Jellyfishing (Episode)

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Episode No.: 3a
Season: 1
Airdate: July 31, 1999
Previous Episode: Ripped Pants
Next Episode: Plankton!
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Squidward Rodger Bumpass
Squidward's encounter with the
Mother Jellyfishy

Jellyfishing is an episode from Season 1.




  • The Blue Danube




SpongeBob and Patrick prepare for jellyfishing, but then meet Squidward and ask him if he wants to join them. He refuses and decides to go bicycling instead. SpongeBob asks Squidward if he can join them next time, and Squidward says yes sarcastically and, rides off. Unfortunately, while he is bicycling, he has an enormous, extremely violent accident (that involves jellyfish) that involves him getting his tentacles caught in the bicycle, tumbling down a cliff and inexplicably exploding, and becomes wheelchair-bound.

SpongeBob and Patrick decide that what Squidward needs is a "Best Day Ever" jellyfishing expedition. After an alphabet soup and SpongeBob's clarinet solo, (in which he didn't play), they took Squidward to Jellyfish Fields to demonstrate how to jellyfish. He is not into it at first, but when a jellyfish stings him, he goes after it for revenge. He manages to catch the jellyfish, but in doing so angers a queen jellyfish. The queen jellyfish chases after him, attacking him with an extremely massive sting. The next day, SpongeBob and Patrick, both covered in bandages from being sting multiple times by jellyfish during the disastrous “Best Day Ever” meet outside Squidward's house and attempt to give a now life-support-bound Squidward the jellyfish that he caught the previous day. Squidward, still mad, opens the jar and lets the jellyfish attack SpongeBob and Patrick. As Squidward laughs, the royal giant discovers him and stings him, destroying his life-support. A completely blackened Squidward can only say, "Ow."

Cultural References

  • Clips from this episode appeared in the 2003 film, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, but the characters' voices were spoken in Mandarin Chinese.


  • This is the first episode to focus on jellyfishing, but SpongeBob first jellyfished in Tea at the Treedome.
  • First appearance of the pink jellyfish. Tea at the Treedome's jellyfish was a whitish-red.
  • In this episode, Squidward does not know Patrick's name. This would means that, chronologically, this would be one of the series' earliest episodes. However, Patrick mentions Christmas, which is not learned about until Christmas Who?, and in that episode Squidward knows Patrick's name.
  • This episode is the first episode to use music Dangerous A which is from APM which similar to the music from the film Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg. The other main episodes with the Dangerous A track are Clams, Something Smells, The Camping Episode, and Valentine's Day.
  • When Squidward went after the jellyfish he was holding the net in his left hand. When he was catching the jellyfish, the net was in his right hand. When he was chased by a huge jellyfish, the net was back in his left hand.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick teach Squidward how to jellyfish, the Blue Danube is heard.
  • This is the only time Squidward's nose makes a sound when he laughs.


Transcript for Jellyfishing

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01a 01b 01c 02a 02b 03a 03b 04a 04b 05a 05b 06a 06b 07a 07b 08a 08b 09a 09b 10a 10b
11a 11b 12a 12b 13a 13b 14a 14b 15a 15b 16a 16b 17a 17b 18a 18b 19a 19b 20a 20b
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