakfast. However, he sees he has no ice cream, and finds standard toppings like bananas and cherries to be blasé, so he instead creates a new type of sundae made from onions, ketchup and the contents of a nearly-dead potted peanut plant. Unbeknownst to SpongeBob, the result of eating the sundae is intense halitosis.
After breakfast, SpongeBob begins his Sunday to-do list, which consists of saying "Hi!" to everyone in town. Unfortunately, the townspeople are universally disgusted by the smell of SpongeBob's rancid breath and run away from him. SpongeBob is very confused by this, and asks Patrick if he notices anything wrong with him. Patrick, not having a nose, can't discern the foul odor. After running down a list of possibilities, Patrick comes to the conclusion that SpongeBob is simply ugly. SpongeBob is dismayed by this revelation, and isolates himself in his home.
Later, Patrick visits SpongeBob, who has resigned to become a hermit. Patrick tells SpongeBob the story of The Ugly Barnacle, which fails to cheer him up. Patrick then encourages him to take pride in his ugliness. It works, and SpongeBob's confidence grows, so they decide to go see a movie at Reef Cinema.
As they take their seats, all of the movie-goers still try to avoid SpongeBob, which angers Patrick and sends him into a tirade. Patrick forces the other viewers to look at SpongeBob. With every word SpongeBob speaks, the viewers panic and flee, soon leaving no one in the auditorium. Patrick gets hungry, so they go to the lobby to buy a snack. However, no one is at the counter. Instead, SpongeBob pulls some of his sundae out of his pocket and gives it to Patrick. After eating it, Patrick feels a sudden urge to use the bathroom.
While washing his hands, Patrick asks a fish next to him for some soap, but he quickly runs away. Upon finding no one will stay within his vicinity, Patrick fears he has caught "the ugly" from SpongeBob, and hides in a stall with a paper bag over his head. Eventually, SpongeBob smells Patrick's extremely foul breath and comes to the realization that they are not ugly, but simply have bad breath from the sundae. Immensely relieved, the two begin to run around shouting, "We stink!" melting down the theater around them with their noxious breath. SpongeBob and Patrick run into Squidward, looking at wigs in a window display. SpongeBob cries out in joy, "Guess what, Squidward? We stink!" leaving Squidward staring blankly as SpongeBob and Patrick run away laughing.
This episode and "Bossy Boots" were the first Season 2 episodes to air.
SpongeBob refers the Ketchup by its true pronunciation rather than what it says on the product label ("catsup").
When Patrick holds SpongeBob up and shouts "Look at it!" repeatedly has become a popular internet fad called "Patrick Wants You To Look At It," where something else replaces SpongeBob.
The Ugly Barnacle story is one of Patrick's most famous scenes in the entire series.
The shot where Fred is seen screaming has become a major YouTube phenomenon. He has been commonly referred to as the "Deuueaugh fish." Several videos include him screaming that for long periods of time. (Ten hours, ten minutes, etc.). There are also videos of the scream in multiple languages. Currently, the most in a single video is 27 .
This is the first episode where Patrick's eyebrows are "Z" shapes. With the exception of "Big Pink Loser," all future episodes will feature this design instead of the original sideways "M" shape.
However, unlike those previous episodes where SpongeBob is seen wearing glasses, the glasses he wears in this episode are a parody of Groucho Marx.
In the DVD commentary, it is mentioned at the end of this episode that Squidward had a deleted line. After SpongeBob and Patrick hug him and run away, he would say "Ugly and smelly, two for one," but it was cut due to the whole screen fading to black at the end.
For the beginning, the giant calendar that SpongeBob is flung into by his bed is a gag reused from "Boating School."
Running Gag: People run away when SpongeBob talks due to his horrible breath.
MY LEG: The marching band gets irritated with the stench of SpongeBob's mouth after they bump into buildings that they got thrown into.
This episode has a pretty high kill count:
Norton's body layers fall apart.
SpongeBob's reflection commits suicide by smashing himself with a hammer.
Two fish commit suicide by reeling themselves up with a hook.
SpongeBob causes a car to explode, killing the driver.
The Ugly Barnacle was so ugly that everyone died.
SpongeBob's bad breath causes two fish to go belly-up in the movie theater.
Another fish gets her face destroyed by SpongeBob's breath.
When SpongeBob and Patrick run around in joy, their rancid breath eventually melts down the entire theater.
There is an online game titled Stinky Swagger, which was based off of this episode.
After SpongeBob finishes his sundae, he says "You know what they say, Gary... I'm easy like Sunday morning," a reference to the lyrics to The Commodores' Easy.
The shot with SpongeBob playing the organ and wearing a mask is a reference to The Phantom of the Opera.
The Ugly Barnacle may be a possible reference to The Ugly Duckling, by Hans Christian Andersen.
When SpongeBob says, "Hello, Dolly!" he references the 1964 musical of the same name, which was later made popular by Louis Armstrong.
A brief glitch can be seen and heard during the title card sequence. This has occurred on Nicktoons and Nickelodeon airings of this episode for several years. There has yet to be an explanation for it.
When Patrick sees SpongeBob in his house playing the organ, SpongeBob has a mask on, but after SpongeBob turns around and Patrick lifts him up, the mask is gone.
When credited as Animation Director, Edgar Larrazábal's last name is misspelled as Larrazabla.
At The Reef, SpongeBob and Patrick first sit in the front row. But later, when Patrick lifts SpongeBob, they appear to be in the middle row.
When SpongeBob talks to the blue woman in the red dress, the fish in the background change colors from blue to green to red.
When Patrick says, "Don't worry about him, SpongeBob," the fish turns back to green.
As Patrick speaks to SpongeBob about how ugly he got, he mentions that he does not have a sister. However, he does, as seen later in "Big Sister Sam."
However, it could be possible that he forgot about her, due to his stupidity.
At the Reef, when SpongeBob and Patrick get into the theater, it is in a wide-shot and Fred is at the end of the front row. However, when SpongeBob and Patrick pass him, he is at least two seats in and next to Dave.
On the VHS/DVD releases, UK airings, Ukrainian version, and YTV airings of this episode, the scene where SpongeBob says, "Hi, building," and causes the building to flee from his bad breath plays the following audio: "SpongeBob: I just don't get it! Patrick: I don't either!" instead of what it should be. According to the Season 2 DVD commentary, this was an audio error. It's made obvious since SpongeBob's mouth still clearly says the intended line. Strangely enough, the closed captioning on home media uses the correct line. In subsequent releases (e.g. the The_First_100_Episodes), the captions have been updated to match the incorrect audio.
The music also repeats itself incorrectly at that point.
At the Reef, when SpongeBob and Patrick arrive in the theater, it is in a wide-shot and Tom is next to the red fish, Harold. However, when SpongeBob and Patrick get to Harold, he is sitting next to the red-haired fish.
Also upon arriving, almost every seat has someone in it, but when SpongeBob gets to the front row, very few seats are filled.
At several parts in the episode, SpongeBob does not have the smelly breath cloud.
In the bathroom, when SpongeBob first opens the stall door, Patrick's reflection does not move.
For a split second when SpongeBob yells "Patrick!" a majority of his holes are missing. However, the reflection on the floor has holes.