Mermalair Banner


Episode Title: "Jellyfish Jam"

Episode Airing Number: 7

Episode Production Number: 7

Original Airdate: August 28, 1999

Season: 1

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season," "Sea Stories"

On VHS: (none)

Aired With Episode: "Hall Monitor"

Running Time: 11:01

Storyboard Director: Ennio Torresan, Jr.

Storyboard Artist: Erik Wiese

Writers: Erik Wiese, Peter Burns and Ennio Torresan, Jr.

Animation Director: Fred Miller

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: SpongeBob brings home a jellyfish that loves to dance.

Story: SpongeBob is jellyfishing one day and captures a jellyfish. He squeezes some jelly from it for his bread and leaves. As he walks home, the jellyfish follows him. After lots of trying to get rid of the jellyfish, SpongeBob lets it come home with him.

On their way home, SpongeBob shows Squidward the jellyfish and all the tricks and things it can do. When they arrive at the pineapple, they blast music from the stereo and dance all day and into the night. Finally, SpongeBob says it's time to go to bed, but the jellyfish keeps turning the music on because it wants to keep dancing. SpongeBob ties him up at the bed post and goes to sleep. During the middle of the night, hundreds of other jellyfish sneak into the house.

The next morning, SpongeBob discovers that his pet jellyfish is missing. Downstairs, he finds a huge amount of the creatures dancing to the music. They prevent him from turning off the music, and angry Squidward is sick of the constant noise coming from his house. Not able to contact SpongeBob on the phone, Squidward plays clarinet music from his window. In SpongeBob's house, the swarm of jellyfish react to the music negatively and go mad, stinging SpongeBob and Squidward. SpongeBob and Gary try to flee the jellyfish by hiding on the roof. When the jellyfish find them, Gary controls them by knocking his eyeballs together, creating a rhythm that they dance to. Gary keeps making the sound, and SpongeBob walks around, the jellyfish following them. A bunch of other creatures and things all make different sounds, creating a song that the jellyfish dance to. By doing this, SpongeBob successfully tames the jellyfish. Meanwhile, Squidward sits in the tub, trying to recover from his stings.

Songs: "Stadium Rave" (song playing on stereo) and "Jellyfish Jam" (song at end of episode, performed by sea creatures) - Both have no lyrics


SpongeBob: *calling Squidward from outside his window* Squidward! Hey, Squidward! Squidward! Squidwardy-ard!

Squidward: I wouldn't let that thing in my house even if it was potty-trained! *cuts to the jellyfish sitting on a toilet, reading a newspaper* I didn't need to see that.

Squidward: SpongeBob is the only guy I know who can have fun with a jellyfish...for twelve hours!

SpongeBob: Squidward, would it be possible to play your clarinet a little...better? I don't think the jellyfish like it.

Squidward: *after being stung by jellyfish for playing music badly* Everybody's a critic. You won't be hearing from me anymore.


Safety First Glasses are considered a safety item when jellyfishing.

Left Behind Besides his glasses, SpongeBob also forgets his jellyfishing net, stool and straw hat. Only the glasses are recovered.

Capabilities of the pet jellyfish:

-Can fetch a stick

-Can count

-Can play dead


Music genres SpongeBob's stereo plays:






Colorful Dancing Whenever the stereo is on, scene SpongeBob and the jellyfish dance in flashes between blue, green, purple and orange.

Light Left On There is a light on downstairs during the night when all the jellyfish come to the pineapple.

Picture On the wall next to the archway to the stairs in SpongeBob room is a framed picture. It features a smiling green Patrick and a smiling purple SpongeBob.

Little Sleep SpongeBob sleeps for six hours during the night. Squidward says it's been twelve straight hours of music before SpongeBob goes to bed and eighteen hours after he wakes up.

Clothes Switches Squidward goes from wearing a pajama shirt to his brown shirt to his pajama shirt in the scene where he plays music.

Contributors to "Jellyfish Jam" song:

-Gary: Knocks his eyeballs together, creating a rhythm

-Popping Bubbles: Add sound

-Treasure Chest: Opens and closes, releasing bubbles and making a sound

-Anchor Chain: Makes a jingling rhythm

-Dolphins: Chirps to the music

-Plants: Create more sound to go with music

-Clams: Sing notes

-Jellyfish: Strum "strings" (tentacles)

-Weeds: Dance to the music