SpongeBob SquarePants (season 8)

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SpongeBob SquarePants
season 8
SpongeBob S8.jpg
DVD cover art for the eighth season
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run March 26, 2011 – December 6, 2012
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 March 12, 2013
Region 2 October 28, 2013
Region 4 October 30, 2013
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List of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes

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.

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 episode "A Friendly Game" and "Oral Report". The episode "A Friendly Game" was written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas and Steven Banks, with Tom Yasumi serving as animation director.[9] The episode "Oral Report" was written by Alexander, Cervas and Dani Michaeli, and 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 had a cast of six main actors. Tom Kenny provided 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 Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas;[19] Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, a miserly crab obsessed with money and SpongeBob's boss at the Krusty Krab;[20] and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, a small green copepod and Mr. Krabs' business rival.[21] The season had a number of secondary characters including Jill Talley as Plankton's computer wife, Karen;[22] Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's driving instructor;[23] Lori Alan as Pearl, Mr. Krabs' daughter;[24] and Brian Doyle-Murray as the Flying Dutchman.[25][26]

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."[27] 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.[28] They reappeared in "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!", voicing their respective roles.[29] In "Pet Sitter Pat", Marion Ross voiced her recurring role as Grandma SquarePants, SpongeBob's grandmother.[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 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 favorites 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] 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.[47][48] Amazon agreed to pay more than $200 million to Viacom for the license, its largest subscription streaming transaction ever.[49][50]

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".[51] 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!".[52][53] Nominated for the same episode, Dan Driscoll won the Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production category.[52][53] Savelen Forrest received the same nomination for his work on the episode, but lost.[52][53] The episode was also nominated at the 2013 Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television.[54] "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" was nominated at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival for Special Award for a TV Series.[55]

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.[56][57] At the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards, the series was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Animation.[58] The show was nominated at the Producers Guild of America for the Children's Program category.[59] At the BAFTA Children's Awards, the show won the International category.[60][61] At the 2011 and 2012 ASCAP Film and Television Awards, SpongeBob SquarePants won the Top Television Series category.[62][63] Furthermore, at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards, the show won the Favorite Cartoon category.[64] The series also won the succeeding year's Kids' Choice Awards and the 2011 Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards for the same category.[65][66] SpongeBob SquarePants also received Favorite Cartoon nominations at the Kids' Choice Awards Argentina 2011 and 2012, and at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Mexico.[67][68][69][70][71][72] At the TP de Oro, the show won the Best Children and Youth Program category.[73]

The season received positive reviews from media critics. In his review for The Boston Globe, Tom Russo was positive on the season DVD set.[74] 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."[74]

Episodes[edit]

