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Sun Bleached

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Sun Bleached
Season №: 6
Episode №: 106b
Airdate: June 5, 2008
Sister episode(s): "A Life in a Day"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Richard Pursel
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Nate Cash
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "A Life in a Day"
Next: "Giant Squidward"
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"Sun Bleached" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, SpongeBob accidentally gets too much of a tan.



SpongeBob and Patrick are playing at the beach, where all the other beachgoers are tanning. Craig Mammalton, the tannest man on TV, then shows up and announces he is having the hottest party of the summer. Everyone is invited except for SpongeBob and Patrick, who are not tan. Craig says that they cannot come if they do not get to the tan minimum and mocks them for having smooth skin. Patrick converts his house into a tanning machine, able to give them the minimum tan in just 15 seconds. Patrick goes first and gets a perfect tan. But during SpongeBob's turn, Patrick forgets to watch over SpongeBob and leaves him in for 2 hours while he goes off with a group of girls. SpongeBob ends up with a white "Sun Bleached" tan that makes him look ugly. SpongeBob suggests asking Squidward for help, who ridicules him. SpongeBob feels sad because he will not be able to go to the party, but Patrick offers to help him anyway he can.

Patrick first gives him a "makeover" by covering him in mud, placing kelp jerky over his teeth, and putting hair on SpongeBob's head that was ripped from his own armpits. While walking through town, a woman mistakes SpongeBob for a monster and attacks him to protect her baby. While having an ice cream break, Patrick gets an idea while eating his caramel sundae.

"Welcome aboard, bleachers. Join the party."

He covers SpongeBob in the caramel giving him a "tan." They are let into the party, where portable tanning lamps shine on the dancing partygoers, causing SpongeBob's caramel to harden and crack, revealing his bleached skin. The partygoers start to complain and make fun of him until Craig reveals sun bleached is the ultimate tan and calls SpongeBob a hero, thus making the partygoers praise SpongeBob. The tanning lamps are cranked to maximum "Sun Bleach" level and everyone is dried up to dust. SpongeBob asks Patrick if too much sun is bad for them, to which he replies, "Whatever. I just go with the flow."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hangin' Ten - Rod Abernethy [title card]
  Beach Party - Harry Bluestone [opening]
  Lonely Twist - Michel Gaucher [Craig Mammalton introduced]
  Surfmania - Eric Spencer ["Must be this tan to enter."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [later]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick's tanning bed]
  Steel Link (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick becomes tan]
  Gunning for Danger - Syd Dale [soda commercial]
  Tiki Rapido - Lionel Wendling [SpongeBob in the tanning bed]
  Beer Festival - Dick Stephen Walter [music on Patrick's headphones]
  Fresh Twist - Eric Spencer ["Is that tan for us?"]
  Tension Bits - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["It's time for me to get out!"]
  Fresh Twist - Eric Spencer [two hours later]
  Menace (2) - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob emerges from the tanning bed]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer ["You don't look too good."]
  Menace (1) - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward screams]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell ["You're sun bleached!"]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob sighs]
  SpongeBob Theme (Version 2) - Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton [makeover]
  Parting of the Clouds - David Farnon ["I look... amazing!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Time to go to the party."]
  Toy Piano - Dave Hewson ["Oh, what a cute little baby."]
  From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer ["Monster!"]
  Steel Sting (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You look like you could use an ice cream."]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ice cream parlor]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick puts caramel on SpongeBob]
  Surf Buggy - The Surfdusters [at the summer shindig]
  Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone [tanning lights]
  Menace (1) - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob's bleached skin revealed]
  Dracula 2020 - someone's eyes melt
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone complaining]
  Love Me Spencer - Eric Spencer ["I have seen this only one other time."]
  Bikini Babes - Eric Spencer [ending]



  • 2 Hours Later (x2)
  • When Patrick tans himself, the dried apple is still on the platform, but when SpongeBob steps on, the apple is gone. It is possible that the apple was burned to dust.
  • This is one of few episodes where there is a pun at the end, another one is "Idiot Box."
  • This is the first time the same time card appears twice in the same episode. The second is "A Friendly Game."
  • This is the first episode to feature Goo Lagoon without Larry the Lobster. The second is "The Card," the third is "Ditchin'," the fourth is "Extreme Spots," and the fifth is "It Came from Goo Lagoon."
  • This episode is paired with "A Life in a Day." Coincidentally, both episodes have a summer setting and take place at Goo Lagoon.
  • SpongeBob wears his beach suit, but it is colored red instead of blue like in other episodes. This is also the case in "Sand Castles in the Sand," "A Life in a Day," and "License to Milkshake."
  • Squidward perhaps overheard SpongeBob and Patrick talking about the party since he was not invited.
  • Squidward was not tan, and teased SpongeBob about being overly tan.
  • When the tanners are screaming at Craig's party, the screams used are mainly not used for people partying, but mainly for people literally screaming and running away from something for other movies/shows.
  • When Nat poured the Tan Accelerator on him, he was turned into a rasher of bacon. However, this would be impossible, since bacon is made out of pigs, not underwater fish. Therefore, this joke doesn't work.
  • This episode premiered two years after The Best of Nickelodeon: Summer Adventures was released and one year after Bikini Bottom Adventures was released.

Cultural references

  • The scene where Patrick makes a cutaway gag of a soda commercial is likely a reference to the many cutaway gags seen on Family Guy.
  • Craig Mammalton is a reference to film and television actor George Hamilton (who, like Craig, is also known for his tan skin).


  • When Craig is speechless, some of the partygoers do not have tans.
  • After SpongeBob is sun bleached, his voice becomes dry and hoarse, but during the scene where he is covered in mud and throughout the rest of the episode, his voice is normal again.
  • The Bikini Bottom Summer Shindig sign misspells the word "Shindig" as "Shinding."
  • When Squidward is shouting "You're sun bleached" in SpongeBob's face, his neck goes missing for a brief moment.

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