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Two Thumbs Down
Season №: 9
Episode №: 197b
Airdate: March 12, 2016 (USA)
July 1, 2016 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Mall Girl Pearl"
Writer(s): Kyle McCulloch
Supervising Producer: Marc Ceccarelli
Storyboard: Fred Osmond
Animation: Alan Smart
Tom Yasumi
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Previous: "Mall Girl Pearl"
Next: "Sharks vs. Pods"
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"Two Thumbs Down" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, SpongeBob loses the use of his thumbs.



SpongeBob and Patrick play thumb war and SpongeBob wins. He gives Patrick a thumbs up, making Patrick feel good. He then goes to work and gives the customers and Mr. Krabs a thumbs up, and Squidward two thumbs up. Then he meets Sandy on the street and gives her the thumbs up as well. Sandy asks SpongeBob if he feels like he's using the thumbs up too much but he says no and he goes to cross the street and gives everyone a thumbs up.

He does another one and then breaks both his thumbs. He goes to the hospital and Dr. Manfish tells him he can't say for certain if he'll be able to use his thumbs again. He goes to the Krusty Krab where he can't cook Krabby Patties anymore due to his injury. SpongeBob is upset and mopes around his house. Sandy finds him and tells him he needs to find a purpose in life again.

SpongeBob then mends his thumbs through training and goes to the Krusty Krab where Patrick has taken his job. They then have another thumb war to determine who gets the job. SpongeBob wins and gets his job back, happily.


Vincent Waller confirmed the episode on Twitter on October 11, 2015.[1]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [Opening.]
  ? ["Thanks, SpongeBob, that means a lot."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Giving someone a thumbs up feels great!"]
  Sailor's Sting 2 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Boy, these Krabby Patties are delicious."]
  Fantasy Princess [#52] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["That thumbs up really touched my heart."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (z) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob walks away.]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs asks if SpongeBob counted the cups.]
  ? ["Yes, sir!"]
  Sailor's Sting 9 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Do you have one of your precious thumbs up for me?"]
  ? [Two thumbs up.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes back to the kitchen.]
  Unknown Track 2 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob gives Sandy two thumbs up.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (q) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob leaves Sandy.]
  Jungle Baby - Hans Ehrlinger [SpongeBob giving everyone thumbs up.]
  Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob's thumbs break.]
  Unknown Track 19 - SpongeBob in the hospital.
  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob trying to take the spatula.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (h) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm sorry, son."]
  Cartoon Sting 9 - Barry Anthony [Patrick enters the kitchen.]
  Sailor's Sting 14 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Patrick, I'm glad it's you."]
  Thumbs Song - Kaz, Eban Schletter [Original composition.]
  Crazy Mind - Harry Lubin [Sandy visits SpongeBob.]
  Fates - Gregor Narholz ["Don't give up, SpongeBob!"]
  Giant Steps - Ramon Codas ["Enough sitting around feeling sorry for myself."]
  Sailor's Sting 22 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patrick cooking patties.]
  ? ["The job's taken."]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn ["Thumb war."]
  Sword Fight Alt. End - Sam Fonteyn [SpongeBob wins the thumb war.]
  SpongeBob History Song - Nicolas Carr, 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 6.8/10 based on 57 ratings by users.[2] users give this episode a 5/10 based on 22 votes.[3]



Cultural references

  • At the start of the episode, SpongeBob and Patrick were playing thumb war. It could be a reference to the show Thumb Wrestling Federation.
  • The scene where the plum puller pulls a plum of a pie may or may not be a reference to Little Jack Horner.


  • The mom with the baby on the bench appear during the thumbs song, but they disappear when they zoom out and show the thumb convention.
  • There's a scene where SpongeBob is shown walking outside of Bikini Bottom. Then the next scene shows him immediately walking to his pineapple house which is located in Bikini Bottom.



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