Summary: Spongebob creates a stand outside of his house with the intention of teaching others how to blow bubbles and spreading the joy he feels on a daily basis. This practice, of course, irritates the perpetually irritable Squidward, who goes there, criticizes the duo harshly, and after viewing the erratic and interesting ritual that Spongebob puts into every bubble, shoos the two of them away. Yet riddled in curiosity, Squideward decides to attempt his own bubble-blowing while no one is looking. Caught in the act, Squidward has no choice but to prove his skill, unfortunately unable to do so without using Spongebob’s technique of blowing bubbles. In a fit of rage at replicating the ritual, Squidward inadvertently creates a massive bubble which is released into the air. Deeply proud of his accomplishment, Squidward returns home and picks up his clarinet, releasing an absolutely beautiful melody into the air. Spongebob and Patrick cheer on his marvelous music from outside while Squidward unleashes his mastery. But then, like a fiery meteor, the bubble descends back on Squidward’s house, picks it up, carries it into the air, then drops it back down. Squidward begins to play again, spirit and body crushed, music once again talentless
This episode is essentially an homage to the failed dreams and aspirations of Squidward Tentacles. The bubble-blowing stand and the activity of bubble-blowing represents the heart and soul that Squidward has lost in the course of his bitter and broken life. Through Spongebob’s childish and warped innocence, Squidward manages to capture a small moment of the purity of Spongebob’s life, thus able to achieve an entirely new level of adding emotion and honest goodness into his music. Squidward attains nirvana in that instant, a kind of happiness he hadn’t seen in years. Yet the bubble then comes crashing down, dropping Squidward and his hopes back down on the ground, crushing his dreams just as easily as a bubble will pop. Squidward’s wishes and desires are as sturdy as the bubbles he blows. Unable to maintain such happiness permanently, Squidward is forced to watch as his neighbors easily achieve such emotions each day, soaring into the air with their hopes as Squidward remains rooted on the ground, miserable and alone.
Look. he’s so happy with his bubble wand. And Squidward?