If you were looking for the article about the song, then see The Suction Cup Symphony.

"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.

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Are you sure you don't want any help, Squidward?

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!" while SpongeBob is on a seat, bashing Patrick's brain, causing a farting noise and making his eyes pop out. All while Squidward is conducting the orchestra, and barely paying attention to his conducting, due to SpongeBob and Patrick distracting him with their odd procedures to each other.

The audience gives a round of applause to Squidward, who is happy. 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.

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I can turn into a skyscraper!
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 ) 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 [SpongeBob notices the 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]
  Unknown Track 40 - 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]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (m) - 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]
  Unknown Track 45 - 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 7.2/10 based on 114 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 5.8/10 based on 161 votes.[2]


  • When "The Splinter" premiered, it was paired up with this episode.
  • Dish Network calls this episode "Suctioncup Symphony."
  • This is the second time SpongeBob was seen gardening. The first was in the episode "My Pretty Seahorse."
  • This is the second time Mario is mentioned. The first was "The Bully."
  • This is the second time Squidward has been seen conducting a band. The first time being in the episode "Band Geeks."
  • 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.
  • The storm in Squidward's Brain is similar to the one in "Breath of Fresh Squidward."
  • It is not known if Squidward needed silence to concentrate, but it never occurred to him to close the window.

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 to his eyes in this episode.
  • The fish playing the piano in this episode was the same fish that SpongeBob sat next to at Reef Cinema in "Something Smells."
  • The first time SpongeBob puts on a rubber glove and makes the 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.
  • The machine that Patrick was in looks exactly like the Laughing Machine SpongeBob was dreaming about in "Funny Pants."
  • 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.
  • When Squidward was dropping SpongeBob and Patrick out of the window, SpongeBob's freckles are missing.
  • All the musicians 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.
  • Right before Squidward finishes his script, the bubbles the show uses to transfer scenes doesn't make noise.


Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Golden Reel Awards StatueStraight

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2012)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)

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