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Episode Information
Season №: 3
Episode №: 54
Airdate: March 5, 2004
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Kent Osborne
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
Caleb Meurer
William Reiss
Storyboard: Paul Tibbitt
Kent Osborne
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Clams"
Next: "The Great Snail Race"
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"Ugh" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeGar, Patar and Squog discover fire.



The French Narrator introduces another SpongeBob SquarePants special, hosted from Encino, California as it was 100 million years ago. From his cave-house, Patchy the Pirate, in a caveman costume, is introducing prehistoric times and talking about how great they were. However, Potty, in a futuristic robot costume, appears and says that prehistoric times were "lame" and the future is "where it's at". They begin arguing over whether SpongeBob himself likes prehistory or the future better, and while working at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob feels a disturbance, and tells Mr. Krabs that "I've got the strangest feeling that somewhere a pirate and parrot are arguing about me. And, the parrot is winning." As Patchy and Potty continue to argue, Patchy begins the SpongeBob episode. The cartoon features prehistoric versions of SpongeBob, Squidward and Patrick, named "SpongeGar", "Squog" and "Patar", respectively. SpongeGar, who is sleeping in his pineapple-shaped cave, it awaken by a distant herd of monstrous purple creatures, who produce a sound identical to that of SpongeBob's alarm clock that knocks the rock on SpongeGar. SpongeGar takes his version of Gary, who is bigger than the prehistoric pineapple itself, out for a walk, and he leaves a slime trail all over Squog's front yard. Squog comes out to complain to SpongeGar, but slips on the slime trail, sliding into Patar's rock, awakening its occupant, and eventually crashing back into his own house. SpongeGar and Patar begin to play, and SpongeGar uses a hollow log to blow a bubble. It then starts raining, and eventually lightning strikes the log, setting it on fire. The three experiment with it, and soon realize that it can be used to cook food, and begin cooking various items with it, including flowers, the top of a mushroom, a kelp reed, a wood stick (Patar eats it), a prehistoric ancestor of Eugene H. Krabs, seaweed flowers that look similar to corn on the cob, a green plant that looks like spaghetti, rocks that take the form of popcorn, and a krabby patty made of sand.

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Over the commercial break, Patchy and Potty continue to fight, now keeping score between the future and the past. Patchy brings in a real live caveman, but Potty brings in a futuristic robot who begins repeatedly shooting the caveman with lasers.

At the end of the day, SpongeGar, Patar and Squog start fighting over whom will keep the fire. They continue fighting until it starts raining again, putting the fire out. SpongeGar and Patar apologize to each other for fighting, but Squog blames them for putting it out and attempts to hit them over the head. Before he can do so, however, lightning strikes him and SpongeGar and Patar cook marshmallows over his charred body.

After the cartoon, Patchy is shown sitting outside his cave, apparently having lost to Potty. However, Potty comes outside and invites him back in, where Cavey the Caveman and the Robot Android Cyborg DX-294888 do a rap called "When Worlds Collide". The song montage features scenes from SpongeBob B.C. and "SB-129". The episode ends with Potty giving Patchy a "gift": a Tyrannosaurus Rex, which begins chasing him as Patchy says bye to the viewers.


Caveman language

SpongeGar, Patar and Squog speak in a primitive language similar to English. Many words and sounds are taken from or based on English words/sounds.

Known meanings
Caveman Modern Day
Banooga Ready! I'm Ready!
Tabonga Come on
Polinka Brain
Dumbo Dumb
Taila Foo Art
Tay make
Na not
Mowanga excellent
fwee fwee fire
Pooga slime
Pooca bother
Unga love
Monga stupid
Chonga go away!
Babwana give me
Wa watch
Bolapa burp
Gonaga good night
Gagonda forgot
Tabanga Do? it belongs to you, not me!
Wait a minute wait a minute
Money money
Manaka look
Molonka any
Yumma yummy
Fongar flowers
Tooka give
Bonga down
Go go
And and
Bawannagog crazy
Tabonga left
As behind
A a
Go o messy
Saila trail
Got got
No no
Wima soe ouch

Sutaka jakasa!

why you little!


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin [intro]
  Monster Bug A - Gregor F. Narholz ["...100 million years ago!"]
  Er Indoors - Johnny Hawksworth [Patchy riding a fake dinosaur]
  Lonely Stranger - Laurie Johnson [meanwhile at the Krusty Krab]
  Er Indoors - Johnny Hawksworth [Patchy and Potty arguing]
  Pulse of Africa - Robin Hogarth ["Ugh" title card]
  Moon Walk - John Fox [primordial sea]
  Hawaii Jive Ho - David Jones [SpongeGar wakes up]
  Cucu Chama - David Bradnum [Squog complaining about slime trail]
  Natives Bulletin - Jonny Teupen* [Patar eats slime off Squog]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Sangoma D - Richard Siluma [SpongeGar and Patar hitting themselves]
  Nyala - David Bradnum [rain]
  Cucu Chama - David Bradnum [thunder/lightning]
  ? [gong]
  ? [fire]
  Bongo Crazy (b) - Martyn David, Alan Bell, Roger Stephen Dexter [SpongeGar and Patar scream in pain]
  Glissando Up - Eric Allen [Squog hits Patar]
  ? - Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Mr. Lawrence, Dee Bradley Baker, Sirena Irwin [choir]
  Proclamation A - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeGar gets an idea]
  African Flute - Friedel Berlipp* [roasting things over the fire]
  Bell Hop (a) - John Shakespeare [prehistory vs. the future]
  African Flute - Friedel Berlipp* [roasting more food]
  African Percussion (g) - Robin Hogarth [SpongeGar and Squog hitting each other]
  Pulse of Africa - Robin Hogarth [they fight over the log]
  Bare Foot - Robin Hogarth [Squog struck by lightning]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["Now I know how Squidward feels."]
  When Worlds Collide - Theo Mondle, Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne
  Monster Bug A - Gregor F. Narholz [dinosaur]
  The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [ending]
  B.C. Strut - Steve Belfer [closing credits]

