SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 3 Episode 11

Party Pooper Pants (SpongeBob's House Party)

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM May 17, 2002 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

SpongeBob buys a "Throw The Best Party Ever" kit and invites all 177 of his closest friends to a house party. But then he accidentally locks himself out of his house during the party. When he tries to get back in, the cops think he's a burglar trying to break. He spends all night in the Police Station and misses his big party. Patchy the Pirate hosts this episode, as well as his own house party.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Hilarious

  • I still wonder how the lost episode is worse then this.

    Spongebob's pricky attitude just means a big 1,even though I want to give this a decent mark. Yes,Underwater Sun was a good song,but the ending of PPP was just bad. Spongebob says Well Squarepants,you did it again. party went the other direction Mr. Squarepants,the direction you didn't want!
  • A bad episode from BEFORE the movie!?!?!?!?!?! Impossible!

    Well, turns out it IS possible, as shown by this episode right here. This is "Party Pooper Pants" , a Spongebob special. I have watched every Spongebob episode from its beginning to the present, and I can tell you now that 30-minute specials have never been this show's forte. Specials usually have a few major flaws, and half of the episode is wasted on unfunny Patchy filler. This episode is probably the fifth worst special I've seen, only being topped by Truth or Square, Spongebob, You're Fired!, What Ever Happened to Spongebob?, and Atlan- you know what? I don't even want to write that special's name. This special suffers from one major flaw, but we'll get to that later. So without further ado, let's dive in to what I believe is the worst pre-movie episode ever!

    (Note:I won't review the Patchy filler, since I don't want to. )

    So the Spongebob portion starts with Spongebob shopping at the supermarket. He's trying to break his record of how fast he can gather all of his supplies and get to the checkout line. It's good to have goals. While checking his items, Spongebob notices a plan-your-own-party kit, and decides to hold a party. You can bet high jinks will ensue. So Spongebob decides to invite 177 gues- 177!? This must be a pretty wild party you're hosting, because your living room can barely fit 20 people! But don't worry,it will be a wild party, full of... knock-knock jokes? Tongue- twisters and crackers? Charades?! This sounds like a party for 10 people, not 177! Not to mention, Spongebob has written a schedule for EVERYTHING. Dude, you're taking the "unsupervised parties can lead to disaster" rule from the kit way too seriously. But now there's now time to change it, cause it's party time!(or at least get-together

    (Patchy Filler)

    Alright, it's now nighttime. Spongebob freaks out since no one has arrived for 40 seconds(it's actually probably only 20 seconds), and then Patrick arrives. Then there's a really awkward conversation until Mr. Krabs arrives, followed by a mildly funny exchange between him and Patrick. They laugh, but the overbearing host states laughter is isn't scheduled until 9:03. I thought that was the time for the cracker-eating slash tongue-twister contest, but whatever. Then, to my surprise, Squidward, of all people, shows up. This is because Spongebob disconnected his cable and Squidward can't watch TV... 'kay. Actually, it's pretty funny. Squidward calls the party lame, which is a pretty big understatement. More guests start coming in, which leads to two funny scenes, one of them involving irony, and one involving the secret Krabby Patty formula. The last guest arrives, which leads to ANOTHER funny scene. Gosh, this episode is actually pretty hilarious. So, there are only about 15 partygoers, not 177. Sorry, Spongebob, but I guess they knew you were a terrible host. Speaking of terrible hosting, once Spongebob comes out out the coat room, he sees everyone [ gasps ] actually having fun. Spongebob ruins the party for everyone, and now, back to the schedule! What's up next: newspaper comics! .............. Yep, newspaper comics. For a party. LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMEE. So, Spongebob goes out to get today's paper, and the guests start to have fun again. Spongebob goes to check on what all the noise is about, he thinks the party has gone into chaos without him when they're just partying. That's the main problem with this episode. Spongebob is just the worst. So after several attempts to get back into the house, Spongebob decides to break in with a hatchet when he is caught by the police. The officers think he's busting in to another person's house when Spongebob informs them of the real situation. The police understand, but arrest him anyways because they didn't get invited to the party. What. Are you kidding me? Those aren't grounds for arresting someone! You're abusing your authority! Well, SOMEHOW Spongebob is prison and stays there for the night. When he is released early in the morning, he goes home and finds out there was a spare key under the welcome mat. The welcome mat that was NEVER seen in any other scene. What?

