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Blake’s Picks – Top 10 ‘Spongebob’ Episodes

July 17, 2009

Image © Nickelodeon.

Counting down my ten favorite Spongebob adventures to celebrate the sponge’s tenth birthday.

By Blake

Originally posted July 17, 2009.

Nickelodeon is continuing to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Spongebob Squarepants this weekend in a three-day event called The Ultimate Spongebob Sponge Bash. Filled with many new episodes, several countdowns, a showing of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, and more, the event is being hosted by Patchy the Pirate “president of the Spongebob Squarepants fan club.”

The series premiered on May 1, 1999, with its pilot episode and continued airing its first season on July 17 of that same year. The Sponge Bash event continues the show’s tenth anniversary festivities that began in March, 2009, with a new special, featuring guests Johnny Depp and Davy Jones (yes, from the Monkees).

Here’s a schedule of the highlights for the Sponge Bash:

  • Friday, July 17, 2009 at 8pm Eastern Time – New episode To Squarepants or Not to Squarepants.
  • Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10am Eastern Time – Viewers’ top ten favorite episodes, as voted for online.
  • Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 8pm Eastern Time – The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.
  • Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 10am Eastern Time – Celebrities pick their favorite episodes.
  • Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 7pm Eastern Time – Ten new Spongebob episodes in a row.

All of the time in-between those highlights will be spent airing other Spongebob episodes.

To help celebrate this milestone decade occasion, I’m counting down my top ten favorite Spongebob Squarepants episodes.

10.) Pizza Delivery

Spongebob and Squidward are sent to deliver a pizza to a customer, and get lost along the way. Spongebob uses “unusual” tactics to guide them in the right direction, which drives Squidward crazy. Being in the first season, this is one of the first episodes where we really see Spongebob push Squidward to his limit. Obviously Squidward is utterly annoyed to be lost with Spongebob, and the results of those feelings are hilarious. Spongebob’s “Krusty Krab Pizza” song also makes the episode memorable, and in my opinion is one of the show’s funniest moments.

9.) Pineapple Fever

Something about Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward all being trapped together during a thunderstorm is just funny. One of the newer episodes, this one also makes hilarity of Squidward wanting to have some peace and quiet. The beginning is particularly enjoyable, with a few funny bits where Squidward first realizes there’s no escaping staying with Spongebob and Patrick.

From left: Patrick’s house, Squidward’s house, and Spongebob’s house. Image © Nickelodeon.

8.) Texas

First of all, the thought of an air-breathing squirrel living underwater as a result of a special air suit is hilarious from the get-go. Add to that her coming from Texas and being thoroughly annoyed when anyone – like Spongebob and Patrick – insults her home state makes for a very memorable episode. Sandy can’t stand it when her friends start to insult Texas, and what starts out as playful back-and-forth banter turns into an all-out chase scene.

7.) Good Neighbors

All poor Squidward continually wants is a peaceful atmosphere. He’s completely wrong if he thinks that’s what he’s going to get, even on a Sunday, when he’s off work and able to stay at home. Squidward’s idea of a relaxing day turns into another hilarious misadventure when Spongebob and Patrick do their best to be good neighbors, but in the process cause Squidward to go off his rocker.

6.) Band Geeks

Another concept Squidward desires to have is social acceptance, and he often goes the extra mile to appear to be “normal” and to imply that his life has been a successful one. He tries even harder to do this anytime he’s in the presence of Squilliam, his high school rival. When Squidward claims to Squilliam that he has a band (which he doesn’t), he has to hastily get a group together in time for a performance at the Bubble Bowl. The end results include most of the main characters pulling together to help Squidward, and at the same time delivering some of the series’ funniest moments ever (“Is mayonnaise an instrument?”), not to mention the hysterical finale where Spongebob and friends perform “Sweet Victory” excellently (out of nowhere) to a crowd of thousands.

