Thank You From the Bikini Bottom of Our Hearts
SpongeBob fans have been met with a great deal of grief today as news broke that Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the massively successful and widely beloved animated Nickelodeon show, passed away from ALS at the age of 57. “SpongeBob SquarePants” was the backbone of many of our childhoods and continues to influence audiences on a global scale, bringing us immense joy through its portrayal of innocence and imagination, while reminding us of the power of friendship, positivity and a great Krabby Patty. To pay our respects to Stephen Hillenburg and everything he’s given us, we decided to take a look back at 5 of the funniest and most iconic moments from the “SpongeBob SquarePants” series.
#5: The Essay – “Procrastination”
Though he may live in a pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob faces many of the same challenges we do, like homework we just don’t want to deal with. Procrastination sets in, and we do our best to put it off for as long as possible. Well, SpongeBob takes it to a whole other level in this wacky episode, when his inability to write a short piece on ‘what not to do at a stoplight’ leads him on a whole series of misadventures. Of course, arguably the best moment comes when he finally puts pen to paper, only to produce a beautifully written “the.”
#4: Nosferatu – “Graveyard Shift”
During a graveyard shift at the Krusty Krab, Squidward’s attempt to scare SpongeBob with the story of the Hash Slinging Slasher backfires when both he and SpongeBob begin fearing for their lives. The lights flicker, the phone rings, and eventually, someone resembling the murderer shows up with spatula in hand to finish the job. Of course, this all turns out to be a series of misunderstandings…except the flickering lights. That was actually the vampire Count Orlok from the 1922 horror movie “Nosferatu.” We’re not sure what’s crazier; the fact that he’s featured in a SpongeBob episode, or that a lot of people seemingly didn’t know about this iconic character before this episode.
#3: Chocolate?! – “Chocolate with Nuts”
SpongeBob and Patrick try their hands at being entrepreneurs for a day, and attempt to earn money by selling chocolate bars door to door. But starting your own business can be tricky, and their lack of sales experience yields less than stellar results with their prospective clients. There is, however, a clear standout character, and that would be the customer who goes absolutely ballistic at the mention of chocolate – so much so he starts screeching his head off and chasing SpongeBob and Patrick everywhere they go. As it happens, he just wanted to buy some… go figure.
#2: No, This Is Patrick! – “Big Pink Loser”
In this scene, which is arguably Patrick Star’s defining moment from the entire series, we’re given a simple, yet oh so ingenious piece of comedy. The lovable Starfish utterly fails to comprehend how taking orders over the phone works. As customers call up asking about the Krusty Krab, Patrick rebukes them each and every time. Becoming more and more agitated as the calls keep coming in, his patience finally runs out and he screams the now legendary quote in question. ‘This is Sparta’… eat your heart out.
#1: Sweet Victory – “Band Geeks”
After being challenged by an old peer, Squidward struggles to turn the residents of Bikini Bottom into a marching band. Too bad most of them can’t play. Case in point – Patrick thinks that mayonnaise is an instrument. However, not only do they manage to pull together for the final performance; they turn the whole thing into a rock concert. With Patrick on drums, Sandy on guitar and SpongeBob leading with some impressive vocals, this ending will have you either sitting there stunned or nodding your head to the melody. Either way, it’s unforgettable.
If you love these SpongeBob moments as much as we do, you can check out the full list of 10 amazing moments HERE!
Thank you Stephen Hillenburg, we are forever grateful for the characters and stories you’ve graced us with. Since we can always count on Patrick to put a smile on our faces, this video might help: