SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 1 Episode 11

MuscleBob BuffPants / Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Sep 25, 1999 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

MuscleBob BuffPants:
SpongeBob goes to Sandy's place to go work out, but it doesn't do good. He then buys a pair of phony arms and competes in an anchor-toss competition.

Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost:
Squidward builds a wax sculpture of himself, but SpongeBob and Patrick destroy it and think the statue is the "dead" Squidward. Squidward comes out as a "ghost," and SpongeBob and Patrick have to follow his commands.moreless

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  • These were both underrated like most season 1 episodes.

    MuscleBob BuffPants: When SpongeBob fails to gain muscles from Sandy's work out routine, he decides to get fake muscles that inflate. He then goes to the Goo Lagoon to show off his muscles, but when Sandy signs him up for the anchor-toss competition trouble starts. I thought it was funny when SpongeBob reveals his work out routine and when SpongeBob's arms keep falling off at Sandy's place from working out. Like most season 1 episodes it was underrated. 10/10

    Squidward The Unfriendly Ghost: When SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally wreck Squidward's wax sculpture of himself, they think he's dead. When Squidward finds that out he decides to take advantage of the whole thing. It was funny when Squidward made that pun on Toulouse-Lautrec and when Squidward says "I have a confession to then SpongeBob says "You're bald?". Another season 1 episode that I don't get why it gets the negative reviews I've been seeing. 10/10moreless
  • Both of these episodes were mediocre

    MuscleBob BuffPants: I thought that this was a mediocre episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". It wasn't the worst episode I've seen but it bored me most of the time during the episode. The only things I found funny in this episode was when Sandy was training SpongeBob at the beginning of this episode, everyone's reactions when they saw SpongeBob's "fake" muscle arms, and when a falling anchor keeps following the fish and it falls down on him. I just didn't like how everyone likes SpongeBob because he has muscle arms which are fake. I didn't like how SpongeBob was being a show-off because of his giant fake muscle arms. I also did not like it when Sandy signed SpongeBob up for the anchor competition when Spongebob told Sandy "no". This episode was so boring for the most part. The ending was also kind of funny but it was also kind of okay. Overall, a mediocre and boring episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". 5/10

    Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost: Just like "MuscleBob BuffPants", I thought that this was a mediocre episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" and it was boring for the most part. The only things that I found funny was when SpongeBob and Patrick were scared of Squidward because they think that he is a ghost, Patrick feeding the watermelon in Squidward's mouth and Squidward has a watermelon head, when SpongeBob and Patrick have a funeral for Squidward who they think is dead, and when Squidward revealed himself and SpongeBob says "Ah, you're bald". The ending was also kind of funny but also kind of boring and okay. I just didn't like how Squidward was taking advantage of SpongeBob and Patrick and having them do all of the things for him. This episode was boring most of the time and I wouldn't call it the best SpongeBob I've seen. Overall, this episode and "MuscleBob BuffPants" are the most mediocre pairings I've seen. 5/10moreless
  • Both of these episodes were okay, but they didn't had that much humor in my opinion.

    MuscleBob BuffPants: This episode was okay. My biggest problems are that the episode didn't made me laugh very much. Also, I didn't liked how SpongeBob did in the excresie thing. He could have been really strong. The only parts that made me laugh were SpongeBob doing excrsies at Sandy's treedome, the commercial, Squidward and Mr. Krabs' cameo reaction, and the ending. Overall, an okay episode and it was just boring and nothing special in it. 6/10

    Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost: This episode was a little funnier and better than the previous one, but it was still boring. The only parts that made me laugh were Squidward making a scpult of himself,SpongeBob and Patrick messing up with it, SB and Patrick thought Squidward was dead, Squidward doing flavors, and the last part. Overall, an okay episode of SpongeBob, but it was still boring and low on laughs. It is better a bit better than Muscle Bob Buff Pants. 6.5/10moreless
  • Two perfect episodes in my opinion. Why so much hate?

    MuscleBob BuffPants: SpongeBob goes to Sandy's place to go work out, but it doesn't do good. He then buys a pair of phony arms and competes in an anchor-toss competition. Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost: Squidward builds a wax sculpture of himself, but SpongeBob and Patrick destroy it and think the statue is the "dead" Squidward. Squidward comes out as a "ghost," and SpongeBob and Patrick have to follow his commands.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • In "MuscleBob BuffPants," the unnamed tan weightlifter (later revealed to be Frank the Goldfish) is shown warming up with Don, Larry and Sandy for the competition, but when the competition starts, he does not participate.