Key
  • The following episodes listed in the chart are arranged according to their production order, rather than by their original air dates. [75]
SpongeBob SquarePants season 8 episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Animation directors[a] Written by[a] Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
153a 1a "Accidents Will Happen" Andrew Overtoom Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash & Dani Michaeli July 18, 2011 N/A
When Squidward gets hurt on the job, he 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 to investigate the scene. It is revealed in a surveillance camera footage that Squidward is lying. The episode ends with Squidward catering Mr. Krabs.
153b 1b "The Other Patty" Andrew Overtoom Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash & Mr. Lawrence June 25, 2011 N/A
Mr. Krabs and Plankton, his business rival and Chum Bucket owner, 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.
154a 2a "Drive Thru" Tom Yasumi Aaron Springer & Dani Michaeli 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.
154b 2b "The Hot Shot" Alan Smart Aaron Springer & Derek Iversen June 18, 2011 N/A
SpongeBob gets driving lessons from the son of a legendary race-car driver, Tony Fast Jr.
155a 3a "A Friendly Game" Tom Yasumi Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Steven Banks March 26, 2011 N/A
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.
155b 3b "Sentimental Sponge" Alan Smart Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash & Mr. Lawrence April 2, 2011 N/A
In springtime, SpongeBob is cleaning his house, but has trouble in throwing his garbage away when he realizes how many memories are appended to all those possessions. SpongeBob begins collecting anything and starts to stockpile them inside his house, which calls the attention of the sanitation police.
156 4 "Frozen Face-Off" Andrew Overtoom & Tom Yasumi Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, Dani Michaeli & Richard Pursel July 15, 2011 5.76[76]
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.
157a 5a "Squidward's School for Grown-Ups" Alan Smart Aaron Springer, Sean Charmatz & Richard Pursel June 4, 2011 N/A
When Patrick suddenly grows a beard, he decides it is time to act like a grown-up. He tags along with Squiward, 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 character to win Patrick back. Patrick begins to cry and his tears dip the beard. It is revealed that the beard is actually a sea urchin.
157b 5b "Oral Report" Alan Smart Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Dani Michaeli March 26, 2011 N/A
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.
158a 6a "Sweet and Sour Squid" Tom Yasumi Aaron Springer & Mr. Lawrence 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.
158b 6b "The Googly Artiste" Andrew Overtoom Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash & Derek Iversen 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.
159 7 "A SquarePants Family Vacation"
"SpongeBob's Vacation"
Andrew Overtoom & Tom Yasumi Aaron Springer, Sean Charmatz & Derek Iversen November 11, 2011 N/A
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.
160a 8a "Patrick's Staycation" Andrew Overtoom Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Sean Charmatz & Dani Michaeli 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.
160b 8b "Walking the Plankton" Alan Smart Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Mr. Lawrence 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 W.I.F.E 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 the both hop on the same cruise as Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob.
161a 9a "Mooncation" Alan Smart Sean Charmatz, Vincent Waller, Steven Banks 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.
161b 9b "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation" Tom Yasumi Luke Brookshier, Marc Cecarelli, Sean Charmatz & Steven Banks 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 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.
162 10 "Ghoul Fools" Andrew Overtoom & Tom Yasumi Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Derek Iversen October 21, 2011 3.91[77]
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.
163a 11a "Mermaid Man Begins" Alan Smart Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz & Richard Pursel September 23, 2011 2.65[78]
SpongeBob and Patrick learn the secret origins of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from the heroes themselves.
163b 11b "Plankton's Good Eye" Tom Yasumi Luke Brookshier, Marc Cecarrelli & Derek Iversen September 23, 2011 2.65[78]
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.
164a 12a "Barnacle Face" Andrew Overtoom Aaron Springer, Andrew Goodman, Dani Michaeli September 16, 2011 4.39[79]
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.
164b 12b "Pet Sitter Pat" Tom Yasumi Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Richard Pursel September 16, 2011 4.39[79]
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 worry.
165a 13a "House Sittin' for Sandy" Alan Smart Aaron Springer, Sean Charmatz & Derek Iversen September 30, 2011 3.33[80]
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.
165b 13b "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom" Andrew Overtoom Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Richard Pursel September 30, 2011 3.33[80]
Squidward and SpongeBob win backstage passes and tickets to Kelpy G's live concert. However, Patrick accidentally eats their passes shortly after the concert begins. Losing their passes, SpongeBob and Squidward try to sneak backstage to meet Kelpy G.
166a 14a "Bubble Troubles" Andrew Overtoom Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Derek Iversen November 25, 2011 3.27[81]
After making bubbles with hot sauce, SpongeBob and Patrick destroy Sandy's air supply and fills her Treedome with water. They have to help her find enough oxygen in order to breath. In the end, SpongeBob go to the surface to create a giant air-filled bubble, and puts it into the Treedome.
