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SpongeBob SquarePants (season 8)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release March 26, 2011 – December 6, 2012
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The eighth season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States from March 26, 2011 to December 6, 2012, and contained 26 episodes, beginning with the episodes "A Friendly Game" and "Oral Report". The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The season was executive produced by series creator Hillenburg and writer Paul Tibbitt, who also acted as the showrunner. In 2011, SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip, an anthology series consisting of five episodes from the season, was launched.

The show itself received several recognition, including the 2011 and 2012 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Cartoon. The series was also nominated in various international Kids' Choice Awards ceremonies for the same category. At the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards the show received four nominations—including Outstanding Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles, and Outstanding Sound Editing -Animation. At the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards, the series was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Animation. The show won the BAFTA Children's Awards for the International category. The episode "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" was well received at the 40th Annie Awards, being nominated for three categories, including a successful win for Dan Driscoll for the Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production category. In 2012, it was reported that the show was receiving a decline in ratings. The Wall Street Journal pointed to a few possible problems: It could be too old, or it may be shown on TV too often.[1] Another issue could be its licensing to Netflix, an on-demand Internet streaming media, the previous year. As a result, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced not to renew their existing deal with Viacom, owner of the SpongeBob trademark. Since then, Viacom's deal with Netflix expired, removed its shows such as SpongeBob, and Dora the Explorer, and moved its programmings to Amazon.com, Netflix's top competitor.

Several compilation DVDs that contained episodes from the season were released. The SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eighth Season DVD was released in Region 1 on March 12, 2013, Region 2 on October 28, 2013, and Region 4 on October 30, 2013.

Production[edit]

The season aired on Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom, and was produced by United Plankton Pictures and Nickelodeon. The season's executive producers were series creator Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt, who also acted as the series' showrunner.[2][3] Due to the success of the show, the New York Daily News reported that Nickelodeon picked up SpongeBob SquarePants for an eighth season on December 14, 2009, during the year which the show was celebrating its tenth anniversary on television.[4] Brown Johnson, president of animation for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids & Family Group, announced the renewal of the series.[5][6][7] The season was ordered with 26 episodes, that would bring the total number of episodes for the series to 178.[5][6][7] With its episode count of 178, SpongeBob SquarePants surpassed Rugrats in episodes to claim the spot as the Nickelodeon series with most episodes.[8] Johnson said "After a decade on our air, SpongeBob has emerged as one of the most beloved and popular characters in television history. Audiences of all ages have fallen in love with this show and we're delighted to be serving up additional original episodes to our viewers for many years."[5][6][7]

Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami said "There are a bunch of different theories about SpongeBob. You can't dismiss the fact that it is a creatively excellent property. It's a character of good, positive energy. It came at a time when people wanted something more positive."[4] On March 26, 2011, the season premiered with the "A Friendly Game" and "Oral Report". "A Friendly Game" was written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas and Steven Banks, with Tom Yasumi serving as animation director.[9] "Oral Report" was written by Alexander, Cervas and Dani Michaeli, and the animation was directed by Alan Smart.[10]

Animation was handled overseas in South Korea at Rough Draft Studios.[11][12] In 2012, Nickelodeon produced and debuted "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!", the first full-length episode of the series that was produced in stop motion animation.[13] Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh, and Christopher Finnegan of Screen Novelties animated it, and Caballero and Walsh also served as its directors.[14] Production on the episode began in October 2011 at Los Angeles, California.[15] According to Finnegan, it took about five months to shoot, with a couple of months on either end for research and development and post.[16] Animation directors credited with episodes in the eighth season included Caballero, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Walsh, and Tom Yasumi. Episodes were written by a team of writers, which consisted of Alexander, Banks, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Marc Ceccarelli, Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Goodman, Derek Iversen, Mr. Lawrence, Michaeli, Richard Pursel, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, and Vincent Waller.[a] The season was storyboarded by Alexander, Brookshier, Cash, Ceccarelli, Cervas, Charmatz, Springer, and Waller.[a]

Cast[edit]

The eighth season featured Tom Kenny as the voice of the title character SpongeBob SquarePants and his pet snail Gary. SpongeBob's best friend, a starfish named Patrick Star, was voiced by Bill Fagerbakke,[17] while Rodger Bumpass played the voice of Squidward Tentacles, an arrogant and ill-tempered octopus.[18] Other members of the cast were Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, a miserly crab obsessed with money who is SpongeBob's boss at the Krusty Krab;[19] Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, a small green copepod and Mr. Krabs' business rival;[20] Jill Talley as Karen, Plankton's sentient computer sidekick;[21] Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas;[22] Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's boating school teacher;[23] and Lori Alan as Pearl, a teenage whale who is Mr. Krabs' daughter.[24][25]