5.) The Spongebob Squarepants Christmas Special/Christmas Who?

This episode includes the first appearance by Patchy the Pirate, “president of the Spongebob Squarepants fan club” and his pet, a puppet parrot named Potty. Both Patchy and Potty are presented in live-action, as opposed to Spongebob’s animated world. In this episode, Patchy reminisces of Spongebob’s first Christmas, when the entire town worked together to create decorations, sing carols, and write letters to Santa. The episode as a whole is OK, but some particular bits are just downright hysterical, including Patchy reading fan mail and the classic “cameo” by Santa Claus at the end.

4.) Survival of the Idiots

This entire story is filled with hilarious little tidbits. Spongebob and Patrick go to visit Sandy in her tree dome to find that she’s hibernating for the winter. Sure enough, Sandy’s asleep and her home is filled with snow. Soon, Spongebob and Patrick can no longer get out of the tree dome and are forced to remain inside it, where they decide to role play as “Dirty Dan” and “Pinhead Larry,” much to the dismay of sleepwalking Sandy. (“Which one of you is the real Dirty Dan?”)

3.) The Camping Episode

Once again, Squidward hopes for some peace and quiet while Spongebob and Patrick are away camping, but is soon disappointed to find out the duo is camping ten feet from Spongebob’s house, right next door to Squidward. Before long, Squidward finds himself camping with them, as well. After singing the classic “Campfire Song Song,” Spongebob warns Squidward against “sea bears,” and the rest is classic Spongebob at its best.

2.) Krusty Krab Training Video

The idea of this episode is that the viewer is a potential employee of the Krusty Krab, the fast-food restaurant where Mr. Krabs, Spongebob, and Squidward work. A narrator guides viewers through a montage of hilarious sequences of typical goings-on at the Krusty Krab, including Plankton attempting to steal the Krabby Patty formula, Patrick trying to place an order, and many more.

The Krusty Krab. Image © Nickelodeon.

1.) Patchy’s Pick/Shanghaied

This episode delivers laughs, laughs, and more laughs. Patchy the Pirate is once again present to share his “pick,” where Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward all become members of the Flying Dutchman’s pirate crew. Some great dialogue jokes and sight gags are included, and Spongebob and Patrick’s infamous trip to the perfume department is downright funny.

That wraps up my picks for favorite Spongebob Squarepants episodes! You can vote for your own favorites at, and tune in to Nickelodeon on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10am Eastern Time to see viewers’ top ten favorites.

Image © Nickelodeon.

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By Blake; posted July 17, 2009. All images © Nickelodeon.


Channel Flippin’ – Celebrating the Sponge

April 18, 2009

Celebrity guests, new specials, and more highlight Spongebob’s 10th anniversary celebration.

By Blake

Originally posted April 18, 2009.

As I walked into Wal-Mart a few weeks ago, a rather large display caught my attention just inside the main entrance. A sign that hung from the ceiling read “Happy Spongebob,” with merchandise abundant all around the area, all of it featuring Spongebob Squarepants. A smaller sign read “Celebrating 10 Years.” What?! Ten years? Really?!?

Yes, the highly popular Nicktoon Spongebob Squarepants premiered on May 1, 1999, and to celebrate the fry-cook sponge’s 10th birthday, Nickelodeon has several exciting events planned, some of which have already taken place.

The party kicked off on January 9, 2009, with the unveiling of a new Spongebob website, The site features videos, games, a blog written by the show’s crew members, character “biographies,” and an area where fans can create a Spongebob-related profile page.

On January 18, the main voice cast (including Tom Kenny as Spongebob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Roger Bumpass as Squidward, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton) gathered to read an entire episode in front of an audience at the Sundance Film Festival. You can catch a video of that event here.