166b 14b "The Way of the Sponge" Tom Yasumi Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen & Andrew Goodman November 25, 2011 3.27[81]
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 accepts.
167a 15a "The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom" Alan Smart Aaron Springer & Dani Michaeli November 25, 2011 3.27[81]
While looking for spare change, Mr. Krabs noticed 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 steal out of sight. At the Krusty Krab, he uses the growth formula on a Krabby Patty, but it keeps on growing until chaos erupts.
167b 15b "Bubble Buddy Returns"
"Shiny"
Alan Smart Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Mr. Lawrence November 25, 2011 3.27[81]
While causing mischievous antics, SpongeBob receives a letter from an old friend Bubble Buddy, asking to babysit his son Shiny. SpongeBob must keep Shiny out of trouble and away from sharp and pointy edges.
168a 16a "Restraining SpongeBob" Tom Yasumi Sean Charmatz, Vincent Waller & Paul Tibbitt April 2, 2012 N/A
A fed-up Squidward has had enough of SpongeBob's annoying antics and issues a restraining order against the neighbor.
168b 16b "Fiasco!" Tom Yasumi Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Mr. Lawrence 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.
169a 17a "Are You Happy Now?" Andrew Overtoom Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Dani Michaeli March 31, 2012 N/A
Squidward tries to find his happiest memory, but gives up after hope is lost. Desperate, SpongeBob "helps" him create one.
169b 17b "Planet of the Jellyfish" Tom Yasumi Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Mr. Lawrence March 31, 2012 N/A
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.
170a 18a "Free Samples" Andrew Overtoom Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Dani Michaeli 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.
170b 18b "Home Sweet Rubble" Andrew Overtoom Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Richard Pursel 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 is not happy with it. In the end, his pet snail Gary helps him with his can, which contains a fully furnished pineapple.
171a 19a "Karen 2.0" Alan Smart Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Richard Pursel April 13, 2012 N/A
When Plankton replaces his Computer W.I.F.E. Karen with an upgrade called Karen 2.0, the original Karen leaves and gets a job at the Krusty Krab.
171b 19b "InSPONGEiac" Alan Smart Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Mr. Lawrence April 9, 2012 N/A
SpongeBob has difficulty falling asleep, while Patrick struggles to stay awake.
172a 20a "Face Freeze!" Andrew Overtoon Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Mr. Lawrence July 21, 2012 3.65[82]
When at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob and Patrick start making ugly faces at each other. Annoyed, Mr. Krabs tells them a story of a man who gets his face frozen when he did not stop making faces. SpongeBob and Patrick are terrified and vow never to do it again. However, they did not stop and even bet who can hold a "funny face" the longest – until their faces freeze that way.
172b 20b "Glove World R.I.P." Tom Yasumi Aaron Springer & Dani Michaeli April 3, 2012 N/A
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.
173a 21a "Squiditis" Tom Yasumi Aaron Springer & Derek Iversen April 11, 2012 N/A
When Squidward goes home sick with a fake illness, SpongeBob thinks he has caught it for real.
173b 21b "Demolition Doofus" Alan Smart Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Derek Iversen July 21, 2012 3.65[82]
Mrs. Puff enters SpongeBob into a demolition derby, but SpongeBob's awful driving makes him a superstar.
174a 22a "Treats!" Alan Smart Aaron Springer & Dani Michaeli 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.
174b 22b "For Here or to Go" Andrew Overtoom Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Steven Banks April 12, 2012 N/A
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.
175 23 "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
"SpongeBob's Christmas"
Mark Caballero & Seamus Walsh Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Derek Iversen & Mr. Lawrence November 23, 2012 (CBS)
December 6, 2012 (Nickelodeon)
3.61[83] /
4.61[84]
Plankton turns everybody in Bikini Bottom from nice to naughty by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcakes all in an effort to get his Christmas wish—the Krabby Patty secret formula.
176a 24a "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!" Alan Smart Aaron Springer & Dani Michaeli October 14, 2012 2.28[85]
Plankton teams up with Man Ray to get the Krabby Patty formula.
176b 24b "Chum Fricassee" Tom Yasumi Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Richard Pursel October 21, 2012 2.30[86]
Squidward quits the Krusty Krab to work for Plankton, turning the Chum Bucket into an overnight success.
177a 25a "The Good Krabby Name" Alan Smart Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli & Derek Iversen September 3, 2012 3.36[87]
Mr. Krabs wants all of Bikini Bottom to eat at the Krusty Krab, so SpongeBob and Patrick go on an advertising blitz.
177b 25b "Move It or Lose It" Andrew Overtoom Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas & Mr. Lawrence October 21, 2012 2.30[86]
Mr. Krabs and Plankton circulate petitions about the bulldozing of a Bikini Bottom restaurant.
178 26 "Hello Bikini Bottom!"
"SpongeBob on Tour"
Alan Smart, Andrew Overtoom & Tom Yasumi Aaron Springer, Sean Charmatz & Dani Michaeli October 8, 2012 2.76[88]
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.

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.[89]

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eighth Season
Set details[90] Special features[90]
  • Sandy's Vacation in Ruins featurette
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
March 12, 2013[90] October 28, 2013[91] October 30, 2013[92]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Martin, Denise (September 22, 2004). "Nick lathers up 'SpongeBob'". Variety. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
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