Recap: Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 2 Bubblestand Ripped Pants

Airdate: July 17, 1999

It's a beautiful day in Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob decides it's the perfect day to build a bubblestand, much to Squidward's annoyance. Now for only 25 cents, SpongeBob will teach anyone who's willing the proper technique to creating the perfect bubble. Just as Squidward wonders aloud who would be stupid enough to pay to blow bubbles, Patrick shows up and SpongeBob begins his show of amazing bubble creations, which bothers Squidward even further. When Squidward's attempts to blow bubbles for himself fail, he is forced to do his own take on SpongeBob's technique with unexpected results.

Tropes present in Bubblestand (YMMV here):

  • Artistic License Biology: Invoked. Patrick calls Spongebob's bubble elephant a giraffe.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: What Squidward's bubbles do when he blows them.
  • Broken Record: After Squidward successfully did the technique, SpongeBob and Patrick repeat his name until a giant bubble approaches Squidward's house.
  • Double Take: SpongeBob's bubble blowing technique includes three in a row.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Squidward's house towards the end.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: SpongeBob's bubble blowing technique.
  • Running Gag: Patrick going too long with his reactions long after SpongeBob stops with his.
  • Tasty Gold: SpongeBob bites into a quarter Patrick gave him to see if it's real... despite it being the exact same quarter he gave Patrick mere seconds before. He does the same thing to Squidward's quarter, which bends when he bites it.
  • Toilet Humor: The giant bubble lets out a gigantic fart that somehow spares Squidward's house.
  • Up to Eleven: "AND NOW WITH TWO HANDS!!!"
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Squidward briefly learns how to play the clarinet well after using SpongeBob's bubble technique until his house gets sucked inside a giant bubble, and it loudly pops, apparently destroying his clarinet skills.


Airdate: July 17, 1999

SpongeBob is spending the day at Goo Lagoon with Sandy and is having fun making her laugh, but finds the spotlight stolen by the buff and athletic Larry the Lobster. While trying to join them in lifting weights, SpongeBob rips his pants in front of everyone and is humiliated. He then discovers that everyone thought he did it on purpose and finds him hilarious. SpongeBob then proceeds to find creative ways to split his pants and send everyone in hysterics...until he does so after pretending to drown. Joining several other miscasts on the beach, he learns that if he wants to win over his friends, just be himself...in song!

Tropes present in Ripped Pants (YMMV here):

  • An Aesop: Lampshaded in the song: you don't have to act funny to be funny, just be yourself
  • Bait and Switch: One character complains of sand in his buns, then pulls out his hamburger buns full of sand.
  • Beach Bury: An elderly whale is buried in the sand.
  • Beach Episode: The first one of the series.
  • Be Yourself: What SpongeBob's song is about in the end.
  • Big "WHY?!": The lifeguard when he finds the seemingly drowned SpongeBob.
  • Black Comedy: When SpongeBob fakes drowning to get a laugh.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Spongebob going over his notes for his numerous pants-ripping stunts based on everyone's reactions is how standup comedians decide which jokes they should or shouldn't keep in their act.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: (In-Universe) Everyone leaves SpongeBob after pretending to drown and using it as a set-up for a ripped pants joke.
  • Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn: One of the fish claiming to be the biggest fool on the beach has one.
  • Faking the Dead: SpongeBob used this to try and make people laugh. It fails horribly, and everyone is mad at him as a result.
  • Must Make Amends: SpongeBob does this with this song with the help of three other miscasts to win everyone back on his side, especially Sandy.
  • Overused Running Gag: SpongeBob ripping his pants becomes this in-story.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: SpongeBob's own pants walked out on him after angering everyone with the ripped pants stunt:
    SpongeBob's pants: What do you mean "we"?
  • Super Strength: Sandy and Larry's strength is first shown in this episode.