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This article is about the Season 1 episode. For the location, see Bubblestand (location).
“Hey, Squidward. Wanna blow some bubbles? Only 25 cents!”
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Season number: 1
Episode number: 4
Production code: 2a
First airing: July 17, 1999
Sister episode(s): Ripped Pants
Writer(s): Ennio Torresan, Jr.
Erik Wiese
Stephen Hillenburg
Derek Drymon
Tim Hill
Storyboard: Ennio Torresan, Jr. (writer)
Erik Wiese (artist)
Animator(s): Tom Yasumi

"Bubblestand" is the first segment of the second episode of Season 1, and it is paired with "Ripped Pants". In the episode, SpongeBob sets up a "bubblestand" outside his house, annoying Squidward. But when Squidward attempts to blow a bubble better than SpongeBob (and fails), consequences follow.




  • Title Card: "Old Hilo March"


SpongeBob walks outside and admires the peacefulness of the neighborhood. Suddenly, he loudly sets up a bubblestand outside of his pineapple, in order to teach others how to blow bubbles like he does. This annoys Squidward, who requests SpongeBob to be quiet. SpongeBob slows down and eventually finishes his stand. For only 25 cents per lesson, he attempts to teach Patrick some of his tricks, showing him the technique that allows him to blow bubbles in various shapes and sizes.

One elephant-shaped bubble (called a "giraffe" by Patrick) floats into Squidward's window, thus attracting his foul temper. An angry Squidward marches out and attempts to blow a bubble that will upstage SpongeBob, without using the technique, but fails. He tries this over and over again, while SpongeBob and Patrick try to remind him of the technique. He gives in and sarcastically imitates the technique. He succeeds, and creates a bubble so large it floats away as SpongeBob and Patrick cheer. Filled with pride, Squidward goes back into his house and plays the clarinet. However, the large bubble returns and engulfs his house. It floats toward the surface as he plays his clarinet. Suddenly, the bubble bursts, sending his house crashing to the sea-bottom. Squidward struggles to play his clarinet afterward.

Cultural references[edit]


  • The episode premiered at 10/9am to 1.9 million viewers.[1]
  • The episode was reran on the same day at 8:30/7:30pm on Snick.[2] Marking this as the first ever rerun in the show's history.


  1. Nicklodeon (rating of Nickelodeon's cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants)(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included) - Multichannel News | HighBeam Research (
  2. July 17, 1999 | Nickstory Wiki | Fandom