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The Gift of Gum

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Episode Information
The Gift of Gum
Season №: 4
Episode №: 80b
Airdate: February 19, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Best Day Ever"
Writer(s): Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Best Day Ever"
Next: "Friend or Foe"
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"The Gift of Gum" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, Patrick gives SpongeBob a glob of gum for Best Friends Day.



On "Best Friend's Day," Patrick gives SpongeBob an enormous wad of used gum he has amassed over his entire lifetime (fondly referred to as "Gummy"), and SpongeBob finds it a better gift than his own (a robotic butler). However, when he takes it inside, he realizes how disgusting it is, and it even starts to scare him, with a pair of underpants crawling out of the gum and saying in a demonic voice, "You're not Patrick!" First, SpongeBob tries to throw it away, but Patrick catches him in doing so, and he says that he was dressing it up with the garbage can. Later, SpongeBob tries to bury Gummy, but Patrick catches him again, and he says that he dug the hole to be able to look at Gummy from below. Patrick insists that it must be displayed properly, and places it above SpongeBob's doorway. SpongeBob next tries to dispose of it in the night, and in the process frees several people who were literally trapped inside it. He tries to pull Gummy off of his house, and fails, destroying the ball and getting stuck to it in the process.

The next day, Sandy visits SpongeBob's house to see it covered in the sticky remains of Gummy, with SpongeBob hanging above his doorway. She tries to free him by lassoing a piece of Gummy onto a passing truck, which is almost able to pull it away, but is ultimately pulled in by it, hitting SpongeBob's house and causing the gum to explode, completely covering the houses of SpongeBob, Squidward and Patrick, and trapping Squidward and Sandy as well. Patrick then appears, and SpongeBob tells him he can have Gummy back. Patrick then wolfs down all of the gum making Patrick super-morbidly obese, freeing SpongeBob, his friends and their houses. However, he then hiccups a massive bubble, which explodes and covers the whole town in gum.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Kalua Jubilee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Olympus (a) - Richard A. Harvey [opening]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick rolling a giant ball of gum to SpongeBob's house]
  Brass Flourish (k) - Barrie Hingley ["This chewing gum is my most beloved possession."]
  Whisper from the Past - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob cries]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [robot servant]
  The Promised Land (David Farnon) - David Farnon [SpongeBob welcomes Gummy into his home]
  Steel Sting (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You sure are a big boy, aren't you?"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Spongebob gets an idea]
  Crime Squad - John Cameron [karate]
  Steel Licks (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob crawls out]
  Tension Bits - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["With your dirty sock, used toothbrush..."]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer ["Get a hold of yourself, SpongeBob."]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [SpongeBob throwing Gummy away]
  Mission Improbable - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob digging a hole]
  Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob deflates]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick puts Gummy above SpongeBob's front door]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Oh, what am I gonna do, Gary?"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  Spongeburglar - SpongeBob dressed as a burglar
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede [that night]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Who are you?"]
  Holy Grail - Larry Hochman ["Oh, thank Neptune!"]
  City Heat - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob tries to pull Gummy off his house]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Sandy steps in gum]
  Towerstreet 17 (#41) - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob's house covered in gum]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer [Sandy gasps]
  Stepping Into Danger - Mike Sunderland [Sandy tries to free SpongeBob]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [truck drives by]
  Runaway Train - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Hang on tight, SpongeBob!"]
  Comic Walk (Sidney Torch Version) - Sidney Torch [Squidward and Sandy get stuck]
  Caliope Carousel - Roger Roger ["It's like a gummy wonderland!"]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [robot gives Patrick a massage]
  Pua Paoakalani (b) - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani ["Patrick, do you miss your Gummy?"]
  SpongeBob Theme (Version 2) - Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton [Patrick eating the gum]
  Harp Gliss 1 - Otto Sieben [harp music]
  Dramatic Climax (Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin) - Patrick hiccupping
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • The German title, "Gummilein," is also to the German name of Gummy. 
  • Originally, the writers planned to color the gum blue instead of pink.
  • This episode was scheduled to premiere on December 23, 2006, but got delayed to February 19, 2007 instead.
  • This is one of the episodes that aired on the Patrick for President marathon.
  • When SpongeBob was trying to tell Patrick something about Gummy, he decided to tell another lie because if he told Patrick the truth, then it would've hurt Patrick's feelings.
  • The truck driver's steering wheel is on the right side, meaning it is a foreign car.
  • This episode marks the season finale of season 4.
  • Season 4 Volume 2 and The Complete Fourth Season DVD covers are based on this episode. The season 4 volume 2 DVD features plankton getting stuck in the gum, possibly as a joke. But he did not appear in this episode.
  • This is the second time Sandy says "That's Crazy Talk"; the first time was in "I Had an Accident."
  • This is the last episode written by Erik Wiese.
  • This episode premiered in Latin America on Ricky Gervais' 51st birthday and one year after "The Other Patty" premiered.
  • This episode premiered in the Netherlands on Rosario Dawson's 31st birthday.

Cultural references

  • The name of this episode is a reference to "The Gift of the Magi." Or" the gift of gab".
  • At the end, during the cleaning of the gum, Patrick ate some of the gum like Pac-Man.
  • Robo 2.1 is similar to C-3PO from Star Wars as he has a similar voice and said a similar phrase to C-3PO's when introduced in the episode.
    • Strangely, he also slightly resembles R2-D2.


  • SpongeBob drives a bulldozer in this episode, but he doesn't have a driver's license and still doesn't know how to drive.
  • When SpongeBob "steals" Gummy and gets trapped, he is wearing a burglar outfit. However, when Sandy sees him trapped, he's wearing his normal clothes.
  • After Sandy gets her hand stuck in the gum, she takes her hand back out when she saw the truck passing by, as if her hand was never stuck in the first place.
  • The truck driver calls his truck, "Old Blue" even though it's red.
  • Before SpongeBob "steals" Gummy, he looks over to Patrick's rock, but Squidward's house is nowhere in sight.
  • After Gummy explodes onto SpongeBob's house, all of the nasty trash stuck to it disappears.
  • When SpongeBob shows his present to Patrick, Patrick's mouth disappears.
    • This was fixed in some locations.
  • Towards the end of the episode, SpongeBob says that it's still Best Friends Day. This is inaccurate because a night had passed.
  • When SpongeBob puts Gummy away in the rubbish bin, the dirty pizza and other dirty things disappear.
  • When everything gets covered in gum, the flower on Sandy's helmet swapped sides.
  • During the opening shot (including near the ending), the windows of SpongeBob's house and the chimneys are on the wrong side of his house.
  • Patrick destroyed his rock to get Gummy out to SpongeBob. The next time there is an outside scene, his rock is back the way it was.
  • When Patrick was getting ready to go home in the beginning, Gummy is a lot smaller than usual.
  • Before SpongeBob gives Gummy back to Patrick, he tells him that it's still Best Friends Day. However, the episode took place over two days. This error is further reinforced by SpongeBob saying "Well, it's still Best Friend's Day..." close to the end of the episode. As a result, SpongeBob could have been trying to trick Patrick into taking Gummy back, or Best Friends Day is a multi-day holiday.
  • When SpongeBob was raiding his closet, a baseball lands on the floor near Gary and then disappears.
  • When Patrick cleaned the gum, SpongeBob's house's windows were backwards.

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