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Cuddle E. Hugs

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This article is about the Season 11 episode. For the character of the same name, see Cuddle E. Hugs (character).
"Cuddle E. Hugs"
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SpongeBob greeting Gary to Cuddle E. Hugs.
Season number: 11
Production code: 225a
First airing: USA November 8, 2017
Sister episode(s): Squid Noir
Writer(s): Ben Gruber
Storyboard: Kelly Armstrong
Supervising director: Adam Paloian
Animation director: Alan Smart
Tom Yasumi
Producer: Jennie Monica
Supervising producer: Marc Ceccarelli
Vincent Waller
Executive producer: Stephen Hillenburg

“Why, I'm your new best friend. You can call me Cuddle E. Hugs.”
Cuddle E. Hugs

"Cuddle E. Hugs" is the first segment of the tenth episode of season 11, and it is paired with "Pat the Horse." In this episode, SpongeBob befriends a large hamster that can only be seen by eating a rotten Krabby Patty.



Squidward as well as SpongeBob are cleaning the Krusty Krab, until he stumbles upon a rotten Krabby Patty. He wants to throw it out, but SpongeBob won't let him as no patty is truly rotten. He eats it to prove that it isn't truly rotten, but becomes sick after eating it and runs outside to get some air. Right then, he meets up with Cuddle E. Hugs, who becomes his new best friend.

They go around town, doing several activities, until it's time to go to home to rest. In the morning, SpongeBob wakes up, only to find out Cuddle E. Hugs is gone and becomes sad. He eats a Krabby Patty to cheer himself up, but accidentally eats the rotten Krabby Patty instead. Hugs appears right after, so SpongeBob plays with him; they have a bike ride, play patty cake, and get into a tickle fight. A lot of fish look at SpongeBob strangely because of his abnormal behavior. SpongeBob brings out Cuddle E. Hugs out to show him to his friends — Squidward, Patrick, and Sandy — but none of them can see Cuddle E. Hugs because he is imaginary.

Hugs explains that they can't see him because they didn't eat the rotten Krabby Patty that SpongeBob ate. He gets the idea to share the rotten patty with his friends, so they go to the Krusty Krab and give small tidbits of it to customers for free. They all finally see Cuddle E. Hugs, but he ends up eating all of them, including SpongeBob. The next day, he eats the rotten patty to ask Hugs why he did what he did the other day. He says the E in his middle name stands for Eat, so SpongeBob gives him his last piece of rotten patty, causing him to transport to a girl's bedroom.