    Spongebob finds his home trashed. Patrick says that the party was one of the best and he should host one every weeknight, and that's when Spongebob realizes sometimes it's best of just hang loose. The episode ends with a pretty good song in the Patchy portion.

    So what did I think of the episode overall? It is pretty funny and I liked the song at the end, but the main problem for me was that Spongebob was just unenjoyable. That, combined with the BS reason the cops arrested Spongebob and how the welcome mat was never there, just makes this a (sorta) bad special.moreless
  • Wow. A terrible episode. From BEFORE the movie!

    I never thought that would EVER happen. But the sad thing is, a lot of the NEWER episodes are actually BETTER than this. This is JUST LIKE Best Day Ever, but without the song, and annoying/stupid/pointless filler from Patchy added. Seriously, the Patchy segments are ALWAYS a waste of time. They're not funny, or entertaining. Just stupid and often creepy. And if they were to subtract the Patchy segments, you'd get a normal length episode. So I know I'm in the minority here, but I DO NOT LIKE this episode. Period. The plot is pathetic, just like Best Day Ever. Everything that can go wrong goes wrong. Booooooooring. Blah blah blah. The end. Perhaps it was actually this episode, not the movie, that started the decline. However, the movie just worsened it. And this episode is the very earliest evidence that the show would take a turn for the worse and eventually hit rock bottom.

    If this was only 11 minutes without the pointless Patchy filler, I'd pair it with Best Day Ever.

    Grade: 0/10 (should probably be a -9 just for causing the decline!)

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 2 (originally posted last year on July 19): Nick has an upcoming show called Breadwinners that airs in 20 days. Today I found the pilot on YouTube and showed it to my family. EVERYONE HATED IT! They all said it was the worst thing they'd seen in their lives. And that includes The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012), Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale (2006), and Rabbids Invasion. So I won't be surprised when Breadwinners gets a 1.9 just like Marvin Marvin here at and Spider's Web: A Pig's Tale at IMDb. My Aunt said I should rate it as low as possible just to get the score down. Unfortunately, the lowest one can rate is 1, unless you are a prolific author. I have been working on that for months (6 plus months), so I can rate stuff like Marvin Marvin, Fred: The Show, and The Oogieloves a 0.0. Breadwinners is next on my "to rate 0.0 once I can" list.

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 18: Breadwinners premiered yesterday. I have reviewed it. It's bad but not as bad as Sanjay and Craig.moreless
  • It's like putting a puzzle together.

    I remember back in late 2003 and, yes, this used to upset me. What upset me was a certain character, which was Squidward, was left out of the party scene. I never understand why until late 2004. Squidward was my favorite character until 2006. Yes, I cried, but I kept my tears secret (consider me 11 years old in a 22 year old body back then). In January 2004, I've watch a new SpongeBob episode on VHS named "SpongeBob meets the Strangler" and I had a battle between the House Party and the Strangler episodes. Such as on the Strangler episode, Squidward appeared more in that party scene compare to the scene in that House Party episode. I thought it had something to do with the party's atmosphere or the type of music. In late 2004, the battle was over because I figured out why Squidward was somewhat not shown in that party scene. Here's how I figured it out: SpongeBob, Patrick (the main cast), Mr. Crabs, Squidward (the welcoming guest, before the break), Sandy, Mrs. Puff, Larry, Pearl (the party goer cast, after break). As of 2006, I now hate Squidward. He is such a butt. He's more grumpier now and if he were real, I'd stay away. Seriously!moreless
Sergio Ristie

Sergio Ristie

King Neptune

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

King Neptune (Voice)

Guest Star

Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg


Guest Star

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

Recurring Role

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Plankton/Larry the Lobster/Other Voices

Recurring Role

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Patchy the Pirate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (21)

    • In the morning after SpongeBob's party, you see a purple welcome mat that has never been there before. And, after he retrieves the key from under the mat, the mat is gone.

    • SpongeBob said that 177 people were invited to the party, but only 12 people were seen at the party. Other people were seen at the party, but not listed since the other guests are minor.

    • As a response to the "Lou or Vendel" Goof, the guy called him vender, because that is his job, so his name is Lou.

    • In the episode "Your Shoe's Untied," SpongeBob said, "My shoes have been tied for as long as I can remember." Meanwhile, in "SpongeBob's House Party," SpongeBob said, "I have been flipping patties for as long as I can remember." Then it showed SpongeBob as a baby. When it showed him, he wasn't wearing any shoes.

    • When SpongeBob used the vacuum on Scooter to retrieve the cake, his breakfast comes, too, along with his plate. Did Scooter eat that, too?

