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Episode Information [edit]
Suction Cup Symphony
Season №: 6
Episode №: 103b
Airdate: March 6, 2008
Running time: 10 minutes, 53 seconds
Sister episode(s): "Spongicus"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Richard Pursel
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Spongicus"
Next: "Not Normal"
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"Suction Cup Symphony" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, Squidward writes a symphony.



One average day in Bikini Bottom, Squidward is playing his clarinet when SpongeBob goes outside to do some gardening. He thinks Squidward went to an Italian restaurant called Mario's. Suddenly, SpongeBob notices two construction workers putting up a billboard. Thinking Squidward's music is flatulence, SpongeBob becomes noisy to cover it up until Squidward alerts him to stop. Getting mad at the billboard workers, he then discovers the Bikini Bottom Symphony Orchestra is holding a competition for an original score.

Following a series of events starting with Patrick breaking his butt, Squidward tries not to get distracted by SpongeBob's home doctoring. After turning in his score, he finds that he wrote down all of SpongeBob's doctoring. When it's Squidward's time to perform, He finds SpongeBob squeezing a rubber duck and Patrick going "Woo!" and SpongeBob is on a seat, bashing Patrick's brain, causing a farting noise and making his eyes pop out.

The audience gives a round of applause to Squidward. SpongeBob says to make sure Squidward doesn't get a "swelled head." The camera cuts to only Squidward, whose head inflates due to Patrick squeezing the pump of the blood pressure, and the episode ends by the screen blacking out as an explosion is heard.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["Those construction workers!"]
  ? ["I'll cover for him."]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["SpongeBob, can you keep it down?"]
  Playful Bridge 5 - Harry Bluestone ["Original compositions wanted?"]
  Big Show Theme - Robert Sharples [Squidward imagines himself in a limo]
  Piano Concerto No. 1 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky [Squidward conducting]
  Steel Sting (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward melts]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward runs outside, kisses construction workers]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward puts his game face on]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["Due tomorrow?!"]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward screams]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Don't worry, Squidward, we'll do it together."]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick broke his butt]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Douglas Gulland [SpongeBob taking Patrick's blood pressure]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Come on... be inspired."]
  Wild Eyes - Ronald Hanmer [brainstorm]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [rainbow appears]
  Piano Concerto No. 1 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky [Squidward starts writing]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [rainbow melts]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob doing tests on Patrick]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [Squidward still writing]
  ? [Squidward's finished]
  Film Fanfare (a) - Dick Stephen Walter ["I did it! I did it! I did it!..."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [conductor looking at sheet music]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [choir]
  The Suction Cup Symphony - Gary Stockdale [Original composition.]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Squidward starts to walk away]
  Take a Bow 1 - David Lindup [everyone cheers]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [ending]



  • As of August 14, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.1/10 based on 106 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 5.8/10 based on 161 votes.[2]



A comparison between the two episodes. (Left: Squid's Day Off, Right: Suction Cup Symphony)

  • When Squidward finally finishes writing his song, he has that same look on his face that he had in the episode "Squid's Day Off," when he locked himself in his house. However, sand was added into his eyes in this episode.
  • The machine that Patrick was in was exactly like the one SpongeBob was dreaming about the laughing machine in "Funny Pants."
  • When "The Splinter" premiered, this episode also aired along with it.
  • The fish playing the piano in this episode was the same fish that SpongeBob sat next to at Reef Cinema in "Something Smells."
  • This is the second time SpongeBob was seen gardening. The first was in the episode "My Pretty Seahorse."
  • This is the second time Squidward has been seen conducting a band. The first time being in the episode "Band Geeks."
  • This episode appeared as a part of the Gimme 5 special.
  • This is the second time Mario is mentioned. The first was "The Bully."
  • The storm in Squidward's brain is similar to "Breath of Fresh Squidward."
  • In "Suds" and "The Splinter," Patrick pretended to be a doctor and treated SpongeBob. This time, the tables are turned: SpongeBob pretends to be a doctor and treats Patrick.
  • It is not known because if Squidward needed silence to concentrate, but it never occurred to close the window.
  • The first time SpongeBob puts on a rubber glove and makes that squeaky sound and Patrick goes "Woo!," may have implied that SpongeBob was giving Patrick a prostate exam. However, he was just playing with a rubber duck that amused Patrick.
  • Dish Network calls this episode "Suctioncup Symphony."
  • This episode premiered on Eddie Deezen's 51st birthday and seven years after the premiere of "Grandma's Kisses" and "Squidville."
  • In Poland, the explosion sound at the end is cut from Nickelodeon airings, but left intact on PULS 2 airings.

Cultural references

  • The symphony the orchestra plays may have been from Heroes of the Bible: Lions, Shepherds and Queens (Oh My!)
  • SpongeBob said "Sounds like Squidward ate at Mario's last night." The restaurant "Mario's", a fictional Italian restaurant mentioned in this episode, could be a reference to Mario the popular video game character from the Super Mario Bros. series.


  • Squidward would have seen "Bikini Bottom Symphony Orchestra" on the billboard since "Original Compositions Wanted" was the part that wasn't visible.
  • All the music players still continued playing their instruments after the music ended.
  • In some of the wider shots of the orchestra, Richard A. Bottomfeeder is seen with a yellow body and blue hair instead of a green body and black hair.
  • When Squidward was dropping SpongeBob and Patrick out of the window, SpongeBob's freckles are missing.

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