In addition to the regular cast members, episodes feature guest voices from many ranges of professions, including actors, musicians, and artists. For instance, in the episode "Ghoul Fools", American actor and comedian Chris Elliott guest starred in the episode as Lord Poltergeist, ghost pirate who runs a "haunted house boat."[26] Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway returned in the episode "Mermaid Man Begins", reprising their roles as SpongeBob and Patrick's favorite superheroes, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, respectively.[27] They reappeared in "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!", voicing their respective roles.[28] In "Pet Sitter Pat", Marion Ross voiced her recurring role as Grandma SquarePants, SpongeBob's grandmother.[29] Brian Doyle-Murray reprised his role as the Flying Dutchman for "Ghoul Fools".[30] In "The Way of the Sponge", comedian Rich Fulcher guest starred as Fuzzy Acorns, Sandy's karate instructor.[31] John Goodman guest starred in the special episode "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" as Santa Claus.[32][33][34][35] In "Hello Bikini Bottom", Andy Samberg voiced the character of Colonel Carper, a concert manager who wants to become SpongeBob and Squidward's band manager.[36] Samberg said "I've been a SpongeBob fan for years, so I was honored to be asked. It's one of the few shows ever that's just as funny for kids as it is for adults."[37]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

During its peak years in early 2000, SpongeBob SquarePants received enormous ratings and number of viewers. By 2012, it was reported that the series' ratings were declining.[38][39] The average number of viewers aged 2 to 11 watching SpongeBob at any given time dropped 29% in the first quarter from a year earlier, according to Nielsen.[40] Wall Street Journal business writer John Jannarone suggested that the age of the series and oversaturation of the show might be contributing to the decline of the series' ratings, and might also be directly responsible for the decline in Nickelodeon's overall ratings.[1] Media analyst Todd Juenger, directly attributes the decline in Nickelodeon's ratings to the availability of streaming video content on services like Netflix, a provider of on-demand Internet streaming media.[41] Philippe Dauman, the president and CEO of Viacom, contradicted the notion saying he did not think "the limited amount of Nick library content on Netflix [...] has had a significant impact".[42][43] A Nickelodeon spokesman says SpongeBob is performing consistently well and remains as the number one rated animated series in all of children's television.[1] He added "there is nothing that we have seen that points to SpongeBob as a problem."[1] Dauman blamed the drop on "some ratings systemic issues" at Nielsen, citing extensive set-top-box data that "does in no way reflect" the Nielsen data.[44]

Juenger also notes that SpongeBob could affect the ratings of other Nickelodeon programming because children often change channels to find their favorite program, then stay tuned into that network.[1] Nickelodeon recently reduced its exposure in television. In the first quarter of 2012, the network cut back on the number of episodes it aired by 16% compared with a year earlier.[1]

On April 22, 2013, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced not to renew their existing deal with Viacom.[45] Since then, Viacom's deal with Netflix expired and removed its shows such as SpongeBob, and Dora the Explorer.[46] However, SpongeBob is still available to stream on Netflix in Canada.[47] On June 4, 2013, Viacom announced a multi-year licensing agreement moving its programmings, such as SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer, to Amazon.com, Netflix's top competitor.[48][49] Amazon agreed to pay more than $200 million to Viacom for the license, its largest subscription streaming transaction ever.[50][51]

Reviews and accolades[edit]

At the 39th Annie Awards, Dani Michaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier and Paul Tibbitt were nominated for Best Writing in an Animated Television Production for the episode "Patrick's Staycation".[52] Moreover, directors Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh also received a nomination at the 40th Annie Awards for Directing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production for the episode "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!".[53][54] Nominated for the same episode, Dan Driscoll won the Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production category.[53][54] Savelen Forrest received the same nomination for his work on the episode, but lost.[53][54] The episode was also nominated at the 2013 Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television.[55] "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" was nominated at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival for Special Award for a TV Series.[56]