The episode that they performed was a double-length special entitled Spongebob vs. the Big One. The episode features the voice of Johnny Depp (though he did not appear at the episode reading event) as Jack Kahuna Laguna, a surfing expert who has to teach Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward how to surf back to Bikini Bottom when the trio is lost on an island. In the book Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean by Michael Singer, a story is told of Johnny Depp initially approaching Disney with a request to voice an animated character in one of their movies, and instead they asked him to play Captain Jack Sparrow. Even though he did voice a character in the 2005 stop-motion film Corpse Bride, I’m still glad that Johnny Depp did indeed get to play an animated character in Spongebob that his children could enjoy watching.

In a clever marketing move, Nickelodeon premiered Spongebob vs. the Big One first on DVD on March 3, over a month before its television airing on April 17. In my opinion, the special is one of the better double-length Spongebob episodes (which are usually released twice a year), and features a surprise joke that has to be one of the funniest in Spongebob history. If you missed the initial airing of Spongebob vs. the Big One, you can catch it again tonight (Saturday, April 18) at 7pm Eastern time on Nickelodeon, or you can rent the DVD. It’s definitely worth at least one viewing.

Spongebob vs. the Big One is now available on DVD and features the voice of Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp isn’t the only guest voice that will appear as part of the show’s 10th anniversary, though. Spice Girl Victoria Beckham will also make an appearance in an upcoming episode.

Additionally, two more specials (that are expected to be an hour long each) will debut later this year. The first is reported to premiere in the summer, and will be a documentary looking into the creation of the show and the extensive impression it has made. The second new special is supposed to debut in November, and will be a “flashback” clip episode where Spongebob and friends look back at some of their most memorable moments.

All of the aforementioned events are taking place in addition to the airing of regular Spongebob Squarepants episodes. The show is currently in the midst of its sixth and seventh seasons (with the sixth season having a few episodes left to air, while some of the seventh season episodes have already begun to air), and new episodes will continue to premiere throughout the 10th anniversary celebration.

If you can, catch an airing of Spongebob vs. the Big One featuring the voice of Johnny Depp (or rent the DVD), and additionally be on the lookout throughout the rest of the year for new episodes, a guest appearance by Victoria Beckham, a documentary, and a special clip show. Happy 10th birthday, Spongebob!

By Blake; posted April 18, 2009. All images (C) Disney.

Channel Flippin’ and Theme Park Headlines Reminders – Spongebob and Space Mountain

April 17, 2009

A few quick updates.

By Blake

Originally posted April 16, 2009.

Hey, everyone! I first want to say thank you to everyone who supported the Easter post I wrote a few days ago. Your support really means a lot.

Secondly, I wanted to inform you of two quick updates, since I don’t currently have the time to write a full report on either news stories.

The first piece of news concerns the guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea, Spongebob Squarepants. Remember to tune in to Nickelodeon on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 8pm Eastern Time to see an anticipated episode of the hit Nicktoon. The episode is a half-hour special called Spongebob vs. the Big One and will feature a special voice appearance of Johnny Depp!

The next bit of news concerns a Walt Disney World favorite, Space Mountain. The next few days are your last chance to ride the classic Disney roller coaster in the dark before it goes into extensive refurbishment on Sunday, April 19, 2009. It is currently scheduled to re-open on November 21, 2009. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority will also be closing on April 19, but will re-open a little earlier than Space Mountain, on August 24.

Image © Disney.

I just wanted to remind everyone of that news, so make sure you watch Spongebob Squarepants on April 17 at 8pm Eastern Time to hear Johnny Depp voice a character, and if you’re in the Orlando area try to ride Space Mountain before Sunday, because it’s your last chance to ride it until November!


By Blake; posted April 16, 2009.

Channel Flippin’ – Kids’ Choice Awards 2009

March 29, 2009

Miley Cyrus gets shocked and the Jonas Brothers get slimed.

By Blake

Originally posted March 29, 2009.

Last night was Nickelodeon’s annual mega-party of celebrities, slime, and plenty of screaming kids. The Kids’ Choice Awards 2009 aired with a hoopla of excitement.