    • In "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost," when Squidward is yelling at SpongeBob and Patrick, when Pat and Bob scream, they have a lower voice.

    • In "MuscleBob BuffPants," Sandy says the annual Muscle Beach Anchor Toss competition is today, but the announcer calls it the Goo Lagoon Anchor Toss Competition instead.

    • In "MuscleBob BuffPants," SpongeBob is shown without shorts or a T-Shirt. Instead, he has a blue speedo.

    • In "MuscleBob BuffPants," SpongeBob can't even lift a teddy bear, but at the beginning of "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost," he is seen holding a huge boulder. What's up with that?

    • In the Muscle Arms commercial, they say that they have to add air. But in that case, wouldn't they have floated up to the surface? (However, since when has logic ever really been apart of the show?)

    • In "MuscleBob BuffPants," Spongebob's arms fall off a lot, but they never grow back. This is in a lot of episodes, and the only episode where they grow back is "Graveyard Shift."

    • When SpongeBob imagined himself with gigantic biceps, he was cooking his patties with all of its condiments and vegetables on. (And of course, the buns.) You could probably do that in real life without them burning, but that isn't usually how he does it.

    • In the commercial for Anchor Arms, the shark says the arms can be hairy. But when Spongebob is blowing up the arms to throw the anchor, and we see the options on the meter, it doesn't say hairy.

    • Notice when they are bring Squid food Patrick's color changes to a light pink and then back to dark pink again

    • When Patrick and Spongebob are trying to get Squidward up to the great beyond, Patrick's house is gone.

    • When Scooter talks to Sandy he's outside the juice bar, but when Sandy goes in the juice bar, if you look closely you can see the backside of Scooter.

    • In this episode, Spongebob could not play a song on the piece of paper. But in the one about Spongebob's paper, he played "Twinkle Twinkle" on it very well!

    • Spongebob is at the beach in his blue bathing suit. But when he slams into the pole in an attempt to try to stop Sandy from signing him up to the Anchor competiton, he's in his regular shirt and tie.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Patrick: (to SpongeBob) You know, you worry too much. The Patrick is here and, I know a lot about head injuries. Beli-i-i-i-v-v-v (SpongeBob snaps at Patrick) me.

    • (SpongeBob is at Sandy's doing his new exercise, changing the channel on the TV)
      SpongeBob: 97... 98... 99... 100!
      Sandy: I want 100 more.
      SpongeBob: It burns!

    • Squidward: Ow! What was that?
      SpongeBob: Initiation! Because we're gonna put you to rest.
      Squidward: I don't wanna be put to rest!

    • Sandy: SpongeBob? Wh-where'd you get those muscles?
      SpongeBob: I've created my own workout routine that's given me amazing results.
      (anchor arm almost slips off)
      SpongeBob: Whoops. Yeah, I have never felt better.
      Sandy: Heck, what's your secret?
      SpongeBob: What?
      Sandy: Your secret workout. What is it?
      SpongeBob: Hmmm... well... I... uhh... first I take my hand... and I do this... (makes armpit noises)
      Larry: Are you kidding?
      SpongeBob: Do these muscles lie? (muscles flexes into a sponge shape)
      (guests imitates armpit noises)

    • SpongeBob: This working out thing isn't working out.
      (arms bulge in and out)
      SpongeBob: Ow... Ow... Ow...
      TV Announcer: Hey, you! Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy! "Oh, I'm a little peanut worm"! Are you too much of a wimp to work out? Are you a weakling built like a sponge? Well, now you too can have muscles.
      SpongeBob: Huh?
      TV Announcer: With anchor arms! Fits like a glove, just add air.
      (adds air on gloves)
      TV Announcer: How big do you want 'em?
      (pumps air into other arm)
      TV Announcer: Normal?
      (puts more air into arm)
      TV Announcer: Veiny? And for the ladies...
      (puts air into arm which makes it grow hair)
      TV Announcer: ...hairy.
      SpongeBob: (whistles)
      TV Announcer: I was a wimp before anchor arms. Now, I'm a jerk and everybody loves me! So order now, wimp!
      SpongeBob: Wow, now that's a good idea.
      Gary: (meows)
      SpongeBob: I wanna be just like him. Yeah, I've gotta get to a phone.