The show itself received several recognition. At the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards the show received four nominations—including Outstanding Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles, and Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation.[57][58] At the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards, the series was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Animation.[59] The show was nominated at the Producers Guild of America for the Children's Program category.[60] At the BAFTA Children's Awards, the show won the International category.[61][62] At the 2011 and 2012 ASCAP Film and Television Awards, SpongeBob SquarePants won the Top Television Series category.[63][64] Furthermore, at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards, the show won the Favorite Cartoon category.[65] The series also won the succeeding year's Kids' Choice Awards and the 2011 Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards for the same category.[66][67] SpongeBob SquarePants also received Favorite Cartoon nominations at the Kids' Choice Awards Argentina 2011 and 2012, and at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Mexico.[68][69][70][71][72][73] At the TP de Oro, the show won the Best Children and Youth Program category.[74]

The season received positive reviews from media critics. In his review for The Boston Globe, Tom Russo was positive on the season DVD set.[75] Russo praised the episode that "topped the shortlist", "Plankton's Good Eye", writing "the micro-antagonist clones one of SpongeBob's eyeballs for himself, and suddenly develops a more bubbly worldview."[75] Author Richard Reitsma cited a scene in "Squidward's School for Grown-Ups", in which SpongeBob tries to win back Patrick's friendship by dressing as the operatic Brünnhilde (just as Bugs Bunny did in the classic 1957 cartoon What's Opera, Doc?), as an example of the supposed gay subtext in the series, claimed to exist by some critics of the show and denied by its creator.[76]

Episodes[edit]

Key
  • The following episodes listed in the chart are arranged according to their production order, rather than by their original air dates.[77]
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleAnimation directors [a]Written by [a]Storyboard directors [a]Original air dateUS viewers
(millions)
153a1a"Accidents Will Happen"Andrew OvertoomLuke Brookshier, Nate Cash, and Dani MichaeliLuke Brookshier and Nate Cash July 18, 2011 ( July 18, 2011)N/A
When Squidward gets hurt on the job, he legally menaces to take legal action unless his employer, Mr. Krabs, agrees to cater to him to his every need. Mr. Krabs, who eventually gets tired of doing everything for Squidward, hires SpongeBob and Patrick to investigate the scene. It is revealed in a surveillance camera footage that Squidward is lying and pretending that his ankle is twisted. The episode ends with Squidward catering Mr. Krabs as the punishment for faked his accident as well caused confusion to citizens of Bikini Bottom and delay his job.
153b1b"The Other Patty"Andrew OvertoomLuke Brookshier, Nate Cash, and Mr. LawrenceLuke Brookshier and Nate Cash June 25, 2011 ( June 25, 2011)3.82[78]
Mr. Krabs and Plankton set out to find clues on why they have no customers. The enemies find a common enemy—a popular new restaurant—in which they must work together to steal the secret formula of its "Flabby Patty" burgers.
154a2a"Drive Thru"Tom YasumiAaron Springer and Dani MichaeliAaron Springer July 19, 2011 ( July 19, 2011)N/A
Instead of paying money to repair a hole in the wall of the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs decides to use it to gain more income by turning it into a drive-thru window. However, his two employees, SpongeBob and Squidward, have difficulty in keeping up with orders, which results to wreak havoc.
154b2b"The Hot Shot"Alan SmartAaron Springer and Derek IversenAaron Springer June 18, 2011 ( June 18, 2011)N/A
SpongeBob gets driving lessons from the son of a legendary race-car driver, Tony Fast Jr.
155a3a"A Friendly Game"Tom YasumiCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Steven BanksCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas March 26, 2011 ( March 26, 2011)4.55[79]
SpongeBob and Patrick decide to build an indoor miniature golf course in SpongeBob's pineapple house after it has rained outside. Squidward, who was sleeping and annoyed, tells the two to keep the noise down in constructing the course. They must not disturb Squidward, while Patrick distracts SpongeBob to make him lose in the process.
155b3b"Sentimental Sponge"Alan SmartLuke Brookshier, Nate Cash, and Mr. LawrenceLuke Brookshier and Nate Cash April 2, 2011 ( April 2, 2011)N/A
Squidward becomes concerned when Patrick convinces SpongeBob that he needs to become more sentimental.
1564"Frozen Face-Off"Andrew Overtoom and Tom YasumiCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, Dani Michaeli, and Richard PurselCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas July 15, 2011 ( July 15, 2011)5.76[80]
SpongeBob and the gang, including Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Sandy Cheeks, Plankton and Karen, and Gary, participate in a sled worm race for one million dollars. However, just before the race begins, Plankton sneaks off to the Krusty Krab and uses a robot as his replacement in the race. Plankton goes inside the Krusty Krab to steal the Krabby Patty formula, while the group must keep a yeti, who is attacking them, away.
157a5a"Squidward's School for Grown-Ups"Alan SmartAaron Springer, Sean Charmatz, and Richard PurselAaron Springer and Sean Charmatz June 4, 2011 ( June 4, 2011)5.02[81]
When Patrick suddenly grows a beard, he decides it is time for him to act like a grown-up. He tags along with Squidward, who offers to teach him everything he knows about how to be mature, much to SpongeBob's dismay. When at an opera house, the two watch SpongeBob, who disguises himself as a female viking and performs an aria titled "Dear Friend" to win Patrick back. Patrick begins to cry and his tears drench the beard revealing that it is actually a sea urchin. SpongeBob reveals this to Patrick, which leads to them reconciling as best friends and being heavily applauded by the audience, only to be interrupted an angered (and extremely jealous) Squidward who indirectly claims that the show was terrible, but the audience disagrees by throwing fruit at him.
157b5b"Oral Report"Alan SmartCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Dani MichaeliCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas March 26, 2011 ( March 26, 2011)4.55[79]
While preparing to give an oral report for boating school, SpongeBob comes down with stage fright. SpongeBob asks Sandy for help, and receives a pair of goggles that would enable him to see people in their undergarments, so he will not feel nervous. However, in his oral presentation, his goggles malfunction, which makes SpongeBob to panic and run out with a boatmobile. Beating the red light, it calls the attention of a police, who starts chasing after him.
158a6a"Sweet and Sour Squid"Tom YasumiAaron Springer and Mr. LawrenceAaron Springer July 20, 2011 ( July 20, 2011)N/A
Plankton tries to befriend Squidward in order to get the Krabby Patty secret formula. However, Squidward refuses to discourse with him until SpongeBob tells Plankton that he must compliment Squidward's music in order to strike up a friendship. The two become friends and share their music to all of Bikini Bottom.
158b6b"The Googly Artiste"Andrew OvertoomLuke Brookshier, Nate Cash, and Derek IversenLuke Brookshier and Nate Cash July 21, 2011 ( July 21, 2011)N/A
When doing arts and crafts with his best friend SpongeBob, Patrick is coveted by everyone in town after an art critic praises his artwork. He soon becomes a famous artist, which makes Squidward jealous. When he reaches an artist's block, Patrick must find new inspirations for his next masterpiece.
1597"A SquarePants Family Vacation"Andrew Overtoom and Tom YasumiAaron Springer, Sean Charmatz, and Derek IversenAaron Springer and Sean Charmatz November 11, 2011 ( November 11, 2011)3.57[82]