Much like last year, before the Awards began an orange carpet pre-show aired on Nickelodeon, while a similarly different pre-show with iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress was broadcast on

Disney-related happenings throughout the show included Dylan Sprouse from The Suite Life of Zach & Cody winning Favorite TV Actor, Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place winning Favorite TV Actress, High School Musical 3: Senior Year winning Favorite Movie (with Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and Corbin Bleu present to accept the award), Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical 3: Senior Year winning Favorite Movie Actress, Jesse McCartney (who is signed with the Disney-owned Hollywood Records) winning Favorite Male Singer, and the Jonas Brothers winning Favorite Music Group.

Another Disney-related award came as a surprise to its winner. Kids voted online as to what they wanted to see host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson do: sing opera, knit leggings, or dress like Miley Cyrus. The latter won and as Johnson came onstage in a red dress and brown wig, Miley Cyrus was asked to join him to approve his look. Next, Johnson said, “You voted for this, so I give you that. But, I have something to give Miley. I have a very special surprise for you, Miley.”

“What?” Cyrus dryly asked.

“The kids have voted you as their favorite female singer!”

“Shut up! Shut up right now!” She then proceeded to shed tears at her win. “I don’t why I’m crying, but I really thought I was going to lose.”

Her acceptance speech included, as she was still crying, “I really thought I was going to lose, so thank you guys. I’m so excited. I know this isn’t like the Oscars, but it’s still amazing because unlike any other awards show, it’s all because of you guys. So thank you guys so much.”

She was up against Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna, so I think it was very nice of whoever thought up that little surprise way to unveil her win for her, especially since Nickelodeon isn’t even her network.

This year, the “Wanna Be” award was dropped in favor of the new “Big Green Help” award, given to a contributor to environmental help and support for the Earth. The recipient this year was Leonardo DiCaprio.

Another favorite award, the Burp award (which this year was only nominated to animated characters) was given to Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar, a new animated series based on the DreamWorks Madagascar movies, which premiered just following the Kids’ Choice Awards.

Other awards included American Idol winning Favorite Reality Show (which Paula Abdul and David Archuleta were there to accept), iCarly winning Favorite TV Show, and Spongebob Squarepants winning Favorite Cartoon for the sixth time.

Before the night was over, the secret celebrity slime had to take place. Last year Orlando Bloom was the one to get slimed, and this year it was none other than the Jonas Brothers. Which was quite a sight.

Overall it was another fun show, and one which I’m glad I got to see.

By Blake; posted March 29, 2009. Kids’ Choice Awards 2009 logo image and Nickeloeon logo image (C) Nickelodeon. The Penguins of Madagascar image (C) Nickelodeon/DreamWorks Animation.

Channel Flippin’ – "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh" Review

December 14, 2008

Drake and Josh return to Nickelodeon for some Christmas merriment that strays from the original style of their show, but still is a hoopla of Santa-fied fun.

By Blake

Originally posted December 14, 2008.

I was ecstatic when Nickelodeon announced that they would be making a Drake & Josh Christmas movie that would feature all of the original cast from the hit television series. The show wrapped up with a series finale in August 2007 and, while reruns air every day, a new episode hasn’t been created since that time. Although it does seem a bit odd that the show would return for a single film after only being off the air for 16 months, I understand why a full new season wasn’t very plausible – the cast has since moved on to other projects that they’re now involved in. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that I was disappointed that a movie would be made instead of a full series revival because, being my favorite sitcom, I’m openly excited when it comes to anything Drake & Josh. Being one of the only children’s programs these days that stays clean while still providing wholesome entertainment for both children and adults (several adults I know were more excited for the new movie than their kids were), Drake & Josh has been hilarious ever since it first debuted in January 2004. And having the very successful creator Dan Schneider (who has worked on All That, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, iCarly, and others) behind the project only boosts up the show’s quality.