*removed from APM site


This episode is available on DVD on SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric, The Complete 3rd Season, and The First 100 Episodes.


  • "Ugh" was ranked #16 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • Millions of years before the present
  • Meanwhile
  • This is the first episode where SpongeBob appears as a cameo.
  • This is the second episode to show clips from another episode. The first was The Sponge Who Could Fly during the "Remembering SpongeBob" sequence.
  • Squog says: "Wait a minute" at one point, the only English sentence spoken by any of the Cavemen.
  • Scenes from "SB-129" are seen during the "When Worlds Collide" sequence.
  • One of the foods SpongeGar cooks is a Krabby Patty replica made of sand.
  • The caveman that Patchy found and thawed out is played by Bill Fagerbakke, who voices Patrick. Incidentally, Potty's robot is voiced by Tom Kenny, the actor of SpongeBob and Patchy.
  • In original and DVD captions, the lines where the characters are speaking cave-ish are listed as "speaking gibberish" or "gibberish" in the dialogue. Example: SpongeGar's line "Banooga ready!" (which means "I'm ready!") is written as "(speaking gibberish) Ready!"
  • The opening credits on the title card are also unique. This is the third time this has happened, the first two being SB-129, and Krusty Krab Training Video.
  • One of the singers in the barbershop quartet is a woman wearing a fake moustache.
  • Just like in the episodes Nature Pants, Life of Crime, The Camping Episode, Party Pooper Pants, and Pre-Hibernation Week, fire is able to exist underwater.
    • However, in Life of Crime, when Patrick noticed the fire, it went out instantly.
  • Some people who saw the trailer thought that this would be a new spin-off series set in prehistoric times.
  • This episode, like Party Pooper Pants, is infamous for being rarely aired on Nickelodeon.
  • The French Narrator mistakenly called SpongeGar SpongeBob.
  • The music used in the introduction of SpongeGar, Patar, and Squog is the exact same music used in the title card of the episode Rock Bottom.
  • Running Gag: Patar putting salt on items and then eating them.
  • Excluding the narrator, none of the dialogue in the SpongeBob episode were edited in the Korean version.
  • "When Worlds Collide" is the only rap on "SpongeBob SquarePants".

Cultural References

  • The atonal singing of the barbershop quartet is a reference to the piece "Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs, and Orchestra" by György Ligeti, which was used in the film 1927 whenever the monolith appeared.
  • The scene in which SpongeGar realizes that he can use a stick as a tool to take a piece of coral out of the fire pays direct homage to the Dawn of Man sequence from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, a famous scene in which a group of apes learn to use a bone as both a tool and weapon. In both cases, the narrative is portrayed these stories without the use of conventional dialogue (using nonsensical cave-ish speech in Ugh and using ape noises in 2001. The music is also a direct homage, with a modernistic wailing piece composed by György Ligeti used while SpongeGar makes his discovery, and the classical piece "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss played after SpongeGar's discovery, mirroring the use of those same two pieces of music in 2001.


  • When Patar punctured his lip, the stick is thick, but when SpongeGar stomps on a little crab take out the stick out of Patar's lip and impaled a little crab and give him to it; the stick is thin.
  • When Gary gets a snail trail on Squog's rocks, it is on the one closest to his house, but when Squog looks out the window, it is on the third one from his house.
  • Squog doesn't have a door on his house until he takes the fire to it.
  • The original captions spell Patar's name as Pathar.
  • The YTV captions spell Squog's name as Squd.
  • Patchy has brown eyes throughout the episode, but when his eyes bulge out of his head, they are blue in color.
  • Netflix sometimes played this episode when you select the episodes Shanghaied and Gary Takes a Bath.
  • When Patchy tries to create fire, his hook is shown on his left hand, while in other scenes, it is on his right hand.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Ugh

  • What episodes have the longest/shortest titles?

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    • In that case, Ugh and F.U.N. are the shortest. Counting total characters, SB-129, F.U.N., and Ugh are the shortest.
    • SpongeTron99 wrote: I believe the episode with the shortest title is "Gone", from season 5, and the episode with the longest title is "Super E...
  • Spongebob B-C

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    • MattBoo 2 wrote:It is, but it's just a nickname. The special is named "SpongeBob B.C. (Before Comedy)" and the cartoon is na...

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