SpongeBob invites Mr. Krabs, Pearl, Sandy, Mrs. Puff, Larry, Squidward, and Plankton to watch a slideshow of his family vacation to the Great Barrier Reef. In the slideshow, SpongeBob and his parents are on a family road trip with Patrick, but the two best friends get lost and end up in a forest for adventure.

Note: This is episode is part of SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip.
160a8a"Patrick's Staycation"Andrew OvertoomLuke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Sean Charmatz, and Dani MichaeliLuke Brookshier, Nate Cash, and Sean Charmatz November 8, 2011 ( November 8, 2011)N/A

When feeling that he is doing the same activities every day, Patrick moans that he needs a break. SpongeBob suggests a vacation out of town, which cheers him. When at a travel agency, Patrick is given options, but they are thrown out when it is revealed that he cannot afford a trip. SpongeBob comes up with a solution—a "staycation", a vacation at home—which delights Patrick.

Note: This is episode is part of SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip.
160b8b"Walking the Plankton"Alan SmartCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Mr. LawrenceCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas November 7, 2011 ( November 7, 2011)N/A

Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob win free tickets to a cruise, thanks to Plankton, but they do not know that it is a secret plan to steal the Krabby Patty formula. At the same time, Plankton tricks his computer wife Karen for a vacation, and she is initially excited until when she realizes that this is part of his plan to steal the formula. He lies to her and they both hop on the same cruise as Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob.