    • SpongeBob: Here?
      Squidward: Too hot.
      (SpongeBob and Patrick walk further)
      SpongeBob: Here?
      Squidward: No, too wet. Keep going. Keep going.
      (SpongeBob and Patrick walk further until they enter a painting labeled "Troupe de poisson")
      SpongeBob: Here?
      Squidward: Too loose, Lautrec.
      (rim shot)
      (Pans over to show where they started)
      SpongeBob: Too tired...
      (SpongeBob and Patrick collapse)
      (bed crushes them)

    • Squidward: Now what?
      (Squidward peeks outside)
      SpongeBob: I wrote "Here lies Squidward. You may not remember him, but he..."
      Squidward: (screams)
      SpongeBob: Oh, hi, Squidward. Does this look deep enough?
      Squidward: SpongeBob, cut that out!
      (car screeches)
      SpongeBob: Oh, look, the mourners have arrived.
      Mr. Krabs: Oh, Squidward, we all came as soon as we were sure you were dead.
      Squidward: SpongeBob, are you trying to put me in the nuthouse?!
      SpongeBob: No, just into this hole.
      Squidward: (groans)

    • SpongeBob: No, no, that part goes here.
      Patrick: Oh yeah... yeah, th-that's it, uh-huh.
      (rebuilding Squidward sculpture)
      SpongeBob: We're almost there, we can do this.
      Patrick: It's working, it's working...
      SpongeBob: This is working. Patrick, this isn't working!
      (sculpture turns into goo)
      Patrick: Look!
      (sculpture's eyes turn over in the goo)
      SpongeBob: I don't know how to say this, but our old pal Squidward, he's... he's... he's pushing up daisies!
      Patrick: Oh, I thought he was dead.

    • SpongeBob: Patrick, are you ready for this?
      Patrick: (off-screen) Yes.
      SpongeBob: OK, let's go. Patrick, are you coming?
      Patrick: (in opposite direction) Yes.
      SpongeBob: Patrick, it's this way.
      Patrick: Where?
      SpongeBob: Here.
      Patrick: (turns around) Oh! Coming!
      (SpongeBob and Patrick enter Squidward's closet)
      Patrick: How are we going to clean up all this mess?
      SpongeBob: It's easy. Just tear this wallpaper off! (tears wallpaper off)
      (points at the comic book)
      Patrick: (points at the comic book) Oh look, you missed some.
      SpongeBob: Oh, let's see. It's a comic book, and look at this...
      (shows comic book to Patrick)
      SpongeBob: ...it's the origin on the Flying Dutchman. It says when he died they used his body as a window display. Now he haunts the seven seas because he was never put to rest. Well, don't you get it, Patrick?
      Patrick: We're going to go shopping?
      SpongeBob: No, we're gonna put poor, old Squidward to rest.

    • Squidward: Perfect. Hmm... I feel needy.
      (claps hands)
      Squidward: Slaves, fetcheth me some nourishment.
      Spongebob: Only the freshest, o spooky one.
      (Spongebob and Patrick runs off) (Spongebob brings in a grape)
      Spongebob: A grape fresh from the vine, your ghostliness.
      Squidward: (eating a grape)
      Spongebob: A banana peeled to your likeness, your incorporialness.
      Squidward: (eating a banana)
      (Patrick comes back with a watermelon)
      Patrick: One watermelon...
      (shoves watermelon in Squidward's mouth)
      Squidward: Oooff!
      Patrick: ...fresh from the manure field, your spookiness.
      Spongebob: Art thou not pleased?
      Squidward: (spits out watermelon) Enough of that! (spits out watermelon) I want something else to eat now. Something that's very difficult to find.
      Patrick: What do you hunger for, master?
      Spongebob: Whatever you want, we'll find it, we'll find it!
      Squidward: Cherry pie.
      (Patrick holds pie)
      Squidward: Where'd you get that?
      Patrick: I found it.
      Squidward: (throws pie off screen) Well go find it again!

