When the Flying Dutchman sees Mr. Krabs, he says "Ahh, some guy I've never seen before!" but he meets Mr. Krabs in "Born Again Krabs."
SpongeBob says he doesn't know how to surf, but in both "Ripped Pants" and "Pranks a Lot" he surfs just fine.
Where did Sandy get the electricity to make the helicopter? Where did she find it, anyway?
The title card for this episode is similar to the tilte card of "Culture Shock", except that the background is blue.
This is the first time in an episode, where SpongeBob wears his Krusty Krab hat through the whole episode.
This is the 4th episode with "vs." in the title. The first was "Krabs VS. Plankton," the second was "SpongeBob VS. The Patty Gadget," and the third was "Mermaid Man VS. SpongeBob."
Mr. Krabs owes nine million dollars to the power company. The payment was due Sunday.
The money drawer of Mr. Krabs' cash register, Cashy, flies out, hits the Flying Dutchman, falls into the ocean, and is not retrieved. In the next scene involving them, Cashy still has her drawer, but it's but to back to being missing in all the other scenes following that. Also, why would Mr. Krabs still care about Cashy afterwards if the money inside of her was lost anyway?
The Flying Dutchman says that he's never seen Mr. Krabs before. However, he has many times in previous episodes.
Bruce Brown also guest stars in this episode as the narrator.
Davy Jones of The Monkees makes a brief live-action cameo appearence of himself.
This is the third time we see Sandy surfing.
SpongeBob said he didn't know how to surf, but he's been seen surfing on other episodes.
The music in this episode's title card has never been used in the show before.
Johnny Depp guest stars in this episode.
Sandy: Well, Sandy. Using just your bare hands and natural resources you haven't just survived, but thrive.
JKL: Every thousand years or so the planets align in a way that the perfect wave is formed.
Squidward: (suffering from the heat, looks at his steaming tentacles) I always knew my name would be in print...(sags)...just not on a menu."
Register: Don't worry, calamari is really unpopular these days. Especially among pregnant females. Makes sense I suppose...I mean you don't see many pregnant males around! Although I did see this funny looking seahorse once...
Squidward (interrupts): No one asked you to say anything. (shoves the register shut)
Mr. Krabs: Were you talking to me, Squidward?
Squidward: No, just hallucinating.
JKL: One of you will not return.
Squidward: I volunteer SpongeBob.
SpongeBob: Why do they call you Twitch?
Twitch: (twitches) what?
SpongeBob: Never mind.
SpongeBob: (seeing JKL surfing) I've never seen anything more beautiful, have you, Patrick?
Patrick: Not since I saw my first triple layered cheesecake.
Squidward: Hey, blondie! You're gonna teach us how to surf or I'll...
JKL: (interrupts) Just keep breathing.
Davy Jones: That's right, baby! You're in my locker!
SpongeBob: JKL! Is this the next part of our training?
JKL: These clouds, they can only mean one thing.
Patrick: An increased chance of precipitation?
SpongeBob: Where's he going? Come on! Ahhhh!
Patrick: Look! He's on top of that big drinking fountain!
Squidward: If it gets any hotter in here, we're going to have to put fried calamari on the menu.
SpongeBob: It's a good thing that the new ceiling fan Mr. Krabs installed is still working.
Mr. Krabs: Were you talking to me, Squidward?
JKL: They call it The Big One.
Patrick: That's what they used to call me!
JKL is one of the few SpongeBob SquarePants character that has hair. The others are Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's parents, Squidward's mother, etc.
Plankton doesn't appear in this episode.
Working title: The Secret of Kahuna Laguna
This episode aired on Nicktoons Network on Sunday, April 19 at 10PM ET.
This episode was released on DVD March 3rd, before it was on TV.
A live cast performance of this episode was held on January 18, 2009 at the Village at the Yard venue in Park City, Utah as part of the Sundance Festival.
The DVD will include a "Ridin' the Hook" music video, the first and only song on the Best Day Ever CD to be made into a music video.
Kahanamoku Cove is a reference to famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku, considered the father of modern surfing.
Some of the scenes of this episode resembles to Cast Away:
The way how the gang gets stranded is similar to how Chuck got lost in a island.
Mr. Krabs and his register Cashy on a wooden raft resembles to Chuck and Wilson's escape raft. Except that Chuck lost Wilson and never got it back.
And Jack Kahuna Laguna resembles to Chuck with his yellow hair and beard.
Twitch is a reference to the Holes character of the same name.
The Dutchman Triangle is a parody of the Bermuda Triangle.
The song in the background when the other guys on the island teaches them how to surf is a reference to the song "Surfin' Bird."
SpongeBob vs. The Big One: DVD Commentary
On the DVD of SpongeBob Vs. The Big One, there is a commentary performed by Plankton in a home theater. Plankton is seen watching the episode, and during it, he just makes fun of everything going on in it. This is all similar to the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000.