I was naturally eager for the new made-for-TV movie Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh to premiere and, while it was certainly entertaining and had the distinctive Drake & Josh flair to it, I couldn’t help but feeling that it was different. It didn’t seem like a true Drake & Josh adventure that I’ve been used to seeing. The entire original cast returns for the movie, but Drake and Josh themselves are the only characters from the TV show that really have prominent roles.

The movie had several goals to get accomplished from the beginning: it had to re-acquaint the audience with the characters by introducing each of them again, since we haven’t seen them for over a year. Next, it had to develop its own stand-alone story that will contain itself without spreading into further areas of the series, since supposedly right now there’s no plans to bring the show back permanently. Lastly, it not only had to wrap up its self-contained movie story, but also firmly wrap up the entire series, something that was already done by devoting an entire double episode in the show’s series finale. That’s a lot to get done in one movie and when you add in the whole Christmas element into the scheme of things, which the show had yet to experience until now, it could be a pretty mindboggling task to get this movie made.

Thankfully, Nickelodeon pulled it off rather nicely. There were definitely funny moments and the film met its goals satisfactorily.

In the movie, Drake and Josh make a promise to give the best Christmas ever to a little girl and her foster family. As a result of a series of circumstances that are far too zany and complicated to explain here, they MUST give this little girl the best Christmas she’s ever had or else Drake and Josh will get sent to jail.

Eight new characters almost match the returning eleven faces, and in my opinion if this is really the last time that Drake & Josh would be back for a new story, I’d rather be with the already-established characters than new ones. Much of the film’s attention goes to the six foster children, including Mary Alice, the girl Drake and Josh made their promise to, and Zigfy, who speaks an unidentifiable foreign language. Additionally, much of the meat of the movie is devoted to another new character, a police officer who takes it upon himself to make sure Drake and Josh don’t fulfill their Christmas promise.

Of course, nothing goes exactly as planned for Drake and Josh in trying to keep their Christmas promise, but along the way they involve themselves with a crazed construction machine gone wild, an insane party on the roof, and of course what’s a good movie without a monkey.

Like previously stated, many of the new characters are shown much more frequently than the old ones, but the entire original cast does return. Mindy makes two brief appearances, Drake and Josh’s parents book a “tropical paradise” vacation for Christmas, and Craig and Eric awkwardly stand off to the side in a few scenes occasionally chiming in with a line or two of dialogue. Megan was present often, but had a much smaller role than I had thought she would. I was just waiting for her to concoct an extravagant Christmas prank but nothing ever surfaced there. However, I must say there were a few characters who I thought were extremely funny. Helen announced that she was celebrating her divorce this Christmas (even though the series finale was spent preparing for her wedding), the Premiere Movie Theater employee Gavin had plenty of randomly hysterical tidbits of experiences he shares with Josh, and Mrs. Hayfer even makes a fitting cameo.

Lastly, Crazy Steve was hilarious. Definitely the highlight of the movie for me, he’s really the best part of the entire show in my opinion and certainly brought his share of hilarity to the film. He had a few one-liners that had me re-winding on more than once occasion.

Overall, I’d say that Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh was satisfactory for me. I was thrilled to spend more time with my favorite characters, but not so thrilled that their time had to be divided up with new faces. There are plenty of memorable moments and funny scenes, but there weren’t enough of them to keep it at the same level of entertainment as other Drake & Josh adventures. I’d say it’s a given to watch the film this Christmas season if you have kids in your house but if you’re not familiar with the show I wouldn’t go out of my way to view it. I just dare you to watch it without rolling on the floor laughing hysterically at Crazy Steve.

How do I rank Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh? (Bolded is my choice.)
  • Utterly repulsive
  • Blech
  • Not good
  • Good
  • Very good
  • Brilliant

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh will most likely please: Kids (ages 5-7) – Older Kids (ages 8-10) – Tweens (ages 11-13)

By Blake; originally posted December 14, 2008. All images (C) Nickelodeon.

