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Episode Information [edit]
Season №: 9
Episode №: 196a
Airdate: May 2, 2016 (USA)
July 8, 2016 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Married to Money"
Writer(s): Jack Pendarvis
Kyle McCulloch
Supervising Producer: Marc Ceccarelli
Vincent Waller
Storyboard: John Trabbic
Animation: Alan Smart
Tom Yasumi
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Previous: "Larry's Gym"
Next: "Married to Money"
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"The Fish Bowl" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, when Sandy tries to study SpongeBob and Patrick's behavioral patterns, her science experiment goes awry.



This episode starts off with Sandy sitting in her pool lounge chair listening to music when suddenly a book she ordered arrives to her dome. The book is regarding to behavioral psychology, which Sandy uses to observe natural underwater fish. She begins off by riding a bus full of fish, who seem to act naturally. She then disturbs the Bikini Bottomites with her eavesdropping which results them to throw her out of the bus. After Sandy's fall, she then goes to SpongeBob and Patrick who don't mind being observed naturally. The two both don't know what they're supposed to do during natural observance, so in order to get SpongeBob and Patrick to act naturally, Sandy observes them without disturbing their nature.

Sandy observing SpongeBob and Patrick.

She starts off by assigning them to go to the beach, to fill one bucket with white sand and one bucket with black sand to count. She also puts Patrick in charge. After Sandy leaves the pineapple, she uses her microphone and camera systems to observe what they do when she's not present. She then starts her second experiment by initiating two scoops of the same amount of ice cream into two different sized bowls to confuse Patrick, which leads to his selfishness due to him being in charge. Sandy then begins observing them both when she hands them two ice cream cones exactly the same size. She then realizes Patrick's taking advantage of his privileges and taking advantage of SpongeBob due to his power of being in charge. SpongeBob then fights back naturally, as any other fish would do. After their argument, Sandy reveals her experiment towards SpongeBob and Patrick which leads to a disturbance to their nature. Upon hearing this, Patrick realized that he got carried away with being in charge and apologized to SpongeBob for his selfish behavior. The episode wraps up to Squidward who is begging for a drop of ice cream, which Sandy, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Gary all ate and end up observing Squidward's despairing for the ice cream.


Vincent Waller confirmed this episode on Twitter on February 25, 2016.[1] Its air date in certain countries is Thursday, April 28, 2016. The episode aired in Poland on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. In the United States, it finally aired on May 2, 2016.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Kalua Jubilee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  ? [Opening.]
  Unknown Track 24 - Sandy opens psychology book.
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["I've studied underwater chemistry, geology, and astronomy..."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to the next scene.]
  Cartoon Sting 5 - Sandy does the experiment on the bus.
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy's recording device is thrown back at her.]
  The Donut Dilemma - Nicolas Carr [Sandy asks SpongeBob and Patrick to be part of her experiment.]
  Unknown Track 23 - SpongeBob and Patrick stiltedly greet each other.
  The Donut Dilemma - Nicolas Carr [Sandy says the experiment's done.]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick ask how they did.]
  Unknown Track 23 - Sandy resumes observation.
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, forget it."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Unknown Track 23 - SpongeBob and Patrick get stilted
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Are you guys up for another experiment?"]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Time to get to work."]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick return from the beach.]
  Short Military Bridge - Nicolas Carr ["Aye, aye, Captain Sandy."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Sandy tells Patrick he's in charge.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandy observing from inside an ice cream truck.]
  Bobbins and Spindles - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick's daydream.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick counting sand.]
  Cockney Capers - Ray Davies ["Time to initiate the first variable."]
  Unknown Track 10 - "Free ice cream!"
  Cartoon Sting 7 - Sandy gives SpongeBob and Patrick ice cream.
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's nose crushed.]
  Cartoon Sting 7 - Patrick eats all the ice cream.
  Unknown Track 10 - "More free ice cream here!"
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony ["I'll take those, my good man."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward's hands crushed.]
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [Patrick wants SpongeBob to rub his feet.]
  House of Horror - William Farran [Closeup of Patrick's foot.]
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [Ice cream starts to melt.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["All right, I will."]
  Lite Conversation - Barry Anthony [Patrick mixes white and black sand.]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Jeepers! I didn't see that coming."]
  Unknown Track 22 - SpongeBob and Patrick glare at each other.
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (s) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Aha!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [The door throws Squidward to the floor.]
  Drama Sting 3 - Steve Marston ["Open the door! The experiment is over!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Cameras?"]
  Unknown Track 23 - "Et tu, Gary?"
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick crying.]
  Unknown Track 10 - "...and ice cream!"
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (k) - Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone eating ice cream.]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending.]


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  • As of October 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.6/10 based on 47 ratings by users.[2] users give this episode a 4.6/10 based on 21 votes.[3]


  • The title card background is the same as "The Algae's Always Greener," but overlapped with blue.
  • This is the first episode to air for the May 2016 premiere week.
  • It is unknown how SpongeBob and Patrick didn't realize all the microphones and cameras set up around his home.
  • When SpongeBob is counting the white sand, each grain looks bigger than it should look.
  • This episode aired with the series premiere of The Loud House.
  • Running Gag: When Sandy says Eureka, Prospector appears saying "that's my line." And crushing one of Squidward's parts telling him they're sold out whenever she is handing out free ice cream.
  • This episode premiered three years after Sweet & Sour Squidward DVD was released in the UK.
  • This episode's German title is "Das Experiment," which translates to "The Experiment."
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Badania naukowe" (Scientific Experiments).
  • This episode premiered in Germany six years after "Rodeo Daze" premiered in Australia.
  • It is unlikely how Sandy made Patrick in charge inside of SpongeBob's residence, meaning that SpongeBob should have been in charge.
    • Although it could have been because Sandy knows that Patrick would make very poor choices if he's the boss since he's not so intelligent. This also happens in "Rule of Dumb."
  • This is the second time that Sandy has gained weight since "Survival of the Idiots."
  • The title card letters are similar to "The Main Drain."

Cultural references

  • When SpongeBob asks Sandy if she was going to expose them to gamma rays, it could be a reference to Hulk (Bruce Banner) since he turned into the Hulk because of gamma rays.
  • The ice cream truck and alias that Sandy used for her experiment is, a reference to Ivan Pavlov.
  • When SpongeBob discovers Gary was part of Sandy's observation, he says "Et tu, Gary?" This is a reference to the famous last words of Julius Caesar "Et tu, Brute?" meaning "You too, Brute?" Brute was Caesar's friend before he turned on Caesar and became part of a plot to assassinate Caesar.


  • After SpongeBob and Patrick are elated to get ice cream, the tub of ice cream that Sandy was holding on her left hand changes from green to pink.

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