SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 7 Episode 20

The Abrasive Side / Earworm

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Nov 27, 2010 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

The Abrasive Side: SpongeBob gets a product that can say "no" to others when they ask him for favors. Earworm: SpongeBob gets the song "Musical Doodle" stuck in his head, and can't stop singing it.

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  • Both episodes are terrible

    I don't mean to offend anyone who may have liked at least one of these episodes, but I honestly think that BOTH are terrible. Both episodes are about SpongeBob having a "problem", where he gets a song stuck in his head or can't say no. These plots have been done before in other shows; an episode of Regular Show had the same plot as SpongeBob's song problem with Rigby only it wasn't called "Musical Doodle" it was called "It's Summer Time". And the plot about him not being able to say no? I'm pretty sure that plot's been done before too. I just can't name an example. If you can, please tell me!

    0/10, the first episode had such a terrible ending is a good reason why. And by the way DreadAngelus I thought the moral to that episode was "Don't go trying to be something you're not" well that's what Sandy said anyway. But I still hate these episodes for being annoying and pointless.

    UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 2 (originally posted last year on September 29): 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.

  • Abrasive Side is good, Earworm is really annoying.

    Abrasive side, had some bad messages in morals. Sandy. Brainwashing SB to maintain his weak attitude so she can take advantage of him as long as she wants to. I actually somewhat liked the concept of this episode, he bought an abrasive side of his own so they can stop taking advantage of him (well he really needs it), and the way his abrasive side talks, it's really funny IMO.

    Earworm, really annoying if you ask me, after hearing a song, he can't stop singing and dancing with the rhythm. And while singing around, he causes trouble on his job and anything. It's caused by the "Earworm" inside his brain. This episode, is really annoying, and there is no good humor to back it up! What I liked in this episode is it's ending, Squidward got the earworm, he starts to sing around and then he broke down. Somewhat funny for me.moreless
  • Great ones!

    The Abrasive Side: Very funny, and loved the fact that they brought back Spongebob's Grandma and a Glove World reference. I hope they bring back Glove World again in another episode sometime in the future. The Abrasive Side of Spongebob was very funny, and the Larry insult was my favorite. The episode was a little boring at times, but was overall a success. The only thing I didn't get was why did Spongebob's Grandma get the Abrasive Side in the end. I guess she decided to order one too! :P


    Earworm: Awesome episode with the ultra-catchy "Musical Doodle" song that went along with this episode. The episode got a little fuzzy on the script in the middle, especially at the end when Spongebob had an ACTUAL Earmworm in his ear when it was only supposed to be a musical "earworm". Doesn't really effect the episode though. I thought this was a lot more of a fun episode than the Abrasive Side.


    Deranged Lemur, OVER AND OUT!moreless
  • One was Fantastic The other eh... average

    The Abrasive Side: this episode was Hilarious! i liked it so much i thought it was funny to see spongebob talk mean to people with his new abrasive face. but my favorite was when Mr Krabs kicked spongebob out for saying FREE!

    Final Grade 11/10 A++++

    Earworm: decent but nowhere near as funny as The Abrasive Side Because Spongebob's song got way too repetive after the second time as well as annoying I did like how spongebob wrote doodle all over the kitchen wall that was Hilarious Overall Average episode.

    Final Grade 6.8/10 C-

  • The Abrasive Side: Gary orders Spongebob an "Abrasive Side" to help him say no to everyone, but it takes over. Earworm: Spongebob gets a song stuck in his head and he can't get it out.moreless

    The Abrasive Side

    I found this episode to be great, much better compared to it's partner. The jokes were fresh and I loved that they had lots of call backs to older episodes (Grandma - Grandma's Kisses, Glove World - Rock Bottom, "I Wouldn't hang out with you for all the money in Krabs' mattress" - The Lost Mattress) The plot was fresh as with many other season 7 episodes, I found it to be sort of like Overbooked but they managed to change it. Everyone was in character and I found Mr Krabs to be surprisingly funny in this episode. So it's a great episode that has great characterization, jokes and something we don't usually see in Spongebob: continuity.

    Score for The Abrasive Side: B+, 4/5, 8.5/10, Amazing Earworm

    This one was kind of a let down, It wasn't bad I just thought it lacked something. The song was catchy (I found myself humming it) but I did think that after Spongebob got the song stuck in his head the writers couldn't think of an idea for the ending so they just introduced a real "Earworm". The ending was quite good but still the episode wasn't that great. I liked that they had Sandy (In both episodes) and she played quite a big roll. So it was not bad not great just a fairly average/good episode from the seventh season.

    Score for Earworm: B-, 3.5/5, 7/10, Goodmoreless
Marion Ross

Marion Ross

Grandma SquarePants

Special Guest Star

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Larry the Lobster

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