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Original air date: 1/28/2011 (produced in 2010) note 

Legends of Bikini Bottom: The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom

Patrick makes friends with a huge beast.


  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: When Rrarrg destroys Patrick and SpongeBob's houses, CGI is used when they break apart.
  • Big "NO!": By SpongeBob in the flashback when he hears of the lack of ice. Followed by...
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  • Big "WHY?!": SpongeBob screams four in a row during his meltdown.
  • Brick Joke: SpongeBob recalls a horrifying moment the day before when the ice machine at the Krusty Krab broke down. At the end of the episode, SpongeBob is able to solve this dilemma by having Rrarrg crush ice up in the mountains and toss it back down to the Krusty Krab.
  • Cutaway Gag: When SpongeBob thinks Patrick is being eaten by Rrarrg, he mentions how this even worse then what happened yesterday. One "Yesterday" time card later, we see that SpongeBob's referring to the time the ice machine at the Krusty Krab broke down.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his formidable size and appearance, Rrarrg is a pretty friendly sea monster. Even when he starts throwing houses around for fun, it's not done with any malice intent.
  • Literal-Minded: Patrick offers to let Rrarrg live under his rock. Rrarrg takes his word to heart and wears Patrick's house on his head like a hat.
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  • Non-Malicious Monster: Rrarrg just wants to have some fun with Patrick, but his raw strength and destructive capability soon put him into trouble with the Bikini Bottom police department.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Patrick plays with some radioactive waste outside of town that ends up spraying over a batch of coral, which ends up creating a giant, smelly sea monster.
  • Stealthy Colossus: Patrick plays Hide-and-Seek with Rrarrg out in an open field. Patrick is unable to find him despite there being nothing for him to hide against, and Rrarg pops out of nowhere once Patrick starts worrying where he's gone.
  • Storybook Opening: The episode opens up with an opening book showing the title card.
  • Verbal Tic Name: SpongeBob named the monster "Rrarrg" because of the roaring sound he made.
  • Your Size May Vary: Rrarrg's size shifts throughout the episode. In some scenes, he could easily tower over the buildings in Bikini Bottom. In others, he looks to be about three times the size of Patrick.

Legends of Bikini Bottom: Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle

SpongeBob and Squidward end up in the Bikini Bottom Triangle.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: At the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob meets a sailor named Charles who tells him about the Bikini Bottom Triangle. When SpongeBob gets whisked to the Triangle, he and Mr. Krabs wonder who's been making the Krabby Patties that arrive on the island. Upon arriving home, they discover that Charles had been busy taking care of the restaurant in their absence.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • "Eureka!" Moment: SpongeBob when he realizes the mermaid's song is the way to get home.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The mermaids' leader has "T.N.O.P.", which means "Totally Not Our Problem".
  • Hartman Hips: The mermaids' hips are ad wide as their shoulders.
  • Magic Music: The mermaids' singing is what controls the giant vaccum.
  • Male Gaze: When Mr. Krabs is trying to convince the mermaids to take him home, we get a behind shot of said mermaids.
  • Not Me This Time: With Krabby Patties arriving at the Bikini Bottom Triangle despite no one being left to tend to the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs immediately suspects that Plankton has taken over the restaurant in his absence. It turns out however that Charles had been making the Krabby Patties the whole time, and he even managed to capture Plankton while Krabs was away.
  • Now Do It Again, Backwards: The mermaids turn on their giant vacuum cleaner by singing a special song. In order to return home, SpongeBob has the mermaids sing their song backwards to have the vacuum blow back to Bikini Bottom.
  • Running Gag: Patrick obsessing over his missing cuff links.
  • Shout-Out: The Bikini Bottom Triangle is an obvious spoof of the Bermuda Triangle.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: The mermaids use an enchanting song to summon new things to the Bikini Bottom Triangle, stranding anyone who get caught in the song's way.
  • Special Guest: Ginnifer Goodwin as the leader of the mermaids.
  • Storybook Opening: The episode opens up with an opening book showing the title card.
  • Super-Sargasso Sea: The Bikini Bottom Triangle is an island populated by vain mermaids who bring in objects from across the sea to obsess over. Anyone not sucked away to the island are left not knowing where their possessions have gone.
  • Teens Love Shopping: Pearl manages to convince the mermaids to send them back home by telling them about the wonders of mall shopping.
  • Valley Girl: All the mermaids totally talk like this, as if. It makes it easier for Pearl to be the one to talk to them.