Note: This is episode is part of SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip.
161a9a"Mooncation"Alan SmartSean Charmatz, Vincent Waller, Steven BanksSean Charmatz and Vincent Waller November 10, 2011 ( November 10, 2011)N/A

SpongeBob meets Sandy, who is preparing her rocket to go to the Moon for a vacation. However, SpongeBob accidentally stows away, and when on the Moon, the two set out camp. SpongeBob and Sandy play sports including sandboarding on its craters. After accidentally crashing the sandboard into the fuel tank, they immediately start the rocket because they need to return home before the fuel runs out.

Note: This is episode is part of SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip.
161b9b"Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation"Tom YasumiLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Sean Charmatz, and Steven BanksLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Sean Charmatz November 9, 2011 ( November 9, 2011)N/A

Mr. Krabs takes a vacation with SpongeBob and Pearl to the Bikini Bottom Mint. However, his daughter does not want to tag along, so she stays at a museum. SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs proceed inside the mint, but the tour guide, Bill, is instantly annoyed by their antics. When two bank robbers seize the mint, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs stop them and they are rewarded with a special edition one-dollar bill with their faces on it, but Pearl confiscates the dollars and spends them on a new pair of shoes, causing Mr. Krabs to blast endless tear beams in the mint.

Note: This is episode is part of SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip.
16210"Ghoul Fools"Andrew Overtoom and Tom YasumiLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Derek IversenLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli October 21, 2011 ( October 21, 2011)3.91[83]

SpongeBob and Patrick find a houseboat haunted by a crew of ghost pirates headed by Lord Poltergeist. The two get caught in a feud between them and the Flying Dutchman.

Guest appearance: Chris Elliott as Lord Poltergeist.
163a11a"Mermaid Man Begins"Alan SmartCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, and Richard PurselCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Sean Charmatz September 23, 2011 ( September 23, 2011)2.65[84]

SpongeBob and Patrick learn the secret origins of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from the heroes themselves.

Guest appearances: Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
163b11b"Plankton's Good Eye"Tom YasumiLuke Brookshier, Marc Cecarrelli, and Derek IversenLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli September 23, 2011 ( September 23, 2011)2.65[84]
Plankton grows himself another eye because he lacks depth perception. However, it changes his personality and causes him to be nice, because the eye is from SpongeBob's DNA.
164a12a"Barnacle Face"Andrew OvertoomAaron Springer, Andrew Goodman, and Dani MichaeliAaron Springer September 16, 2011 ( September 16, 2011)4.39[85]
The night before a school dance, Pearl gets a barnacle on her face. Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob to help his daughter remove the blemish to save money, instead of taking Pearl to expensive treatment.
164b12b"Pet Sitter Pat"Tom YasumiCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Richard PurselCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas September 16, 2011 ( September 16, 2011)4.39[85]

When SpongeBob gets an invitation to his Grandma's birthday party, he asks his best friend Patrick to pet-sit Gary. However, Patrick only causes trouble, which makes SpongeBob angry.

Guest appearance: Marion Ross as Grandma SquarePants.
165a13a"House Sittin' for Sandy"Alan SmartAaron Springer, Sean Charmatz, and Derek IversenAaron Springer September 30, 2011 ( September 30, 2011)3.33[86]
SpongeBob gladly accepts to house sit Sandy's Treedome, while she is away. Sandy first shows SpongeBob what he should do, and all is quiet until Patrick arrives for a visit. The best friend causes chaos and wreak havoc, which results to the house getting destroyed.
165b13b"Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom"Andrew OvertoomCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Richard PurselCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas September 30, 2011 ( September 30, 2011)3.33[86]
Squidward and SpongeBob win backstage passes and tickets to Kelpy G's live concert. However, Patrick eats their passes shortly after the concert begins. Losing their passes, SpongeBob and Squidward try to sneak backstage to meet Kelpy G.
166a14a"Bubble Troubles"Andrew OvertoomLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Derek IversenLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli November 25, 2011 ( November 25, 2011)3.27[87]
After making bubbles with hot sauce, SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally destroy Sandy's air supply by causing a fire and fill her Treedome with water by contaminating it. They must help her find enough oxygen in order to help them breath. In the end, SpongeBob goes to the surface to create a giant air-filled bubble, and puts it into the Treedome.
166b14b"The Way of the Sponge"Tom YasumiCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, and Andrew GoodmanCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas November 25, 2011 ( November 25, 2011)3.27[87]

Sandy introduces Fuzzy Acorns, "the greatest karate master ever", to SpongeBob. The master is training Sandy to earn the "blacker belt", the highest belt in karate. SpongeBob wishes he had a belt, which Fuzzy overhears and tells SpongeBob that if he wants one, he has to earn it. Fuzzy offers to train SpongeBob so that he can earn the belt, which he reluctantly accepts.