    • When Pearl and Mrs. Puff are talking, Spongebob is looking through the window and Mrs. Puff thinks its a painting and flips the window around, wouldn't Spongebob have ended up inside if Mrs. Puff did that? Or at least be able to let them know he got locked out.

    • Patchy should know that mailing Spongebob the invitation was a bad idea. It's obvious that the ink smeared. What he should have done is mailed the invitation to Sandy because there is air in the treedome.

    • Patchy doesn't have a pegleg, cause in the Christmas Who? commentary, Tom Kenny & Steven Hillenburg said that it was tough to put it on Tom Kenny, so they don't use it anymore

    • Note that the fish who went to kindergarten with SpongeBob said "I guess it's time to move again" was in fact at the party. You can see it if you put it into slow motion right after SpongeBob comes out of the coat room, he's talking to Tom, the last person to arrive at the party (the one who brought the chips).

    • Patrick wasn't forty seconds late, he was 26 seconds late.

    • The ice cream selling fish referred to as Vendell in "As Seen On TV" is referred to as Lou in this episode.

    • Spongebob said all the visitors came, but what about the dude he went to kindergarden with?

    • There are also some times when Patchy wasn't even wearing a hook at all, i.e. when he was playing the accordion.

    • When Patchy was introducing Minnie Mermaid, look at his feet, he isn't wearing his peg leg at all, you can clearly see both his feet

    • This is the same kinda thing about how Patchy's hook switches from left to right. His eye patch also moves to the opposite eye every once in a while.

    • How could 177 people fit in Spongebob's house?

    • in this episode, Scooter the dude fish is in it.Wait, in Bubble Buddy remember Scooter died from high tide? Wierd.

    • Notice how Patchy's hook moves from his right to left hand over and over.

    • Their was no mat in front of the door during any other part of the episode.

    • When Spongebob comes back from jail, he finds the key under the floor mat, then walks into the room and finds Gary with a lampshade on. Then he says to Gary "Goodnight Gary," but how can he say goodnight when it was daylight outside?

    • Well, this wasn't in the cartoon PER SE, but...when Patchy struck Minnie Mermaid's pool with his hook, water bursted out in a different place.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Larry: (hearing SpongeBob screaming and falling from the window) Hey, this party is really starting to pick up.

    • SpongeBob: Squidward, you made it!
      Squidward: My cable's out. (SpongeBob hides some wire cutters behind his back)
      SpongeBob: Oh, uhh, sorry to hear about that.

    • SpongeBob: Welcome, Patrick! May I compliment you on being fashionably late? Can I get you a glass of punch?
      Patrick: Sure?

    • SpongeBob: Boom! 19 seconds! That's a new record, Lou!
      Lou: Uhh, that's great, Spongebob. $1.42.
      SpongeBob: But it's not an official record until we record it in the Book of Records. (writes the record down in a book) 19 seconds.

    • Narrator: Ah, the Barg'n Mart. A consumer's paradise of brand-like items, stocked as far as the eye can see.

    • Patchy: Ohhhhhhhh...scurvy ain't for the likes for me! Yo ho, yo ho, yo ho, yo ho, yo ho, yo ho. Ohhhhhhh....yo ho, yo ho, yo ho, yo ho, yo ho. Ohhhhhh...scurvy ain't for the likes of me...
      Potty: (squawks) It's time for you flute solo.
      (he is handed a red cylinder with holes)
      Patchy: Thank you, Potty. I almost forgot. (beat) Wait a minute. I don't play a flute. I play a fife. (sees this is no flute, it's a stick of dynamite)
      Patchy: AAHHHH!!!! POTTY, NOOO!!!!
      (the fuse burns out and explodes)

    • SpongeBob: Good question, Gary, but not to worry. The 'Plan Your Own Party Kit' warns that unsupervised parties can lead to disaster. That's why I've taken the liberty of devising a schedule! (takes out list) 8:00-8:05: Guests arrive. 8:05-8:15: Opening remarks and general discussion. 8:15-8:27: Craft corner, followed by name tag distribution. (list rolls across the table) At 8:27, we begin the qualifying rounds for our cracker-eating slash tongue-twister contest. 9:07: running charades. (list rolls along the wall) 9:38: charity apple-bob. (list is still rolling around) 9:57: Electric jitterbug dance marathon, ladies' choice. (winks at Gary. The list stops on SpongeBob's head) At 10:09, things start cooking as I dig into my world-famous knock-knock joke vault!