Channel Flippin’ – Drake & Josh Movie Reminder!

December 5, 2008

Remember, everyone – Drake and Josh return to Nickelodeon for an all-new adventure for the first time in over a year TONIGHT!!! It will feature all the original cast from the great TV series, including Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove, and many more! The show’s creator Dan Schneider is also behind the project.

So remember to tune in tonight on Nickelodeon, because there’s sure to be some hilarious Christmas fun served up for the hysterical Drake and Josh when Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh airs tonight at 8:00pm Eastern Time on Nick.

Channel Flippin’ – ‘Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp’ Review

August 5, 2007

The newest Drake and Josh TV “movie” delivers fans a delightful and fitting finish to the hit Nickelodeon program.

By Blake

Originally posted August 5, 2007.

Drake and Josh has created quite a fan base since its premiere in 2004, and the show has been the product of 56 episodes in 4 seasons, 1 made-for-TV movie, and a soundtrack. Last Friday (August 3, 2007), it was time for their second Nickelodeon TV movie to premiere, entitled Really Big Shrimp.

Not technically a “movie”, but better phrased as a double episode, Really Big Shrimp still contains the opening theme song and the incredibly easy-to-please “audience” providing its background laughter. So, its false advertising led some to believe it would be a full-fledged 70+ minute movie like its predecessor, 2006’s Drake and Josh Go Hollywood. But, it wasn’t. And personally, I’m glad. I much rather prefer the Drake and Josh setup that we’re used to seeing these characters in, rather than a Zoey 101-ish moviewe were delivered last year. Because Drake and Josh wasn’t meant for the big screen—it’s a television show, and as such should be treated like one. So, in Really Big Shrimp, I was pleased to find that I wouldn’t be delivered an awkward-feeling TV movie, but rather a mere double episode with the characters and plot at its best.

The plot of the “movie” is simple enough—Drake is offered for his new song, “Makes Me Happy” (an actual song on one of actor/singer Drake Bell’s albums) to appear on a commercial. However, when Josh is “mesmerized by giant shrimp”, he hastily signs a contract giving the record company the rights to edit and tweak Drake’s song. The company soon whips up a demoted, jazzed-up version of the song, much to Drake’s displeasure. Meanwhile, Josh’s boss, Helen, is getting married and orders that her grandmother stay at Drake and Josh’s house (providing hilarious scenes with this new character). Additionally, Josh’s ex-girlfriend, Mindy, has been hired assistant manager at The Premier movie theatre, the job that Josh has always dreamed of having. On top of all this, crowd favorite Crazy Steve, a coworker of Josh and Mindy at the theatre, is as crazy as ever, terrorizing theatre guests and getting extremely worked up at Josh for eating Steve’s enchilada.

Although there are two episodes still unaired of Drake and Josh left after Really Big Shrimp premiered, the double episode was originally intended to be the series finale, and is a fan-satisfying closure of the show, and leaves us with a pretty clear view as to what the characters will do as they get on with their lives.

So, as fans depart from the characters of this charming Nickelodeon series for the final time, the series conclusion is both appropriate for its characters, as well as on par plot-wise (and comedy-wise) with the rest of the series. And, although it isn’t a full-blown Hollywood production, the show’s ending could be a lot worse—the producers could have left us with a regular episode and said “Well, that’s it, there’s no more.” But they didn’t. And—unless that wild rumor is given truth that Drake and Josh might be hitting the big screens in 2008 to take a trip to New York*—this series finale gives its characters justice, but doesn’t overdo the occasion in the slightest bit.

*Although that exact rumor didn’t come to fruition, there WILL be a new Drake & Josh TV movie debuting in December 2008 (almost a year-and-a-half after its last episode) called Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.

By Blake; originally posted August 5, 2007. All images (C) Nickelodeon.