Guest appearance: Rich Fulcher as Fuzzy Acorns.
167a15a"The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom"Alan SmartAaron Springer and Dani MichaeliAaron Springer November 25, 2011 ( November 25, 2011)3.27[87]
While looking for spare change, Mr. Krabs notices an over-sized soybean at Sandy's Treedome. Mr. Krabs is interested in what could have enlarged the plant, and Sandy revealed an experimental growth formula, which Mr. Krabs steals out of sight. At the Krusty Krab, he uses the growth formula on a Krabby Patty, but it keeps on growing until chaos erupts.
167b15b"Bubble Buddy Returns"Alan SmartLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Mr. LawrenceLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli November 25, 2011 ( November 25, 2011)3.27[87]
SpongeBob receives a letter from an old friend Bubble Buddy, asking to babysit his son Shiny, who causes mischievous antics. SpongeBob must keep Shiny out of trouble and away from sharp and pointy edges.
168a16a"Restraining SpongeBob"Tom YasumiSean Charmatz, Vincent Waller, and Paul TibbittSean Charmatz and Vincent Waller April 2, 2012 ( April 2, 2012)N/A
A fed-up Squidward has had it with SpongeBob's annoying antics, pranks, wisecracks, and practical jokes and issues SpongeBob a restraining order against his neighbor. SpongeBob is afraid that he will violate the restraining order again. (According to this restraining order, SpongeBob is not allowed to come within 15 feet of Squidward, lest he end up going to jail for the rest of his life.) However, Mr. Krabs hires Patrick as a middle man until Squidward retires the restraining order, much to Squidward's dismay and annoyance.
168b16b"Fiasco!"Tom YasumiCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Mr. LawrenceCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas April 5, 2012 ( April 5, 2012)N/A
Squidward discovers a piece of art by an artist named "Fiasco", and Mr. Krabs decides to use it as an attraction to his customers at the Krusty Krab. But soon after, Plankton steals it, believing he can reverse engineer the Krabby Patty formula from it, but he ends up being chased by three police officers around the episode.
169a17a"Are You Happy Now?"Andrew OvertoomLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Dani MichaeliLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli March 31, 2012 ( March 31, 2012)4.12[88]
Squidward tries to find his happiest memory, but gives up after hope is lost. Desperately, SpongeBob "helps" him create one.
169b17b"Planet of the Jellyfish"Tom YasumiLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Mr. LawrenceLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli March 31, 2012 ( March 31, 2012)4.12[88]
SpongeBob and Sandy battle an evil Jellyfish overlord, who is replacing everyone in town with clones. After searching for clues, they figure out that its weakness is mayonnaise.
170a18a"Free Samples"Andrew OvertoomCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Dani MichaeliCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas April 6, 2012 ( April 6, 2012)N/A
Plotting to ruin Mr. Krabs, Plankton, his business rival, drives away his customers. As a result, Mr. Krabs is forced to give out free Krabby Patties in order to try to win them back.
170b18b"Home Sweet Rubble"Andrew OvertoomCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Richard PurselCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas April 4, 2012 ( April 4, 2012)N/A
SpongeBob's pineapple house is falling apart and is in needing repairs, so he gets all of his friends to help him refurbish it. However, despite the big changes, SpongeBob isn't happy with it. In the end, his pet snail Gary helps him with his can, which contains a fully furnished pineapple.
171a19a"Karen 2.0"Alan SmartCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Richard PurselCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas April 13, 2012 ( April 13, 2012)2.25[89]
When Plankton replaces his computer wife Karen with an upgrade called Karen 2.0, the original Karen leaves and gets a job at the Krusty Krab.
171b19b"InSPONGEiac"Alan SmartCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Mr. LawrenceCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas April 9, 2012 ( April 9, 2012)2.01[89]
SpongeBob has difficulty falling asleep, while Patrick struggles to stay awake.
172a20a"Face Freeze!"Andrew OvertoomCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Mr. LawrenceCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas July 21, 2012 ( July 21, 2012)3.65[90]
SpongeBob and Patrick get face freeze after making too many faces despite being warned not to by Mr. Krabs.
172b20b"Glove World R.I.P."Tom YasumiAaron Springer and Dani MichaeliAaron Springer April 3, 2012 ( April 3, 2012)2.70[89]
SpongeBob and Patrick spend a final day at Glove World before it shuts down forever, only for a new amusement park called Glove Universe to open.
173a21a"Squiditis"Tom YasumiAaron Springer and Derek IversenAaron Springer April 11, 2012 ( April 11, 2012)N/A
When Squidward goes home sick with a fake illness, SpongeBob thinks he has caught it for real.
173b21b"Demolition Doofus"Alan SmartLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Derek IversenLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli July 21, 2012 ( July 21, 2012)3.65[90]
Mrs. Puff enters SpongeBob into a demolition derby, but SpongeBob's awful driving makes him a superstar.
174a22a"Treats!"Alan SmartAaron Springer and Dani MichaeliAaron Springer April 10, 2012 ( April 10, 2012)N/A
SpongeBob brings home a box of new snail treats that Gary will do anything to get – especially when they run out.
174b22b"For Here or to Go"Andrew OvertoomLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Steven BanksLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli April 12, 2012 ( April 12, 2012)2.51[89]
Mr. Krabs organizes a guessing game to his customers at the Krusty Krab for a Krabby Patty. When Plankton tries it, he actually wins. Mr. Krabs will do anything to stop him from collecting his prize.
17523"It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"Mark Caballero and Seamus WalshLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Derek Iversen, and Mr. LawrenceLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli November 23, 2012 (CBS)
December 6, 2012 (Nickelodeon) ( November 23, 2012 (CBS)
December 6, 2012 (Nickelodeon)
)
3.61[91] /
4.61[92]