    • Spongebob: Hike, Patrick, hike! (both running in opposite directions)
      (Patrick blows a king on a chess board)
      (Spongebob carries a rock)
      Spongebob: You just lost three points.
      (climbs on coral branch)
      Spongebob: One... two... five!
      (blows a G-7 bubble)
      Spongebob: G-7!
      Patrick: (drops chessboard and runs off) G-7? King me, king me!
      crashes in coral branch)
      Patrick: I lose!
      Spongebob: But it's now Tuesday, Patrick.
      Patrick: Tarter sauce!
      Squidward: Hey! What are you invertebrates doing?
      Spongebob and Patrick: We don't know.
      Squidward: Hey Patrick, do you know what time it is?
      Patrick: Uh, yeah, Squidward, it's...
      (sees watch while spilling soap bubbles)
      Squidward: Time to find some other game to play! (laughing)

    • Squidward: (screams) What are you doing here?!
      SpongeBob & Patrick: (teeth chattering)
      Squidward: Well, are you two going to say something or...
      SpongeBob: No, stay back!
      Squidward: What is the matter with you two!?
      Patrick: Don't, don't hurt us!
      SpongeBob: It was an accident!
      Squidward: What are you two talking about?
      (steps on puddle)
      Squidward: (screams) Look what you've done to me! When I get my hands on you, I'll...
      SpongeBob: Please, Mr. Squidward's ghost! Spare us your ghostly anger! (crying)
      Patrick: Oh yes, Mr. Squidward's ghost! Please don't haunt us!
      SpongeBob: We'll do anything you want! Just have mercy on us!
      Squidward: (grins and speaks menacingly and ghostfully) Enough! Listen up! Squidward's ghost is feeling unusually generous today. He hath decided to spare ye a horrible fate. (hisses) All ye must do is tend to my every whim and tickle my fancy on demand.
      SpongeBob: (interrupting) Does that include...
      Squidward: (yelling) Quiet! Now do as you're told lest ye incur the wrath of Squidward!
      Patrick: (whispers) I think they make a cream for that now.

    • SpongeBob: Patrick say that again.
      Patrick: That again
      Spongebob: No, the other thing.
      Patrick: No the other thing.
      Spongebob: No, what you said before when you...
      Patrick: No what you said before when you...
      Spongebob: Nevermind, I've got an idea!
      Patrick: Nevermind I've got an idea!

    • Scooter: I'm telling ya, he's huge!
      Sandy: Have you guys seen SpongeBob anywhere?
      Scooter: You mean 'MuscleBob BuffPants'? He's in there.
      Sandy: Uhh, whatever. Thanks.
      SpongeBob: I start off with 20 raw eggs everyday. But that's just me.
      Sandy: Pardon me.
      SpongeBob: Working out is my life. I remember when I used to look like that guy over ther. (points to weak fish)
      Fish: Who me?
      Bar Customers (laughs)
      SpongeBob: I remember when I used to look like you, too.
      SpongeBob & Bar Customers: (laughs)
      SpongeBob: But, that was a long time ago.
      Bartender: Here's your drink, sir.
      SpongeBob: Thank you.
      (grunts even more)
      SpongeBob: (drinks) Yeah...

    • Squidward: SpongeBob, get over here. Now spin around.
      (SpongeBob spins around)
      Squidward: That's better, now jog in place.
      (SpongeBob jogs)
      Squidward: Now say "flank stank".
      SpongeBob: Flank steak.
      Squidward: I think I'm beginning to like this... Stop.
      (SpongeBob halts)
      Squidward: Now, play me an elaborate song with... this!
      SpongeBob: But... this is just a piece of tissue paper.
      Squidward: Oh, my! Always having to have it our way, don't we? Oh, boo-hoo.
      SpnogeBob: (blows on tissue to make a song)
      SpongeBob: I can't do it!
      Squidward: Well, I hope you don't have any plans tonight, because you're not allowed to leave that spot until I hear a song!
      (Time passes by and becomes nighttime)
      (SpongeBob collapses)
      (Daytime approaches and SpongeBob is still on the ground with the tissue)
      Squidward: What's this, napping on the job? You're supposed to be making music for me! As punishment for this insolence, Squidward's ghost commandeth you to clean out his back room.
      Patrick: I found it.
      Squidward: I'll take that!
      (throws pie at Patrick)
      Patrick: Yes, your ghostliness. (slurps) This is fun!

    • Squidward: (sighs) SpongeBob, I have a confession to make.
      (takes off the towel)
      SpongeBob: (squeals) You're bald?
      Squidward: No, I'm not bald! I'm alive! Now get rid of that tombstone and tell all your friends to go home.
      SpongeBob: But...
      Squidward: Do it!
      SpongeBob: Go home.
      (crowd leaves)
      SpongeBob: But I... Master...
      Squidward: I'm not your master. I'm your neighbor. Now do me a favor and stop doing me favors!
      SpongeBob: As you wish, master.
      (Squidward growls)

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