    • SpongeBob" (after Mrs Puff "turns" the window around and SpongeBob falls down from the outside) I don't even know how that happened.

    • Patrick: (reading nametag upside down) Kcurtap Si Eman Y M O 77 Eh? I don't get it.
      Mr. Krabs: No, you dumb bunny, it says "Hello, my name is Patrick".
      Patrick: Nice to meet you, Patrick.

    • SpongeBob: I could take not reading from the cue cards and the phone in the punch bowl... BUT I WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAD THE BUNNY HOP! THIS IS A LOAD OF BARNACLES! I'M BREAKING IN! (cops come and arrest him)

    • Patchy: I hope Spongebob got his invitation to my party...
      Spongebob: (Looking at paper where the ink has smeared from moisture) I wish I could go to this party, but I can't read the invitation!
      Patrick: Me neither!
      Spongebob: Whoever sent this must have no idea about the physical limitations of life underwater! Well, might as well throw these in the fire.

    • Fish: Who the barnacles is SpongeBob SquarePants?
      Fish's Wife: I believe you went to kindergarten with him, dear.
      Fish: Kindergarten, huh? (looks at kinder photo) Oh yeah, SquarePants. Well, I guess it's time to move again.

    • SpongeBob: Cake will be eaten at 8:52, everyone! 8:52!

    • Patrick: (to Mrs. Puff) So do you come here often?

    • Woman Fish: (to Patrick) My card says discuss the philosophical view of irony. What does yours say?
      Patrick: Nod politely.

    • Mr. Krabs: What does your cue say?
      Plankton: (holding a cue card that tells him to ask where Mr. Krabs is from) Discuss the Krabby Patty Secret Formula.
      Mr. Krabs: Nice try...

    • Larry the Lobster: Larry, my man, you are looking good enough to eat. Mmmm-mmm... yeah, baby. (sees a plate of cooked lobster in the mirror)

    • Patchy: Who'd you get to play for us? Barnacle Bill and the seven seas?
      Polly: No.
      Patchy: Seaweed Sally and her cacklin' turtle.
      Polly: No.
      Patchy: Oh, oh, I know, the first mates.
      Polly: No.
      Patchy: Saltwater Sam, featuring the Bride brothers.
      Polly: No.
      Patchy: Rusty Hinges, and the boys from the brig?
      Polly: They broke up years ago.
      Patchy: Well, then who else is there?
      Polly: The Bird Brains.
      Patchy: Oh, the... who the, whaa?
      Polly: The Bird Brains, they're better than all those other bands.
      Patchy: But they're just a bunch of birds.

    • Patchy: It's a forty dollar value Potty! A forty dollar value!

    • SpongeBob: Hi, Squidward!
      Squidward: My cable's out.
      SpongeBob: I'm sorry to hear that. (slides clippers into pocket)

    • Polly: Ladies and Gentlemen... RHAT!! The Bird Brains!!
      Bird Brains: Come with me to the land I love.
      It's not right here, down the street or up above.
      It's down, below in the deep blue sea.
      Where Spongebob lives and the fun is always free.
      Down, Down, Down.
      To the bottom of the sea. Where our salty friend Spongebob waits for you and me.
      Down, Down, Down.
      Ah we'll have lots of fun.
      You and me forever in the underwater sun.
      We'll catch some jellyfish, if we get a chance.
      Say hello to Patrick and do a little dance.
      Karate chop Sandy.
      See Squid get a tan.
      Eat a Krabby Patty.
      And foil Plankton's Plan!!
      Down, Down, Down.
      To the bottom of the sea.
      We'll hook up with Spongebob, and his snail Gary.
      Down, Down, Down
      Oh we'll have lots of fun.
      You and me forever in the underwater sun.
      Underwater sun.

    • SpongeBob: Oh, what a night. Oh, I forgot the doors locked, good thing I keep an extra key..... UNDER THE MAT!! EEERRR!!!

    • SpongeBob: Phone in the punch bowl? That's not even on the list!

    • (SpongeBob sucks food from fish's mouth)
      SpongeBob: No eating cake until 8:52! (Puts cake on table and a plate with bacon & eggs)
      SpongeBob: What's that?
      Fish: That's my breakfast!

  • NOTES (21)


    • Scooter: (reading his topic card) "Which came first, the oyster or the pearl?"

      This refers to the phrase "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

    • SpongeBob: I'll start with The Wizinhimers.
      The title of the comisc is based off the comic strip "The Elderberrys".