In this special stop-motion episode, Plankton turns everybody in Bikini Bottom from nice to naughty by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcakes and transforming them into jerks in his attempt to get his Christmas wish—the Krabby Patty secret formula. However, when it is revealed that the only victim capable of surviving the mineral is SpongeBob because of his massive love for the holidays, SpongeBob must save the rest of Bikini Bottom from getting coal for Christmas.

Guest appearance: John Goodman as Santa Claus.
176a24a"Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!"Alan SmartAaron Springer and Dani MichaeliAaron Springer October 14, 2012 ( October 14, 2012)2.28[93]

Plankton teams up with Man Ray to get the Krabby Patty formula and rule the world. However, his plan backfires when Man Ray becomes addicted to Krabby Patties.

Guest appearances: Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.

Note: This is the first episode dedicated to Ernest Borgnine.
176b24b"Chum Fricassee"Tom YasumiCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Richard PurselCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas October 21, 2012 ( October 21, 2012)2.30[94]
Squidward quits the Krusty Krab to work for Plankton, turning the Chum Bucket into an overnight success.
177a25a"The Good Krabby Name"Alan SmartLuke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, and Derek IversenLuke Brookshier and Marc Ceccarelli September 3, 2012 ( September 3, 2012)3.36[95]
Mr. Krabs wants all of Bikini Bottom to eat at the Krusty Krab, so SpongeBob and Patrick go on an advertising blitz.
177b25b"Move It or Lose It"Andrew OvertoomCasey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Mr. LawrenceCasey Alexander and Zeus Cervas October 21, 2012 ( October 21, 2012)2.30[94]
Mr. Krabs and Plankton circulate petitions about the bulldozing of a Bikini Bottom restaurant.
17826"Hello Bikini Bottom!"Alan Smart, Andrew Overtoom, and Tom YasumiAaron Springer, Sean Charmatz, and Dani MichaeliAaron Springer and Sean Charmatz October 8, 2012 ( October 8, 2012)2.76[96]

A concert promoter named Colonel Carper wants SpongeBob and Squidward to form a band together and send them on a "world tour". However, the greedy Mr. Krabs decides to manage them in order to make his own profits from his to employees' success.

Guest appearance: Andy Samberg as Colonel Carper.

DVD release[edit]

The DVD boxset for season eight was released by Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon in the United States and Canada in March 2013, three months after it had completed broadcast on television. The DVD release features bonus materials.[97]

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eighth Season
Set details[98] Special features[98]
  • Sandy's Vacation in Ruins featurette
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
March 12, 2013[98] October 28, 2013[99] October 30, 2013[100]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Information is taken from the opening credits of each episode.

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